42 Design/Tech Magazines To Read


Regardless of what it is that you’re selling, in order to remain competitive, you have to know exactly, what’s going on in the field you’re working in. More than that – actually, you have to know what happens next, which trends are coming up and which technologies will become big in the future. Achieving that is a solid foundation for successul development and right decisions at the right time.

What is right for business, is also right for online business. To catch up with the latest developments in design, development and web-related areas, it’s reasonable to read design/tech-related online-magazines. However, the choice is huge, and the quality of magazines isn’t always as good as you’d probably like it to be. Therefore decent references can be extremely useful, particularly if you don’t know where to start from.

This overview of over 40 established international design/tech-related sources is supposed to give you an overview of magazines you should read or at least scan from time to time. Some of the sources are well-known by (almost) everybody; hopefully not all of them.

Design, Web-Development

1. Digital Web Magazine1

Design Magazines - Digital Web Magazine2

2. A List Apart3

Design Magazines - A List Apart4

3. Sitepoint.com5

Design Magazines - Sitepoint6

4. Netdiver digital culture magazine7 + new media portal -> Feed your eyes

Design Magazines - Netdiver digital culture magazine8

5. PingMag9

Design Magazines - PingMag10

6. Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design11

Design Magazines - Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design12

7. Ajaxian13

Design Magazines - Ajaxian14

8. Design Meltdown15

Design Magazines - Design Meltdown16

9. UX Magazine – The User Experience Magazine17

Design Magazines - UX Magazine - The User Experience Magazine18

10. Vitamin19 – a resource for web developers, designers and entrepreneurs

Design Magazines - Vitamin - A resource for web developers, designers and entrepreneurs20

11. Web Developer’s Journal21 – Tips on Web Page Design, HTML, Graphics and Development Tools

Design Magazines - Web Developer's Journal - Tips on Web Page Design, HTML, Graphics and Development Tools22

12. Poynter Online – Design / Graphics23

Design Magazines - Poynter Online - Design / Graphics24

13. Treehouse25

Design Magazines - Treehouse26

14. Hiveminds Magazine27 for web publishers and community builders

Design Magazines - Hiveminds Magazine | for web publishers and community builders28

15. Graphics.com: The shared resource for creative design29

Design Magazines - Graphics.com: The shared resource for creative design30

16. fadtastic31: a multi-author web design trends journal

Design Magazines - fadtastic - a multi-author web design trends journal32

17. Web Design from Scratch33 – Free web design course – basics, layout, free tutorials, case studies, how to guides and examples

Design Magazines - Web Design from Scratch - Free web design course - basics, layout, free tutorials, case studies, how to guides and examples34

18. 9rules35 – Design Community: The best web content on design and a lot more.

Design Magazines - 9rules Design Community: The best web content on design and a lot more.36

19. Design-Feed Latest37

Design Magazines - Design-Feed Latest38

20. graphicPUSH39: News, articles and tutorials for print and web designers.

Design Magazines - graphicPUSH: News, articles and tutorials for print and web designers.40

21. Devlounge41

Design Magazines - Devlounge : A resource for designers and developers42

22. Design Observer43: writings about design & culture

Design Magazines - Design Observer: writings about design & culture44

23. design.Principles45

Design Magazines - design.Principles:46

24. 24 ways47

Design Magazines - 24 ways48

25. Iconfactory49

Design Magazines - Iconfactory : Home50

26. Before & After magazine51

Design Magazines - Before & After magazine52

27. The FWA: Favourite Website Awards53 – Web awards at the cutting edge

Design Magazines - The FWA: Favourite Website Awards - Web awards at the cutting edge54

28. Speak Up › Design Dialog55

Design Magazines - Speak Up › Design Dialog56

Latest Trends in Web, Tech, Web 2.0

29. Read/Write Web57

Design Magazines - Read/WriteWeb58

30. Wired News59

Design Magazines - Wired News:60

31. Techcrunch61

Design Magazines - Techcrunch62

32. Web 2.0 Explorer63

Design Magazines - | Web 2.0 Explorer | ZDNet.com64

33. Modern Life65 – News & Views of the Modern Internet

Design Magazines - Modern Life - News & Views of the Modern Internet66

34. Solution Watch67

Design Magazines - Solution Watch - Your descriptive source of solutions68

35. Mashable! – The Social Networking Blog69

Design Magazines - Mashable! - The Social Networking Blog70

36. Home – .net magazine71

Design Magazines - Home - .net magazine72


37. Typographica. A Journal of Typography.73

Design Magazines - Typographica. A Journal of Typography.74

User Experience, Usability

38. UXmatters75: Insights and inspirations for the user experience community

Design Magazines - UXmatters :: Insights and inspirations for the user experience community76

Useful tips, references

39. Lifehacker, the Productivity and Software Guide77

Design Magazines - Lifehacker, the Productivity and Software Guide78

News, with Tech/Design section

40. Newsvine – Get Smarter Here79

Design Magazines - Newsvine - Get Smarter Here80

41. SlashDot81

Design Magazines - Slashdot82

42. Digg Design83

Design Magazines - Digg84

Further Online Journals

↑ Back to topShare on Twitter

Co-Founder of Smashing Magazine. Former writer, web designer, freelancer and webworker. Sven is now writing Science Fiction Stories.

  1. 1

    Your lists rock!

    I have just referenced the one about the job boards at my blog.

    Congratulations on an excellent work!

  2. 2

    For those interested in eCommerce – checkout eCommerce Cache by Varien

  3. 3

    i love you smashing magazine!

  4. 4

    Thanks for finally giving up some sources :)

  5. 5

    David Airey :: Creative Design ::

    March 19, 2007 6:11 pm

    A comprehensive list indeed.

    What I’d like to see is an explanation of each one so I know which I’d prefer to visit.


  6. 6

    You have done a great job with this list.
    Thank you very much!

  7. 7

    I’ve been an active member of Site Point’s forums for so long, I don’t know where I’d be w/out them in the early days.

  8. 8

    Excellent as always Smash…

  9. 9

    Thanks for the inclusion, guys.

  10. 10

    Myself and the crew here at Digital Web Magazine are both humbled and honored to be featured on your list and amoung so many excellent magazines. Thank you!

  11. 11

    Thanx for it , a great job with this list.

  12. 12

    Now That’s a good LIST can be said..

    Keep it UP

    Puneet M

  13. 13

    Looks like CenterNetworks missed the cut – well there is always next year!

    Congrats to all those that made it!

  14. 14

    My two personal favorites that didn’t make the list: Ultrashock.com (Flash Forum) and Ozzu.com (webmaster forum).

    Ultra-shock is a must if you are a Flash designer. Those guys rock the Flash house

  15. 15

    Thanks for the list, discovered some good sites today from this list!

  16. 16

    Sometimes determining the next big thing is not as important as mastering the current big thing. I am very surprised that Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox (http://www.useit.com/alertbox/) did not make the list. Some of the bleeding-edge technologists out there could benefit from the extensive human-computer interaction analysis found on his site.

  17. 17

    Great list. I’ve bookmarked quite a few to check out later Thanks.

  18. 18

    Oh good gravy that is a whole lot more reading to get around. Hopefully will have time left to actually do some coding/designing.

  19. 19

    What a great list. I really have to check some of these out. The problem only is that it is WAY to many for my spare-time =)

    - Espen

  20. 20

    Great List i have tagged a few of these…

  21. 21

    Wow!!! nice list. Keep up the good work.

  22. 22

    ha… I’ve predicted that Smashing Magazine will publish this post on March 7th – 11 days before it appeared here :-)

  23. 23

    Thank you for sharing sources and giving us inspiration!

  24. 24

    Balakumar Muthu

    March 20, 2007 8:23 pm

    Amazing list! thanks :)

  25. 25

    Wonderful list!! I was familiar with only 40% of the sites listed in this list. You people always come up with an interesting idea!

  26. 26

    so where are those digg and del.icio.us links ??? :)

    Nice list…

    Thanks … keep up the good job…

  27. 27

    you forgot to update your permalink, it still says 40-designtech-magazines-to-read/

  28. 28

    I read about a third already, and the rest look just as fascinating. Thank you for compiling these!

  29. 29

    Before & After is worth every penny, been getting it for a while, though I’m no designer, it’s given me some great ideas and inspiration in the past when I’ve needed it.

  30. 30

    This is what I try to search on google. Thanks for collecting these links. Very useful information.

  31. 31

    Christian Watson

    March 22, 2007 12:21 pm

    Nice list, although I’m a little disappointed that more user experience resources aren’t included.

    As Ryan, notes it’s hard to exclude Useit from a list like this. I would also include UIE’s Brainsparks blog (http://www.uie.com/brainsparks/). And maybe lastly, http://www.guuui.com/ – after all it is “The Interaction Designer’s Coffee Break”!

    PS: Please can we have a comment preview?

  32. 32

    wow! thanks for the list

    but you missed DesignCorner ;)

  33. 33

    Awesome list! I use quite a few of these sites, but there are some that I haven’t checked out. If you have SitePoint, A List Apart, Graphics.com, etc….then the others must be good.

  34. 34

    One list very good and very useful, thak you a lot of…

  35. 35

    thanks you smashingmagazine = )

  36. 36

    Freelance Website Design

    June 12, 2007 12:33 am

    I love smashing magazine, You guys have the greatest stuff!

    These is a very good list of must have sites. bookmarked.

  37. 37

    Randolph Valencia

    July 2, 2007 1:52 am

    a very useful list. nice job!

  38. 38

    a smashing list!

  39. 39

    WOW! what a cool and useful list you’ve created! Thanks!

  40. 40

    a smashing list!

  41. 41

    Very clearly written. Thank you.

  42. 42

    Many, many, many thanks for list!
    Great job!

  43. 43

    WOW! Great list here!



  44. 44

    I just wanted to say WOW!t

  45. 45

    Web Designer Group

    February 14, 2008 5:11 am

    Thanks a lot for sharing such nice collection.

  46. 46

    That must be a quality links for you are currently at 3,532 in website ranking on alexa! Thanks man, from good to great websites, what an awe inspiring concept to get.

  47. 47

    really cool list, thanks!

  48. 48

    really,great list…..

  49. 49

    OH NO!!! Not more cool stuff for me to check out!
    Thank you – I’ll take some time away from my eBay discussion boards to go to each of those!

  50. 50

    Really grat list . Big THANKS. COOL i like this site. Bye

  51. 51

    Thanks a bunch! That’s all my spare time for the foreseeable future down the toilet… ;)

  52. 52

    Części Nissan

    April 24, 2008 6:57 am

    Real good job. Big thanks man

  53. 53

    Ya you say right its IT industry daily new changes create in the market.So its very important to us we all are hear about it.

  54. 54

    super SM. i think nobody can beet u

  55. 55

    Thanks a lot for sharing such nice collection.

  56. 56

    good work

  57. 57

    So this cheat sheet will be really usefull for the other programmer, due to their limited knowedge about the power of MySql.

  58. 58

    nice job! Lovely magazines

  59. 59

    gud not bad

  60. 60

    smashing give us a new and different idea’s….

    thank q

  61. 61

    open sources thousand 1980 cause available likely

  62. 62

    please provide the latest through mails.

  63. 63

    I think you should add http://www.tuvie.com on your list. This website features cool and futuristic gadget/technology.

  64. 64

    Revolutionart 27 “Underwater life” is now online…!
    Download your free copy at
    and share it with your collegues!

  65. 65

    Alexander Stanuga

    February 6, 2012 5:20 am

    These are fantastic! Thank you Smashing Mag!!


↑ Back to top