Design Blogs: What You Don’t Know

We’ve been following several blogs in my Writing for Visual Media class for the last couple weeks to try to get a better sense of both what resources are available to us, and to be more aware of our own online presences. What I’ve come to discover is that there really is no one proper way of writing or presenting a blog, perhaps part of the medium’s allure. We read an article highlighting 20 distinguishable types of blogs and articles, and their various purposes. This post will discuss some of the articles I’ve come across and what they can provide for their readers.

Web Design Dev:

One website that I’ve been following is webdesigndev.com. The website and blog obviously focus most heavily on web design, from adobe tutorials, to CSS, to WordPress layouts, the site has information on everything a web designer might need. The site is what would be defined as a “list” blog, meaning most articles on the site are titled “top ten X” or “45 most popular Y” etcetera.

While some may find this a bit cliché, it’s actually incredibly useful when it comes to web design. Sites like this often provide quick how-to knowledge, and downloadable materials that expedite design projects.   The article I read was titled “10 More Illustrator Tips, Tricks, and Tools.” (Webdesigndev.com)

Graphic Design:

Another site I’ve been looking at is simply called graphicdesign.com, easy to remember. This site takes on a very different tone than the previous one. This site’s focus is information, on all things related to the industry of graphic design. The site contains a number of resources that provide readers with knowledge on all currents goings-on in the industry as a whole. On the homepage, readers can find a collection of blog posts, upcoming design contests, major design events, and trending articles. The site also has it’s own job board, firm directory, and school directory.

Providing some tutorials, the site also has instructional qualities, but this does not appear to be the main feature. However as far as keeping up with business trends in the design world goes, this site will do the work for you. The article I read here was titled “Norway Unveil Stylish Passport Design Illustrating the Country’s Identity.” (Graphicdesign.com)

The Design Blog:

My next blog is less serious, and has a much lighter tone to it. The Design Blog is an inspirational blog, meant to provide its readers with content of the highest quality to give young designers something to aspire too. A young designer, Ena Bacanovic, who seeks to give her peers something to aim for in their career, and to spread her passion for design with those who share it, curates the site.

In my mind these sites prove useful by popularizing graphic design and creating an greater appreciation for the practice. By increasing demand and knowledge of graphic design we increase it value. The site has very few articles, but an enormous amount of visual resources. (http://thedsgnblog.com/)

Gurafiku:

The last blog I want to discuss is called Gurafiku. This blog is a collection of visual research, qualifying it as a research blog. This site stands apart from the others though, because it’s focus is on the history of graphic design in Japan, and to compare Japanese design to western design.

This site again doesn’t post a great deal of reading material, with the vast majority of it’s content being image based. However by simply studying the designs, we begin to see the differences in style between western design and Japanese design. The curator of the blog, Ryan Hageman, categorizes posts by type of content and also by type of artist, making the search for inspiration somewhat easier. (http://gurafiku.tumblr.com/)

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