Thanksgiving Special: 26 Websites Web Designers are Thankful For

It’s that time of year when we reflect on what we are thankful for in our lives. The power of the internet continues to grow and mature in ways that help web designers do more with less money and less time. So lets break up why Web designers are thankful for the web into bite size chunks with very little “stuffing.”


The following sites showcase the latest in above average design using CSS and/or Flash on their homepage. Many different styles and influences here.

1. The Best Designs

2. CSS Drive

3. Deviant Art – This site is for art and design in general, which is great if you are looking for ispiration from various mediums.

4. CSS Beauty – Gallery Page

5. The FWA – The Favorite Web Awards feature some of the best web designs I’ve seen… and some I’m not so crazy about. Lots of Flash sites here.


These sites are great for staying current on the latest useful info for designers.

6. Smashing Magazine

7. Six Revisions

8. Abduzeedo – Great for inspiration as well.

9. Killer Sites – Great for tutorials too.

10. Alvit – Awesome master list of resources!


Social media has really helped designers quickly share useful information with each other and consume large amounts of it in a very short amount of time; and time for a designer, is money. Here are some sites that help them do it.

11. Twitter – Microblogging is here to stay.

12. Delicious – Used for Social Bookmarking.

13. Design Float – Like Digg, but for design niche.

14. StumbleUpon – Used for web discovery and social bookmarking.

15. Design Bump – Another site like Digg for designers.


Every designer started somewhere. Here are some sites to help a new designer get a good start or a seasoned designer add to the arsenal of skills.

16. W3 Schools – A must for beginners.

17. Video-Tutes – Video tutorials.

18. PSDTuts – Great Photoshop tutorials.

19. Good-Tutorials

20. Tutorialized – Huge amount of tutorials here.

21. Web Design Library


There is no shortage of tools on the web and no shortage of lists of tools. Many of them are beyond the scope of this list. But for those who want just one site, check out this one:

22. Tlbox


Nothing beats digital belly to belly conversation and forums were one of the pillars of the early web. Here are some forums for web designers.

23. Webmaster-Talk

24. Sitepoint – Forums page.

25. Daniweb – Technically, this may not be concidered a forum, but it has all the ingrediants and is really useful!

26. The Designers Network

This list is by no means an exhaustive list. So designers, please, leave comments and share with us what you are thankful for on the web. Happy holidays.

29 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Special: 26 Websites Web Designers are Thankful For

  1. Much required. I had some of these. Now I’ll have to spend awhile on delicious adding a few more. Thanks (as the title says).

  2. Quite surprised not to see A List Apart [] making this homage. I credit them for giving me the inspiration to abandon tables in favour of CSS (exception being real data tables and HTML emails).

  3. I fully agree with this list, especially the part about Six Revisions! 🙂

    Thanks for including Six Revisions on here, and in all seriousness – many of these are my favorite websites (i.e. The Best Designs, deviantArt, Smashing Magazine, Twitter, delicious, Design Bump, SU, and PSDTuts).

    I’ll also put a vote on here for Digg’s Technology section, which allowed me to find this article!

  4. Hello people, it’s Thanksgiving Day! I’m happy with my extra day off, and I am planning to doing something fun that’ll probably involve a moto trip and seeing something new in Pascagoula I haven’t seen yet.
    You write new post at Thanksgiving?

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  6. I think, you missed to include W3schools site. It is also helpful. Anyway, great jobs. I found 26 interesting website that would help in web designing.

  7. I love your site, you give so many great tips especially since I use word press and the plug-in section of your blog is great. some of the tips i get here I can’t find anywhere else. Thanks

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