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

Worldwide Inauguration via Twitter_1232665074222McSweeney's Internet Tendency- I Am the King of Household Design._1232665126995Redesigning A User Interface In The Open_1232665168263Swedish Television launches a great online television site but where’s the social interactionThe Last Days of W (printfetish)_1232665234317Robert L. Peters » Shigeo Fukuda | 1932-2009_1232665297061 Nominations | Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum_1232665346100 A revolution quietly begins in Washington state - Publishing 2.0_1232665382325 Blog_1232665414852Wisconsin Cheese Cupid_1232665437344I Love You More Than Blank_1232665501628 Keyword Clouds. | PurpleCar_1232665606459CNN.com - Special Reports - The 44th President - The Moment_1232665663306 Can Obama Really Reboot the White House100 Blogs That Will Make You Smarter | Online Universities.com_1232665747589Link by Link - Historical Photos in Web Archives Gain New Lives - NYTimes.com_1232665796701 Inside Obama's Social Media Toolkit_1232665841934The Faces of Mechanical Turk - Waxy.org_1232665874232

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 ux, tech and ideas – not a huge departure from most of my Link Drop Contextd’s I realize. What is different again is the format. Still tweaking it a bit. Aside from the size of images and format the colour is also slightly different. I’ll be posting about that later today. Until then happy Friday clicking.

– m
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Worldwide Inauguration via Twitter
Flowing Data | 22 JAN 2009

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Flowing Data put together a visualization of tweets around the time of Obama’s inauguration. Really fascinating to watch the spikes leading up to and after 12 noon on the 20th of January 2009.
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I AM THE KING OF HOUSEHOLD DESIGN.
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency | JAN 2009

McSweeney's Internet Tendency- I Am the King of Household Design._1232665126995

I wish I had written this myself, kind of an apt commentary to read after Murray Moss’ remarks in Design Observer.
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Redesigning A User Interface In The Open
A VC | 17 JAN 2009

Redesigning A User Interface In The Open_1232665168263

I really like the idea behind the modules of Bug Labs, this post is a good starting point to click off a bunch of links that look at opening up the user experience as they move forward.
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Swedish Television launches a great online television site but where’s the social interaction?
ronnestam.com | 20 JAN 2009

Swedish Television launches a great online television site but where’s the social interaction

The site was working for me when I originally grabbed the info, hopefully it’s back up by the time you read this…
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The Last Days of W
Printfetish | 15 JAN 2009

The Last Days of W (printfetish)_1232665234317

A review of the latest Alec Soth book and commentary about one person’s observation in today’s climate.
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Shigeo Fukuda | 1932-2009
Robert L Peters | 16 JAN 2009

Robert L. Peters » Shigeo Fukuda | 1932-2009_1232665297061

I was sad to read this.
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National Design Triennial: Nominations
Cooper Hewitt | JAN 2009

 Nominations | Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum_1232665346100

I was underwhelmed by the options at the last Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt among many other things (like no cameras to photograph design stuff – it’s not art after all). I’m not sure how the vetting process happened last time, this time they’ve opened up the nominations which makes me very happy. If you think something should be nominated you now have the opportunity. You can also view what has already been nominated and by who. Great transparency, let’s just hope when the open the exhibition a person can take photos for their own private use…
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Networked link journalism: A revolution quietly begins in Washington state
Publishing 2.0 | 9 JAN 2009

 A revolution quietly begins in Washington state - Publishing 2.0_1232665382325

News being passed on via twitter isn’t new now, but this gives an overview on how easy and fast things can move when the conditions are right.
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Koolhaas’ Exodus and Thomson’s Divided Kingdom
Maud Newton | 22 JAN 2009

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I’ve walked through this exhibition at the MoMA a couple times though I haven’t paid that much attention to it aside from photographing it. Next time I’ll be taking a closer look.
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Wisconsin Cheese Cupid
JAN 2009

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I’m not a huge fan of micro sites (or flash), this one maybe shouldn’t even be categorized as such anyways – but, it’s a really informative site on what to pair cheese with. Next time I buy some cheese I’ll be keeping this site in mind with what I want to drink with it.
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I Love You More Than Blank
JAN 2009

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Interesting social experiment.
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Conversation Mapping in Twitter: Keyword Clouds.
PurpleCar | 15 JAN 2009

 Keyword Clouds. | PurpleCar_1232665606459

I liked how they broke down how forum discussions tend to flow. But the better info they present is in the form of a question about how to follow a twitter discussion.
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Inauguration » The Moment
CNN | 20 JAN 2009

CNN.com - Special Reports - The 44th President - The Moment_1232665663306

I was kind of skeptical if people would even submit photos to cnn to have them stitched together. Looks like some people are and the visuals is kind of cool. I think the ui is slightly jittery but as a first attempt it’s pretty cool.
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The Wired Presidency: Can Obama Really Reboot the White House?
Wired | 19 JAN 2009

 Can Obama Really Reboot the White House

I’d like to see the author to revisit their article once a year for the next four years to track how things evolve.
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100 Blogs That Will Make You Smarter
Online Universities | 18 NOV 2008

100 Blogs That Will Make You Smarter | Online Universities.com_1232665747589

I haven’t checked out all the sites in this list, but surely there’s at least one that everyone will find that they like.
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Historical Photos in Web Archives Gain Vivid New Lives
NYT | 18 JAN 2009

Link by Link - Historical Photos in Web Archives Gain New Lives - NYTimes.com_1232665796701

A nice primer to see the connection between photos and history/stories.
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Inside Obama’s Social Media Toolkit
Micro Persuasion | 17 JAN 2009

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Good breakdown when consider a strategic operation.
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The Faces of Mechanical Turk
Waxy | 20 NOV 2008

The Faces of Mechanical Turk - Waxy.org_1232665874232

If you’ve ever had to use mechanical turk as i have, you’re probably curious to know who’s actually doing the work.
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Screen view and other observations from the SVA MFA Interaction Design Lecture Series last night

SVA MFA Interaction Design Lecture Series at White Rabbit Map

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(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 two lectures that I took in at White Rabbit were pretty good. I can’t say enough how much I like the idea of the series (though not the name DOT, DOT, DOT – isn’t there already a magazine called that?), not just for the people that are presenting but having SVA’s newest program getting a lot of those in the industry together in a low pressure setting to hang and talk. I’m not going to review the four the people that talked last night but instead mention a couple more conscious and unconscious things I noticed during the four presentations.

For the second talk I was a bit late in coming so I was stuck to the back of the talk. Unfortunately the sound was only coming from the front and there were a lot of people in front of me so it wasn’t the most engaging experience. It was my fault that I was late so I had no one to blame but myself. One of the simple yet smart things that the lecture series has done is send out an e-survey afterwards. For that survey I made a simple comment that those at the back couldn’t hear. So, I was really happy to see that they put a second screen in the back of the room with extra speakers. By doing that they really made the room a much better venue for everyone that was there to hear and see the talks.

I sketched out a quick map from memory that’s def. not to scale but it illustrates where I was in respect to everything going on. The images sort of help show my viewpoint though the image on the left looks worse then what I was actually able to see. What was interesting though, for the first of the four presenters more people were interested in looking in the direction of the speaker with less viewable space of both the screen and the speaker while they would have had an easier time looking to the back (north direction) screen. I’m still trying to decide whether that was a conscious or unconscious thing people were doing. For the subsequent speakers more people drifted their view position to the better viewpoint (north). Either way I thought it was a good fix and fascinating to observe that people at first still felt the need to look in the direction of the actual person talking even if their view wasn’t optimal.

Sketching out a blog post loop

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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 last year was looking at how one sticker on the street started a lengthy bounce around on my different web outlets. This time around its more about visualizing the site posts that were combined to create my original post on Football and Chess (and design) and what that spawned. A couple days after I made the football and chess post I received a comment about another post talking about football (and design) that I should take a look at. From the other side with that football post that Scott Burnham wrote I suspect that he saw some traffic coming from my post. He then in turn posted about my post which I am now posting – quite the loop eh?

There’s nothing that extrodinary about my diagram aside from illustrating all the sites that were in play. What’s interesting to me is that if a intermediary had not made that original comment there would not have been any chance to build on what was started. And to take it one step back, if there had been no outlet for someone to comment on the first post I did I probably wouldn’t have seen Scott’s post. And if I had been completely freaked out by copyright laws I would never had reblogged the content that made up my first post. Hopefully by describing the process of where I got to this moment hasn’t totally confused you. If it has, just follow the above image as it’s showing the exact same thing simplified.

and on a seperate note, you might want to check out www.sportsbabel.net as it’s got a lot more posts and info about sportocracy…

My State of Affairs w/ Twitter

tweetdeck at the moment

TwitterFon: Stream of PeopleTwitterFon: RepliesTwitterFon: Replies

TwitterFon: SearchTwitterFon: Search Popular TopicsTwitterFon: Search Location based Tweets

Twitter ContactTwitter Contact > Single TweetTwitter Contact > Profile

Twitter Contact > Reply > New tweetTwitter Contact > Direct MessageTwitter Contact > Retweet

Over the holidays I installed TweetDeck for my MBP and TwitterFon for my iPhone which in turn made Twitter more interesting to me. I’ve been going through cycles with Twitter where it’s been more social, switched over for some sort of info gathering, switched over again for blog content, switched over as an experiment – you get the idea. Exploring different reason to blast something out on Twitter. As a point of reference this post kind of sums up the framework that Twitter created that allowed for TweetDeck and TwitterFon: The irrestistible future of organizing: think of brand as a living system.

If you’re not familiar w/ TweetDeck, it’s a desktop application that refreshes in pretty close to real time. It’s a constant update and flow. It was pretty overwhelming for the first couple of days trying to keep up. That real time flow for me was fascinating to watch, similar to when Twitter set up that live election Topic Feed. Before installing TweetDeck I was somewhat selective with my sources b/c it’s pretty hard to follow 1000’s of feeds in one stream. The great thing about TD is you can create list filters. What that means is I can create a stream that just flows people I know, another that’s just news and another that is everyone. Down the road I’ll probably create a couple more focused filters, but at the moment what I have works for me. Especially the news feed. The constant flow of headlines is great for a news junky like myself. Collecting that list was a bit of a pain, I kind of wished I had come across this wiki that list an enormous list of Journalists, Bloggers & Media Outlets on Twitter before I started. There’s a couple clunky things with TD, especially the scroll buttons. They’re not bug enough for me to drag, but as a stream system it’s pretty useful.

My Twitter app of the moment for my iPhone TwitterFon. It’s got a pretty nice UI with some simple but effective sections. There’s the main window for content flow, but the greatness is how you can find more info off of one tweet. The biggest failure so far with apps that have a UI for the iPhone is the lack of being able to dig deeper into one particular section. If I click on one particular tweet there’s as many useful options as if I had full openess on my MBP. Actually, I think TwitterFon has a better UI than Twitter itself. Nice additions include geo tagging and allowing to attach images. It’s actually more work to do the same thing on a laptop. Who knew that a mobile app could make things easier than it’s laptop counterpart. I could go on, but I think the above screen shots give you the idea.

on Football and Chess (and design)

on Football and Chess

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. Competing ways of using a nd filling space.” I’m a fan of both North American football and soccer which I thought was apt for both sports. Then yesterday I came across another analogy, this time it was about chess and Bobby Fischer’s eulogy via Jason Kottke. Michael Paterniti wrote “This was the beauty of Bobby Fischer’s mind, even then. The boy made very clean, simple lines out of very complex problems, and when the trap was sprung, his style of chess became so transparent you could instantly recognize its brilliance: efficient, organic, wildly responsive and creative.”

I like combining stuff to see what I get, especially with quotes like above. Both of those excerpts are relatable to not only their respective sports but to the bigger picture of design from my pov. If you can follow me for a sec I’ll explain why. In Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design (Interactive Technologies) by Bill Buxton, he describes trigonometry (something that is fundamental to navigation) “more often than not they recast the problem in a different representation that simply side-steps the need for the task to be done”. In football it’s about moving ideas from point A to B by dealing with challenges, while in chess as Fischer illustrated, turning a complex process into something that was simple in it’s brilliance. Isn’t that what design is about?

Will barcodes cease to exist?

SnapTell

SnapTell

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Shazam

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After my less than great experience trying to create and decode some QR codes from a past post on my iPhone I had all but given up on grabbing info via a lens and converting that into meaningful information. Sure there was Shazam that could identify music but I’ve never felt the need to use it much. I figured if there was a song on tv I probably didn’t want to know who sang it anyways and most of my music is streamed online so I tend to know who it is. But it’s still cool app. And then I was tipped off to an even cooler app from Callie Neylan when she visited NYC over the weekend. She mentioned SnapTell which allows an iPhone user to take a picture of book, dvd or video game cover and convert that info into something you can save and if you want – purchase online. The fact that there’s an app that can do just that is pretty convenient, but the online info about prices and searches it can do afterwards is pretty dangerous. It’s insanely easy to buy stuff.

I don’t know if there’s already a term out there for those type of ambient search grabs – but if there is please let me know. While I was shooting books I wondered that if an app can grab that type of info, what’s the need for barcodes? Now if only there was a wine app to grab detailed label info we’d be set.

Daylife Select Release

Daylife Topic Page Banksy Cropped

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 by mentioning that a lot of people at Daylife made the latest version at http://select.daylife.com kicks some serious ass and I’m just one person that had a hand in it. This is coming from my pov and shouldn’t nec. be seen as official commentary in anyway. I’m just happy that it got released and that there’s some really cool stuff I want to mention… I couldn’t help but smile a bit as I watched the PSFK video of Good Ideas in 2009 in Digital as they pretty much talked about what Daylife can do already as an aggregate. So I might recommend listening to that video as you click around our Daylife Select.

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There’s a couple significant things that this release accomplished in my eyes, the site now is starting to have a personality (no more all white boxes), we’ve opened a lot more ways to view photos in the news, and we’ve been able to place quotes in context. There’s also a ton of backend improvements, but an engineer is better qualified to talk about that. I’ve used Banksy to illustrate of that Daylife Select can do. There’s the topic page that collects all the data that we can pull in via Headlines and articles, photos, videos, quotes, wikipedia and related topics. The topic page has four main tabs that collects each of those media types and a fifth that is an overview of everything. The photo tab now has a button that will now display all the images in a grid format that allows you to go through a ton of images really quickly. Once you find an image you want to see by itself it will go to a photo detail page, where you can see even more photos underneath.

Daylife Topic Page Quotes Banksy Cropped

Daylife Quote Detail In Context Banksy

One of my favourite features about Daylife Select is that it can pull quotes. I can get a glimpse of what a lot of people are saying quite quickly. Up until now you would click on the quote and it would send you off site. Now when you click on a quote it goes to a page that will allow you to read it in context and find more quotes of similar nature. The page needs a bit more design luv, but that will come soon enough.

Of course there’s more stuff coming up for Daylife Select, but until you can actually click to see it you’ll have to wait. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’d encourage you to click around and let me know what you think works and what doesn’t. Did something seem weird – that kind of info. As you can imagine the site is in constant growth and evolution mode.

Creative Mornings: Zach Klein and Casey Pugh Notes & Video

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12/12/08 Zach Klein and Casey Pugh on Physical Computing from CreativeMornings on Vimeo.

“I was seeking the thrill of learning something new” and so the ten minute talk (it was actually 23 minutes, but who’s counting) started with Zach Klein and Casey Pugh presenting at Creative Mornings which was held in MEET. In the short time that they had, they talked about the basics of physical computing to a bunch of people that probably hadn’t made a circuit before. Within the context of expanding what web 2.0 is/was, there was an explanation of how physical computing will make that information useful while taking it offline

Probably my fav. quote was in reference to a simple resistor – “for a LED, you don’t want to send too much electricity to it because it will explode. hehehe”. All the info that Klein and Pugh mentioned can be found at www.10minchat.com. Among other things that the audience learned was that the Arduino is either named after a bar or an Italian word for masculinity by some geeks with an insecurity complex.

What I appreciated about the talk was that they laid out a couple simple principals and then showed examples that got progressively more complex. While doing that they included a couple of reference books that anyone could pick up and replicate on their own time. If there had been more time I would have been interested in hearing about their thought process on actually creating something. Did they already know what they wanted to build before they started or was it like playing with lego – did they come up with an idea as they were working on connecting the LED’s? Aside from that I was just happy to meet up with some familiar faces and meet a couple new ones.

Looking at Shifd from my iPhone and MBP

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I was participating in a focus group brainstorm last week for a credit card company that was re-examining their digital and print strategy for 2009. One of the other participants cited www.shifd.com during the evening. Unfortunately we never got passed the log in screen as a bunch of weird things were going on w/ passwords. So after a couple minutes the site was closed w/ out anyone seeing what it did. Fast forward to this week, I was bouncing around twitter when I came across Shifd. Biting the bullet I spent a couple minutes signing up not really knowing what I was going to get. (For the record I’m a fan of first time log in’s where it’s just an email address and password – other info can come later). Once in I was pretty happy w/ what I saw. It was certainly simple, but smart. I’ve been looking at it for a couple days now and I’m actually surprised that I haven’t used it more for simple note taking tasks.

With all that said, the real reason why I wanted to mention this site/app is that it seamlessly integrates both visually and functionally from a MacBook Pro and an iPhone. While cell connection speeds have a long ways to go in terms of data transfer, it’s a pretty smart idea that when a site is designed w/ expectations that someone might use it on their cell. Shifd does a really good job of keeping things consistent and forming to the screen, and even when the cell connection isn’t great it opens quite quickly. I’ll have to revisit this post in a couple months to see if I’m still using it or not, and how the site has actually evolved too.

Check out Select.Daylife.com

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Barack Obama - News, photos, topics, and quotes

This is a post that I could spend months writing, but to keep things manageable I’ll try to be brief. Daylife (whom I work for) launched a major release last night at http://select.daylife.com that I’m pretty hyped about. Up until last week I have barely mentioned Daylife b/c I’ve been working on the Select project for some time. Until there’s something in the wild there isn’t much point saying anything. It should be noted that I’m writing this post from my POV (Design Director) and am speaking soley for myself. The process of getting this release up and running was very much in the spirit of Agile (ie: everyone contributed a lot to make the site work) and not like the typical Waterfall silo way of working. Every person that has spent a ton of time working on it will have their own stories of stuff they learned.

Above I’ve tried to diagram a top level view of all the stuff that you can do w/ an online news article and to give some insight into all the things Daylife can do on a page. By far my fav. dynamically driven page is the quotes tab from a topic page. There are so many ways to get information that you might not have found otherwise that I luv. The quotes are the quick soundbytes. You can scroll really fast w/ some impressive words and find a full article online from a publisher. Then there’s a couple modules that again make it super easy to go through a lot of visual stuff. I can bounce through a lot of photos, read up to the second mentions of the topic via twitter and watch videos. And if I like it I can embed those module to another site. My previous blog post was illustrating that idea where I took couple modules, customized the content and then repost it all into one blog post.

There’s a couple sides to Select. The thing that you won’t see unless you’re a publisher using Select is the fact that you can take the entire Daylife system and customize it to your own site via a wizard. The interaction’s that we did for that were pretty cool. At some point I’d like to really explain that stuff, but again I’ll keep this whole post short for now. This release is the start of a lot of new things that will be rolled out in due course. At this point the site follows a lot of the 13 points that I blogged about from Noisy Decent Graphics. If I could distill some of the design principles that we tried to stick to, it would be 1. open up the content, 2. be clear that you know where you’re going when you click on something, 3. be able to embed content as much a possible, 4. let the content speak for itself (less web visual graphics that isn’t part of the story), and 5. want to come back and use again.

I’d really encourage you to check http://select.daylife.com/ and let me know what kind of experience you had – both good and bad. The site is in a constant state of evolution. Right now we’re looking for feedback as the next release takes shape.

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

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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 is heavily influenced with what me and a lot of others at Daylife have been working on for some time. There’s two or three posts below that talk about what Daylife Select is, and how it’s going to change things once it’s rolled out next week. I’ll have a nice post about it after the switch has been flipped – but until then I’ll let others explain what it is. Whether it was intentional or not there’s a lot of other interactive stuff that’s also been included in this drop. And finally I think this was the biggest drop so far – I had to edit it down actually. Thanks to all those that sent me in stuff to look at. Enjoy your day and be sure to treat someone, tricks are for kids after all.

– m
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Antrepo-Design-IndustryANTREPO4.COM OUTPUT REPORT
About: “Antrepo Design Industry is a multi-disciplinary Design culture. Viral communication, printed matter, product design, interactive design. It derives its power from exciting and passionate design members who are actively contributing to the core of design. The antrepo team formed to create unique design ideas for forward-thinking clients. At the base of Antrepo are New formulas created by the Antrepo Team.”

Daylife Select « Upendra Shardanand_1225408944055Daylife Select
Upendra Shardanand wrote “I’m pretty lucky. I love the team here at Daylife – such a crazy concentration of talent and creativity (and a few quirks), no-nonsense, super thoughtful, and an endless source of amusement. And for the past few months they’ve been hard at work in the lab busting out our latest service, which launches today.”

Could Daylife solve the problem of profit vs contentCould Daylife solve the problem of profit vs content?
editorsweblog wrote “With shrinking newsrooms due to increasingly drastic budget cuts and a biting global economic environment, newspapers have been searching for a solution to the age-old problem of profit margins versus quality of product. A relatively new player is marketing a solution to this problem.”

How To Make News Cheaper - Forbes.com_1225409487656How To Make News Cheaper
Forbes wrote “Cheap content is on everyone’s mind, not just Helium’s. New York City start-up Daylife announced its own answer yesterday. It released a product for newspapers to create aggregated news and photo pages for their sites using an easy menu system. The site already works with newspapers like Gannet Co.’s USA Today and the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J.,”

_1225409159452News, by Colour
About: “A look at how different colours appear in the news. This page contains articles and topics that are related to the idea of “colour”, while the blocks to the right will give an overview for each of the colours – articles mentioning the colour, the topics that are deemed relevant to that colour and quotes from…” 

 Meet the people behind John McCain and Barack Obama_1225409273036Behind the Candidates: Meet the people behind John McCain and Barack Obama
About: “Behind the Candidates is an interactive news site that addresses what we feel was lacking in most of the election coverage. While most buzz-worthy news stories focus on the presidential and vice presidential candidates themselves, we were surprised how little resources have been…”

Young Professionals Meet for a Power Breakfast, but They Don’t Call It Networking - NYTimes.com_1225408682127That Business Card Won’t Fly Here
NYT wrote “TO Erin Middleton, a 27-year-old brand strategist in Dallas, the word “networking” calls to mind “stodgy business types in suits,” who are “very uncomfortable and poor at engaging conversation,” she said in an e-mail message. Melissa Clark, an advertising account manager in Minneapolis, said there is “something smarmy” about the word. Peter Bihr, 28, a media consultant in Berlin, was even stronger in his denunciation…”

Merch Madness | CMJ Band T-Shirts - The Moment Blog - NYTimes.com_1225408636584Merch Madness | CMJ Band T-Shirts
themoment.blogs.nytimes wrote “This week, thousands of young, zealous music fans descended upon New York City for the 28th annual CMJ Music Marathon to see roughly 1,200 bands playing at over 75 sites across the city. The assortment of microgenres at this year’s confab — including world music noise, minimal techno, avant-garde metal and dancehall grime — was reflected in the multitude of well-designed band…”

 Famed Office Chair Shrinks Into Premium Snowboard Binding_1225408655932Famed Office Chair Shrinks Into Premium Snowboard Binding
Gizmodo wrote “The Aeron chair was the most famous office seat of all time, but we never expected it to show up in a Burton CO2 snowboard binding. Craziness? No, just look at the picture. The binding borrows the chair’s breathable webbing and strong Y support core, creating a lightweight and flexible structure that will run interested snowboarders $390…”

 NoahBrier.com_1225408665203On Predictions and Cruft
Noah Brier wrote “Some thoughts on how we understand the world, make decisions and keep patching things until they’re unrecognizable. – I recently watched Kevin Kelly’s great TED video on the next 5,000 days of the web and two things in it really struck me. First was Kelly’s assertion that man is an extension of technology, not vice versa…”

 News_1225408674143Shift
About: “Founded in November 2006, Shift is governed by an association comprised of four Basel organizations active in the fields of film, video, media art, and electronic music. Specifically: [plug.in] art and new media; sinus series, platform for electronic music; the videofilmtage Basel and the DVD magazine compiler.”

Picdit » Blog Archive » Interactive Mirror_1225408690180Interactive Mirror
Picdit wrote “Conceptualized by Alpay Kasal of Lit Studios and Sam Ewen of Interference Inc. Designed/constructed by Alpay Kasal. This is a patent pending touch capable mirror. The interactive mirror features proximity sensors, gesturing, and both nearfield and farfield infrared.”

Olimax - Possession 78 - Condensed Alphabet Shoot- Portrait Photography. Typography. Design_1225408724761Condensed Alphabet Shoot
About: “On 31st August 2008 about three-score participants gathered together at The Victoria, Mornington Terrace, London to have their portraits taken, based around letters of the alphabet. All this was accomplished over the course of one splendid Sunday afternoon…”

weather pattern » Blog Archive » What is the Role of the AnthropologistWhat is the Role of the Anthropologist?
Weather Pattern wrote “On Saturday, I got to hear Grant McCracken speak at the AIGA GAIN conference in New York. I documented that I was going to the talk in my usual way of writing a quick note in twitter, which gets dumped into my facebook status. “At AIGA, just heard Grant McCracken say…”

 Making Plans_1225408767050Making Plans
Archinect wrote “Often overlooked and recently playing supporting actor in the age of the section, the plan is ripe for rethinking. More recently, plan drawing has been absorbed into representation systems of mapping, diagramming, and indexing, therefore relegating plan drawings simply to plan-making.”

 the barbarian group_1225408961760It’s like I made it myself!
Robert Hodgin wrote “This was the New York City all my friends told me about and I finally got to see it with my own jaded eyes. But of all the experiences I had this last week, there is one that stands out. A single moment that made the rest of the week pale in comparison. It was the moment I realized Paul Smith owed me an apology.”

Lives - Facebook in a Crowd - NYTimes.com_1225408775937Facebook in a Crowd
NYT wrote “One day this past summer, I logged on to Facebook and realized that I was very close to having 700 online “friends.” Not bad, I thought to myself, absurdly proud of how many cyberpals, connections, acquaintances and even strangers I’d managed to sign up. But the number made me uneasy as well. I had just fallen out with a friend I’d spent a lot of time with…”

Atlas of Cyberspace_1225408783102Atlas of Cyberspace
About: “The Atlas of Cyberspace, by Martin Dodge and Rob Kitchin, is the first comprehensive book to explore the spatial and visual nature of cyberspace and its infrastructure. It uses a user-friendly, approachable style to examine why cyberspace is being mapped. Full download version at www.kitchin.org/atlas/contents.html

October Randomness | Michael Karnjanaprakorn_1225408791579October Randomness
Michael Karnjanaprakorn wrote “1. Nike “Fate” Commerical. Beautifully done! 2. Gmail Goggles (Thanks to Trumpet for finding this). According to the Gmail Labs blog, “Sometimes I send messages I shouldn’t send. Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together…”

E-sushi - Art et Design » Julien Vallee_1225408799008Julien Vallee
e-sushi wrote “Des travaux de qualités, un style très intéressant et original, c’est ce que nous présente Julien Vallée, directeur artistique canadien.”

Picture 22Plus+ International Design Expo
About: “The Plus International Design Festival is run by designers for designers; it serves as an emissary for the design profession, an advisor to business, and a champion for design education. Plus is a touchstone for the design community. The Festival is managed by Plus Expo Ltd a not-for-profit company based in Birmingham.”

Bookmarks_1225408809243Bookmarks
About: “I collect bookmarks wherever I go, and have long been puzzling how best to keep track of them — and how, as well, to record what books they’ve been happily paired with (should they be so lucky). And so: this blog. –”

Design Glut - Home_1225408820049Design Glut
About: “DesignGlut.com is a resource which tells the stories of how many creative businesses got their start. You don’t need magic. You may, however, need some inspiration and a little advice. See the interviews below.”

 Free Redistributable Rich Data Sets - show_1225408829991Infochimps.org – Gallery of Visualizations
About: “ We want to help make finding and combining datasets so easy that data mashups combining dozens or hundreds of different datasets become straightforward. We’re not there yet, but we’re intent on being part of the ecosystem that will make this possible. As a way of eating our own dogfood — and since finding beauty in rich information is what gets us out of bed each morning — we’re going to post the occasional exploration…”

the BELGRAVIAN PRESS_1225408849291the BELGRAVIAN PRESS
About: “Nepotism is alive and well in Belgravia: the subject of our first real softcover is the BP’s proprietor, Raymond E. Biesinger. Within its 106 5×5″ pages are 100 B&W images from Biesinger’s archive, including pieces for the NY Times, Nylon, Vue, Monocle, etc. Boasting a spot-varnished cover, it’s of interest to any illustrator or fan.”

Picture 20*** Kids Vote 2008 ***
About: “The site gives students a medium to state their opinion about the two presidential candidates, and to submit a vote for one or the other. We are interested in showing how kids are perceiving the political process and how they view Obama and McCain. Their opinions are presented in an impartial manner…”

 When it comes to influence, bloggers beat friend lists | The Social - CNET News_1225408952650Study: When it comes to influence, bloggers beat friend lists
cnet wrote “Facebook likes to trumpet the value of “trusted referrals”–recommendations and ads with the endorsements of members of your friends list. But a new study from Jupiter Research, commissioned by analytics company BuzzLogic, says that consumer purchases are more likely to be influenced by what they read on a blog versus what their social-networking rosters recommend.”

Flavorwire_1225408974688Flavorwire
About: “Flavorpill loves culture. We embrace the high-brow, low-brow, underground, mainstream, and everything in between — as long as it’s good. Every day, our editors comb through emails, websites, newspapers, and magazines in search of the must-see happenings in their cities — then they get off their computers and experience the events firsthand.”

Domainr, the domain search engine_1225408982829Domainr, the domain search engine
About: “There’s a whole world of domains out there—hundreds at the top-level and even more beyond—Domainr helps you explore them all. Some of our favorites are whocalled.us, amid.st and gee.ky.”

 Color Inspiration | The DesignO'Blog_1225409015758Just For Kicks: Color Inspiration
The DesignO’Blog wrote “As designers we are continually looking for inspiration to keep our design skills sharp. We can find inspiration in the strangest places. What better place to look for color inspiration than our own shoes? Think about it – if we pride ourselves on our ability to spot good design then this would carry out into our choice of footwear. I hope you enjoy this post. Thanks to everyone who participated!”

BuellerBueller?…Bueller?…Bueller?
projectbueller wrote “On October 31st, we are recreating the parade scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the Village Halloween Parade. This will involve tens of thousands of people breaking out into the world’s largest Beatles sing-a-long. We want the streets to erupt in joy and for it to be one of the greatest experiences of everyone’s lives…”

 UnBeige_1225409168150Forget Ringtones, Now Switch Up Your Cell Phone’s Font
UnBeige wrote “If you’re like us, you find your cell phone’s immutable display typeface blocky and depressing. Maybe it’s time to move to England! There you can avail yourself of FlipFont, a new service that offers downloadable, mobile-optimized fonts to replace the factory-installed default that kills your design mojo…”

 Everyday User Experience by alex rainert_1225409175093Obama ‘08 shows why he he gets it and how politics has truly changed
everyday UX wrote “I can’t say enough about how impressed I am with the Obama ‘08 iPhone app (iTunes link) that was released yesterday. The thoroughness and the polish really shows how a political process so often stuck in the past can really be revolutionized in 4 short years”

 purple fashion magazine_1225409182857purple fashion magazine
f&art wrote “purple fashion = goddess of fashion magazines and fortunately they now resell some of their out of stock back issues. Be quick and order your missing copy here – I aldready have them all…”

 The Street Art in Japan (グラフィティ) Pool_1225409190338Street Art in Japan (グラフィティ)
Flickr group: “A place to post photos of street art from Japan. Art from artists from Japan and around the world found on the streets of Japan. From Okinawa to Hokkaido.”

Big Think - We Are What You Think_1225408601212Big Think – We Are What You Think
About: “bigthink.com is a new and growing website, currently in its beta version, with a simple mission: This is a digital age, one in which a wealth of accessible information empowers you, the citizen-consumer. But where is the information coming from? How accurate and unprocessed is it, really?…”

 Best of Ari Gold_1225449403722Best of Ari Gold
Day of the Dreamweavers wrote “This man is the only reason why I still watch Entourage (via TMBLG).”

 Space Invader Explains His New Binary Code Street Art- Part 1_1225408755942Space Invader Explains His New Binary Code Street Art- Part 1 and Part 2
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Content Flow

content flow

I’ve been obsessed w/ the phrase “Rip it, steal it, web it, mail it, post it. This message wants to MOVE!” since reading it on the bottom of blackbeltjones.com/dogme.html If you disregard theft for a second (karma does bite) and look at the philosophy of being able to grab something that’s important to you and share it w/ others, it becomes more valuable. Someone get’s to learn from something that they wouldn’t otherwise have seen or experienced, and in return there’s some sort of appreciation for the person that passed it on. My question is this, if you see something on the web and you can’t share or embed it – is there any value?

The Magic Wall x2, designing for one and other valuable links


Magic Map from Christopher Fahey on Vimeo.

While watching the seamless execution of the Magic Wall on CNN I never thought about the fact that it was designed for one person, not a group as most UI is intended for. The concept of designing for one was brought up in the link heavy post Designing for One User (Bespoke User Interfaces) from the blog graphpaper. I’ve embedded the two videos from the post, the first one playing off the magic wall perfectly. Interesting fact, Perceptive Pixel who designed the original CNN Magic Wall also repurposed the SNL version too.

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 24th (October 2008)

one strange morning » kevin cyr

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The last two weeks over here on the blog have been slightly weird – I’ve always had decent amount of traffic, nothing noteworthy but as long as I had a couple more uniques a month than the last I was happy. It was progress. Then last week happened and it really didn’t slow down this week. I’m slightly exagarating when I say I’m up 5,000% – but not by much. Most of the increase was from other people passing on stuff that I posted here. If you’re one of those people – thanks a ton, I’ve discovered a lot of new blogs so hopefully I can return the favour at some point.

Link Drop™ is something that I like to do to wrap up the end of the week, it allows me to really filter things down to some things that I want to spend some quality reading time w/ and best viewed sans rss feed reader. I also like to see what patterns emerge – this week it was more about food then politics, street art continues strong, tech. stuff. and even a couple sites that just use flash… It’s also fall which means people are looking to change gears in fashion.

Ciao for seven.
– m
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one strange morning » kevin cyrkevin cyr
one strange morning wrote “Check out these awesome truck paintings by Kevin Cyr!”

Uploaded on September 7, 2008 by 9 0 0 09 0 0 0’s photostream
Flickr Profile “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison…”

Robert L. Peters » fontpark—by Morisawafontpark—by Morisawa
Robert L Peters wrote “If you like Kanji, typography in general, and/or online opportunities to ideate and compose in real time… fontpark 2.0 by the Japanese type giant Morisawa may be your cup of tea. Check out the gallery first, then “play and create” at will. (thanks for the fun link, Cameron).”

Limits to GrowthLimits to Growth
the teeming void wrote “A new generative work that has just fallen into place; I’ll be showing prints at the upcoming Dorkbot CBR show (CCAS Manuka, in November). Made with Processing. More will accumulate here. Economic growth is a central tenet of contemporary capitalism; but the logic of endless growth…”

5 key design trends - Bulletin - David Report - your pathfinder into the futureIssue 10/2008: 5 key design trends
David Report wrote “The key words to design trend COOLTURAL let’s us understand that we speak of a trend that has a personality and faces away from the anonymous globalisation. We described globalisation like this in the two year old trend rapport “Supreme Regionalism””

The Cooliris Blog » Blog Archive » iPhone, meet Cooliris!iPhone, meet Cooliris!
About: “Now you can experience Cooliris anywhere you go, by navigating the mobile web with our brand new iPhone app! Cooliris for the iPhone is perfect for browsing through media-rich web content on the fly. Searching the web for media with the Cooliris iPhone app displays…”

X-Ray PhotographerNick Veasey: X-Ray Photographer
Cool Hunting wrote “Nick Veasey calls himself the original x-ray nerd. Having spent over a decade obsessively chronicling thousands of objects through x-ray photography, it’s an appropriate label. While our society is taught to concern itself with the alluring surface of things…”

40+ Streetartists You Should Know Besides Banksy40+ Street artists You Should Know Besides Banksy
Streetsy wrote “Everyone knows who Banksy is– but the international streetart community has hundreds of other great artists that deserve your attention. Here’s a selection of the very best. If you think someone important has been left out, please email us!”

 Pics of My Home Office) - The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss_1224809181568Rethinking the Office – Dutch Design (Plus: Pics of My Home Office)
Tim Ferriss wrote “Through simple redesign of workspaces, Interpolis of Holland increased productivity 20%, and sick leave has dropped from 9% to 2.5%. Last but not least, their new design also brings in 90,000 visitors a year. How was it done? How do you create a Results-Only-Work-Environment (ROWE) for yourself or a company…”

Photographers » Blog Archive » McCain momentMcCain moment
Reuters wrote “The third and final debate between the 2008 U.S. presidential nominees had just ended. Democratic nominee Senator Barack Obama and Republican nominee Senator John McCain had just shaken hands moments before and turned away from each other, when Senator McCain suddenly lunged forward with his hands out in front of him and stuck out his tongue.”

Container Color Systems « Thinking for a Living™Blog/Container Color Systems
Thinking for a living wrote “Loving these container color systems posters by Antrepo Design Industry. The graphic simplicity and saturated colors hit the sweet spot for me. I’ve got to get my hands on these!”

Portland · SPORE ATTACK!SPORE ATTACK!
wk studio wrote “W+K and EA rolled out Will Wright’s much anticipated game launch last month with a multi-city “War of the Worlds” attack pattern. Billboards, subway dominations, walls, bus shelters, phone booths – nothing was safe. Much of the buzz even created some theft in many of the bus shelters.”

murketing » Blog Archive » Plumbing the thinking of ‘Joe The Plumber’Plumbing the thinking of ‘Joe The Plumber’
Murketing wrote “So from everything I have read, Joe The Plumber would not, in fact, be fiscally penalized by an Obama administration. He does not actually, as he has conceded, make $250,000 a year. The plumbing business he supposedly wants to buy almost certainly does not net $250,000 a year…”

MR. BEAUTIFOOL — LetterCultMR. BEAUTIFOOL
Lettercult wrote “HE LEFT JAPAN, LEFT HIS FAMILY, and found himself at a little-known art school in Maine, the coldest place he could ever imagine. Satoru Nihei, aka Mr. Beautifool, has never followed a traditional path. His parents are proud teachers—he’s a high-school dropout. He landed a job with Gento Matsumoto, a legendary designer in Japan…”

street art manifestostreet art manifesto
she sees red wrote “mr gower, my urban-art-lovin’-partner-in-crime, sent me this article by wooster’s marc schiller. i replied to him with a huge rant about it and then realised that i should probably post my rant here, not in his ear. So, go on, read the article, ‘cos i’m going to rant about it and it won’t make sense otherwise. Firstly, this kind of dynamic has happened with art since the renaissance – it’s called a ‘movement’…”

Trends in Japan - CScout Japan Blog » Calamete fork made for spaghetti twirlingCalamete fork made for spaghetti twirling
CScout Japan Blog wrote “Normally we don’t get so excited about cutlery (having long ceded authority to chopsticks), but there’s just something about the Calamete that has grabbed at us since we saw it at the Tokyo Gift Show this year. Sure, we can’t keep a different fork for every type of food…”

how to eat popcorn | Stickers and Donutshow to eat popcorn
stickers and donuts wrote “So, the only real design-related piece to this post is the popcorn fork, but I figured, while I’m at it, I might as well explain the very best way to eat popcorn: 1. Use a popcorn fork (6 pack for $7) so you do not get it all over your hands. Yes, these are like training-wheel-chopsticks, but they make digging-in very easy…”

A.P.C. Will Take Your Old Jeans and Sell Them To Someone ElseA.P.C. Will Take Your Old Jeans and Sell Them To Someone Else
Racked wrote “Back in July, news broke that cult retailer A.P.C., known for their excellent denim, would be releasing a line of jeans called Butler Worn Out. The idea: shoppers who love that worn-in look but hate the lengthy process to achieve it can now buy pre-worn jeans. Well, the pants are now in store…”

I'm Looking For Cool KicksI’m Looking For Cool Kicks
Design O’Blog wrote “If you are a graphic designer and you have cool, colorful sneakers – i’d like to blog about them!
What im looking for is a picture kind of like this:”

Peter NenciniDesign/Illustrator: Peter Nencini
Pica + Pixel wrote “I stumbled across designer/illustrator Peter Nencini and I fell in love with his illustrations for TV show Hell’s Kitchen. Thought all of you would like them too.”

Spiewak Uniform WorkwearSpiewak Uniform Workwear
About: “I. Spiewak & Sons, Inc., commonly known as Spiewak, is a New York-based apparel company founded in 1904. Originally a maker of sheepskin lined work jackets, Spiewak evolved into a major manufacturer of military jackets during WWI and WWII. The company, family owned for five generations, is a leading manufacturer of uniform outerwear..”

DogmeWebDogme
Blackbeltjones wrote “Rip it, steal it, web it, mail it, post it. This message wants to MOVE!”

Get Out! Art Book Edition (printfetish)Get Out! Art Book Edition
Printfetish wrote “Thursday October 23: There are two art book fairs this weekend, Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair and the Arlis/NY Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference. Today, I’m heading up to MoMA for a talk at the latter. The talk is Multiple Ideas…”

OpenVisualisation - Open Knowledge Foundation WikiThe Open Knowledge Foundation Wiki
About: “Visual representation is a time-tested way of making large, complex bodies of information manageable – whether in the form of maps, timelines, graphs, or charts. Emerging digital technologies have revolutionised what is possible in this domain. These pages are to document open-source software for visualisation and existing (open) knowledge…”

PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » Graffiti JapanGraffiti Japan
Ping Mag wrote “A long while ago, we introduced you to (legal) graffiti in Japan (and in Tokyo) and its leading lights. Now, a new book has come out to show us the skills of the Japanese masters: For two years, Australian Remo Camerota…”

LightboxesLightboxes
About: “Really solid. Made in London of galvanised steel with plastic front. Black wire with switch exits bottom right. Holes in reverse for wall mounting or can rest on any flat surface.”

Historical Bush Approval RatingsHistorical Bush Approval Ratings

Click here to try drugs!Click here to try drugs!
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What’s your internet?

13 points at ten15am

Just came across a great post from Noisy Decent Graphics about his internet. I have nothing to add but a copy + paste the whole thing. Once I get to work this morning I’m going to print it out and pin it up on my board. Until then no image – you can read the full post of his at http://noisydecentgraphics.typepad.com/design/2008/10/my-internet.html

Here’s My Internet, it’s not finished so feel free to add your own in the comments.

1. My Internet doesn’t use flash, evahhh. Unless it’s a video, and then only for video.

2. My Internet prefers html text wherever possible.

3. My Internet lets me use my email address or my usual username as a username. It doesn’t give me one or make me create a new one.

4. My Internet lets me use a password entirely of my own choosing. It doesn’t make me add numbers or Capitals wH3re I don’t want them.

5. My Internet values simplicity and clarity over almost everything else.

6. My Internet prefers tools that I’m familiar with like Flickr, YouTube, iTunes, Google etc. It doesn’t reinvent convention for the sake of it.

7. My Internet has a screen resolution of 1024×768. Today. As I write this. That will change sooner than you think.

8. My Internet has absolute urls for everything.

9. My Internet may not have exactly the same colours as My Printed Matter.

10. If My Internet was forced to choose between speed and visual lushness, speed would win easily.

11. My Internet has no back, forward or print buttons. That’s what My Browser is for.

12. My Internet has contact details clearly accessible right from the word go.

13. My Internet will not work for everyone, everywhere, always, at the same time, all the time. It will especially not work for CEO’s Aunties.”

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 17th (October 2008)

 Portland · And God saw that it was good.

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As tradition’s go, on Friday’s I collect some of the more interesting stuff that I found on the web and call it Link Drop™. I only mention this b/c there was 12,000+ new friends that have visited after reading about How I Find Good Stuff On the Web. As for the week itself there weren’t too many patterns that I discovered from what was keeping me interested aside from the usual political stuff. Enough about me, see you in seven if not sooner.

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 Portland · And God saw that it was good.AND GOD SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD.
Wieden+Kennedy wrote “Sporons unite! After a year and a half of hard work and evolution (haha, lol, rofl), EA’s Spore campaign has finally launched. Enjoy.”

 Marc Schiller on Commerce - PAPERMAGFor the Love of Art: Marc Schiller on Commerce
Papermag wrote: “”Soon after we published the blog, “Space Girl and Bird,” a Banksy stencil created for a Blur CD cover sold at Bonhams auction house in London for $575,000 — 20 times the estimate, making it the most expensive BANKSY ever sold at that time. Back then, my thinking was that everyone was benefiting from this “Banksy Effect”…”

Body Navigation by Recoil Performance Group on VimeoBody Navigation by Recoil Performance Group
About: “Excepts from a modern dance performance that was part of the Danish Dance Theatre installation Labyrint by Tim Rushton, in Kaleidoskop K2, Copenhagen 2008.”

Password security questions considered useless [STREAM]Password security questions considered useless
Naveenium wrote “My issue with the security question approach is that it doesn’t completely solve the problem of forgotten passwords. Each drop down prompts you with a choice between five questions.”

aside design studio » Design RockstarDesign Rockstar
Aside Design Studio wrote “A rock star is not someone who takes the temperature, who gauges the marketplace before he creates his “art”. A rock star is someone who needs to create and is willing to tolerate the haters along with the fans. He’s someone who incites controversy just by existing. That’s what we lost in the dash for cash. Unique voices.”

 This debate proudly brought to you by..This debate proudly brought to you by…
Make the logo bigger wrote “This isn’t the first debate Anheuser-Busch has sponsored, nor are the only sponsor. (And you thought elections were supposed to be free from undue influence again… how?) Might as well just throw a few taps on stage and serve the audience between questions.”

Kelso’s Corner » Blog Archive » 7-Eleven’s Obama - McCain “Vote with Your Cup” Map7-Eleven’s Obama – McCain “Vote with Your Cup” Map
Kelso’s Corner wrote “I pass by a 7-Eleven on my commute and have wondered about the “Every Cup Counts” 7-Election ad for their coffee. Apparently you can choose a blue Obama cup or a red McCain cup to fill your morning Joe (no, not the plumber mentioned 21 times tonight in the last debate…”

 For creative peopleKeith Loutit tilt-shift miniature look
Lost at E Minor wrote “The tilt-shift miniature thing has been pretty hot lately amongst photographers, but until Keith Loutit’s amazing videos, it’s seldom been seen as moving images. Loutit’s films make humans seem insignificant, small, and toy like, much in the ways William Turner and Thomas Cole did in the 19th century.”

Multicolr Search Lab - Idée Inc.Multicolr Search Lab
About: “We extracted the colours from 10 million of the most “interesting” Creative Commons images on Flickr. Using our visual similarity technology you can navigate the collection by colour. Also available with Alamy Stock Photography.”

GANT - Scott SchumanTen New Yorkers through the lens of the Sartorialist
About: “The Sartorialist has been appointed by GANT to document how ten different New Yorkers would combine items from Gant with their own wardrobe. Here is the result.”

 The Atlantic | New at Pentagram | PentagramNew Work: The Atlantic
Pentagram wrote “The 151-year old general interest magazine The Atlantic is known for championing the “American idea” in all its diversity and for exhibiting a curiosity for topics ranging from politics to design. The result can range from Andrew Sullivan’s prescient and influential essay “Why Obama Matters” to Corby Kummer’s 2,300-word treatise on apples.”

FutureMe.orgCreate an email to send to the future!
About: “two fellas started this here site so that you could write yourself a letter to be delivered at a later date. we’ve all had to do them in high school and college. it’s sorta cool to receive a letter from yourself about where you thought you’d be a year (two years? more?) later. FutureMe.org is based on the principle that memories are less accurate than emails. we strive for accuracy.”

Super Colossal » Sydney Architecture Festival 2008Sydney Architecture Festival 2008
Super Colossal wrote “The Sydney Architecture Festival was held at Customs House on Monday. This is the second year that it has been running and the scope of the event and the visitor turnout was all much improved over last year, so it looks promising that it will grow into a fully rounded festival in the next few years.”

Op-Chart - Bulls, Bears, Donkeys and Elephants - Interactive Graphic - NYTimes.comBulls, Bears, Donkeys and Elephants
NYT wrote “Since 1929, Republicans and Democrats have each controlled the presidency for nearly 40 years. So which party has been better for American pocketbooks and capitalism as a whole? Well, here’s an experiment: imagine that during these years you had to invest exclusively under either Democratic or Republican administrations. How would you have fared?”

Slow-Moving Magazines No Match for Fast-Moving Blogs | PSFK - Trends, Ideas & InspirationSlow-Moving Magazines No Match for Fast-Moving Blogs
PSFK wrote “The argument against the magazine industry’s sustainability generally goes like this: People now want their information on-demand, in short quantities, and from hundreds rather than dozens of sources. But one very important factor contributing to the industry’s demise is not often recognized. Magazines – lumbering machines that move at a snails pace – are just not equipped to remain relevant in a world that moves at lightning pace.”

The mental_floss College Ain't Cheap Tuition GiveawayThe mental_floss College Ain’t Cheap Tuition Giveaway
Mental_Floss wrote “In 750 words or less, explain why you (as the most deserving person on the planet) should win a $10,000 prize for tuition/books in the fall of 2009. The contest is open to full-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the U.S. or Canada in the fall of 2009.”

Twits on ParadeTwits on Parade
the weekly Standard wrote “Maybe you’ve noticed: These political blogs can be so gabby. Yap yap yap. You go to some website–democretin.com, republicreep.net, whatever–and there will be a new post for you to read, and the blogger goes on for one, two, sometimes three paragraphs…”

BuzzMachine » Blog Archive » The WWGDThe WWGD? world
BuzzMachine wrote “In the financial crash, we are seeing two forces at work: first, a corrupt system of unregulated leverage gone mad — virtual value (which is to say, bullshit) created in derivatives — but second, a world whose fundamental structure is changing in ways we can’t yet fully fathom.”

The DO Lectures | 4th - 8th September 2008Let the Doers of the world inspire the rest of us.
About: “The Do lectures are all about getting a handful of speakers together in one place, in the hope that they may inspire you to go Do something. To give you the tools and the desire to change the things you care about.”

 Notes from The Feast ConferenceNotes from The Feast Conference
Swissmiss wrote “Today’s Feast Conference was truly inspiring and made me think! What impressed me the most were the attendes; every person I spoke to was a “Doer”. Jerri Chou and Michael Karnjanaprakorn of All Day Buffet did a fantastic job in organizing The Feast…”

Following The Election OnlineFollowing The Election Online
Nate Archer wrote “Yesterday was election day here in Canada and while our elections are not as sensational as those south of the border, I nonetheless followed it closely. This year’s election was significant to me not because of the result, but because of the process; I followed the election almost entirely online…”

Barack Obama Tea BlendDrink for Change.
About: “Let me be absolutely clear, this organic African Red Bush Rooibos based tea is a mix of herbs with hints of Hawaiian fruit. It’s smooth, fresh and lacks bitterness. Environmentally friendly, unexpected, and a little left of center. Contributes to your overall well being and Health(care).”

The eyeballing gameThe eyeballing game
About: “Some people are bothered by pictures on the wall hanging slightly crooked. Others may not even be aware that something may be amiss. If you are somebody who is into woodworking or construction, its good to be one of the people who notice when things are crooked. But I suspect the ability to notice that things might be just a little off square, off centre, or not quite straight, varies greatly.”

The Municipal Art Society of New YorkThe Municipal Art Society of New York
About: “MAS fights for intelligent urban planning, design and preservation through education, dialogue and advocacy.”

What should I b 4 HalloweenWhat should I b 4 Halloween?
Hipster Runoff wrote “Should I be a pack of teens waiting to be picked up by our parents at the movie theatre?”

 playboy france + nookaplayboy france + nooka
Nooka wrote “playboy france october 2008. c’est tres cool et chic. si vous etes en france achetez une copie toute de suite!”

 the flybrarythe flybrary.
the girl in the green dress wrote “the flybrary by satina turner.”

The Wisdom of ExperienceThe Wisdom of Experience
Alan Cooper wrote “Most of you know me as an interface designer.”

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In Bloom

Bloom

I’m not sure if it’s a sign that I’m getting older or something else, but I’m slowly finding myself gravitating towards ambient music. Perfect timing as Bloom for the iPhone has just come out. As per usual I was catching up on twitter when I saw this post mentioning Bloom. For four dollars I was curious to see (and hear) what this app was all about.

Just as the Wii makes games easy for everyone, I think Bloom does something similar in creating a mood w/ electronic notes. As someone that knows nothing about music, it’s really impossible to make Bloom sound bad. I really like the simple visual nature of seeing my tapping motion as I make sounds. It’s like playing w/ blocks – you can create an infinite number of patterns or not. Just tape every once in a while makes as much sense as tapping every other second. As a version one it does a lot of nice things. However down the road I’d luv to hear sounds made by dragging or pressure placed on the screen.

Telling time in the dark

Dark w/ light on

Dark w/ light off

Off w/ natural light

and it glows in the dark at ten15am

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 watch. Last Monday I noticed on Nooka’s blog that they were starting to sell them so I put in my order right away and by Friday night there was a Nooka ZUB ZENH GL 20 on my wrist. Of all the different watch faces the Zen H is my personal fav. As I’ve mentioned before on my blog what I like about the it is the fact that there’s no numbers – just units that represent time. The top two bars are hours, the third line is minutes and the fourth is seconds. As the time goes bar the bars fill.

I thought it would be interesting to take a couple photos showing the difference between the glow in the dark states and what it looks like in normal light. The only thing I would change about the watch is to give this special edition a longer time limit for the light – possibly doubling it, maybe make it an on off state. Of course if the watch did have those light features who knows how long the battery would last. In any case, you can get more info on the Zub Glow HERE.

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 10th (October 2008)

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At this point in the news cycle it would be hard not to be influenced by what’s going on in US politics and the economy. Interestingly enough a lot of the sites that I found useful this week had a nod to those issues. There’s tons of statistical data out there that should make things easier but is that really the case? Behind that information are the stories – is it easy to find a truthful pov on the news that reflect those stories? I dunno if we’re at the end or the beginning stages where things get clearer but I do know that there’s a lot to have an opinion on. Till next week…

– m
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Picture 16Pollster.com
About: “The maps that now appear on the front page of Pollster.com and other parts of the site allow you to quickly scan the latest trend poll trend estimates for every state in the Presidential race, as well as races for Senate and Governor (with U.S. House coming soon). The maps also allow you to navigate to our poll charts by clicking on the state.”

eismann-sf » Pollster.com’s Charting Widget_1223592985179Pollster.com’s Charting Widget
eismann-sf wrote: “I’ve seen these Pollster.com widgets popping up on various political blogs around town, and think they are fairly well designed. It’s tough to cram as much information as they do into such a small space, but they succeed by practicing the right approach to information design: content is king.”

graphpaper.com - Graphing the Debates_1223592991242Graphing the Debates
Graph Paper wrote: “One thing that’s been fun about watching the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates on CNN is that you get to also watch a scrolling EKG-like graph of how viewers are actually responding to what is being shown.”

Picture 15Minor Landscapes and the Geography of American Political Campaigns
bldgblog wrote: “If you’ll excuse a quick bit of landscape-inspired political speculation, I was reminded this morning of something I read last year on Boing Boing and which has stuck with me ever since – and that’s that there are more World of Warcraft players in the United States today than there are farmers.”

Google Reconsiders Its Aversion to Advertising - WSJ.com_1223592739856Google Reconsiders Its Aversion to Advertising
WSJ wrote: “Since its earliest days, Google Inc. has largely promoted its search engine and search-advertising products through word of mouth and partnerships. But in recent months some of the Internet company’s executives have been pushing for the company to overcome its aversion to paid advertising. That has created some conflict within Google, which is maturing and looking to reinvigorate its slowing growth.”

The Contrarian_1223592761284The Contrarian
About: “The Contrarian is a tool that brings into focus disparate facts and views in today’s media narrative. Taking content entirely from published articles and photos, The Contrarian seeks to sharpen the edges of the hazy world view presented by internet media. The product of this effort seeks not to discredit any particular source, but to encourage users to seek out other sources for information.”

Bagpipes_1223592800504Joel C. Robinson Historical Woodwinds
About: “While the first instrument I played was the modern oboe, the first instruments I made were harpsichords and organs. A talent for metal and woodworking as well as an attraction to early music led me to recreating woodwinds of the past. It was 1973 and I bought a metal lathe and designed and made my first instruments: cornamuse and bagpipes.”

 Accessible Data Visualization with Web Standards_1223592810046Accessible Data Visualization with Web Standards
A List Apart wrote: “We’ve been talking about Web 2.0 for so long now it’s already passé to argue about what it means and what it doesn’t. But one thing’s for sure, there’s a lot of data out there on the web these days. And as web designers, we’re designing a lot of data-driven sites.”

Meat & Cheese Combo Proves Edible | Jason Santa Maria_1223592854579Meat & Cheese Combo Proves Edible
Jason Santa Maria wrote: “Armed with empty stomachs and discerning taste buds, we descended upon New York City determined to find a cheesesteak of quality. I’m happy to say, we succeeded.”

Creative Edward de Bono quotes | David Airey » graphic designer, logo designer_1223592927674Creative Edward de Bono quotes
David Airey wrote: “Edward de Bono is one of the very few people in history who can be said to have had a major impact on the way we think. He has written numerous books with translations into 34 languages (all main languages plus Hebrew, Arabic, Bahasa, Urdu, Slovene, Turkish etc).”

 Muji Chronotebook — jackcheng.com_1223592967949Stuff I love: Muji Chronotebook
Jack Cheng wrote: “Start with the simplest thing imaginable: a blank sheet of paper. Add a rows of lines and it becomes a notebook. Add a grid instead and it becomes an drawing pad for architects. Add a few tiny boxes and it turns into a to-do list. Put in dates and you’ve got a calendar. But as they teach you in your high-school econ class, everything has a cost. For each function or feature you add, you lose a purpose.”

 12 Year Old McDonald's Hamburger_122359297970312 Year Old McDonald’s Hamburger
the Sherman Foundation wrote: “What does a 12 year old McDonald’s Hamburger stored in tupperware look like? It looks exactly like it did 12 years ago. A woman named Karen Hanrahan who teaches a workshop titled Healthy Choices for Children uses this to show parents the true nature of what children are eating when they eat fast food.”

Life_1223593003469Book Mining: Work/Life
pica-n-pixel wote: “I thought I’d share a peek into some of my most recent book acquisitions. First up is the Uppercase Gallery directory of Canadian illustration and photography Work/Life. I don’t know what they feed those folks north of the border but it makes them crazy talented!”

3rings » Could outdoor LED walls have saved Wall StreetCould outdoor LED walls have saved Wall Street?
3rings wrote: “Just this past Friday, both Congress and our President all signed off on a $700B rescue package. Personally, I am in favor of this legislation as it effectively aims to help both the wealthy and the poor, but I often question how we might have prevented this crisis sooner.”

Tina Brown’s Daily Beast Starts With A Growl, Not A Roar | paidContent.org_1223593031669Tina Brown’s Daily Beast Starts With A Growl, Not A Roar
paidContent wrote: “By now, anyone who’s been paying attention knows that Tina Brown’s online project with Barry Diller’s backing is called The Daily Beast after the paper in Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop. Brown’s high-profile move to the web from glossy print is scheduled to go live Monday at 7 a.m. eastern, in the softest of launches, scant months after a team was assembled in the Gehry-designed IAC headquarters.”

‘the village pet store and charcoal grill’ by banksy_1223593054880‘the village pet store and charcoal grill’ by banksy
designboom wrote: “the infamous UK street artist banksy has been overseas in new york. last week, he was spotted painting a large mural that touched on the US economic situation. now he has opened a pet store in the west village. as you would expect from banksy, ‘the village pet store and charcoal grill’ isn’t your typical pet store; there are definitely no gold fish for sale here.”

 Blog_1223593065347Photo Essay: The Denim Factory
DFP:Blog wrote: “I shot these photos at a denim factory in Kentucky that specializes in distressing high-end jeans for a few top designers. I used to scoff at paying a premium for jeans that come with holes in them already.”

What's New York ReadingWhat’s New York Reading?
About: “Books people are reading on New York City subways. Send your photos (along with the book title and train) to whatsnyreading [at] gmail.com”

 I will do one thing today._1223593013513I will do one thing today.
swissmiss wrote: “No more of this multitasking business. I need to focus more. Right after I finish blogging this.”

[command save]_1223592958223[command save]
About: “Portland State Graphic Design! Keeping PSU Graphic Design Grads, Students, Faculty & Friends in Touch”

The Money Meltdown_1223592997815The Money Meltdown
About: “Everything you need to know about the global money crisis of 2007-?.”

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Solving the default profile picture problem

 “Don’t be a McCain! Login and upload your profile photo today!”

Hype Machine (probably the best source for listening to muzak on the web) has been really smart in how it has encouraged users to update their profile pic. How? By using a shot of John McCain. “Don’t be a McCain! Login and upload your profile photo today!” They’ve also made it a lot easier to find other users that like the same hard to find songs. Great release…

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 26th (September 2008)

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You know the week has gone by quickly when Thursday feels like Tuesday – that’s sort of how this week’s Link Drop feels. It’s got a bit of photography, technology and the usual nod to other stuff going on outside and inside. On a personal note I almost get to say good bye to one of the craziest years I’ve had this weekend – both for the lows and highs. When I was twenty nine I had no fears about turning thirty – now I can celebrate the fact that I survived the year and get to look forward to being thirty one. Cheers to moi ( :

– m
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Is 190 Bowery the Greatest Real-Estate Coup of All TimeThe 72-Room Bohemian Dream House
From New York Magazine: “The building at 190 Bowery is a mystery: a graffiti-covered Gilded Age relic, with a beat-up wooden door that looks like it hasn’t been opened since La Guardia was mayor. A few years ago, that described a lot of the neighborhood, but with the Bowery Hotel and the New Museum, the Rogan and John Varvatos boutiques, 190 is now an anomaly, not the norm. Why isn’t some developer turning it into luxury condos?”

How Many Web Services Can One Person UseHow Many Web Services Can One Person Use?
From NYT: “How many more new social networking or micro-blogging or video-sharing site can one person use? Most of us don’t have time to respond to voice mail and e-mail every day, let alone check our Twitter updates and Facebook accounts and Flickr friends. And even if we have the time, do we need another site that helps us share and connect and network?”

eismann-sf » CS4 is Here_1222393128184CS4 is Here
From eismann-sf: “Adobe released CS4 yesterday. Congratulations to all those involved. From the XD perspective, this is an incredibly important release for one main reason: the CS application framework has become more unified across the point-products. In CS3, Flash, Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator all adopted the similar workspace design patterns, but Fireworks and Dreamweaver retained their former Macromedia pattern. But now, in CS4, all the apps have adopted the a common workspace design pattern, which itself is updated. ”

Lazarides descends on New York City with “The Outsiders - New York”_1222392953687Lazarides descends on New York City with “The Outsiders – New York”
From ukstreetart: “Lazarides are currently dominating the UK street art gallery scene and they’ve decided it’s about time they head over the Atlantic and start owning stateside. They’re going to be opening a pop-up show in New York’s Bowery and will be bringing together their artists in a unique show of some very lively work.”

_1222392960372The Balloon Project
From Process: “I wanted to take aerial shots over the streets New York so I spent the last few months designing, building, and rethinking of ways to not only get my camera up in the air, but to make it fire some shots when it was up there.”

 11.05_1222392966866Design Observer’s Fifth Aniversary Party: 11.05
From Design Observer: “Design Observer will celebrate five years with a party in New York City on Wednesday, November 5. The party will take place at Element (the beautiful 19th century bank building that became the Jasper Johns studio), located at 225 East Houston Street.”

+KN | Kitsune Noir » Sarah Kahn_1222392973032Sarah Kahn
From Kitsune Noir: “One of my favorite things to see in a student’s portfolio of work is a really cool book. For Sarah Kahn, a recent graduate of Pennighen Easg in Paris, this meant creating a book around “the emotional intellect delivered by some computing tool and functions.” That sounds pretty ominous and slightly vague to me, but what she created was a book that takes the digital world and makes it physical.”

lindex_1222392980588New York Designs 2008 Threshold
From The Architectural League of New York: “The Architectural League created the New York Designs juried lecture series in 2003 to provide a forum for the presentation of innovative and accomplished work built in New York City. This year’s theme, ‘threshold,’ focuses on projects whose design mediates distinct conditions.”

Vancouver 2010 Graphic Identity - Vancouver 2010 Graphic Identity - Vancouver 2010_1222393037072Vancouver 2010 Graphic Identity
From vancouver2010: “The Host Country of every Olympic and Paralympic Games tells a unique story of culture and imagination through design and artistry. The Vancouver 2010 graphic identity seeks to unify and beautify the Games with a consistent look and feel throughout all its environments and communications. It will also allow VANOC to leave a mark in memories and in photos. Seen on the design of vancouver2010.com, brochures and publications, merchandise and uniforms, the graphic identity elements will eventually appear on buildings, street signs, banners and venues, dressing the city and venues in colour during Games time.”

Inside Google's Design Process - BusinessWeek_1222393051383Inside Google’s Design Process
From Businessweek: “While many eyes are trained on Mountain View for the official release of the new G1/Android phone from Google and T-Mobile, I got an insight into Google’s design process from the company’s VP of Product Management, Sundar Pichai, and Group Product Manager, Brian Rakowski. These two spearheaded the launch of Chrome, a browser I’m truthfully still getting used to, but whose design certainly adheres to the company’s overarching philosophy of superficial simplicity disguising sophisticated functionality (for an indepth look at Chrome’s development, check out this really fine Wired article by Steven Levy.)”

DIY KYOTO_1222393057671Wattson
About: “I was designed by the nice people at DIY Kyoto to help you do more for the environment. And to do it in style. Of course, they also know you won’t mind saving yourself 5% to 20% on your annual electricity bills, either. With my friend holmes, I look at the energy your home is using, show you usage in graphs and charts, and help you figure out ways to save electricity.”

Michael Moore's SLACKER UPRISING_1222393067999Slacker Uprising
About: “”Slacker Uprising” takes place in the wake of “Fahrenheit 9/11,” during the run-up to the 2004 election, as I traveled for 42 days across America, visiting 62 cities in a failed attempt to remove George W. Bush from office. My goal was to help turn out a record number of young voters and others who had never voted before.”

One Lonesome Cowboy | Creativity Online_1222393088019One Lonesome Cowboy
From Creativity Online: “It was a scene to make counterfeit cops and Midwestern Moms twitch—a spectacular display of so-called limited edition Louis Vuitton bags strewn about vendor tables outside the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Turns out these babies—dolled up in the multicolored imprints created by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami—were not fakes, but the real thing. The stunt was all part of the institution’s N.Y. spin on its launch of ©Murakami, a retrospective of the artist’s work that first opened last year at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, curated by MOCA’s Paul Schimmel.”

Aaron Koblin - The Sheep Market_1222393094461Aaron Koblin – The Sheep Market
About: “TheSheepMarket.com is a collection of 10,000 sheep made by workers on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. Workers were paid 0.02 ($USD) to “draw a sheep facing to the left.” Animations of each sheep’s creation may be viewed at TheSheepMarket.com.”

 Poster Boy NYC's Photostream_1222393100837Poster Boy NYC’s photostream
About: “Eventually I will stop this art form. By that time I hope that I’ve inspired enough people where I don’t have to participate in order to see the change that is “needed”. I always encourage people to take matters into their own hands. So pick up a razor and reclaim your visual territory.”

FOX Launches ‘Terminator’-themed, location-based MMORPG | Touch Arcade_1222393107780FOX Launches ‘Terminator’-themed, location-based MMORPG
From touch arcade: “FOX Broadcasting has launched a web and iPhone-based game called Ambush [App Store] that ties to its TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Ambush is a simplistic MMORPG that places the player in a virtual city and relies upon real-time iPhone GPS location information to track players within the game world.”

Muxtape_1222393113368Muxtape – relaunching soon, in the service of bands
UPDATE: “I love music. I believe that for people who love music, the desire to share it is innate and crucial for music itself. When we find a song we love, we beckon our friends over to the turntable, we loan them the CD, we turn up the car stereo, we put it on a mixtape. We do this because music makes us feel and we want someone else to feel it, too.”

Designing the UI of Things for iPhone_1222393121351Designing the UI of Things for iPhone
From Culture Code: “We recently shared some early interface sketches of Things for a presentation on iPhone User Interface Design.”

 When Did We Start Trusting Strangers_1222392916924When Did We Start Trusting Strangers
From chroma: “Impressive presentation summarizing a massive worldwide study of Social Media and Influence, from the folks at Universal McCann. Nothing too surprising, but the figures are staggering, and the visuals are awfully purty.”

Welcome to 4mations_12223929874064mations
About: We like animation and games so much we thought we’d make this site.

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

NYC transit directions have arrived?

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 map. No, apparently it’s like Hop Stop but on Google. Why, why, why is it so difficult for Google to place some helpful routes lines that a person could look at a glance as opposed to relying on someone typing in coordinates? Anyone that doesn’t know Brooklyn very well knows not to use that type of method b/c the directions aren’t exactly precise. If I could actually see the routes I could then make the choice myself as opposed to a computer that doesn’t know when a route closes or is out of service.

Hearing Dan Saffer talk about “Tap is the New Click” for IxDA NY at R/GA

“Tap is the New Click” by Dan Saffer

“Tap is the New Click” by Dan Saffer

“Tap is the New Click” by Dan Saffer

“Tap is the New Click” by Dan Saffer

“Tap is the New Click” by Dan Saffer

“Tap is the New Click” by Dan Saffer

“Tap is the New Click” by Dan Saffer

“Tap is the New Click” by Dan Saffer

Last night to a standing room only IxDA NY audience at R/GA for Dan Saffer presented what I’m going to guess is an outline of his new book Interactive Gestures: Designing Gestural Interfaces (you can download the first chapter at the site) that is coming out soon. At the end of his talk he mentioned that he would be putting up his slides which I’ll link to once I see them on the Kick It site. You can download the Tap is the New Click Presentation HERE. He likened the next couple of years of gestural interface experimentation to the early years of the web – both the good and bad. As a primer on this emerging field I though the talk was pretty good. I’m hesitant to do a play by play of points b/c that’s what his book and slides can do clearly. But what I want to do is point out a couple things that I found interesting from the pov of someone using an iphone, kiosks and the clapper.

There’s two types of touch screens – iceberg tips which have a small target yet there’s a larger surface surrounding that target that is live. The other is adaptive targets which is kind of like the keyboard on an iphone. As you type in letters the sensors guess what is more likely to be the next letter and create a bigger target b/c of it. On communicating interactive gestures there’s three points to consider: 1. attraction, 2. observation and 3. interaction. If you have an iPhone you know about the unlock slide to turn it on. That type of interaction is known as attraction affordance. It introduces the person to a type of gesture that the interface uses. As for a philosophy to consider, the simpler the task should equate to the simpler the gesture. The best designs dissolve into behaviour.

The q & a afterwards was surprisingly good – my experience in the past at talks in general has not been the case. Some topics covered included tech. will be abused as necessary, sensors as a green issue in bathrooms, face recognition for ads, gesture pollution, will a room be an apple or microsoft room – the implications of that, brainwaves are not gestures, will gesture be patentable or gestures plus a response system be patentable and wearable technology.

IxDA NY and R/GA filmed the event as well. Once I find that link I’ll post it here too.

WSJ launchs new site though still restricts access like the old one

Business News, Finance News, World, Political & Sports News from The Wall Street Journal - WSJ.com

access

Today WSJ launched a fresh design for their web site at http://online.wsj.com/public/us At first glance it looks and feels like the WSJ should – maybe more so than their paper counterpart at the moment. For me to give a proper review it’s going to take a couple weeks to notice what patterns I like and what is making me feel uncomfortable. If there’s one huge complaint it’s that they still believe in locking content up to subscribers only. That kind of thinking made sense when a publisher only relied on funding from subscribers. There are only a couple publishers that can sustain that strategy today and I’m not thinking WSJ is one of them. For any news story to be worth reading, someone outside the news org is going to talk about the story and pass it on. Two of the most common ways are via friends, and blogs that a person trusts. Soon as you lock people out of that you have issues. It remains to be seen if I’ll notice a bump in people sharing news stories from WSJ or not – but why make it harder than it needs to be?

Updo for www.michaelsurtees.com

Updo of www.michaelsurtees.com

I’ve been wanting to update my own personal site www.michaelsurtees.com for quite a while. Unfortunately I’ve been focusing almost all my personal design time to DesignNotes. Last weekend I finally turned my site back into something that is more than just a static landing page. It’s def. a v1 that will be coded slightly differently for v2. However until then I thought I would just mention that I have updated my site and any feedback is appreciated.

Routes around the world

Wanderlust: GOOD traces the most famous trips in history

Wanderlust: GOOD traces the most famous trips in history

Good Magazine and Graham Roberts have created a fun map that illustrates a number famous routes around the world. There’s routes like the Pequod from Moby Dick all the way to Amelia Earhart’s 1937 Circumnavigation Attempt, each route has a couple informative slides. My only minor quip if there had to be one would be about showing nodes ahead of time that show where the info is located on each route. Currently you have to press a forward back button in a linear fashion. Explore the map for yourself at http://awesome.goodmagazine.com/features/011/Wanderlust/

Say what you mean w/ a click

dear adobe

While I really like Noah’s brad tags site, I think www.dearadobe.com up’s the ante through context of “the why”. As far as I can tell the context is created through user submissions and is rated via one of three simple responses. That info is then correlated into the top 25 gripes. And to the question most people would be asking – does Adobe run this site? The site’s response “No, this site is not run by Adobe. It started from a conversation between Adam and myself complaining about Photoshop. Both of us being web design nerds, we figured ‘Why not create a forum for people to vent? Who knows, maybe Adobe will listen.’”

If there’s a prediction to come out of this site, I’m sure it’s the first of many company sites created by users to come…

Clean iPhone psd template

iPhone_GUI psd layers from teehan+lax

Not sure if the fact that I’m traveling is influencing the number of iPhone blog posts I’m doing – but when I found the above psd layered file I thought it was worth mentioning. It’s a pretty clean psd w/ a number of layers which is nice. Just as a quick example I threw some of my sky pics into the window. Download the psd from teehan+lax at www.teehanlax.com/blog/?p=447

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 15th (August 2008)

Who do u see when u go 2 Music Festivals

I was pleasantly surprised to see that after all the sites were collected for this week’s Link Drop, graphic design and humour had a good showing. Over here the blog has been growing on a monthly basis for quite a while, but the boost that Coudal.com sent me this week was quite noticeable (merci). I’ve also been having a number of interesting conversations via email about other sites, some contained in this set – some not. I have no idea where that’s going to lead but those conversations have been invaluable (merci x2). I’m taking next week off from regular work and heading to Canada. I’m not from Toronto but thought it might be time to visit some friends. I’m planning to do a lot of writing while thinking about how I want to finish this year and how to start the new one. I also want to get a couple book outlines completed. That should mean one of a couple things. A. there should be as many posts next week as there was this week, B. there will be less posts, or C. way more posts than usual. So if you happen to be in Toronto and see some guy typing away madly w/ a negroni in hand mid afternoon on the top of the Drake – that might be me.

– m

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Who do u see when u go 2 Music FestivalsWho do u see when u go 2 Music Festivals?
[hipster runoff] EXCERPT: “Did I miss n e 1?, Is n e demographic over/under represented? Do u like live music, or is it better on ur iPod?”

Museum of Art for the ArtsMuseum of Art for the Arts
EXCERPT: “The Museum of Art for the Arts was founded in 2008 as an international institution, and is dedicated to being the foremost art & image museum in the world. Through the leadership of its Trustees and staff, the MofAA manifests…”

designs | TUKAANI | Kayiwa Oy | Scandinavian Product Design and InnovationTUKAANI
EXCERPT: “The sterling silver TUKAANI is a hand made eating device for Asian food consumers in the West. It may be held as traditional chopsticks. But unlike the disposable wooden chopsticks, TUKAANI is hand washable and much easier to set on – and use at table. The matt surface and taut…”

The Art of the Stain in Modern T-Shirt DesignDirty Laundry: The Art of the Stain in Modern T-Shirt Design
EXCERPT: “Dirty Laundry is a gallery show devoted to the concept of potential. Using stains as an integral part of the design and fashion of a t-shirt, the show seeks to shift our perception that something (or someone, for that…”

InterestingInteresting
EXCERPT: “A bunch of us got together yesterday morning to start planning Interesting New York. We discussed the spirit of Interesting:Interesting is a goal, not a claim, It is an opportunity for people to share their passions and what they care about…”

 Heart of Hundreds BlawgShotgun Approach
[Heart of Hundreds Blawg] EXCERPT: “Dig Greg Ball and Shoko César’s Violent Art Collaboration. If there ever were the perfect sign you were in Alberta, this is them. Reminds me of the area down the river by where my friend Raymond and I used to make up stories about living out on the acreage when we were kids…”

How To Demo Your StartupHow To Demo Your Startup
[tech crunch] EXCERPT: “For the past 10 days I’ve sat through 200 company demos for the TechCrunch50 conference. These demos are mostly done over the phone for 10 minutes using the phone and web conferencing software like WebEx or Adobe’s wonderful new “Connect” service.”

Guilloches | The Ministry of TypeGuilloches
[ministry of type] EXCERPT: “Banknote patterns fascinate me. I can get lost for hours in all the details, seeing how the patterns fit together, how the lettering works, the tiny security ‘flaws’ – they’re amazing. Central to banknote designs are Guilloche patterns, which can be created mechanically with a geometric…”

PIG 05049.PIG 05049.
[bb-blog] EXCERPT: “Christien Meindertsma has spent the last three years researching all the products made from a single pig. Amongst some of the more unexpected results were: Ammunition, medicine, photo paper, heart valves…”

News on Japan - Double-wide anime look for your eyeballsDouble-wide anime look for your eyeballs
[News on Japan] EXCERPT: “That is, contact lenses with extra-wide tinted outer ring to give the look of a bigger, wider iris. To quote the sales copy, “Wanna get big, watery shiny eyes without any surgery? CRAVE AND ENVY NO MORE!””

Complex Shit Wreaks Havoc in SwitzerlandComplex Shit Wreaks Havoc in Switzerland
[Dog Art Today] EXCERPT: “”A giant inflatable dog turd by American artist Paul McCarthy blew away from an exhibition in the garden of a Swiss museum, bringing down a power line and breaking a greenhouse window before it landed…”

random thoughtrandom thought
[nooka]: EXCERPT: “this has been stuck in my head since i’ve had an apartment full of nieces and nephews the whole summer and taking them out to restaurants etc. always brings up this issue: why do people freak out when a man uses a women’s…”

20cL Whiskey Bottles20cL Whiskey Bottles
[the dieline] EXCERPT: “I like the look of these 20cL mini bottles of whisky from Glasgow-based Douglas Laing & Co. Ltd. Maybe it’s a diabetic thing, but they caught my eye on account of their resemblance to the crimped vials that injectable medicines (like insulin) usually come in. Also, the labels…”

Aerial music over BeijingAerial music over Beijing
[city of sound] EXCERPT: “Although I’d been meaning to post the previous note on the Terracotta Army for months – in fact, since I’d first read the article in the LRB back in January – I actually hit the ‘save’ button in the middle of last night’s…”

Rickrolling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaRickrolling
[wikipedia] EXCERPT: “Rickrolling is an Internet meme involving the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song “Never Gonna Give You Up”. The meme is a bait and switch: a person provides a Web link they claim is relevant to the topic at hand, but the link actually takes the user to the Astley video…”

Logomania is back - for the iPhoneLogomania is back – for the iPhone
[big secret pizza party] EXCERPT: “I saw the Chanel iPhone application when it first came out, but I was a little late to add it due to raging technical issues with my crappy mac book pro (long story). Anyway, my co-Nakedite Joe and I got to talking…”

2008 Trends article on LogoLounge.ComCurrent Logo Trends
[logo lounge] EXCERPT: “Trend-watching, until recently, has largely been an exercise in watching connections form between direct associations. Photoshop releases a new filter, and voila – entire raft of logos take on that effect…”

AIGA Gain ConferenceAIGA Gain Conference
EXCERPT: “When design and business work together, brilliant things happen. At “Gain,” hear today’s success stories from a select group of business and design leaders from a variety of industries, who will team up to share their…”

Eye blog » Eye, the international review of graphic designEye Blog
[eye] EXCERPT: “Welcome to the new blog for Eye, the international review of graphic design. We’ll be asking a wide range of writers to contribute notes, reviews, work in progress, rants, praise and other comments to help us understand…”

Engage Your Audience | Text The Mobtext the mob
EXCERPT: “The easiest and most entertaining way to collect feedback from your audience. Project polls or message boards on a large screen, have everyone send their input via their cell phones and see results instantly!”

Inhabitat » Announcing the winners of the ‘One Good Chair’ CompetitionAnnouncing the winners of the ‘One Good Chair’ Competition
[inhabitat] EXCERPT: “Back in April we announced the One Good Chair Design Competition, where a $4500 challenge was set to design a chair that ‘Does Good, Feels Good, Looks Good’. Designs for this competition were judged on…”

Cake WrecksCake Wrecks
EXCERPT: “Here at Cake Wrecks, we do our best to poke fun without being mean-spirited. It is never our intention to offend, only amuse. Please bear that in mind while commenting.”

Infographics News PoolInfografistas.com / Infographics News
[flickr] EXCERPT: “Space where we can upload our favourite graphic or anything interesting to comment”

Superlocal » Blog Archive » stair climbing trolleystair climbing trolley
[superlocal] EXCERPT: “perfect for HK’s endless stairs.”

Jen StarkJen Stark

Sol MoscotSol Moscot [andrew ackermann]

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

A Map of Olympic Medals

A Map of Olympic Medals

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 shots to post on my blog it got me to think about how cool it would be if I could actually embed the who thing into my post like I can w/ videos from Youtube. Seems like a great idea to me, there could always be a link back to the original story. Do you think there’s any negative reason why embedding the original flash interactive piece wouldn’t be a good idea?

Play w/ the live map at www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/08/04/sports/olympics/20080804_MEDALCOUNT_MAP.html

REVIEW PART ONE: Design Mind from Frog Design

designmind frogdesign Numbers - Issue 08

designmind.frogdesign.com/articles/numbers Numbers - Issue 08

If you’ve spent any amount of time on your favourite design blogs lately, you’ve probably read a post or two mentioning the latest issue of Design Minds from Frog Design. Typically the blog post will point to the Design Mind’s website. Number 8 is the first print version while the previous seven issues have just been on the web. I could be mistaken but I’m suspecting this issue has received a lot of attention because it became a print magazine. But isn’t print dying? While I have been thinking about that question for some time – it became a bit more tangible after I received the actual print copy from Mai who is spending the summer at Frog in San Francisco. A couple days before that she sent me a message asking if I would be interested in a copy (more info about getting your own copy HERE), and of course I said yes! Back to the question at hand for me. For the first part of my design career I spent one foot on the print side while the other foot on the digital side. For the last two years almost all the design that I’ve designed has been displayed on a screen of some sort. Having the nicely designed magazine in hand I thought it would be interesting to talk about the print and website in parallel and to see what I could learn from it.

This review is more about the function of each medium as opposed to the actual content – that post will come at a later date. As ugly and frustrating as many websites can be, the reach to people is hard to ignore. For example if I were to send any of my content from DesignNotes to a person via print it would be an enormous expense. The same content on the blog can be published fast and reach a world wide audience very inexpensively. The drawback is that I’m somewhat unhappy w/ the design template (expect a redesign). It’s also hard for me not to focus more on the communication side of the web since people can add comments. The advantage that print carries is that it’s tangible and typically tells a story in an understandable linear narrative while a site is more of a grab bag of content that expects the person to understand what they want to get from the site.

So w/ Design Minds – what’s better, the magazine or site? The cop out response is that it depends on what you’re looking for. If the content was just a magazine with out digital presence, a lot fewer people would have known about it. If the content was just like the other seven issues that were just digital – some people would have covered and read it. But maybe w/ slightly less attention. It’s really a circular argument that ends w/ the response of it depends.

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Numbers - Issue 08 | design mind_1217499339629

On the functional side I pulled a couple examples to look at. The first is the table of contents and how each is represented in it’s format. For me the website does a slightly better job because each article is reflected w/ an image of the content while the reader is expected to read or skim the print version via words. You also only need to click once while the fingers need to flip through – not a big deal of course.

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The second example is a bit of a surprise on who does a better job. It’s a city guide – in this example it happens to be San Francisco. Between the listings and potential for interactivity the web site should have been better. But it was just a listing w/ no links or visual map to show distance between each of the locations. The printed version on the other hand has a pretty simple map that shows where everything is.

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Erik Spiekermann | design mind_1217499581461

In the final example that I’ll mention I compare one of the main stories w/ Erik Spiekermann. An obvious question is if you’re going to spend ten quality minutes reading the above article what’s your choice going to be? Almost everyone is going to pick the magazine for both the tangibles and intangibles. You can hold it, and to some degree have the luxury of reading something not on screen. But what would be faster? I find that I can read something two or three times faster on screen, plus if I have a point to make – I can post a comment. It all comes down to a person’s preference and what is important to them. Of course this review didn’t mention content too much. Like I mentioned previously that will come once I’ve spent some quality time with the magazine.

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DESIGN MINDS ISSUES I TO VIII
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Early Articles – Issue 0
http://designmind.frogdesign.com/articles/early-articles

Fall – Issue 01
http://designmind.frogdesign.com/articles/fall

Winter – Issue 02
http://designmind.frogdesign.com/articles/winter

Spring – Issue 03
http://designmind.frogdesign.com/articles/spring

Summer – Issue 04
http://designmind.frogdesign.com/articles/summer

Green – Issue 05
http://designmind.frogdesign.com/articles/green

Identity – Issue 06
http://designmind.frogdesign.com/articles/identity

Health – Issue 07
http://designmind.frogdesign.com/articles/health

Numbers – Issue 08
http://designmind.frogdesign.com/articles/numbers
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Read REVIEW PART TWO: Design Mind from Frog Design (Issue 08, Numbers): Design Mind from Frog Design at http://designnotes.info/?p=1486
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Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 1st (August 2008)

AN IDEA COMPANY BASED ON AN IDEA_1217551107057

This week came and went in the blink of the eye for me and I’m not too sure why. In any case my Link Drop this week has been influenced quite a bit by technology and copywriting. As with every week so far w/ the Link Drop I’ve made some tweaks to the format. Sometimes it’s more subtle than other times. If you’ve been following from week to week and months and have a suggestion to make it better, please let me know. Ciao until next week.
– Michael
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AN IDEA COMPANY BASED ON AN IDEA_1217551107057AN IDEA COMPANY BASED ON AN IDEA
[scott goodson] EXCERPT: “bout ten years ago, I wrote the first businessplan for a new kind of company. I hadn’t really figured out everything, but I had a pretty good idea what this company wasn’t going to be about.”

Nervo.tv's Photostream_1217550763941Nervo.tv’s photostream
[Flickr] EXCERPT: “Nervo is a multi-disciplinary design studio based on Portland, OR USA. Led by founder and Creative Director Nando Costa, the diverse collective of digital artists create filmed and animated artwork for a variety of applications. The studio’s wide-range of styles and techniques…”

The blueness of Heat_1217550799866The blueness of Heat
[noisydecentgraphics] EXCERPT: “I reckon there are only four films I’ve seen more than once, properly, all the way through, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Lion King, Lord of the Rings and Heat. Breakfast at Tiffany’s used to be my favourite…”

3rings » The Cootie Catcher_1217550810207The Cootie Catcher
[3rings] EXCERPT: “Uh, Oh, I spy a theme emerging. Fresh off a look at 3Fold, in which George Rice both critiques and invigorates the aesthetic of the boardroom, comes another example of modern minimalism in glass and steel.”

In the creative world, the only constant is change - International Herald Tribune_1217550861548In the creative world, the only constant is change
[IHT] EXCERPT: “Design is all about change. It can help us to understand the changes in the world around us, and turn them to our advantage by translating them into things that make our lives more efficient or enjoyable, sometimes both.”

Literacy Debate - Online, R U Really ReadingLiteracy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?
[NYT] EXCERPT: “Books are not Nadia Konyk’s thing. Her mother, hoping to entice her, brings them home from the library, but Nadia rarely shows an interest. Instead, like so many other teenagers, Nadia, 15, is addicted to the Internet…”

Pussies in Beaverton_1217550903627Nike pulls Hyperdunk ads amid criticism
[the sherman foundation] EXCERPT: “Nike said Friday it would pull its ads for its Hyperdunk basketball shoes, responding to criticism that they fed homophobic views.”

Creative Review Monograph_1217551074894Creative Review Monograph
[bantjes] EXCERPT: “This is a really important piece for me. Patrick Burgoyne at Creative Review offered me one of these “Monograph” pieces they send out with subscription…”

Photographers » Blog Archive » Let there be light | Blogs | Reuters.com_1217551117844Let there be light
[blogs.reuters] EXCERPT: “It’s after 9:00 pm on a Sunday night, Centre Court, Wimbledon. I am up on platform B with about 15 other photographers. This position often produces the best celebration photos as players turn and face their family and coaches seated above us upon match point…”

Untitled Document_1217551126512WallKandy
EXCERPT: “WallKandy is an art forum for people who have a passion for the ‘Urban Art’ movement. It covers artist news, releases, street sites & gallery updates and…”

Chet Chat with Chet_1217558853532Columbia Records AdSense LOL
[Chet Chat with Chet] EXCERPT: “As of yesterday they actually had a major piece of real estate on their corporate site…”

Ask H&FJ | Hoefler & Frere-Jones_1217551138888Objectified: A New Film by Gary Hustwit
[Hoefler & Frere-Jones (H&FJ)] EXCERPT: “Ever since director Gary Hustwit invited us to appear in his film Helvetica, life has changed for me and Tobias in two ways. First, we get recognized on the street from time to time (always with the implied aren’t you those type dorks) — but second, and more rewardingly…”

Tap Tap Revenge Approaches 1 Million Users, Music Industry Takes Notice_1217555088351Tap Tap Revenge Approaches 1 Million Users, Music Industry Takes Notice
[tech crunch] EXCERPT: “Tapulous, the company behind Tap Tap Revenge, has announced that the popular iPhone app will hit 1 million installs some time this weekend…”

Nookalookbook08_FIN_03noo look for nooka
[Nooka Blog] EXCERPT: “our noo look book [notice all the lovely double o’s there] went to press this week and we updated the website with the noo photos as well. fashion week is for androids, and it’s no different for the catwalk…”

modernnixiesA Modern Take On Nixie Tube Clocks from BDDW, Chronotronix, Puhlmann and Peter J. Jensen
[if its hip its here] EXCERPT: “Most Nixie tube clocks ordinarily look a little steam punk and a little scientific a la Thomas Dolby. But I found a few companies that make nixie clocks pretty enough for almost anyone’s taste…”

 Communciate With Charm_1217590207418Communciate With Charm
[charlie gower] EXCERPT: “It’s the simple things that make us smile. Good lateral thinking. This is what we need to think about when designing communication services. Keeping it in the here and now. Focus on the the stuff people actually see…”

» Calgary’s scrambling too! • Spacing Toronto • understanding the urban landscape_1217590469869Calgary’s scrambling too!
[Spacing Toronto] EXCERPT: “I’m in Calgary at the moment, en route to Hong Kong. This is a fast-growing, fast-changing city, and there are a couple of interesting changes that I noticed while I was here. One of them is the introduction of two new scramble…”

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People interpreting news events and information

Search terms after Earthquake Rattles Southern California Jul 29, 2008

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 larger version of the image. Less than 6 or 7 search terms out of 100 didn’t relate to the earthquake which meant that over 90% of what people wanted more info about at the same time was related to the earthquake. I don’t follow search terms that much but from time to time I’ll see small clusters on trends that relate – but nothing like that. If anything a listing like that shows how people interpret news for themselves – no single keyword, but how the events relate to their own personal motivation. In some respects it’s an information architects worst nightmare, but tons of opportunities for interaction design to deliver how people want more info on a topic.

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