Newsletters Newsletters Newsletters. Oh My!

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So here is my curated list of (mostly) curated newsletters. I’ve enjoyed all of these, and if you’re subscribed to Hacker Newsletter I think you’ll find many of these useful as well. I will update this list as I discover others.


  • Now I Know is one I’ve mentioned several times before. Dan Lewis does an awesome job of coming up with interesting content every single day. If you’re not one of the 100,000+ people already subscribed, you should check it out.
  • Dave Pell’s NextDraft seems to be a favorite for many. He covers a range of topics every weekday, and does so with enough humor to make news actually fun to read.
  • Practicing Ruby is a paid newsletter, so that makes it different than all the others listed here. However, if you do anything Ruby related I don’t think this one is even optional - it is that good. It would be great to see this much passion poured into other topics. Check out an article to see what I mean.
  • Each day, a random subscriber from The List Serve is allowed to send out whatever they want to the 25k subscribers. To answer what you’r e thinking - yes, it provides for some crazy talk, but the great reads easy make up for it. I love ideas like this!
  • Links I Love is a monthly newsletter that you’ll wish was weekly. You can sign-up here. Jodi does a great job curating articles that you won’t find elsewhere.
  • Uncommon asks when was the last time you stopped amidst a sea of ‘likes’? It is something totally different and one that I think you’ll enjoy.
  • Scott Hanselman’s Newsletter of Wonderful Things, which is like Hacker Newsletter minus Hacker News.
  • Brain Pickings is probably one of the better known curated newsletters. Like ‘Now I Know’, you’re always going to learn something new each week with this one.
  • Longreads - five great looooooooooong reads every week. A great and simple design make is even better (and gives you more time to read them).

Non-tech News



Programming / General Technology

Programming Digests

The weekly digest format for various programming languages and technologies has been hot. It seems like every week there is a new one, so this probably only covers the more popular ones. These are great resources to stay on top of a particular topic through curated experts. I have some favorites here, but sorted alphabetically since there are so many!

Design & UX


The following are pushing their products and/or content more, but are done very well. If you have a company and your newsletter is “me, me, me”, learn from these.

  • Patrick McKenzie (better known as patio11 on Hacker News) puts out some great ideas and training via his newsletter
  • Photojojo’s newsletter is simply a fun email to read.
  • Incoming Transmission by 37signals
  • The Do Lectures - great format.
  • Did you know Ted has a newsletter? You’ll find it in the bottom right corner of A great example of a way to present new and old content to subscribers.
  • Newfangled puts out a great monthly newsletter.
  • The MailChimp UX Team newsletter is an awesome example of the type of content a company can share outside their walls.



I haven’t subscribed to these, but each was recommended by two or more readers and they all look interesting. Have any others I should know about? Let me know!