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Link Drop (5·01·09)

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 […]

Diesel’s “Only The Brave” New York Launch

Last night I was the guest of friend’s Alissia Melka-Teichroew and Jan Habraken for the Diesel’s “Only The Brave” New York Launch. Alissia had her Acrylic Medal of Honor as […]

CreativeMornings with Michael Surtees of DesignNotes (Friday May 8th, 2009)

I’m excited to announce that next Friday (May 8th, 2009) I’ll be presenting at CreativeMornings. I’ll be talking about a design process that’s known in software development but is starting […]

AIGA NY: Stories from the Front

Last night I headed off the island to see AIGA NY’s Stories From The Front: My Dog and Pony. The event was billed as as a showcase of five designer’s […]

Book Spine Patterns

On Monday night I spent a couple brief moments in Tokyo Bar. On the wall there was a ton of books that had their spines exposed. From the image I […]

Link Drop (4·24·09)

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Just another Saturday morning walking Madison

Walking Madison every morning I never know what I’m going to end up seeing around NYC. The weather has been slowly getting better which is great because Spring can’t come […]

Link Drop (4·17·09)

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Notes from Justin Ouellette of Muxtape Talk

Below are my incomplete notes that I found myself typing away on my iPhone last night as I listened to Justin Ouellette of Muxtape talk at the Apple SoHo store […]

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 […]

The disturbing trend of fire, leather and a bit of skin in design

A couple weeks ago when I started to notice posters for the Cougar, I tried to ignore them. If I didn’t look in that direction they didn’t exist I told […]

Link Drop (4·10·09)

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Link Drop (4·03·09)

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Focusing on the marks

Maddie and I come across this truck quite often in the mornings when we walk by on our normal dog route. It’s typically parked in the same area which isn’t […]

Pecha Kucha NY #6

Last night I headed over to Le Poisson Rouge to see Pecha Kucha NY #6. This was my third PKNY event that I’ve been to and it was by far […]

Link Drop (3·13·09)

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Announcing Vague Terrain 13: citySCENE

Greg J. Smith of Serial Consign fame has released his latest issue of Vague Terrain. Below is his press release and below that is my text from my entry. I […]

Our New Architecture Tradition

View Larger Map Last weekend Madison and I decided to extend our weekend walking loop. Usually we’ll do a lap between 42nd st and 14th st on Park ave. I […]

When it snows, space opens up

When snow comes down it’s not that extrodinary considering that it snows all the time in the winter in North America. But what is special when it happens in NYC […]

Quotes from Shepard Fairey at Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy

A couple nights ago I went to hear Shepard Fairey, Lawrence Lessig and Steven Johnson speak at Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy. I had pretty […]

Supreme: why can’t you plaster posters on your own store?

It pains me slightly to do this post but if you’re going to vandalize a bunch of property in SoHo you might want to be an equal opportunist. A couple […]

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 20th (February 2009)

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Remembering on a wall

Recently I started extending my morning walks w/ Maddie going up to 42nd street and looping down to 23rd before heading back home. Typically I’m on Park (sidewalks are a […]

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 […]

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 13th (February 2009)

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 […]

Uniforms sans nombres

A couple weeks ago I came across a quick post from Ana Andjelic wondering about people who dress alike. The link from her post was a gold mine of others […]

Data live on the muzak map

I’m happy to mention that the Doves finally have a new track or as I put it out there on twitter, it’s about frig’n time. But that’s not why I […]

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 […]

Quad Animator for the Quad Camera

If you’ve bought and downloaded the Quad Camera for the iPhone, you know how it can pretty much turn any scene into something cool. My last blog post was just […]

Mildly Amusing Placement of FU and U2 Posters

Am I the only one that finds the placement of the above U2 poster with an upcoming movie kind of funny but not in a haha kind of way? More […]

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 […]

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