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Web Design Magazines

December 28, 2003 | View Comments (16) | simpl(e)y asking

Does anyone know of any good web design magazines? We have been thinking of starting a project and was wondering what the field is like. We have seen many magazines from England and the majority of these are big and gaudy and filled with tutorials about Dreamweaver. None of them really preach the beauty and importance of design, but tend to focus on what cool design is. Lastly, they all seem to cater to the beginners of the web. expressmedscanada.com

The independent web is a beautiful thing because it allows great content to surface on an almost daily basis. If magazines could keep up it would be great and sometimes we wonder if these magazines even pay attention to the voices of the independent web. So all that in mind does anyone have some good web design magazines we could look at?

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I think you guys are right on the money with your observation. I have yet to see a web design mag worth purchasing. The "articles" are just Dreamweaver/Go Live/Photoshop tutorials designed for the lowest common denominator reader. For that matter, keep in mind that there really aren't that many good books in this area. In fact, I can't think of anything I would recommend to a beginner besides Zeldman's new book (and I'm really looking forward to 37Signals upcoming book as well).

As sad as it is, the market for designers/developers looking to do their work "the right way" (read: semantic markup/CSS/etc.) is probably a niche one still. Having said that, I for one would love to see a project like this take flight. Good luck to you if you decide to give it a try.

Posted by: Jason Long at December 28, 2003 10:37 PM

Eye Magazine http://www.eyemagazine.com is pretty in-depth though far too expensive.

Design is about putting information into context and less about the format. Web/print/screen are in essence different output forms.

The best design is still by example. So people such as http://www.linkdub.com are giving a wonderful resource.

Posted by: Tom at December 29, 2003 06:33 AM

Not much use, but there used to be a quite good magazine called "Create Online", it ran for about 30 monthly issues. It was a well produced magazine, with matt-laminate "designy" covers that made it stand out from the rest. It started off cheap and cheerful and moved upto about £6.99 before it died... but still well worth the money imho.

Posted by: Chris Owens at December 29, 2003 02:10 PM

besides the obvious evolt.org, alistapart and zeldman i read http://www.naarvoren.nl and http://www.delijst.net , which unfortunately both are written in dutch.

Posted by: wchulseiee at December 30, 2003 06:26 PM

It seems Andy was thinking the same thing we were thinking:

http://www.modulo26.net/daily/123103.php

Posted by: The Scholar at December 31, 2003 03:01 PM

Create Online was a good mag (relatively speaking) so it was a shame that it folded. However it was far to focused on the coolness of being a web designer during the dot com boom, which was probably it's downfall.

The only other web design mags that I occasionally pick up are Computer Arts and Digit. However they do seem to be packed with beginner, "how to create a Dreamweaver page" type articles.

Posted by: Andy Budd at January 6, 2004 05:02 AM

I asked this on Evolt a while ago, and didn't find any good suggestions along the lines you are suggesting. If you start one, be sure to let us all know! (Oh, and please offer postage to New Zealand. Computer Arts magazine is ridiculously expensive by the time it hits the stores here as an import).

Posted by: Rachel C at January 6, 2004 11:29 PM

Well it will probably start off as PDF download of sorts so we can get our feet web, so you shouldn't have to worry about postage :)

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