I like visiting SwissMiss every once in a while but I always come away feeling like such a consumer. I mean, most of that stuff is pretty cool, but is it really NECESSARY? I mean, how many of the world’s resources are wasted producing what is, in essence, just useless crap? And while Design Observer can be interesting, the incessant self-important, navel-gazing of many of its posts is just downright nauseating. When I visit, I usually just check out the “Observed” section.
Anyway, I had to change my blog URL and am waiting for the CNAME settings on Dotster to take effect before I can map my new domain. I hope you’ll update the link to my blog from yours! I do get traffic via DesignNotes sometimes….]]>
I wonder if this is a good analogy for the design world? How much of design out in the world is nothing more than xeroxing trends vs. how much original thought is put out there. If anything its reflective of the design culture.]]>
With my blanket statement rant, the one thing that I should have also included was that my disappointment comes mostly from design blogs in North America which is in a state of star struckedness. It’s as if there is complete blindness towards people that may be able to help themselves out in the future. It’s just kind of sad that people can’t think outside of their own interests. Of course I could be the one that is completely out of touch and everyone out there is just best buddies. From what I’ve seen from design blogs outside of North America the design worshiping isn’t nearly as bad.]]>
The latter is the sort of blog we like, and try to be. The former is okay in its own way, but yep, we agree, it can all get a bit cannibalistic, especially when the stuff being highlighted has just been cut and pasted from another blog. (And sites like http://ffffound.com/ seem to cover the image-only route perfectly well on their own.)
Our rule of thumb is that we always try to bring something new to the attention of our readers, and to provide useful links so that they can go and explore further. And I think there are a lot of other design sites out there work on a similar principle. It’s just that they’re outnumbered by the point and drool sites.]]>