Every day after work I make a point of sitting down and reading through my blog roll. Not only does it keep me up to date on everything happening in the design and development industries, but it also keeps me in tune with what I should be learning. Being a 9-5 in-house web developer, rather than freelancing or working in a web shop, means that I need to go out of my way to stay in touch and to do my best to keep my knowledge base and skill set current. One of the easiest ways to do that is to see what the best and brightest are doing and follow suit.
Having Newsify and Flipboard on my iPad makes that even easier, as I can basically come home and read my industry "newspaper" as I sip my afternoon coffee. Just like a newspaper, there are cover stories from industry leaders, as well as back pages from up and coming designers and developers that I also like to follow along with.
In order to keep this relatively short and still informative, this list will be comprised mostly of my front page reads.
Front-end developer wiz, Google Chrome dev team member, jQuery
team member, lead dev on lots of amazing projects like Modernizr
and HTML5 Boilerplate
. Irish does it all and his tips are worth their weight in gold.
Tutorials and tips on front-end web development by Chris Coyier. Chris is exactly 1/2 of the ShopTalkShow
Founder of Left Logic
and Full Frontal Conf
to follow along with.
Founder of A List Apart
. Creator of web trends.
One of the creators of Twitter Bootstrap
Mobile Web specialist formerly of R/GA
. Lots of mobile and responsive expertise to be learned here.
A List Apart
Lots of fantastic articles on web design and developments from some of the brightest minds in the industry.
Creator of Compass
and Software Engineer at Caring
Jason Santa Maria
Creative Director for Typekit and former Creative Director for A List Apart
The other half of the ShopTalkShow
as well as the lead developer for fantastic Austin shop Paravel
Freelance front-end web developer. Fantastic web designer with an eye for color.
Engineer at TaskRabbit
. Lots of editorial posts and a great point of view on programming.
Math and 3D lover whose projects are absolutely stunning (if not over my head a bit). It's always interesting to see how far technology can be pushed.
Web developer with lots of great front-end tips.
Focusing on CSS and accessibility, Zoe is part of the Web Standards Project
and always has great information to share. Definitely worth keeping up to date on.
Front-end developer focusing on new technologies like Sass and Backbone.js. If you want to move past working in standard HTML/CSS, Short is a great person to follow.
"Theme Wrangler" for Wordpress.com
. Expert in Wordpress theme development.
Web standards hacker working for Google on the Chrome
project. A blog to keep up to date on if purely to stay on the cutting edge of web standards. It's always good to know what's coming next.
is a great place to start learning about creating HTML5 games.
It will be interesting to see how my list will change coming next year and how it will affect both my philosophy and skillset. I hope that I find a lot more up and coming designers and developers to add to my "front page" reading and even more that I can start following consistently.
Maybe even by the end of the year, this blog can even start breaking into a few of those lists.