50 Top Sites for Web Designers

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The quality of a website’s design is fundamental to its success. Web designers are routinely challenged on a variety of fronts to produce informed, attractive, compelling and meaningful experiences to users, all the while balancing those needs with the perpetual call to aid in conversion.

It’s enough to make even the most strategic designers lose their way in the quest for the “perfect” design.

While challenging to create a list of 50 top sites for designers, it’s not the most difficult thing, either. Designers are a social group by nature; openly sharing their expertise, learning new techniques and profiting from their work. That means there is no shortage of supply when it comes to finding the tools and resources designers need or desire on the Web.

Website Magazine’s Top 50 sites for designers in 2010 focused on resources for design inspiration (http://wsm.co/ekDcEE). This year’s edition highlights those sites that designers might find useful in their day-to-day design activities — from finding that perfect font, to storing images and files, and even asking their peers a few complex questions along the way.

Readers should not be surprised at the presence of some of the more recognizable names at the head of this list. Adobe, Apple, Google and Microsoft are those setting standards and producing and managing the platforms and solutions that designers interact with daily. (Show us a designer that is not impacted by these enterprises, and we’ll show you a very lonely designer.)

From stock image sources like istockphoto.com (#5) and font directories like iconfinder.com (#27); to back-up services like mozy.com (#20), billing services like Freshbooks. com (#17) and time trackers like Toggl.com (#44), this list has something for every Web designer. Dig deep into this list to find some of the best. Stackoverflow.com (#6) is a popular Q&A site for the developer set, and stock photo site sxc.hu (#15) — which is part of Getty Images — might provide even more inspiration.

Every website is different and every designer’s set of tools and services will be different, too. For this reason it is important to stay on top of those sites most popular among designers and this list acts as a solid starting point. Explore these resources and send WM editors your favorites at editors@websitemagazine.com.

Website Magazine’s Top 50 rankings are a measure of a website’s popularity. Ranks are calculated using a proprietary method that focuses on average daily unique visitors and page views over a specified period of time, as reported by multiple data sources. The website with the highest combination of factors is ranked in the first position. Conducting research, making formal comparisons and talking to existing clients and users before making any purchase decisions is always recommended.

1. adobe.com

2. apple.com
3. google.com
4. microsoft.com
5. istockphoto.com
6. shutterstock.com
7. dreamstime.com
8. dropbox.com
9. stackoverflow.com
10. box.net
11. dafont.com
12. gettyimages.com
13. gimp.org
14. bigstockphoto.com
15. sxc.hu


16. corbisimages.com
17. freshbooks.com

18. myfonts.com
19. carbonite.com
20. mozy.com
21. veer.com
22. adrive.com
23. thinkstockphotos.com
24. jquery.com
25. morguefile.com

26. freefoto.com
27. iconfinder.com
28. sugarsync.com
29. linotype.com
30. drop.io
31. zumodrive.com
32. iconshock.com
33. stockvault.net
34. jupiterimages.com
35. itcfonts.com
36. freedigitalphotos.net
37. prototypejs.org
38. typography.com
39. mootools.net
40. snipplr.com
41. script.aculo.us
42. everystockphoto.com
43. fontfabric.com
44. toggl.com

45. getharvest.com
46. freerangestock.com
47. fonthaus.com
48. highfonts.com
49. getcashboard.com
50. photorack.net

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Jon Design 04-20-2012 9:46 AM

I’ve visited some of the websites listed and was awed by the myriad resources and information shared by people in the design community. From styles that are currently trending to coding a particular effect in, say, Flash, to downloading a free font that is similar to the one you want that costs $300; no matter if the information is needed by the novice or professional – it’s all there!

NicC 07-30-2012 1:51 AM

Some very interesting sites other than the standard well known ones of course, I actually found some interesting bits on Econsultancy as well, also free, I think most are free to members only however??



Modern Design 03-21-2013 11:05 AM

Thanks for useful list.... I just get to know this blog by search. I realize that the content is useful for all designers. keep up your hard work on that!

Paul Design 10-08-2014 3:21 AM

Great article, some on the above list were expected given the size of the businesses but others were a surprise to see in the list. Good job.

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