What blogs inspire you?

A couple of weeks ago, Paul Scrivens posted the 80/20 And The Design Blogosphere piece, which has its origin in a post by Cameron Moll back in April 2004. Basically, it’s about who were the big names then and who were influencing a lot of the majority of people out there.

I occasionally frequent a couple of those web sites mentioned in the list, but definitely not 80% of them. However, people’s blogs that I do try to follow on a regular basis are:


Of course, my list of RSS feeds is a lot longer, but the ones above are the blogs I don’t want to miss. Which leads me to this question?

Who inspires you? Give me one name or twenty, just spill it out, will ya? πŸ™‚


  • Martin S, says:

    So here ya go..

    456 Berea Street

    Robert's talk πŸ˜‰

    SimpleBits (the first international blog on development I discovered and it's still going strong)

    Stopdesign (Douglas Bowman is a true genius)

    Veerle's blog (there's something special about Veerle's blog)

  • Jim says:

    Anne van Kesteren and Simon Willison are the only two I'd single out for praise (from ~130 bloggers I'm subscribed to) because those are the only two who *consistently* write things I learn from and actually investigate new ways of doing things, re-examine long-held assumptions, and generally do what some people would describe as "thinking outside the box".

    Unfortunately, Simon's blogging far less than he was a year ago, actually, I've noticed that from a lot of top bloggers – Mark Pilgrim, Dave Shea, etc.

  • Robert Nyman says:

    Martin S,

    Thanks for sharing, and thanks for including me in that list! πŸ™‚

    It's a list of good people you got there.


    Long time since I saw you here!

    I've read Simon's blog occasionally, but I definitely agree about Anne's abilitiy to constantly write about new and exciting topics.

  • Most eagerly read 7 of my (40 odd) fave's in alphabetical order πŸ˜‰

    456 – should be PR10, period.

    Avalonstar – mad, bad and totally rad

    Joe Clark – standards rants and interesting photos

    Mark Boulton – knows how to tell his grids from his grits

    Mike Davison – techtastic greatness

    Robert's Talk – whoever he is, can't remember right now?

    Simplebits – my *tables are evil?* saviour

  • Wow. Don't know what to say really. Well. Better get back to writing more articles then.

  • Robert Nyman says:


    Good list! Especially that Robert guy… πŸ˜‰


    Definitely, write more. And perhaps share who inspires you? πŸ™‚

  • There are only two blogs that inspire me. You'll find them to be quite different from the ones linked before:

    Hybrid Vision by Stephen Cameron

    Adam Polselli

  • Robert Nyman says:


    Thanks! Definitely different, but nice!

  • Hartvig says:

    http://loudthinking.com (David HH)

    – The founder of the Ruby on Rails project and partner in 37signals.com. I think he's constantly overselling (in sometimes even selling a lot of air), but can't help being facinated and provocated.

    http://www.bootstrapping.net (Thomas Madsen-Mygdal)

    – Founder of the reboot conference. He blogs to rarely, but everytime it seems very spot on

    http://radio.weblogs.com/0001011 (Robert Scoble, Microsoft)

    – I'm very facinated by the new open approach by Microsoft. When they aren't open, they are actually open about why (where's apple in this game, anyone?)…

    456, robertnyman.com, stopdesign, adaptive path, veen and ala is also on my design watchlist.


  • Robert Nyman says:


    Interesting list! And how kind of you to mention me too… πŸ™‚

  • Marco says:

    Shaun Inman

    Definitely my favourite designer.

    Stoyan Stefanov's php-ied

    A great PHP development log by a really nice guy


    All things Ajax. A must-subscribe for everyone who's into Ajax

    9rules blog

    Excellent collection of blogs (doh). Still hope I can join some day.

    Mike Davidson

    Mike always has something interesting to say.

  • Robert Nyman says:


    Definitely some good blogs there! πŸ™‚

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