Ever since my blog crossed 20,000 hits (Yay!), I've been trying to come up with the best post I could think of. The best compilation I could write. And so after 2 days of net surfing, (Slow campus net wasn't helping :X) here's a list of 20 (Design+Tech+Blogging Tips) Blogs, that you MUST check out!
I've choosen blogs that I've been reading regularly, and I'm sure you would love to read to! Also, I've listed 3 posts that I think you should check for each blog (and then I'm sure you'll be looking around for more!)
Oh & maybe this would be a good time to start using a Blog Reader (Or maybe switch to a better one?). Check out my post on 6 Ways to keep up with Blog Updates (Using RSS) to make sure you don't miss any new post on these blogs! (And mine too!)
So gear up for the 20 Blogs that you MUST check out!
10 Design Blogs
It's been only a couple of months since I started reading up about Designing, and now that comprises of most of the blogs that I read! The content of each blog is so great, that it took me quite some time to short list 10 Design Blogs I'm sure you'll love! There are a lot more, so I'll keep others for the next time!
10Steps.SG : It has a really nice collection of Photoshop Tutorials (& Some nice posts for ideas!)
- Create a Retro Pop Art in Photoshop
- 22 Self Portraits of Great Artists
- 40 Sets of Photoshop Custom Shapes
Abduzeedo : Weird name, but this is a blog you would fall in love with! Even if you aren't remotely interested in Designing, the Photos & Artwork here are splendid!
- 20 Fantastic Deviant Wallpapers
- Great Graphic Design Online Courses
- 60 Great Abduzeedo Articles from 2008
- Oh & don't forget to check their Daily Inspiration Series for some excellent Designs & Photos everyday!
DesignShard : Great Design, Even better Blog. Very popular for it's top quality content. Worth bookmarking!
- Get more traffic with good web design
- 10 Inspiring sites to gain Photoshop Inspiration
- Design Vocabulary - Typography Terms
- Logo Design Trends for 2009
- The Ultimate List of The Best Logo Design Resources
- 23 More Truly Awesome Custom Designer T-Shirts
NETTUTS : From the creators of PSDTUTS (Below), here's another great site! From CSS to PHP, it covers a lot!
- 10 Most Bizarre Programming Languages Ever Created
- 5 Techniques to Acquaint You With CSS 3
- 25 Resources to Get You Started with PHP from Scratch
Noupe : Another impressive Design Blog. Oh & this covers a lot topics, so has a nice variety of posts!
- 60 Most Wanted Photoshop Tutorials, Brushes, .PSDs and Resources
- Typographic Madness: 30 Brilliant Piece of Work
- Flex Developer’s Toolbox : Free Components, Themes and Tutorials
PSDFan : Just when you thought you can never learn Photoshop, you stumble upon something like this. Next day, your friends are all around you asking you to show more of your designs!
- Design a Cool Football Wallpaper
- Awesome Grunge Text Effect
- Replicate Justin Timberlake’s Lovestoned Music Video
PSDTUTS : THE Site to go for Photoshop Tutorials. You'll die playing around but their tutorials won't end. I would download their whole site for referring to if I could! :D
- 6 Interface Design Principles and Tips Every Web Designer Should Know
- 30+ Useful Resources for Improving Your Photoshop Efficiency
- 40 Brilliantly Photoshopped Print Ads
Smashing Magazine : Pretty cool design, and amazing content. What more can we ask for!
- 50 Excellent Adobe Illustrator Video Tutorials
- 15 Beautiful High-Quality Free Fonts
- The World From Above: The Beauty Of Aerial Photography
Web Designer Wall : I hate them. Such people shouldn't be allowed to be designers. Once you look at their site, you'll, well, just keep staring at it. NEVER seen a site with a better design! One day, I'll get them to design my blog. One day.... :D (For those who're confused, just go check their site. It's great!)
6 Tech Blogs
I love staying updated with Tech news, but there are some blog that are different. Blogs where authors put effort into each post. So here are 6 Tech Blogs I think you must subscribe to!
LifeHacker : A MUST for everyone who is slightly interested in Technology. The posts are very simple and well explained, and cover a wide range of topics. Really amazing team of writers too!
- Five Best Desktop Customization Tools
- Battle of the Best Beta Releases of 2008
- Everything You Need to Know How to Do in Windows
TechCrunch : One of the most quoted Tech Blogs, this will surely help you keep updated with what's new. And unlike other Tech Blogs which mostly link to the latest news (like Techmeme), TechCrunch Team puts a lot of effort in each post. Check it out!
- 2009: Products I Can’t Live Without
- Steve sends a Steve-note: I’m just thin
- Google’s Top Ten Products (More Or Less)
The Google Blog : This is something that every Google fan must read. Frequent updates of nearly everything big that's related to Google, from their April Fool Pranks to the Search Trends!
The GMail Blog : I've quoted them in a lot of my posts, simply because this will keep you updated about your favorite email service - GMail! :)
- A holiday break to play with all the new stuff
- New in Labs: Tasks
- Fast PDF viewing right in your browser
Digital Inspiration : This one gets a special mention not just because Amit Agarwal is an Indian, but because the writing style is very easy to understand, with minimum jargon in it! Superb blog!
- Most Useful Web Applications for 2008
- The Essential Guide to Internet & Software for First-Time Computer Users
- Windows Live Sync vs. Live Mesh vs. SkyDrive: Which is Right for You?
MS/Web : Now we can't forget Microsoft so easily, can we? MS/Web is a really useful blog which keeps you updated with some popular posts around the web (And no, it isn't just Microsoft related posts). And you can also narrow down and choose a particular category of posts to read!
- Five Tech Trends to Watch in 2009
- Seven Predictions for Open Source in 2009
- Deep Earth: When Virtual Earth Meets Silverlight 2 and Open Source
4 Blogging Tips Blogs
I know there are loads of such blogs everywhere, but these are some of the special ones, that I've been reading for a long time. I give full credit to these blogs for making my blog what it is today!
Must-read for all Bloggers/Going-to-be-Bloggers!
BloggerBuster : This one by Amanda is the best collection of the Blogger tips you'll ever find. And ofcourse, there are plenty of free Blogger Templates there too!
- Easy Peasy Recent Comments Widget for Blogger Layouts
- 125 More Excellent Blogger Templates (The Best Yet!)
- Create a three column Blogger template
Blog University : Another amazing blog for Blogger Tips. One of the scripts that I used was inspired by this blog!
Problogger : Starting a new blog? Not happy with the way your readers are reacting? Problogger helps you become, well, a Pro Blogger! :D
- 5 Reasons to Start a New Blog
- 13 Ways to Add New Dimensions to Your Next Post
- 7 Types of Blog Posts Which Always Seem to Get Links and Traffic
DailyBlogTips : Another nice Blog. What's unique in this blog is that a lot of posts are Ques & Ans based posts, which one can easily relate to. Do check it out!
- 10 Things That Bloggers Tend to Forget, But Shouldn’t!
- Q&A: Why My Blog Gets No Comments?
- Generating Traffic to Your Blog
Those were some of the blogs from my huge Subscription list. Hope you'll enjoy reading them!
So which of these Blogs did you like? Any other blog(s) you think are as good as (or better than) the ones I mentioned?
Do let me know!