I’ve put a list together, for the guys at my new company, of all the websites that I read on a daily/weekly basis with regards to web development, design, usability and open source. I can not encourage you enough to spend some time on these sites. They will make you a better person, people will love you and butterflies will spontaneously appear whenever you are around.
A List Apart – http://www.alistapart.com
Jeffrey Zeldmanâ€™s awesome website. Heâ€™s a well respected guy who gets the top people from all over the world to contribute articles. The site focuses on design, web standards and excellent use of CSS.
Think Vitamin â€“ www.thinkvitamin.com
The best thing about the new world order is that everyone seems to be playing nicely together. Think Vitamin is a place where you can learn a lot from the people on the advisory board like Cal Henderson from Flickr, Dave Shea form CSS Zen Garden and Jeff Veen from Google.
CSS Zen Garden â€“ http://www.csszengarden.com
You can not comprehend the real power of CSS until you spent some time on CSS Zen Garden. Remember that every single design on the site uses the exact same htmlâ€¦ itâ€™s only the css that is changing!
Script.aculo.us – http://script.aculo.us/
User Experience Mag – http://www.uxmag.com/
Again with the big boys, but this time all about user experienceâ€¦
Matt Cuttsâ€™ Blog – http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/
Matt Cutts is one of the few Google employees encouraged by Google to blog. He heads up the team that matters the most â€“ Web Spamâ€¦ essentially the guys who decide whether youâ€™re invited to the party or not. We also share a wordpress template.
Jakob Nielsen â€“ http://www.useit.com
Jakob is the godfather of usability. Heâ€™s been around for a long time and has seen it all before. His site is the epitome of usability and he encourages, sometimes a little too passionately, everyone to follow suit.
Web Style Guide – http://webstyleguide.com/
A website about how to build websitesâ€¦ seem a bit redundant? Think again. Here youâ€™ll learn all the best practices; developing a site specification, information architectures, even how to write your copy so that people stay on your site. This is the knowledge that separates the companies that are constantly struggling against themselves and those that Just Get It Doneâ„¢
Firefox â€“ http://www.getFireFox.com