After an overwhelming number of people (over one million!) shared our post, 6 More Top Sites that Inspire and Educate, we decided it was time to provide a follow-up list! Today, we’ve chosen six more sites that were created to stimulate our minds – to not only reveal the incredible world around us, but to light a fire under us so that we’re inspired to take on our own projects. From Maria Popova’s new curiosity quenching Explore to Fast Company’s innovation and design driven Co.Design, visit these sites to fuel your knowledge and enrich your soul.
Launched in July 2010, Fast Company’s Co.Design aims to be less like a design blog and more like an “ideas” magazine. Not only do they provide crisp, inspiring images, their in-depth stories are always well researched and educational. Cliff Kuang is the founding editor of Co.Design which in 2011 won the National Magazine Award for best online department. Come to this website to appreciate how design is a part of our everyday lives. Their aim is simple: to “keep you informed about the ideas behind today’s best designs.” As Kuang states, “It is our sincerest hope that the design ideas we cover every day–and the questions they leave unanswered–will make you hungry.” Indeed, come to Co.Design to get your fill of everything from unbelievable architecture to impossibly amazing art. If you can’t get enough of Co.Design, check out their two spin-offs Co.Create and Co.Exist.
2. The Creators Project
The Creators Project is where you’ll find some of the world’s most cutting-edge art. Founded by Intel and VICE, this site explores how today’s artists are using technology to expand their horizons. Throughout the past three years, they’ve featured the works of over 150 artists. Beyond just a blog, The Creators Project hosts exciting events like lecture series or musical performances throughout the world including major cities like Paris, Sao Paulo and New York. For the Coachella music festival, they collaborated with artists like Arcade Fire and Interpol to enhance their performances and even helped debut original artworks created just for the Coachella audience.
Founded by the editor of Brain Pickings, Mario Popova, Explore is a wonderful Tumblr blog all about the process of learning. Touching upon subjects ranging from art and design to science and technology, Explore is a portal to a larger, more meaningful world. It’s filled with TED talks, quotes and passages from books, as well as eye-opening infographics. In addition to Explore, Popova also founded Curiosity Counts, an equally addicting Tumblr blog you’ll want to check out.
Coudal is one of those websites that, at first glance, you wouldn’t think would be filled with inspirational or educational material. Read through this website, however, that’s edited by Coudal Partners, a design and advertising firm in Chicago, and you’ll realize just how much you’ll learn. Coudel’s Fresh Signals section has some of the best, most inspiring links on the web, from must-watch movie trailers to fascinating photography and art.
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5. Open Culture
If you’re looking for some cultural content that will enrich your mind, check out Open Culture. Dan Colman, the lead editor, is also the Director & Associate Dean of Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program. The website is asking to be explored. It has downloadable audiobooks, movies, and language lessons, and it’s all free! The audio books consist of mostly classics that can be downloaded to your MP3 player or computer. There’s 500 free online courses from the world’s leading universities such as Stanford, Columbia and Oxford University you can check out if you want to learn more about various subjects like architecture, art history, law or literature. Or, if you’re more interested in learning a new language, they’ll even guide you to finding free language lessons so that you can get fluent in Mandarin or Russian. It’s all high-quality cultural and educational media that’s been curated just for you.
6. Design Taxi
Recently named by Forbes as one of The Top 5 Sites for Keeping Up With Creativity and Design,Design Taxi is a constantly updated news and editorial site that you’ll want to bookmark for some inspiration. Started in 2003, it’s amassed more than 400,000 followers across it’s social media streams who are looking to see some of the most creative, curious and exciting ideas out there. Check out their News section to find out what’s going on in everything from product design to social media.