Design Informer is 3 Months Old

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I have been an avid follower of blogs such as Smashing Magazine31 and Web Designer Depot42 for a long time. A little over 3 months ago, I decided that it was time that I also gave back to the design community, hence, Design Informer was born. The blog officially opened on October 31st, 2009. During the first week, the blog didn’t really get a lot of visitors. Once in a while someone would drop in and leave a comment and retweet the articles but for the most part, the blog was pretty much void of any response.

Design Informer is 3 Months Old

Incredible Growth in Just a Few Months

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I have been an avid follower of blogs such as Smashing Magazine31 and Web Designer Depot42 for a long time. A little over 3 months ago, I decided that it was time that I also gave back to the design community, hence, Design Informer was born. The blog officially opened on October 31st, 2009. During the first week, the blog didn’t really get a lot of visitors. Once in a while someone would drop in and leave a comment and retweet the articles but that was it.

During the second week of the blog, I published a post entitled 20 Extraordinary Blogs With Unique Post Designs5 and this post garnered a lot of attention. The following week, Smashing Magazine posted an article about the "Death of the Blog Post" and because of its popularity, my post received
lots of views and comments as well.

That was the turning point to the growth of my blog. Since then, slowly but surely, the blog has continued to grow week after week. We’ve had some great statistics that I will show you in just a bit.

How Did You Hear About Design Informer?

McLeod406
Through Twitter!

bryanconnor7
I believe it was through a retweet of someone I follow linking to the 20 Unique Post Designs page.

acvonesch8
Found di after reading one of your Smashing Magazine articles.

smoothemoose9
we’ve been really getting into design lately and your blog came up. thought we’d follow you!

kevinholesh10
I heard about DI from @dougneiner11.

yenio201012
found your site through the Netsetter.

esterliquori
13
I found your articles with TheWebBlend than in some others designer blogs.

frankvanleersum
14
@designinformer201715 via a RT by Smashing Mag, and your article about daily design

ArtemR
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@designinformer201715 I found you in this post http://j.mp/91CJJp18 but it’s your content that made me follow.

EREllsworth
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@designinformer201715 I started following you after your Smashing article about the 365 challenge.

A Big Thank You

I just want to say that without the amazing support that we have received thus far from the design community, then Design Informer wouldn’t be what it is today. Also, a shoutout goes to Vitaly and Smashing Magazine as well as to Walter from WDD for promoting some of my articles. These guys have inspired me to start the blog. I’m thankful to everyone for the retweets, moos, floats, bumps, stumbles and for the different ways that you have spread the word about Design Informer. I also want to thank the different sponsors as well.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that these people21 are awesome. They all have written some great, quality articles for the blog. Make sure you visit their sites as well.

Thank You!

Some Random Facts

Posts and Comments
To date, we have a total of 73 posts and 2,718 comments. These are the most popular posts so far on Design Informer:

Site Statistics
Here are the stats for our first three months.

  • 175,269 Unique Visits
  • 291,924 Pageviews
  • Average time on site is 01:42
  • 3,404 Twitter Followers
  • 832 RSS Subscribers
  • Pagerank 5 in Google
  • 23,531 Alexa Ranking

Stats

Design Something Every Day

The Community
So far, the response to the challenge25 has been amazing. There are over one hundred people who are currently doing it. I’m just glad that I was able to make a difference in the design community. I have recieved incredible feedback from many of the designers. If you’d like to see the best designs, make sure to follow me on Twitter26 as I will be announcing when the Smashing Magazine round-up will be showcased. Also, if you haven’t already registered your name and designs, make sure to do so here27.

Daily 365
Since I did start the challenge, I wanted to participate in it as well. I have my own side blog28 which I’ve been updating once in a while with my new daily designs. I’ll get around this week to updating it with all of my daily designs. Don’t worry, I’ve been keeping up with the challenge. I’ve just been extremely busy to update the site everyday. I will do a better job of it this month.

Chinese Proverb29

It's a Fight30

So What’s New?

Site Tweaks and Updates

Things have been really busy here at Design Informer, and that’s a great thing. We are still tweaking a few things with the site to try to make it load faster and work much smoother. We are also thinking of switching to another server to further accomodate the traffic that has been pouring in, so please bear with us if you experience performance issues from time to time.

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A Redesign is Coming Soon

I’m also happy to say that we are doing a redesign of Design Informer. It’s actually going to be a more minimalistic design. Don’t worry, the colors will stay the same, except we’ve improved the typography, the site structure, navigation, and the site will load a lot faster. I’ve shown it to a few people and I’ve had tremendous feedback so far. Most people seem to like the redesign. I’m done with the CSS/XHTML of the design and the next step is to convert it to WordPress, which could take a while. Oh, and I’ve included a sneak-peek of our footer design on the new site.

Introducing Coding Informer

We’re glad to announce that a new site in the Informer brand is coming. Coding Informer is something that we’ve been planning for a while, and now, it’s finally coming to fruition. We don’t have an exact target date yet, but definitely watch for it. A friend of mine, Brendan Sera-Shriar31 from Montreal, Canada will be helping me with the new blog. Brendan is a popular guy in the WordPress community and he has organized multiple WordPress events. He is very much involoved in the development and open-source community.

Coding Informer will have the same exact top-notch quality as Design Informer. There will be lots of tutorials that will focus more on the development of websites. We will be posting about XHTML/CSS, HTML5, CSS3, WordPress, jQuery, and lots more. We’re very excited about this project and hope you will support it as well.

Coding Informer

We Would Love to Hear Your Thoughts

Again, we’d like to end this news post by asking you what you think. Please let us know what you think of Coding Informer, a redesign, and what you think of Design Informer? Also, feel free to offer us your suggestions and your thoughts on how we can improve Design Informer. Our readers are very important to us and we will definitely consider your suggestions and opinions. We have some other news that we couldn’t reveal yet, but might do so in the future. More excellent posts, interviews, and giveaways are coming this month so stay tuned.

Thank you for reading and please share this with the rest of the community by bumping, blending, stumbling and retweeting. Thanks again!

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/
  2. 2 http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/
  4. 4 http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/
  5. 5 http://designinformer.com/20-extraordinary-blogs-unique-post-designs/
  6. 6 http://twitter.com/McLeod40
  7. 7 http://twitter.com/bryanconnor
  8. 8 http://twitter.com/acvonesch
  9. 9 http://twitter.com/smoothemoose
  10. 10 http://twitter.com/kevinholesh
  11. 11 http://twitter.com/dougneiner
  12. 12 http://twitter.com/yenio2010
  13. 13 http://twitter.com/esterliquori
  14. 14 http://twitter.com/frankvanleersum
  15. 15 http://twitter.com/designinformer
  16. 16 http://twitter.com/ArtemR
  17. 17 http://twitter.com/designinformer
  18. 18 http://j.mp/91CJJp
  19. 19 http://twitter.com/EREllsworth
  20. 20 http://twitter.com/designinformer
  21. 21 http://designinformer.com/about/
  22. 22 http://designinformer.com/lorem-ipsum-killing-designs/
  23. 23 http://designinformer.com/the-wow-factor-in-web-design/
  24. 24 http://designinformer.com/accept-daily-design-challenge/
  25. 25 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/12/22/design-something-every-day/
  26. 26 http://twitter.com/designinformer
  27. 27 http://designinformer.com/accept-daily-design-challenge/
  28. 28 http://daily365.designinformer.com/
  29. 29 http://daily365.designinformer.com/
  30. 30 http://daily365.designinformer.com/
  31. 31 http://digibombinc.com/

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  1. 1

    Congrats on a very successful first 3 months!

    I am really excited to have been able to contribute to this wonderful site during that time and to have been exposed to all the great ideas, comments, articles and more that DesignerInformer has featured.

    Keep up the great work, Jad – here’s to many, many more 3-month anniversaries!

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    Oh – and very cool to see you went with the custom blog post (something that is near and dear to my heart, as you well know).

    I am curious how you found working with the blog post on a custom design level. Did you enjoy the extra creative freedom it gave you?

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      Hi Jeremy, thanks for your contributions to Design Informer. By the way, I absolutely love your blog, its content and also, the wonderfully crafted posts.

      I’m definitely looking forward to working with you again in the future.

      Oh, and about the custom blog post, I absolutely love it. Of course, I can’t do it on all my posts as I publish quite frequently, but I definitely enjoy doing it and plan on doing more from time to time. Thanks for all your help. :)

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    This website is seriously the most beautiful WordPress based site (assuming this is WordPress) that I have ever seen.

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      Wow! That’s an awesome compliment! I’ve never had anybody say that to me before. :D

      Yes, the site does run on WordPress and I don’t think it’s the most beautiful WordPress site but thank you for the compliments. I’m seriously flattered. :)

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    Only 3 months old? I heard from you at Smashing Magazine. Your content is so much interesting that I added you right to my rss feeds so I can follow you! I can’t wait to follow the Coding Informer! Both will make a great combination :P

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      Hello David, I’m glad that you subscribed to the RSS feed and I’m hoping that it has been worth it so far. :)

      Thanks for looking forward to Coding Informer. I promise, you won’t be disappointed!

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    Congrats on your blogging successes! I too have been inspired by the design community and just recently started my own design blog. I am only a month in so far and still defining the format of the blog. I was recommended to your site and have to admit, I have been reading it almost everyday, even hitting up the archives!

    Thanks for all of the great posts and support in the design community!

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      @Bryan, lol! You’re not alone. This is part of my daily reading.

      Well, I think this blog is successful because it’s well written…frequently updated…consistent…open…responsive…well designed…aware of its audience…varied in topic…personal…thick skinned…honest…accountable…funny…need I say more?

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      Hey Bryan, thanks for checking out the site. I hope that you will be successful in your blogging. If I can do anything for you, please let me know. Cheers! :)

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    Congratulations! This is very impressive. What a wonderful example for the rest of us. I’m not exactly sure what your goal was when you started this. Nevertheless, it is extremely motivating.
    Question: when you say pagerank 5 in Google. What search query do you use?

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      Yes, I was also unsure about my goals in the beginning and I definitely did not think that the blog would have this much success.

      About the pagerank, I have a Firefox toolbar that shows me my Alexa ranking and my Google pagerank. The add-on is called SearchStatus.

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    Hey Jad, congrats on the awesome success of your blog, keep up the great work and it will only keep moving forward…
    .-= The Pro Designer´s latest Blog Entry – 55+ Amazing Book Covers and Paperbacks Design That Grab Your Attention! =-.

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    Congratulations! Nice work was done!

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    Congrats Jad! Wish you all the best in the future!
    .-= Waasys´s latest Blog Entry – Cartoon Character – Dexter =-.

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      Thanks Ilie. I also am grateful for the tutorial that you wrote for Design Informer.

      Sad to hear that you are selling AIMonkey but hope your new blog will be successful as well. Keep on doing those excellent Illustrator tutorials. :)

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    congrats JAD !!!

    its gr8 work and as usual all of ur posts are Excellent.
    Keep it up JAD. You are the inspiration for me.
    .-= nikhil´s latest Blog Entry – Create a Cute Little Tiger in Illustrator =-.

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    Blimey that is amazing that you have achieved so much in so little time. An inspiration to all. Thanks

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    thas amazing – definetly an inspiration Jad : )
    .-= Benjamin Rama´s latest Blog Entry – Some Small Changes – Digital Art Empire Update =-.

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    Congratulations Jad! Your hard work and dedication have paid off. I look forward to every article on Design Informer and can’t wait to see what the future holds. Also, the preview of the redesign looks amazing and I can’t wait for the launch of Coding Informer. I’m excited for you!
    .-= Shawn Ramsey´s latest Blog Entry – 200+ Seamless Grunge Patterns For Designers =-.

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    • 1174

      Thanks Shawn! You are definitely doing a great job with Bluefaqs as well and I’m really enjoying your articles. Keep up the great work as well. :D

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    you are doing very well…just keep it up :)
    .-= PelFusion´s latest Blog Entry – 1,000 Standard Business Cards Giveaway From NextDayFlyers =-.

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    Hey Jad !

    Congrats on really well deserved success dude, very informative articles, awesome communication style and most o all.. its just fun to visit your blog every now and then :)

    Am a designer from India, lemme know if you need some stuff on flash and photography. Would be honored to write for design informer.

    My portfolio: http://www.ujjwalagarwal.com

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    I just discovered your website and I must say, I love it!, thanks for the great content, keep up the good work!

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    Congratz Sir :lol:

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    Excellent improvements. You deserve it with the quality of post and tutorials which you are offering here on DesignInformer for the design community. Thanks and Best of Luck for the Future :)

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    Read about your site from Smashing Magazine, which in turn was presented to me by my Zite iPad news/magazine reader. Good work here, I’ll be coming back for more. I love the design of your main posts pages. So clean and simple!

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    Alex, thank you so much for the kinds words about Design Informer. Also, congratulations on the launch of WP Shift. Looking forward to your theme releases. Oh, and thanks for the free copy of the themes as well. :)

    About the conversion, I’ll definitely drop you an email about it since you asked. ;)

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    Thank you Sneh! I appreciate it. Oh, and you are doing a great job with your Daily Designs. :)

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