Design Inspiration, Digital Marketing Trends, and Lifestyle Bloggers: My Favourite Digital Destinations
Mar 08, 2017 - DESIGN
Olivier Stapylton-Smith

Moteefe is a social commerce platform with a strong digital twist, so it’s only appropriate to showcase some of the go-to blogs and websites that boost my knowledge of the latest trends.

I would say my digital destinations are quite varied – I’ve always been a fan of heavy duty digital marketing and design websites, but I also dig those who appreciate the softer approach of lifestyle bloggers.

See if you discover some new blogs and websites worth following or, alternatively, establish whether you already have the same taste in blogs and websites as me.

Search Engine Journal

When it comes to digital marketing, it’s hard for me to go past Search Engine Journal. Don’t let their name mislead you: it’s a blog that covers not just the latest news and tutorials from SEO, but also social media, PPC, and just about every other digital marketing discipline humankind has ever dreamt up. Their articles are a huge influence on my work – there’s nothing better than fresh inspiration from other experts in your field, especially when it comes in the form of genuinely entertaining articles. Awesome stuff.

I Just Might

This Tumblr blog is one of my sources for daily visual inspiration. It has everything – beautiful photography, inspiring words, great design. The blog is run by a 26-year old based in San Francisco, who has a great eye for just interesting snippets of things I love. I love ‘I Just Might’ because browsing through it in the morning has the same effect on me as a cup of coffee – it wakes me up and makes me see the world in a different light.

Collective Hub

The Collective Hub is a pretty new print and online publication that has a huge following. They focus on issues across business, design, and fashion, but contrary to most other publications, they take a fresh and sometimes unusual perspective on their subjects. They’re thought-leaders and concentrate on showcasing innovative people and projects that expand my knowledge and understanding of the world. A truly inspiring website!


PostSecret is a blog that provides a window into anonymous contributor’s raw truths in the form of postcards. What makes these postcards so engaging is that the sender’s secrets are expressed through their art and chosen medium, with some of the messages being exceptionally explicit and others are humorously horrid.


Econsultancy is an excellent digital marketing blog that also has a great newsletter to boot. The blog not only covers digital marketing news but also the real-life implications of the latest trends for businesses that operate online. Their articles are exceptionally important for anyone who wants to keep up with the fast-paced nature of the digital world. The strong focus on eCommerce relays the information in an applicable manner with excellent global case studies.


I know that Mashable’s a pretty standard choice for anyone working in the digital industry, but you just can’t get past the fact that it’s a great source for the latest news in tech and digital. I’m also fond of the Watercooler area for those moments when you need to give your brain a break from keeping up with the latest developments in digital.


AdFreak is the place for everything to do with creative messaging. In a world saturated with wallpaper advertising, you have to seek out the clever creative ideas to keep you inspired that there is a better way of doing things.


Oculto is an art, design and fashion blog, with a really unusual aesthetic. There’s always something weird and interesting on there. I’m constantly using it for inspiration and just to find images I love.


I’m sure most designers are familiar with the BP&O website, and for a good reason too. The website features some of the world’s best branding work, with opinions written by the website’s founder/editor, Richard Baird. Because the branding projects featured on the website are carefully curated, only the best ones make it to the website, which makes it a great place to get inspired and get my creative juices flowing.

There you have it – from informational and educational to inspirational, these are some of my favourite blogs and websites. If you weren’t familiar with all of the ones listed above before, I hope I have inspired you to check out at least a few of them.

IMAGE via. Oculto 


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