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Can We Date—the Illustrative Guide

I like this story for a couple reasons. I found it via Twitter from the person that actually designed it. The illustration is perfectly balanced between narrative and visuals. I […]

Awesome Food Truck Chart from New York Magazine

I’ve always been a fan of illustrated vehicles, but this collection of food trucks in New York from New York Magazine takes it to a new level of usefulness and […]

Data Visualization Simplified

I was recently asked about where I “think Data Viz could really enhance the user experience”. To answer that question I think it helps to define why data visualization is […]

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 […]

The loading feature was cooler than the end result

Kind of curious to see how my online persona was looking like to others, I quickly typed in my name to http://personas.media.mit.edu/. The system searches through a myriad of categories […]

Talking to the Crowd

I’m always fascinated to see how people communicate to each other publicly. Since I am in the communications business it makes sense to understand how conversations go back and forth […]

Link Drop (7·17·09) & (7·24·09)

This week’s Link Drop is a double issue as I was preoccupied with being in SF last Friday. For this post I combined the best of what I found in […]

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 (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 […]

& 100 shirts

Last week as I was going through the blogs I came across a post from Nooka talking about a couple people that had visited the studio recently. One of the […]

Link Drop (5·08·09)

This was a pretty good week for me overall. I got some great coverage from Slate and CNN, and from the feedback so far, I gave a good talk for […]

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 […]

Link Drop (4·24·09)

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Options, options and options

I’m probably confusing a lot of terms with the above diagram as a concept, but it’s worth seeing if any of this makes sense. If a person is wanting to […]

Link Drop (4·17·09)

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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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Link Drop (4·03·09)

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Link Drop (3·13·09)

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Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 6th (March 2009)

Road Map for Financial Recovery: Radical Transparency Now! and Web-Savvy Obama Team Hits Unexpected Bumps A couple tech. infused politic posts about building from the ground up Obama style. Just […]

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 20th (February 2009)

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Whiteboards for everyone

Watch CBS Videos Online I’ve always had a sketchbook with me back to the days when I was in school. They’ve never been that pretty and def. not something to […]

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

Contextual Tag Cloud of the Boss from New York Magazine

Aren’t all tag clouds placed in some sort of context? Probably, but I’d argue that the above tag cloud is much more interesting than the usual hierarchy of text that […]

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 23rd (January 2009)

As I’m focusing more on quality vs quantity it’s interesting to see how smaller patterns emerge after a weeks worth of filtering. This week seemed to be a combo of […]

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