Design Nerds: Trip Planning Ideas from Around the Web (2/8/13)

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When it comes to travel, traditional guides offer little value to the niche interest. They won't tell you where to find all the record shops in San Francisco, or where you might find a letterpress print to add to your collection, and they certainly won't tell you to bring hot sauce home as a souvenir. And that's ok, because honestly, you don't want a guidebook's suggestion for something they're completely unable to provide. You want someone who's interested, plugged-in, and just as obsessed as you are. You want a nerd. We've decided to help you out every month by featuring a different theme and a selection of our favorite inspiration from around the web with ideas for travel in mind.

This month, we've gone with the topic of design and we've found experts that will help you find where to go shopping for home goods in Melbourne, discover the perfect graphic installation to photograph, footsteps to follow in Paris, and a blog that will keep you exposed to all aspects of Japanese design. Be prepared, however, because after reading any of these sites, you might just start planning a trip.

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If you find yourself heading to Melbourne, be sure to check out this design blog's retail section for coverage of cute shops for anything from books to housewares. Just from perusing I'm already intrigued by the creativity of Melbournites and ready to plan an afternoon of retail therapy.
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Graphic Ambient, worldwide
An archive of environmental graphics from around the world. This is a fun, colorful browse and it may give you a place you want to travel to, even if it is to just see that gorgeous sign installation.
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I love when a blog shares their adventures with you. Canadian home decor and furniture shopkeepers, Daniel Garbutt and Valeria Herner of Hindsvik Shop, have been sharing their stories of a recent trip to Paris. Head over to find the perfect inspiration for ideas of where to visit and shop on a design-lovers trip to Paris.
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A topical blog on all things Japan and design, Spoon & Tamago, may not tell you exactly where to go, but it's a great site to fuel your wanderlust through its coverage of all aspects of Japanese design.

Check back next month, for a new nerd topic. Have a topic or interest to suggest? Leave a comment or send ( us a suggestion and we'll track down some finds for you!