Creative Review has launched a blog to complement its print and digital editions. In the March 2006 Creative Review editor Patrick Burgoyne wrote a thoughtful feature about “the role of the blog in the creative community”. In it he said:
you might expect this inky-fingered representative of the ancient regime to disparage the blog. But I’m a fan. I recognise that blogs offer important new opportunities for the creative community and that they do certain things better than print can. I also recognise that we can help each other.
I think he’s right to suggest that blogging and traditional media can be both/and instead of either/or. E.g. a poetry blog can be a great place to talk about poetry, and someone like Robert Bruce does a great job of presenting poetry in an engaging way, but when I look at most of what comes out of the Technorati ‘poetry’ feed, it makes me appreciate the quality of a magazine like Magma even more.
As you’d expect, the Creative Review blog is very easy on the eye. It’s a bit early to judge the content, but the first few posts include some cool videos and an e-book link that looks so useful for aspiring graphic designers that I’ll devote a separate post to it. My only small gripe is having to register to leave a comment – surely they haven’t been spammed into submission already?
Overall then, a promising start and a welcome addition to the creative conversation. s