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A better help desk

A couple weeks ago I had to take in my MacBook pro because the screen went black. Thankfully the people at Tekserve were able to fix it in a few […]

Link Drop (8·28·09)

This week’s collection of stuff that I’ve found interesting via Link Drop contains a lot of new themes. There’s stuff about smell, flowers and even Whole Foods. Apple makes it’s […]

Double issue of Link Drop (8·14·09) & (8·21·09)

This week’s version of Link Drop was a week late and while I hate excuses there’s a pretty good one. Last weekend I was redesigning the format of Link Drop […]

Link Drop (8·07·09)

It’s been a bit of an up and down week over here at DesignNotes. I’ve been under the weather of most of the week which is highly unusual, and on […]

Link Drop (7·10·09)

July is here and with that comes the Tour de France. I’ve found a number of bike and tour related stuff that is shows the sport in perhaps a slightly […]

Link Drop (6·26·09)

Ok, this Link Drop is even too late for my liking… But it’s better to publish it three days late as opposed to not posting it all or doing a […]

Link Drop (6·19·09)

This week’s edition of Link Drop is a bit lighter than usual. The summer is supposed to be less busy but that doesn’t seem to be the case and in […]

Link Drop (6·12·09)

It’s been a crazy blog week for me and because of that my Link Drop is three days overdue. The High Line opened which I was happy to experience first […]

Link Drop (06·05·09)

This has been one of those strange weeks where everything on the outside looks the same, though on the inside there’s a lot going on. It’s been a cool week […]

Link Drop (5·29·09)

I’m not entirely sure why but I’m pretty happy how this week turned out for Link Drop. Lots of Design process, typography, NYC, social and business stuff. Art doesn’t usually […]

Link Drop (5·22·09)

Summer is just about here. It’s getting nice n’hot, the humidity is about to get a lot worse and there’s a long weekend coming up asap. Things are good in […]

Design Week and ICFF is here, but where to find all the news on it?

It’s a simple question, there’s an event going on and there’s lots of media coverage from both news sources and blogs but how am I going to get all of […]

Link Drop (5·01·09)

I feel as though this week just started and it’s already Friday. Good weather, good company and being in NYC will do that to people. But with that said there’s […]

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DesignNotes Ten Design-Related Blogs from NYC

A couple weeks ago Blogs.com asked me if I was willing to pass them on a list of design blogs based in NYC (I considered Brooklyn as part of this […]

Link Drop (4·10·09)

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I remember seeing the above design many years ago while I was still in school at the University of Alberta working towards a Bachelor of Design. Terence Cooke who was […]

Design is like a present

Over the weekend I had a lengthy interview with one of my new favourite designers, Alissia Melka-Teichroew. I was introduced to her work recently after she started following me on […]

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 13th (February 2009)

Sorapot art contest: draw, render, sketch, photograph your way to a signed Sorapot

Friend Joey Roth writes from Sorapot art contest: draw, render, sketch, photograph your way to a signed Sorapot Sorapot has been out for half a year now, and many of […]

Telling time in the dark

Ever since reading about the Nooka Zub Glow on sites like Core77 I knew I had to buy one. There’s something kind of fun w/ a glow in the dark […]

Learning from laughing

The Mister O comics strip by Lewis Trondheim above illustrates some great points depending on your point of view. I’ll let you decide for yourself what it means, but for […]

Death by Design

A couple great friends of mine emailed me this morning about their take on design and death. Rob Price and Kathy Park have taken some classic design staples and turned […]

Industrial Design at it’s Finest

For better and worse – it never ceases to amaze me about how Coors Light is always looking for ways to improve their can technology. First there was their temperature […]

New Coins for the UK

I’m going to try to forget how the Royal Mint announced a competition and just mention how great the design of the new coins for the UK look. They look […]

Is it bubble wrap if it doesn’t pop?

This isn’t the most serious post I’ve done in a while, but it’s a question that has been bugging me for some time now. Recently a package arrived in bubble […]

The McFLY 2015 patents

I’ve been a big fan of the McFLY 2015 project since it started. Yesterday I received a fascinating email from the people behind the project w/ pdfs of a patent […]

Turning materials sideways

I came across a bench that used materials in an innovative and somewhat unexpected way. The Spirit Song Curved Bench by Barbara and Robert Tiffany turns wood sideways to create […]

Use paper, save the plastic

I’m as big a fan as anyone else when it comes to those plastic toys that you can find at kidrobot – but there’s too many options and they’re all […]

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