12 Blogs To Help Designers Learn Web Development

By / Dec 23, 2008 / Resources

It is rare to find a talented web designer that is just as proficient at web development. Obviously, one can be successful at specializing in design only, but a web designer can only benefit from having a better understanding of what is going on behind the scenes. If you want to take steps in learning some code, here are twelve great blogs that can get you on your way.

Viget – Extend

Extend is the web development blog of Viget’s blog family.

Viget - Extend


NutTuts, part of the popular “Tuts” family of blogs by Envato, is a great place to find easy to follow tutorials on HTML, CSS, Javascript, CMS’s, PHP and Ruby on Rails.


456 Berea St

456 Berea St is written by Roger Johansson, a Swedish web professional. The content is mainly made up of articles on web standards, accessibility, or usability.

456 Berea St


Antonio Lupetti is the web developer behind Woork. The blog contains posts about web applications, programming, and resources for web designers. It is also full of tutorials on topics such as PHP, Coldfusion, MySQL, JavaScript, Ajax, and CSS.



Vitamin is a multi-author blog with tons of useful articles. It won the SXSW Award for Best Educational Resource in 2007.



Jonathan Snook has been writing articles on Snook.ca since 2001. The blog focuses on web development, design and freelance.


Signal vs. Noise

Signal vs. Noise is a blog by 37Signals, the people behind Ruby On Rails and numerous successful Web Apps. Although you won’t find many tutorials on the site, it does provide great insight into the thought process of web development.

Signal vs. Noise


With Ajax being a technology that is so closely connected to the UI and front end design of a web site, it is something that designers want to know how to do. Ajaxian is a great blog to read to stay on top of all things Ajax.



StyleGrind is written by Peter Dorsi and is full of great tips and tutorials on jQuery, Ajax, CSS, and more.


Boxes And Arrows

Boxes and Arrows is full of informative articles on interaction design, information architecture, and the business side of things.

Boxes And Arrows

CSS Globe

CSS Globe is a community driven blog on web standards.

CSS Globe

Six Revisions

As I mentioned in 12 Blogs That Can Expand Your Web Design Repertoire, Six Revisions is the perfect blend of Web Design and Web Development content. So I didn’t have a choice to include it here as well.

Six Revisions

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

  • http://www.logodesignguru.com Nikki – Logo Design Guru

    web design is a difficult process for some people so thanks for posting some outlets to learn from.

  • Tom Wilson

    Thanks. Woork is one of my favorites.

  • Chip

    For someone wanting to learn more about programming like myself, this is great.

  • http://css.dzone.com Schalk

    An awesome list, thanks. You may also want to introduce your readers to the web builder zone. css.dzone.com

  • http://theflashwebgallery.com FM

    Good information. Thanks for the help!


  • Mathieu

    The last post on Style Grind has been made on May 23, 2008 ….

  • http://dhanecrowley.com Dhane

    What a great post. It’s good to know that I have been following some of the best sites on the web to help me develop my skills.

  • http://notionage.com Web Designer

    Good resources for web designer in different aspects.

  • http://woork.blogspot.com Antonio Lupetti

    Thanks for the mention!

  • http://nifty-tracker.blogspot.com Pokrate

    gr8 list and gr8 site too.

  • http://www.annstorer.com astorix

    These sites are great! I’m one of those designers who started off with no clue about designing for the web, and learning how has been a long process. I’m always glad to find new resources like these.

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    Well lists thanks.

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    This is a really nice list of sites!

    Thanks :)

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    Cool list of sites. For more info on web design check http://www.esenso.net

  • http://www.platoon.in Web design and development

    Wow!.. Nice information to all designers to learn about development. This is very helpful to me. Thanks for this post.

  • http://www.q-5.nl Webdesign

    Great list! thanks!



  • http://www.platoon.in Web Design and Web Development

    An excellent post. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.netultement.com netultimate

    Excellent article – I really appreciate your knowledge about web development, I have bookmarked it for later viewing and forwarded it on. Thanks

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    This is exactly what I needed!

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  • http://www.jannahagan.com Janna

    I’d also suggest http://www.studentguidewebdesign.com! Nice article though :)