We always knew that news aggregation was going to be a key offering for many successful websites. When New-Startups.com first started we had our network feed (which grabbed articles from our favorite influencers and were then filtered manually). The concept for us was derived from Smashing Magazine’s network feed, but we eventually let that aspect of our site pass and decided to focus simply on what we wanted to share.
Since then we’ve seen the rise of projects such as Designer News and Product Hunt that utilize delicious UI/UX with the ease of content exposure that Reddit provides. Now we’ve stumbled upon another that’s taking a more magazine approach to sharing content from influencers they are most proud to read.
Every day Design Beats produces a digital production of design-related content from a vast pool of global selections. From over 400 blogs each edition is produced by a private, independent not-for-profit association called FAD (Fostering Arts and Design) that has a goal of promoting design and architecture. The service, like many of the others mentioned, is a content aggregator. As such, it saves readers like us hours of browsing and searching for content–in this case, it is focused on design–that we as individuals find important.
But where Design Beats is starting to win, for us at least, is because of the attention they put toward how the content is presented in their format. With easy to navigate issues, glorious images, and well-delivered content the site is a well presented RSS /newsletter that makes us want to come back for more. We’re hooked, and if you love design you will be too!