It’s critical that designers find time to look away from their daily work to find new inspiration, learn new skills, and stay on top of the latest trends. However, carving even a few minutes out of your day to focus on something other than the tasks at hand can be difficult.
A great way to add automation to your inspiration process is by subscribing to multiple newsletters, blogs, and online publications from other experts in your field (and beyond). In fact, it’s not uncommon for designers and developers to create an entire email account specifically dedicated to these publications, so they get all their relevant information in one easy place.
If this seems like something you’d like to try for yourself, create your own designer inspiration email address! You can start by subscribing to these 15 publications; each is a great resource for information surrounding web design, development, or the future of WordPress. Soon, you’ll have an inbox bursting with awesome tips, tricks, and tools you can use in your designs.
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From graphic design and UX tips to NFTs and trending design topics, Creative Bloq covers it all. Check out this recent article on the history behind Xbox’s iconic logo.
For freelance-specific advice, Millo is a great place to start. Their community of “solopreneurs” publish articles like how-to guides, design and development tools, and growing your freelance business.
Free articles, product and performance guides, and even physical books are available through Smashing Magazine! For additional premium content, you can join the Smashing Magazine community for as little as $3 per month.
WPKube focuses on the latest information on themes, plugins, and even reviews of premium hosting companies like WP Engine and Kinsta. Their aim is “to provide the most comprehensive beginner’s guides to anything about WordPress,” making it a great source for users of all skill levels.
“The world’s marketplace for design,” Creative Market shares trendy fonts, themes, vector graphics, templates, and more. The “Get Inspired” tab is a great place to wander if you find yourself with extra time.
If you’re looking for trendsetting, innovative examples of web design, look no further than the Awwwards. Their site recognized the best in web design from agencies and developers across the globe, and you can easily sort sites to look for inspiration in different areas, like navigation, transitions, color, or industry.
For a more general overview of happenings in the design world, Design Taxi is a great place to get lots of information across industry sectors. Articles cover topics related to design, art, photography, advertising, architecture, style, culture, technology, and social media.
Focused on web design and development with a specific emphasis on best practices and web standards, A List Apart curates and publishes community submissions from designers, developers, architects, strategists, writers, and project managers among others.
You’ll find great design information and inspiration on Design Bombs, but you’ll also get the opportunity to browse their Coding, WP Plugins, and WP Themes categories for additional tips on bringing those designs to life. Their newsletter drops “bombs” of awesome articles into your inbox twice per month!
For quick feedback from designers who have been in your shoes, head to Reddit. Ask questions and get real-time advice from other experts, or browse through the recent posts to see what tools and tricks others are using to achieve their desired results.
A publication written “by designers, for designers,” Web Design Ledger has built a large following due to the high quality of their daily content. They don’t have an official newsletter (as far as I can tell) but they’re awesome at pushing their content to social media, so give them a follow on your favorite platform.
If 2022 is the year you’ve decided to take a closer look at how you’re building sites with users in mind, you’ll want to check out UX Planet. Articles are all UX focused and sorted to three main categories: articles for beginners, user experience articles, and articles about user research and testing.
Speckyboy is one of the best sites if you’re looking for tools and tutorials. They share tons of content about high-quality free or low-cost themes, brush packs, code snippets, plugins and more interspersed with freelance and agency-specific articles.
There’s a reason Web Designer Depot is one of the most popular online publications for site creators. They regularly publish everything from SEO and usability articles to professional community polls and funny comics for designers.
If you’re a designer, developer, or marketer who uses WordPress, WP Engine’s weekly digest is a great way to keep your pulse on the world’s favorite CMS. With relevant WordPress resources, tips, news, and more, you’ll stay connected to the wide world of WordPress with each week’s informative digest.
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Start curating your inbox using these blogs and newsletters to get inspiration delivered straight to you! While there will never be enough time to consume ALL the content written about web design and development, these sites will help you find the top-level news, tutorials, product reviews, and inspiration you need to keep improving your skills and growing your business.