April 10, 2010 1:03 am

Virtual chatter

apartmenttherapy.com: a US-run site that aims “to connect people to the resources they need to improve their homes while reducing their reliance on stuff”. Edited by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, it is specifically residentially focused, with visual tours of real homes. A marketplace offers links to stores in the US, Australia, Canada, France and the UK.

architonic.com: an independent resource with a database of more than 60,000 categorised products, profiles of architecture and design professionals and a news/trends section that includes reports from the shows.

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coolhunting.com: acts as a curated digest to all that is new and trendy including innovative designs. A gift guide offers click-through links to e-commerce sites.

core77.com: a New York-based online design magazine and resource aimed at industrial designers – from students to professionals. Founded in 1995, it publishes articles, databases of design firms and design schools, lists events and runs discussion forums.

davidreport.com: a blog covering “the intersection of design, culture and business life” with a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. Founded by Sweden-based David Carlson, it offers trend reports, a daily updated blog and curated tip-offs. Contributors include designer Inga Sempe and author Bradley Quinn.

designaddict.com: a Belgium-based site founded in 1998 by artist Patrick Everaert, a renowned collector of 1960s and 1970s design. It features a creatives’ and manufacturers’ index, designer interviews, a collectors’ forum, a “for sale and wanted” marketplace, news, blogs and numerous links to designers, architects, dealers, auction houses, producers, museums and magazines.

designboom.com: an independent, Milan-based, online magazine covering art, design and architecture. Founded in 1999, it has 2.5m readers per month in 190 countries including 250,000 subscribers to its monthly newsletters. It reports from international design shows, architecture and art exhibitions, features interviews with key figures, runs design competitions and has a small online shop.

designobserver.com: a blog founded and edited by Michael Beirut, with editorial from design connoisseurs William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand and a presence on Facebook and Twitter. It offers analysis and comment on design, architecture, arts and culture.

dexigner.com: an online portal with design-related news, events and competitions plus a design directory and a database with 10,000 links. Other features include a weekly newsletter and a presence on Facebook and Twitter. Also available as a free iPhone and iPod application.

dezeen.com: online design and architecture magazine launched in 2006 by Marcus Fairs, founding editor of Icon magazine. Noted for its fast, daily update of latest news from designers and architects worldwide, with graphics, interiors, transport and ‘green’ topics also covered. Presence on Facebook and Twitter. Fans can receive daily news e-mails, including items on Milan’s Salone, and job feeds on request.

fastcompany.com: the online edition of the eponymous New York-based magazine. It focuses on innovation, design and sustainability, showcasing individuals and companies whose creative ingenuity impacts on the world.

lsnglobal.com: an authoritative lifestyle and trends site launched in 2009 with added-value analysis. The seed section freely available and the full service by subscription. It undertakes bespoke projects for big, blue-chip companies, runs offline member network evenings and bi-annual trends briefings and will offer daily coverage of Milan’s Salone.

mocoloco.com: a blog with news and views about contemporary design, interiors, art and architecture. Run from Quebec, Canada, by Harry Wakefield, it has a reputation for speed and reliability with thousands of Facebook fans.

sightunseen.com: a niche online design magazine launched last November by New York-based Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer, former editors of ID magazine. Its raison d’etre, says Monica, is to “give anyone interested in creativity and design a behind-the-scenes view of how things are made, why they are made and who it is that is making them.” Daily RSS e-mail is sent to readers when new stories are posted (currently about three times weekly) and it has a presence on Facebook and Twitter.

Stylus Media Group launches the first of several business to business subscription services in June with stylusinteriors.com. Chief executive Marc Worth, founder of the Worth Global Style Network (WGSN), promises coverage of trade shows, trend updates and analysis for product designers, retailers, manufacturers and other consumer-facing industries.

yatzer.com: an online design magazine with daily news stories, interviews and reviews covering design, architecture, art, fashion and travel. Created by trendspotter Costas Voyatzis in 2007, it has 1m page hits a month.

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