Do you still read blogs or has instagram taken over all your free time?
Back in 2013 not long after I started this blog, I wrote a post on my favourite blogs. It was pretty popular at the time, but when I went back and looked at it recently I realised it was pretty out of date – a lot of blogs don’t last 5 years. Also in the meantime, insta has taken over as many designers first stop for inspiration. Whilst there are great visuals out there on insta, I’m still a fan of blogs, I want to read the story behind the design and also read about other aspects of design – the psychology, the business and the ideas.
So I thought it was time to update my list. Many I still subscribe too via the old fashioned way of email while others are sites I just pop into from time to time. Right now my problem is trying to make sure I don’t subscribe to more than I actually have time to look at. I never did find a replacement for google reader! (Any ideas?)
Yellowtrace remains one of my all time favourite blogs for interior design. You get both the insta worthy images as well as the stories and interviews behind the scenes. You also now get extensive coverage of Milan Design Week. It doesn’t really matter what kind of design or architecture is your thing, yellowtrace covers everything beautiful from furniture to retail and hospo, workplace and residential. Dana has worked really hard over years to make this an amazing daily dose of design all year round. What more do you need?
This site sits alongside yellowtrace as my favourite. Completely different type of articles – the focus is articles on workplace design and psychology, real estate, facilities management and culture (as well as some UK real estate news) with a wide range of contributors. Not just aimed at designers but a site for anyone managing or part of designing workspaces. I was honoured this year when I was commissioned to write an article “I’m a designer and I job share with an AI” . As well as this site, the same editors are responsible for Work & Place, an excellent journal – well written and and researched for a similar audience.
Office snapshots is a staple site for anyone working in corporate interiors – and now moving into healthcare and education too. Get a weekly dose of new workplaces straight to your inbox, and then visit the site to search for thousands and thousands of images using a variety of product or feature search terms. While you do get the story behind the design – the quality of the words is not always so good as the photos and can be very descriptive rather than telling the story of the design.
If you are into architecture and interiors then Dezeen covers all sectors. With daily stories covering products, architecture and interiors arriving straight to your inbox you can keep track of all the big international projects, competitions and controversies, but also check out some little known designers and their work. Its not just images either, usually there is intelligent reporting- and an often humorous summary of the weekly reader comments.
I do notice a bit of cross over between FastCompany and Dezeen. FastCompany is more focused towards design generally – graphic and website design, product design and technology design. Again, a daily is of stories, I always find at least one that intrigues me enough to click through.
Nigel Oseland’s blog is another long stayer. Nigel is an Environmental Psychologist and Workplace Strategy Consultant. It’s a blog I often stumble across new posts via social media. There is now the option to subscribe via email so hopefully now I’ll be reading more often!
Surviving the Design Studio
Covering a wide range of topics from surviving the design studio, through to the Vencie architecture biennale, bias and competition in architecture, fees, design and technology, I enjoy Peter’s style, sense of humour and wide variety of topics. This is probably one for anyone who is anti establishment architecture and it’s culture.
Workplace Design Magazine
An interior design magazine, as you can tell from the name focused on the workplace. Ideas, projects, products. This one is American and while it covers similar topics to Workplace Insight, I don’t seem to find as much captures my interest. I do like the around the web section for links to a wide range of other articles and sites.
Once a week, Michael Kilkelly shares five topics that have interested him that week as well as his own writing and courses. Starting with BIM, technology, automation but you could also find time management, architectural sketching and anything else that catches Michael’s interest. (rather like this blog!) Although there is plenty of content on the website, I think you only get the links if you subscribe to the emails.
Life of an Architect
An American architect named Bob, blogs on all sorts of aspects of practicing as and just being an architect. Great writing and great sense of humour. Life of an Architect has now been going for a long time and I still pop in from time to time.
Parlour is another website that I both write for and visit from time to time. Parlour’s focus is gender equity in architecture, but they publish a wide range of articles that effect this topic, from leadership and mentoring style articles, interviews with female architects, the impacts of gender and diversity on design outcomes to flexibility and fair work practices.
Since I first wrote this post I’ve also found I read more and more business focused blogs.
EntreArchitect and The Business of Architecture
In my mind these two blogs always go together. They cover a lot of similar materials and are both blogs and podcasts aimed at small firm practitioners. Covering topics from finances, making a profit, to proposals and marketing, hiring staff and managing a team – everything you need to know about running a practice that’s not the architecture part.
If you are more interested in what’s impacting companies at the other end of the scale (be that your own or your clients), McKinsey is THE place to go. Backed by reputable global research, you can learn about strategy, technology, HR, change and more. With different format articles, spend just 5 minutes or 50 minutes to learn more about topics affecting business today.
ACA – Association of Consulting Architects
The ACA focuses on being the place to lead the discussion of business of architecture rather than talking all about design. Another site I sometimes write for – you will find a mix of articles on fees, employment, HR issues, legislation and other matters affecting Australian architectural practice.
On a totally different note from pretty much everything else I subscribe to is Futurism. Want to know about future society, cutting edge medical research, blockchain, the latest robots and anything Elon Musk is up to? This is the place for a very wide range of short articles that can be your starting point to learn more about where in the world we are headed.
I do also pop into many Revit blogs, but for me this tends to be on as as needs basis to search for help rather than regularly reading any particular blogs. What are your favorites? Perhaps some of you can help out with more suggestions – although I will then need to find more blog reading time…maybe after I finish my architectural registration interview!