Really Awesome Blogs

Today Andrew asked us to blog about blogs that we love. Last year I moved into my own apartment and settled down into the full time job schedule, which left me with a lot of free time to finally do things I had always wanted to do, but never had the time for. I went on a crafting, cooking, gardening, DIY spree which started on the internet. The three blogs I’m featuring are places I was frequently daily, looking for inspiration and instruction. Obviously I’m a little busy these days, but hope to get back my free time eventually and find even more blogs like these.

1. Design Sponge

Design Sponge is a great blog, all about designing your space and your life. I usually spend most of my time looking at the Before/After section (inspiration for turning my junk into art), and the DIY section. I think this blog is successful due to its content. There’s ALWAYS something cool to make or an interesting look at someone’s space and the interior design. They update it pretty regularly and there’s always a weekly wrap-up post. The redesigned the site a couple years ago, and while I’m not a huge fan of all the elements, I like the thin sans serif font and the focus on photos. It’s really easy to navigate and you can find projects based on price, difficulty, material, technique, you name it! It’s simple and fun.

I love the thumbnails along with full size photos

I love the thumbnails along with full size photos

 

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Great searching options in the Before & After section!

 

2. 101 Cookbooks

101 Cookbooks is beautiful AND useful. There are so many good recipes on this site! I think Heidi Swanson (the creator) is really successful in part because of the recipes, but also because of the simplicity and beauty of the site. She does weave her life, travels and personality into the posts though, and that gives her site personality in spite of its minimalist look. Her photos steal the show and everything else is simple. Great content, great delivery. It helps that she’s a photographer… Her site is also really easy to navigate and search for recipes by several categories.

Photo-heavy main page

Photo-heavy main page

 

Images for all the recipes, even in list form

Images for all the recipes, even in list form

 

3. Behance

I guess Behance isn’t technically what you might think of as a blog, but I use it for art inspiration. I think part of why it works so well is that it’s a collective of different people sharing their art. There is a wide range of styles because the sample is so large. I also really like all the search options that are easy to use so you can search for pretty specific things. You can also search for artists from specific schools, so I can see what UW design students are creating. Good to see what the competition is crafting in their students and alumni. They make it easy to follow artists and connect to them with social media. So it’s networking and inspiration, all in one.

You can "Follow" the artist, or send them a message.

You can “Follow” the artist, or send them a message.

 

Main page view, by thumbnails

Main page view, by thumbnails

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