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Looking at Independent Art Books and Fashion Magazines Online

Going through No Layout is sort of like visiting Printed Matter in NYC. Both have a ton of visual things to look at and flip through though the biggest difference […]

Almost Unfair to Bash Magazines on iPads at this Point…

After buying Project from Virgin (see above image) I’ve almost bought the first issue of most blog worthy iPad magazine apps. I bought Wired, Glamor, New York Magazine, the New […]

Looking at the magazine service Stack

A couple weeks ago I mentioned Stacked. Essentially you subscribe to Stacked and in return you get magazines mailed to you that are very unique and slightly off the mainstream […]


When my friend Ray recently im’d me about a magazine he wanted to pass along to me, I was all for it of course—it had been awhile since I reviewed […]

Link Drop (8·28·09)

This week’s collection of stuff that I’ve found interesting via Link Drop contains a lot of new themes. There’s stuff about smell, flowers and even Whole Foods. Apple makes it’s […]

Link Drop (6·19·09)

This week’s edition of Link Drop is a bit lighter than usual. The summer is supposed to be less busy but that doesn’t seem to be the case and in […]

Link Drop (5·29·09)

I’m not entirely sure why but I’m pretty happy how this week turned out for Link Drop. Lots of Design process, typography, NYC, social and business stuff. Art doesn’t usually […]

Link Drop (5·15·09)

I’m hopping that publishing Link Drops on a Sunday as opposed to a Friday will stop after this week. I took the last week off hoping to get a lot […]

Link Drop (5·08·09)

This was a pretty good week for me overall. I got some great coverage from Slate and CNN, and from the feedback so far, I gave a good talk for […]

Distributing Design Publications Today

Let’s face it, design magazines are not immune to the collapse of the print industry. Some magazines have already shut down and by this time next year who knows what […]

DesignNotes Ten Design-Related Blogs from NYC

A couple weeks ago Blogs.com asked me if I was willing to pass them on a list of design blogs based in NYC (I considered Brooklyn as part of this […]

How about an api for books or just a .txt file?

There’s been a lot of talk about API’s for a couple years now. In terms of technology evolution a lot of breakthroughs have/will come via the sharing of data and […]

Podcasts are now magazines, magazines are what newspapers used to be, and music files are now…

Two weeks ago I stopped subscribing to the NYT print edition. It was a slow downward spiral, at first I went from a whole subscription to the weekend edition. One […]

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 6th (March 2009)

Road Map for Financial Recovery: Radical Transparency Now! and Web-Savvy Obama Team Hits Unexpected Bumps A couple tech. infused politic posts about building from the ground up Obama style. Just […]

the Moral Authority on Graphic Design is Over

After reading Milton Glaser on Shepard Fairey and Plagiarism from Print magazine, I couldn’t help but think wow – what a bunch of hypocrites. But not for what you might […]

Illustrating the web

I wanted to give this post a week before I mentioned anything. Last weekend in the NYT Sunday Magazine there was a great series of illustrations from the Heads of […]

Headlines in Text

I follow a lot of headlines for a number of reasons – b/c I’m interested in what’s going on out there, and I’m very curious to see how people are […]

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 […]

Contextual Tag Cloud of the Boss from New York Magazine

Aren’t all tag clouds placed in some sort of context? Probably, but I’d argue that the above tag cloud is much more interesting than the usual hierarchy of text that […]

Scrolling Sideways with 02138 December 2008

I think I came across magCulture’s post about 01238 closing last month as it happened. But it was until tonight for some reason when I saw the post reappear at […]

Vice Versa Type – screen fonts on paper and non type on screens

I couldn’t help but find it interesting that the latest issue of the New York Times Sunday Magazine takes on the Screen Issue w/ some of the sensibilities that we […]

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, […]

Back in the day w/ Vibe Magazine

I was passed on the above slides from a presentation quite a while back designed by FB Design for the American Magazine Conference in 2005. Sadly their whole site is […]

REVIEW PART TWO: Design Mind from Frog Design (Issue 08, Numbers)

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been carrying Issue 08 of Design Mind everywhere my laptop went. I talked about the design of the magazine in part one of […]

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. […]

Vancouver Publication to Check Out

I have to admit that up until know I really didn’t know that many publications that came out of Vancouver. That changed recently when I was contacted by Jeff who […]

Magazines, blogs and the people that consume them

While reading about the death of Clay Felker in the NYT, the above quote struck me for several reasons. It had to do with both the past and present of […]

Reading the New York Moon

I’m not much of a moon man myself, but a while back I got an email from Zack Sultan mentioning an online publication called the New York Moon at www.nymoon.com. […]

Hearing Roger Black

At the end of Roger Black’s talk last night held at Frog via AIGANY, I kind of wished he had started the talk how he ended it. My friend Vineet […]

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 […]

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 […]

Commodity Fetishism: Leica

I think there’s very few products or brands that could be written with the virtuosity that Leica got from the New Yorker titled Candid Camera – The cult of Leica. […]

My interview with Unlimited magazine about job networking

Quite a few months ago I was interviewed for the inaugural issue of the Canadian magazine Unlimited. In the article I talk about networking, blogs and how I ended up […]

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