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Shifting Design Positions as it Evolves

After reading Kevin McCullagh’s Core 77 article Design is changing in myriad ways. Are you? I started making a number of connections to other posts that I’ve come across lately. […]


We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to […]

Helvetica in Vancouver and What is Design, really?

Over the weekend as I was hanging out in Bryant Park working away on my computer, I had pretty good conversation with Mark Busse over IM. He’s the Chapter president […]

From my apartment this morning

I felt like I was in the middle of a thunder storm this morning which in fact was the truth. For a couple hours it poured rain but by the […]

A couple flickr sets from a couple bloggers

I came across a nice pair of flickr sets from a couple popular blogs yesterday. Swissmiss walked by a two windows of stickynotes with the words “TO DO” in Dumbo. […]

Watching the sun interact with design

Usually I save my self narcissistic sensibilities to myself, though lately I’ve been talking a bit too much about my new apartment view of Manhattan – just ask the friends […]

Street Mining and Link Coincidences

Ever since mentioning Street Mining a couple weeks ago here on my blog, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the curated walk to hear and see things that I otherwise would never […]

DesignNote Banners

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my top image banner and even longer since I’ve updated the archives. In the next couple of days I’ll try to get that […]

Diving deep with images: FFFFOUND! and their image bookmarking site

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 […]


It seems like when you’re living in a place where there’s constantly things to learn and see, a day like Manhattanhenge in NYC is something to be aware of. If […]

Taking Pictures of the Creative Time wall and meeting William Wegman: what was Day 2 of Design Week

The second day of my design week started off by wondering if it was going to pour rain or not. Taking the risk that it wasn’t going to be raining […]

Shooting w/ your eyes closed

There’s a great site via the apartment all about those photos that come unexpected. See for yourself at FILE Magazine – The Collection.

Sexy and scandalous party pics, maybe?

Just when you thought you couldn’t become any cooler, you now have the chance to “become part of the hippest photo-blogging community in the known universe” or at least that’s […]

James Nachtwey’s speech to TED

“One of the things that I had to learn as a journalist was what to do with my anger” James Nachtwey mentions in his speech to TED. The compelling talk […]

Saturday in NYC

It’s always a good idea to combine photographs of jets with cool watches

Every once in a while I’ll come across a Bell & Ross watch ad and just be taken back by the design of the watch. Ok, I don’t like all […]

Say cheese

Aside from thinking about design, I always have a camera with me. It helps me see. Aside from that it’s just interesting to create an image I wouldn’t have considered […]

A blog using flash?

I finally found a blog that really, really uses flash in a respectable way. It just works. It’s the Magnum Blog. Designed both from the inside and outside by Orange […]

Computers Behind Blogs (Pool) in Flickr

Have you ever wondered what the environment is like around the blogs you read? There’s a new flickr pool for the Computers Behind Blogs. Here’s the MBP that publishes DesignNotes […]

Flickr Comment Spam

Yesterday I got hit with comment spam inside one of my flickr images. I checked the flickr’s forum and it seems to be a new issue creeping up. Apparently from […]

What was 11 Spring Street

The simple question would be was it worth it? You have the option to do anything you want on a Saturday in New York and you decide to stand in […]

Interviews, we got interviews

I grabbed an assortment of photography and design interviews from jen bekman’s del.icio.us site for your reading pleasure on a slightly cold Friday morning. An interview with HS Patrick Smith […]

Razmi Images Part 2

I don’t think this post is going to make a lot of sense if you can’t log in to WSJ and view the A Chilling Photograph’s Hidden History article. But […]

Razmi Images

The Wall Street Journal today published a story about a photographer and the people around an image that they all felt strongly should be shown. After reading the article I […]

Marc Joseph Talk

Two things that interest me are books and photography. I didn’t know anything about Marc Joseph before tonight’s talk, but when I learned that a photographer was going to be […]

Loser Singletons

“Having spent decades deriding singletons as losers with all the social skills of a rock, advertisers now want to make friends with those of us with just the one toothbrush […]

In soho today


tree, originally uploaded by calculated nonsense. Finally, something in flickr to blog about again. tree by alex taves. more at http://www.flickr.com/photos/67247718@N00/ Aside from that, I point you to Michelle Arcila […]

Walking home from work tonight in NYC

Pasqualina Azzarello

P1100658.JPG, originally uploaded by kathryn. Here’s a happy DIY story I found through flickr. Kathryn Yu has a great series of images taken from the work of Pasqualina Azzarello that […]

Ling Loft, the $2,500 toilet

I’ve posted some of my pics from Open House New York at http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsurtees/sets/72157594317270648/

Friday three for free

Going Up, originally uploaded by Delay Tactics. Accessibility for blind people: http://www.pingmag.jp/2006/09/29/accessibility-for-blind-people/ Direct Quote: Write meaningful links. Making links understandable out of context helps users who might not have read […]

Jeffrey Aaronson deux

Below are some of my notes from visiting “Maybe it’s You” by Jeffrey Aaronson a second time. iPod shuffle may be hard for older people to understand if they’ve never […]

Hearst Tower by Foster and Partners in NYC

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