The great thing about a blog rather than a website is the collaborative nature of the former. I so love reading comments and seeing readers connect with each other to form relationships that can be vital in the future. So, naturally, I'd like to open a 'reader's speak' forum, where any and ALL are welcome to comment about the subject at hand. I'll probably do this weekly, save that it doesn't get totally out of control and it becomes the land of design bashing. Because that? That is NOT ok with me.
Anyway, I've received a bit of flack lately for the content of Design for Mankind. I've added some features that I rather enjoy (i.e. 'photo of the day'), but that aren't typical of "design blogs." In other words, I'm not paying homage to the type of design that can be purchased, and I'm not listing a ton of stores/shops/online merchandise.
So my question for you is: does it matter? If you love a print, does it have to be hanging in your office to provide inspiration, or can you simply be inspired in the moment that it's found?
May's eZine (to be released the last week of April) stems from this topic, where I've contacted dozens of artists/photographers/etc to reveal inspiration in the unexpected. I'm so excited to share some of these, b/c they're very close to my heart. I'm a firm believer that Americans have a BIG problem with consumerism, so sometimes it pains me to hear that we can't be inspired without a pricetag.
Your thoughts? Can it be done? Can we teach ourselves to inspire others with our words, our actions, our photos? Our must we seek inspiration in the tangible?
[Leaving to hang out with a few lovely LA ladies, but am looking forward to hearing your thoughts when I return!]