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A couple posters seen on Sunday

Heading through Chelsea on my way to the Hudson river for a Sunday walk I came across a decent number of posters in a series that I thought were worth […]

Shepard Fairey Roundup

With all the “hoopla”, news going around these days, and me discovering the above image from Shepard Fairey, I thought I’d collect some of the more interesting links that I […]

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 30th (January 2009)

TEXT-POCALYPSE NOW? Good article, really interesting image via txt… CELL PHONE CAMERAS FOREVER Amazing image of the night, very telling HOW TO BEHAVE I really like these diagrams and colour […]

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 […]

Songs that influenced the musician poster series

I’ve been walking by the above Grammy poster for a week or two every morning as I take my weim Madison for a stroll. The poster is simple enough, type […]

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 16th (January 2009)

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… So, it’s time for Link Drop Contextd once again. B/c of the finite amount of time this week I decided to go w/ quality over quantity. There was at […]

Coffee as Inspiration

Coffee inspires me – its true. It’s why I get up in the morning and pretty much powers the blog in the early hours of the day. On a different […]

Outside posters in NYC over the weekend

Over the weekend walking around I came across a couple pretty smart posters side by side. It’s encouraging to see that in light of how the economy has tanked that […]


A couple months ago I came across a fairly familiar mascot that pops up from time to time in New York. It’s a large inflatable rat that parks itself in […]

Perfect application for those red tourist buses: Nike hype on Lebron James

Walking to work on Fifth Ave. this morning, I saw the perfect typographical application for those red tourist buses. The white type just jumped out to hype the game where […]

In Respect to Snowboarding

Magic Flashlights from Mike Benson on Vimeo. I was going to save this for next week’s Link Drop but decided that it was too good to wait till next Friday […]

What kind of skin type are you?

I came across this timely window display from (MALIN+GOETZ) walking through Chelsea this morning. It’s pretty tough from my photo to make out the top of the window that asks […]

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 […]

Turning Six Shows from Showetime into a House in Gramercy

As the ICFF was getting underway last year I was so burned out before it even started that I didn’t want to write anything about it. I think part of […]

Walking down lafayette this morning

Nothing too extreme going on w/ the above images that I took this morning, but I did think that the formats in it’s wide scale were ironically similar. While one […]

Looking at Bell Canada

It’s been quite a while since I’ve talked about any corporate identity work here on designNotes. I’m always slightly uncomfortable mentioning that a logo is great or that it sucks […]

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 29th (August 2008)

Where did August go, it seems like only a week or two ago it was July and I was complaining about how I wasn’t doing too well under the NYC […]

Crowdsourcing Salon With Wired Author Jeff Howe

After hearing the authour of Crowdsourcing Jeff Howe speak at Electric Artists last night it was easy to make comparisons with some other quasi anthro/sociology books that you might find […]

Comparing messages from Toronto and New York

While I didn’t spend my entire trip to Toronto walking around nor when did I do walk get off the main roads, from where I was I didn’t see that […]

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 18th (July 2008)

By the end of the week I’m always curious to see how my Link Drop is going to shape up w/ telling me what I found interesting. This week there […]

Images for Blog Posts

When I came across the above quote “I really appreciate that they create original photographs to accompany each of their posts, rather than simply copying images from elsewhere” from the […]

What are you doing today?

I’ve always been a sucker for those motivational type of communications, whether it’s something from Nike like the Michael Jordan-Nike Failure Commercial to books like Paul Arden’s It’s not how […]

I haven’t read the book yet, but…

Who would have thought that the thing to do on a Friday night was to head over to the Art Directors club to hear a writer talking about a book. […]

No Pantone, No Photoshop

Like all absolutes, there are none – though I was struck by two recent things I read on the web recently. From the Barbarian Group website I was in a […]

Yes advertising is in trouble, but by this much?

I typically walk Maddie down a route that loops from Madison Avenue to Park Avenue and back. One of the things that I pay semi regular attention to are the […]

Brand Tags

Friend Noah Brier passed me on a great idea for a site that he’s created. Ever wonder what people think of certain brands? His site allows people to add phrases […]

Two in One NBA Videos

I’m not a huge bball fan but I do have to tip my hat to how the NBA markets the playoffs (as opposed to the NHL which does a lackluster […]

Looking at help

When I first held the two prototypes for help in my hands a number of weeks ago I wasn’t blown away with the packaging. I was instantly comparing it in […]

One post, three pieces from other blogs

This post is more for myself as a reminder, but it’s good content that you might be interested in too… I also wanted to test if I could do a […]


Walking down Wooster St. this morning I noticed in the window of an adidas store that it had a combo logo mark. It’s not too unique to see two companies […]


I tend to notice things in two’s and lately there’s been a couple billboard posters that I’ve walked by and haven’t been bored of. It’s been a while since that’s […]

Orange Bicycles in New York

There’s a lot of things things one can take for granted living in New York as there’s so many new places to check out. One area that I try to […]

Copywronged w/ Michael Surtees

I started a new mobile blog called Copywronged yesterday to capture some of the more interesting phrases that are out there that I see as I walk by. You can […]

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