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Great in aggregate

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Design Observer is an aggregator blog, which is to say that it has a certain amount of its own material but is mainly a collection of interesting stuff from elsewhere on the Web.

It's essentially a design site but of course architecture features frequently - and the various branches of the design world regularly feed off each other.

The days I looked there was a piece about cutlery designed by architects, stair porn (sorry, it's about French and German idioms and a Florida concrete staircase which may or may not still be there), and a recent design fad started by computer case modders which I hope never reaches architecture:called steampunk.

The lead article promised a bath of warm nostalgia: 'A look back at Aspen 1970'. But this was the year when members of the Design Illuminati, aka the International Design Conference, were monstered by busloads of young design Turks from U. C. Berkley and eminent, bewildered Eliot Noyes resigned in despair.

Aggregators serve you up material which their proprietors think interesting, but may not always to you. But it's a hell of a lot faster than aimlessly Googling the Web. The side benefit is the usually terrific list of links which you browse at your peril but mostly in a state of anticipation.

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