Mighty Life List
Jul 6 2011

15 Influential Design Blogs

Someone on Quora asked about the most influential design blogs, and many of the responses had to do with professional web and product design. I have a much more colloquial view of what it means to be a design blogger, so almost none of the blogs I consider influential were on the list. I added these with a notation that I wasn’t including fashion or wedding sites, which have some overlap in the community, especially because personal sites can be so tough to classify.

I’m defining “influential” as folks with large audiences (upwards of 10,000 visitors a day or so) with dedicated readers who really care about the information presented there.

Who am I forgetting?

DesignSponge founded by Grace Bonney
Home, DIY, entertaining, products

Design Milk founded by Jaime Derringer
Design magazine on art, architecture, home, fashion, tech

Swiss-Miss by Tina Roth Eisenberg
Professional designer and aesthete

Apartment Therapy founded by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
Home design/products with sister sites for tech, green and kids as well

NOTCOT founded by Jean Aw
Products, fashion, tech lifestyle, with sister sites

Poppytalk by Jan and Earl (Husband/Wife)
DIY, Home, Handmade

Decor8 by Holly Becker
Home

Oh Joy founded by Joy Deangdeelert Cho
Products, fashion, interiors, inspiration

SF Girl by Bay by Victoria Smith
Photography, interior design, product

Design for Mankind by Erin Loechner
Art, fashion, home

Not Martha by Megan Reardon
A one-woman consumer reports on a range of products

Oh Happy Day by Jordan Ferney
Entertaining, diy, stationery

Making it Lovely by Nicole Balch
Home, DIY

Design Mom by Gabrielle Blair
Designer who focuses on good design for parents and kids

A Cup of Jo by Joanna Goddard
Style, products, fashionable parenting

What design sites do you love that don’t seem to have large readerships yet? There’s so much professional-level content out there right now, it’s tough to keep up.

33 Responses to “15 Influential Design Blogs”

  • eliza Says:

    doorsixteen.com. Already has a large following, but Anna is totally awesome and totally deserves to be on this list!

  • jessicookie Says:

    YoungHouseLove. They are awesome, and so inspirational–even just in terms of how much they manage to do to their house so quickly!

  • Jane Says:

    I totally love Freshome.com …it’s a must for those of your who are addicted to interior design & architecture.

  • erin / dfm Says:

    whoa — so thrilled to be a part of this list. i’m in fantastic company – thanks, maggie! :)

  • zan Says:

    I can’t even begin to tell you how influenced I am by Reference Library (http://referencelibrary.blogspot.com), and I think it deserves a mention simply for being so different from all the others. Andy is a master curator, and always pushes the unexpected outsider edges of design inspiration.

  • jbs Says:

    Love shelterrific.com – also started by a Domino alum.

  • Megan Says:

    Aw, thanks so much for including my site!

  • Lynzie Anne :: Small Time Cook Says:

    DESIGNLOVEFEST! Oh my gosh, Maggie, but you HAVE to add that blog to this list. http://designlovefest.com is definitely my favorite place to go for inspiration. It’s chock full of interiors, fashion editorials, super cute style columns, and a gorgeous food column shot by Jen Gotch. It sparkles all around!

  • emma Says:

    I totally agree with the addition of designlovefest.com – bri is fantastic. Also creaturecomfortsblog.com, bloesem.blogs.com and annesage.com. And, just discovered eatdrinkchic.com which I’m loving.

    They are always inspiring, both in what they share and in their success. I can dream of one day having a similar reach, though I’m far too scattered — er, eclectic — in my tastes and persona to ever be able to drill down on such clear branding as the best design (and food and fashion and family) bloggers do. sigh. ;)

  • Carolyn Says:

    I love http://www.desiretoinspire.net for interior design and http://www.ohsobeautifulpaper.com for paper goods design

  • swissmiss Says:

    Thank you so much for including swissmiss. Honored! Waving from Brooklyn!

  • Jules Says:

    I would second Anna from Door Sixteen. She’s so inspiring.

  • Karen Says:

    Ditto on DESIGNLOVEFEST. Bri is a powerhouse!

  • Nicole Says:

    Thanks for including me, Maggie. Honored to be among such great company!

  • stephANIE Says:

    FAB list, almost all of my favorites are included! I’d also add Designlovefest.com, Designcrushblog.com, and CMYCbacon.com

  • Sarah Says:

    These are great! Thanks so much for the list (and those with the follow up suggestions). New to the blog world, retired from architecture and ready to find joy (in lieu of immense, suffocating pressure) in design once again…

    I tip my hat to y’all.

  • Sara Says:

    I really like littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com and isuwannee.com

  • Christy Says:

    Yes! I also recommend Designcrushblog.com
    Thanks for the new recommedations, Maggie.

  • Kristin Says:

    I love YoungHouseLove

  • Jaime from Design Milk Says:

    Thanks for including Design Milk, Maggie!

  • Ashley Says:

    I love Design Crush and Design Work Life as well.

  • Kate L. Says:

    I love ohhellofriend: http://www.ohhellofriendblog.com/

  • Megan Says:

    love, love, love Making It Lovely! I heart that blog fully.

  • Erin @ Brownie Bites Says:

    I get so overwhelmed with all of the beautiful things being created out there – it makes me feel like I will never keep up. Thank you for sharing this list – as if my reader wasn’t already bursting to the gills with fabulous blogs!

  • Mike Says:

    A friend of mine runs this joint: http://www.ashesandmilk.com/

  • Olga Kotova Says:

    Thank you for sharing this list. It is just in time :)

  • Frannie Says:

    indiefixx.com always has a variety of really inspiring and great ideas. It runs the gamut from cooking to designing to photography to business advice. I love it.

  • Angeline Says:

    Prairie Hive is a collaboration of designers, photographers, writers, and crafty creative types based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Their website/magazine just launched – http://www.prairiehive.com/ – and they were featured on Apartment Therapy about a month ago!

  • Jan Says:

    Wow, so honoured thank you Maggie!

    I love Anna from Door Sixteen too!

  • Darla Says:

    I love a good design blog. I’ve investigated half of these in previous posts and will have to look at the rest.

  • Carolyn Says:

    oh yeah @sarah, isuwannee.com is good one! Jamie has a great sense of humor.

  • Jordan Ferney Says:

    Thanks Sugar!