You might know of Joey Roth because of his Sorapot for Tea and the ceramic speakers that he recently designed. As a designer who is constantly thinking about the bigger picture he’s made a poster of a concept that he did for 48 Hours magazine. I really liked illustration when he first mentioned it on Twitter and am happy to see it in a larger format. You can but the Charlatan, Martyr, Hustler Poster for twenty five dollars from his site. I’ll be buying on after I hit the publish button on this post.
Walking to work today I thought these two posters almost side by side were worth noting if for no other reason than to show the state of posters on the sidewalk of NYC. Whether you love or hate American Apparel ads and for what they stand for, they’re certainly standing out from everything else out there. On the flip side Diesel has been getting a lot of attention for their tagline of Be Stupid, not so much for their visuals though something tells me that things could change in that category.
Late last week I received this sweet one colour letter pressed print titled Google Before You Tweet is the New Think Before You Speak designed by Joe Newton and written by Jon Parker. While the text and illustration speak for themselves, I should mention that the texture of the paper and indent of the paper that isn’t really shown on the photo adds a lot of visual punch in person. Davin Kuntze at Woodside Press in Brooklyn printed it while the typeface used Olduvai by Randy Jones.
Walking to have some coffee yesterday I ended up having a bit more time on my hands than I expected. Usually I like being on time for things but for some reason I was okay with having the chance to continue walking down the Bowery. While the street is a bit of a cliche I really enjoy seeing how everything evolves continuously. Buildings go down, they go up. There’s also visuals that seem alive. A poster on a wall one day will probably not look the same the next—by the time someone has put something up someone else will have tried ripping it down or built on top of it. So in a radius of only a couple feet I came across one construction wall that had to be noted. Who knows how things will change with it today?
When I walk to work there’s the natural tendency to walk home from work too—a kind of obvious thing. But what’s not so obvious is that in NYC there are many different views from the same street, more so than the usual street. Depending whether it’s east/west, north/south or day/night the same street can look be quite different. Take Mercer St. for instance. My preference is to take it in the morning starting on Houston heading south to Grand St. near were I work. The short answer to why is that I like seeing who’s hanging outside the Mercer Hotel or who I might recognize walking their dog that later in the day might be on TMZ. On the way home I usually take Wooster as a nice mellow walk to clear the head. Once in a while Greene St. is thrown into the mix. Last night was a bit different. To shake things up I took my typical morning route in reverse. Right on the corner was a Fidel poster that had been updated with a different face mask. I’ve probably walked by the mailbox a handful of times but never noticed the poster until I went in reverse. It was too dark to take a pic so I decided that would be my next #walkingtoworktoday pic. I’ve found that things change instantly on the streets here, so it’s best not to put things off too long if there’s a poster/sticker/mark outside worth noting. Luck would have it that this morning nothing had changed and here is the pic. The take away I suppose it to do things in reverse once in a while to see what might be blindly obvious, and make sure not to put things off because who knows what it will look like tomorrow.
Considering the economic climate is still not that great these days, there’s still some decent posters to be found in NYC. Sure they’re for the arts like album releases, gallery openings, tv shows and alcohol which are friendly to the visual culture, but it’s still nice to see. It should be noted that the Bored to Death poster was improved on Wooster st. with a bit of red…
It’s been a bit of an up and down week over here at DesignNotes. I’ve been under the weather of most of the week which is highly unusual, and on the flip side the weather outside has been actually pretty decent. In more relatable Link Drop news, I found that the sites I spent time with has a lot of personal expressing in them. There’s a bunch of interviews, process and visualization. Intermixed with all that are the normal tech., Apple and Twitter issues.
President Barack Obama for BusinessWeek
Brad has to be my favourite photographer that I like to share my doom and gloom predictions about the print industry with. He’s also old school but in a good way. Recently he visited the White House for BusinessWeek to shoot a cover story on Barack Obama. This is his post about the experience, something that more photographers should do once their images are published.
Advertising’s revenge of the nerds
This was by far the most popular of the sites I passed along this week via Twitter. It’s hard to say if this really is a new concept or one that’s being reported on. Non creatives will always be more attentive to stats that show graphs going up. Designer’s just need to understand that and use it to their advantage.
Why Does the Best Design of 2009 Still Look Like 2000?
This was probably one of the more important articles that could warrant some more in depth consideration. Comparing some of the best in industrial design today to the past, there hasn’t been a huge leap in the design. Minor tweaks aside there isn’t much new. I think this also could be a bigger issue of business culture in general. Look at what others have done and replicate.
On the inequities of design competitions
I really like this quote so I’m copy + pasting it here “…Designers who win awards for edgy design they did for a friend’s business– with a print run of one hundred or something like that? They’ve got no art director, no creative director, no client’s representative, no agency person. Where’s the obstacle to good design there? But take something like a cheese. When I see a really good package for a cheese– I know what that designer went through to get there. It makes me want to fall on my knees and kiss that designer’s feet, that cheese. —Ernesto Aparicio”
There’s a lot of takeaways from this practical statement. Can design that is collaborative, ie working closely with those that are not as passionate about doing something new be celebrated as much as the artist that does design on the side? This example also illustrates why I don’t show a lot of images from designers web sites. For me to truly appreciate a design I need to see it in the real world. Design magazines don’t barely reflect the real world that real design flows into. If I’m going to suggest a poster is pretty good, I better be able to see it against a real wall with other posters surrounding it.
This tries to end the mysticism of art trying to be design. Good design takes time, but it doesn’t mean that we have to be having an outer body experience to do appropriate work.
JK Wedding Entrance Dance
This post pretty much sums up how media, design and marketing need to be. It’s amazing how distinct the age gap between those in online that are old that treat sites like print material, and those online today who understand it’s an ongoing conversation that can’t be predicted six months in advance. With that said I do have some doubts that the JK Wedding dance wasn’t an elaborate pr stunt by Chris Brown’s handler’s, but maybe that’s just me…
Co-opting Viral Hits to Sell More Music
PSFK reflects on the practical nature of having a copyrighted song in a YouTube video being in a video, and how that can be profitable.
Heating Up the Charts
There’s some unusual candor about the process of selecting and working with a design firm for the redesign of Billboard’s site. Interesting pov’s and observations.
how blogging really works: random acts of traction
This isn’t the only reason I blog, but it’s true that a publisher will never know what ideas take off. For me, if I post five or six random design ideas a week, over a period of months some of them will evolve into something really special. If I hadn’t started where would those ideas come from?
Can We Please Kill This Meme Now
This is why I collect stuff for this Link Drop. There’s so much good stuff out there that I need a place to filter it after seven days.
Q & A with Ingsu Liu, W.W. Norton
I like talking about the demise of print, but I don’t have any allusions that digital can be as conceptual as a well designed book cover. The above interview is with the current V.P. art director at W.W. Norton, the talk is about their process.
Building an Army of Hyper-Local, Mobile-Connected Advocates
There’s a couple interesting angles for me on this story. I first read this story from Advertising Age, but since they wall their content after a week I thought it made more sense to pass it along to the original source. A lot of people use foursquare, I can’t argue that point as I see them all talking on Twitter. I’ve never tried it for personal reasons. In any case this article does a good job a breaking down the mobile app.
Digitized Stalking Is the New World Order
Just when you thought it was safe to be online.
Designers and Citizens as Critical Media Artists
As a concept I thought yellow arrow was a pretty cool idea. The designer’s of that and other cool things talk about it.
Easy Meat Cheat Sheet
What can I say, I’m a sucker for meat charts. There’s something freakishly interesting about them.
Retail Cuts of Art from GG
A second meat like chart I came across…
The App Store and Apple’s Recent Behavior
Apple has always been a corporation though sometimes people forget this. With the iPhone and the partnership with ATT, a lot of their business strategies are being questioned.
Is Apple More Evil Than Microsoft?
Could an article like this have been written three years ago?
Detroit Book : MITCH COPE
These are images worth taking a look at. They speak volumes to those that think that what ever industry they are in is not susceptible to change.
The meaning’s behind the short phrases are great.
what brands can learn from mission street food
A different type of look at my fav. SF food place.
Design Club: Why young American designers are ganging up
Interesting concept but it’s not new like is suggested. MADE in Edmonton is doing something similar and has been going strong for over ten years.
Making sense of health care
I nice big chart about health care…
Delightful error pages
The start of a collection of error pages.
Five steps to a better design brief
Here’s a couple steps that any designer can take heed to.
Good background info about how Good magazine does it’s thing.
Friend of DesignNotes, Rob Peters looks back at Hiroshima.
Link Drops by DesignNotes
It was interesting for me to read through the eyes of someone else about my Link Drop.
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 turn that means less time to collect and filter interesting stuff on the interwebs. The new iPhone came out which made me happy as I was getting tired of my 2nd generation iPhone that I’ve had for a couple years. I’ll post a review about that once I’ve fully tested it out. Other things that caught my attention related to process and technology quite a bit.
#CNNfail: Twitter Blasts CNN Over Iran Election
I tried to keep the amount of blog posts related to Iran, news and the social apps that were sending out information to a minimum. Fascinating to see how CNN on tv really dropped the ball with Iran in the beginning of the election only to be castigated with those people that expected more from a trusted source.
5 Ways to Redesign a City
A quick post with links to how interaction design can help redesign a city. Personally I’m not sure why the pdf had to call out “interaction design” and not just use the profession of design…
Inside the GPS Revolution: 10 Applications That Make the Most of Location
There’s a lot of interesting ideas in this one, every designer should read this.
Crowdsourcing: What It Means for Innovation
Some additional comments about crowdsourcing. Not much new insight into the idea but worth a quick glance.
Mapping a better world
Smart article about turning abstract concepts into information that people can understand while looking at maps.
Great collection of visualization posters. Lots to look at for reference, and if so inclined—purchase. The site is nicely designed too.
Flip Flop Fly Ball
If you like baseball or a fan of data visualization, this is the site for you. Surprised I haven’t heard of it before this week.
Is Design Thinking bullshit?
How could I not include a post with a title like that in Link Drop? Nothing really new again about design, but interesting how they compare “design thinking” to the ppt version of how a product is developed. Has a couple links included in the post worth looking at too.
The Difference Between Analogue And Digital Part II: Time
I’m always interested in reading about people’s experiences from the two worlds out there, real and digital. They take a comparative view of how scheduling and time works out in both of those world’s.
Not a Daily Drawing: Work for The Webby Awards and w+k
While portfolio sites have their place, working examples like this are much more powerful in my opinion. They show the design in the real world and give it a voice from the person creating the work. Plus there’s rss, so it can be distributed to those that subscribe to the blog.
Use Their Work Free? Some Artists Say No to Google
I got really mad after reading this article. It’s completely arrogant and ignorant to treat design like this. Especially when they can actually afford to pay people to be art directed.
Can You Estimate The Value Of Exposure?
Interesting post from the original NYT article I referenced above.
The Newsweek Redesign: Hit or Miss?
This post is probably more interesting for the comments then the actual post. A number of people voice their opinion on the new Newsweek design. What do you think, have you even picked up a copy in the last couple of years?
I liked the photo comparing three different adapters for juicing up an iPhone.
Flickr Mobile for Android & iPhone Shows You Photos Taken Nearby Your Current Location (Sort of anyway)
Pretty cool feature, I’ve tried it on my iPhone with ok results. It’s location is a bid broad but the concept is fascinating.
Why the iPhone will never be the biggest money generating platform
There’s a lot to consider with this post and the reference info. Interesting to note that the iPhone is about 1% of the mobile market.
The iPhone is a Subscription
A different way to look at how the iPhone is sold.
Art & Copy (Advertising Industry Documentary, Sundance 2009)
I want to see the film Art & Copy, seems like it could be more interesting then Helvetica…
Re-envisioning The Trading Floor
I kind of wished they went into more depth with the trading floor.
Whatever you do, don’t center that logo!
Funny how American Eagle Outfitters is causing such discomfort to Mr. Kingsley at Landor.
Palm Pre Launches with System Fonts by Font Bureau
I’m not sure the Palm Pre is really going to make a dent to the iPhone, but I’m always interested in reading how typefaces are developed for on screen applications.
A collection of what’s been released typeface wise for 2009 so far.
Hug Chair by Ana Kraš
I really like the balance of this chair. I wonder what it’s like to sit in…
WSDOT South Central Region Sign Shop – Flickr set
We see signs all day long every day. But have we really considered how their produced? Here’s a bunch of photos of street signs being made. Cool stuff.
I like this idea more then turning the volume to 11.
From “Top Gun” to top shot
Cool collection of photos and process on how it was captured.
girl at a window
This type of photo collection is actually quite difficult to pull off successfully.
Readerville 2000-2009, Thanks for the Memories
It’s too bad that this site has stopped. They had quite the run to say the least.
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.
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 CreativeMornings. But it wasn’t entirely perfect. I ended being a part of ten15am which was probably the best for everyone involved. Sometime in the not so distant future I’ll do a post on some of the more interesting things I discovered being part of that group. Theme wise it was a bit all over the place. For some strange reason air was a big theme, along with typography. There’s also a couple follow up links from last week’s Link Drop.
Kill Your RSS Reader
Slate’s technology columnist Farhad Manjoo tests out my tab system for finding good stuff on the web
Tech Trends: time to ditch RSS?
CNN’s SciTechBlog bulds off of the Slate post about my tab system. Lots of interesting comments ensue after it’s published.
Another interesting-smart-fruitful-amazing-creative morning
A nice summation of my CreativeMornings talk that I did on Friday morning (and hence no Link Drop till Sunday).
Making Policy Public: Vendor Power!
This is a follow up link from my mention last week. Probably one of my favourite projects that I’ve come across this year, designer Candy Chang goes through the process designing something to demystify the rules and regulations of street vending in New York City.
Here & There influences
Another follow up link, this time about those crazy maps of Manhattan. Lots of interesting influences that I didn’t realize at first glance.
London Sign Fonts Tell Their Own Stories
Every city tells this story in a unique way, for this post Scott Burnham walks around London to see what they type is telling him.
Letters and bars
Taking a look at the typography of some bars around Amsterdam.
Cool to see that Verlag is now available for anyone to buy. There’s some good blurbs in this annoucement about designer and typographer working together to create something that has staying power.
15 Years of the Public Theater in 45 seconds
Amazing video showing the eclectic nature of visually recognizable theatre in design circles.
I was happy to read this post from a friend as I was curious to hear her take on the unrebranding of Tropicana.
Cool collection of design images.
My Favorite Day Of The Year
I don’t think I’ve ever read a post from a designer talking about horses—now I can say I have.
Super Views of Super Cells by Stormchaser Jim Reed
It’s the start of crazy weather season—here’s some images to kick that off.
Anti-Development Street Art Spotted in Nolita, Greenpoint
Street art with a message. Interesting take on development going on.
Islands at the Top of the World – Airships Revisited
Cool images of futuristic blimps. My favourite one pictured above looks like a while. Great visual metaphor.
Aerial Virtual tour of New York
Amazing views of New York with the ability to circle around. It would be even cooler if I could fly around the whole city aside from just a fixed point—yet it’s still quite amazing to interact with.
Twitter’s Real Power = Influence
My obligatory post about twitter doing something.
Data, Not Design, Is King in the Age of Google
I’m not entirely sure what the point of this article is getting across, but it’s still interesting to read how twitter and google are being compared in the media.
The publishers dilemma
There’s a couple options for publishers as they try to figure out the digital world that is now changing the typical value chain in publishing: authors –> agents –> publishers –> whole-sellers –> retailers –> consumers that could be turned into authors –> retailers –> consumers.
How to Save Media
More ideas about how old media should try to figure out how to survive in today’s world.
The Xerox Star UI
Fascinating description of digital dirt and how the shift of one pixel made it disappear. I also just like looking at the collection of icons for the UI as well.
The 100 Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time
This collection is fascinating for a bunch of different reasons, and not just for the list itself. When something akin to a best of list, there’s a lot of editorial consideration which Amazon in my mind hasn’t been known for in the past. Usually they’d put up a ranking that is compiled entirely of data of numbers that represent what people are buying. With this list, that has changed. A person compiled that which adds all sorts of subjectiveness into play. The second thing that struck me is that there isn’t a simple buy all button. What if I were rich and could actually afford all 100 of those albums. There’s no easy way to do that which is kind of surprising to me. Additionally I thought the comments afterwards was helpful too—other people could chime in to what they considered to be the best albums. A good counter balance to the amazon official list.
I am an Uncertain Bro.
Good collection of “no’s” a bro goes through.
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.
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 myself. Well I think there’s a bigger trend abound which kind of scares me. This morning walking Madison I noticed the male version of the cougar poster, but this time instead of a ring of fire, there’s a flaming sword for the show Krod Mandoon. Is this only the beginning of fire, leather and skin combined? I hope not, but other people are noticing something similar—this time in LA. Thomas Sherman has a pretty good post about 1970s Airbrush Art & Contemporary Graphic Design. All I can say is that design is headed for big trouble ( :
I’ve been watching posters for Ryan McGinness’ Deitech show popping up around town for a couple weeks. Around the corner from the Deitech on Wooster St. someone has made a minimal yet impactful adjustment. I kind of like it. While I’ve heard of McGinness I def. don’t know very much about what he’s about. Kind of interested in seeing how the show plays out.
Ryan McGinness Works
Opening reception: 7 March 2009, 6-9pm
7 March-18 April 2009
18 Wooster Street
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 mornings ago I enjoyed the site of seeing Lou Reed’s face on a poster wearing a Supreme shirt. Last year around this time it was kermit everywhere. I actually thought what they were doing was pretty brilliant at the time. Plaster your image everywhere as long as you’re not hurting anyone. Not sure if that was the actual case or not, not sure if they actually went on other store’s property or not – but what I find completely hypocritical this time around is that their store front is underconstruction right now. It’s all boarded up, the perfect canvas to put up some posters – hey maybe why not their own? When I walked home last night there was still nothing there. I’m probably insane for complaining about this but if a company feels the need to enhance the environment visually, maybe start with what’s in front of you first. and Barbara Krueger is wondering when she can get back futura + reversed in white back…
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I’m not a huge fan of basketball but found myself posting two sites related to that sport in the week’s Link Drop Contextd. In the NYT Magazine piece about Shane Battier and his invisible stats, one take away is that there’s always potential to see something else that no one has bothered paying attention to – and applying that to something. Very applicable to almost anything out there. Twitter makes a strong comeback with a couple new links, so does food and music blogs. Till next week, thanks for coming back…
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On Rating Systems
I’ve wondered about the usefulness of numbers in rating systems too. What’s the difference between 3.5 and 3.7? How is that going to make your decision that much easier? But then again pass/fail or great/sucks doesn’t always help either.
When I first saw Edible prints it immediately reminded me of Dressing the Meat of Tomorrow by James King. I find the idea of redesigning food to be fascinating and allows for a completely different experience then what has been created so far.
Blogs aren’t the magical publishing tool for everything, but it’s been put to good use with this design work. I’ve come across some of this stuff outside in the real world. Nice to see the whole package in one place.
How we pick blogs
I’m always interested in how someone makes editorial decision, for this post it’s how a blog is chosen to be in Hype Machine. And to think I just thought they allowed anyone…
A lot of really quick posts with good links to more links and even better info.
What do you mean when you’re talking about creating a twitter group? It might have to do with one of the two mentioned in this post.
What the CBC should know about Twitter
Every media source that has any type of online community should be asking the above question. What kind of expectations and experience do the people that follow have with twitter, and what do they want? Maybe there’s an unexpected opportunity. Either way the responses from the above question are worth a read.
Sketching Interactivity – The Inspire Video
I haven’t actually watched this video yet (no time), but the description sounds pretty good. Hoping I’ll have some time over the weekend.
Select one of L.A.’s 87 neighborhoods
Super cool idea about location of areas of a neighborhoods. People can make their own area names. It would be really cool to see something like this in Manhattan, and have a bunch of different people outline areas themselves and compare. If you see that in New York Magazine anytime soon, remember where you read it first.
No Photo Ban in Subways, Yet an Arrest
It’s amazing that this stuff happens…
Hotelier at Sea
I’m pretty sure I link back to BldgBlog every week – so hopefully you’re not surprised that I’ve done it once again this week.
LIVE from the NYPL & WIRED present: LAWRENCE LESSIG, SHEPARD FAIREY, STEVEN JOHNSON. Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy
I bought my ticket about a minute after finding out about this event. Really curious to hear the discussion around this timely topic. Are you going too?
The No-Stats All-Star
This was the perfect article to read on a Saturday morning eating a bagel and lots of coffee. Sometimes it’s better to disregard the conventional rules and make some new guidelines for measurement.
Feb 14 · Nike Foamposite Lite – KRYPTONATE PE – Slam Dunk Contest
Great concept for a dunk.
How Could 9,000 Business Reporters Blow It?
There’s always the luxury of hindsight, but still… Even if they had all been right would anyone have listened either way?
how campaigns work. beats me.
Sill one of my new fav. blogs that make me think, the above post has a number of ideas that I can’t summarize in a line or two. But the thing to note for me is that an agency is likely to deliver the same sort of results as they did in the past due to their own organizational inertia – or they’re taking their past experiences as a cue for future work. So much for innovation…
FF DIN :: A FontFont Focus by FontShop
A lot of micro sites fail miserably, this one does not. Even better it’s about what of my favourite typefaces.
Creative Statistical Visualization by Guy Limone
Such a cool idea, wish I had thought of painting the side of a building like that.
Playstation 3 Media Centre
There’s a lot of talk about different web apps finding their way on to the tv. Most notably there’s boxee and hulu in the news fighting, but there’s others out there too in the game.
The Wayfinding Handbook
I’m currently reading this book for review (almost finished). I’m really liking it (recommend it as a buy) so when I found out there was a website I was oh cool, what additional info do they have that the book wasn’t covered. Sadly I’m not sure why they bothered putting up that page – there’s nothing going on. I can think of about a 100 different things that they could have done and all they bothered doing was a five second ppt slide. Just when I think designers are realizing the potential past paper – brutal flash sites like this pop up. I don’t get what they were hoping to gain from the experience they presented. I’m hoping I just missed the button to click next, but I don’t think there is one…
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 shooting. Considering how bright the colours were nor were they torn I’m guessing the cinemax series haven’t been up for that long.
I haven’t seen them anywhere else yet, kind of wonder if they will be placed in any other areas. EDIT. Saw the series on Lafayette in SoHo… Def. not something a person would come across everyday. On the flip side I have seen the Children’s Festival and Sephora floating around elsewhere…
This week I thought I go with quantity and quality for Link Drop Contextd and leave the commentary short and sweet and let the site titles speak for themselves. Considering how much I enjoy football and that it’s the super bowl this weekend, I’m surprised that I didn’t come across that many related links. I’m also surprised that I didn’t mention one related link about Twitter. Till next week or blog post, ciao…
WHAT TECHNOLOGY HAS TAUGHT US AT DIZZYING SPEED
Do you press the doorbell with your finger or your thumb? It’s kind of telling of your age apparently.
ORIGAMI IN THE PURSUIT OF PERFECTION
After watching this video I kind of want to buy a pair of these shoes, too bad they’re not campers though.
FULLSCREEN GIGAPAN VIEWER
The zoom in this is crazy clean
DOPPLR’S MOMENT OF LONG WOW
If only every service could provide this kind of feeling in their users
My Dopplr Annual Report
Another take from someone else talking about Dopplr
9 REASONS WHY CADBURY’S EYEBROWS ARE A HIT
Never been a huge fan of this campaign, but it’s hard to argue with the reasoning why it works
Drumming Gorillas and Techno Eyebrows
Another pov of the campaign
BOND YIELD MAKEOVER
Interesting what happens when you remove elements
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that there’s a site just on beards – but I kind of am. There’s also a pretty cool poster on the site for sale.
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 combo
UPPERCASE – About the magazine
I’m kind of curious to see how this magazine turns out
adaptive path » mx
I haven’t watched all these video yet, but they’re a great resource for their upcoming conference
Obama Art Report
Surprise, surprise – more Obama related stuff
I’m thinking of buying this – surprised that they’re not charging more.
Arguing From First Principles
Good reference material, has a link to Charlie Rose worth watching
Pics from the design mind Motion Event
I have the latest issue of this in my hands, good as their previous print mag. Here’s some images from the launch.
The Obama Hope Poster, Shepard Fairey and photographer Mannie Garcia
Luv this iconic poster, interesting conversation about it
What Will Save the Suburbs?
I haven’t been that interested in this column until today – good observations on the suburbs
Great concept with rubber gloves
Hope In The White House
Like the idea behind the shirt though I think more then one dollar should be the donation
Small Can Be Big
A lot of charity sites could learn a thing or two from the design and concept behind this site
Matt Owens says GOOD-bye to 2008
Info design goodness about 2008
How times have changed
City Rain: Urban Design Tetris
Great post as per usual from Greg
The Designers Republic Remembered
No one’s immune these days, there’s a lesson to be learned for sure if you’re a graphic designer
QuickPost 2: Super Bowl Ad Live-Blog.
Interesting concept, kind of interested to read the commentary once things get to the fourth quarter and many beers have been drank. Too bad it’s not open to anyone commenting…
Haven’t had a chance to read all of this info, but it looks like a great reference none the less
Design For Social Impact & Innovation
Very curious to see how this whole year plays out with this – could be quite interesting
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 like hmmm, let’s try really hard making an association, any association. Considering how many times I’ve seen those two posters side by side outside I’m thinking it’s intentional. Any thoughts?
And here’s something else to ponder on a Saturday morning since I’ve already started a post on U2. A friend passed me on a link to consider how the new album art kind of looks like a photograph from Sugimoto.
UPDATE (Sunday January 25, 2009): Further reading from the below comment – the Guardian wrote U2’s new album cover is a ‘rip-off’
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 + person face = music poster. Nothing boundry pushing but nice none the less. Then I started coming across a bunch of different posts about the concept online which seemed kind of interesting. At the end of the post I’ve linked to all the stories I’ve seen so far. Each of the titles that make up his face are songs that influenced him – I’m not sure if there’s any way to verify if those were actual songs that he passed on or his publicist thought would look good on paper. I also noticed that some of the song titles are duplicated… But, either way I think it’s a nice way to make some meaning towards him and the other artists included in the series.
Thom Yorke: Grammy Spokesman Extraordinaire
Pitchfork | 13 Jan 2009
The story of the music told with just titles, lyrics, and type
Titanium | 16 JAN 2009
Grammys sign up Lil Wayne, Thom Yorke for new campaign
Los Angeles Times | 12 JAN 2009
Grammys: Lil Wayne
Creativity Online | 15 JAN 2009
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 there’s still some creative stuff being allowed out there. Each of the posters highlight a different method to get the same point across – retention/memorability and action. My fave. of the three is the first one where the word kijuju is repeated over and over again in a really cool way that’s sure to stop anyone in their tracks. That poster is also relying on anyone that’s interested in learning more by searching “kijuju” in google. The second poster is much more literal with the fact that it wants you the viewer to check out their website movie info. The unexpectedness comes from the fact that they’ve done a double run on the poster so they could throw out the url. It’s not super edgy by any means but is much more successful than the traditional action movie poster. The last poster is one in a series about different areas of NY that a moving company works in. For a lot of copy-writing it does a decent job of taking moving posters up a notch from the posters people are used to seeing on a pole.
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
Many months ago, twelve I think, I received a really interesting package of posters from Jennifer Daniel. The twelve posters each represented a month and were illustrated by a diverse set of people. Before I had even opened the tube I knew I was getting something good when the url for the calendar set was http://httpcolonforwardslashforwardslashwwwdotjenniferdanieldotcom.com/calendar Soon after I took pictures of each poster and blogged about it b/c that’s what I do. But I also wanted to take pictures of them in context – I hate seeing design that’s not in their context when photographed… So each month when I changed one of my pin boards I photographed what was around the monthly poster.
Now that I can look back at the last year in calendar posters I can appreciate the genius in the idea a bit more. The concept of changing a poster space each month is kind of cool. In practical terms I don’t think I ever turned my head to see what the date was on paper, but for adding some great visuals it really made my area a bit more fun to work in. It’s such a good idea I might have to steal it next year…
Last week I received an email from Josef who works at Buchanan-Smith LLC mentioning that they’ve updated their site and that they’ve started a series of new graphic design still lives. If I wanted to get one of the posters all I had to do was give them my address. About a week later I opened an envelope and unfolded a pretty big poster titled CONSTELLATIONS. On the bottom of the poster I placed one of my Muji pens to give a sense of the scale. While using the topic of dots is quite a broad topic, I thought they did a good job of making it interesting w/ out going overboard. There’s also a lot of ink detail that designer’s can appreciate.
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 decided to do it. What I like about the exploration is that it takes an unexpected twist on a classic that makes it feel unique. I could also see the potential as a morph into something else – as is it’s almost like the in between point…
If you’ve ever visited this blog before you’re probably wondering why I’ve decided to show a poster to a movie that I’m never (ever) going to see. Well if you look closely or from a fair distance off you’ll notice all the tricks of a composed movie poster that is fairly flat and smudgy on the photoshop side. The tell-tale signs like the eyes, the lips, the weird proportions all make the poster seem kind of ignorable. However that’s not happening here – Dane Cook (center) writes from his myspace page (people still use that?) about some of the photoshop issues he has. He’s got ten issues that almost work as a cheat sheet for the next time you feel a bit dirty when you look at a movie poster. Below are a couple – read them all at www.danecook.com
It looks like I’m wearing Maybelline Water Shine Diamonds Liquid Lipstick. My characters name is now Winter Solstice and I’m a hooker with a heart of gold. Jason is my floral carrying pimp, while Kate is my first trick!
It’s actually a close up shot of Tom Sellecks Magnum P.I. mustache they photo-slapped on my noggin’.
I was going to ignore the whole poster, but when I came across a second sort of related but different article about actors complaining about how they’re promoted in posters Actors Slam Movie Poster Printing from Hotcards blog I thought it might be worth mentioning.
Over the weekend I noticed a lot of type based posters and thought it would be interesting to put them together. It’s by no means an exhaustive list but what it does show is a couple simple techniques to get the “word” out. There’s something to be said about getting the message right and letting it speak for itself.
A couple nights ago I came home to a package I’ve been waiting for. It was my Field-Tested Poster by Spike Press that was designed for Coudal Partners 2008 Field-Tested Books. They sent me one as contributer to the guide. Honestly the images on the Coudal site don’t do the poster justice. The poster in person has so many dimensions to it. Tons of depth, thickness and colour. IMHO screen printing should be classified as an art. There’s simply no comparison of something digitally output compared to something printed by hand. My photos don’t do the poster justice either, but I’ve taken a number of them and posted them to flickr.The photos above show what I mean about hand details. 1. The texture created by overlaying the ink on top of each other, 2. the awesome knockouts of colour and blocks, 3. the blotches of ink on the back side, 4. and the full poster unframed…
You can check out more posters by Spike Press at www.spikepress.com
For all the talk about the hype machine behind Obama’s communication success I’ll add a bit more by mentioning Shepard Fairey’s iconic Hope poster. In the last couple of days I came across a couple more posters visualized in the same style as the original poster on the left. While discovering the Nope Poster and the No Hope Poster I couldn’t find the names of the people that created them. In some respects I’m not sure if it’s that important knowing. While things are being ripped off left and right via the blogosphere, I don’t think it’s a huge issue – using the same colours, line structure, and typefaces, everyone knows who did the original. I also think that the other two posters would not have the same impact if they had been visualized in some of the other styles of subsequent posters have commissioned. With that said I look forward to seeing more of these messages twisted in the upcoming months.
My typical walk to work usually finds me near Union Square and then through some of NYU. Yesterday I got caught up reading an email and before I noticed I was half way through Union Square going east rather than south. It wasn’t a major detour but enough of one that I ended up taking Lafayette down to SoHo. Why all of this relates to the image above is that timing is everything. If I hadn’t been detoured yesterday I would never had seen the above wallpaste today. I decided to change my route again this morning. It’s an interesting image as the campaign finishes tonight. I really enjoy seeing this kind of time based commentary. It reminds me a bit of the first time I saw the Obama Hope poster. Nice to see someone getting excited and throwing it up to start a conversation.
In early May as I was walking my weim Maddie we came across these vibrant posters that had a little dog and the word Heel on it. In the spirit of viral marketing the poster was non descript and was relying on people to search out what Heel really meant. The blog Dog Art Today by Moira McLaughlin took the poster one step further making a number of connections to perhaps the style came from in a post HEEL: Disney Gets All Dog Art-y. Go figure, the Heel poster is from Disney.
On another Maddie and dog related note, I just wanted to post the above image that was drawn of Maddie by the artist France Belleville. It was a pretty cool unexpected surprise to see her drawn in such a way that I could appreciate Maddie in a new light…
May has come with a bang when it comes to posters as I walked to work today in Manhattan. It started off w/ me walking Maddie and running into a huge dog poster with the word Heel. That was followed up by the simple yet compelling Chad poster for the HBO presentation of Recount. Then as I walked by the Paul Smith store in SoHo I nearly tripped when I saw a decent collection of posters from the May 1968 Paris Street Rebellion. Through a bit of googling I found out what the Paul Smith window display was about.“To celebrate the Anniversary of May 68 and to coincide with an exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, Paul Smith will be the only vendor to sell a book produced exclusively to commemorate the artwork surrounding May 68.”. In case you weren’t around in 1968 and weren’t following the events of Paris the site also mentions what the posters were representing. “May 68 initially focused around protests from French students, creatives and musicians worried about the state of education and employment. These protest lead to a general strike and rioting that were seen to “shake up” old society. May 68 is important in French History as it is considered to be the watershed moment that saw the replacement of conservative morality (religion, patriotism, respect for authority) with the liberal morality (equality, sexual liberation, human rights) that dominates French society today.” To finish of my walk in SoHo before i ended up at work i came across a postal box that had a poster covering an ad that was pretending to be a poster. All in all my quiet walk turned to quite the morning to see design outside.
More context to the posters from the CR Blog www.creativereview.co.uk/crblog/may-1968-a-graphic-uprising/
It’s too early to tell if this will be the new “next big thing” or not, but earlier this week I saw the above sticker sans facial features. This morning I saw a poster with the same concept. Stuff like that is begging for interaction – I hope people that are carrying jiffy markers in their pockets will add their own interpretations of what a face should be. It will be interesting to see if the idea of diy faces picks up…