Guide to Weburbanist’s Awesome Design Blog Network
Right now I’m going through my blog reader and taking a look at all of the blogs that I really love. I regularly weed out my blog reader so that I’m not overwhelmed by too many incoming posts. There are just so many different great blogs out there that I want to make sure I’m spending my time reading only those that I find really awesome. As I’m going through this process, I am realizing that I really do adore the WebUrbanist blog as well as the other blogs in the network affiliated with this site.
What is Weburbanist?
Weburbanist is a cool, creative blog about urban design, art and architecture. The posts on this blog are mostly “top ten” style posts. However, they aren’t boring posts like some top ten posts have become these days. This site goes above and beyond to find only the coolest, most interesting, most creative stuff to share with the people who visit the site. In fact, they consider themselves more of a collective online magazine than a traditional blog, and I can see why. They really take their time with research in a way that a lot of design blogs and art blogs do not. I don’t always love what they post on Weburbanist but I do always find it interesting and usually find it to be share-worthy. The subtitle of the blog is “sensational, educational and inspirational” which I think just about sum it all up.
The Weburbanist Topics
The posts that go up on Weburbanist are divided into the following basic categories:
o Abandoned. This site has one of the best collections I’ve ever seen of abandoned buildings and spaces. They have information about abandoned theaters, abandoned subway stations and even abandoned bowling alleys. They show off the urban art that is being created in abandoned spaces. They show the insides of places that people aren’t supposed to trespass on but visit anyway. They sometimes share information about abandoned towns that are now ghost towns around the world.
o Architecture. One of my favorite sections on the site is the section on architecture. Weburbanist shares only the coolest, most unique architecture around the world. Strange hotels, suspended staircases, indoor slides … these are the types of architectural features you’ll learn about on Weburbanist.
o Art. The blog has a lot of terrific information about urban art. It’s where I first learned about guerilla knitting and yarnbombing. It’s frequently got posts about graffiti, unique advertising and subterranean art. Sometimes the blog features in-depth looks at specific artists and sometimes it features roundups of similar styles of art. In addition to the general art section, there is a specific section on graffiti art on the blog and another section on guerilla art/ advertising.
o Tech. This isn’t a tech blog but it does have a terrific section on some of the coolest tech design happening around the world today. Posts here include things like the best-looking infographics, the coolest miniatures that artists are making and the most cutting-edge snow plows in the world. Very fascinating stuff.
o Urban. The entire blog really focuses on different urban stuff but there is a section where you can look at the stuff that is specifically labeled as urban design.
Weburbanist Network and Partners
The site itself my favorite site but I also have to admit that I’m a fan of the rest of the Weburbanist network and the partners that they promote on the site. These include:
o Webecoist. This site is very similar to Weburbanist but focuses specifically on topics relevant to green issues today. Weburbanist also has green topics on the blog sometimes but Webecoist is entirely devoted to this. As with Weburbanist, though, the focus is on finding the most creative, interesting, educational, unique stuff happening in the green world (not just repeating the green news from other blogs and sites). Even people who don’t care that much about being green or green living can find something of value and interest on this blog. The topic areas that the blog is divided into are energy, habitats, homes, images, nature, tech, travel and wonders. I love the wonders category, which highlights all of the amazing natural things in the world (like petrified forests and images of volcanoes exploding and fish that can walk). It’s a really cool blog.
o Dornob. This is a design blog that is affiliated with the Weburbanist site. It has features that are similar to the Weburbanist and Webecoist blogs but is primarily about interior design. If you’re interested in cutting-edge design stuff that is mostly for the home then this blog will capture your interest. It has information on things like edgy curved countertops, really strange tables made from household objects and cool prefab homes. The broad categories for the blog are architecture, fixtures, furnishings, furniture, interiors and miscellaneous but these are broken down into smaller categories for people who are looking for inspiration in a certain area of home design.
o Gajitz. This is a science and technology blog that looks the same as the Dornob blog in terms of layout and is also a parter of the Weburbanist blog. It’s a gadget blog but this includes gadgets from the past, present and future (concept gadgets). It’s mostly about gadgets that serve a purpose other than just being a product; they each have a “twist” to them. For example, recent posts included “incredible 18th century Swiss automatons” and a review of a joystick for the iPad. The categories for this blog are gadgets, science, technology, vehicles and vintage & retro.
Are you a fan of the Weburbanist blog and it’s network of other blogs? Which one is your favorite?