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plannersphere wiki

Hey look at what’s up with Russell Davies’s blog – it’s a wiki for planners and brand thinkers alike. If that wasn’t enough, this is how he breaks down the […]

Yahoo Maps Mashup: Measure your running distance and save the information

Long before google attempted to create a measurement tool for their maps, Randy Troppmann created a mash up for runners using Yahoo Maps at www.runningmap.com. The navigation and his instructions […]

Using Photoshop to Render a Shoe

First Pullover, the excellent shoe design blog that is based on hummel shoes has a tutorial titled Footwear Photoshop rendering tutorial > part 1-6. Even if you only use Photoshop […]

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 […]

Creating a system for your design goals

New year means new goals, or the chance to renew the energy to keep going on something big that you’re looking to achieve. Last year I set up a couple […]

Wikia Search?

I was surprised to read over the weekend via PSFK that Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia founder) is creating a new search engine at http://search.wikia.com. What I’m finding of late when I’m […]

Crit on the Wall

I think it’s easy for designer’s to take for granted the informal crits that they can have with their fellow workmates if you’re in a studio. But if you’re a […]

Understanding the Street

Above is the first vid. from Wallstrip, a new web show that talks about one company in depth for just a couple minutes in terms of investment through normal talk. […]

Understanding the Street

Above is the first vid. from Wallstrip, a new web show that talks about one company in depth for just a couple minutes in terms of investment through normal talk. […]

Likemind III

If you haven’t heard of Likemind and are in NYC, check out the site at http://likemind.us/ Today was the third gathering and the second that I’ve been lucky enough to […]

Generate This!

BrazilName – Generate your own Brazil football shirt! http://www.minimalsworld.net/BrazilName/brazilian.shtml Your Name in Japanese :: Japanese Translator .co.uk http://www.japanesetranslator.co.uk/your-name-in-japanese/ The Baby Name Wizard: NameVoyager http://babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/lnv0105.html Emptybottle.org – The Web 2.0 Bullshit […]

3 Likeminds

3 Likeminds, originally uploaded by nbrier. If you’re in NYC tomorrow and feel like waking up early, there’s the second http://likemind.us/ happening. From the website of the same name: who: […]

Tree Map app for Macs

Tree Map app for Macs, originally uploaded by Michael Surtees. Here’s a pretty neat app for Mac’s for no other reason then it indicates where all your space is being […]

DIY Hieroglyphics

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Here’s a pretty cool generator. You […]

Where have I been?

Sorry for the unuusal quietness of this blog, but hey I’m moving to NYC in a week and there’s a lot of things to get done. One thing that I’ve […]

You’ve been there before

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } four, originally uploaded by nbrier. but […]

Collage a Day

Here’s a great way to keep you mind fresh and creative. Create a collage a day. Randel Plowman has and the work is pretty nice. Ever the entrepreneur, he sells […]

Dense Charts

I still love Junk Charts and so should you. The latest posting about the chart above makes an interesting observation on the specialty like chart. In their own words “In […]


Considering that Emigre has had the same website since I was in Design School in 1995, the fact that they have redesigned their site now is a pretty big deal. […]

Jim Coudal Video from GDC BC

Jim’s talk coinciding with the GDC BC Mainland chapter’s Salazar Student Design Awards video can be seen at www.bc.gdc.net via the GDC Listserv

Web Eyetracking

Ever wonder what the hot spots on a web page are? According to Web Marketing Today, big block images should be avoided for nav. purposes while small images of people […]

Paper and getting organized by yourself

If you’re still a fan of paper, D*I*Y Planner is the site for you. I won’t be able to do the site justice describing about all the things you can […]

The battle of the blogging platforms

Here’s an interesting comparison with wordpress and blogger. I dropped my design*notes url into the website as graphs website at www.aharef.info/static/htmlgraph This is what the colour coding means: blue: for […]


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For the coffee lovers out there

Christian, a friend and coffee aficiando passed me on the url CoffeeGeek. It’s all news, reviews, opinion and community for coffee and espresso. Enjoy at coffeegeek.com And yes they do […]

Brand Book Promo

From the editor of the now defunct Critique Magazine and the book Brand Gap, it looks like Marty Neumeier has a new book coming out in August titled Zag. Over […]

Trending Google

You can now compare keyword searches with Google trends. The above compares art, design and advertising: www.google.com/trends

Tina’s Back

After taking a couple weeks off to deliver a beautiful baby girl, swissmiss is back to fine form. Be sure to say hello at http://swissmiss.typepad.com

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

Learning by Design

Debbie Millman, a friend and someone who I admire has posted one of her best blog posts about what she has learned. There’s 10 graceful points that most designers can […]

The Agony and Ecstasy of the Diagram

Ticker Factory is one of those sites that has turned static diagrams and leveraged dynamic data entry into something for “the rest of us”, counting down to that great day […]

16 Colors Blog

Viva color! 16colors.blogspot.com

Affirmation sticker and smart blog

Affirmation sticker Originally uploaded by saralynncantor. http://curiousshopper.blogspot.com/ just came on my radar tonight. It’s a nicely written blog by a retail planner, though I’m not entirely sure what a planner […]

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, […]

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