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Link Drop (8·07·09)

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 […]

A couple tweets that made me go hmmm

One of the more under utilized functions in twitter is the favourite function. I think there’s huge opportunities to filter and find great bursts of tweets that others find interesting. […]

Link Drop (4·10·09)

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A conversation with Chef Ferran Adrià & Chef Jose Andres on Charlie Rose

I don’t know if I’m getting old or what, but on Friday nights I’m starting to like resetting by going through all the stuff I missed during the week. Typically […]

Design is like a present

Over the weekend I had a lengthy interview with one of my new favourite designers, Alissia Melka-Teichroew. I was introduced to her work recently after she started following me on […]

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 […]

on Football and Chess (and design)

A couple days ago I came across a great twitter comment from Geoff Manaugh of bldgblog in which he mentions “Football as a series of contradictory landscape strategies: analytic geometry. […]

At the end of the day

The difference between a successful chef and an unsuccessful chef is the passion and is the drive still asking questions to this very day. Why are we doing it like […]

Massimo Vignelli Talk

Finally, a design talk where I can say that I left afterwards with a smile. If anyone is wondering who they should invite for their next big talk – put […]

Back in the day with the GDC

Last night I stepped down from my National VP of Communication role with the GDC (Society of Graphic Designers of Canada). I don’t want to make a big deal of […]

National Design Awards Winners Panel Notes

Taking advantage of the fact that I finally live in NYC, I went to the National Design Awards Winners Panel. I really enjoyed the talk, though at times I wondered […]

Why Design?

Every once is a while I’ll go over why I design, and how I work to accomplish that. Last night I asked my self what e x a c t […]

The word of the day is

u n e x p e c t e d Is it also the new word for creativity? Think about it, you see something cool on the net, you want […]

Something to think about today

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s/women’s blood and probably will themselves not be realized.” Daniel Burnham, the great visionary architect of Chicago I found that […]

Setting that goal

Goal setting: do you set your goals as the person you are today, or for the person you’re going to be when you reach them? That question and many more […]

What is garbage?

This was a response to a post from a couple days ago. J’s response deserves as much space as the original. Thanks J. “You know, Karim Rashid is a total […]

Love/Hate About Graphic Designers

5. What’s better, working with a good timeline with people you hate, or a tough deadline with people you believe in? 4. Is a graphics designer really that much different […]

Design has the power

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Ninja fighting

What is Graphic Design

On May 5th, the following defintion was approved at the National GDC AGM. Researched and written by Walter Jungkind and Yves Rousell, the folowing definition improves on the previous wording […]

What’s Your Project?

Looking for something to do over the next couple days – check out http://www.whatsyourproject.com and if that’s not enough there’s www.52projects.com

Plastique Life

In July, there was the beginning of a frank, raw and enlightening discussion on the GDC listserv about depression, medication and feelings that everyday people go through in light of […]

DesignMaven Revea!ed (Part Two)

This is the conclusion of the interview with the DesignMaven. Read part one HERE MS: Who influences you? DM: Outside of my Family Saul Bass and Paul Rand were instrumental, […]

DesignMaven Revea!ed (Part One)

There are very few that can claim such a distinctive online writing style and knowledge base as DesignMaven. I’ve always been a fan of what he has to say, whether […]

Speed Thinking

Brain stimulation never hurt anyone

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