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Top Social Networks for Web Designers

Web designers like social networking sites that are well-designed and attractive. Here is a list of design-related social networks that generate inspiration and exchange among designers in an appealing way.

Well-Designed Social Networks for Web Designers
Social networks are a great way for Web designers to connect, share tips, and find out about the newest design trends. But Web designers have little patience for poorly designed or ugly social networking sites. If the blinking adds and neon backgrounds of amateur social network sites are driving you crazy, check out these well-designed networks:

Designfloat.com
Design Float is a well organized, digg-style site that separates threads based on various sub-fields of Web and graphic design. Topics include industrial design, identity and branding, business and freelancing, and more.

Designrelated.com
Simple and elegantly designed, Design Related is a network that allows members to post portfolios and browse other designers' work. Cool features include "inspiration" pages, featured members, and a job database.

Commandshift3.com
Command Shift 3 is a creative and fun site that allows members to vote on Web sites- like hot or not for Web design. The page of best and worst Web sites is especially entertaining, and there are some truly incredible designs on this site.

Pixelgroovy.com
Pixel Groovy is a collection of Web design tutorials. Members vote on whether a tutorial is worth sharing. This site provides great resources to help you refine your Web design and general computer skills.

Design21.com
For the socially conscious designer, Design 21 social design network is a network that partners with the UN's cultural organization, UNESCO. Design 21 holds design contests for logos and Web pages of non-profit organizations and UN projects. Design 21 is a cool way to use design to give back and help the cause of your choice.

Sources:
Commandshift3.com
Design21.com
Designfloat.com
Designrelated.com
Mashable.com
Pixelgroovy.com

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