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Are covers important now?

I don’t think it’s a huge leap to suggest that digital distribution is changing the respect for covers of books. Amazon has just come out with their own piece of […]

iPhone review coming from my MBP

I was going to get one sooner or later, it was just a matter of time. There’s a lot of reviews already out there so I’ll try to keep mine […]

Average Rating vs. Popularity

I’m working on a fairly interesting project that will have the ability to visualize information from a ratings system. How that information will be taken into consideration is still being […]

My New Favourite Site

News and news stories on the net are like the never ending story. Those websites are constantly updating information on a minute per minute basis. I remember not that long […]

Moving photos around

I was sent a pretty interesting link to a photo app that does have some potential. TiltView shows a bunch of photos in a grid, the twist is that the […]

I’m Michael Surtees and I’d like to say hi

This is one of those blog posts you don’t really imagine writing, but the circumstances are such that I need to explore every angle that I have at the moment. […]

Line length of text between magazines and Google AdSense

I’ve never really thought about the number of words that are in a Google AdSense phrase, but after considering how people grab quick bytes of pop culture through magazine covers […]

Got lists?

I came across Listphile this morning going through delicious. I knew it was something for me to explore further once I started watching the demo and there was the mention […]

Panasonic Support

Panasonic Support went live today/yesterday. It’s been my existence for quite a while on the design side at Renegade. I’m happy that it’s functioning – but my question to you […]

Love to Hate Sites

We all have sites that we luv to hate, so why bother visiting them? Is it b/c we like torturing ourselves??? We know it’s a bit unhealthy to go back […]

A new place to read/debate design?

I came across a new site that offers a place to read/debate design (I think). From the site: “A Brief Message features design opinions expressed in short form. Somewhere between […]

IAC Video Wall Test

IAC Video Wall Test from shiffman and Vimeo. Above is a clip inside from one of my favourite buildings in NYC, it’s the IAC Video wall from the IAC Building […]

Food map of New York Subway

The idea of Taste of New York Subway works on a number of levels though at this point I’m not sure if I would use it as a reference. I […]

Creative Bureaucracy

A friend asked me if I was enjoying the book Then We Came To The End and I responded that enjoy is an interesting word for it… I wouldn’t classify […]

Two new’ish websites for designers

It’s starting to get difficult to keep track of all the websites that I should be going to on a regular basis. Keeping that in mind, between updating sites that […]

Visual Music Maker

From the blog reaction I discovered the Tenori-On, “a 16 x 16 matrix of LEDs that are sensitive to the musician’s touch and can recognize simple physical gestures.” There’s an […]

Keep an eye out for your dog, and Dogbook

Before moving slightly uptown I would take Maddie to Chelsea Waterside Dog Park to run around. For the most part I now just walk her up and down midtown exploring. […]

Diagram about DesignNotes

For a while I’ve been thinking about how my blog integrates a couple other sites like flickr and delicious and in turn how that has feeds into each other for […]

Added Sites

It’s been a while since I’ve added anything new to my Other Sites section of DesignNotes, so here’s six new ones that I’ve discovered in the past couple of months. […]

A couple flickr sets from a couple bloggers

I came across a nice pair of flickr sets from a couple popular blogs yesterday. Swissmiss walked by a two windows of stickynotes with the words “TO DO” in Dumbo. […]

Figuring out the fold, and is it even a question worth asking?

While reading the article Blasting the Myth of the Fold from boxesandarrows (which I recommend reading), I came across a fascinating tool in a response to the article. The tool […]

DesignNote Banners

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my top image banner and even longer since I’ve updated the archives. In the next couple of days I’ll try to get that […]

Maps 2.0

Ever since google opened their map api, there’s been a great movement that would have been inconceivable only a couple years ago. Between customizing, collecting, tracking and sharing of information […]

Diving deep with images: FFFFOUND! and their image bookmarking site

I’ve been meaning to talk about FFFFOUND! for a couple days now but time has been going by to quickly. It’s a really great eclectic site of images. People post […]

Nice interactive map: Web Trend Map 2007 Version 2.0

Via Architectradure I came across a really cool interactive Web Trend Map 2007 Version 2.0 post. Here’s their description of the map: “The 200 most successful websites on the web, […]

Watching all those options before the move

I think there’s always an advantage to having the ability to see your opponents way of thinking. If you can see how they react to a move, the ability to […]

Two magazines to look for

I think I’ve found a design magazine that I can really spend some quality time with. It’s called Roger and I found it at Universal News, though not in the […]

Status Update: Michael is addicted to watching the tour de france in the evenings. Just don’t ask him who’s winning.

Above in my title bar is my latest Facebook status and it’s true. This week’s evening ritual has been coming home, opening a beer, turning on the tv to VS […]

Muzak on a hot day

Of all the music in the world, the ice cream truck music is so distinct yet if you asked someone to hum it – they probably couldn’t. I have no […]

Bugaboo Daytrips – nice site of the say

Via infosthetics I found Bugaboo Daytrips – a site for friendly places to stroll your baby. Me not knowing anything about the baby explosion that has happened over the last […]

HBO Voyeur, nice site showing the same content in a couple different ways

After watching Entourage tonight, there was a commercial for HBO’s new show Voyeur. The trailer was fairly restrained, just showing enough while the music enhanced the tension and drama. At […]

Function or Aesthetics?

I noticed that AOL redesigned their news page – I have to admit that I had never visited the site before today at http://news.aol.com/. Then I heard people suggest it’s […]

NYT and saved by del.icio.us – a couple questions

This isn’t much of a blog post as much as a question. Is anyone else noticing recently that when they save a NYT article to del.icio.us, the number of saved […]

More ways to search Wikipedia

Dave Gray over at Communication Nation mentions the WikiMindMap and I thought I should too if for no other reason than to show one more use of Wikipedia. I typed […]

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