News gathering

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I’ve been asked a few times recently – “How do you find so much curious information“?

Good question. It’s inspired me to compile a list of my favourite online ‘newsy’ resources. Hopefully you’ll find something new to you. It’s always a funny feeling to discover a giant site – simply dripping in information – and wonder just how you missed it. Here’s my top level picks in: Lifestyle, Business, Branding/Design, Culture and Hard News.

LIFESTYLEfor the discerning individual…

DailyCandy, cute daily emails with localised & global cute stuff.
Michi Girl, ditto, with a Melbourne option available.
Notcot, a little bit of everything.
Josh Spear,  Jet setting trend spotting.
The Cool Hunter, a great selection of retail experiences and architecture.
Cool Hunting, good overview of what’s interesting.
The Selby, oft updated site with photo essays of creative and crazy lifestyles.

BUSINESSmake that money, shake that ass…

Business Week, great sections on design and innovation in business.
Fast Company, ditto.
The Economist, meaty weekly reading.

BRANDING/DESIGNbeyond pretty pictures…

Brandchannel, branding commentary.
Brandnew, funny and spot on logo analysis.
Creative Review, intelligent blog of the magazine.
Booooooom, emerging and inspiring artists.
The Die Line , fresh new packaging.
Swiss Miss, graphic design in the internet age.
Dezeen, a bit of this and that design-wise, but it’s all good.

HARD NEWSup to the minute and commentary…

Guardian.co.uk, British brilliance. I like the cooking and fashion sections too.
The New York Times, important things you need to keep up wtih.
International Herald Tribune, the global edition of NYTimes.
New York Magazine, cultural/style barometer.

CULTUREhibrow and lobrow cultural insights…

Hipster Runoff, scary or funny? Not sure but always authentic.
PSFK, brain gum.
DListed, celebrity spawn and belly aching laughs.
Anthrodesign resource list (Yahoo groups), for folks with an interest in anthropology & design.
Jean Snow, Japanese design and culture.
Monocle Magazine, the online presence of my favourite magazine, ever.

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However, my most important resource isn’t listed here because it’s far too squishy and malleable. The very best resource is other interested, curious human beings. Talking to people, getting out there (whether that’s physically or online) and making connections – these actions wins every time. So thank you to my twitter buddies, flickr friends, facebook allies, rss fuellers. Real life people – you’re the best. Awwww.

By the way, this list is just the tip of the iceberg… if I told you how many feeds I subscribe to you’d faint. There’s always room for more though! What’s your favourite site to geek out to? What do you check no matter the time of day or current media wave? Sharing is caring.

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