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Design Blogs


Advertising/Design Goodness: Dubbed as “the best and sometimes the worst around the globe,” this is the site of design/art director Frederik Samuel. There’s lots of inspiring advertising here (that kind of feels like a strange thing to say).


Designers who Blog: Can you guess what this blog is all about? I especially enjoy visiting designers’ blogs to look at the design. I think so much of blog design is stale and it’s nice to see some designers taking different approaches to a medium that is caught in a design rut.


Design Observer: A fantastic group blog. Some very insightful writing. I don’t really have anything else to say about it, it’s just good. Did I say insightful? Good? Yeah. Uh huh. Okay, I’m stopping now. Really.


Reluct: Design and architecture news. Lots of pictures (which I like). It’s mostly links around the net, not a lot of commentary. But there’s nothing wrong with links. I like them.


Signal vs. Noise: I think this is a design blog. It’s the blog of software company 37signals, makers of Basecamp. They write lots about design and business and other random stuff. According to them it’s about “design, customer experience, entertainment, politics, Basecamp, Backpack, products we like, small business, ourselves, and more,” so I guess that works.


Speak Up: This is my favorite design commentary blog. It has a good amount of posts a day, not too many, not too few. Some of the writing is quite insightful (there’s that word again!), while other entries are just light and fun. I pretty much read every entry posted ’cause it’s good like ‘dat.


swissmiss: Tina Roth is a “Swiss designer gone NYC.” She finds more amazing nick-nacks (is that how you spell it??) and links than you can shake a stick at. I don’t know exactly where she finds the time to post the 10-15 entries a day, but I’m certainly glad she does. This is definitely my favorite non-commentary design blog on the market.


Veer: The Skinny: Veer sells “visual elements for creatives.” Their blog, not surprisingly, features visual elements by creatives. Great links to videos, portfolios and the like. This was a recent discovery and I’m glad I ran across it.

And that concludes this installment of design blogs, if you know of some design blogs that I missed, please let me know. Word.

December 1, 2005