Design Resource magazine cover

It might seem a little backwards to subscribe to a print magazine that’s all about web design and technology but that’s exactly what I did recently when I subscribed to my new favorite web design resource, .net magazine. Why buy a magazine when everything you need to know about the web is right there on the web, you ask? Because finding high quality content on the web isn’t always so easy. It’s really nice to have well-written articles about topics I care about all aggregated into one neat portable package. And, call me old school, but I just really appreciate that I can read my copy of .net anywhere—whether I have a wifi signal or not. Take that long subway rides with no internet access!

.net magazine contents page

Every issue comes chock full of interesting and helpful articles written by web design experts around the world who share their knowledge about the latest in web design and development. Just be prepared—there is a lot of content packed into the magazine’s 100+ pages.

One of my favorite regular features is this department called Gallery where a dozen or more of the hottest new websites are featured and categorized by their outstanding quality—whether for its use of CSS, HTML5 or Javascript among other things. It is an incredible resource for inspiration and ideas.

It’s also a great resource for web-related news. I have to say I was none to pleased to see the article about Adobe’s plan to abandon any further development of Fireworks. It’s the best tool out there, bugs and all, as far as I’m concerned when it comes to rendering website prototypes for client review. I’m with Jeffrey Zeldman who says in the article that, “Adobe should open-source or sell Fireworks.” Are you listening, Adobe?

I could go on and on about other aspects of the magazine: like the extensive step-by-step how tos in the back of the book, the awesome profiles like the one above that details everything you’d want to know about a web designer’s or developer’s operation and the big question panel poll where a dozen web experts each give their personal spin on a given topic. But I will leave you to discover this monthly gem on your own and suggest you pick up a copy of .net the next time you’re at the newsstand. Happy reading.

Mary Maru