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Aug 10, 2010


For the last time, we turn to our beloved readers and the general internet community to contribute names for a list of the design world's movers and shakers. We started with a call for nominations on our blog 2 months ago. With the information we collected, we further prowled through sites like Technorati and Alexa, did some mathematics and assigned a score representative of general content quality, popularity and buzz for validation. This culminated in a final call for votes - out of a list of 20 shortlisted blogs - to find out the answers we want.

A total of 1214 votes came in, and we thank all those who have taken part in this entire exercise. We plan to reward 3 lucky voters with a 1 year subscription to the popular design magazine Wallpaper*. The 3 winners will be notified by email shortly.

Influence is subjective, but our little survey is certainly one good measure of global online popularity and authority. Take a look at the list below to see exactly who have the most impact on the Web these days.

10. The Selby (88 votes)
I suppose one would love to have Todd Selby pop over his or her house for a stay. Since 2008, the NYC-based photographer has been showcasing an eclectic cast of creative individuals, like designers and musicians, in their private homes on his blog The Selby. From cluttered studios to elegant high-rise apartments to rustic beach hideaways, Selby has a penchant for exploring real-life spaces and the personalities of the occupants staying in them.

9. Desire To Inspire (132 votes)
Kim Johnson and Jo Walker, the writers behind Desire To Inspire, are constantly on the lookout for the most inspiring spaces to share. Voters are grateful for the inspiration they can draw from the huge collection of beautiful pictures on the blog (which these ladies never seem to have problems finding by the way, ha).

8. Notcot (160 votes)
"A visual filtration of ideas, aesthetics, and amusement", Notcot has really evolved in recent years. But one thing remains: the great inspiration and the most up-to-date design trends it offers the readers.

7. Dezeen (166 votes)
Dezeen is "the world's most influential online architecture and design magazine". The blog covers design in all its forms – from architecture to interiors to art and craft. Dezeen is edited by Marcus Fairs, who has been picked as one of Design Week magazine’s Hot 50 list of key figures in design.

6. Swissmiss (236 votes)
Tina Roth Eisenberg's visual archive is truly one-of-a-kind, covering a wide spectrum of design aspects. Voters generally love her taste for design, ability to sieve out great stuff and overall 'coolness'.

5. Inhabitat (266 votes)
Founded in 2004 by New York City designer and architecture graduate Jill Fehrenbacher, Inhabitat is a weblog devoted to the future of design. Readers generally love the blog for tracking the latest innovations in technology, practices and materials which are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future. One reader maintains that he "haven't exactly found another site which focuses on green design issues as well as this blog." I have to agree.

4. Bloesem (292 votes)
Written by Dutch graphic designer Irene Hoofs, Bloesem is a collection of artful items representing her personal passion for design. Packed with reviews of ceramic ware, stationary and kitchenware etc. When readers say they cannot pass a day without checking out this blog, you know how immense its influence is.

3. Decor8 (355 votes)
An influential writer and designer in her own right, Holly Becker demonstrates her support for independent designers by promoting their work regularly on Decor8. Clearly a favorite with the ladies, readers respect her for her love for crafts and passion for decorating.

2. Design*Sponge (500 votes)
Grace Bonney's popular blog offers sneak peaks into inspiring homes, DIY projects, art, furniture, and so much more. Grace truly knows how to engage her readers and often introduce them to some of the most creative people in the country.

1. Apartment Therapy (603 votes)
Apartment Therapy is back on top again! 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”. Readers are in love with the frequency of posts, the simply written content as well as the generous amount of DIY ideas it offers.


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Anonymous said...

Awesome list!

peoby said...

No Freshome?

berry said...

Good list bu agree that Freshome should be up there.

tada! shop said...

Bloesem Kids and Design Sponge are a daily read. Excited to check out the rest. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Great list! Freshome?