Brain Food for Web Developers


Recommended Web Design & Development Blogs

Anyone who’s into web design & development knows that it’s important to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies. The best way to do this is to read quality blogs and online magazines. I’ve put together a list of the blogs I find are the most useful and interesting as a front end web developer.

If I ever need to search for anything on CSS, this is where I go first. It offers great online tutorials, code snippets, and video screencasts (+ awesome responsive layout). Several of the writers have recently launched Codepen, a site designed for building stuff with HTML, CSS & Javascript. From what I’ve seen so far, it’s an excellent way to learn and share code.
Smashing Magazine
Smashing Magazine is an excellent resource for web designers. It includes tutorials on coding, design, UX design, WordPress, and more. The magazine has published a high quality series of books/ebooks that are well worth reading. The website itself is also an outstanding example of responsive web design.
A List Apart
A List Apart is a well respected web magazine that explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.
Web Designer Wall
This one was of the first blogs I started following, back when I was new to web design. It’s still one of my all time favorite websites. Not only does author/artist Nick La write brilliant tutorials but the design of the site is inspirational. Every single post has something useful to offer.
Cats Who Code
Dedicated to people who create websites, Cats Who Code offers plenty of articles and code snippets for HTML, CSS, Javascript, WordPress, PHP, SQL and more! Also it has a cat.
SitePoint is a fast growing online media company and information provider targeting the web professional market, specifically web developers and designers. As well as tutorials and articles on all things web, Sitepoint also has a great forum for discussion.
Nettuts+ offers detailed tutorials and articles on HTML, CSS, Javascript, CMS’s, PHP, WordPress and Ruby on Rails. The in-depth tutorials include demos and source files so that learning is made easy. You can also upgrade to Tuts Premium, an online education platform (just make sure you don’t make a typo when you google ‘tuts premium’).
HTML5 Doctor
HTML5 Doctor was setup to shine a light on the hows and whys of implementing HTML5. They also welcome questions via an ‘Ask the Doctor’ section. Since the HTML5 specifications have yet to be finalized this site encourages discussion that may one day contribute to the future of the HTML.
1st WebDesigner
An excellent source of tutorials, articles, inspiration. Also includes freebies such as icons, color patterns, and HTML templates. I’ve read some really useful tutorials from this site!


I started following this blog about a month ago and I’ve come to find that every single post has been right up my alley. All of the code snippets and resources are useful and up-to-date. I highly recommend taking a look at this blog. Written by Paul Underwood.
CSS Zen Garden
Since the site was launched in 2003 it has been used to showcase what’s possible with CSS, using a single HTML markup page as a foundation for several different designs. Not technically a blog, but still worth mentioning.

Author: Graham

My name is Graham and I'm a Scottish web developer living in California. I love working with clean code to make attractive and usable websites. I'm also interested in cooking, gardening, and taekwondo.


  1. Thanks Graham for sharing different sources of web designing and development.