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Right about now

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Hi Fifth Avenue

UPS getaway car

no words can describe how awesome this is

The Robot Show in Calgary

It sure seems like if you’re a designer and like to be active, UPPERCASE would be the first place to visit if you head to Calgary. Aside from the cool […]

Paper and getting organized by yourself

If you’re still a fan of paper, D*I*Y Planner is the site for you. I won’t be able to do the site justice describing about all the things you can […]

Design has the power

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Hello, are you there?

One of my email accounts went down over the weekend. How did I know? I stopped getting email. At first I hoped it would have gotten better on it’s own, […]

Welcome to design*notes

It’s true, I’m taking design*notes to a new weblog publisher. The biggest change in the upcoming weeks will be the addition of the categories search being well defined. UPDATE: It […]

the Unboxing Ceremony

iPod 60GB, In-Ear Headphones, A/V Cable, with packaging Originally uploaded by JoshB. Imagine designing something so well that others feel the need to capture the experience and share it on […]


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social groups via photography

Here’s a really interesting project from Rotterdam-based photographer Ari Versluis and stylist Ellie Uyttenbroek called Exactitudes. Exactitudes: a contraction of exact and attitude. By registering their subjects in an identical […]

Matchbox Pinhole DIY

I luv pinhole photography, but have never tried it myself. Now with a little time and experimentation there’s a site that explains how to make a Matchbox Pinhole camera at […]

Roloson’s Goalie Mask

In the spirit of combining design and hockey today, I present one of the coolest designed masks that I’ve seen in some time. Designed by Myers Mask Design, Dwayne Roloson’s […]

Brand Book Promo

From the editor of the now defunct Critique Magazine and the book Brand Gap, it looks like Marty Neumeier has a new book coming out in August titled Zag. Over […]

Recognizing a pattern

There’s a couple things that I’ll try to tie into this post. The first is the video you should watch above, the second is this small crit on ad blogs […]

Ninja fighting

Design seizures

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What’s Your Project?

Looking for something to do over the next couple days – check out http://www.whatsyourproject.com and if that’s not enough there’s www.52projects.com

Metropolis Magazine Redesign

metropolis magazine redesign Originally uploaded by Michael Surtees. metropolis magazine redesign Originally uploaded by Michael Surtees. So did you notice that Metropolis magazine has been updated/reDesigned? Really, you still read […]

wifi shoes

They tell you when you’re in a WIFI Hotspot – using Nike Dunk SBs via Sebastian Chen Speier

Learning by Design

Debbie Millman, a friend and someone who I admire has posted one of her best blog posts about what she has learned. There’s 10 graceful points that most designers can […]

Blog reDesign

Every once in awhile I flirt with the idea of redesigning this blog. Though ironically in the first year I did update it three times. I even changed the name. […]

Happy World Graphics Day

27 April marks the birth of Icograda (International Council of Graphic Design Associations) in 1963. It is celebrated by graphic designers, communication designers, industrial designers and design associations around the […]

The Agony and Ecstasy of the Diagram

Ticker Factory is one of those sites that has turned static diagrams and leveraged dynamic data entry into something for “the rest of us”, counting down to that great day […]

Coffee time on the street

Folgers Coffee ad by Saatchi & Saatchi New York via www.woostercollective.com > www.coloribus.com

16 Colors Blog

Viva color! 16colors.blogspot.com

Official Art Poster 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

Some of the posters for the next World Cup seem odd to me, but perhaps that will change over time. View them all HERE via coudal

Affirmation sticker and smart blog

Affirmation sticker Originally uploaded by saralynncantor. http://curiousshopper.blogspot.com/ just came on my radar tonight. It’s a nicely written blog by a retail planner, though I’m not entirely sure what a planner […]

Watching the power meter go backwards

If the power meter goes backwards, does that mean the power company pays you? Over at www.dhlovelife.com in the past episodes section, the green bldg clip shows a solar powered […]

Bridge Design

Originally uploaded by Michael Surtees. I love walking with Maddie but the one thing I hate doing is crossing bridges with her. My worst nightmare is that she some how […]


I’m sending my first blog post from flock. It has the potential to be something great, but uploading images is a bit of an issue. technorati tags: flock, browser, design, […]


Best for E, T & G

One Trick Pony

Here’s an interesting evolution of muzak players, the Buddah Machine and Disposable Audio Books. With the unlimited choice of filling up your iPod, the counter approach is to simplify to […]

The Hockey Playoff Beard

Hockey Playoff Beard Originally uploaded by Michael Surtees. Playoff Time Originally uploaded by Michael Surtees. There’s a tradition in Canada known as the hockey playoff beard. When hockey playoffs come […]

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