Sunday, March 28, 2010

Skirted Roundtable: Negativity in Design

This week on The Skirted Roundtable, we discuss negativity in the design and blog world and House Beautiful editor-in-chief Stephen Drucker's recent editorial on the subject. I wrote an editorial of sorts on this very subject in January, which you can read here if you care to.   And meanwhile, head on over to The Skirted Roundtable and have a listen and join in the conversation. It's quite lively.




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6 comments:

Pigtown-Design said...

it was an excellent discussion. there are a number of blogs that i no longer read because either the writer or commenters made me feel dirty. not worth my time to read them.

Karena said...

I had missed your former commentary, just read and will listen now! So important because we do have enough negativity in the world already. I have to be positive and pay it forward in my life.

I do have a Giveaway on my site now, and welcome everyone to join in!

Karena
Art by Karena

Linda Merrill said...

Meg - I'm with you, there are several blogs who I steer clear from because they got too mean with the personal attacks. No place for that.

Karena - yes, the "pay it forward" is the way to go.

The Shiny Pebble said...

Hi Linda, several things:

First on the issue of negativity... Boy I am new to blogging. Just started at the end of January and have already seen oodles of this stuff. Pretty sad, but it must be part of human nature. I will admit to enjoying a little snark, but hopefully mine are directed at the product not the person behind it. Which is probably hard to separate when you are the person whose design has been criticized.

As far as the radio show discussion about people writing mostly complimentary comments on our posts, I think that is because most of us generally comment on blogs whose writers have similar likes and dislikes as ours.

Now...Can I make a request for a future radio show? I would love to hear one about the crediting of photos and how to handle all of that mess. Last week I posted a photo and linked it back to the original poster. Not a design blog. And the photographer had a hissy fit over my using his picture without asking him directly. Which by the way, there was no way I could contact him, as there was no email address associated with this picture. After apologizing and giving him credit I decided the heck with it. Replaced the picture and deleted his nasty comment. But the whole experience left me with a bitter taste in my mouth. Instead of being flattered by all of the positive comments, he chose to be a veritable arse about it. You never know what some big headed people will do and say, I tell ya.

Anyway, that's it for now. Off to read your post from earlier this year. Thanks for letting me share here.

Lauren said...

Oh i can't wait to listen... i have been thinking about this ever since i read the recent issue.

i haven't gotten the chance to tell you how much I LOVE your finished kitchen!!! it's so timeless and warm and the copper is delish!!
xoxo,
lauren

beachbungalow8 said...

I sat by the pool in Palm Springs, reading comment after comment many of which were anonymous commenters providing example after example of exactly what Stephen was trying to express.

Looking forward to speaking with Scot this week-he's such a positive energy and full of great creativity.

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