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

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

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

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

Sketching out a blog post loop

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

My State of Affairs w/ Twitter

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 […]

on Football and Chess (and design)

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

Will barcodes cease to exist?

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 […]

Daylife Select Release

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

Creative Mornings: Zach Klein and Casey Pugh Notes & Video

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 […]

Looking at Shifd from my iPhone and MBP

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 […]

Check out Select.Daylife.com

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

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

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 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 […]

What’s your internet?

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 […]

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

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 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 […]

In 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 […]

Telling time in the dark

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

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

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 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 […]

Solving the default profile picture problem

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 […]

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

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 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, […]

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

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

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

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: […]

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

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 […]

Updo for 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 […]

Routes around the world

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 […]

Say what you mean w/ a click

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 […]

Clean iPhone psd template

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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

REVIEW PART ONE: Design Mind from Frog Design

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. […]

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 1st (August 2008)

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 […]

People interpreting news events and information

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

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