The Top Design Blogs Best Posts in 2009

Yahoo has a nice little Site Explorer search that allows you to request a specific website URL that displays results of the highest ranked articles/pages on a specific website.

Based on my Twitter list “Top Design Blogs,” I searched each of the blogs in this list in Yahoo’s Site Explorer and compiled a Highest Rank List of 2009 below.

10 awesome .htaccess hacks for WordPress

Design Informer
Spectacular Holiday Typography

UX Magazine
Wireframing ahoy!

Designs of the Year: 2009

7 Harsh Truths about running online communities

24 Ways
Working with RGBA Colour

Frank Chimero
Why Do We Art?

How To: Get precise vector shapes with the pen tool

Nonsense Infographics

Inspired Magazine
The Social Bird Icon Set

Web Designer Depot
Operating System Interface Design Between 1981-2009

25 Scripts for Dropdown Navigation Menus

12 LogoType Designs – Have you Seen These Series – Part 1

21 Amazing Movie Posters Recreated with Lego

Smashing Magazine
Flavours Icon Set And Cute Tweeters Icon Set

DIY project: Recycled Cardboard Kitty Pad

CrazyLeaf Design
50+ New and Beautiful Free WordPress Themes

CMD+Shift Design
14 Applications to Make Your OSX Installation Better|

8 Ways To Improve Typography in Your Designs

Colorful Glowing Text Effect in Photoshop

Fudge Graphics
Sticky Tape: Free Hi-Res Photoshop Brushes + Textures

100+ Funny Photos Taken At Unusual Angle

Six Revisions
30 Exceptional CSS Navigation Techniques

I Love Typography
The first one’s the hardest

Cameron Moll
Exploring Cufón, a sIFR alternative for font embedding

Logo Design Love
Ten logo design tips from the field

Wes Anderson Project / Student Project

Jason Santa Maria
Pretty Sketchy

Elliot Jay Stocks
Design Trends in 2009

Just Creative Design
The Top 100 Best Fonts Of All Time

Spoon Graphics
Twitter Background Design How-To and Best Practices

David Airey
Forbes calls designers snooty

CSS Tricks
CSS Sprites: What They Are, Why They’re Cool, and How To Use Them

Veerle’s blog
Simple scalable CSS based breadcrumbs

10 Beautiful Sketches for Website Prototypes

The Netsetter
So You Want to Start a Startup? 5 Places to Start

45 Amazing Type Faces – Typographic Portraits

Design Shard
300+ Free Hi-Res grunge textures you’ve never seen before

46 Stunning High Resolution Photoshop Light Effect Brushes

Fuel Your Creativity
Grid Based Design Toolbox

Grace Smith
Get Wireframing: An All In One Guide

Niki Brown
The Worlds Ugliest Websites

Vector Tuts+
How to Create a Mosaic Portrait from a Photograph

My Ink Blog
10 Awesome Free Handwritten Fonts

Build Internet
Sliding Boxes and Captions with jQuery

PSD Tuts+
50 Totally Free Lessons in Graphic Design Theory

Net Tuts
Top 50 WordPress Tutorials

Swiss Miss
Ctrl – Alt – Del Pillows

Grain Edit
Frank Chimero Interview

Jessica Hische

From The Couch
How To Use CSS Sprites

The Evolution of a Website Design

What was your favorite blog post of 2009? Feel free to share in the comments below. Here’s to everyone having a happy, healthy and inspiring 2010.

Discussion and Comments

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  1. Sean Farrell says:

    nice post, some of these I missed. thanks!

  2. Brian says:

    Looks great! Thanks for the great read and for sharing.

    Thanks. Glad I could point you in the direction of those you missed. Happy New Year.

  3. Thank you so much for including my blog and post Brian.

    I’m actually going down the list now and clicking away. I was planning to get off the computer but I guess that won’t happen now. Thanks a lot! Great idea!

  4. Dragoslav says:

    Great list! How about this one from my fellow countryman

  5. James says:

    Thanks for the list. These are all great sites. Happy New Year everyone!

  6. nice comparision. Very much inspirations in this links

  7. For the lesser known design sites like BoxedinDesign, it was articles.

    I think I’m subscribed to 89% of these sites in your list. Have to give a second look to some of them because it’s been awhile.

    Thanks for sharing your list Brian!

  8. Dave says:

    Hey Brian,
    Thanks for including on your list!

  9. Nice list. Great job with this. Especially, she’s a top notch person. (Donating 100% of her profits to charity for the first week of January.) she’s good people.

    Best wishes to you and yours.

  10. Graham Smith says:

    Had no idea you could do this, and really quite interesting to see that the results are. This was a post done a while back and frankly, didn’t give it much after thought. So really interested to see which of my posts was listed.

    Thanks for taking time to put this list together.


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  12. Grace Smith says:

    Brian this is a fantastic roundup, bookmarked! Thanks so much for including my All-In-One Wireframing Guide, it was one of my first ‘popular’ posts and was one of my personal highlights of last year in terms of blogging.

    Look forward to more great Design Cubicle articles this year!

  13. Hadn’t seen some of these blogs…thanks for the list!

  14. THEOSOFT says:

    Thanks for your valuable Information.

  15. Sweet. Makes my search for top notch blogs much easier. Thanks B.

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  17. Hi, I have save this site for reference of good design. Thanks for posting and sharing this compiled sites of yours.


  18. Thank you for sharing the sites. I have bookmarked these for further reference.

  19. A great selection of beautifully designed websites from your portfolio link.I want share some great wordpress websites

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