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Screen view and other observations from the SVA MFA Interaction Design Lecture Series last night

(Left Image: North View) (Right Image: South View) Last night (Wednesday Jan. 14th, 2009) I took in the third in a series of SVA MFA Interaction Design Lecture’s. The previous […]

Sketching out a blog post loop

Every once in a while I get the chance to take a look back on a how a post was created and the loop it made. One of those times […]

on Football and Chess (and design)

A couple days ago I came across a great twitter comment from Geoff Manaugh of bldgblog in which he mentions “Football as a series of contradictory landscape strategies: analytic geometry. […]

Daylife Select Release

A couple weeks ago I mentioned the release of Daylife Select on the blog. This is an updated post following our latest release. I want to preface this a bit […]

Top 15 Albums of 2008 from Michael Surtees Visualized

Just like last year, I’ve thought it would be interesting for me to plot out my top albums for the year. I changed the data axis of the 2 x […]

Following News Online + Getting Information on the Mumbai Terrorist Attacks

For my own sake I thought it would be interesting to flow how I tend to get my news. Last week w/ the Mumbai Terrorist Attacks that changed slightly after […]

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 31st (October 2008)

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… For this Halloween edition of Link Drop™ you’ll notice that I tried my best to ignore that today is October 31st. With that out of the way this week […]

Will I ever be able to see MTA coloured routes on google maps?

When I read from the Google blog that NYC transit directions have arrived, what I thought that meant was that I could actually see the MTA coloured lines on the […]

Flow sex

I’m not sure who designed the above flow sex chart though I can recommend that you should take a look at it full size. Just in case you’re lost for […]

Why can’t I embed these to show their cool interactivity?

I’m really liking how the NYT’s Map of Olympic Medals is designed. Nice interactive features that show the medal count via geography and ranking. But as I took the screen […]

Did you like Clerks because of the dialogue?

I was clicking through a lot of links this morning when I came across the above gem. It wasn’t exactly easy to figure out who designed it though I think […]

Unexpected Visualization Via Motion

It’s really too bad that I can’t embed the video from the BBC series Britain seen from the skies above. The still images that I took and placed above don’t […]

People interpreting news events and information

For a couple hours yesterday when people were wondering about news about the earthquake in California, Google Hot Trends showed a list of their top searches. Click HERE for a […]

Visualize your delicious tags in a cool way

I luv visualization tools – you’ll luv http://wordle.net/create too if you have a delicious account. The above image illustrates my top 50 tags from http://del.icio.us/Michael_Surtees. The site has a really […]

What Size Matters?

I can honestly say I’ve never seen a diagram or chart like the one above that suggests the preference women have to that certain part of the male anatomy. You […]

How Do You Like Your Type?

Ampersanderson passed me on an ingenious example of a site to fill out a survey question. Text Prefs is a really simple straightforward site in which your asked what your […]

Raymond Biesinger flow-charted history of Edmonton bands

The talented illustrator Raymond Biesinger has created a fascinating 16 lane chart that covers Edmonton’s (Alberta, Canada) music scene between 1956 through today in 2008. While I wasn’t much of […]

New York City Subway Diagram 2008 by Vignelli Designs, Inc. for Sale

If I didn’t have a lot of other more pressing things to buy, I would seriously considering getting the New York City Subway Diagram 2008 by Vignelli Designs, Inc. for […]

Turning a Data Visualisation Blogs List into a Feed Site

A couple days ago I mentioned a site that started compiling Data Visualisation Blogs You Might Not Know About. This morning as I was going through my referral sites that […]

I Want You To Want Me Video by Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar

While I have seen I Want You To Want Me project at MoMA I haven’t actually interacted with it. However after watching the above video and seeing a similar presentation […]

Link to Data Visualisation Blogs You Might Not Know About

I came across a link via my referral urls about a listing of data visualisation blogs you might not know about from the blog Random Etc. written by Tom Carden. […]

Map mashup of foreclosures in one Denver Neighbourhood

Sometimes commentary isn’t necessary when you look at the above map mashup of foreclosures in one Denver neighbourhood by USA Today. Zoom in or out at http://www.usatoday.com/news/graphics/foreclosure_map/foreclose.htm via Awearness Blog

Boredoms NYT Chart

I don’t always understand the visualizations that Andrew Kuo does, but the above chart is quite interesting to look at. I really like the form he used and the way […]

Attending MIND08: The Design and the Elastic Mind Symposium

Blog posts will be kind of slow tomorrow b/c I’ll be hanging out at MIND08: The Design and the Elastic Mind Symposium. However as long as I have a decent […]

Multiplatform Complaining

I luv how communication works today when something doesn’t work… Here’s the diagram in action. photo + twitter + overheard in the studio = late L Train

Keeping Track of You

A couple weeks back I was have tea w/ Jack Cheng and he mentioned how he was keeping track and organizing things in work and life. One site that he […]

Learning about Reuters Labs

Nic Fulton, Reuters Chief technology strategist spoke last night at Daylife’s second cozy speaker series. The first event was a month ago when we had Clay Shirky talk about his […]

The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) have cleaned up the frontend of their site

I’m happy to mention here on DesignNotes that the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) has redesigned their frontend of the site at http://gdc.net. Thanks to Mark Busse and […]

Daylife Redesign Part One

For the last couple of months I’ve been busy at Daylife as the Design Director. I haven’t really said much here on DesignNotes about what that has entailed until now. […]

Line length

While it’s still debatable if twitter is still more of a time waster than not, I do have to admire how people have taken a simple idea and modified it […]

3 Sites That Had Me Thinking

There were a couple new sites this week that piqued my interest that I hadn’t seen before. How I actually came across the three also speaks to the miscellaneous ways […]

Are you what you buy?

As different as Kate Bingaman-Burt of Obsessive Consumption and Burak Arikan with mypocket are in how they express their personal spending habits, it’s kind of fun to see how similar […]

My Top 20 Albums of 2007 Visualized

The great thing about year end lists in music is that chances are you’ll find something that you missed through out the year. The album that I found (or so […]

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