Friday, August 07, 2009

Irish Graphic Design Company Blogs in 2009

This post is a detailed listing of all 24 Irish graphic design company blogs analysed during my research project in 2009, giving details about the nature and characteristics of each blog. Any additional blogs added after September are not included in the research analysis. The full 2009 list is after the jump.

[UPDATE: The 2010 list now has its own separate page in this blog, see the ‘Irish graphic design company blogs’ tab at the top of this page.]


Company: Atomic
Individual authors identified by name: Yes
Blog name: Atomic Particles
Blog type: Design company blog
Published since: November 2008
Date reviewed: 06 June 2009
Number of days since last post: 4 days
Predominant class of post content: Own design projects, Design reference
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? Yes
— Trackbacks enabled? No
— Social networking tools enabled? Yes
— If yes which? Social bookmarking widget for posts
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts):
30 posts reviewed. 5 with comments 25 without comments
5 comments on 5 posts.
Does the blogger answer comments? No
System used for the blog: Blogger
Website address for the blog: http://www.atomic.ie/particles
Corporate Twitter page: No

Company: BFK
Individual authors identified by name: No
Blog name: BFK News
Blog type: Design company blog
Published since: 1999*
Date reviewed: 16 May 2009
Number of days since last post: 5 days
Predominant class of post content: Own design projects
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? No
— Trackbacks enabled? N/A
— Social networking tools enabled? No
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts): N/A
Does the blogger answer comments? N/A
System used for the blog: Strata3 Publisher
Website address for the blog: www.bfk.ie
Corporate Twitter page: Yes at twitter.com/BFKdesign

*Some content imported into blog format from earlier iterations of the site.

Company/Group: Candy Collective
Individual authors identified by name: No
Blog name: Candy Collective News
Blog type: Design organisation blog
Published since: May 2008
Date reviewed: 27 May 2009
Number of days since last post: 5 days
Predominant class of post content: Design reference, Image reference, Link-blog
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? Yes
— Trackbacks enabled? No
— Social networking tools enabled? No
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts):
30
posts reviewed. 2 with comments 28 without comments
3 comments on 2 posts.
Does the blogger answer comments? No
System used for the blog: Custom
Website address for the blog: www.candycollective.com/index.php?/news
Corporate Twitter page: Yes at twitter.com/CandyCollective

Company/Group: Centre for Design Innovation
Individual authors identified by name: Yes
Blog name: Design Innovation Blog
Blog type: Design organisation blogPublished since: December 2006
Date reviewed: 01 June 2009
Number of days since last post: 4 days
Predominant class of post content: Design commentary,  Academic research, Notices of eventsInteraction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? Yes
— Trackbacks enabled? No
— Social networking tools enabled? No
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts):
30
posts 11 with comments, 29 without comments
16
comments in total on 11 posts.
Does the blogger answer comments? YesSystem used for the blog: Wordpress
Website address for the blog: http://www.designinnovation.ie/blog
Corporate Twitter page: No

Company: Chuffey Media
Individual authors identified by name: No
Blog name: Chuffey The Blog
Blog type: Design company blog
Published since: October 2008Date reviewed: 06 June 2009
Number of days since last post: 211 days
Predominant class of post content: Own design projects
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? Yes
— Trackbacks enabled? Yes
— Social networking tools enabled? No
Volume of comments received (based last 30 posts): None
Does the blogger answer comments? N/A
System used for the blog: WordPress
Website address for the blog www.chuffeymedia.ie/blog
Corporate Twitter page: No

Company: Creative Media
Individual authors identified by name: No
Blog name: News Blog
Blog type: Design company blog
Published since: August 2007
Date reviewed: 01 June 2009
Number of days since last post: 21 daysPredominant class of post content: Own design projects, Professional journal, Design reference
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? No
— Trackbacks enabled? N/A
— Social networking tools enabled? No
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts): N/A
Does the blogger answer comments? N/A
System used for the blog: Custom
Website address for the blog: www.creativemediani.com
Corporate Twitter page: No

Company: Design Inch
Individual authors identified by name: No
Blog name: Design Inch blog
Blog type: Design company blog
Published since: June 2009
Date reviewed: 28 June 2009
Number of days since last post: 6 daysPredominant class of post content: Own design projects, Image reference
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? Yes
— Trackbacks enabled? Yes
— Social networking tools enabled? No
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts): None
Does the blogger answer comments? N/A
System used for the blog: WordPress
Website address for the blog: www.designinch.ie/wordpress
Corporate Twitter page: Yes at twitter.com/designinch

Company/Group: Design Research Group
Individual authors identified by name: Yes
Blog name: Design Research Group
Blog type: Design organisation blogPublished since: March 2008
Date reviewed: 06 June 2009
Number of days since last post: 98 days
Predominant class of post content: Design commentary, Design analysis, Design reference, Design research
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? Yes
— Trackbacks enabled? Yes
— Social networking tools enabled? No
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts)
12 posts reviewed. 10 with comments 2 without.
45 comments for 10 posts. (One post had 24 comments)
Does the blogger answer comments? Yes
System used for the blog: Wordpress
Website address for the blog: http://designresearchgroup.wordpress.com
Group Twitter page: No

Company: Design Tactics
Individual authors identified by name: No
Blog name: Creativity with Purpose (was ‘Design TicTacs’)
Blog type: Design company blog
Published since: May 2009
Date reviewed: 06 June 2009
Number of days since last post: 1 day
Predominant class of post content: Design reference, Image reference, Link-blog
— Commenting turned on? No
— Trackbacks enabled? No
— Social networking tools enabled? No
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts): None
Does the blogger answer comments? N/A
System used for the blog: Tumblr
Website address for the blog: http://designtactics.tumblr.com
Corporate Twitter page: Yes at twitter.com/designtactics

Company: Ebow
Individual authors identified by name: No
Blog name: Ebow Blog
Blog type: Design company blog
Published since: 01 January 2004
Date reviewed: 11 July 2009
Number of days since last post: 214 days
Predominant class of post content: Own design projects, Studio journal, Design reference
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? Yes
— Trackbacks enabled? No
— Social networking tools enabled? No
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts):
30 posts reviewed. 4 with comments 26 without comments
13 comments on 4 posts.
Does the blogger answer comments? Yes
System used for the blog: WordPress
Website address for the blog: www.ebow.ie/blog
Company Twitter page: Yes at twitter.com/ebowdublin

Company: Ion Design
Individual authors identified by name: No
Blog name: Ion Blog
Blog type: Design company blog
Published since: N/A (No dates on posts)
Date reviewed: 11 July 2009
Number of days since last post: N/A
Predominant class of post content: Design reference, Software reference
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? No
— Trackbacks enabled? No
— Social networking tools enabled? No
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts): N/A
Does the blogger answer comments? N/A
System used for the blog: Custom
Website address for the blog: http://www.ion.ie/blog
Company Twitter page: No

Company: Neville Design Group
Individual authors identified by name: No
Blog name: Neville Design blog
Blog type: Design company blog
Published since: March 2009
Date reviewed: 28 June 2009
Number of days since last post: 72 days
Predominant class of post content: Own design projects
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? Yes
— Trackbacks enabled? Yes
— Social networking tools enabled? No
If yes which? N/A
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts): None
Does the blogger answer comments? N/A
System used for the blog: WordPress
Website address for the blog: http://nevilledesign.wordpress.com
Corporate Twitter page: No

Company: New Graphic
Individual authors identified by name: No
Blog name: New Graphic News
Blog type: Design company blog
Published since: March 2008
Date reviewed: 12 September 2009
Number of days since last post: 57 days (18 July 2009)
Predominant class of post content: Own design projects
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? Yes
— Trackbacks enabled? No
— Social networking tools enabled? No
Volume of comments received
12 posts reviewed (all). 0 with comments 12 without comments
0 comments on 0 posts.
Does the blogger answer comments? N/A
System used for the blog: WordPress
Website address for the blog: http://www.newgraphic.ie/news/index.php
Corporate Twitter page: Yes at twitter.com/NewGraphic

Company: Paper Lantern Studios
Individual authors identified by name: Yes
Blog name: Paper Lantern Studios
Blog type: Design company blog
Published since: 22 June 2008
Date reviewed:03 June 2009Number of days since last post: 50 days
Predominant class of post content: Studio journal
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? Yes
— Trackbacks enabled? No
— Social networking tools enabled? Yes
If yes which? Google Friend Connect and Blogger Followers
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts):
30
posts reviewed. 5 with comments 25 without comments
5 comments on 5 posts
Does the blogger answer comments? No
System used for the blog: Blogspot
Website address for the blog: http://paperlanternstudios.blogspot.com
Corporate Twitter page: No

Company: Penhouse Design
Individual authors identified by name: No
Blog name: Fresh Air
Blog type: Design company blog
Published since: January 2009
Date reviewed: 28 June 2009
Number of days since last post: 4 days
Predominant class of post content: Professional journal, Link-blog, Design commentary, Image reference
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? Yes
— Trackbacks enabled? Yes
— Social networking tools enabled? Yes
If yes which? Facebook link
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts): 5
30
posts reviewed. 3 with comments 27 without comments
6 comments on 3 posts
Does the blogger answer comments? Yes
System used for the blog: WordPress
Website address for the blog: http://penhousedesign.wordpress.com
Corporate Twitter page: Yes at twitter.com/penhousedesign

Company: Rain Communications
Individual authors identified by name: No
Blog name: Rain Communications blog
Blog type: Design company blog
Published since: November 2008
Date reviewed: 28 June 2009
Number of days since last post: 97 days
Predominant class of post content: Own design projects, Design commentary, Link-blog
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? Yes
— Trackbacks enabled? No
— Social networking tools enabled? Yes
If yes which? Social bookmarking widgets on each post
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts):
30
posts reviewed. 1 with comments 29 without comments*
2 comments on 1 posts
Does the blogger answer comments? No
System used for the blog: Custom
Website address for the blog: www.raincommunications.ie/blog.aspx
Corporate Twitter page: No
*Six other posts had one comment each which was garbled comment spam and discounted for the purposes of this research. 

Company: Spoilt Child
Individual authors identified by name: Yes
Blog Name: Pinstripe
Blog type: Design company blogPublished since: September 2005
Date reviewed: 03 June 2009
Number of days since last post: 6 days
Predominant class of post content: Promoting events, Promoting services, Design commentary
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? Yes
— Trackbacks enabled? N/A
— Social networking tools enabled? Yes
If yes which? Social bookmarking widget on each post, Recent Readers widget in sidebar
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts):
30
posts reviewed 8 with comments 22 without comments
14
comments on 8 posts
Does the blogger answer comments? Yes
System used for the blog: Textpattern
Website address for the blog: http://www.spoiltchild.ie/pinstripe
Corporate Twitter page: No

Company: The Brand Union
Individual authors identified by name: No
Blog name: Dublin blog
Blog type: Design company blog
Published since: December 2008
Date reviewed: 01 April 2009Number of days since last post: 13 daysPredominant class of post content: Design reference, Image reference, Link-blog
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? Yes
— Trackbacks enabled? Yes
Social networking tools enabled? No
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts): None
20
posts reviewed (all).
Does the blogger answer comments? No
System used for the blog: WordPress

Website address for the blog: http://blogs.thebrandunion.com/thedublinblog
Corporate Twitter page: No

Company: The Creative District
Individual authors identified by name: No
Blog name: Our Blog / Studio News
Blog type: Design company blog
Published since: May 2009
Date reviewed: 28 June 2009
Number of days since last post: 3 days
Predominant class of post content: Professional journal, Link-blog
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? Yes
— Trackbacks enabled? No
— Social networking tools enabled? Yes
If yes which? Social bookmarking widgets on each post
Volume of comments received (based on or last 30 posts): 43
17
posts reviewed (all). 10 with posts and 7 without.
Does the blogger answer comments? Yes
System used for the blog: WordPress
Website address for the blog: www.thecreativedistrict.ie/blog
Corporate Twitter page: Yes at twitter.com/CreativeDistric/

Company: 20-20 Vision
Individual authors identified by name: Yes
Blog name: 20-20 Vision News
Blog type: Design company blog
Published since: January 2009
Date reviewed: 11 July 2009
Number of days since last post: 106 days
Predominant class of post content: Own design projects
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? Yes
— Trackbacks enabled? No
— Social networking tools enabled? Yes
— If yes which? Add posts to Del.icio.us, Technorati or Digg
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts): None
Does the blogger answer comments? N/A
System used for the blog: Custom
Website address for the blog: http://www.2020vision.ie/news
Company Twitter page: No

Company: Threesixty
Individual authors identified by name: Yes
Blog name: Threesixty News
Blog type: Design company blog
Published since: 28 January 2009
Date reviewed:
28 June 2009
Number of days since last post: 4 days
Predominant class of post content: Own design projects
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? No
— Trackbacks enabled? No
— Social networking tools enabled? No
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts): N/A
Does the blogger answer comments? N/A
System used for the blog: Custom
Website address for the blog: http://www.wearethreesixty.com/ee/index.php/news
Company Twitter page: No

Company: Whitenoise Studios
Individual authors identified by name: Yes
Blog name: What’s New Pussycat?
Blog type: Design company blog
Published since: 10 September 2008
Date reviewed: 11 July 2009
Number of days since last post: 3 days
Predominant class of post content: Own design projects, Professional journal, Studio journal
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? Yes
— Trackbacks enabled? No
— Social networking tools enabled? No
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts):
30 posts reviewed. 8 with comments 22 without comments
21 comments on 8 posts
Does the blogger answer comments? Yes
System used for the blog: WordPress
Website address for the blog: http://www.whitenoisestudios.com/blog
Company Twitter page: No

Company/Group: Workgroup
Individual authors identified by name: Yes
Blog name: Workgroup
Blog type: Design collective blog
Published since:
Date reviewed: 11 July 2009
Number of days since last post: 2 days
Predominant class of post content: Design reference, Image reference, Link-blog
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? No
— Trackbacks enabled? No
— Social networking tools enabled? No
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts): N/A
Does the blogger answer comments? N/A
System used for the blog: WordPress
Website address for the blog: http://workgroup.ie
Company Twitter page: No

Company: X Communications
Individual authors identified by name: No
Blog name: X Communications Blog
Published since: May 2001
Date reviewed: 01 April 2009
Number of days since last post: 16 days
Predominant class of post content: Own design projects
Interaction elements allowed:
— Commenting turned on? No
— Trackbacks enabled? No
— Social networking tools enabled? No
Volume of comments received (based on last 30 posts): N/A
Does the blogger answer comments? N/A
System used for the blog: Custom
Website address for the blog: http://www.xcommunications.ie/Blog.aspx
Company Twitter page: Yes at twitter.com/xcommunications