Staff Favorites: 5 Blogs We’re Reading Now
As you might’ve guessed, we at Ghostly are an eclectic bunch. To share our many interests with you, we’ve decided to kick off another series of blog posts, this time focusing on which blogs we turn to when seeking inspiration on the web. Our first roundup comes courtesy of Brian Peters, our stalwart OM at Ghostly central and co-founder of Quite Scientific Records.
Geometry Daily (top image)
"Anyone who knows me can tell you, I’m a fanatic when it comes to numbers and making order out of chaos. That being said, I find a great sense of calm wash over me when I see great design that utilizes perfect geometry. The marriage of math and art showcased en masse here makes Geometry Daily a regular visit for me. Let the calm wash over you…"
Detroit News Archivist
"Sadly, Detroit News Archivist hasn’t been updated since November, however that doesn’t tarnish the luster on this goldmine of Detroit history. Historic photos here range from Detroit’s "Potato Chip King," all the way to 1940s Tigers games—it’s a great reminder of just how vibrant, powerful, and important Detroit was, and still is today. If the person who updates this blog happens to be reading, please, we want more!"
"Tested is by no means an obscure blog, but I just started visiting it recently, and have yet to not click from story to story for an hour at a time each visit. Every once in a while you just want to get über technical with the latest gadgets and scientific news. As an added bonus their coverage of food and art are quite interesting—frequently approaching the subject from an angle you won’t get at any other foodie or design blogs you may frequent. Check out this post on the Fisher Space Pen.”
"Sure, there are likely better blogs about package design out there, but Lovely Package is in my bookmarks for one main reason—8 out of 10 posts are about beer, wine, or liquor packaging! Also, unlike a lot of other package design blogs I’ve seen, LP frequently posts student work and design you wouldn’t see otherwise if it weren’t for their willingness to cover projects from smaller design houses and not simply work from the goliath firms that dominate most of the media space on the subject. If you see something that catches your eye, make sure to click the "Continue…" link for the full story, and in most cases A LOT more photographs of the work."
Signal vs. Noise (37signals Blog)
"Every once in a while you just need a little nugget of business wisdom to help you jump over that next hurdle. Now, in my personal experience at least, the best wisdom is rarely just handed to you; rather it’s distributed as a small flame or spark, one which you’re left to fan into a blaze yourself.
Signal vs. Noise, as well as 37signal’s book Rework, are filled with just such flint and tinder, perfect to get you thinking, while not dictating ‘correct’ answers—allowing you to make ideas your own, and “apply as needed.” Secondly, the main reason I go back to SvN over other business savvy blogs is because it’s written without the pretense and overbearing tone most business blogs love to push on the reader; it’s buoyant and refreshing, making a stop by to read during a coffee break all the more enjoyable. Check out this post about Ann Arbor’s own Zingerman’s, and their take on customer surveys.”