Regular Reads

Slashdot – The grandaddy of discussion forums for technical types.

Ars Technica – News and commentary about all things technical,

The Register – A snarky look at technical news.

TechDirt – Reports on technology’s legal challenges and related business and economic policy.

Endgadget – This site focuses upon reviewing gadgets and toys.

OS News – Someone has to gather stories about operating systems and here is where you can find that material.

Tom’s Hardware – If you need to look up a component, here’s where you can do so.

AnadTech – Detailed and comprehensive hardware reviews.

Coding Horror – Jeff Atwood keeps a blog of some of the most ridiculous, unpredictable and hilarious programming gaffs.

XKCD – A comic for the geeks of the world.

I, Cringely – Robert X. Cringely has been writing about technology for three decades and usually has something interesting to say.

Clients from Hell – Horror stories from freelancers.

Data Visualization

Visualizing Data – An encyclopaedic web site for all things related to charts, graphs and infographics.

Information is Beautiful – David McCandless is a leading force in data visualization. You’ve definitely seen his work.

Graphic Detail – Every week day, you’ll find an insightful new chart, map, or infographic that delves into the macro and micro mechanisms shaping global events. Each visualization comes with a quick written analysis that includes detail about the datasource used,

Junk Charts – Constructive criticism about chart design.

Storytelling with Data –  This site takes a deep, storytelling-based approach to data visualization. They engage the site’s regular users with monthly visualization challenges, and offers critiques and tutorials to move her community further toward mastery.

Flowing Data – This site hopes to make you think about how you’re creating charts and graphs.

The Tableau – Now owned by Salesforce, this major force in charting and graphing has its own blog.

The Pudding – A digital publication that explains ideas debated in culture with visual essays.

Five Thirty Eight – A data journalism outlet that produces visualizations, interactive visual models, and consistently posts detailed dataset documentation on Github.

Data is Ugly –  A lighthearted collections of the wackiest abuses, misuses, and not-quite-best-practice data visualizations

VizWTF – A collection of broken, odd or otherwise incorrectly produced charts.


Nikon Rumors – A site for following leaks and rumours about the camera maker

FStoppers – Photography news website featuring the latest industry news and original articles from photographers and videographers

PetaPixel – Photography and camera news, projects and inspiration.

Thom Hogan – A longtime writer and magazine editor who specializes in photographic manufacturers.

Stock Photography

Unsplash – Free images and photos that you can download and use for commercial and non-commercial projects.

Pexels – Free stock photos you can use everywhere. Free for commercial use and no attribution required.

Pixabay – 1.7 million images to use anywhere for commercial and non-commercial projects.

Graphic Design

Design You Trust – An interesting collection of imagery and artwork.

This Isn’t Happiness – An unusual and wry collection of photography and artwork. An excellent source for inspirations if you’re looking for an unusual colour scheme.

DeviantArt – DeviantArt is the world’s largest online social community for artists and art enthusiasts. An excel

Flaskbak – A web site specializing in oddities from earlier days. Horrible graphic design, awkward ads, strange products and trends. It’s all here.