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One of the things I love about the internet is being able to share knowledge. If you are stuck on a design project whether it’s a technical or creative issue there are plenty of good online design forums to go for help.

http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/
Site Point is one of my favourite forums for technical advice. It includes sections for discussions on XHTML, CSS and different programming languages, but also advice on marketing, SEO, hosting and blogging. The site also features a lot of tutorials and I have bought a couple of their books which have been good too.

http://www.allgraphicdesign.com/phpBB2
This graphic design forum is geared heavily towards new designers and students with categories such as Design Education, Young Newbie Designers, Getting Started in Design, Prepress Discussions

http://www.graphicdesignforum.com/forum/index.php
A good mixture of topics in this forum covering all areas of design for both print and web. There are also Software specific categories such as Quark and Adobe products to help you with software specific issues. Take a look at the design related blog too at http://blogs.graphicdesignforum.com/

http://forum.computerarts.co.uk
This forum is a spinoff of the magazine – Computer Arts it’s not as comprehensive as some of the other forums, but has a large number of users. There are the usual web and print design sections, but what may be of interest is the recruitment, design projects/competitions, and exposure (show off your work) categories. The rest of the main Computer Arts site is well worth a look too, its full of articles, reviews and tutorials. The hard copy magazine is a good read if you can get hold of one.

www.estetica-design-forum.com
This forum is run by a graphic design blog reader who emailed me a link. While it currently does not have a huge number of members, when I tried it responses were very quick. It has a wide variety of categories from web programming and print design to more specific typography, logo design and a section on business.

http://forum.howdesign.com/
I have only used this forum a few times, but it seems to be geared more towards the business side of design with categories such as business talk, freelancing, marketing and career advice.

http://forums.digitalpoint.com/
Similar to sitepoint (though I prefer sitepoint) this forum is mainly about web design, programming. SEO and marketing.

If you can’t find the answers you need in any of these forums, I have been really pleased with how helpful other bloggers have been. If it’s a design for print question, you can always drop me an email and I’ll see if I can help and I’m sure other bloggers will too.