Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Blog About It

Poppytalk and Design*Sponge - for me, these are the two big ones that first come to mind when I think of design blogs. Not only are they amazing sources for great new art, design and craft, but they also boast an average of 4-8 posts a day and have a great rotating set of regular features written by a host of wonderful writers and makers. As a result, they were two of the very first blogs I followed, and to this day, remain two of my favorites. Poppytalk and Design*Sponge: this Blog About it is for you.

A Vancouver-based design blog by husband and wife duo Jan and Earl, Poppytalk is dedicated to collecting inspiration and promoting emerging design talent.

Poppytalk a great site with a wonderfully-DIY aesthetic. This not only includes craft tutorials, reader-generated content such as colour weeks, great discussions about making a living as an artist, and a host of amazing posts of a slew of talented contributors, but it's also the home of Poppytalk Handmade. Poppytalk Handmade is a monthly online market curated by Poppytalk to showcase, buy and sell handmade goods of emerging design talent from around the world. With submissions by new artists always encouraged, and with a different featured theme every month, it's an amazing place to discover great handmade items.

Even if you're not a regular reader of design blogs, chances are, you've probably still at least heard of Design*Sponge. Led by the Brooklyn-based Grace Bonney, along with a host of other talented writers, Design*Sponge features the best that the art and design world has to offer.

In addition to their great art and design posts, Design*Sponge is set up in the manner of an online magazine, with a set weekly and seasonal editorial calendar. Mondays are my personal favorites, with Sneak Peeks of homes and Simply Color color palettes inspired by these house tours. Other favorites include City Guides, which have gotten me around more than a few cities, What's In Your Toolbox interviews with artists and crafters, Biz Ladies business advice, and In the Kitchen With recipies.

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