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Oct 19, 2007

HOME REJUVENATION'S 10 MOST INFLUENTIAL DESIGN BLOGGERS

The wait is over.

In an attempt to find out which design blogs and bloggers influence the discerning readers and the rest of the blogging community, KUS and I have undertaken a month long call for votes on who are indeed the '10 most influential design bloggers'. 4931 votes later, we finally have the answer - at least from a statistical point of view. The poll proved to be a mammoth task, as it sapped away countless hours of our sleep in order to tally up the results. But it's definitely a worthwhile thing to do.

While the final decision on which blogs and bloggers would make the cut was decided by you people, we at Home Rejuvenation also did some semi-scientific research of our own to 'validate' the findings. We referred to notable blog ranking sites like Technorati, The Truth Laid Bear and Alexa, and found that the amount of traffic and number of back links to a blog largely coincide with how influential that blog or blogger is. Many of the design blogs we've come to term 'the big boys and gals' showed up on our list.

At the same time, we are happy to see some of the 'small boys and gals' garnering a pretty impressive amount of votes and have come to believe that every blogger can indeed have a certain extent of influence on others, whether the number of readers ranks in the hundreds, thousands or millions. If enough people appreciate what a blogger is doing, he or she can equally be regarded as influential (and inspirational) to those within a little community.Nevertheless, a poll is a poll – we respect the decision of all those who have voted here. Though you might not like every single blog that's listed here, just treat it as a guide to the best in design blogging. Also, it is never the purpose of this poll to demean any bloggers or blogs which aren't on this list. As echoed by Holly Becker from Decor8 in our email conversation earlier on, “a blog should be a personal space where a person shares whatever it is they are either for or against and should be authentic and from the heart. When people start thinking that their blog isn't good enough, they lose their passion and I see this time and time again and feel really bad”.

Enough said. Here's a rundown on the 10 most influential design bloggers:



Written by Dutch graphic designer Irene Hoofs, Bloesem (translated in English as “blossom”) is a collection of artful items representing her personal passion for design. Packed with reviews of ceramic ware, stationary and kitchenware etc, this is one blog with voters complimenting it as an “influential blog on arts and craft” and “a blog packed with lovely pictures and witty content every other day”.


Design junkie Victoria Smith's Sfgirlbybay blog appears to be a hit with the ladies. One voter attests, “so funny, so smart... Victoria's writing exudes a girly charm and I love the beautiful stuff she shares on the blog”. Victoria admits on her very first post that she has never used expensive furniture in all her decoration and re-decoration exercises for her own house. Thus, one purpose of the blog is to share with readers how, with a “little inspiration and some imagination, a lot can be done for a very small amount of money”.



NOTCOT Inc is a large network of design sites and blogs, comprising NOTCOT.com and other innovative community contributed sites like NOTCOT.org , TasteSpotting.com and NotCouture.com. Talk about influence by numbers.

Pegged as 'a visual filtration of ideas + aesthetics + amusements', this blog is, in the words of voter Melina, “contemporary leaning and highly stylish”. The musings here cover all aspects of creative design in a tasteful manner. No big surprise, considering that the 24 year old founder Jean Aw holds a Masters Degree in User Experience Design where she focused on both conceptual and visual design and usability research.

Without trying to sound unfair, this is one blog I thoroughly enjoy reading every single time I visit.



A 'Swiss designer gone NYC', Tina Roth Eisenberg's SwissMiss is “an engaging daily read”, as pointed out by one voter. Described by Tina herself as an archive of things 'to make her see', voters love Tina's unique direction for her blog. “... it's like a personal diary of sorts, in which she stores ideas and inspiration for her work”, says another supporter.



With a major in Communications Design and a minor in Printmaking and Fibers, Oh Joy!'s Joy Deangdeelert Cho has captured a predominantly female audience with her “quirky writing style and flair for uncovering beautiful stuff”. Less interior decoration and more fashion avenue, this blog never fails to capture the ladies' hearts with those oh-so-gorgeous accessories on display daily.



Bloggers Midcenturyjo and Kim's interior design blog is, in the eyes of voters, “a culmination of all the great interior design magazines out there” and “one great site for daily eye-candy and décor ideas”. Many appreciate the consistent efforts of the two ladies in consolidating numerous images of beautiful interior projects (in all types of style) from all over the world - a feat not yet seen on other blogs.

I'd say we have the hardworking ladies at Desire To Inspire to thank for introducing us to so many talented designers and architects along the way.



As a freelance writer and interior design consultant, Holly Becker has created a very loyal readership of her design blog, Decor8. The lady has a knack for discovering talented indie designers – something that goes down well unanimously with voters and readers.

Original content is obviously on the mind of many when they cast their votes, as displayed by Sarah. She says, “A lot of bloggers write about things that have already been covered on other blogs... but most of Holly's posts are original. For that alone, it beats other blogs hands down!”. Woah.



MoCo Loco is, in my opinion, one's ultimate online guide to the hottest and trendiest contemporary furniture fashion and design. Design-savvy audience stops by frequently to check out the latest news, reviews and recommendations for products and services. Editor Harry Wakefield and his team are on high alert every single minute, as voters find that ”the design news are always fresh and timely”.Another supporter has this to say, which perhaps sums up the blog's allure, “Many other furniture and design blogs have tried emulating what MoCo Loco is doing but so far none came close. They are simply the best in trends reporting”.


2. Apartment Therapy (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/)

The blog that first introduced me to design blogging. While this blog is not always about design – it dishes out posts on home improvement regularly – Apartment Therapy possesses all the elements to keep its wide base of readers happy. From monthly contests to product review to free classifieds where readers can trade their second-hand furniture, the blog is committed to “connect people to the resources they need to redecorate their home, while reducing their reliance on stuff”.

Voters generally think that AT deserves a spot in the top ten as they have not across another blog which focuses on providing so much useful information and ideas on small space design. The opportunity to 'peep' at other people's houses (without breaking the law) is another big draw. Readers love to chip in freely with their personal opinions and tips on décor problems posed by other readers here, making it one of the most interactive of all blogs around.

Furthermore, contests like The Smallest, Coolest Apartment and the publication of the book Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure also cemented Apartment Therapy as a brand (on home-related resources) rather than as a conventional weblog.


At long last.

The only blog that surpasses Apartment Therapy in terms of sheer influence (and votes), Design*Sponge is written by Brooklyn-based writer Grace Bonney. Launched in August of 2004, her weblog features store and product reviews, sale and contest announcements, new designer profiles, trend forecasting and store/studio tours.

Having worked as a freelance writer with top publications like House and Garden, New York Home and The New York Post, nobody would doubt her credentials and influence. With a knack for uncovering indie designers, Grace's writing style is “always fluid and witty”. Many people also find her sneak peeks and guides very helpful, and adore the “extremely practical and useful ideas” she offers.

While you might think being positioned number 225 on Technorati's own ranking system (at last check) is nothing to shout about, you'll start to be very impressed when you find that D*S, with Apartment Therapy at number 234, are about the only design-oriented blogs on their Top 500 list.


There you have it - the 10 most influential design bloggers at the moment. Are you surprised by the findings? Or do you have anything to say about the blogs on this list? We'll love to hear from you!

Next week, we'll roll out our special feature '3 questions that matter', in which some of the most influential design bloggers will share with us their views on this global phenomenon called blogging. Keep your eyes open.

Meanwhile, hop on over to Laissezfaire for their '10 new design blogs to watch'.


Stan

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38 comments: on "HOME REJUVENATION'S 10 MOST INFLUENTIAL DESIGN BLOGGERS"

berry said...

I love design sponge! So excited it's ranked number 1!

spiderlily said...

Thanks for the hard work doing this guys!

I think your list is pretty accurate. Most of the blogs which I expect to be there are there.

Once again, great work!

Anonymous said...

Great job on this article. I know that this took a lot of work.

patricia gray said...

Kudos to you all at Home Rejuvenation for the tremendous task of tallying all the votes.

KNQ Associates said...

Like what I've said, it's worthwhile doing this, if only to find out who the movers and shakers of the design blogging community in the readers' minds are.

As well, the fact that you people appreciate the HARD work that went into this research makes all the lost sleep even more justified!:)

Anonymous said...

This is so exciting, you guys have created a design blogs bible for the rest of us!!

Thanx for the effort!

Anonymous said...

FYI- the Swiss Miss link is not correct. It takes you to the Swiss Miss hot chocolate site.

KNQ Associates said...

Thanks a lot for the tip-off, anon. We've since corrected the mistake.

Brilliant Asylum said...

Congrats to the winners. Well deserved!

Anonymous said...

The SwissMiss link is wrong!!!

KNQ Associates said...

It's working fine over here. SwissMiss will be relocating their blog to the URL www.swiss-miss.com. You will be directed to their current URL at www.swissmiss.typepad.com when you click on the link as shown.

Sonciary Honnoll (Dabbieri Blog) said...

Congrats to the winners!!!

RemodelingMySpace ideaBlog said...

Thanks for such a great list Stan!

SO many great sites, can't decide which is my new favorite...

Many links from us! ;)

modmom said...

thanks for emailing about this!
LOVE the winners!

tongue in cheek said...

The cream of the crop with cherries on top! Wonderful selection! Bravo brava winners!

kim. said...

Thanks Stan and KUS for all your hard work through all this. Jo and I are soooooo honoured to have made your list.

joy said...

thanks so much guys! i'm really honored and flattered to be on this list!
-joy

Anonymous said...

Excellent list. I love all those blogs.
here's another of my favorites..
www.ifitshipitshere.com

dt said...

U guys are smart to think of doing this! We really would love to find out which are the better blogs around...I hope u run this kinda poll every year! I'll be voting!

trendoffice said...

Of all the winners I think Mocoloco are doing their job most professionally and they have been for years my best source of information for the latest and most interesting in design. And I think there are other blogs like Dezeen that are missing. But it depends on the criteria used, ofcourse.

Anonymous said...

Agress with trendoffice.I think there are a whole lot more blogs that are missing from this list. But since there can only be ten of them to be voted by the public, there has to be cut-off at some point.
The list here seems quite reflective of the public opinion at large, since these blogs are mostly very famous. I only found a few of these blogs like decor8 too feminine-oriented(sorry ladies I don't mean anything) for my taste.

sfgirlbybay said...

I am so flattered and honored to be in such great company and to have made the list at all. Such a nice surprise - thank you so much! victoria

Jean said...

THANKS! Thrilled that NOTCOT, NOTCOT.org, TasteSpotting, and NotCouture made the list~ you have definitely made my weekend ~ and you made me blush with your note! We thoroughly enjoy having you as a reader

=)

irene said...

Just got back from a long weekend in Vietnam and this morning I read my emails...WOW...such an amazing honor for me and for Bloesem to be mentioned among these very professional and talented design bloggers! Thank you very much for organizing this and you certainly made my day a very special one! Irene

KNQ Associates said...

To correct something I said on this post, there is in fact one other fantastic design blog ranked in the top 500 list on Technorati - Yanko Design at no. 300 at last check. It's a popular weblog dedicated to introducing the best modern international design, covering from industrial design, concepts, technology, interior design, architecture, exhibition and fashion...

decor8 said...

Thank you Stan!

perfect bound said...

A well deserved list. Thank you for the hard work. Please give us more! Is there an 11-20?

IMEDAGOZE said...

ah I'm glad to see 4 of my 5 votes have gone into the list. Much deserved! congratulations to all! :)

KNQ Associates said...

Hi Perfect Bound, I'll love to present the 11-20th blogs. But I'm sure people will start asking for the 21st to 30th spots. So we'll just keep it at 10, ha!:)

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Anonymous said...

During Apartment Therapy's Homie awards I caught on to a blog called The Estate of Things, www.theestateofthings.com and bunches of other blogs like ramblingrenovators.com which I also liked.

Blinds said...

Thanks for taking the time to gather this information. A great starting point.

irked said...

As echoed by Holly Becker from Decor8 in our email conversation earlier on, “a blog should be a personal space where a person shares whatever it is they are either for or against and should be authentic and from the heart. When people start thinking that their blog isn't good enough, they lose their passion and I see this time and time again and feel really bad”.

oh really? that woman really is a walking contradiction! no it is about passion and from the heart. she has preached about a blog having to have certain credentials in order o be valid, which is he dumbest nonsense i have heard, personally i do not read her blog, i do not like her holier han though tone, the pastel boring interiors that she showcases, but to each their own.

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irkedaswell said...

i hear you irked. i agree with you and a lot of people are oblivious to this woman and i always have wondered why her blog is popular, with the pastel nightmares (very redundant), and her holier than though attitude. she tries to come off as this sweet and understanding person, while i find her to be sneaky, annoying and smug. she does not fool me one bit. ugh.

Anonymous said...

Let's all boycott her blog and spread the word, haha!

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