In A Whole New Mind, the author urges us as designers to read design magazines or blogs to "sharpen your eye and inspire your mind". In my design process, finding precedents online and in design blogs inspires me and always gives me new ideas on ways I can create something that is cohesive, stylish and well designed. Here are a few I find interesting and inspiring:
Yanko Design is a web magazine that features modern international design. It includes technology, interior design, industrial design, architecture, fashion etc., but looking through the website I see a strong emphasis on product design and technology, focusing on the latest and greatest gadgets. Most of the featured items of the week include everyday items that optimize function and convenience. When I see this site I am constantly thinking "ooh I wish I had one of those..."
This week, Yanko Design features a very interesting interview with Karim Rashid that is very much worth reading.
Design Sponge focuses much more on interior design with an emphasis on home living with sections such as "DIY", "Before & After" and "Recipes". This blog really helps the everyday person create a stylish space in their own style. The blog creates groupings of furniture, textiles, fashion, and color palettes for the reader that all correspond with the same style, which really make it easy for a person who may not know that much about design or certain styles to pick a look that they like and know how to make it happen through color, furnishings and other entourage in a space.
Apartment Therapy focuses on design for small spaces, something that young adults and students like me can relate to. With the motto "Saving the world, one room at a time", Apartment therapy helps urbanites and yuppies make their otherwise drab living spaces into well designed ones with a defined style. The website uses precedents from major cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc.) to inspire readers with other well-designed small spaces. Tabs at the top of the main page such as "cooking" and "green" also appeal to the home living interests.