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d*s guide!


the d*s guide is about to launch soon, but before i lay everything out, i wanted to know: how would you like it arranged? by location or by type of design they specialize in? or some other idea i haven't thought of? (just an fyi, i don't want to organize things by price, but i will make a note in their listing if they carry affordable goods). just cast your vote below and you'll see your results in guide form soon!


Blogger rena said...

any way to tag entries so we can search on both? i know, more work for the web designer :)

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By type of product.

When I am in the search for a product, what type of item I am looking for is way more important than location. With online shopping location seems less significant. Also, areas like Manhattan, Brooklyn, Chicago & San Fran will be overloaded with information that may be hard for shoppers to sort through.

2:46 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

true, that's a concern of mine. cities like ny will be crazy huge and unruly, but maybe i can take a cue from rena and find a way to code it with both...


2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, if it can only be one, I'm for doing it by type of product.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like the idea of categorizing by geography and then indicating if they have an online store.

for NYC and other huge entries, I would go by neighborhoods within brooklyn, manhattan. e.g. williamsburg, park slope, east village, meatpacking, tribeca, etc.

3:20 PM  
Blogger trudesign said...

I agree, by product - not location.

3:28 PM  
Blogger mintyfresh said...

I think location is really important, especially along the "I am going to city X and want to visit some cool design shops" vein. For international readers (or maybe just for me?), location is key since shipping/duty/ship times/etc are all factors of the purchase process too.

Searching/tagging by both would be ideal.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a librarian I feel I just have to put in my 2 cents. The more ways the reader can sort the data the better. I'm assuming most people are shopping online and, therefore, don't care about location. They just want to see categories like "rugs" or "pillows." But it would also be nice to see all the stores in, say, Chicago (where I'm at!). Just to complicate things, an alphabetical list of store names (with brief descriptions?) is always good.
btw, I love your blog! I'm shopping for a condo and can't wait to start putting some of your ideas (and my own) into action.

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an international reader, I'd prefer the information tag "online shop"/"international shipping".
btw, gorgeous re-design of the site :)

5:50 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

great ideas guys!

i'm going to be sure to make a note about city and what sort of shipping (intl, etc) that stores offer.

i'll do my best to make it as handy as possible. :)


5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if they have online shopping available, they should be in a more prominent category. it just makes us international folks jealous if there's no online store.

calling/emailing to order just ain't the same.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think by product type is the most important. i also like the other reader's suggestion that there be a list of stores by city for when one travels.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i also think the kind of product is more important. and, being an international reader myself, i would really like to know right away whethere they deliver internationally.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Susan Schwake said...

i think city and shipablity (is that even a word?) are both important too. good luck!

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like for it to be organized by location. I'm from Michigan and I know there are a lot of great places to shop, but everything is so spread out that it would be great to have a listing.

I also like the idea of tagging each place with what they sell so that it's possible to shop a wider range of locations.

I'm very interested in design, but I'm a college student living in a dorm-style apartment. I would love to see new ideas about how people are dealing with living in spaces where you can't put holes in the walls or paint. I've seen really cute slip covers and rugs, but it would be awesome to dig up some great deals on those things.

~This is my first time commenting, but I simply love your blog!~

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you definately need to be able to search under different catagories. I like the tags idea eg flickr, which is working well on other blogs such as coolhunting. They did have cat searches but then recently changed.
Also agree that online stores or real ones with online presence should be grouped, but I can also see the attraction of being able to see which stores are in sa SF or NY.... or even UK?

5:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As another international reader (who knew there were so many of us?), I'd find a location index really helpful. I'll still get sad when some companies won't ship internationally, but I'll be comforted knowing that others like Hey-Sign are right down the road from me. If you're feeling really ambitious, city guides would be great: Where to go in New York, in San Francisco, in Copenhagen...

6:12 AM  
Blogger jeremy said...

By location definitely.
One of the most enjoyable guides I've seen is the Metropolis/ICFF New York Design Guide and it disects the entire city by neighborhood. However, it typically only covers major neighborhoods and the pricier stores. Williamsburg is there but the East Village doesn't exist in the guide. I'd like to see what stores exist in S.F. for example if I'm going there, I can know by the listing how big the scene is and make sure that I do drive-by each listing.

The problem with listing stores by type of product is that many stores are difficult to classify and I think it ultimately would be a confusing mess.

Either way you do it, can't wait to see it!

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would prefer both but if I had to choose I would say location as I am out of the US and unless they ship internationally, many of the entries would be pointless for me and I will be sad from looking at great stuff I can't have.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more vote for at least including "location." I found your site by Goggling for "cool design shops Chicago" because I'm... well... looking for cool design shops in Chicago. There are too many listings of online retailers already available (and most of them just carry the same stuff). It would be different and useful to have listings of brick/mortar retailers. Just my 4.6 cents (adjusted for inflation...)

10:49 AM  

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