I’ve refreshed the new blog of the week, did you see it? It’s Oh, Hello Friend! This blog is by the talented Danni Hong in California who has a beautiful etsy shop and who is such a sweetheart… I just love her soft, feminine aesthetic and all of the pretty things that she produces. I think you will really enjoy following her blog — here is just a glimpse of her beautiful photos which capture bits of her life that she shares on Oh, Hello Friend.
(images: oh, hello friend)
With fresh snow on the ground, an enormous clear blue sky above, and warm sunlight streaming onto my desk as UK talent James Morrison sings to me in the background I have found my bliss. These moments are so precious. Living within this very minute — these are the best ones… But if this all sounds too dreamy for you, then let me just say that my week so far has been the shizzle on the fosnizzle, the shazaam squared, the queen mary motherload. Wikad awesome.
How are you today? Yesterday I took off to work on some projects and to enjoy the day — and after spending 6 hours teaching my class last night it felt nice to wake up to sunshine and blue skies.
Ready for some inspiration today? I sure am! I just added a new blog of the week and would like to officially welcome you to the wonderful world of Will Taylor in London who works of the Anthropologie UK web team in addition to authoring his super-fantastic design blog called Bright.Bazaar. I first heard about Will today as his blog was suggested to me via Twitter by Leslie who is a fan of his work. The photos in this post are from his blog which already tells you one thing: Will knows good design. Make sure you give this guy some blog lovin’ and cruise on over to Bright.Bazaar when you have a chance to visit him. We need more amazing boy-bloggers out there in the world of design.
(images: from various sources, see bright.bazaar for links)
Martha McQuade has such a lovely new online space called MWM Workbook that I thoroughly enjoyed browsing today and I believe that you’ll find inspiration from this as well. Martha is the designer behind UNIFORM Studio in Minneapolis where she creates ethically made clothing and accessories. From her bio, “Trained as an architect, Martha McQuade lives and works in Minneapolis, MN where she teaches architecture, designs clothing, makes buildings, takes photographs, writes about process + design, and is always looking for phenomena + beauty.”
Her new website, MWM Workbook, will function as both a portfolio and a blog where she’ll write once weekly on topics like design, process and inspiration. It also has slideshows featuring photographic studies, her studio space, previous collections, and a sketchbook gallery along with other bits of her work life such as news where she’ll post about upcoming collections, shop updates and shows.
I love the new format and think that it’s refreshing to see a site that is a bit of a website and blog combined, it’s innovative and starting to pop up around the web as some artists aren’t interested in the daily exercise of blogging and would rather have a simple space to show up once weekly to update — it’s more dynamic than a static website but less hectic than maintaining a daily blog (Martha’s site is by Cargo Collective.)
Let’s face it, with the speed of the web these days a full-time artist or designer who is unable to blog for several days in a row often leaves fans feeling a bit neglected and this can cause guilt. It’s true, they can start to miss you and wonder what’s wrong and often this can be hard for creatives to manage — the constant interaction with their fans and need to post, post, post! The inspiration they draw from having fans is a blessing but so often it can be the same joy that ends up depleting them of their creative energy because it’s so much work to maintain a daily blog. The MWM Workbook format is a lot less pressure but also very creative and can still be subscribed to via RSS so Martha’s fans always know when she’s posted something new. Lovely work, Martha.
What do you think of this format? Any thoughts come to mind? Would you try it?
(images: martha mcquade/uniform studio)
I’m happy to announce that the Blogging Your Way class is ready for registration! You can go to this page, enter your blog url, and register to participate in the upcoming 7 week class kicking off on Monday, January 18, 2010 that I am teaching in partnership with the oh-so-fabulous Leslie Shewring.
Remember, all must have a blog and camera to take part… a little blog, a big blog, whatever size or shape — this is fine! Just make sure you have a blog! :)
Leslie and I cannot wait to meet our new students and work with you on blogging your way!
(images: leslie shewring)