The 16 Most Influential Web Design Blogs of 2009

When finding inspiration for your next project or a new brush that is just right, web design blogs have come a long way over the past year. Some have stuck with us for many years, faded away to be forgotten or seemed to have become popular in a short amount of time.

This is a collection of the 16 most influential web design blogs on the internets in 2009. In some form or another they have all helped us become better designers, coders, and all around rockstars. Plus, they give out loads of awesome freebies and ask nothing in return. How much more awesomeness can you ask for?

Let’s have a look shall we!

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1. Smashing Magazine

Founded in September 2006, Smashing Magazine delivers useful and innovative information to Web designers and developers.
Twitter Followers: 79,000 – @smashingmag


2. Abduzeedo

Abduzeedo is a blog about design. What began as a means for backup after an ugly robbery, is now one of the design world’s most sought after blog for inspiration and tutorials.
Twitter Followers: 31,500 – @Abduzeedo


3. WebDesigner Depot

Webdesigner Depot is an exciting new platform designed to explore different web and graphic design techniques, great examples and best practices.
Twitter Followers: 73,500 – @DesignerDepot


4. Hongkiat’s Design Weblog

Topics covered include Photoshop tutorials and brushes, Vectors, design tools and softwares, WordPress, HTML/CSS and Inspiration showcase.
Twitter Followers: 10,000 – @hongkiat


5. Speckyboy Design Magazine

Paul Andrew covers every aspect of web design and development offering free and high quality resources as well as inspiration through various showcases.
Twitter Followers: 5,700 – @speckyboy


6. Noupe

Noupe passionately delivers stylish and dynamic news for designers and web-developers on all subjects of design, ranging from; CSS, Ajax, Javascript, web design, graphics, typography, advertising & much more. This site was founded in 2007 and was recently purchased by the same owners of Smashing Magazine.
RSS Subscribers: 35,700


7. Six Revisions

At six Revisions you will find a variety of content from tools that can speed up your workflow processes to showcases of beautiful designs for inspiration and tutorials on JavaScript frameworks like jQuery and MooTools.
Twitter Followers: 11,600 – @sixrevisions


8. CSS Tricks

Tips, Tricks and Techniques on CSS, User Interface, and Web Design in general.
Twitter Followers: 12,600 – @chriscoyier


9. Web Design Ledger

The Web Design Ledger is a publication written by web designers for web designers. Topics range from design inspiration and resources, tips and tutorials, and everything in between.
Twitter Followers: 17,300 – @webdesignledger


10. Blog.SpoonGraphics

Based on the topic of graphic and website design and run by Chris Spooner, Blog.SpoonGraphics presents design tutorials, graphic design related articles and free resources such as vector and Photoshop brush downloads.
Twitter Followers: 18,200 – @chrisspooner


11. Outlaw Design Blog

The Web Design blog of Danny Outlaw who claims to be one of the raddest creatives this side of the Mason Dixon line. After reading his blog off and on for the past year, I believe he is right.
Twitter Followers: 3,700 – @DannyOutlaw


12. Vandelay Design Blog

The Vandelay Website Design Blog has become one of the leading sources for design. The site has been around since mid 2007 and caters to an audience of web designers, freelancers, or website owners
Twitter Followers: 1,900 – @vandelaydesign


13. Web Designer Wall

Web Designer Wall is all about design, ideas, web trends, and tutorials. It is designed and maintained by Nick La, who also runs N.Design Studio, IconDock, and Best Web Gallery. Nick finally joined Twitter on Oct. 14th and you should definitely follow him.
Twitter Followers: 1,303 – @nickla


14. 1st Web Designer

1stwebdesigner is a design blog dedicated to bloggers, freelancers, web-developers and designers. Topics focus on web design,graphic design, tutorials and inspirational articles.
Twitter Followers: 7,500 – @1stWebDesigner


15. Tutorial 9

Tutorial9 is a blog that teaches about Photoshop, Blogging, and Photography. They also share so many freebies your computer will literally explode.
Twitter Followers: 8,000 – @Tutorial9


16. is a community-based website for web designers and developers. The site includes a popular blog, a user-submitted news section, a design gallery, and a design job board.
Twitter Followers: 360 – @DesignMagTweets


What web design blogs do you get your inspiration and tips from?

If you have a favorite and it is not listed let me know in the comments.

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