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The Best Articles in Visual Design

The most useful articles and videos in Visual Design from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.

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Top 5 Visual Design Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in Visual Design by Refind users.

  1. How to create a more effective homepage
  2. What is a picture?
  3. With Stable Diffusion, you may never believe what you see online again
  4. Invasive Diffusion: How one unwilling illustrator found herself turned into an AI model
  5. How to pick the least wrong colors

Videos

Watch a video to get a quick overview.

What is ...?

New to Visual Design? These articles make an excellent introduction.

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Short Articles

Short on time? Check out these useful short articles in Visual Design—all under 10 minutes.

Long Articles

These are some of the most-read long-form articles in Visual Design.

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Thought Leaders

We monitor hundreds of thought leaders, influencers, and newsletters in Visual Design, including:

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zeldman

Author. Designer. Web Standards Godfather. Employer Brand at @Automattic. Publisher, @AListApart, @ABookApart. Ava’s dad. Pete’s brother. He/him.

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swissmiss

Here to defend the bright corners of the world with @creativemorning, @tattly, @teuxdeux, @friendsworkhere. My story in 5 mins: http://youtu.be/rUtABHdlAzg

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Brad Frost

Design system consultant, web designer, speaker, writer, & musician. Author of Atomic Design. Mastadon: https://mastodon.social/@brad_frost

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Tobias van Schneider

A hopelessly inquisitive man. Occasional multi-planetary designer @NASA From me to you → http://vanschneider.com/vip ✣ http://mymind.com ✣ http://Semplice.com ✣ http://Carbonmade.com

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Julieanne Kost

Julieanne is the Photoshop & Lightroom Evangelist at Adobe, creator of http://jkost.com/blog, and author of Photoshop Essential Training for LinkedIn Learning.

Publications

We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Visual Design, including:

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UX Collective

Curated stories on user experience, usability, and product design. By @fabriciot and @caioab.

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Nielsen Norman Group

User advocates offering evidence-based user experience (UX) research, training, consulting. Jakob Nielsen, Don Norman, Tog, and colleagues.

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CSS-Tricks

The official account for http://CSS-Tricks.com, a web design community powered by @DigitalOcean.

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It’s a mix of human and algorithmic curation, following a number of steps:

  1. We monitor 10k+ sources and 1k+ thought leaders on hundreds of topics—publications, blogs, news sites, newsletters, Substack, Medium, Twitter, etc.
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We monitor 10k+ content sources on hundreds of topics—publications, blogs, news sites, newsletters, Substack, Medium, Twitter, etc.

Which sources does Refind monitor in Visual Design?

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