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Popular design news of the week: December 2, 2019 – December 8, 2019

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

 

11 Web Accessibility Myths Debunked

 

Pay Attention to these Web Design Trends for 2020

 

Google Fonts by Tags

 

Understanding the Golden Ratio in Design

 

10 Rules of Dashboard Design

 

2019 Design Tools Survey

 

Welcome to XD Ideas – Where Designers Go to Grow

 

The State of UX in 2020

 

I Ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here’s Why You Should Too

 

Designing for Development

 

End of the Year Desktop Wallpapers (December Edition)

 

10 Things that Helped Me Improve as a UI Designer

 

How Sketching will Make You a Smarter Designer

 

Better Web List

 

Google Confirms Nov. 2019 Local Search Update

 

Runway Palette

 

Vladmir Putin is Extricating Russia from the World-wide-web

 

The Plain Text Project

 

Designers: 4 Must-Have Clauses in a Contract

 

The Power of Social Proofing

 

Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year is the New Black

 

Spotify 2019 Wrapped

 

ApostropheCMS – An Open-Source Node.js CMS for the Enterprise

 

5 Bad Habits that Can Hurt your WordPress Website

 

Fluiditype for Simple Typography

 

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How blockchain will kill fake news (and four other predictions for 2020)

As blockchain’s hype cycle continues to befuddle many about its potential beyond  cryptocurrencies, businesses and governments are moving ahead with projects involving everything from digital identities to voting and supply chain tracking.

Blockchain has slipped into the “Trough of Disillusionment” (see Gartner Hype Cycle), because it got ahead of its technical and operational maturity. As a result, interest has waned as most experiments and implementations failed to provide expected results.

In most cases, the distributed ledger technology (DLT) has not lived up to expectations that it would drive new societal and business models. And with exception of a few shipping-related projects, most enterprise efforts remain stuck in experimentation mode.

The technology, however, is far from a failure; its promise to deliver a single version of data truth over a secure, distributed and immutable ledger remains compelling and as it matures, many see it becoming a ubiquitous platform for financial services, ecommerce and other markets.

By 2023, blockchain is expected to climb out of the hype cycle. And over the next five years industry experts and analysts agree it will expand into a number of pragmatic use cases in payment processing, data sharing, equity trading and contract/document keeping and tracking.

Defeating fake news

One of the more unique future uses for blockhain may be thwarting fake news, according to a recent report from Gartner.

By 2023, up to 30% of world news and video content will be authenticated as real by blockchain ledgers, countering “Deep Fake technology,” according to Avivah Litan, a Gartner vice president of research and co-author of the “Predicts 2020: Blockchain Technology” report.

Fueled by social media news feeds such as Facebook and Google News, fake news is increasingly used by hostile governments to manipulate elections.

Articles and other content based on false information often attracts more viewers than factual news – a benefit to advertisers and ratings, but a problem for public discourse. For example, the top 20 fake news stories about the 2016 U.S. presidential election received more engagement on Facebook than the top 20 election stories from 19 major media outlets, according to one study.

Websites that spread fake news using bot-controlled accounts are usually hosted anonymously, making it extremely difficult to prosecute the perpetraitors.

“AI models that support text writing and video production can be used to rapidly disseminate customized and highly believable fake content that serves as the new breed of cyber weapons,” Litan said in the study. “Tracking assets and proving provenance are two key successful use cases for permissioned blockchain and can be readily applied to tracking the provenance of news content.”

In August, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) began developing software that can discover fake news hidden among more than 500,000 stories, photos, video and audio clips. And in September, Facebook formed an industry group to develop deep fake video detection tools. Facebook’s Partnership on AI includes Microsoft Amazon, Google, DeepMind, and IBM, as well as academics from Oxford, MIT, Cornell Tech, UC Berkeley and other schools.

If successful, the efforts by DARPA, Facebook and others will “blacklist” fake content to block it from reaching target victims and create an algorithm that authenticates and tracks content movement to “whitelists,” ensuring its provenance.

“Blockchain technology is proven to excel at supporting this use case as it enables a ‘shared single version of truth’ across multiple entities based on immutable data and audit trails,” Litan wrote.

The New York Times is one of the first major news publications to test blockchain to authenticate news photographs and video content, according to Gartner. The newspaper’s Research and Development team and IBM have partnered on the News Provenance Project, which uses Hyperledger Fabric’s permissioned blockchain to store “contextual metadata.” That metadata includes when and where a photo or video was shot, who took it and how and when it was edited and published.

Blockchain, the newspaper explained, will act as a “database that is not housed on one set of servers owned and operated by one entity, but by many entities and servers that are kept updated simultaneously” making the records of each change traceable.

“Files are not so much changed as built upon,” former Times editor and independent consultant Sasha Koren said in a blog.

Blockchain for digital securities exchanges

For the same reason cross-border financial transactions are simpler and cheaper than traditional methods run by central banks, digital securities traded across blockchain ledgers are also likely to become popular in the near future.

“So far, the primary use case is money, led by Bitcoin,” said Bruce Fenton, founder and managing director of Atlantic Financial and a board member of the Bitcoin Foundation.

Today, securities settlement is performed by central, private organizations such as Depository Trust and Clearance Corp. (DTCC) in the U.S. and Euroclear in the European Union. The process of moving stocks and bonds between buyers and sellers can take as long as three days, but delays aren’t uncommon and the actual transfer among financial services firms can take 10 days or more, according to Fenton.

“The challenge with securities now is you need a trusted third party to say what’s true,” Fenton said. “It’s not your broker. It’s not Merrill Lynch or Fidelity and it’s not the issuer either; Apple has no clue who their shareholders are either. The function is performed by these large centralized groups because the brokers don’t necessarily trust each other; they’re dealing with their competitors.”

The problem with central settlement organizations is that transactions become bottlenecked through the use of a single ledger. With blockchain, trust becomes moot as digital tokens representing securities or money are inextricably linked to the funds or securities – and transfers can take place in a day or even hours, Fenton said.

Blockchain could also change how corporate public offerings are done. Many private companies forgo a public offering because of the complexity of the process. With blockchain ledgers, securities linked to digital tokens could move more easily between financial institutions by simply bypassing a central clearance organization.

“Just as you can move [Bitcoin] between one crypto account to another, you could move millions of dollars between crypto exchanges in less than a day,” Fenton said. “If that happens, then it’s exciting because you end up in a world where [there are] a lot more companies that are traded and changing hands. You could have a lot of things that are private now be public and be able to trade shares between investors and between borders.”

One potential problem with blockchain-based securities exchanges is performance; the distributed ledger has proven to be slow, and potentially costly. But new consensus algorithms and off-chain processing promise to speed up throughput by orders of magnitude.

China likely to take the blockchain lead, leave the U.S. in the rearview

The Chinese government recently announced a new focus on blockchains for commerce, a move likely to influence global development and spending. President Xi Jinping in October stressed that the country would have a blockchain-focused strategy; the decision affects Chinese government initiatives, regulations and spending by various regional governments.

Conversely, U.S. and European regulators have made no bones about their cautious, if not adversarial, approach to blockchain and the digital tokens moved across distributed ledgers. Additionally, the U.S. and Europe have well “developed and mature” world economies, so any large-scale move to embrace blockchain could be disruptive.

Because the initiatives in China are top down, they affect not only spending by the single largest entity (the government), but also native business interests who want to remain in good graces, Fenton said.

“Private businesses might choose to implement this technology or in some cases will need to, in order to remain competitive,” Fenton said. “When you have the leader of the country saying they’re going to invest in something, I think you’ll see a lot more of the public and private sector leaders in China and, ultimately, around the world reacting to that. 

“Unfortunately, the U.S. is getting left behind in many areas because of its slow regulatory regime.”

As regulators continue to struggle to provide clear guidance to crypto- and blockchain-based industries, collaboration will continue to occur among companies seeking to self-regulate, according to Katherine Johnson, vice president of compliance and general counsel for Storj Labs. Storj Labs is a cloud storage provider whose technology is based on blockchain.

For example, the Crypto Ratings Council hopes to to rank digital assets on the likelihood of being deemed a security versus a utility token, or a service that can represent API keys that unlock a service (essentially, selling a service using the tokens).

“U.S.-based companies will continue to mitigate the risk posed by the uncertain domestic regulatory landscape by branching out into crypto- and blockchain-friendly jurisdictions,” Johnson said in a statement.

Jonathan Johnson, president of CEO of Overstock.com and its investment arm Medici Ventures, agreed, saying via email that “innovation-friendly jurisdictions (i.e., not the U.S.) will begin to see efficiencies, trust, and transparency in government services as blockchain-based products begin to leave the lab and gain wider adoption.”

Blockchain for identity

Enterprises who’ve dipped their toes into the blockchain ecosystem still aren’t ready to dive in. Skepticism remains, hindering adoption in a meaningful way, according to Ken Elefant, managing director of investment firm Sorenson Capital.

Elefant calls blockchain a “phenomenal technology” that will change industries, but its adoption will be slow because it can’t happen in a vacuum; it will require a shared ecosystem among enterprises; one company can’t simply adopt it and expect returns on its investment without others climbing onboard.

Blockchain will more quickly take root in financial services for security and management of identities – first for businesses and later for consumers. “Identity today is really difficult to manage across the entire ecosystem,” Elefant said.

“Where I think blockchain should be used is in areas where there’s a middleman for know your customer [KYC] applications, anti-money laundering [AML] apps or counterpart reconciliation and other areas where traditional rules-based systems are very manual,” Elefant continued. “There’s huge ROI in those areas.”

Enabling full digital ID coverage could unlock economic value worth anywhere from  3% to 13% of GDP in 2030 in seven key countries – if the digital ID program enables multiple high-value use cases and sees widespread adoption, according to a report by consultancy McKinsey & Company. The seven countries are: Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the U.S.

The online credentials would be akin to identify information a person might have in his or her wallet: a driver’s license, a bank debit card or a company ID. Instead of a physical card, however, the IDs in digital wallets would be encrypted on a blockchain ledger and link back to the institutions that created them, such as a bank, a government agency or even an employer. Through blockchain and a smart contract, the digital information could automatically verify information to a requestor.

“Think of the [blockchain] distributed ledger as a database and only the individuals or companies authorized have access to that data – unlike the internet today where you and I can be marketed to by anybody,” Elefant said. “That’s the beauty of blockchain. It’s pre-certified and the only entity that has control over their ID is that identity itself.”

Additonally, fintech firms, software makers, telecom providers and other businesses have joined forces to develop blockchain-based networks that will enable anyone to exchange digital credentials online without the risk of unintentionally exposing private data. One consortium is the Sovrin Foundation, a nonprofit organization now developing the Sovrin Network, which could enable anyone to globally exchange pre-verified data with any entity also on the network.

When a business wants to transact with a bank or some other business on the network, they’ll be pre-certified to do so, whether for wire transfers between businesses or cross-border exchanges.



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Popular design news of the week: November 25, 2019 – December 1, 2019

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

 

Fascinating CSS Grid Layout Examples and Tutorials

 

The Defining Movie Poster Trend of the Decade

 

A Brutally Honest Landing Page

 

Hierarchy of Needs in UX

 

Developing a Website Redesign Strategy for 2020

 

Flowkit 3.0

 

Site Design: The Geek Designer

 

CSS Grid Layout Vs CSS Frameworks

 

The Third Generation of Interfaces

 

Buttons: Attention to Detail

 

Building Trust as a Designer

 

10 Essential UI (user-interface) Design Tips

 

WhoCanUse: Find Out Who Can Use your Color Combination

 

Shopify Vs WooCommerce Product Comparison

 

11 Christmas Icon Fonts Free for Commercial Use in 2019

 

7 Ways to Find a Niche for your Ecommerce Store

 

Tips for Choosing a Typeface (with Infographic)

 

Google Also A/B Tests the List Vs the Grid

 

Apple Pulls all Customer Reviews from Online Apple Store

 

How to Expand Globally as a Freelance Designer

 

Mouseless – Unleash your Keyboard’s Superpower

 

Designer Gift Guide 2019: The Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Designers

 

Good Design was Always Accessible

 

Can You Really Convey Luxury Through Digital Product Design?

 

Gratitude Goes a Long Way to Increase Creativity and Innovation

 

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Popular design news of the week: November 18, 2019 – November 24, 2019

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

 

Diez is Now Open Source

 

Internet World Despairs as Non-profit .org Sold for $$$$ to Private Equity Firm

 

The Logos of Starbucks, Google, and More Get Redesigned by a Bot

 

It’s Time to Stop Designing ‘Minimum Viable Products’

 

Web Dev Metrics

 

20+ Color Tools for Web Designers

 

Apple Built a $1 Trillion Empire on Two Metaphors. One is Breaking

 

Enhancing Clickable Area Size

 

The Aesthetic-Accessibility Paradox

 

14 Inspiring UX Designer Portfolios

 

Designers: Ignore Best Practices

 

Why the Best Design is Sometimes Invisible

 

What Animation Taught Me About UX Design

 

Illlustrations – Large Set of Opensource Illustrations

 

Microsoft Went all in on Accessible Design. This is What Happened

 

Video Game Console Logos

 

Macro Trends in the Tech Industry

 

Framer is Going Web Based with Multi-user Editing

 

How We Scaled Our Design System to Unleash Skyscanner’s New Brand

 

The Quest for Simplicity

 

Passwords are a Design Problem

 

Design Tokens Beyond Colors, Typography, and Spacing

 

Complex Search-Results Pages Change Search Behavior: The Pinball Pattern

 

Explore Dribbble’s 2019 Global Design Survey

 

Evolving by Design

 

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Google Assistant Can Now Read the News to You

Google has added a new way for your Google Assistant to deliver the news. It’s called Your News Update, and it pulls news stories from a number of different sources from around the world. The upshot is a news update personalized to your location and interests.

From News Briefings to Your News Update

As you may already be aware, Google Assistant can already read News Briefings to you. However, the current system makes you choose particular news sources. So, you can hear the hourly news update from NPR, then CNN, followed by The New York Times.

Your News Update pools these resources and more to create a news update which includes stories from a number of different sources. So, you may hear world news from Reuters, then local news from CBS, followed by entertainment news from Billboard.

How to Listen to the News on Google Assistant

Google offers more details on The Keyword. The company states that Your News Update is “a smarter way to listen to the news hosted by the Google Assistant.” And it’s all thanks to collaborative efforts with news publishers over the past two years.

These news publishers are the key to Your News Update, and Google has roped in dozens of them. Participating partners include USA Today, The Washington Post, Fox News Radio, Cheddar, The Associated Press, Politico, Al Jazeera, and The Motley Fool.

To start receiving Your News Update, open Google Assistant and go to your Settings. Then, under the You tab, click News > Change Your Playlist Format. Tick Your News Update and you’re all set. Then you just need to say, “Hey Google, play me the news”.

How to Find News Sources You Can Trust

Your News Update is currently only available in English in the United States. However, Google is promising to expand internationally in 2020. In the meantime, we can at least recommend the best news sites you can trust


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. Because the truth IS out there.



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Feeling Depressed? Here Are the Top 4 Good News Websites

If you turn on the news or scroll through it on your phone, you’ll be bombarded with fear-inducing and often upsetting headlines. Mainstream news tends to focus on conflict, disaster, scandal, and politics, not subjects commonly thought to make us feel good.

Many people are left feeling overwhelmed by this onslaught of negativity. But, there is an alternative—you just need to know where to look.

If you need help getting a daily dose of good news, we can help. Here are the five best positive news websites.

Positive news---a website with only good news

One of the most prominent good news websites is Positive News. Founded in 1993, the organization aims to produce independent positive news stories.

They refer to this type of writing as constructive journalism, which doesn’t focus on negative and conflict-ridden headlines. Positive News is a quarterly magazine, as well as an online publication.

In 2015, the company launched a crowdfunding campaign titled #OwnTheMedia. This turned Positive News into a co-operative, essentially making each of the 1,500 backers a co-owner of Positive News. This is an unusual model for journalism and keeps the publication accountable to its vision.

The site publishes stories on a wide range of topics, including society, environment, lifestyle, science, and economics. Positive News is a UK-based organization, so some stories do have a more British slant to them. However, they are aware of this and have an entire section devoted to global positive news stories.

Good News Network website

A common theme among positive news websites is their longevity. The Good News Network has been operational since 1997 and has amassed an archive of over 21,000 positive news stories.

The so-called Good News Guru, Geri Weis-Corbley, has been at the helm since founding the site. Like Positive News, Good News Network has its own regional slant, covering some of the best positive news in the USA.

If you want to support the site, you can become a member by donating. Good News Network is also an excellent choice for those on-the-go, thanks to the site’s mobile apps for Android and iOS.

Instead of opening your regular news app, or Facebook, while in line at the grocery store, tap open the Good News Network app instead. If you really can’t avoid social media, then try out these obscure social media apps for when you get bored


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as well.

For those who prefer their news in podcast form, the site also produces the Good News Gurus Podcast. They also acknowledge that good news doesn’t end at the US border, so the site has an entire section dedicated to positive world news. There’s even a Spanish language section of the site.

Unlike some positive news websites, Good News Network is not a non-profit organization. This is because they want to show that you can be a viable and profitable business while still focusing on the positive things in life.

The Optimist Daily positive news website

While other positive news websites tend to take a slower approach to journalism. The Optimist Daily is focused on the here and now. The site’s aim is “to accelerate the shift in human consciousness by catalyzing 100,000,000 people to start each day with a positive solutions mindset.” The site doesn’t aim to be an alternative to the mainstream news.

Instead, it wants to be a positive outlet, where people can get the good news of the day. That doesn’t mean you have to stop reading traditional news altogether, though. You can use the most trustworthy news websites


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to scratch that itch. The site is provided for free thanks to its subscribers, known as Emissaries.

Some phrases used to describe the site sound like they were taken from a new age self-help guide. But, beneath the flowery language, their mission is the same as other positive news websites; to spread good news today and minimize negativity.

The Optimist Daily doesn’t just focus on good news, though. It also has a substantial archive of personal development tips and techniques, too.

r/UpliftingNews feel good news subreddit

Reddit isn’t a website that people associate with good news. The site is more commonly linked with controversy for its more infamous subreddits. However, Reddit can offer you good news for a change.

The Uplifting News subreddit describes itself as “a place to read and share positive and uplifting, feel-good news stories.”

The subreddit first launched in 2012, and the community is now 15.2 million strong. The moderators do an excellent job of keeping the discussion focused and, for the most part, good-natured. When things do veer off into less desirable territory, other users encourage each other to stay focused on the positive and not descend into squabbling.

Although, if you want to read only good news, you can opt to ignore the discussions and use the subreddit as a place to discover positive news stories instead. With such a diverse membership, the site is also a great resource for positive world news, too.

If you’re new to the site, you may want to check out the best Reddit sites and apps for beginners as well.

The Happy News positive newspaper website

Although we’ve covered some of the best positive news websites, you may still be wondering if there are any good news newspapers out there. Fortunately, there are. The Happy News is a quarterly newspaper by British writer and illustrator, Emily Coxhead.

The 32-page newspaper launched in 2015 after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Since then, it has delivered on its promise to give readers something to smile about. News items are arranged chronologically by month, and each issue is centered around a specific theme.

There is even a section called Everyday Heroes, which takes a look at some of the most inspirational people and organizations, as nominated by The Happy News readers. The newspaper is available as a subscription and can be shipped worldwide.

The Best Good News Website for You

If traditional media is to be believed, we live in a world that is frightening, scary, and dangerous. It can be exhausting to turn on the news each day and be presented with some of the most upsetting and negative news stories. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. These positive news websites (and one good news newspaper) offer feel good news and can help give you a happier outlook on the world.

Even with these positive news websites in your life, you may be after more ways to make your day brighter. In which case, try out these positivity apps to boost your spirits


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The 22 Best Doctor Who Sites for News, Gifts, and More

For over 55 years Doctor Who has been thrilling fans of adventures in time and space around the world. With hundreds of websites dedicated to the show, it can be tough to find the best ones.

So, we’ve rounded up the best Doctor Who sites for news, merchandise, and more.

Are You a New Doctor Who Fan?

If you’re a new fan of the long-running show, you might be thinking “whoa, so much to learn!” And while that might be true, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun doing it.

From aristocratic action hero to university lecturer to light-hearted adventurer, there is a Doctor Who for everyone. Similarly, there is a Doctor Who website for everyone, from news to toys, action figures, cosplay and probs, to podcasts and online magazines.

Looking for the best Doctor Who sites on the web? Time-travel through these amazing links.

3 Sites to Get the Latest Doctor Who News

First off, it’s Doctor Who news sites, where you can find all the latest official news and gossip about the show.

1. Official Doctor Who BBC Page

Official Doctor Who site

If you prefer to keep your Doctor Who news 100% official, the place to visit is the BBC’s main site. Almost every BBC show has its own pages, but Doctor Who gets an entire mini-site.

Like Doctor Who News, the official site is fact checked and accurate. However, as genuine show news is sparse when off-air, not much happens between series. It’s worth visiting when Doctor Who is on air, however, for exclusive videos, interviews, and more.

2. Doctor Who News

Competitors have come and gone over the years, but Doctor Who News is—unsurprisingly—number one for news. Established from the ashes of its predecessor, Outpost Gallifrey, Doctor Who News features regular updates about everything Doctor Who.

The style is formal and factual, without any editorial bias. This might turn some off, but you can guarantee the facts are right.

3. Doctor Who TV

Another independent Doctor Who news site, Doctor Who TV has a blog format and is a little more fun. You’ll find a host of content about spin-off shows here too, as well as reviews and polls.

Also, look out for birthday announcements of key personnel from the show and production.

Doctor Who TV should not be confused with DoctorWho.tv, a separate site controlled by BBC Worldwide.

Online Doctor Who Magazines: Reviews, Interviews, and More

Not all Doctor Who sites are about news. Some feature reviews, features, and even interviews with people connected with the show.

4. The Doctor Who Companion

About more than just Doctor Who characters, the Doctor Who Companion features an immense archive of articles dating back to 2005. With episode reviews, spin-off audio reviews, opinion pieces, and even interviews, it’s a great magazine for Doctor Who fans online.

(The Doctor Who Companion is edited by MakeUseOf’s Philip Bates.)

5. The Doctor Who Site

Design your own Doctor Who Dalek

Offering almost everything you could possibly want from a Doctor Who site is the Doctor Who Site. There’s a ton of regularly updated content here, from merchandise and reviews to a history of the show and even games.

6. The Doctor Who Wiki

Want to know everything about Doctor Who but don’t have the time to watch every episode? Several Doctor Who wikis are available such as TARDIS, a fandom wiki from Wikia. Here you’ll find references to characters and locations from across the show’s history, 1963 to date.

They’re surprisingly detailed, too—just check the entry for Auto Plastics Ltd employee John Ransome.

Great Doctor Who Podcasts

Doctor Who podcasts deliver a whole new dimension of appreciation for the show to your phone or tablet.

7. Radio Free Skaro

Launched in 2006, RFS has featured a long line of Doctor Who personnel from both sides of the camera. A weekly magazine format with a trio of regular hosts, RFS takes in every topical aspect of Doctor Who.

8. Doctor Who: Verity

Six women from three different continents discuss Doctor Who. Before the time of the 13th Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) this might have seemed a novelty; these days, it’s necessary.

Many episodes discuss old Doctor Who stories, which is a strong approach for a weekly show in a crowded genre.

9. The Big Finish Podcast

Big Finish produces a popular Doctor Who podcast

A big part of Doctor Who’s existence beyond television is the vast library of original adventures voiced by former cast members. These are full cast audio dramas as opposed to audiobooks, and they’re superb. The Big Finish Podcast takes you behind the scenes on upcoming adventures, features interviews, and is always worth listening to.

Check our list of the best Doctor Who podcasts


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Buy Awesome Doctor Who Merchandise

T-shirts, books, mugs, action figures, Blu-rays—for the ultimate in Doctor Who merchandise, check these sites.

10. The Who Shop

Get Doctor Who merchandise at the Who Shop

Well-known among Doctor Who fans, The Who Shop opened in 1984 and is available to visit in East London. The website features an online store where you will find items such as books, jewelry, partyware, and more.

11. BBC.com’s Doctor Who Store

For North American Doctor Who fans looking for merchandise, use this BBC.com Doctor Who Store. Books, DVDs, Blu-rays, attire, and other kits can be purchased. The selection is narrow, but you’re buying directly from the BBC.

12. DoctorWho.TV

For British readers looking for an official BBC store, check DoctorWho.TV. Choose from Doctor Who toys, action figures, and other types of Doctor Who gifts.

Doctor Who Sites for Cosplayers and Builders

Some Doctor Who fans are more creative than others. And perhaps a little bit obsessive.

13. TARDIS Builders

The real star of Doctor Who is the time machine, the TARDIS. This website and forum is a great place to meet and chat with other fans of the blue box. As the name suggests, the aim is to build a TARDIS, or at least the exterior and interior. But with many design overhauls since 1963, you might spend much of your time deciding which version to build.

There’s more than just TARDIS designs here, too…

14. Rubbertoe Replicas

Want your own props for cosplaying but not skilled enough to build your own? Doctor Who’s specialist prop builder Nick Robatto produces licensed replicas from the show. They’re not cheap, but wow, are they amazing!

15. Project Dalek

Doctor Who sites include Dalek building instructions

Another option for obsessive creatives is building your own Dalek. A design classic, a Dalek can be constructed from affordable materials, although it can take time to get right.

Check into the Project Dalek website for tips, tricks, and designs for your Dalek build.

Meet and Chat With Other Doctor Who Fans

One of the most important aspects of fandom is to communicate with others who share the same interest.

16. Gallifrey Base Forum

Perhaps the most important place for Doctor Who fans to gather is the Gallifrey Base Forum. This long-running online mecca for fans features all manner of members. So, you might find yourself chatting with people connected with the show and its merchandise.

17. Reddit: Doctor Who

Find other Doctor Who fans online at Reddit

The main Doctor Who subreddit is a great place to find fans, comments, thoughts, and fan-uploaded videos. These might be of public appearances, fan film projects, or artwork. Be nice, it’s a great community, mainly of younger fans.

18. Reddit: Gallifrey

Offering a more general Doctor Who discussion and the occasional spoiler, the Gallifrey subreddit might be more suited to you. You’ll certainly find some well-argued thoughts and opinions here.

Watch Doctor Who Online

Want to watch some Doctor Who episodes online? It’s easier than it used to be but depends where you’re based.

19. Britbox

Watch Doctor Who online with Britbox

Available in North America and in the UK, Britbox features classic Doctor Who, 1963-1989. This covers the first seven Doctors, a host of classic monsters, and is full of nostalgia.

20. BBC iPlayer

If you can access the BBC’s iPlayer service, you can watch Doctor Who online via an app or in your browser. This service offers every episode since 2005, from the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) through to the 13th (Jodie Whittaker).

21. Official YouTube Channel

A great place to catch trailers, exclusive clips, and DVD/Blu-ray feature previews is the BBC’s official Doctor Who YouTube channel.

22. Daleks 63-88 on YouTube

Many other Doctor Who channels are available on YouTube, almost wholly fan-produced content. Of these, perhaps the best is Daleks 63-88, dedicated to the history of the Doctor’s mortal enemies. They produce stunning documentaries and are highly recommended.

So Much Doctor Who Online!

With so many Doctor Who websites and communities on the web, you’ll be hard put to enjoy any other show. But who cares? Time to hit the best Doctor Who sites, watch the show, by merchandise, and have timey-wimey fun!

Want more Doctor Who? It’s time to start watching some episodes. But which ones? Let us help you out there too, with the best Doctor Who episodes


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