Up until yesterday if a person had asked me to compare the differences between still photography and video, I don’t think it would have been too hard for me. They’re two different disciplines that that share a lens but have different output’s and different uses. But after watching a video from friend Justin Steele who’s known for his portraits of athletes like Roger Federer and Derek Jeter among others, the difference between the two mediums is just about non existent now. If you compare the two still photos that Justin took while watching the video, he’s using the same skill to light and compose in a consistent matter. It seriously was one of those aha moments where something clicked for me that a lot of people that are used to interacting with still photos online might really enjoy something that’s highly photographic but with a small amount of movement. Video has been around for quite some time, but we’re used to pretty bad stuff that isn’t lighted very well or really high quality video that takes a crew of ten to create. As far as I know Justin is doing this stuff with one or two assistants. If you can’t tell already, I’m pretty excited about the potential for this kind of hybrid photography. Of course with the good comes the small quips; after watching the video and seeing the closing credits—the typography does the video a disservice. It’s a bit clunky though I’m sure he’d be the first to say he’s not a designer, and the second is that there’s a bunch of dead time after the video. Not a big deal as I’m sure he’s going to re cut the video when he has the time.
Like a lot of fans of the High Line, the opening of the first section a day early was a welcome surprise. It surpassed any hype that I had put on it myself. But to be honest I would have been happy with just about anything that gives a walking path with a new view of New York City that hasn’t existed before. I’ve also been following the construction for the past three years when I moved here. Back when they had limited public tours of one of the more northern sections I jumped all over that experience. I was also fortunate some time back to hear Diller Scofidio + Renfro talk about the High Line in the IAC building. That culmination of background experiences made the walk that much more fun for me.
After hearing about people being allowed on the High Line a day early all over Twitter I made the trek from Soho to the Meat Packing district around 7.30 pm which in hindsight was the perfect time to visit. There’s still a lot of daylight to take in the whole first section. As the sun slowly sets the lights around the High Line and city, new views appear. Colours pop in a different way and the tone is a different kind of chill from the regular day time experience.
As I was walking and taking pictures every couple feet there was a couple themes I was looking for and came across a couple unexpected contrasts. First and foremost I was looking to see how the High Line integrated a pathway with constructed foliage that was there as a nod to the natural habitat that had grown from years of neglect and the steel rail road. In some parts of the walkway there’s a really great balance of all three elements while elsewhere it does feel a bit concrete heavy. This is especially true walking south to north through the Chelsea Market building, though there’s a great view of the IAC building clustered with a couple other buildings the to the north west. One of the unexpected themes was the contrast between complicated angles and very clean simple lines.
An almost too obvious thing to consider but worth bringing up is how does the city look from the view on the High Line? Depending where a person is standing or sitting there’s a lot of clusters of area that become unique blocks—no kidding when considering the size of New York but when a person considers that the High Line that’s open only runs a couple blocks is quite a visual feast. There’s the gritty side, there’s the flashy architecture side, there’s the historic side, there’s the the Empire State Building side and then there’s the Jersey side (which isn’t too bad either). Something that shouldn’t have come up as a surprise yet was, was all the construction cranes jetting up. For a moment it was easy to forget that there was an economic melt down and that progress via construction was still going strong.
While the High Line is meant to be walked, it’s also meant to be a place to sit and relax. There were a ton of places that I was scoping out to visit again with a book. A person would be hard pressed to find a bad spot to sit down though I suspect one of the most popular sports will be where people can put up their feet on the long wooden chaise’s. I enjoyed sitting there for a while. The theatre seating is another stroke of genius. In it’s current state I would be surprised if I saw more then die hard runners moving by quickly on the pathway. It seems like it would be more effort then warranted to run a short distance on the High Line though once the entire route is open that will probably change. As some people have mentioned, dogs aren’t welcome up there. I have a dog and to be honest I don’t really mind that much. My opinion on that could change but at the moment it wasn’t the first thing I was thinking about as I was walking.
As other sections of the High Line open up, I’m really looking forward to seeing how the pathway changes my perspective of the city. As the news hype over the next couple of days grows I’ve created a page powered by Daylife that has all the High Line articles out there. That can be viewed at http://topics.designnotes.info/page/highline. I also have more photos of my first walk through on flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsurtees/sets/72157619404502549.
This has been one of those strange weeks where everything on the outside looks the same, though on the inside there’s a lot going on. It’s been a cool week though there’s nothing I can really report on at this point. I realize that’s this is a lame way to start this week’s Link Drop, but that’s what’s been going on and typically those events around me mirror what I find interesting web wise over the week. So stay tuned and please enjoy some of the stuff that I thought was worth saving for a second read.
Paula Scher on Failure
For some reason when ever the press covers Pentagram, it’s pretty fluffy coverage with predictable results. Personally I blame the writers for being lazy. However this week I did come across an interview that I was actually able to gain some insight into. Maybe some of those design writers can learn a thing or two from a non design magazine covering a designer?
Flickr Group: Look, I taped my iPhone!
So far I’ve been lucky to escape dropping or destroying my iPhone (knock on wood). Some people haven’t unfortunately. They’ve dropped their iPhone and the screen has cracked in all sorts of weird ways. Strange thing is, if a person were to tape up their iPhone screen together it still functions. A flickr group has popped up to show what all those phones look like.
Designer Q&A with Craig Nottage
I’m not much of a pool player—but how cool would it be to have a table like this? I think this is one of those times when a design has broken out of it’s traditional form to be something even more interesting.
On the Street and On Facebook: The Homeless Stay Wired
This is one of those strange dichotomies of living and technology. If you’re a person that donates to a homeless person on the street—are you less likely to give if you noticed that they had a cell phone? That’s not covered in the article but that’s what it triggered in my head. Tech. is even more persuasive then we thought.
Movies to See Alone
Something for reference in case one is feeling like thinking about a film in
being by themselves for the evening the morning.
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
I’m not a film person, but I saved this site in case I did have a couple extra hours and wanted to see something that wasn’t too hyped but was worth seeing.
A point to consider about the complexity of communication with Wave, I wonder if he’ll have the same feelings a year from now.
Went Walkabout. Brought back Google Wave.
I talk a lot about Google in my Link Drops week after week but what might be surprising is that I don’t use a lot of their products. I don’t use Google News because Daylife does a better job imho, I don’t use Gmail that much because I like having hard copies of my data (though I do have a couple accounts). Google also caters to the non mac crowd first so they also tend to not be using all the creative juice that’s out there. Sure engineers are creative and smart, but their missing a huge sector of digital spectrum by releasing PC based products first like Chrome. With all that said I’m kind of curious to see how Google Wave morphs into the future. Cool insight from a blog post about how Wave came to be. These are the kind of posts that are why corporate blogs are supposed to be. Talk about the product, share a bit of the process and publicize some of the benefits.
If The Message Is Important, It Will Find Me
Nice play on something I’ve mentioned before about how important news will find people.
The embeddable newspaper
What’s strange to me as I read this is that most publishers and content creators are still gun shy about letting their content be embeddable. While YouTube might not be as profitable as it seems, what people fail to learn is that there’s a huge value in having stuff passed on that can be placed in other web sites. Sad thing, this is a concept that’s almost ten years old yet people that have never really published anything by hand or experienced that metaphor themselves are kind of out of the loop at the moment. OK–this post really didn’t have much to do with anything I just said, but that’s what I was thinking about as I read it…
Design made you do it.
This was probably my fav. post of the week though the argument is completely wrong. Designers with heavy ties to the old world of academics hold on to the holy grail of design that can change behaviour. It’s a nice concept on paper yet what is never talked about is ethics, personal righteousness and agendas. There’s a place to make the world a better place, and there’s a time to consider personal rights that leave people alone. Her post ignores all of this in responding to what I wrote about a couple d. students from Stanford last week.
MOVING ON UP
Who wouldn’t want a treehouse in their office?
Microsoft Bing: It’s cherry-licious
Aside from the horrible, horrible logo—there’s some good stuff underneath the hood with Bing. One person talks about their experience.
Don’t make me search!
I’m glad someone is asking this question—seems kind of obvious to me.
Laid Off Sportswriters Find New Life Online
Interesting concept though I wonder how long they can last for…
RoamBi: Dynamic Data Visualization for the iPhone
I started playing around with this free app yesterday. I haven’t had time to upload my own data yet. It’s a cleaner faster version of visualizing stuff as opposed to using a traditional desktop tool to make pie charts. Real benefit aside from getting data on an iPhone, not sure just yet.
Behind the Scenes: Tank Man of Tiananmen
By far one of the most popular links that I passed on from Twitter a couple days ago. Interesting to read different perspectives of the same image through different lenses.
Just how dimensional are our senses?
I learned some stuff about synaesthesia via this post.
Metropolitan/municipal design, Part 2: Bicycle racks
I have no idea why I find posts about Bicycle rack design interesting, but I do.
HALL OF FRAGMENT
Another project from someone I know on this blog…
Triangular buttons key to touchscreen typing success – inventor
It’s an interesting idea though I wonder if the designer realizes that there’s supposedly an invisible T shape over each key as it’s pressed. I think the bigger problem is that the T analyzer is too slow to predict what key will next be pressed.
Will technologie save the American Economie?
Who doesn’t want to read about vending machines, the future of industrial automation that sells stuff sans person.
A friend of mine from Brussels asked me an interesting question recently. She was wondering what I thought was the future of radio. I’d never really considered such a question before. It would be easy to lump radio into the same dieing media categories like newspapers, magazines and possibly local tv news. And on one level most radio stations are owned by a media conglomerates already. But there was something interesting when I started to group some of the audio ways I listen to music and news.
http://hypem.com is a great example of curated aggregation. They Pull in music from blogs and sort it by artist and song.
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/wkcr/ is a niche station that is celebrating Benny Goodman’s centenary birth by playing 600 hrs of him straight at the moment.
http://ckua.org/ It’s a hybrid station that appeal to both local and world music fans with a focus on quality artists that might not be picked up by traditional stations.
http://www.npr.org/ is a station we all know about. I’m still p.o. that they canceled the Bryant Park Project, but as a media entity they have as much potential as anyone else out there at this point.
As I was writing these connections up on my whiteboard, I realized that I needed to make space for the internet. But then I realized I listen to all of these different channels online to begin with. As obvious as that sounds it’s noteworthy because each of those four stations aren’t trying to be all things to all people. So as there is the potential to do anything, there’s still focus to strengths that each carry online.
I should also mention http://www.cbc.ca/ and http://www.bbc.co.uk/ too—however they do have a large segment of tv which the other four examples don’t have and to some degree are trying to be all things to all people…
Summer is just about here. It’s getting nice n’hot, the humidity is about to get a lot worse and there’s a long weekend coming up asap. Things are good in NYC at the moment for me which I’m really grateful for because there’s a lot of slowness going on around North America. Who knows when it will end, but hopefully it will make people stronger and smarter going forward. This week’s version of Link Drop is a bit smaller than usual. I was pretty busy and people had ICFF on their minds I think. The themes are similar in some cases as there’s tons of tech, typography and other artforms, but there’s also stuff about parks, maps and of course NYC. Again, if the weather is nice where you are—get outside and save these links for a rainy day…
I found this app via swissmiss yesterday—really great way to explore NYC via a map. It’s not perfect as it can’t do routes but more then makes up by allowing someone to see what business’ are in any building in the city. I was always curious to know who was behind where I work in SoHo, now I know.
Another great mashup using twitter and maps. I think the ui could be slightly tweaked but as a concept that works it’s quite amazing. The center of the screen locates the latest tweets from the geography. By moving the screen to different parts of the world you can see what people are talking about. The more you zoom in or out, the info changes according to area.
PostSpectacular: Social Collider
Cool explanation of Social Collider.
An interesting pov about the state of crappy design, perfect timing for ICFF.
Shigeru Ban – Artek 10 Unit System- 05.18.09
While this idea isn’t entirely new it was one of the designed things that I thought was interesting.
Design Glut: Candlestrip
Walking around one of the off site design shows timed for ICFF, these candles were one of the things that made me stop for a moment. (I can’t believe I just blogged about candles btw…)
What is Graphic Design?
While on vacation last week Andy was cool enough to have coffee with me. We talked about what graphic design is and was… Nice to see something online that I can pass on now about the idea.
I don’t usually post portfolios because there’s enough sites out there that already do that. But I thought I’d make an exception for the speculative Olympic poster work he has on the site. Really nice ideas. Too bad the Olympics don’t pay designers for work like they used too.
Magic hour behavior at Washington Square Mall
Washington Square Park is finally open again, it was great walking through it for the first time earlier this week. Here’s a write up from one person about the renovations.
“we left this side blank so you can help”
Great idea about sticking it to “the man”.
What “American Idol” Can Teach Us About Stats
I never really thought about this issue until it was mentioned in this post. Makes sense for all those voting like shows.
Jump Into The Stream
This is how info is flowing these days, kind of like what Daylife is doing.
Welcome, Wired. We call this land “Internet”
Really interesting post from someone that worked at Wired, and even more interesting are the subsequent comments afterwards.
1997 must have been a crazy year, I can’t imagine how things were back then interweb wise—and perhaps going through the shock every following year that it was impossible to keep up.
Sony Pictures CEO: “I’m A Guy Who Doesn’t See Anything Good Having Come From The Internet. Period.”
Quite the statement if true.
the joy of slow photography
A rebuttal to super fast photo shots.
A valuable primer (not only) for legal beagles…
Interesting to see what some lawyers are reading about typography. And no more small print for credit card companies too.
Searching for Value in Ludicrous Ideas
I’ve been thinking about the fact that there might be some great ideas out there at the moment but we have no idea if they’re any good as they’re being thrown against a two sided wall of the good ol’days way of thinking and the other side that is still unknown.
Here’s a couple photos from last night’s earthquake in California. Of course it’s not showing us what’s on the ground currently but it does me for a compelling composite knowing that something happened there and there isn’t much news being reported just yet. I came across this tweet that mentioned Recent Earthquakes in California and Nevada. One of more fascinating pieces of data is that they give a kml file that opens in Google Earth. Watching the globe zoom into a street view for the first time was really compelling. Once I had zoomed in and out a couple times to check out what was near by I came across this tweet which gave me the idea to do that myself. So with the co-ordinates this is where I landed. This morning the co-ordinates changed slightly in location, but it’s still in the same vicinity.
There’s a lot of potential to put info hooks down the road once people know what to do. People marking their location as they file personal experiences is a start. That’s almost automatic now with people that have geo capabilities with their camera. The next step is have the descriptive text attached to the file as it’s pushed out to the interweb. Scale becomes an issue though, if every single person pushed out the same kind of info at the same time how would someone be able to edit it? If a person can zoom in/out with a map it probably wouldn’t be that hard to cluster similar news to location so a person needing unique info could find it easier.
This morning Tina and the CreativeMornings team gave me the opportunity to talk about agile design. I really liked the vibe in the room which made it pretty easy for me to talk about a design process that is going to be used more often in non traditional areas of design. To make things easier, here’s the links from my resources slide. For those that came out—thanks so much for taking some time out of your day.
The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It
by Joshua Cooper Ramo
Is incremental design the wave of the future?
Ethan Eismann (Look for the Designing for Agile: Seven Practices)
Twelve emerging best practices for adding UX work to Agile development
Design as an Iterative Process
Is Your Agile Software Process Handcuffing the User Experience Design?
Kanban Development Oversimplified
I feel as though this week just started and it’s already Friday. Good weather, good company and being in NYC will do that to people. But with that said there’s always time for the interwebs and below are some of the sites that I thought were worth a second look. There’s a bit more weirdness this week and less graphic design—coincidence? For this edition of Link Drop I also had a bit more coffee then usual, hence the erratic diagram. Till next week, though I’m not sure how I’m going to simultaneously post a Link Drop and a live presentation at the same time…
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The Battle Between Art & The Algorithm
Apparently design lost the battle with art and now art has set its sights on the algorithm. Is deciding how something is weighted in a myriad of ways based on rational—or is it art. I think it’s art if design myself if you know what to look for.
Is Interaction Design a dead-end job?
This is an interesting question to ask, especially these days as print is all but dead. If there isn’t interaction design, what’s left?
Microsoft sales fall for first time in 23 years
I’m surprised more people haven’t mentioned what has happened to Microsoft this year. There’s some smart connections being made in this piece. Not to beat a dead horse for me, but the fact that I can take a pic and push it on to the internet with a message within a minute from start to finish is amazing. Am I using any tools from MSFT to do that? No…
On Engineering and Design: An Open Letter
For those that work with engineers—good letter or someone on a soapboax?
wires should not behave like humans.
Interesting flip on the traditional idea that everything online has to be soft, fluffy and more human.
Twitter Clients Are a UI Design Playground
This is interesting—did twitter plan to to harness the crowd to make a better UI because they really didn’t know what they were doing, or did they create such a bad experience it pissed off enough people that they decided to make their own better UI? Funny thing is, if twitter was the music industry they would have tried suing their users where as twitter encouraged it.
Design Dont’s: Seesmic is the Frankenstein of Status Apps
I think this post proves that it’s best for design and engineering to work together as opposed to each of them working from their own pov.
Justified West At Langara College
I’ve never visited this school in BC, but I know a couple people there so it was kind of cool to read about a great typography event they hosted.
Seven characteristics of passion brands
I usually try to ignore the “the best of steps”, but this one was worth saving.
Scorecard | The National Design Awards
I thought the question that they brought up about Architecture Design and Interior Design was worth mentioning. I had no idea, but I’m neither an architect nor an interior designer…
Psst, have you heard…
I liked the idea of visualizing how things are spread via the promoters, passives and detractors.
Fascinating view of how the Gameboy (often ignored by designers as a great object) evolved and reflected the time as the years went on.
The Making Of: PlayStation | Edge Online
Who says a logo can’t change a lot and still maintain its “brand equity”?
Gallery of default anonymity: A work in progress
Here’s a collection of the designed undesigned avatars that everyone ignores…
Cold Cut Animals, Soft Body Parts & Stained Glass Perfume
Bizarre post #1 showing flesh.
Bizarre post #2 showing flesh.
“NPR maps the Energy Grid”
I find these kind of maps fascinating on a couple different levels. There’s the proximity of lines to actual cities (or distance from them), and the patterns the lines make that outline energy.
100 days of Obama’s Facebook news feed.
It would be easy to dismiss this visualization, but it’s actually quite impressive. It’s in a format almost everyone recognizes, there’s humour, there’s history and some of it is actually plausible.
That google seems to be wrecking every industry out there. But if it’s so bad why hasn’t anyone stepped up and made it better?
The problem with street art
A connection between street art and marketing.
This is a serious camera that I want to do a project with. Anyone out there looking to do something kick ass with a budget? Give me a calll…
The Green Design 100
Time.com weighs in with their green design index.
Don’t Blame Facebook
Good observations about people stick to what they know, yet can anything really be improved if a designer just wants to make people happy?
HealthMap | Global disease alert map
Just a fyi…
Current Developing Crises
I found this as a good starting point to understand what’s going on with the swine flu.
Telling amazing stories
Simple points to consider, hard to execute when all three measurements of 1. Collecting consistent data, 2. Designing meaningful visualizations and 3.Telling amazing stories are actually more subjective than you think.
4 Sites with Brilliant Internet Branding
A first glance the visual design of all these sites aren’t that great, but then again do they have to be?
Books on Typography
If you’re looking for a list of books on typography, what better source to look to than the Type Directors Club?
International Herald Tribune: Breathless in Paris
Happy to see some commentary on the IHT. I’m still irked by the killing of the old design of their site.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been noticing a bunch of images that are quite angular. It’s as though each of those objects has been put through a photoshop filter that has morphed them into something quite compelling. I’m not sure if this is a trend that is going to continue or that I’m making a strange connection that’s not really much of a coincidence. Either way it’s a different approach to bringing the digital world into the real three dimensional world.
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It wasn’t until I started circling and circling the same themes did my Link Drop reveal what I was interested in this week. As I collected stuff that I thought was worth remembering, concepts about process and community were interlinked quite a bit. Next week who knows what will grab my attention but for now here’s what I’ve got. While I recommend checking some of these sites out, if it’s nice as it’s going to be in NYC this weekend—maybe try not to spend too much time on the interweb and enjoy outside. I know I’m going to try.
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Feedback for profiles on Google
At first glance this user feedback page doesn’t seem that interesting, but it’s actually quite extraordinary. There’s realtime feedback that has numbers so anyone can watch as the ideas grow—which brings me to my second point. Google has started a profile page which is what it’s looking for feedback on. That idea is it’s base. The users are giving feedback that will no doubt be part of the roadmap as the service of the profile page evolves over time.
The Inside Scoop on Design: Ten Questions with Hartmut Esslinger
There’s a ton of design as strategy books out there, but if I’ve taken the time to read what IDEO has said maybe I should also see what Frog has to say about the same thing.
Design as an Iterative Process
As the idea of iterative design morphs into the lexicon of design speak, it doesn’t hurt to listen to and hear what everyone has to say on the concept.
Behind the scenes of LOVEFiLM’s new product pages
This kind of breakdown of a project is so much more valuable then the typical project profile after the fact.
New models for new media
Interesting way of looking at growth—not necessarily in numbers but by building a stronger bond as the service evolves.
I thought everything for this project was pretty cool—but it also doesn’t hurt that the info design is actually informative. My only beef is that they should have reformated the poster when people are looking online as a pdf.
In Defense of Eye Candy
I though this was a decent rebuttal to all the ia’s out there that consider the design that’s completed after their work to be superfluous. However I’m also concerned that someone reading this article might just think that making every button shiny and bevel’ish is the answer too.
Who would want to give this room a try?
The Power Of Passed Links (continued)
This kind of goes without saying, but it’s still valuable to read and remember it as the link economy continues.
Hello, Steve Brill, Get Me Rewrite
It’s almost too easy to write articles about why the old media is lost.
Why We Should Get Rid of the White House Press Corps
WAPO might have a point about this—there’s also a couple good suggestions at the end. Why not have people that are experts in particular fields be the one’s to ask questions depending on the topic of the day?
Apple Rejects App For Using An Icon That Somewhat Resembles An iPhone
I’ve never submitted an app, but whether or not it’s true it sounds like Apple should work on being consistent with their approval system.
Typographica. Review of typefaces and type books.
Was really happy to see this site go live again with reviews, smart idea. That way they don’t have to be trying to update content everyday.
Four Essential Members of a Great Design Team
I thought this breakdown was quite smart—and if a design team can fit those pieces they’re pretty lucky. Even better if a company can foster that type of environment that recognizes those roles not as official titles but as elements needed for success.
Stop Trying Ritual
Good exercise for anyone to try.
Andy Hertzfeld on Google’s News Timeline
I always find it fascinating that when “certain” companies push out new features, a lot of the blogosphere’s response is blind celebration. It’s more about the name of the company then the actual functional workings. I thought this was a good breakdown of some of the current issues with Google’s new timeline which was a nice change of pace from what I’m ususally reading about them.
Readings of the week…
If you need more stuff to read and check out, these links wouldn’t be a bad place to start.
Susan Boyle: A Lesson in Talent Management
The Harvard breakdown of the Susan Boyle hype.
Interesting to see what’s motivating ai these days…
UNTITLED No.20 _ Trip @ the Denver Art Museum
Designing Universal Knowledge
I want to read this book after reading this review.
Brace Yourself: New British Design Plays With Sheathing Ply
While this chair play with humour, I thought it also was a nice reaction the eames plywood chair that’s got a ton of curves. This one is flowing but in an entirely different way.
Cool visual idea, I think there’s a ton of ways to make something like this into a better experience online. Maybe I’ll have to do something about it instead of just talking about it…
I need to buy some of these.
Type and Lettering
Cool blog to check out if you’re into typography. I didn’t know about the site before this week.
Diz Decor Vinyl stickers
If you’ve already got a lot of wires on your wall, why not celebrate it instead of hiding them with stickers?
Q & A Series: The Worst Mistakes
There’s some pretty interesting experiences from photographers to learn from—even if you’re not a photographer.
NY Times Graphics Editor Talks on Data Visualization
There’s a couple points in there worth considering if you’re an info type of person that you may not have been aware of before.
A conversation with L.A. Reid
Of all the Charlie Rose conversations I watched last week, I thought this one was worth watching twice over all the rest.
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 list) of my choosing. I thought it wouldn’t be that tough—but of course it was, not because of the quantity but because design for me can be a fairly broad term. There’s a lot of categories that blur into each other. To help me see where the blogs fell into, I made a 2×2 grid. Within the grid I made each of them have a 4 letter name so they could fit on the grid in a consistent manner—kind of like a stock ticker. As I started putting together the list, I’d check a certain number of blogs each day with the intention of if someone could only open eleven blogs (after all I’d want to include DesignNotes) each morning from NYC, which sites would give the biggest amount of great content that wasn’t overlapping each other. I also didn’t want the list to turn into something akin to what everyone else would pick as popular blogs, but show that there’s a bigger range than the expected norm that everyone lists. The sites below are what came I ended up with. That list became known as Ten Design-Related Blogs from NYC.
I’ve always been a bit skeptical of other listings like this to some degree whether from magazines or other blogs because they felt very buddy, buddy. One could argue the same thing about me—people would be wrong to think that of course, but now maybe I was wrong to be skeptical of others intentions in the past—I don’t know. But just to be fair here’s a breakdown of how these blogs flow into DesignNotes: People behind the blogs that I’ve met in person: 6/10, People I’ve shared email correspondence: 8/10, People I don’t know at all: 3/10, Number of of blogs that have been mentioned in my Link Drop: 10/10, and People I’ve had a beer with: 4/10.
The Blogs.com listing Ten Design-Related Blogs from NYC can be found at blogs.com/topten/10-design-related-blogs-from-nyc.
A clean curated design blog that emphasizes grids, typography and whitespace done well—very calming blog.
i [love] marketing. (ILVM)
Don’t be fooled by the title, this blog is much smarter than the typical blog pushing marketing ideas. Not afraid to question the status quo out there, lots of ideas to consider.
Ashley Simko (ASMK)
There’s a constant flow of great design images, quotes and thoughts daily if not hourly placed on display. I’m curious to see this blog evolves over time.
PLUS and MINUS things (P&MT)
The image selection is always compelling as it is unique. Lots of photography and industrial design stuff.
Here’s a blog that talks a lot about UX design in a manner that’s understandable to anyone, yet isn’t holding back from great observations.
A ton of diverse links, it’s hard to be bored when there’s a source like this out there.
They cover a lot of different areas of design and marketing. If something is kind of interesting out there in a commercial sense, they’ll probably talk about it.
A bellwether blog for all other reblog design sites, the number of people that gravitate to what is mentioned on this site is incredible.
There’s a constant flow of news in the design world from fonts, furniture, art and architecture
Wooster Collective (WOST)
A great source and authority on all things street art.
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.
Worldwide Inauguration via Twitter
Flowing Data | 22 JAN 2009
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.
I AM THE KING OF HOUSEHOLD DESIGN.
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency | JAN 2009
Redesigning A User Interface In The Open
A VC | 17 JAN 2009
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.
Swedish Television launches a great online television site but where’s the social interaction?
ronnestam.com | 20 JAN 2009
The site was working for me when I originally grabbed the info, hopefully it’s back up by the time you read this…
The Last Days of W
Printfetish | 15 JAN 2009
A review of the latest Alec Soth book and commentary about one person’s observation in today’s climate.
Shigeo Fukuda | 1932-2009
Robert L Peters | 16 JAN 2009
I was sad to read this.
National Design Triennial: Nominations
Cooper Hewitt | JAN 2009
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…
Networked link journalism: A revolution quietly begins in Washington state
Publishing 2.0 | 9 JAN 2009
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.
Koolhaas’ Exodus and Thomson’s Divided Kingdom
Maud Newton | 22 JAN 2009
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.
Wisconsin Cheese Cupid
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.
I Love You More Than Blank
Interesting social experiment.
Conversation Mapping in Twitter: Keyword Clouds.
PurpleCar | 15 JAN 2009
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.
Inauguration » The Moment
CNN | 20 JAN 2009
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.
The Wired Presidency: Can Obama Really Reboot the White House?
Wired | 19 JAN 2009
I’d like to see the author to revisit their article once a year for the next four years to track how things evolve.
100 Blogs That Will Make You Smarter
Online Universities | 18 NOV 2008
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.
Historical Photos in Web Archives Gain Vivid New Lives
NYT | 18 JAN 2009
A nice primer to see the connection between photos and history/stories.
Inside Obama’s Social Media Toolkit
Micro Persuasion | 17 JAN 2009
Good breakdown when consider a strategic operation.
The Faces of Mechanical Turk
Waxy | 20 NOV 2008
If you’ve ever had to use mechanical turk as i have, you’re probably curious to know who’s actually doing the work.
Drew Friedman: Obama portrait for The New Yorker http://www.boingboing.net/2009/01/20/drew-friedman-obama.html
White House site updated already – http://www.whitehouse.gov/
Very cool visualization of what’s being said on twitter at http://obama.twistori.com/#mixed
There’s a ton of new typefaces released in the Gotham family today, forgot for a sec. that it was the typeface used in that HOPE poster among many other Obama things… http://www.typography.com/ask/showBlog.php?blogID=165
Harper’s Index: A retrospective of the Bush era http://harpers.org/archive/2009/01/0082319
From the New York Times Inaugural Words – 1789 to the Present – Interactive Graphic
There will be tons of sites w/ Obama images today, Daylife get’s a constant flow from Getty, Reuters and AP. As they come in the system it will repopulate at http://select.daylife.com/topic/Barack_Obama/photos/1/grid & http://select.daylife.com/search/photos/1/grid?q=Inaugural and if you’re a quote kind of person this page is pretty cool http://select.daylife.com/topic/Barack_Obama/quotes. One more page to check out could be http://select.daylife.com/topic/Obama_Inauguration
Top image up, first post of the day
I’m not sure if I’m having a violent reaction to all the white I’m seeing (this blog included), but I’ve come across a couple visuals that gave me a jump start to the eyes & mind today. The above image came from the Dioptical – FontStruct Font while earlier today I came across this trippy RGB site. The added sound gives it a je ne sais quoi. Is this a sign of what’s to come visually this year?
Wanting to take a look back so I can figure out how to proceed with 2009, I grabbed a bunch of notable posts that I thought were worth spending a bit more time with. Below each image I’ve made a note now that I’ve had some time away from each of the original posts. Here’s to the new year and thanks for visiting, and linking and commenting and…
This seemed like a great idea at the time, trade my shuffle with someone else and hear some new music. I ended up trading but due to my own business it took way too long to trade back with her. I learned my lesson – anyone else want to try trading?
Copywronged Google Map
I wanted to combine some of my photography with a listing of location. Another idea with good intentions, problem was it took a lot of time to map it out and I had no way of exporting the data offline if I wanted to. So after a while I stopped posting to that map.
Architecture wrapped up as a shoe
This was before things really took off with Obama, I had seen the Hope graphic floating around the web but this was the first image I saw of it actually on the streets. A while after that post someone mailed me a couple of the posters. That was a very good day.
Orange Bicycles in New York
There was an interesting discussion after I posted this – unfortunately when I installed Disqus after the fact that comment stayed in the old database of comments. In effect the person was objecting to the commercialization of the idea of the Ghost Bike. At the time I was pretty much on the opposite side thinking that a company shouldn’t have to worry about worry such things. As I’ve walked a lot through the city and seen those white bikes out there, that person may have been correct with their objections.
This project is still going on for a couple weeks, but the number of people that saw it and contacted me after this post was quite amazing. Not sure where this project will end up but up until now it’s been interesting to watch it grow.
There was three events that were sort of art, sort of design that I really enjoyed seeing. One was MoMA’s Design and Elastic Mind Exhibition, Murakami at the Brooklyn Museum and Buckminster Fuller at the Whitney. I would have luved to have blogged more about the last two exhibitions but since they don’t allow photography inside I’ll just mention that it’s a stupid policy that will hurt them more than what it will help. Banksy’s installations would be up there too in really good things to have seen now that I think about it.
Can you exist without a permalink?
Just like the Frietag instruction booklet I mentioned above, Camper’s shoes are a product that other designers should want to strive for. They are perfect for the weather of NYC and never wear out. There’s only two brands of shoes that I buy, Camper and Giraudon.
A Tagger in your midst?
Pure genius via Wooster Collective
Faux Eiffel Tower Extension
Clay Shirky on Stephen Colbert
There’s a lot of really smart stuff in this book. In my top 3 of things to read, and more interestingly I don’t think this book will date itself as much as some of the others along the same genre that came out this year.
find, define, design
then refine the redesign
do it one more time
A friend wrote this for me over im as I talked about work…
I Hate Perfume, Ideas I Love
Today’s Sky Mention
What are you doing today?
The Flo in Florent
Scrolling Through Photos
Clean iPhone psd template
Say what you mean w/ a click
For all the chatter of sites that tagged brands, I think Dear Adobe changed the game more so than any other UGC site. If I was wanting to study site concepts for company’s, this is where I would start. And no, Adobe didn’t design the site.
How I Find Good Stuff on the Web
What’s your internet?
Looking at the Nooka Zon
“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.
6:04 AM: If you can vote do so and if you’re watching from the sidelines like me (Canadian) you’re probably watching just because it’s very interesting. I’m probably going to update this post as the day unfolds
6:20 AM: Huffington post has a pretty extensive scorecard list of the predictions. Election Predictions: Pundits Weigh In
Karl Rove – Winner: Obama, Electoral College: Obama 338 McCain 200.
Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard editor – Winner: McCain, Electoral College: Obama 252 McCain 286.
Markos Moulitas, DailyKos founder – Winner: Obama, Electoral College: Obama 390 McCain 148.
Alan Abramowitz, Emory University political scientist – Winner: Obama, Electoral College: Obama 361 McCain 177
8:06 AM: Really curious to see how some of these emedable maps convey real time information during the day and evening. I’ll keep adding stuff like this as I come across them.
If you happen to have a camera or cell that has a camera be sure to take a photo at 10:15 am and pm local time and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, why – b/c it’s the TEN:15 VOTE PROJECT, see the results at www.ten15am.com
9:18 AM: From Eye Magazine Just like our own dear Queen ‘White Obama’ poster conjures up the spirit of Colors on voting day “Coming into town on a damp Tuesday morning, it was cheering to see a graphic design splash on the front page of free newspaper Metro. Reminded us of our own dear Queen, as envisaged by Colors.”
10:15 AM: Mercer and Third street on TEN:15 VOTE PROJECT Day
12:37 PM: From the Google Blog Top searches on Election Day (part 1)
“No fewer than 87 of the top 100 fastest-rising terms relate to the election right now. Of these, 10 relate to searches for state information, including [florida sample ballot], [ohio ballot issues 2008] and [where to vote in texas]. We practical Americans are keen to be rewarded for our participation, too: [free stuff for voting] refers to the giveaways some retailers are offering citizens who stop in. One ubiquitous coffee purveyor is called out in particular: [starbucks free coffee], [starbucks election] and [starbucks vote] are clear indicators of the caffeine boost people anticipate needing today.”
2:40 PM: NYT Poll Closing Times
3:43 PM: http://blog.twittervotereport.com
4:35 PM: Newsweek wins my award for most useful election diagram – probably the only one you will need to look tonight – Newsweek – Stumper’s Election Night Cheat-Sheet
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.
ANTREPO4.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.”
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 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 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.,”
News, 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…”
Behind 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…”
That 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
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
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…”
On 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…”
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 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.”
Condensed 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…”
What 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…”
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.”
It’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.”
Facebook 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
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”
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 wrote “Des travaux de qualités, un style très intéressant et original, c’est ce que nous présente Julien Vallée, directeur artistique canadien.”
Plus+ 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.”
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. –”
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.”
Infochimps.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
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.”
*** 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…”
Study: 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.”
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
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.”
Just 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!”
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…”
Forget 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…”
Obama ‘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
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…”
Street 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
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
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 and Part 2
From Wooster Collective
When it comes to design in galleries I’m of two minds. On one side design becomes something tangible when it’s in it’s natural environment. Of course all design is not something that you can hold in your hand which makes it debatable how you express ideas as part of the process before it becomes a “thing”. On the other side galleries are a neutral environment that allows for exploration of concepts that in theory do not have the same financial pressures that a design would have in the marketplace.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect with MoMA’s Design and Elastic Mind Exhibition. I didn’t do a lot of background research before I stepped in. My simplified over view of the exhibit was that MoMA wanted to attempt to show examples where science and design are coming together to create new things and in turn change the world (for the better). Anyone that has hung out on a design blog will no doubt recognize a number of the objects on display. A crowd favourite was the video of Sketch Furniture by the Swedish design firm Front Design. There was a number of samples of the furniture. It was something that I appreciated seeing in three dimensions after their video had been release on the net. Looking at the objects in person it made me wonder how strong they actually were. Could you sit on a chair and not worry about it breaking? I also wondered how heavy it was too – was the plastic lightweight? For all the things that were familiar there were things that I had no background on. The section on nano design became a blur to me. The images made interesting patterns but I had nothing to compare it with in my daily environment. I felt that maybe for others that were going through other parts of the exhibit may have felt the same way about other things. If there was one thing missing from the exhibition, it might have been to create some context for how the products would exist in the outside world more explicitly.
One of the more important concepts that I think a lot of people may have missed with a passing glance was the Dressing the Meat of Tomorrow by James King. I was first introduced to the idea of “disembodied cuisine” at a talk with Anthony Dunne from the Royal College of Art last year. It’s essentially meat that is created in a laboratory. Compared with the energy and waste that real livestock produce, this could be a convenient solution via sustainability. Of course if this meat can be created, what’s the aesthetics of the form and flavour(s)? As an opportunity to create new forms I find the idea quite compelling. I expect to see more of this visual experimentation in the upcoming years.
For anyone that is interested in visualization there’s a number of examples. There’s both examples that you can see on the net like Flight Patterns while others were created specifically for this exhibition. Another talk I saw more recently was with Jonathan Harris who talked about “I Want you to want me” which MoMA commisioned. It’s an interactive piece in the true sense in that you press the screen to see an exploration of Web dating. Another project that I think has a lot of potential but isn’t entirely understandable was NYTE. The display was quite high so I couldn’t exactly tell what was going on – it’s probably better to check out the site at www.senseable.mit.edu/nyte before visiting.
There’s a lot to take in with this exhibition and it became apparent that I did miss some stuff after looking the Design and Elastic Mind Exhibition website at moma.org/exhibitions/2008/elasticmind/ and the book that I bought. Design and Elastic Mind is on till May so I suspect that there will be a lot written on the topic of Design and Science merging in the context of this exhibit. That’s a good thing because I don’t think that topic is going to be disappearing anytime soon.
I’ve noticed an alarming amount of orange on my desk today. So I thought it would be interesting to spend a couple minutes discovering the psychology of orange via links.
· Orange is a combination of yellow and red and is considered an energetic color.
· Orange calls to mind feelings of excitement, enthusiasm, and warmth.
·Orange is often used to draw attention, such as in traffic signs and advertising.
· Calm, depth, natural organisms, nature, richness, rusticism, stability, tradition, anachronism, boorishness, dirt, dullness, filth, heaviness, poverty, roughness, earth (classical element)
· Web colour orange, defined as FFA500
· In English heraldry, orange is considered synonymous with the tincture tenne, and supposedly denotes strength, honor, generosity, and prosperity. However, its use as a heraldic tincture is relatively rare, as it is considered a “stain” (a deprecated tincture) by some. In continental heraldry, tenne is more often deemed to denote a burnt orange colour.
From Colour Therapy Healing:
On the psycho-spiritual level, this chakra relates to self respect. That is to say having the ability to give ourselves the freedom to be ourselves and to respect our own boundaries and requirements and, by the same token, having respect for the boundaries of others. Orange is the colour of creativity and we should give ourselves the space to have creative time just for us.
From Color Wheel Pro:
Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.
To the human eye, orange is a very hot color, so it gives the sensation of heat. Nevertheless, orange is not as aggressive as red. Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity. It is highly accepted among young people. As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite. Orange is the color of fall and harvest. In heraldry, orange is symbolic of strength and endurance.
Orange has very high visibility, so you can use it to catch attention and highlight the most important elements of your design. Orange is very effective for promoting food products and toys.
Dark orange can mean deceit and distrust.
Red-orange corresponds to desire, sexual passion, pleasure, domination, aggression, and thirst for action.
Gold evokes the feeling of prestige. The meaning of gold is illumination, wisdom, and wealth. Gold often symbolizes high quality.
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 images that they’ve found on the web. What’s nice about the site is that you can typically go to the original site that hosted the image. Another feature is that the site can find other images based on what you like. I’ve been quite inspired each time I’ve visited the site, maybe you’ll be too at http://ffffound.com
At some point I’ll jot down some things that I saw this year that perhaps could grow into something more next year, but I think there’s one word that anyone that touches interaction design should try to experience. And that word is Folksonomy.
I snapped this image at Wired’s Nextfest over the weekend in NYC. You can check out more about Virgin Galactic at http://www.virgingalactic.com/