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Posted March 11, 2005
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Recommended reading, part 2 (weblogs)

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a few web design books and promised a similar list of outstanding weblogs. Well, it didn’t seem fair to limit it to weblogs (there are so many definitions anyway), so I decided to include other online publications.

These are my daily reads for design theory, tutorials and news — I hope you enjoy them too.

  1. Zeldman.com — His orange book was at the top of my previous list, and his blog has a rightful place here too. Though his good, meaty posts are less common these days, the archives are rich, telling the “web standards story” with lots of good tips and tricks along the way.
  2. Signal vs. Noise — 37signal’s prominent (and old!) blog is notable not only for its content but for how instrumental it has been to the company’s growth and success. I visit daily for great bad examples, tips and assorted nonsense.
  3. Asterisk — Refreshingly devoid of elitism and snobbery, Keith Robinson’s friendly site is an important part of the design blog community.
  4. A List Apart — An authoritative source for “people who make websites,” A List Apart is the sort of site where you send anyone who has a question. Standards, design, server-side, content, theory, etc — ALA covers it all with ease.
  5. Mike Davidson — His blog is less than two years old, but Mike is a well-respected member of the design community (especially since the famous ESPN.com redesign in CSS). Although Mike’s posting habits are inconsistent, the content is consistently great.
  6. Mezzoblue — Dave Shea is the “cultivator” of the css Zen Garden, which needs no introduction. His site is well-designed, and his writing is clear and friendly. A variety of useful tutorials make for great reading.
  7. Jeffrey Veen — Veen is one of my biggest influences, so his site is naturally on my must-read list. When it comes to content management, no one knows better than Veen.
  8. Digital Web Magazine — Not as authoritative as A List Apart, but utterly useful on a regular basis. Their all-star staff and contributors list reads like a “who’s who” of web design.
  9. SimpleBits — Dan Cederholm’s SimpleBits is characterized by great, easy-to-understand writing and an equally friendly design. Highlights include his SimpleQuiz series and wonderful stock icons.
  10. Stopdesign — Across the country from Dan is Doug Bowman, another one-man web shop doing absolutely great work. His site is (in my opinion) the prime example of how a “personal” blog and a company site can be integrated successfully.
  11. Hicksdesign — Jon Hicks write more about browsers than web design these days, but in a good way. Besides, his site is exceptionally well-designed (even if you do have to strain your neck to use the navigation).
  12. Boxes and Arrows — This information architecture journal has always felt a bit stiff to me, but it’s jam-packed with smart writing about how to build sites that make sense for users.