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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 […]

My News Flow on Flight 1549

When I found out 23 minutes after Flight 1549 landed in the Hudson river via skype, like everyone else I wondered wtf. But rewinding my time line about 45 minutes […]

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 […]

Nightlife @ Daylife: Jeff Jarvis and “What Would Google Do?

I thought I would pass on this info just in case you haven’t seen this event via me or anyone else that works at Daylife in Facebook. I’m kind of […]

When waiting in line at the post office, these thoughts came to mind…

Many months ago I spent way too much time in the post office behind MSG with Tamara as I helped her send some packages. I thought it was great timing […]

Creative Mornings: Zach Klein and Casey Pugh Notes & Video

12/12/08 Zach Klein and Casey Pugh on Physical Computing from CreativeMornings on Vimeo. “I was seeking the thrill of learning something new” and so the ten minute talk (it was […]


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 […]

A couple points from seeing Big Spaceship at AIGANY Design Remixed

After work last night I walked down the block to the Apple SoHo store to hear Michael Lebowitz and Joshua Hirsch of Big Spaceship. Before the talk I wasn’t planning […]

Blip Festival 2008, December 4—7, 2008: Brooklyn

Blip Festival 2008: The Promo from Richard Alexander Caraballo on Vimeo. View Larger Map Having no experience w/ music aside from enjoying it casually, and a fan of bitmap typefaces, […]

Lame post but give me some slack, it’s Thanksgiving in the US

Last year around this time I did a thanksgiving post about my window and the sounds that I heard outside as I watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Well now […]

Fifty People, One Question: New York

Fifty People, One Question: New York from Crush & Lovely on Vimeo. I have to agree w/ Tina, this put a smile on my face too. A couple of my […]


If you like foosball + are a graphic designer + live in New York you probably already know about the WGDFC happening next Monday (November 17, 2008 at 6PM). But […]

Today is Tuesday November Fourth, Two Thousand Eight (12 UPDATES) End of Part One

6:04 AM: 6:04 AM: 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. […]

The old and new MetLife Signs above New York

A couple nights ago I noticed a new addition to the typography skyline of New York. A second updated version of MetLife, not on the MetLife Building but from a […]

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 31st (October 2008)

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 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 […]

My Moo Mini Cards w/ New York City Colour Study Photographs

In New York it’s pretty hard not to meet somebody new on a daily basis. At some point DesignNotes usually comes up. I’ve always kicked myself for never having anything […]

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 […]

Twittering The National Design Awards Winners’ Panel at Cooper-Hewitt

Instead of doing my usual note based design observations I decided to use the tool that I voted for at the People’s Design Award in real-time at The National Design […]

A Couple More New York City Colour Study Experiments – the old school animated .gif and weekly view

Since the middle of January I’ve been taking two images outside my window every morning. I wanted to be able to compare all the different colours that I saw every […]

Banksy at work in NYC: Broadway & Howard St.

There are some benefits to working in SoHo aside from dodging tourists. I just saw Banksy in action on Broadway & Howard St. I caught the tail end of the […]

Today is Monday September 29th, 2008

Well this post is a bit self referential so my apologies ahead of time if it comes off that way. Today is my first day at being thirty one – […]

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, […]

New York City Colour Study update: Day 251

I’m still working away on my New York City Colour Study, in fact today was 251. Flickr isn’t doing a great job of showing all the thumbnails on one page […]

Dimensional paper homage

Oded Ezer passed me on an email mentioning the above homage that he did to that famous I heart NY poster. You can read on his blog about how he […]

Will I ever be able to see MTA coloured routes on google maps?

When I read from the Google blog that NYC transit directions have arrived, what I thought that meant was that I could actually see the MTA coloured lines on the […]

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 […]

Checking out Buckminster Fuller at the Whitney

Over the weekend I finally went to the Whitney to check out Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe. Sure I knew about him but I really didn’t have a full […]

Hearing Dan Saffer talk about “Tap is the New Click” for IxDA NY at R/GA

Last night to a standing room only IxDA NY audience at R/GA for Dan Saffer presented what I’m going to guess is an outline of his new book Interactive Gestures: […]

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 […]

Walking around NYC finding the David Byrne Bike Racks

View Larger Map On my last Link Drop post I posted a link to the Gothamist about David Bryne’s bike racks. I thought it was an interesting idea but didn’t […]

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 […]

Let’s Hypothetically Say You Lost your Mac Book Pro…

Chances are if you are fairly mobile w/ work you have at least one laptop. If you’re a designer you’re more than likely to have a Mac Book Pro. If […]

What’s the location?

There’s two predictable sections of a site that I like checking out once I’ve bounced around from page to page. The first is the “About” category closely followed by “Contact”. […]

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