The best email newsletters for designers

The best email newsletters for designers

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In the creative industry, it’s helpful to know what you’re passionate about and what resources can help you in your work. Do some research to find free resources, such as email newsletters, to inspire you when you’re feeling uninspired.

Here are some of the best email newsletters you should subscribe to: 

  1. Inside Design
  2. Semplice
  3. Ueno
  4. Layout 
  5. Hack Design
  6. The Smashing Newsletter
  7. UX Design Weekly
  8. Sketchnote Army
  9. Creative Bloq
  10. Web Design Weekly
  11. Sidebar
  12. Responsive Design Weekly
  13. Designmodo
  14. HeyDesigner
  15. All the small things
  16. UX Booth
  17. Codepen

Each design newsletter has its own unique style so have an idea of what you’re looking for and then dive in on these recommendations! 

Inside Design by InVision

A million people subscribe to Inside Design and here’s why. When you subscribe to this newsletter, you can expect profiles of designers who are making big waves in the industry, a peek inside companies that are doing great work, and a ton of useful resources, guides, and how-tos. Subscribe today to be (and stay!) inspired. 


Build your confidence with Semplice. Semplice promises to make something better and create something worth remembering. Subscribe to Semplice to receive news and updates on design things that matter most to you. 


The Ueno newsletter has everything your creative mind could ask for: words, pictures, and music. Their team’s experience with creating brands, products, and experiences make them super knowledgeable and they’re eager to share that knowledge. The best part? They send their newsletter every two weeks, so as not to overwhelm your inbox.


Layout (aka, the one you’re reading!) is a blog filled with articles designed with creatives like you in mind. It’s filled with creative content for designers, developers, and marketers. When you subscribe to Layout, you can expect new, inspiring content in your inbox every Sunday morning so you have the tools you need to start your work week off right.

Loving this article? Subscribe to Layout for more free resources and articles just like this one!

Hack Design

Hack Design is a newsletter that’s a perfect fit for new designers or designers that want to learn new tricks. When you sign up for Hack Design’s newsletter, you’ll receive a design lesson in your inbox each week, hand crafted by a design pro. You can learn at your own pace, apply it to your real life work, and continue working on your craft.

The Smashing Newsletter

The Smashing Newsletter is a newsletter built for designers that love content. Their newsletters are curated, written, and edited with love and care. There’s no third-party mailings or hidden advertising (woo!), just useful techniques and goodies. When you sign up for The Smashing Newsletter, you’ll get exactly what you signed up for.  

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UX Design Weekly

Dabbling in UX design? Then you should subscribe to UX Design Weekly where you’ll receive a hand-picked list of the best user experience design links each week. Kenny Chen, Interaction Designer at Google, carefully curates the content so you know you’re getting your information from a solid source. 

“The newsletter helps fellow designers by showcasing their portfolio, side projects, and writing. The random thanks I get from time to time from subscribers for the newsletter is what motivates me to keep curating it each week.”

Kenny Chen

UX Design Weekly publishes every Monday and you can also go back and see past newsletters here

Sketchnote Army

Calling all designers that love to sketch in any (and all!) notebooks. Sketchnote Army is dedicated to showcasing great sketchnoters and their work. They connect with creatives around the world and even offer their readers the chance to be featured in their newsletter. When you sign up for Sketchnote’s newsletter, you can expect a weekly summary of posts, plus the latest news and updates in the industry.

Creative Bloq

Say goodbye to creative blocks. Creative Bloq is a newsletter that delivers great, relevant content to your inbox. They send you content that will ignite your creative mind so you’re never stuck in a rut for too long. Another perk? They offer exclusive special offers for products and services you use everyday.

Web Design Weekly

Looking to stay connected to the rest of the design world? Creatives love Web Design Weekly because they send relevant news and industry updates straight to their inbox. They link to all updates so you can rabbit hole on a specific topic as much as you want to! To sum it up, it’s a once a week email with no spam and no rambling, just content you need.


Sidebar takes minimalism to a new level. They send you the five best design links, every single day. No more, no less. You can expect articles from big names in the industry. Subscribe to Sidebar if you’re wanting consistent content in your inbox so you can start each weekday off right. 

Responsive Design Weekly

Responsive Design Weekly combs through the noise and makes sure to send you only the best content. You’ll get a plethora of responsive design related articles, tips, tutorials, tools, and inspirational sites.

“I started the RWD Weekly Newsletter because at the time I was doing a ton of research/reading/writing about responsive design. I figured that I was finding all these great resources so I may as well put the best together each week and share it, how hard could that be? Lesson: really hard and time consuming, but totally worth it.”

-Justin Avery

Sign up to get the best content in your inbox every week. 


Every month, Designmodo sends out their email newsletter to over 143,000 readers packed with the best articles, top industry news, and exciting new products. An extra bonus? They also include monthly job openings at some of the best companies you could work for.


Daily curated design knowledge. HeyDesigner sends you design and frontend links every day or week. You can choose the frequency: once a day or once a week! Subscribe and join thousands of product people and get the latest news, articles, and resources when you want them.

All the Small Things

All the Small Things newsletter has some big things to share with you. This newsletter features a roundup of the most relevant articles on digital, design, strategy, and innovation all delivered to your inbox almost every single week. The content is written by Tijs Vrolix, a Belgium-based freelance design strategist who knows his way around designing great products and services. 

UX Booth

UX Booth understands that design involves so much more than just design. To truly thrive as a freelance designer, you have to have other skill sets: analytics, business strategy, visual design, etc. This newsletter takes design and other important topics to create robust content that you need to improve your business. 

The Codepen Spark

Codepen, while typically thought of as a developer resource, is a great newsletter for designers too! Each week, they deliver the content you never thought you needed. Don’t want to miss a thing?  Add the feed to your favorite RSS reader! You can even sponsor an issue and reach a large audience of designers and developers. Talk about a win-win!


It’s important to keep up to date with the constant changes and updates to the design industry. By subscribing to these newsletters, you’ll never miss an upcoming trend or a new technique again!

Do you know the design trends of 2019? 

We’re exploring the latest and greatest trends in website design with a free email course – and you’re invited! From glitchy graphic effects to CSS grid card layouts, we’re diving into the trends of 2019 to share why they work and how you can implement them on your own site.

Learn more about design trends here.

 Each free lesson will include:

  • An overview of the web design trend (and why it works!)
  • Inspirational examples from some top designers and agencies
  • A step-by-step tutorial to teach you the process
  • Links to resources to help you create the trend yourself

Sign up here!

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