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Useful Web Design E-Mail Newsletters


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.

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BlueVertigo Newsletter Link

BlueVertigo 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 Newsletter

Laura Carlson’s Web Design Update Newsletter Link

Laura Carlson’s legendary Web Design Update newsletter 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 site, a Web Design Update newsletter message is sent to the listserv. The newsletter is sent out weekly.

Ben Hunt's Web Design Newsletter

Ben Hunt’s Web Design Newsletter Link

If you’ve never heard of Web Design From Scratch, you’re really missing out. Even if you’ve heard of it, did you know they had a newsletter? Ben Hunt’s Web Design Newsletter 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 Newsletter

Web Smart Newsletter Link

Web Smart newsletters 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 Newsletter

.Net Magazine’s Newsletter Link

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

Net Magazine Newsletter

Bokardo Link

Bokardo Design 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 archives on their website, along with signing up via email or RSS.

Dokardo's Newsletter

SitePoint Newsletters Link

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

Tribune Link

The Tribune 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 Tribune

Tech Times Link

The Tech Times 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 Times

Community Crier Link

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

SitePoint Community Crier

SitePoint Design View Link

Design View 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 View

AskTog Link

AskTog 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.


Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox Link

Alertbox 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 Alertbox

SiteProNews Link

SiteProNews 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.


Boston Interactive’s Newsletter Link

Boston Interactive offers a free newsletter 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 Newsletter

Bonus: Designer In Action’s Newsletter (German) Link

This newsletter 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 Newsletter

Further Resources Link

Use the tools below to create your own email newsletter.

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Smashing Book #5

Hold on tiger! Thank you for reading the article. Did you know that we also publish printed books and run friendly conferences – crafted for pros like you? For example, Smashing Book 5, packed with smart responsive design patterns and techniques.

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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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    thanks for sharing…love this.

  2. 2 is a good one too

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    Thank you for the information! Very helpful!

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    Thank you. Very interesting. Please note

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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

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    Thanks for including SitePoint’s four email newsletters!

    Great list.

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    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.

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    Neh nobody read newsletter anymore.

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    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

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    Don’t forget my article on

    6 Easy Ways To Improve Your HTML Emails

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    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.

    Also, their list of e-mail clients and their supported CSS is an excellent piece of reference material.

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

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    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?

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

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

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    HA! no.6 – nice one

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    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

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    Cameron, thnaks for your support! :)

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    thanks for sharing…

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    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.

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    Very useful, thanks :)

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    Wonderful list, thank you!

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    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!

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    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!

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    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.

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    i always thought photojojo was a fantastic newsletter.


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