99 Websites Every Designer Must Know

by admin on 9 febbraio 2010

A list of graphic design websites which are useful to any aspiring designer.

It is sorted by category: General Design, Web Design, Resources, Show cases, Development, Flash and Flex, Typography, Video and Motion, Personal Design Blogs, Web 2.0, Relaxation, Various.

General Design

1 Spunk United

An excellent magazine with a selection of the worlds best artists providing inspiration, interviews, articles and more.

Spunk United

2 FreeLance Switch

The community site of reference for all freelances. You must know this one!

Freelance Switch

3 Computer Arts

The site of the excellent international magazine Computer Arts. I have subscribed to this mag and love it!

Computer Arts

4 David Airey

A graphic and logo designer who shares his knowledge on these areas.

David Airey

5 Behance

A site gathering the portfolios of the artists of the whole world, a true inspiration.

Behance Network

6 Pdf Mags

References all the PDF mags out there! A great resource.

PDF Mags

7 Graphic Design Forum

The most active of the graphic design forums out there. A bit more focused for the beginner designer.

Graphic Design Forum

8 Design Is Kinky

An Australia site focused purely on design news and design in general. Stay up to date!

Design Is Kinky

9 Freelance Folder

A community blog which posts regular articles on freelancing. Very diverse.

Freelance Folder

10 Bittbox

Provides regular resources for design… tutorials, brushes, vectors and more!


11 Vandelay Webdesign

Vandelay Webdesign

Provides very social media friendly articles, large resource lists and tips for web designers.

12 You The Designer

Very complete and diverse range of articles on graphic design.

Computer Arts the U.K.

13 Design You Trust

A daily design magazine, blog and small community, full of new design trends, news and events, great design portfolios and hand-picked design stuff from all over the globe.

24 Ways


Web Design:

14 Noupe

An excellent site on Web design & the development of the web (CSS & Ajax).

Site Not

15 Smashing Magazine

Information for all. So broad that if you are a designer and you don’t know this site, we all have pity for you.

John Oxton

16 Think Vitamin

Vitamin is a resource for web designers, developers and entrepreneurs. 50,000 subscirbers can’t be wrong.

Web Appers

17 24 Ways

Web design and development, quality articles are always here.

Vandelay Design

18 A List Apart

Another pillar of the Web Design blog world, very good articles with diversified contributors.

Float Design

19 Site Point

Very diversified site, graphics, css, ajax… Also editor of many Web Design books.

Psd Tuts

20 The Rissington Podcast

Excellent podcasts full with humour of excellent the Web Designer John Oxton and Jon Hicks.


21 Web Appers

Blog of Open Resources for Web Developers. .

Icon Finder

22 Happy Cog

They publish their best ideas and speak out to the world on web design.

Maniackers Design Make

23- Web Designer Wall

A must have for all web designers and designers out there!

Ads Of The World



24 Design Float

A digg like site for design related subjects. Must know!

Command Shift 3

25- Psd Tuts

The best tutorials on the web. Mmmmm.

Showcase Not

26- Blue Vertigo

The MUST HAVE bookmark of all stock resourceson the net.


27- SXC.hu

My favourite stock site, you may notice I use this site for most of my images on this site.

CSS Handled

28- Icon Finder

Self explanitory.

CSS Remix

29- Da Font

Free fonts. Mmmm.


30 Maniackers Design Make

A lot of inspiration can be found here along with a lot of free resources. Bit hard to navigate though.

W3C Sites

31- Colour Lovers

Find, create and exchange your pallets of favourite colors.

CSS Beauty


Show Cases:

32- Command Shift 3

Have you heard of hot or not? This is like that but for web designs, you choose the best website of 2. Great for inspiration.


33- Showcase Point

Showcases Flash & CSS sites with several options of sorting.

456 Berea Street

34- Zeniltuo

Large database of all the inspiration sites out there.

Pro Blog Design

35- The FWA

Mainly shows off flash websites but is always of high quality. Great inspiration here.

Ajax Rain

36- CSS Mania

Another showcase site.


37- CSS Remix

A very good gallery of CSS websites.

CSS Earth

38- Best Web Gallery

A very good selection of designs.

Referencing, Design and Co

39- ScreenFluent

A very good selection of Web designs.

Labs Adobe

40 W3C Sites

Excellent selection of valid W3C sites.

Christophe Coenraets

41- CSS Beauty

A good gallery and it also has very interesting articles on the development of websites with news.

Blog XML

42- Edu Style

The schools and universities have also right to a gallery css, this one is particularly remarkable.

Adobe AIR Tutorials



43 – Problogger

Tips on blogging in general. Must have for any blogger.


45- Pro Blog Design

Tips on improving your blogs design. Only quality articles here.

Contain 99 High Web Designs

46- WP designer

The blog of reference for all the WordPress developers.

Swiss Legacy

47- Ajax Rain

One of largest Ajax bookshops on the Web.

ICoil Typography

48- CSS3.info

The site of future standards – CSS3.

Design &Typo

49- CSS Earth

Site referring the best articles on the development of CSS on the Web.

The Typographer


Flash & Flex:

51- Labs Adobe

New technologies and development from Adobe.


52- Christophe Coenraets

Blog of a Flex developer.

Motiono Grapher

54- Adobe AIR Tutorials

The site of for tutorials on AIR.

Graphics Motion

55- Mike Chambers

The blog of Mike Chambers based on programming and technology.

FX Guide

56- The Blog Flash

Blog for Action Script 3 and Flex.

Works Motion

57- Jean Phi Blog

One of the largest French flashers. Has some great work, but the French part may be a problem for some. :P

Elliot Jay Stocks



60 Swiss Legacy

A blog focused on typography, swiss design and the grid.

Stuff And Not Sense

61- I Love Typography

Speaks for itself. A must know.


62- Design & Typo

The blog of the famous Peter Gabor, posts cool inspiration pieces (in English too).

Iso 50

63- The Typographer

The site on typography for the French.

John Nack Blog

64- Slanted

Large German site on typography.



Video & Motion:

65- Stage6

YouTube of animation (2d and 3d). Great quality.


66- Fubiz

A great blog which posts creative daily inspirational pieces of design. Bookmark this one for sure.


67- Motiono Grapher

International reference for all who are in the motion business.

Contain 99 High Web Designs

68- Video Copilot

Tutorials of creating special video effects.


69- Graphics/ Motion

Italian Blog of Motion, the articles are of great quality and are updated very regularly.

Hype Beast

70 FX Guide

Great Community site of Video and Motion, do not miss this one!


71- Works Motion

The site of John Dickinson, great inspiration here.

PopRave Blog


Personal Design Blogs:

72- Elliot Jay Stocks

Just check it out. His name pops up everywhere!


73- Veerle Blog

One of most beautiful blosg on the Web, very complete articles and tutorials, in short a must.

North X East

75- Jina Bolton

Design of Jina Bolton (aka Sushi Monster), author of the book “Art & Science of CSS” and of the excellent conference “Create Sexy StyleSheet.” A very envious portfolio.

Well well well

76- Snook

Blog of the graphic designer, developer, writer and lecturer of Jonathan Snook – very complete tips and tricks for all Web Designers.

Boing Boing

76- Stuff And Nonsense

Super and super blog of Markley, one of best WebDesigners in the world.


77- Lysergid

Blog of the excellent French Art Director Loïc SATTLER. Great articles, fresh design.

Topic WordPress Split Da Diz (?e%)

78- Iso 50

Blog of the excellent graphic designer Scott Hansen.

2 subjects

79- John Nack Blog

Blog of John Nack, composed of very complete article on graphics and Adobe.

3 subjects



80 NetVibes

The web comes to you. News aggregator plus!

1 subjects

81- Del.Ico.Us

A tool for bookmaking and social media attention, must have!

1 subjects

82- Twitter

Get updates on what your friends, co workers, etc are doing.

2 subjects

83- FaceBook

A website where you can pass your life.

1 subjects

84- Flickr

The social site of photography – a great number of people are present there with new photographs to discover each day.

3 subjects



Places for just browsing – Areas that most designers are interested in. (ie. Fashion, Music, Design)

85- Vinyl misuses

A magazine about toys.. Must check this site out, some really cool designs.

The blog of the boss

86- Discobelle

Excellent site of music, showcases music videos, parties, etc.

For good badges

87- Hype Beast

Magazine for fashion design and culture.

The blog of Pierre

88- Lense

A French reference for all those who wish to know some more about photography.

That good

90 PopRave Blog

Underground culture of the clothes industry.

A small good cendar



91- All Graphic Design

A site for everything graphic design related.

All Graphic Design

92- North X East

Articles for bloggers.

93- Ads Of The World

Web site which publishes all of the worlds ads. Great inspiration here.

94- LogoPond

Logo Design Inspiration

Logo Pond

95- Logo Design Love

A blog focused totally on Logo Design. Regular articles and resources.

Logo Design Love

96- Split Da Diz

I have translated his page from French into English as he was the original poster of this article however I changed the French sites he recommended into English ones, fixed the old links he had posted and changed the order of some items…

97- Boing Boing

A genearl directory of wonderful things.

98- Business of Design Online

Pretty much anything to help a design business grow online.

Just Creative Design

99- Just Creative Design

Who else would have brought you this massive English list of 99+ graphic design resources? We provide graphic design tips, resources and articles for all.

Just Creative Design

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