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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Design blog dealbreakers

Fellow design bloggers, permit me to ask you a question. What are your dealbreakers when deciding whether or not to post a photo? Is it poor styling like in the shot above? I mean what in the hell is going on with that wee diorama under the bell jar?

Is it iffy art?

Or maybe when one element just doesn't jive with the rest of the utterly fabulous composition (in this case the rug of incompatible tones)?

Or perhaps when the disparate objects in a shot are completely fantastic in their own right but a hot mess when grouped together?

Tell me, Blogging Dumplings, what makes you say "Uh...no" to a possible post photo?

All photos from LivingEtc.

13 comments:

mise said...

I guess the best thing is to take our own photos of our own houses, and then when someone is critical we can take it Really Personally. Which is more fun.

fromtherightbank.com said...

All of the above. Although I can be a little flexible on number 2. But very little.

Jill said...

I'm a designer that rarely posts design pictures. I just figure we've all seen them before. I subscribe to almost every Shelter magazine out there...I don't need to peruse a bunch of design blogs to see the same pics over and over again. But then, I also don't keep a portfolio. All of my clients come thru referrals. You can take me or leave me. I'm not a show pony doing circus tricks. Wow...I sound a bit caustic right now don't I?! I think it's because I woke up at 3:15am this morning for no apparent reason. I enjoy your blog because I'm enjoying the renovation project and your funnier than hell! And I like your "Your thoughts please" posts.

susieq said...

I get what Jill’s saying, but I want photos and more photos and even more photos. I want to see it all new and then again and even again.

I don't so much scrutinize the art or small accessories, it’s just the overall feeling and composition that is my editing guide. And style. Even though I post photos of rooms I would not live in (a bare minimalist all concrete space, for example), I can appreciate the style and love to look at them. I don't much like Architectural Digest sort of images. The photography is a little too silky, too stage-set like. And though I like the rooms in Living Etc., the styling is so obvious, so junky. { You had a great post about this! }

karly said...

keep calm and carry on. otherwise, i'm a whore that will post anything.

erin@designcrisis said...

Ditto Karly, especially if I'm doing a themed post, which seems to be my only game these days. I'm like a bad internet curator.

I usually don't post super spare images, simply because I find them boring.

Alison said...

I'm with Erin. I hoard and hoard pictures of rooms I like and then look through them to see if I can find a unifying theme as an excuse to post some of them. That way, I don't have quite a million images sitting on my desktop.

I guess that means I just pick what I like, which encompasses a lot. The few things I really hate are too much brass, chintz florals and panton S chairs. Although I might post a picture if it had all that going on at once. Hot mess! Also pretty worn out on damask.

PS I don't hate that bell jar in the first photo, but the lamp really irritates me for some reason.

I make no sense.

amy @ switz~art said...

Dude, my house is not a shrine to good design, but I'll post pics from time to time. I welcome constructive criticism from people that know their shit (like you), but other people can bite me.

erin@designcrisis said...

Alison, can there really be such a thing as too much brass????

Sarah @ Maison Boheme said...

I mostly post what I'm grooving on. Sometimes its in poor taste and sometimes it rocks. I think the most important thing about a post is how the photos relate and what is being communicated. A writing professor once told me "Sarah, be confident in the conviction of your own bad taste."

Laura@EdenRose said...

This may be the libran opptimistic in me talking but there is something i like in every image i post and some that dont get posted i still save because one day i will like something about the image and use it again, hey, i'm fickle. I love that giant lamp! :)

Laura@EdenRose said...

Having said that, if i see a photo where everything matches and it looks too contrived and put together or the room looks like it was inspired by a chain hotel i skip straight past, dont look twice bleurgh!

Raina Cox said...

Sarah - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!