A List Apart

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A List Apart
Type of site
Webzine (Electronic periodical publication)[1]
Available inEnglish, Arabic
Created byJeffrey Zeldman
Alexa rankPositive decrease 8,692 (April 2014)[2]
  • 1997 (as a mailing list)[3]
  • 1998 (as a webzine)[4]
Current statusOnline

A List Apart is a webzine that explores the design, development, and meaning of web content,[3] with a special focus on web standards and best practices.[4]


A List Apart began in 1997 as a mailing list for web designers,[3] published and curated by Jeffrey Zeldman and Brian Platz.[1]

Founder's notes, by Jeffrey Zeldman:

Zeldman transitioned A List Apart's community and content from mailing list to a web magazine in 1998.[4]

The web site has had three major visual designs. The original, designed by Jeffrey Zeldman, featured custom club-flyer style graphics that accompanied each article — an unusual feature in the early days of the web. The first major redesign, by Jason Santa Maria in 2005, featured a softer color palate, and featured CSS-based templates by Eric Meyer and introduced the inclusion of custom illustrations by Kevin Cornell. The most recent update to the site, launched in January 2013, features a black-and-white design scheme by Mike PIck. It continues to prominently feature Kevin Cornell's illustrations, but takes a "content first" approach to design by reducing the presence of almost all brand and design elements in favor of article content.

A List Apart: The Web Design Survey[edit]

During 2007-2011, A List Apart annually surveyed the web design and development community and presented its findings in a series of reports. These reports claimed to be the “first true picture” of the profession of web design as it is practiced worldwide. Topics covered include salary; title; educational background and its effect on salary, job satisfaction, and title; workplace discrimination by gender, age, and ethnicity; and more. Tens of thousands of respondents around the globe participated each year. The magazine provides anonymized raw data with each findings report so that readers may crunch their own numbers, verify A List Apart's findings, or conduct their own investigations.

  • Findings from the 2007 survey (PDF): link
  • Findings from the 2007 survey: link
  • Findings from the 2008 survey: link
  • Findings from the 2009 survey: link
  • Findings from the 2010 survey: link
  • Findings from the 2011 survey: link

International editions[edit]

An official Arabic edition of A List Apart[6] was launched on January 18, 2010. Arabic A List Apart is an authorized A List Apart publication and was the first international edition of A List Apart.

Since then, an Italian version[7] has launched as well.


  1. ^ a b Gomez-Palacio, Bryony; Vit Armin (2009). Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications and History of Graphic Design. Rockport Publishers, Inc. Page 114. Accessed May 2, 2012. ISBN 9781592534470
  2. ^ "Alistapart.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  3. ^ a b c Gardner Susannah; Birley, Shane (2012). Blogging For Dummies. Wiley Publishing Co. Page 363. Accessed May 2, 2012. ISBN 9780470230176
  4. ^ a b c Zeldman, Jeffrey; Marcotte, Ethan (2010). Designing With Web Standards. New Riders. Pages 53-56. Accessed May 2, 2012. ISBN 9780321616951
  5. ^ a b Zeldman, Jeffrey (August 22, 2005). "A List Apart 4.0". Alistapart.com. Retrieved May 2, 2012. External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "A List Apart Arabic". Arabicalistapart.com (Official website). Retrieved May 2, 2012. External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "Italian A List Apart". Italian A List Apart (Official website). Retrieved Feb 21, 2013. External link in |publisher= (help)

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