There are some fantastic Product Design Blogs out there for those wishing to keep up-to-date with the world of industrial design. I have put together a list of my favourite places to surf.
1. Fast Co. Design – http://www.fastcodesign.com/
Regularly updated with quality articles, this is one of the web’s most popular sources for design news. I find the website somewhat glitchy and at times difficult to navigate, but putting that aside it is well worth a visit.
2. Kick Starter – http://www.kickstarter.com/
A different website to the rest, this website is changing the way many business source funding for a project. By creating a slick 5 minute video to sell you their idea, we have the opportunity to put our names down to pre-order a product before it exists in stores. Some very interesting designs find funding through this site.
3. Yanko Design – http://www.yankodesign.com/
A web magazine containing examples of the best designs from around the world. Mainly concentrated around consumer products, it also looks at technology, architecture and fashion. A great to flick through and find a great a brilliant solution to an age old problem or a new gadget that you can’t wait to have.
4. Product Design Hub – http://productdesignhub.com/
The most corporate of all the websites list here, but don’t let that put you off. It provides a more professional feed of articles and advice.
5. Industrial Design Served – http://www.industrialdesignserved.com/
Features the very best projects just uploaded to Behance (I have been featured once). It is a great source for inspiration as it is jam packet with great products. It is also well worth checking out Behance for inspiration: weather you be a product designer, graphic designer or film maker. There is a category for all the creative fields.
6. Design Taxi – http://designtaxi.com/
A great resource for inspiration, news and products from all over the design world. Simple and easy to navigate it is easy to send far too long on this website. Features articles in Product Design, Architecture, Industry Talk, Art, Photography, Marketing, Illustration and more.
7. Monkee Design – http://www.monkeedesign.com/
Not as regularly updated as others, it makes up for it with great content. It reads more like a news feed for designers with company updates and interesting “How do they do it” type articles.
8. Core 77 – http://www.core77.com/blog/
A fantastically bold website that leaves no question you are on a design website. Features all manner of articles about design from around the world. Also digging a little deeper the website is a terrific resource of local design firms, events and products to purchase.
9. Geekologie – http://www.geekologie.com/
Not strictly a design website, but a great place to indulge your inner geek. Enjoy the authors fantastically non-politically correct views on products, videos and technology.
10. Pintrest – http://pinterest.com
Also not strictly a design website, but if you don’t already I strongly recommend signing up for an account. It’s a tremendous resource of inspiration, with a very slick search that allows you to target any genre you fancy for images. Great if you are decorating a house, shortlist Halloween costumes for next year or find a solution for the best way to store your bike.
11. Solid Smack – http://solidsmack.com/
A new design blog that I have just come across, but have become immediately addicted to. Cutting edge high quality articles with brilliant images and video. Also you have to check out the Engineer Vs Designer blog linked from SolidSmack.