Everyday, it seems, the online design dialog grows larger and larger. At first, it was a design-crazed blogger here and a blogger there. Now, there are new design blogs popping up every day. Interior designers have blogs, antique stores have blogs, magazines are joining in also - augmenting their regular print-bound content with more up-to-the-minute content online. Furniture makers, designers and architects are joining the dialog with Twitter and Facebook accounts too. Social media is changing all the rules. It is giving design voyeurs like me unprecedented access to the thoughts and portfolios of some of the best design minds out there.
Of course, all of this is likely not news to you if you're reading this blog. What might be news to you, though, is the entrance to the conversation by the architecture and interior design firms I most admire: McAlpine Tankersley Architecture and McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier Interiors. They now are tweeting away on Twitter and have begun sharing insightful quips and unpublished portions of their amazing portfolio of work on their new Facebook pages here and here.
McAlpine and his oh-so-talented cadre of creatives didn't stop there, however. Much like the spellbinding architecture and design that they continually produce, they have raised the bar with their online content. They have just launched their own online magazine of sorts, aptly named Communiqué. Their intent is to keep us up to date on a regular basis of what they're working on. I couldn't be more excited to hear this. I've devoured the first issue and am already anticipating the next.
I ride by the Mcalpine Booth & Ferrier Atlanta office in Avondale Estates at least once a week on one of my training treks from Sandy Springs to Stone Mountain. I had intended to do a Ride-by Architecture post about the office and it's stunning design. My pictures probably wouldn't be able to do it justice though. Thankfully, the first edition of Communiqué provides you an excellent glimpse of the office (pictured above). Often it's close to 8pm when I pass by a 2nd time on my way back to Sandy Springs and I will see Susan Ferrier burning the midnight oil, working tirelessly to bring us all so much inspiration. For that I am grateful.
I don't want to steal any thunder from the launch of the new magazine, so you'll have to visit the Communiqué website to see more of the beautiful imagery from the 1st edition. I'd recommend subscribing to their Twitter feed and becoming a fan on Facebook too. If you're like me, you don't want to miss anything they have to share.
Oh, and don't forget that Bobby McAlpine's new book comes out next month. So much great stuff all at once.