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
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
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.