Our Top 20 Blogs List about Creativity (art/design/media), Culture, Technology and Business:

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So who doesn’t like a TOP 20 List?

Recently a number of colleagues here at Coaster Factory were discussing the types of blogs and online magazines that some of us enjoy reading. We started by scouring through our browser bookmarks.

What makes us visit these online publications time and time again? For some it’s for the trusted reviews we rely on, the latest news and in-depth articles. For others it's about the visual eye-candy and creative inspiration some of these resources give us. For some it is primarily about keeping up on the latest technology innovations that affect us both in our business and personal lives. We thought this would make a fun blog post to compile the BEST OF or TOP LIST here on the Coaster Factory blog. Of course with much debate and discussion we had to come up with a couple of rules. One of the main criteria we agreed on was that our TOP Blogs List must include web sites that offer freshly updated content, at least daily, if not weekly/monthly. They also needed to cater to creative minds that would feed our deep interests in the spaces where tech, arts, culture, business and big ideas overlap.

There are so many great blog and digital magazine-type publications out there, but most focus on one specific area of topic. For example PetaPixel.com is a terrific leading online publication covering the wonderful world of photography. Their goal is to inform, educate, and inspire in all things photography-related. What we wanted to do here instead was to find and share with you what we believe are some of the BEST web sites that cover a much broader scope in topics. That’s quite the task and not all blog sites do this, or do it well.

Our original challenge started out as a TOP 10 Blog List. Challenge lost, so we’re giving you our lucky TOP 20 instead. Many of these blogs and digital publications offer great insights in to today’s world of technology, design, print, digital media, science, arts and culture, advertising, business and analysis.

Our TOP BLOG picks compiled here for you are not in any specific order.

So let’s get on it… drum roll please...

1. Creative Bloq – www.creativebloq.com

Creative Bloq delivers a daily balance of creative tips and inspiration across web design, graphic design, 3D and more. Bringing the very best design work to audiences and offering the insight that enables them to keep up to date with the latest trends and developments in global design.

2. Creativity Post – www.creativitypost.com

The Creativity Post is a non-profit web platform committed to sharing the very best content on creativity, in all of its forms: from scientific discovery to philosophical debate, from entrepreneurial ventures to educational reform, from artistic expression to technological innovation – in short, to all the varieties of the human experience that creativity brings to life.

3. MediaBistro – www.mediabistro.com

Mediabistro is the leading provider of jobs, news, articles, links, education, events, and research for the media industry. Mediabistro's industry-leading news sites provide up-to-the-minute information, current trends, and unique insights and analysis to over 4.6 million unique visitors each month. Industry verticals include social media, advertising & PR, TV & video, publishing, design, and tech.

4. The Verge – www.theverge.com

The Verge covers the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture. Its mission is to offer in-depth reporting and long-form feature stories, breaking news coverage, product information, and community content in a unified and cohesive manner. 

5. Slate – www.slate.com

Slate is known for its strong editorial voice and witty take on current events. As a general-interest publication, Slate offers analysis and commentary about politics, news, business, technology, and culture. 

6. Adweek – www.adweek.com

Adweek is a leading source of news for marketing, media and advertising professionals. It delivers insightful, forward-thinking content across various platforms, including a weekly print magazine, an iPad app, daily newsletters, social media, and videos. Adweek is a must-read for CMOs, creatives, media buyers, content creators, agency heads and anyone looking to stay informed about the overall digital media landscape. 

7. MIT Technology Review – www.technologyreview.com

MIT Technology Review provides an intelligent and authoritative filter for information, technology and innovation. Their mission is to identify important new technologies—deciphering their practical impact and revealing how they will change our lives. MIT Technology Reviews does all this in features, news analysis, business reports, photo essays, reviews, and interactive digital experiences.

8. The Fox is Black – www.thefoxisblack.com

The Fox is Black is a blog focused on design and inspiration. They cover interesting articles and interviews that include subjects like: Advertising, Apps, Architecture, Art, Books, Design, Music, Films, Food and Drink.

9. FastCoDesgin – www.fastcodesign.com

Fasctcodesign offers inspiring stories about innovation and does a great job bridging the fuzzy border between design and business.

10. Wired – www.wired.com

Many of you know Wired. It just had to be included here. It's a great space that encompasses in-depth articles and reviews including topics on business, technology, design, cool gear and opinion pieces that report on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy and politics.

11. Dangerous Minds – dangerousminds.net

Dangerous Minds is a stand-out all on its own. This space is a compendium of oddities, pop culture treasures, high weirdness, punk rock and politics drawn from the outer reaches of pop culture.

12. Design Observer – designobserver.com

Design Observer features news and critical essays on design, urbanism, social innovation and popular culture.

13. Creative Review – www.creativereview.co.uk

Creative Review mission is to inspire, inform and stimulate debate across the fields of advertising, design and visual culture worldwide. It’s thought-providing content also covers graphic design, advertising, digital media, illustration, photography, typography. Creative Review is also home to CR Blog where you’ll find inspiration from current projects chosen and critiqued by the CR editorial staff.

14. YouTheDesigner – www.youthedesigner.com

YouTheDesigner is a graphic design lifestyle blog that strives to be on the cutting edge of design trends, tips, tutorials, inspirations, resources and much more! Since 2007 the blog has continuously inspired many creative people showcasing various works from the global design community and sharing creative processes and up-to-date resources – highlighting the best that the design world can offer.

15. Design Instruct – designinstruct.com

Design Instruct mission is to keep creative minds informed, interested, and inspired, Design Instruct exists today as a regularly updated web magazine that caters to designers and digital artists who value continuing education and the open sharing of ideas. Design Instruct publishes high-quality tutorials and articles written by some of the best designers and digital artists from around the world.

16. deviantArt – www.deviantart.com

deviantART was created to entertain, inspire, and empower the artist in all of us. It is one of the largest online social networks for artists and art enthusiasts with over 31 million registered members, attracting 65 million unique visitors per month. As a community destination, deviantART is a platform that allows emerging and established artists to exhibit, promote, and share their works within a peer community dedicated to the arts. The site’s vibrant social network environment receives over 160,000 daily uploads of original art works ranging from traditional media, such as painting and sculpture, to digital art, pixel art, films and anime.

17. TED – www.ted.com

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to arts and culture, business, innovation and global issues — in more than 100 languages. TED also offers great articles and in-depth blogs covering a wide gambit of topical subject matter.

18. Harvard Business Review – hbr.org

Harvard Business Review is a leading destination for smart management thinking. Through its flagship magazine, books, and digital content and tools published on HBR.org, Harvard Business Review aims to provide professionals around the world with rigorous insights and best practices to help lead themselves and their organizations more effectively. Politics, culture, innovation, advertising and marketing are also covered.

19. SteamFeed – www.steamfeed.com

SteamFeed is a blog for marketing professionals that focuses on the latest trends in social media, design, technology, innovation, and of course marketing. 

20. AdAge – www.adage.com

AdvertisingAge (or AdAge) is a magazine delivering news, analysis and data on all things related to marketing and media. With a long history the magazine was started as a broadsheet newspaper in Chicago in 1930. Today, its content appears in a print weekly distributed around the world and on many electronic platforms. Their daily e-mail newsletters are called Ad Age DailyAd Age's Mediaworks and Ad Age Digital plus weekly newsletters such as Madison & Vine (about branded entertainment) as well as podcasts called Why It Matters and various videos. AdAge's parent company also publishes Creativity, about the creative process, which has its own website, http://www.creativity-online.com featuring what its editors believe to be the best video, print and interactive ads.

BONUS +1 makes 21 (with added special honorable mention below)


It's pretty hard to leave out Mashable from this list as a leading news, information and resource oriented site for the "Connected Generation". They report on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. The website's primary focus is social media news, but it also covers news and developments in mobile, entertainment, online video, business, web development, technology, and gadgets.

Special honorable mention goes to Alltop – www.alltop.com

Alltop is not a blog or digital web publication but instead it's more of a search engine, but different. You can think of Alltop as the “online magazine rack” of the web. The purpose of Alltop is to help you answer the question, “What’s happening?” in “all the topics” that interest you by collecting headlines of the latest stories from the best sites and blogs that cover a topic. Alltop aggregates them into individual web pages displaying the five most recent headlines of the information sources as well as their first paragraph. Topics include photography, food, science, fashion, politics, technology, design, and hundreds of other subjects along the way.

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