The ability to think in intuitive, non-verbal and visual terms has been shown to enhance creativity no matter sector you work in. With the retail sector now immersed in the experiential, the sensorial and the personal, keeping up with what’s going on in the creative world is essential to ensure that your store and your brand is always pushing its creative boundaries.
We’ve scored the world wide web for best websites to ensure you’re inspired, engaged and always feeling creative.
Founded almost 18 years ago, Dexigner publishes the latest news, events, competitions, books and resources about the design world. Based in New York, it is considered to be a leading online portal for designers, architects, illustrators, engineers, artists and creatives of all kinds. It has a Retail Design section with projects primarily from the USA and UK.
As perhaps the world’s most important design and style magazine, the Wallpaper* website offers truly international, consistently intelligent and hugely influential content. Based in London, it spans architecture, design, art, travel, lifestyle, fashion as well as watches & jewellery. Wallpaper* is the deserving winner of five British Society Magazine Editor Awards.
Founded in Milan in 1999, designboom is the world’s first, and one of the most popular, digital architecture and design magazines. Its mission is to unearth the best design projects and curate the most interesting aspects of contemporary culture. With bases in Milan, Beijing and New York, it has over a database of 45,000 articles and a reach of over 4 million readers.
Launched in 2006, its mission to is bring a carefully edited selection of the best architecture, design, interiors and news from around the world. With over 2.5 million unique visitors per month, it is the most commented design site globally and has also published 2 bestsellers. In 2013, dezeen was named “Best Creative Business” at the Hackney Business Awards.
An online magazine dedicated to modern design, Design Milk looks at what’s new in art, architecture, interior design, furniture and decor, fashion and technology. As a winner of the 2013 Platinum A’ Design Award in Digital and Broadcasting Media Design, its inspiring original content is coupled with high-quality visual for an aesthetically pleasing online read.
The Cool Hunter
Internationally curated and delivered globally, The Cool Hunter story began in 2001. It covers architecture, art, design, travel and leisure with an inspiring section on Store Design featuring projects from Europe, the USA, Asia and beyond. With an ethos of staying away from trends and fads, its content digs deeper for global relevance to find tomorrow’s icons.
Domus is an Italian architecture and design magazine founded in 1982 by architect Gio Ponti that launched its website in 2000. Based in Milan, it hosts online-only content and projects from the magazine covering a range of topics including architecture, design, art, news as well as opinion pieces. Online content is available in both Italian and English.
Core77 has a devoted global audience of industrial designers and is gathering point for designers and enthusiasts alike. In fact, since 1995, it has been publishing articles, creating discussion forums, providing an extensive event calendar, showcasing portfolios, advertising job listings and hosting a database of design firms, schools, vendors and services.
Now in its twelfth year, Brain Pickings is a one-woman labour of love by Maria Popova. The core ethos is that creativity is a combinatorial force: our ability to tap into our mental pool of resources and combine them in extraordinary ways. With it treasure trove of pieces spanning art, science, psychology, design, history, the mid-week newsletter is a must read.
DesignTAXI doesn’t take itself too seriously with its offering fashion, music, technology and creativity. Described by Forbes as one of the “top five sites for keeping up with creativity and design”, it is a leading online reference source for the creative world that reaches millions of industry tastemakers and influencers monthly. Try it for a light-hearted, Friday read!