Web Design for me is mostly about a good user experience. “Pretty pages” are a part of that, but so is good navigation, useful content and great interactive tools. With that in mind, here is a list of the places I find most helpful in thinking about web design.
UX Booth is like a design expo in a website. They have 9 interesting categories to explore with both general “what you need to know” articles for beginners and more detailed articles to explore recent trends and case studies.