Useful Web Design E-Mail Newsletters

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There are thousands of good websites out there offering web design and development tips. It’s a bit much to sift through in most cases. There must be an easier way. Enter the email newsletter. What could be better than sitting back and waiting for the newest design and development news to be delivered to your inbox? Here is a rather short list of great newsletters devoted to web development, design, and related topics.

You may be interested in the following useful posts:

BlueVertigo Newsletter

BlueVertigo5 regularly updates its list of resources related to design and web-development and informs its subscribers about recent updats and new resources. Always a very good source of new useful resources for web developer’s toolbox.

Bluevertigo Newsletter6

Laura Carlson’s Web Design Update Newsletter

Laura Carlson’s legendary Web Design Update newsletter7 sends news, information and tutorials about web design and development. The Web Design Update is a plain text email digest dedicated to disseminating news and information about web design and development with emphasis on elements of user experience, accessibility, web standards and more. Whenever new articles are linked on the Web Design Reference site8, a Web Design Update newsletter message is sent to the listserv. The newsletter is sent out weekly.

Ben Hunt's Web Design Newsletter9

Ben Hunt’s Web Design Newsletter

If you’ve never heard of Web Design From Scratch10, you’re really missing out. Even if you’ve heard of it, did you know they had a newsletter? Ben Hunt’s Web Design Newsletter11 offers up great monthly web design information and tips. The July 2009 issue offered up some great info on white on white web design, Google Website Optimizer, semantic CSS, and a link to a free ebook.

Ben Hunt's Web Design Newsletter12

Web Smart Newsletter

Web Smart newsletters13 are written for advertising agencies to keep them in the loop on what’s happening on the Web. These newsletters are never technical or buzz-word enriched; instead they cover online trends that impact marketing such as: web technologies, search optimization and marketing, website applications, design issues, new media, and online advertising.

Web Smart Newsletter14

.Net Magazine’s Newsletter

.Net Magazine15 is one of the most popular web design magazines out there. While the magazine is paid, they offer a free email newsletter16. It offers up content similar to that found in the magazine and on their website, covering all aspects of web design news.

Net Magazine Newsletter17

Bokardo

Bokardo Design18 is a social web design company that offers a newsletter. They cover social design issues including influence, reputation, community, behavior and their relationship with different aspects of design. You can view their full archives19 on their website, along with signing up via email or RSS.

Dokardo's Newsletter20

SitePoint Newsletters

SitePoint offers up four newsletters, each cover a different aspect of web design and development.

Tribune

The Tribune21 is a weekly newsletter that offers general web design news, with a heavy focus on the business of web design. Their archives are all available online, with each issue focusing on a different theme based on the main article (like #456: “Keep that Job!” or #448: “Nifty Gadgets for Your Consideration”).

SitePoint Tribune22

Tech Times

The Tech Times23 is a biweekly newsletter that offers much more technical articles than the others, focused on topics like CSS, HTML, jQuery, PHP, and other programming languages. Their newsletters are all available online, each with a different theme centered around their main article (like #228: “What’s So Bad About CSS Frameworks?” and #229: “More Crimes Against Hypertext”).

SitePoint Tech Times24

Community Crier

The Community Crier25 offers information from SitePoint’s community forums and community.

SitePoint Community Crier26

SitePoint Design View

Design View27 is a monthly newsletter that offers design news, tools, and tips for web design. They focus on providing useful information to web designers, but for the most part it’s less technical than the “Tech Times” mentioned above. Issues are themed based on the lead article (like #52: “Coda, CS4, & New Photoshop Tricks” or #48: “HTML Email and the Legion of Doom”).

SitePoint Design View28

AskTog

AskTog29 is a newsletter focused on interaction design solutions from the Nielsen Norman Group. They cover topics like inclusive design for people with disabilities and technology comparisons (the most recent was comparing the first generation Kindle with the iPhone/iPod Touch). There newsletters don’t appear every month, but they do make their archives available online.

AskTog30

Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox

Alertbox31 is Jakob Nielsen’s regular, biweekly column on web usability topics. He’s been writing it since 1995, and all of the archives are available online. Recent topics have included Mobile Usability, Social Networking on Intranets, and Respect for Usability. It’s a must-have resource for web designers and developers alike.

Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox32

SiteProNews

SiteProNews33 offers email updates about new content. They cover a wide variety of web design, marketing, and SEO topics. Their articles are all available directly on their website, as well.

SiteProNews34

Boston Interactive’s Newsletter

Boston Interactive offers a free newsletter35 that covers a variety of web design and development topics. Recent topics they’ve covered include articles about Bing, Twitter, and crowdsourcing. Their archives are available online.

Boston Interactive's Newsletter36

Bonus: Designer In Action’s Newsletter (German)

This newsletter37 is in German but covers a variety of web design topics. The weekly newsletter sends out useful tools, resources and links to freebies. Previous articles have covered iPhone apps for designers, fonts, and upcoming events.

Designer in Action's Newsletter38

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/29/45-incredibly-useful-web-design-checklists-and-questionnaires/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/21/45-excellent-code-snippet-resources-and-repositories/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/29/useful-glossaries-for-web-designers-and-developers/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/15/40-helpful-resources-on-user-interface-design-patterns/
  5. 5 http://www.bluevertigo.com.ar/bluevertigo.htm
  6. 6 http://www.bluevertigo.com.ar/bluevertigo.htm
  7. 7 http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/support/Training/Online/webdesign/webdev_listserv.html
  8. 8 http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/support/Training/Online/webdesign/
  9. 9 http://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/blog/newsletter-july-2009.php
  10. 10 http://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/
  11. 11 http://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/blog/newsletter-july-2009.php
  12. 12 http://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/blog/newsletter-july-2009.php
  13. 13 http://www.newfangled.com/website_topics_for_designers_and_marketers
  14. 14 http://www.newfangled.com/website_topics_for_designers_and_marketers
  15. 15 http://www.netmag.co.uk/
  16. 16 http://communicatoremail.com/IN/DCF/g0gHZBzoTj2aFqgKt8jUyM
  17. 17 http://www.netmag.co.uk/
  18. 18 http://bokardo.com/
  19. 19 http://bokardo.com/archives/
  20. 20 http://bokardo.com/
  21. 21 http://www.sitepoint.com/newsletter/archives?id=2
  22. 22 http://www.sitepoint.com/newsletter/archives?id=2
  23. 23 http://www.sitepoint.com/newsletter/archives?id=3
  24. 24 http://www.sitepoint.com/newsletter/archives?id=3
  25. 25 http://www.sitepoint.com/newsletter/archives?id=4
  26. 26 http://www.sitepoint.com/newsletter/archives?id=4
  27. 27 http://www.sitepoint.com/newsletter/archives?id=5
  28. 28 http://www.sitepoint.com/newsletter/archives?id=5
  29. 29 http://asktog.com/
  30. 30 http://asktog.com/columns/078InclusiveDesignPart2.html
  31. 31 http://www.useit.com/alertbox/subscribe.html
  32. 32 http://www.useit.com/
  33. 33 http://www.sitepronews.com/
  34. 34 http://www.sitepronews.com/
  35. 35 http://www.bostoninteractive.com/newsletter.asp
  36. 36 http://www.bostoninteractive.com/newsletter.asp
  37. 37 http://www.designerinaction.de/newsletter.php
  38. 38 http://www.designerinaction.de/newsletter.php
  39. 39 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/10/16/best-practices-for-bulletproof-e-mail-delivery/
  40. 40 http://www.reachcustomersonline.com/2009/01/23/09.27.00/
  41. 41 http://www.sitepoint.com/article/code-html-email-newsletters/
  42. 42 http://www.email-marketing-reports.com/iland/2008/07/42-html-email-design-resources.html
  43. 43 http://www.sitepoint.com/article/principles-beautiful-html-email/
  44. 44 http://www.campaignmonitor.com/templates/
  45. 45 http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20020930.html
  46. 46 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/29/45-incredibly-useful-web-design-checklists-and-questionnaires/
  47. 47 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/21/45-excellent-code-snippet-resources-and-repositories/
  48. 48 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/29/useful-glossaries-for-web-designers-and-developers/
  49. 49 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/15/40-helpful-resources-on-user-interface-design-patterns/

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Cameron Chapman is a professional Web and graphic designer with over 6 years of experience. She writes for a number of blogs, including her own, Cameron Chapman On Writing. She’s also the author of The Smashing Idea Book: From Inspiration to Application.

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  1. 1

    thanks for sharing…love this.

  2. 2

    gomediazine.com is a good one too

  3. 3

    Thank you for the information! Very helpful!

  4. 4

    Thank you. Very interesting. Please note

  5. 5

    I don’t tend to receive email newsletters anymore.. just follow rss feeds. Anyway might be good to show examples of beauitiful email newsletters rather than where to get information about web design and development news which we can pick up from news blogs anyway. Just my opinion… Thanks for writing.

  6. 6

    I wonder how the Smashing Magazine email newsletter will look? :-D

  7. 7

    I wonder how some of the more advanced email newsletters look in some email clients. I’ve personally had a difficult time creating more than a basic layout and having it work in the majority of email clients.

  8. 8

    Any chance of an article detailing resources for making our own html newsletters?

  9. 9

    I agree with #8 Brandon Jones – an article about creating HTML newsletters would be great.

  10. 10

    Thanks for including SitePoint’s four email newsletters!

    Great list.

  11. 11

    I agree with Mike above. No idea how you can achieve a good looking newsletter without basically making the whole thing an image. Since CSS can’t be used, and only really dumbed down HTML works, it’s pretty much impossible to make a complicated structure.
    A newsletter design guide would be a huge plus.

  12. 12

    Neh nobody read newsletter anymore.

  13. 13

    Thanks for including Newfangled’s WebSmart newsletter in the list! The company’s founder, Eric Holter, began writing them monthly in 2001 until I took over in 2008. Our goal has always been to write primarily to our audience of creative agencies, with whom we partner to build “better websites for their clients.”

    Above, @Mike asked about how the newsletters look in different email clients. This has been something we’ve found to be especially tricky. We use our own newsletter component that is tied directly in to our site’s content management system, a tool we also offer to our clients, so we’ve had a lot of experience with the development side of newsletter campaign software. Even so, we’ve never been able to guarantee that the template appears *exactly* how it’s intended in every webmail, mobile or desktop email client. There are just too many out there! We do try to ensure performance in the major clients, like Outlook, MacMail, Gmail, etc.

    – Chris Butler, Vice President, Newfangled

  14. 14

    Don’t forget my article on Nettuts.com

    6 Easy Ways To Improve Your HTML Emails

  15. 15

    For those of you looking for good HTML newsletter resources, Campaign Monitor always has great guides and information. Here’s one e-mail design guideline article. http://www.campaignmonitor.com/design-guidelines/

    Also, their list of e-mail clients and their supported CSS is an excellent piece of reference material. http://www.campaignmonitor.com/css/

  16. 16

    ^^ And no I don’t work for them, I just have a number of years of experience with HTML newsletters :)

  17. 17

    Thank you for including the Alertbox newsletter. I have actually written several newsletters about newsletters (circular, I know), based on our usability testing of 228 different email newsletters:

    Email Newsletters: Surviving Inbox Congestion

    Targeted Email Newsletters Show Continued Strength

    Email Newsletters Pick Up Where Websites Leave Off

    Case studies from 2004: Bush vs. Kerry: Email Newsletters Rated and Newsletter Usability: Can a Professional Publisher Do Better?

  18. 18

    #8 Mike – Stick to the basics for email. Campaign Monitor has a pretty slick articles and tips section.

  19. 19

    This is a nice list, but with RSS and now with Twitter, does anyone really subscribe to newsletters anymore?

  20. 20

    HA! no.6 – nice one

  21. 21

    Very generous of you to promote the competition!

    I’m old school enough that I prefer to receive periodic messages in my Inbox, rather than having to keep my eye on a series of RSS feeds.

    The one thing that Smashing Magazine has always glaringly lacked is an email digest

  22. 22

    Cameron, thnaks for your support! :)

  23. 23

    thanks for sharing…

  24. 24

    The .Net magazines newsletter is my favorite is the best design of the list, I found some newsletter really ugly sometimes, why client don’t invest on this kind of marketing if it could be really effective.

  25. 25

    Very useful, thanks :)

  26. 26

    Wonderful list, thank you!

  27. 27

    slightly off topic but would any of smashing’s writers be able to compile an article on effective HTML Email design and development.

    I would love to see an article of this nature. cheers as always!

  28. 28

    Cameron,

    Thank you so much for including Boston Interactive’s newsletter in this list! We are truly honored. We’ve been sending out our monthly newsletter for years and are big believers in the medium. Keep an eye out for the next newsletter – launching at the end of the month – as we will be announcing some big news and a fresh new design!

  29. 29

    Sean McCambridge

    August 13, 2009 7:20 am

    Yeah, I thought it would be nice to get some tips on writing those dreaded HTML emails. That’s what I was expecting to find here. Ah, well.

  30. 30

    i always thought photojojo was a fantastic newsletter.

  31. 31

    Keep in mind that not every designer designs for a tech-savvy audience. I’d bet the majority don’t. I design HTML newsletters for an older customer base, and I guarantee you (based on subscribes–or lack thereof) that they do not use RSS! On the other hand, I have a pretty high open rate on the emails we send out to 30,000 subscribers each month. Use the best tool for your audience, not just the tool YOU like the best.

    Thanks for the list, I needed something fresh in my inbox!

  32. 32

    How can you trust a newsletter on design when the design of the newsletter itself is so basic?

    The idea of having the information constantly pushed to me when I can choose go to view the website articles whenever I want feels like opt-in SPAM. What’s a web browser for?

    Note: Talking of really annoying SPAM – the book subscription corner peel makes it impossible to use the search (on some pages).

  33. 33

    Frankly I think that your collection is somewhat limited. A beautiful example of what you can achieve with basic html is the MyFonts newsletter.

  34. 34

    Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    August 14, 2009 2:56 am

    Great, newsletters are always hard, especially when you are dealing with 250,000+ member communities. Seeing how bigger sites deal with this and what is out there, is really nice. A few more SM Newsletter Articles might help everybody. Excellent coverage

  35. 35

    A lot of those kinda sucked :P IMO

    Campaign Monitor has a fantastic gallery of newsletters I highly recommend checking out. http://www.campaignmonitor.com/gallery/

  36. 36

    Thanks for this, great list! I know most are using RSS feeds but still nice to get a well designed email on the topic we love to entice us to visit their sites and read more.

    I would definitely recommend Ben Hunt’s site Web Design From Scratch!

  37. 37

    Sitepoints newsletters are completely useless! As already stated campaign monitor are good.

  38. 38

    What would be really helpfull is to know a bit more about email sending engines. I have started developing a site, but how should is send and gather these email adresses. What are good systems on your own site, things to mind when doing it yourself. And what hosted services could i use? Would be great addition to this article!

  39. 39

    Sahme you didn’t add Veer.com’s newsletter, I received one recently and it was absolutely beautiful!

  40. 40

    What could be better than sitting back and waiting for the newest design and development news to be delivered to your inbox?

    RSS.

  41. 41

    Thanks Cameron for sharing this wonderful list. Some websites prefer to use pdf newsletters instead of html, I wonder why they do that?

  42. 42

    Great list! I particularly enjoy the Sitepoint newsletters. Another one I’ve recently stumbled into is http://www.webdesignemail.com which is new but looks pretty solid.

  43. 43

    Web Design Weekly is awesome – http://web-design-weekly.com/

  44. 44

    I also really like http://web-design-weekly.com/ and of course http://jobety.com. Both have nice designs.

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