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    Web Design Magazines

    Does anyone read or subscribe to print Web Design magazines such as .net (Practical Web Design outside of UK) or Web Designer Magazine? What do you think of them? I subscribe to .net mag and guess what I found in my package today?! A mini SitePoint CSS Anthology extract book! I was grinning when I seen it! Hehehe

    And how about online Web magazines such as A List Apart, Smashing Magazine, JS Mag, or any others like that? Do you read them or subscribe to them (RSS, etc)?

    Do you prefer paying for print magazines with advertisements, or do you prefer having a free magazine with advertisements? What if you had the choice of a magazine that you paid a subscription fee to but didn't have any advertisements?! Just curious! I personally don't mind advertisements in print magazines but in the Web magazines they're a bit iffy with where they're placed!

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    I know I should and I should read more, but the only thing I'm subscribed is to SP's newsletters and hubspot (Marketing and Social Media stuff)

    Regarding the ads, I don't mind them unless there are an excess of them. I do pay a subscription for Before&After (it is about design, printed mainly)

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    I don't really read print magazines and in my experience, all of them are costly and are filled with advertisements (just to make them profitable). I used to subscribe to PC Pro magazine but unfortunately it came to a point where even with a subscription (I got it a month before it hit the shelves), by the time it appeared on my door... most of the news was seriously out of date. So I gave up reading print media because it's just far too slow and costly for what you get in return.

    As for web based magazines, you know I read them, heck I've written for a couple of them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by molona View Post
    I know I should and I should read more, but the only thing I'm subscribed is to SP's newsletters...
    Same, I'm subscribed to all the SitePoint Newsletters - I admitedly don't read them all every single time though, I have some unread newsletters in my inbox still!

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexDawson View Post
    I don't really read print magazines and in my experience, all of them are costly and are filled with advertisements (just to make them profitable). I used to subscribe to PC Pro magazine but unfortunately it came to a point where even with a subscription (I got it a month before it hit the shelves), by the time it appeared on my door... most of the news was seriously out of date. So I gave up reading print media because it's just far too slow and costly for what you get in return.

    As for web based magazines, you know I read them, heck I've written for a couple of them!
    I agree with you regarding print based magazines Alex, I've started to see a pattern in the .net magazines where the calendar for conferences and events is highly out of date by the time it comes to my door. Some news sections are also out of date and I've found that I've even read about the same thing 2 or 3 weeks prior to reading it in the print magazine.

    As for Web based magazines, yup, I do know - What I'd like to know is, isn't there anymore SitePointers that read any type of Web design / development magazine out there?!

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    Yes, but only for the pictures...
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    I buy .net and have for several years. I like it. Occasionally I'll pick up Web Design. Prefer .net.

    I live in Ireland and get the UK version as soon as it hits the stands. i do not subscribe because they classify Ireland as Europe and the postal rate is too expensive. I'm only 30miles from the ROI/NI border. Cheaper to buy at ASDA.

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    I am from Nepal and I tried to subscribe many design related magazines but was not able to do so.

    Is there any solutions for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dijup View Post
    I am from Nepal and I tried to subscribe many design related magazines but was not able to do so.

    Is there any solutions for me
    If they won't send you the magazines, you'll just have to read the online version: http://www.netmag.co.uk/

    .NET do claim they have subscriptions to "Rest of the World" for GBP 85.

    Which may or may not include Nepal, assuming your mail service is reliable.

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    Dijup: you'll want the digital ones then. You live pretty far away from some of the bigger printers...
    or see if there's a printer in India, which wouldn't be so far away to ship.

    I wander over to Smashing every now and then... I look for Chris Heilmann JS articles, they are excellent. I sometimes read something from AListApart, but it's usually an old article. I used to read 456bereastreet, but frankly, the comments were as much worth as the articles, and when Roger had to remove commenting because he couldn't keep up with the spam, it made less sense to go there. Damn spammers, die die die.

    Web Design Magazine is translated into Dutch and I can get it at a local bookstore where I live, but usually I don't get it. I've bought maybe two... they focused a lot on the Pretty (Photoshop techniques, hot trendy web3.0 stuff), which I ignore. There's a big push to using DW for everything. So, if I'm in that bookstore, I'll flip through it. One had a disk with free stockfotos, which was cool : )

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    I write for Six Revisions (h/t to Alex for turning me on to them!), and read Smashing, ALA, and CSS-Tricks, though that last one is more of a blog and podcast host than a magazine per se. Poes, I agree, the spammers did Roger very, very wrong.

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    I used to buy .NET regularly but got fed up with the biased towards Adobe products, it seemed just about every tutorial was based on Photoshop, Dreamweaver or Flash.

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    Well, those are the tools that most of the professional use, so I'm not surprised if they dedicate quite a bit of time to them. It happens with most of the magazines

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    I read quite a few, though all are online magazines, except one print mag (Arte Magazine, German Edition). My favourites have to be ALA, Design Observer, ILT, and Under Consideration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by molona View Post
    Well, those are the tools that most of the professional use, so I'm not surprised if they dedicate quite a bit of time to them. It happens with most of the magazines
    Of all the developers I've worked with not all use all the big 3 Adobe software titles.

    Did some quick stats, % of developers using, based on a few dozen people:

    Photoshop - 70%
    Obviously Photoshop had the deepest penetration, but 30% who don't use it is a significant number.

    Dreamweaver - 30%
    No surprise as there are a ton of good (better?) alternatives, everyone who uses a Mac seems to go for Coda/Textmate, and considering there's a high proportion of Mac based developers...

    Flash - 5%
    No surprise, not that much competition, only a handful of people used it to any extent

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Max View Post
    I write for Six Revisions (h/t to Alex for turning me on to them!), and read Smashing, ALA, and CSS-Tricks, though that last one is more of a blog and podcast host than a magazine per se. Poes, I agree, the spammers did Roger very, very wrong.
    I listen to a lot of web design podcasts, there are some pretty awesome ones out there (though Boagworld went off-air!) - shame

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    Thumbs up Web Magazines

    I subscribe to Web Designer Magazine. Great Magazine.
    It's nice to shut down my computer once in awhile.

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    Nice magazine!
    Pretty pricey subscription for a once-a-month for my taste, though...
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    I personally don’t subscribe to any magazines. If I see an interesting cover, yes I’m a fool for beautiful & interesting covers, in a bookshop/store I might just purchase it. I enjoy Web Designer Magazine, Computer Arts and Photoshop Creative.

    I normally just pick one up at a store to free me from my PC and to give my brain a break from all the moving text and images online!! Advertising is sometimes a bit over the top, but then they have to make their money somehow. I guess.

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    I subscribe to web designer magazine.

    Pros:
    - Can read it on the train, on the toilet, in bed anywhere with light without the need for a laptop etc
    - Usually has pretty good and relevant tutorials
    - Can claim the cost back on tax (if you are working as a web designer / publisher / developer I guess)

    Cons:
    - The recurring gallery article ALWAYS features hi res very basic "whole website is one image" sites, I'm guessing because these look better in print
    - The cost ($18AU for me at my local newsagent)
    - Filled with ads (from the UK even)

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    I'm subscribed to like 30 design blogs. I know that's not quite the same thing but they're free, full of useful information, and managed simply with google reader.

    I have tried a free digital copy of WebDesigner Magazine I think it's called, on my iPad. It seems pretty legit but I think it's mostly based in europe though as everything is in pounds or euros. It is printed first then put into digital so it's probably worth checking out.

    It seems to be very good, designed well, good content pertaining to everything from HTML5 to jQuery. From what I read of the free magazine about HTML 5 they seem very credible and knowledgable. I did find a piece about an interview with a hosting company and it convinced me of their quality while also being cheaper than what I paid for but I did look up reviews and it seems to be pretty terrible. So like any magazine/media they are prone to pieces like that which probably help them make money, possibly. Anyways, I would recommend the printed version and I believe it's a quality resource with a lot of good articles to learn from.

    I've considered buying the printed copy subscription myself as the digital one seems to crash a lot. Instead of just putting their printed copy into a digital file they should just adapt it to a model that works well with the iPad and doesn't require so much scrolling. But that's neither here or there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedreamer View Post
    Of all the developers I've worked with not all use all the big 3 Adobe software titles.

    Did some quick stats, % of developers using, based on a few dozen people:

    Photoshop - 70%
    Obviously Photoshop had the deepest penetration, but 30% who don't use it is a significant number.

    Dreamweaver - 30%
    No surprise as there are a ton of good (better?) alternatives, everyone who uses a Mac seems to go for Coda/Textmate, and considering there's a high proportion of Mac based developers...

    Flash - 5%
    No surprise, not that much competition, only a handful of people used it to any extent
    Maybe of the developers only a few use Flash and DW, but medium design companies have teams and designers in charge of the front end area, and those numbers increase quite a bit.

    I think that those figures should be higher. I don't think a magazine will dedicate time to something that's not going to sell.

    I don't know the statistics but by experience I would say those related to DW and Flash should be much higher. True few developers (although more designers) design with Flash but... many customers request Flash effects and for designers tend to learn Flash instead of trying to learn, let's say, jQuery.

    But I don't have data to back up this information. This is only an impression I got for the people I worked with over the years.

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    I'm a .net magazine subscriber, don't think there's anything better for web really...

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    Thank you bellarush online version is an one and only option I have and which I am using till date. I haven't tried the .net let me check out that too.

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    I subscribe to web magazine. Which is really informative and useful for me. I didn't get enough time on reading magazines, so i subscribed to web magazines. Now i am able to go through all the information that comes from the magazine even if I'm in journey.

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    If I read a printed magazine on the train, and I want to know more about it, I can't just open a new tab in the browser straight away, and search the things I want to know.

    I can only do that when I'm online.

    I've bought a few paper magazines before, but it's not all that. Online is more useful, you immediately have the code in front of you, you can test right away, you can search for more about it in another tab,...


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