Looking For Design Blogs

Thursday, August 26, 2004 at 7:12 pm | Comments off

Let's face it, there are tons of blogs that talk about web standards and few that talk about design. It's either that or I'm just missing them all. Talking about standards is great, and it needs to be done, but I for one would love to see a few of the prominent designers talk more about design. As someone who has had no formal training in design and have just picked up what I can by teaching myself, I'd love to hear the techniques people use to get things done. While I'm no Eric Meyer or Dan Cederholm, I'd say my area of expertise lies with XHTML and CSS, with design further down the line. I'm certain that I do things the hard way because I don't know the easy way.

Cameron Moll's Authentic Boredom, and the recently re-discovered Sam Royama's DesignDojo (who hasn't posted for an eternity) are two blogs that seem to talk predominantly about design. There are others who talk about it every now and then, but there don't seem to be many bloggers who focus on design. Cameron's Wicked Worn series was a huge help when I attempted to create the weathered look for my Scobleizer redesign (WIP).

Does anyone know of any others that I can add to my list of frequent reads? I'd love to hear about more design blogs, if anyone knows of any good ones. Go ahead and lay 'em on me...


August 26th, 2004
7:38 PM | #

Interesting to see that there's an interest in design-blogs. I'll sooner or later start up my own blog that will cover both Design and Web (and perhaps some other interesting things as well). If you want to I can send you an email when it's up and running (if I decide to do it in both Swedish and English as I don't think you're interested in a Swedish-only blog ;) ).

Ryan Brill
August 26th, 2004
7:43 PM | #

Yep, definitely send me an email if you do an English version so I can check it out.

brian w
August 27th, 2004
12:13 AM | #

I like Mark Simonson's Notebook and Design Observer. I think there just seem to be more web standards blogs to you because you're swimming in the web standards pond; once you start getting more design-blog recommendations from your readers I think you'll find many of those, as well.

August 27th, 2004
4:02 AM | #

I think my blog focuses alot more on Design than web standards or coding, I myself don't know too much about PHP, I can setup a blog but it won't be very complex. Another blog that is focused alot more on design is Kartooner.

Bryan Corey
August 28th, 2004
1:59 AM | #

Hey Ryan,

I think my blog focuses more on design as well. I do have a lot of rants and raves on there, but the web side of it is definately more on design than on standards. Other than the large ones though I don't really know of others.

August 28th, 2004
10:41 PM | #

Thanks Scott for the recommendation. My site, while containing several pop culture references, is at its core a design-oriented blog and will be even more so now that college is started up again. I love sharing observations, methodology, and theories on design.

It's funny, I'm already doing what I love and getting paid for it, but to me school is another stepping stone. It never hurts to continue on a professional path, especially if that means doing something else. It's been a personal goal of mine to obtain a bachelors and the end result will be more financial stability for my wife and daughter. :)

Gabriel MIhalache
August 30th, 2004
12:16 AM | #

Web standards have a wider audience. For instance, I'm 100% programmer, but since I have to deal with web front-ends I'm havily into web standards and from there on I started thinking about design too.

My point? Designers do design, while a lot MORE people do web coding. So yeah, you're right... try compiling a list and share it with the world!

August 30th, 2004
4:13 PM | #

I share your thoughts on this Ryan, there needs to be a little more chat about visual design, especially web design.

DesignDojo has kinda fallen between the cracks at the moment - work has me swamped and I'm going to be a father for the first time in less than a month. So life has been keeping me busy. I plan to get back to the Dojo within a month or so.

Ryan Brill
August 30th, 2004
5:32 PM | #

Gabriel - I'm not strictly talking about web designer's blogs. I'd be just as happy to read graphic/print designer's blogs, as I'm sure they'd have plenty of valuable information to share. There are going to be plenty of people who are designers first, and web developers second. I just need to find these people.

Sam - Congratulations on the coming baby! Very exciting. :) I'll be looking forward to the Dojo coming back - already added it to my blo.gs watch list and blogroll.

August 30th, 2004
7:35 PM | #

Speak-up is a premium graphic designer's blog - more on the traditional side of design.

Kevin Pott's Graphic Push is a nice lil' site as well. Mostly design related posts.

Netdiver is also a decent read. The main page has all sorts of design news mix in with the links and features.

August 31st, 2004
3:45 PM | #

Michael Kovalchick's Graphically Speaking is a good design-related blog.

August 31st, 2004
3:46 PM | #

Oops. Sorry, forgot the autolink feature. Please fix and delete this comment if you want.

Ryan Brill
August 31st, 2004
3:52 PM | #

"Oops. Sorry, forgot the autolink feature. Please fix and delete this comment if you want."

I've really got to set up these comments to use XHTML. Much more intuitive that way. ;)

August 31st, 2004
5:55 PM | #

Kartooner, thanks for the good word. I started Graphically Speaking with a focus on design only. However it was a bit too sterile, so now I mix in some personal articles for a bit of flava.

I'm going to recommend The Man in Blue's blog. He's got some interesting design oriented articles, so check it out.

August 31st, 2004
6:51 PM | #

Ryan: Yes, I gotta admit that it would be nice. I'm used to using XHTML code in my comments and when I comment on other sites. Keeps things uniform, but only if people use proper markup. ;)

Mike: Yeah man, no problem.

As far as solely focusing on one topic, it's difficult. Unless you set up a variety of blogs dealing with different topics specifically, any site will be a mish mash of different subject matter.

I try to drive my thoughts towards creativity and imagination (my two favorite subjects), but even then there are times when I'll post articles dealing with something entirely different.

The use of categories and filtration in your archives allows people to view what they want, so it's a win-win situation.

September 1st, 2004
2:26 PM | #

check out my design blogs>


and do comment

September 8th, 2004
5:27 PM | #


Greatings from Brazil !

Great blog the xBlog Lite ( downloded and work in it rigth now) but i try to translate to PT BR, but is a hard way for me thru the PHP codes (newbie yet but expert soon i hope). If you help me i apreciate.

Sory about my poor english.


September 16th, 2004
7:50 AM | #

I know this is a little late, but have you ever heard of http://boxesandarrows.com/ ?

September 24th, 2004
8:17 PM | #

I see that it's long time since someone last posted here but anyway, I started very recently so I wish I found this earlyer. I started kvery recently but there are several posts on my Journal you can look at. The last one is in the category I intend to continue with, and work on.

December 8th, 2004
10:17 PM | #

ive got one...about to be mentioned in the ny times



catherine Morley
September 24th, 2005
4:05 PM | #

I've started a new blog - Designers who Blog


It has more than designers as photography, marketing, etc overlap in places.


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