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Google Reader has retired, but we here at Go Media believe RSS is far from dead. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 100 of our favorite blogs to follow, however it is you may choose to do so.  And even better, we had a little help from our friends.

Designer Adam Garcia is the owner of The Pressure, a creative studio based in Portland, Oregon.

Owner of The Pressure, a creative studio based in Portland, Oregon.

 Adam Garcia’s Favorite Blogs

Today and Tomorrow:  Advertising, art, design, fashion, music
BLDGBlogLos Angeles-based writer Geoff Manaugh provides architectural news and conjecture
The New Graphic: Graphic design goodness by Cina Associates
Banquet Hall Tumblr: Good stuff

James White is a visual artist, designer and speaker living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Visual artist, designer and speaker living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

 James White’s Favorite Blogs

Abduzeedo: Great people, great content
Jason Eisener’s Tumblr: Rad inspiration stuff

Jen Adrion and Omar Noory are the designers These Are Things. They love maps!

Designers These Are Things. They love maps! See them at WMC this year!

Jen Adrion’s Picks

The Art of Non-ConformityChris Guillebeau’s blog pairs business insights with details from his quest to visit all 192 countries
Mark’s Daily AppleI try to stay updated about health and fitness issues to counteract all of the inevitable chair-sitting that comes with this profession!

Omar Noory’s Picks

I follow a lot of Tumblrs –
mostly illustrators and funny comics including:
Filipe Andrade | Jordie Bellaire  |  Owen Davey | Mcbess (Matthieu Bessudo) |  Kali Ciesemier |  Babs Tarr | Kevin Wada |  Seo Kim | Nathan Bulmer

I’m one of three partners here at Go Media and founder of Weapons of Mass Creation Fest.

One of three partners at Go Media & founder of Weapons of Mass Creation Fest.

Jeff Finley’s Picks

SidebarThe 5 best design links, every day
Think Traffic:  Build a thriving and profitable audience for your site
Medium A better place to read and write things that matter
James Clear:  Entrepreneur, weightlifter, and travel photographer
Seth Godin: Best selling author
Nathan Barry: iPhone and software designer
ISO50: The blog of Scott Hansen
Adventures in Design: Graphic design gossip and artistic growing pains through the eyes of two poster designers
Execute Ventures: Inspiring product designers
Mule Radio: Follow this podcast
HowStuffWorks:  Explains thousands of topics
The Industry:  Brings a new voice to tech media
This American Life:  The most popular podcast in the country
Ffffound!: Find, bookmark and share your favorite images

Margot Harrington is graphic designer, blogger, and sometimes teacher. She founded her design studio Pitch Design Union in the fall of 2008 and has been captivated by all forms of making and doing ever since.

Graphic designer, blogger, and sometimes teacher. She founded her design studio Pitch Design Union in the fall of 2008.

Margot Harrington’s Picks

Kottke.org: One of the longest continuously running blogs on the web
Ann Friedman: Blog of magazine journalist and friend of Go Media
Artsy: A new way to discover art you’ll love, featuring work from leading galleries, museums, and private collections around the world.
Design Work LifeA part of Seamless Creative, a New York City-based design studio

Wilson Revehl is one of three partners at Go Media. His title is Vice President and is Go Media's web department's lead developer on custom solutions.

VP and one of three partners at Go Media.

Wilson Revehl’s Picks

Slate Magazine:  Online magazine of news, politics, and culture
Inc.:  Inc Magazine’s advice, tools, services
Salon.com:  Award-winning online news and entertainment Web site
VentureBeat:  News about tech, money and innovation
ReadWrite:  Web Technology news, reviews and analysis, etc.
Adweek:  Magazine and website that covers media news, including print, technology, advertising, branding and television
New York Times:  Breaking news, multimedia, reviews & opinion
Fool.com: Investing information and an enjoyably useful site
Harvard Business Review Magazine:  Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars
MIT Technology Review:  Magazine about innovation

Troy DeShano is an artist and illustrator from Traverse City, Michigan known for launching the Old and New project after WMC Fest 2011.

Artist and illustrator from Traverse City, Michigan known for launching the Old and New project after WMC Fest 2011

Troy DeShano’s Picks

Peter Rollins: Writer, lecturer, storyteller, public speaker
Lisa Congdon: Artist, Illustrator and WMC speaker
Jared Erickson: Inspiration from this Atlanta Designer
The Fox is Black: A blog focused on design and inspiration 
Mollie Greene: Writer and Paper Artist

Andrea Pippins is a designer, illustrator and teacher.  Come see her at WMC Fest this year.

Designer, illustrator and teacher. Come see her at WMC Fest this year.

Andrea Pippin’s Picks

Miss Moss: Fashion, Photography, Art, Illustration, Design
Oh Joy!: Oh Joy blog covers inspiration and design by Joy Deangdeelert Cho
Park and Cube: Fashion blog by graphic designer Shini Park

Sean Dockery is an illustrator & designer raised in Cleveland, OH and currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA.

An illustrator & designer raised in Cleveland, OH and currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA. See him at WMC Fest this year!

Sean Dockery’s Picks

Austin Kleon’s Tumblr: Author of Steal Like An Artist
Conceptart.org: Sharpen your drawing skills
Matthew Woodson: A role model for his amazing line work and beautiful color palettes
Artist Mike MitchellArtist Mike Mitchell’s innovative paintings
Ted Talks: Ideas worth spreading, a great way to get through the work day and stay motivated

Kern and Burn is an online and print publication by Jessica Karle Heltzel and Tim Hoover that curates discussions, interviews and essays.

Kern and Burn is an online and print publication by Jessica Karle Heltzel and Tim Hoover that curates discussions, interviews and essays.  See them at WMC Fest this year!

Kern and Burn’s Picks

99U: Our go to source for quick reads on productivity, relevant resources and tools
The Great Discontent: Beautifully presented and written interviews with creatives and artists
A Well Traveled Woman: Gorgeously curated lifestyle and travel blog
Its Nice That: A great place to discover unique work in art and design
Fast Co Design: Features centered on the intersection of business, innovation, and design
LifeHacker:  Easy reading for tips, tricks, and best-ofs for the web/tech crowd

Freelance graphic designer specializing in the music apparel industry and WMC 2013 speaker

Freelance graphic designer specializing in the music apparel industry and WMC 2013 speaker

Brandon Rike’s Picks

Draplin Design Co: Adventures in design with Aaron Draplin
Mr Cup Blog: An inspiration blog and a shop for graphic designers who need to improve their life and creativity
RemodelistaThe authoritative sourcebook for interior design and home remodeling

Jacqui Oakley is an illustrator; she specializes in hand-lettering and portraiture .

Illustrator who specializes in hand-lettering and portraiture. Hear her speak at WMC Fest this year.

Jacqui Oakley’s Picks

50Watts: Features book covers, ephemera, weird kids’ books, features on forgotten writers, artists’ books, contemporary drawing
Dangerous Minds: A compendium of oddities, pop culture treasures, high weirdness, punk rock and politics drawn from the outer reaches of pop culture
Public Domain ReviewShowcasing the most interesting and unusual out-of-copyright works available online
Open Culture: Brings together high-quality cultural & educational media
UbuWeb: A completely independent resource website dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts

Graphic Designer from Wichita Falls, TX

Graphic Designer from Wichita Falls, TX

Simeon Hendrix’s Picks

Blog Spoon Graphics:  Tons of great inspiration and tutorials into hand lettering, photoshop techniques, illustrator techniques, etc.
Field Notes: Awesome memo book company that releases limited edition custom unique memo books every season of the year.  It’s full of awesome old school vintage inspiration
Aaron Draplin/Draplin Design CompanyBrilliant graphic artist, touring speaker, outspoken, amazing

Front-end developer and designer here at Go Media.

Front-end developer and designer here at Go Media

Bryan Garvin’s Picks

CSS Tricks: A Couple of best practices for tablet-friendly design
Webdesigner Depot: Web design resources for web designers
Android Central: News, reviews, help & tips, buyer guides, forums and accessories
Smashing Magazine: Online magazine for professional web designers and developers

Project Manager at Go Media

Project Manager at Go Media

Sarah Traxler’s Picks

Good: Ideas and tools for progress
Design ObserverFeatures news and critical essays on design, urbanism, social innovation and popular culture

Designer at Go Media

Designer at Go Media

Aaron Robert’s Picks

Collate: Design Inspiration
Creative Review:  Advertising, design and visual culture
Minimalissimo:  An online editorial platform that celebrates minimalism in design
AisleOne: Graphic Design, Typography and Grid Systems

Arsenal Manager at Go Media and co-founder, partner and designer at Studio Ace of Spade

Arsenal Manager at Go Media and co-founder, partner and designer at Studio Ace of Spade

Simon Birky Hartmann’s Picks

But does it float?: Painting, photography, drawing, typography, design
Rob Sheridan’s Tumblr: Creative director for Nine Inch Nails
Signalnoise’s Inspiration Tumblr: Inspiration by our friend and amazing designer James White

Editor of the GoMediaZine & Community Manager at Go Media

Editor of the GoMediaZine & Community Manager at Go Media

Heather Sakai’s Picks

Swiss MissA design blog and studio run by Tina Roth Eisenberg
This Isn’t Happiness: Art, Photography, Design and Disappointment
You the Designer: The Graphic Design Lifestyle Blog
Web Design Tuts+: Tutorials, Articles, Tips, Etc.
Design Modo: Professional Design Framework for Designers and Developers
Codrops: Tutorials, Articles and Freebies
Grain Edit: Focused on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s

Currently interning at Go Media

Currently interning at Go
Media

Kyle Saxton’s Picks

Daily Drop Cap: A project by designer & illustrator Jessica Hische
Awwwards: Website Awards that recognize the talent of the best developers, designers and web agencies in the world
Colour Lovers:  Community to share create and share colors, palettes and patterns
Beautiful Type:  A blog dedicated to beautiful typography
Flat StudioDesign Inspiration

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    Very impressive article. I have read each and every point and found it very interesting

    • Heather Sakai

      Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed!

  • Jake Hendricks

    Awesome article! Definitely a bunch of blogs I haven’t heard and have to check out. Ones I follow and didnt see mentioned are CreativeBloq and Enfuzed

    • Heather Sakai

      Hey Jake! Thanks, glad you enjoyed. I’ll check out CreativeBloq and Enfuzed! Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Suraj kumar jaiswal

    really nice article …. very nice collection .. i am really like it…!!