The era of computers and digital technologies made information overload a common issue. According to statistics, today it takes a day to generate the amount of information that fifty years ago would have taken a year to be produced.
The problem of handling information flow is especially urgent for those working in the field of the Web and media. Here the pressure is probably the heaviest and it takes a lot of effort and savvy to be well-informed rather than overwhelmed by information.
So is it possible to turn an impetuous stream of information to a quiet yet refreshing channel? To find it out we interviewed 20 respected and successful designers, developers, writers and speakers working in the field of the Web construction. If you were ever curious to know what industry professionals prefer to read on a daily basis, what resources they read longest of all and how they organize their information flow, you can find the answers in this post.
Moreover, the interview comes with a nice bonus — we asked the designers to share their RSS feed files, which you can download and import into your RSS reader. With this you may get to know what the design community read and compile your own comprehensive list of useful resources.
Below you can see the list of participants. We thank all of them for finding time to make a contribution into this interview.
- Jan Cavan (Dawghouse Design Studio1)
- Chris Spooner ( Blog.SpoonGraphics2, Line253)
- Nick La (N.Design Studio4, Best Web Gallery5, IconDock6)
- Brad Colbow (Brad Colbow7)
- Speider Schneider (Schneidersweb8)
- Jacob Gube (Six Revisions9)
- Jacob Cass (Just Creative Design10)
- Paul Boag (Boagworld11)
- Stuart Thursby (Stuart Thursby12)
- Lee Munroe (Freelance Web Designer Lee Munroe13)
- Shay Howe (Shay Howe14)
- Sneh Roy (Little Box of Ideas15)
- Grace Smith (Grace Smith16)
- Piervincenzo Madeo (WeGraphics17)
- Francisco Inchauste (Finch18)
- Inayaili de Leon (Yaili19)
- Jerome Gravel-Niquet (Jerome Gravel-Niquet20)
- Paul Neave (Neave.com21)
- Kat Neville (Safetygoat22)
- Relly Annet-Baker (Relly Annet-Baker23)
1. What RSS reader do you use? Are there any other tools you use to grab news feeds (Twitter, Facebook etc)?
2. What blogs and news resources do you follow longest of all? Any sites you became disappointed with and excluded from the update list?
3. They say, print media is dead. What about you, do you read any offline newspapers/magazines?
4. Could you take a challenge and share your RSS feed file with our readers?
- 35 Designers x 5 Questions 55
The article includes suggestions on what to read and many other useful tips from some of the best web-developers all around the world.
- The History of Web Design Blogs56
Do you know who was the first to run a web design blog? Get to know this and many more interesting facts from the history of blogging in this article.
- 12 Useful and Free Downloadable Web Design Books57
A nice list of free e-books you might use while studying Web Design.
What do YOU read?
Please share with us what online and offline resources you read on a daily basis. What tools do you use to manage your daily info stream? Join in the talk in comments!
- 1 http://www.dawghousedesignstudio.com/
- 2 http://www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/
- 3 http://line25.com/
- 4 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/
- 5 http://bestwebgallery.com/
- 6 http://icondock.com/
- 7 http://www.bradcolbow.com/
- 8 http://schneidersweb.wordpress.com/
- 9 http://sixrevisions.com/
- 10 http://justcreativedesign.com/
- 11 http://boagworld.com/
- 12 http://sthursby.com/
- 13 http://www.leemunroe.com/
- 14 http://www.shayhowe.com/
- 15 http://www.littleboxofideas.com/
- 16 http://www.gracesmith.co.uk/
- 17 http://wegraphics.net/
- 18 http://www.getfinch.com/
- 19 http://yaili.com/
- 20 http://jgn.me/
- 21 http://www.neave.com/
- 22 http://www.safetygoat.co.uk/
- 23 http://poppycopy.co.uk/
- 24 http://www.instapaper.com/
- 25 http://www.flipboard.com/
- 26 http://monkeyfly.egoing.net/
- 27 http://twitter.com/
- 28 http://cl.ly/20KL
- 29 http://retinart.net
- 30 http://8164.org
- 31 http://drawar.com
- 32 http://idnworld.com/
- 33 http://www.computerarts.co.uk/about_us/computer_arts_projects
- 34 http://www.desktopmag.com.au/
- 35 http://www.good.is/post/transparency-where-the-stuff-on-the-internet-comes-from/
- 36 http://techcrunch.com/
- 37 http://smashingmazine.com/
- 38 http://pictorymag.com/
- 39 http://colourlovers.com/
- 40 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Brad-Colbow.zip
- 41 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Jacob-Gube.zip
- 42 http://twitter.com/justcreative/lists
- 43 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Paul-Boag.zip
- 44 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Lee-Munroe.zip
- 45 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Shay-Howe.zip
- 46 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/GraceSmith-RSS.zip
- 47 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Piervincenzo-Madeo.zip
- 48 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Jerome-GN-ux.zip
- 49 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Jerome-GN-web-dev.zip
- 50 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Jerome-GN-inspiration.zip
- 51 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Jerome-GN-full.zip
- 52 http://www.thepioneerwoman.com/
- 53 http://www.newyorker.com/archive
- 54 http://www.braintraffic.com/blog
- 55 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/04/20/35-designers-x-5-questions/
- 56 http://pelfusion.com/design/the-history-of-web-design-blogs/
- 57 http://speckyboy.com/2010/03/19/12-must-have-free-downloadable-web-design-books/