My good friend Kai from Stylespion had a spontaneous idea a few days ago. The German blogosphere needs a little bit of loving. There is plenty of amazing content out there, but not enough exposure and unity among the blogs. He has asked the German blog community to participate by presenting their favorite German blogs today.
And it’s becoming obvious that it’s a huge success: as of this writing, he has had
480+ 690+ reactions to that post in the form of comments and trackbacks, plus huge exposure on Twitter. So I might as well join in. Sorry to my English-only readers as some of these (not all) will be in German, but I know a good portion of you are in Germany anyway. I’ve added the language after each blog’s name to make your life a little easier.
Mareen Fischinger’s Blog (English)
Mareen Fischinger is a highly talented photographer from my hometown Düsseldorf. In her blog, Mareen posts daily impressions of her life, her job, her friends and her interests. As you would expect, it’s garnished with nice photos of her own making all the way. I’ve never met her personally, but I enjoy keeping up with her thoughts.
krzflm (German, but mostly English content)
If you are into short films like myself, this is a very nice stop. Michael of krzflm posts one short film a day. Most of them are in English, but there is also a variety of international movies worth watching. Since they are usually pretty short (anything between 5 and 15 minutes), a quick daily stop is recommended.
Achim Schaffrinna’s Designtagebuch is increasingly becoming a standard read in German web and advertising agencies, and it’s understandable. Achim is constantly updating with thoughtful critiques and discussions on current relaunches, mostly of German corporate and product websites and corporate identities.
DesignPhrasen Bemerkungen (German)
Oliver Gelbrich of DesignPhrasen Bemerkungen follows a similar goal by keeping us updated on web design things he comes across and adding his commentary. It hasn’t been around very long, but it’s quickly filling with quality content. The blog accompanies one of Oliver’s many web projects, DesignPhrasen. You might also know his sites tapedeck.org and Webdesigners Tookit, which I have already shown here.
This wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the blog that started this topic. Stylespion is the one blog that I check every day without starting up my feed reader. Rising star (he’ll hate me calling him that) Kai Müller presents a very fine mix of design, DIY culture, music and inspirational oddities, and a very popular series called 15+1 Fragen, where he interviews his readers and international stars alike about their private apartments and decoration styles. Readers are also invited to share photos of their stylish apartments in the StyleSpion Flickr group. He has also started a photography blog, Photospion.
Those are just 5 of the German blogs I currently read. There are more, and I am saving them up for next time.