Top 25 Web Design Blogs

By Daniel Scocco

The Top 25 Blogs is becoming a trademark around here. We have already created the Top 25 Blogs About Blogging and the Top 25 SEO Blogs. Now it is time to cover the web design niche.

I have a lot of fun compiling these lists because it allows me to discover a bunch of new blogs, most of them with excellent content. It is also interesting to see how the different blogs on a specific niche perform under the parameters. Once again we based the analysis on Google’s Pagerank, Alexa rank, Bloglines subscribers and Technorati authority. The details about the algorithm can be found below the table.

#1 A List Apart 8 10 10 10 38
#2 Smashing Magazine 6 10 10 10 36
#3 456 Berea Street 7 8 10 8 33
#4 Meyer Web 8 7 9 7 31
#5 Simple Bits 7 7 10 6 30
#6 Pearsonified 7 6 7 10 30
#7 Tutorial Blog 5 8 7 8 28
#8 CSS Beauty 7 8 7 5 27
#9 7 7 7 6 27
#10 Bartelme Design 7 6 9 4 26
#11 The Man in Blue 7 5 10 3 25
#12 Andy Budd 8 3 10 4 25
#13 Particle Tree 6 6 8 5 25
#14 Warpspire 7 4 3 10 24
#15 Brian Gardner 6 7 1 10 24
#16 Sitepoint Design Blog 6 10 4 4 24
#17 The Undersigned 7 3 3 10 23
#18 Bitt Box 5 7 5 6 23
#19 Fadtastic 5 3 5 10 23
#20 Colour Lovers 0 9 5 8 14
#21 David Airey 4 7 3 8 22
#22 Design Meltdown 5 6 7 4 22
#23 Clagnut 7 3 8 3 21
#24 Dev Lounge 6 6 4 5 21
#25 Smiley Cat 6 4 7 3 20

Blogs considered: the list considers only blogs that have a high percentage of web design related content.

Google Pagerank (0 to 10): the actual Pagerank was used on the algorithm.

Alexa Rank (0 to 10): Ranges were determined based on the Alexa Rank (i.e., 150k and up, 150k-100k, 100k-75k, 75k-50k) and each range was assigned a number (1 to 10).

Bloglines Subscribers (0 to 10): Subscriber ranges were determined (i.e., 1-50, 50-100, 100-150, 150-200) and each range was assigned a number (1 to 10).

Technorati Authority (0 to 10): Ranges were determined based on Technorati’s Authority rank (i.e., 1-100, 100-200, 200-400,400-600) and each range was assigned a number (1 to 10).

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95 Responses to “Top 25 Web Design Blogs”

  • Eli

    Ah, impressive list! I’ve actually seen a few of these before (sorry for not remember for you the other day!) 🙁

  • Brian Gardner

    Great list Daniel, looks like I should build up my RSS readership, huh? P.S. Love the redesign here! 😉

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  • Daniel

    Yeah Brian I told you, an RSS icon should do it hehe.


    Great toplist of blogs about design. In order to have a successful blog you must always take care of your website design. These blogs are giving out for sure a lot of useful tips. Thanks for the top;). I will visit the top 5 ;).

  • Keith Dsouza

    Nice list, I have seen the works of A list apart and smashing magazine will take some time out to go through the others from list to gain some inspiration for my designing skills 🙂

  • David Airey

    Thanks for the inclusion! I recently joined the Adage Power 150 list, and this is great too.


    Don’t worry about adding that RSS icon. I don’t want to have the lowest subscriber rate here. 😉

  • Daniel

    Congrats on the Adage Power 150 David.

  • Charity

    Very good list, and I’m even subscribed to several of them, so I guess I’m on the right track. 😉

    Not sure what the big deal is with Bloglines though. Why does a Bloglines-based readership have more prominence than another service? Have I overlooked a fundamental RSS marketing strategy? 😮

  • Jermayn Parker

    Not many surprises there especially A List Apart and Smashing Magazine.

    I tend to think A List Apart can be a bit complicated at times however!

  • Bill

    Gotta tell ya, I’ve never thought of making a list of Top 25 Web Design Blogs or anything like that. But it is a good list indeed. I’ve found some very interesting themes…thanks.

  • David Airey

    Thanks Daniel.

    Charity asks a good question, about Bloglines. I really don’t know much about that. Do more people use Bloglines than Google reader? Is that a stupid question and I’m way off-track?

  • Daniel

    Bloglines is the only RSS reader that reveals its numbers publicly.

    I could have used Feedburner, but not all the blogs use this service.

  • Oli Dale

    Thanks for placing tutorial blog on your list, pleasantly surprised we did so well.

  • John Lampard

    Great list! Why isn’t Jeffrey Zeldman ( on it though? He probably taught most other people on that list everything they know! 🙂

  • Daniel

    Good one John, I will update the list.

  • Shashank

    Thank you for discovering some great blogs for me 😀

  • Meryl

    Where’s Digital Web Magazine ( It has a Google PR of 9 — the highest of ’em all. Thanks for a great list.

  • Mandy

    Great post!

    I know it’s a little off topic but can I ask which plugins you use for related posts and bookmarks? Or did you write it into the theme.

  • maurizio

    How did u do that? All by hand? I am really interested in that because I’m trying to automate some of the things you did.

    Have a look at my site.


  • Daniel

    Mandy, they are built into the theme.

    Maurizio, I did it by hand.

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    great tips thanks

  • Glen(Web-Design Blog)

    Nice post but perhaps it should read top 25 ranked web-design blog
    because my blog is clearly missing from the list.

  • Daphne

    This is definitely a great list. And I agree with your list. These are really resourceful and top related blogs on web designs. Very impressive… 🙂

  • Reena (catch me)

    really an updater for me ,i have to updates my list right now ,although thanks for sharing such good information.

  • Effective Web Design

    There is a lot of random web design blogs on that list, some I personally would not including in web design. However, see the way you guys are rating them by search it would only be fair. Very nice list none the less.

  • Dubai Web Design, Development

    Great list. But there is a problem that only home page contain good PR inner pages don’t have PR.

  • Shirley

    Well, I agree with a few of those… I’ll have to look into some ofthe others… Thanks for the research.

  • Erickson Juricks2Web

    Oh!… wow wow, nice list… I find it very interesting… I’ll some of it… coz I’ve already try most of it. But anyway i really like most of the list coz they really know what they are doing on the web industry…

  • Corporate Website Design

    A well compiled list of blogs…thanks for sharing it with all of us.

  • neo

    I am the new visitor to this blog and really impressed with the informative list !! Keep up posting the good stuff..

  • James Smith

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  • Jason Goldberg

    Nice list, I hope my blog makes it on that list one day. Still have a ways to go

  • Media Training

    Its a shame that Bartelme Design has dried up on his content. Always liked the work he produced.

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  • Rob Waite

    Really useful list, it’s quite an arduous task scouring the web for decent and highly ranked web design blogs so you’ve saved me quite a bit of time!


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  • Cyberhari

    Pretty impressive comparison! And a list of useful blogs. Thanks!

  • Jony

    Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

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  • srikanth

    Thanks for the list with Page rank Info.

  • webdesign

    This is a wonderfull list!!! Thanks so much! Great job!

  • DIYdavid

    This is just what I was looking for. Sometimes it is useful to ‘borrow’ a blog layout. Especially when you are starting out.

  • seo consultant

    Keep up the good work 🙂

  • dreamfree

    a good collection, thank you.

  • Website Design Delhi

    I was searching on internet and I found your web design blog… is really intresting…keep it up….look forward to read more from you

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    great blog, awesome.

  • Suparna

    Thank you so much for this impressive list! I really need these lists.

  • [Re]encoded

    I like the standards you used to determine the top blogs and that you didn’t just put together a random list. I’m working hard to get my web design blog up at the top!

  • Web designers

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  • Florida Web Design

    This is a cool list and good one with the rankings, I like how you have them viewed from different resources. I hope to get our blog the same way someday. 🙂

  • donstudio

    Very nice list of web design blogs, we would learn a lot from this websites, thanks a lot for sharing and compiling this list.

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  • Anu M

    this list is very help ful… really gud list..
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    this comparison will help we people a lot.. really good job..u r dion.. keep it up

  • Dux Marketing


    I’ll come across your website and found it more interesting in Web Design. I learn more, thanks for the information you share, i’ll come back often.


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  • Web Design London

    Great Job! Nice site with helpful list. while surfing to web i come across your website.Thanks for sharing information

  • SEO Company

    I visited these websites, and they have some nice information, CSS-Discuss Wiki in particular. I’m looking forward for some more posts like these.

    Good Work!

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    Thanks for this contribution. I will pass this link to my newsletter subscribers.

  • joeparker

    nice statistics, it is very informative and helpful. An amazing tool for the web designers to update themselves.

  • Website Design

    Great Resources. Thanks for sharing.

  • web design

    I’ll come across your website and found it more interesting in Web Design. I learn more, thanks for the information you share, i’ll come back often.

  • Web Design Northampton

    Great list – should keep me entertained for the rest of the morning!

  • PelFusion

    smashingmagazine should be the #1 blog

  • KoolDesigning USA

    Thanks for share this cute post and list of top 25 blogs. I find this page while i am search top web design blogs at Google.

    Thanks again and best regards

    Kool Designing

  • San Diego Printing

    I have joined the both smashingmagazine and alistapart. I think smashingmagazine is the best blog site and rest of the blogs sites in this list are also good.

    Thanks for sharing this cute post and keep it up!

    All the best.

  • kreditkort

    Lovely with such a list. In order to have a successful blog you must always take care of your website design. These blogs are giving out for sure a lot of useful tips. Thanks!

  • Oxzen Media

    great post…cool! 😉 i see some of the blogs listed above and i enjoy reviewing on it… we will come back often…see yahhh..thanks for the information share…

    Thanks and regards,


  • hiphop

    Great listing of blogs………. I like to include me too… and been a poet i like to give my magic imagination and magic words through my blog….

    I give my regards for such listing u give.. thanks

  • Dallas Web Design

    Those are all good picks and I think its a great idea. Keeping the cycle goign sharing is caring. Good stuff. Give us an idea to do a top pick for some other stuff. Thanks for the read

  • Nits

    I am looking for high PR blog site ,its great list for the webmaster.

  • Sujit

    Cool – the list is really useful!! Cheers 🙂

  • Minneapolis Web Design Guru

    There were a few new blogs I hadn’t heard of… thanks for the information.

  • Parashu Nepal

    Really useful lists. Thank you. In order to have a successful blog we must always take care of your website design and its components. These blogs are giving out for sure a lot of useful tips. Thanks!

  • Suzanne

    I love that so many of the top web design sites are creative and have interesting names: Smiley Cat, Simple Bits.

  • RM Ho

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  • Chris

    Good list of the top web design blogs. Agree with PelFusion though that SmashingMagazine should be the top spot now. There are definitely a lot of new web design blogs that have come out since that are good reads. One site that I’ve found that lists a bunch of these and their most recent posts is

  • Eric Murphy

    Thanks For the list sir.

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