Wednesday, 28 November 2007
tbjhome features my favorite Design Blogs
This is the cover of the tbjhome December 2007 issue.
It features my article about my favorite design blogs.
I am a writer!
At least once in a while, when I am blogging or when I am writing for a magazine like tbjhome (now: urbane). It is a free monthly English lifestyle and interior design magazine that is distributed together with That's Beijing (now: The Beijinger), the essential monthly guide for life in Beijing. It was fun working with the editor Jie Yang and with the bloggers Danielle de Lange, Grace Bonney and Jennifer Dwyer (see links below). Thanks for the cooperation. I loved to work from home, anytime, best time for me is nighttime.
These are the content pages with a short bio of the contributors (me included) and the the article - click on pics to enlarge:
I came up with the idea to introduce some creative design blogs to the readers of the magazine instead of design books. They liked the idea, and gave me even two pages. However the editor said they only want design blogs that have their own domain name because blogspot is blocked in China (censorship).
So I choose from my favorites:
the style files by Danielle de Lange, The Netherlands
design*sponge by Grace Bonney, New York U.S.
The Peak of Chic by Jennifer Dwyer, Atlanta U.S.
At the end the editor decided to at least mention three more of my favorite design blogs that are on blogspot (if anybody in China faces access difficulties, go via pkblogs.com!):
Absolutely Beautiful Things by Anna Spiro, Brisbane Australia
Decor8 by Holly Becker, Boston U.S.
Designers' Block by Di Overton
National Park Northumberland U.K.
As thinking green is important for our environment, I was looking for a green blog and found inhabitat. This blog, founded by Jill Fehrenbacher, New York is entirely devoted to green design.
Two more inspiring blogs were suggested by the editor:
Core77 - the industrial design supersite
NOTCOT - a visual filtration of ideas + aesthetics + amusement
If you do not live in Beijing or just can't get a hard copy of the latest issue of tbjhome, browse here.