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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 Link

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

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15. Graphics.com: The shared resource for creative design23

Design Magazines - Graphics.com: The shared resource for creative design24

16. fadtastic25: a multi-author web design trends journal

Design Magazines - fadtastic - a multi-author web design trends journal26

17. Web Design from Scratch27 – 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 examples28

18. 9rules29 – 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.30

19. Design-Feed Latest31

Design Magazines - Design-Feed Latest32

20. graphicPUSH33: News, articles and tutorials for print and web designers.

Design Magazines - graphicPUSH: News, articles and tutorials for print and web designers.34

21. Devlounge35

Design Magazines - Devlounge : A resource for designers and developers36

22. Design Observer37: writings about design & culture

Design Magazines - Design Observer: writings about design & culture38

23. design.Principles

Design Magazines - design.Principles:

24. 24 ways39

Design Magazines - 24 ways40

25. Iconfactory41

Design Magazines - Iconfactory : Home42

26. Before & After magazine43

Design Magazines - Before & After magazine44

27. The FWA: Favourite Website Awards45 – Web awards at the cutting edge

Design Magazines - The FWA: Favourite Website Awards - Web awards at the cutting edge46

28. Speak Up › Design Dialog47

Design Magazines - Speak Up › Design Dialog48

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30. Wired News49

Design Magazines - Wired News:50

31. Techcrunch51

Design Magazines - Techcrunch52

32. Web 2.0 Explorer

Design Magazines - | Web 2.0 Explorer | ZDNet.com

33. Modern Life53 – News & Views of the Modern Internet

Design Magazines - Modern Life - News & Views of the Modern Internet54

34. Solution Watch55

Design Magazines - Solution Watch - Your descriptive source of solutions56

35. Mashable! – The Social Networking Blog57

Design Magazines - Mashable! - The Social Networking Blog58

36. Home – .net magazine59

Design Magazines - Home - .net magazine60

Typography Link

37. Typographica. A Journal of Typography.61

Design Magazines - Typographica. A Journal of Typography.62

User Experience, Usability Link

38. UXmatters63: Insights and inspirations for the user experience community

Design Magazines - UXmatters :: Insights and inspirations for the user experience community64

Useful tips, references Link

39. Lifehacker, the Productivity and Software Guide65

Design Magazines - Lifehacker, the Productivity and Software Guide66

News, with Tech/Design section Link

40. Newsvine – Get Smarter Here67

Design Magazines - Newsvine - Get Smarter Here68

41. SlashDot69

Design Magazines - Slashdot70

Further Online Journals Link

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.digital-web.com/
  2. 2 http://www.digital-web.com/
  3. 3 http://www.alistapart.com/
  4. 4 http://www.alistapart.com/
  5. 5 http://www.sitepoint.com/recentarticles/
  6. 6 http://www.sitepoint.com/recentarticles/
  7. 7 http://netdiver.net/
  8. 8 http://netdiver.net/
  9. 9 http://www.pingmag.jp/2006/07/06/web-20-in-japan/
  10. 10 http://www.pingmag.jp/2006/07/06/web-20-in-japan/
  11. 11 http://www.boxesandarrows.com/
  12. 12 http://www.boxesandarrows.com/
  13. 13 http://www.ajaxian.com/
  14. 14 http://www.ajaxian.com/
  15. 15 http://www.designmeltdown.com/
  16. 16 http://www.designmeltdown.com/
  17. 17 http://www.uxmag.com/
  18. 18 http://www.uxmag.com/
  19. 19 http://www.thinkvitamin.com/
  20. 20 http://www.thinkvitamin.com/
  21. 21 http://www.webdevelopersjournal.com/
  22. 22 http://www.webdevelopersjournal.com/
  23. 23 http://www.graphics.com/index.php
  24. 24 http://www.graphics.com/index.php
  25. 25 http://fadtastic.net/
  26. 26 http://fadtastic.net/
  27. 27 http://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/
  28. 28 http://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/
  29. 29 http://9rules.com/design/
  30. 30 http://9rules.com/design/
  31. 31 http://design-feed.net/
  32. 32 http://design-feed.net/
  33. 33 http://graphicpush.com/
  34. 34 http://graphicpush.com/
  35. 35 http://devlounge.net/
  36. 36 http://devlounge.net/
  37. 37 http://www.designobserver.com/
  38. 38 http://www.designobserver.com/
  39. 39 http://24ways.org/
  40. 40 http://24ways.org/
  41. 41 http://iconfactory.com/home
  42. 42 http://iconfactory.com/home
  43. 43 http://www.bamagazine.com/
  44. 44 http://www.bamagazine.com/
  45. 45 http://www.thefwa.com/
  46. 46 http://www.thefwa.com/
  47. 47 http://www.underconsideration.com/speakup/
  48. 48 http://www.underconsideration.com/speakup/
  49. 49 http://www.wired.com/
  50. 50 http://www.wired.com/
  51. 51 http://www.techcrunch.com/
  52. 52 http://www.techcrunch.com/
  53. 53 http://www.modernlifeisrubbish.co.uk/
  54. 54 http://www.modernlifeisrubbish.co.uk/
  55. 55 http://www.solutionwatch.com/
  56. 56 http://www.solutionwatch.com/
  57. 57 http://www.mashable.com/
  58. 58 http://www.mashable.com/
  59. 59 http://www.netmag.co.uk/
  60. 60 http://www.netmag.co.uk/
  61. 61 http://typographi.com/
  62. 62 http://typographi.com/
  63. 63 http://www.uxmatters.com/
  64. 64 http://www.uxmatters.com/
  65. 65 http://lifehacker.com/
  66. 66 http://lifehacker.com/
  67. 67 http://www.newsvine.com/
  68. 68 http://www.newsvine.com/
  69. 69 http://www.slashdot.com/
  70. 70 http://www.slashdot.com/
  71. 71 http://www.pdf-mags.com/
  72. 72 http://www.pdf-mags.com/
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  1. 1

    Your lists rock!

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

    Congratulations on an excellent work!

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  2. 2

    i love you smashing magazine!

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  3. 3

    Thanks for finally giving up some sources :)

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    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.

    Thanks.

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  5. 5

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

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  6. 6

    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.

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  7. 7

    Keith Donegan

    March 19, 2007 11:05 pm

    Excellent as always Smash…

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  8. 8

    Andrew Faulkner

    March 19, 2007 11:22 pm

    Thanks for the inclusion, guys.

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  9. 9

    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!

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  10. 10

    Thanx for it , a great job with this list.

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    Puneet Thakkar

    March 20, 2007 3:02 am

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

    Keep it UP

    Regards
    Puneet M

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  12. 12

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

    Congrats to all those that made it!

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  13. 13

    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

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  14. 14

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

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  15. 15

    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.

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  16. 16

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

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  17. 17

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

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  18. 18

    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

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  19. 19

    Great List i have tagged a few of these…

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  20. 20

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

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