With all the fantastic sites for creatives and Mac users out there, it can be overwhelming, if not just plain difficult, to keep up with the latest news, tips and more, especially if you’re using your Web browser.
The answer to this problem is RSS.
RSS, which stands for Really Simple Syndication, is a great way to make your online reading easy, fast and exciting because it allows you to “collect” all the latest headlines from your favorite blogs, news sites and more into one easy to browse through location. All you need is an RSS reader. I recommend NetNewsWire, but you might also want to look at NewsFire, NewsLife, Vienna or Shrook.
There are a ton of great feeds I could direct you to, but I decided to offer a list of the key feeds I subscribe to and read on a regular basis. Since some of these sites might not be familiar to you, clicking on the site name will take directly to the site; if you click on the RSS icon, it will open the feed in your news reader (Safari is the default for OS X, unless you change it in Safari’s preferences). If you want to open the entire list in a program like NetNewsWire or NewsFire, you can download the .opml file or a text file of all the feed links (Control-click on the link and select “Download linked file” from the pop-up menu). We have also uploaded a .zip file of the RSS feeds as Web location (.webloc) files, which you can open directly or drag into your Bookmarks window in Safari.
General creative sitesGraphicDefine CreativeBits CopyBlogger BrandNew Digital Photography School Be A Design Group DesignObserver NotCot Rookie Designer Designers Who Blog
Vendor- and application-specific sitesManage This: The Extensis Blog InDesign Secrets Adobe Blogs PixelGroovy Creative Guy Pixel2Life Photoshop Support Blog Real World Illustrator Layers Magazine Tip of the Day
Mac-specific sitesTips For Mac MacApper The Apple Blog Creative Notes The Unofficial Apple Weblog OS X Support Topics Tidbits
OthersDaring Fireball Smashing Magazine
If you have a favorite RSS feed, please share it in the comments—one can never have too many!
[As noted above, James Dempsey runs the Creative Guy blog, which offers tips, tricks and opinion on a variety of design topics.] [Updated 23:30, June 21, to add link for Safari feed file.]