Top 25 Web Design Blogs


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”

  • Corporate Website Design

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

  • 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…

  • Shirley

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

  • Dubai Web Design, Development

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

  • 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.

  • Reena (catch me)

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

  • 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… 🙂

  • 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.

  • skiing in italy

    great tips thanks

  • Daniel

    Mandy, they are built into the theme.

    Maurizio, I did it by hand.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Meryl

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

  • Shashank

    Thank you for discovering some great blogs for me 😀

  • Daniel

    Good one John, I will update the list.

  • John Lampard

    Great list! Why isn’t Jeffrey Zeldman (

  • Oli Dale

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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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? 😮

  • Daniel

    Congrats on the Adage Power 150 David.

  • 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. 😉

  • 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 🙂


    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 ;).

  • Daniel

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

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  • Brian Gardner

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

  • Eli

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

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