Walking around and through the ICA in Boston over the weekend, I could help but be drawn to the overhang of the building. While from the outside it’s one of the defining marks of the building it was what I experienced inside that left me wanting to talk further about it. Inside the overhang there’s two spaces that I saw. The first was a large room to sit. Giant windows give a good view of the water. The second space was quite special. There’s a bunch of iMacs descending towards the water like a lecture hall. But instead of a white board, the front of the room is defined by water. If I were to ever have the chance to make a working space near water, this is exactly what I’d want. It was such a unique and calming experience. Sitting down the silence sounded like music. If only all spaces could aspire to such a level of sound design.
This week’s collection of stuff that I’ve found interesting via Link Drop contains a lot of new themes. There’s stuff about smell, flowers and even Whole Foods. Apple makes it’s usual appearance, though in a more positive light. I also seem to be listening to a lot of personal stories via podcasts and interviews. Hopefully if it’s raining where you are like it is in NYC today, you have some time to check some links out that you may not have come across otherwise.
After reading this, I wasn’t exactly sure what people were going crazy about. I’ve used the service a couple times and was happy with the results. The kicker is that if people don’t like using it, they’re not forced to. And don’t get me started on the proposed redesigns—the idea reminds me of the stupidity that wired did when they asked people to redesign google. sigh… I did have to laugh when it was mentioned in the article about how people have tried to redesign it.
If you’re looking for some music to listen to while going through this issue of Link Drop, I’d recommend this mix.
I actually read this post before the wired article. Kind of puts things into perspective, to a degree.
I didn’t know this designer but it still saddened me to read none the less. The Canadian design community has lost a passionate person that was doing what he loved. You can see more of his work via Mark Busse.
Interesting responses to the dreaded term Social Media. Bonous points are awarded to anyone that checks this additional link: Epic Privacy Information Center
Great idea to repurpose technology for portfolio viewing pleasure. Though I still think a blog is the best way to show what work a designer has done.
This post wins the award for longest read, but more importantly—most interesting read too. Who knew, certainly not me.
So what’s your favourite smell?
This was a last minute drop before I published this Link Drop. I’m really liking how magazines are taking a risk by showing people how they really are. Apparently the issue of the magazine is close to selling out already.
There’s no hope for design and business if Ikea is turning its back on what they stand for. Wtf is all I could say when I first read about this.
Another type story, this time not so bad. I thought the comparisons helped a lot to see what they were up to.
I haven’t tried this yet though I have seen it in action, and it helped the presentation. Good breakdown of what the tool is.
I was surprised by the reaction to this post after I tweeted about it—so for more reaction I’ve added it here.
I liked how the rational for his designs were brought out via the narrative of the questions.
Cool idea to create funding for creative projects.
This was one of the smarter ways of getting the word out about SXSW panels. The discussion in the comments section of the post is worth clicking on in itself.
All of these steps are relevant to designer’s too.
These illustrations are great. And the purchase aspect is quite easy too, though I have to admit I haven’t bought of them yet.
I’m surprised that I didn’t come across this info from more sources. If it’s true, what a coup for Apple.
If you’ve ever thought about quarantine, perhaps you might be interested in designing something around the concept.
The business implications of talking about politics when you’re the face of a company.
Sort of apt considering every other day it’s been raining in NYC.
This post is for the architects out there reading this.
I’ve haven’t surfed yet but it seems like it’s been everywhere I’ve been in NYC this summer. Sure I live on an island but it’s a bit unexpected for me.
Yet more advice for newspapers, this time about content.
A diagram that puts things into time perspective. Great terms: Rocket Ship, Hot Company, and Slow Burner.
I think these type of posts are worth passing on because they get to the reason d’etre of why someone design’s something. It also goes back to my mention of portfolios above using google maps.
It’s never a bad idea to include an interview with the artist of one of the best albums of the year.
Aug 27: Canadian model Liskula Cohen on winning her lawsuit against bloggers* Bob Garfield on his new book “The Chaos Scenario”, about the scorched landscape of traditional media in the digital age* A panel discussion on heavy metal
The interview with Liskula Cohen is worth a listen, the silence in between answers and follow up questions was a bit strange. But it wasn’t that strangeness that made me listen to it a couple more times, but more about the response to how things were settled. The rest of the podcast wasn’t too bad either.
I’m always going on about how wonderful iPhone apps are, and how they’re easier to use than real sites. This post puts that into question in a good way.
This week’s version of Link Drop was a week late and while I hate excuses there’s a pretty good one. Last weekend I was redesigning the format of Link Drop when my computer stopped working. I wasn’t exactly happy about that so I decided I’d continue finding good stuff on the web to remember and keep working on the design when I got my computer back. It’s now Friday and I’m happy to report Tekserve did a great job of fixing everything. So with that said hopefully Link Drop next week will be a bit easier to read. As always, I’ve jotted down some of the themes that flowed with what I saw.
The Agency Problem
This kind of sums up things for me in terms of design today. While I’m not running a multi billion dollar design agency yet, I question why even online design is treated like traditional print projects. The online is handed over to the client with no proof if the thing will actually work. That’s why I wanted to talk about agile design and wondered out loud how more companies should be thinking that way…
Tuft vs. Turf
The flow and motion of the plastic was really changed up their outside view. From the street is must be quite the view.
Cool Hunting’s Spring/Summer 2009 Playlist
I’d recommend pressing play to this while going through this week’s double edition of Link Drop.
Reading Ahead: Managing Recruiting
A fascinating comparison of finding people via all the social networks out there to older processes of using a recruiter to screen people.
The Most Interesting New Tech Startup of 2009
Working with a startup I was naturally interested in this post. As weird as it seems, perhaps government agencies are a good candidate to be thrown into start up mode considering the changes both in technology and social communication tool. Brochures are no longer how information is passed along (or at least I hope it’s in conjunction with online).
IxDA NYC: Todd Zaki Warfel’s Prototyping for UX Practitioners
Unfortunately I missed this due to work. In any case this is a good recap for those that might have missed it too.
Unique Storyboard Method: Receipt Tape
A different type of method for telling stories. I’m going to try it when the right opportunity arises.
10 awesome videos for designers
Perfect viewing for a rainy day if you’re a designer—or just bored out of your mind.
Huffington Post and Facebook Go “Social News,” With Connect on Steroids
This has a lot of potential. I don’t think Facebook Connect should be taken for granted. It’s unlocking a lot of doors that I think most designer’s don’t even realize existed in the first place.
Journalism Students Need to Develop Their Personal Brand
I think this goes for everybody out there today…
How To Become A Social Brand REDUX
And the diagram that compliments the last post.
Creative Grab Bag
Happy to see Ethan’s book out. Lot’s of familiar names and faces involved including moi.
The Sad Strange Financial Predicament Of Annie Leibovitz
I suspect that there’s a lot of stuff going on in the background. Until that comes to light here’s one person’s take on the situation.
Website Update: Microsoft, I’m a PC – Outtakes
Remember those computers called One Laptop Per Child? These are the first images I’ve seen them in use for the intended audience.
Dark Stores; BRIAN ULRICH : NOT IF BUT WHEN
Quite the photo series of the times we live. Sort of reminded me of the Detroit series I mentioned in the last Link Drop.
More Than Just a Pokerface: Lady Gaga as Architectural Cipher
This was one of my favourite posts that I came across last week. Music, fashion and architecture combined, contrasted and critiqued.
Smart idea—compare both good and bad design at the same time. I suspect this blog will pick up some traction soon.
The Over-the-Phone Test
Good method for some but not all design ideas. While simple is ideal, understandable is a better target to shoot for.
Designers on Twitter
While I don’t take these type of lists too seriously, it was nice to be added to this one.
THE 10 BEST FOOD TRUCKS IN AMERICA
Ok list, a couple from NYC in there.
IMG MGMT: The Nine Eyes of Google Street View
Amazing captures from Google maps. A really insane viewpoint of what’s going on out there…
I like dots, and I like visualizations—hence this is the perfect post for me.
A going concern. Toilet signage as an international cultural artefact
Interesting to see how people all over the world show where to go the bathroom.
The future of the textbook
More questions about reading on paper.
Reading Non-Braille Books and Tactile Flash Cards for the Blind
Great idea to use design and technology to help people.
The 65 Most Annoying things about the Web Today
Good list to take note of.
Talking ‘bout (m)Y Generation
Good to hear what the kids are talking about these days too.
It’s Official: Captchas Are Bad for Business
Interesting contradiction to my mention of captcha’s a couple week’s ago in Link Drop.
Data Visualization: Stories for the Information Age
This is kind of old by interweb standards, but just in case you missed it, it’s worth a look. Lot’s of good listings of both familiar and unfamiliar data viz stuff.
Drink from Concrete & Glass
I’d love to get a set of these. Cool contrast of materials.
Nike Basketball’s 10 Best TV Commercials
This is art.
Things to consider.
The direction forward with web fonts
More about typefaces and reading on the web.
While it may be a cliche to suggest that every building in NYC has a story behind it, I can’t help but wonder about the Affinia Hotel near Madison Square Gardens. With a quick glance it becomes apparent that there’s a lot of weird stuff going on. The entire shape is a combination of slicing and dicing, starts and stops and brick work that takes a life of its own. I also wonder about the architects original intentions and how much it got messed around while it was being built. Were there tons of battles before the building even got started?
Looking at the building now I wonder how the main protagonists of the building’s history took to its rise. Not knowing any of the history I can only interject my own theories. It seems to me that the architect was incredibly into details while the contractor and builders had other priorities. Maybe the building owner was two faced—liked the details but was willing to save a dollar at all costs. Were people laxed to details, the architect realizing this and possibly slipped in details that were never approved, only to be foiled by the builders who ignored the blueprints the next day?
There’s a number of brick related elements that seem kind of strange. There’s columns of different coloured brick that finish off a couple window with flourishes. A nice but slightly ugly detail. However it looks like they had spare dark brick so they just continued upwards until they ran out. On a slightly different note, there looks like a different beige brick that got thrown into the building haphazardly. Can you imagine the conversation that was going on between the architect, builder and owner of the building. I’m sure it wasn’t pretty.
Those building elements are quite old now and give it a bit of charm that we would never see today with the glass veneers that wrap most buildings. While the brick work was one stage of the building process, there’s other things to look at. There’s the worn typography advertising the hotel when it was in other hands. Again I can only speculate how many businesses have tried to make a go of having a hotel right beside Madison Square Garden. The final element that I was able to capture was the hand made heart outside of one window. I’m assuming it was from a couple on their honeymoon. A simple gesture that maybe was preplanned while the guests first wanted to visit NYC. What makes it more remarkable that the heart probably would never had been viewable if a chain of events hadn’t happened. Crazy brick workers, architects trying to go into great detail, and someone booking the room oblivious to the outside.
This week’s version of Link Drop has a healthy does of me at the beginning. When I read about other bloggers and their exploits, sometimes I think it’s cool to see, other times perhaps not. So if you’re in the perhaps not camp, please scroll quickly to link #4. Overall I came across a bit of everything, there’s lot’s of publishing stuff, both online and print. I think I keep coming back to that topic because it’s how people are broadcasting messages today, something we should all be in the business of. I also found it interesting how Armstrong integrated his message into a number of different outlets that again I think we can all learn from. Did I miss anything worth reading?
Video Notes from the Field
Being asked to pass along a quick thought about digital & design to potential students headed to that field, I choose to mention how digital is different than print. “Digital isn’t a one-time shot, but a constant upgrade”. For me to be included with a lot of people that I try to learn from myself on the post was quite cool to see.
The Aggregator That Newspapers Like
Some days I find it harder to explain what Daylife is then others, especially when I start mentioning Select. This article did a pretty good job explaining things on a high level and about some of the history behind the news service I work with.
Three New Foodists
I like food, I like to write—what better reason then that to start contributing to this food blog when the urge hits?
I wish I had come up with this idea first. Marking off blocks on NYC and documenting what’s around the street. Photos and google map included.
visualizing MLB hit locations on a Google Map
Really interesting post that started off with looking at data from a no hitter baseball game that morphs into something else.
MaxFunCon: Merlin Mann on Doing Creative Work; The Sound of Young America
A great podcast that I listened to a couple times. Everything he says is true and I’ve told myself with various words for a while now. After listening to the twenty eight minute podcast you might try some creative work that you’ve been stalling on.
Gawker Media revenues up 45% in first half
A positive sign that online publishing is moving forward and might be worth getting in the game sooner than later.
This American Life’s Ira Glass Points Toward the “Wide-Open” Future of Journalism
I kind of wish this article went a bit further instead of enlisting a couple traditional pull quotes and reaction from someone that heard the talk. Maybe traditional journalism still has a way to go.
A New Page
I haven’t had time to read this yet but seemed very appropriate considering how people are starting to read more and more on screen.
Interview: NPR’s Dick Meyer Discusses NPR.org Redesign, Visual Vocabulary
I pulled a various articles about the NPR.org redesign, interesting to read a couple people’s take from the inside.
NPR Moves to Rewire Its Approach to the Web
Article number deux on the the NPR.org redesign.
Making Books, 21st-Century Style: An Interview with Rick Smolan
I couldn’t help but wish there was an online version of the book they were talking about. What does that say about me?
Total Insanity: Commerce Restaurant to go Cashless
Interesting idea, not sure why they wouldn’t keep both options of cash or plastic available. The comments in reaction are fascinating.
5 live sketching tips every designer should know
Makes sense to keep up on this kind of thing.
STAGES: Art for the Lance Armstrong Foundation
This looks very cool and is on view in NYC.
Bike Porn 3 – Trek’s “Stages” Bikes
A cross section of the bikes Armstrong rode in the tour.
NEWS///LANCE ARMSTRONG SURGES BACK TO ACTION IN THE TOUR DE FRANCE ON A MARC NEWSON TREK TTX ART BIKE
Sorry for the allcaps—that was how it was in the post. The bike in view feels like a cross between a tank and some carbon fiber weaponry.
Amazon Acquisitions infographic
A timely info graphic on all things Amazon.
I really like the concept of this flat piece of material morphing into something else usable with some cut lines.
Lessons from a failed meeting with a Social Media Guru
This is quite the post, I have my guesses who it’s about but I have no way to verify. Either way there seems to have been a communication break down.
I wanted to post this because the bike and digital outlines looked cool.
James Perse surfboards
Same for these surfboards. These are works of art. I’d put them on my wall if I had the space, and cash…
Things go better with persistent branding
This diagram is kind of telling. Actions (or non actions) speak quite loudly.
Top ten problems in file prep for print
This is for the print people out there that can’t figure out why their printer hates them.
I’d like to put all my top secret digital files on this. Too bad twitter didn’t do the same thing.
Where Goldman Sachs screwed up (understanding the anti-$GS populist rage)
Another article that I haven’t had time to read just yet, but am going to over the weekend.
iPhone Apps Design Mistakes: Over-Blown Visuals
Interesting starting point for those thinking of designing apps.
Unofficial Rules of the App Store
The potential for this site is quite important. If people regularily contribute it could give a good indication of what mistakes not to make. It could also be said that Apple should keep things open, but that’s a different debate altogether.
Chris Anderson’s Free adds much to The Long Tail, but falls short
Another review on the book Free.
9 kinds of coffee (infographic)
I’ve never seen a diagram comparing all the different types of coffee goodness in relation to each other before.
World’s Top Ten Identity Firms
While this list probably still holds true I couldn’t help but wonder if they all seem a bit “old”.
Poll Results: The Best Music Of 2009 (So Far)
I’m not a big fan of this list but it gives a good idea of what NPR thinks is worth listening to this year.
Yale Grad Designs Nooka Pop-Up Shop in NYC
Interesting background story on the Nooka pop up shop that I didn’t know about while visiting.
Barcelona at UBPA at Expo 2010
Tons of great architectural photos.
How Twitter Actually Hurts Street Vendors
This reminds me a bit about flash mobs, but with mobile food.
This week’s Link Drop is a double issue as I was preoccupied with being in SF last Friday. For this post I combined the best of what I found in the last 14 days. The biggest surprise for me was that I didn’t mention the iPhone, Apple or Google once. In their corporate place was Amazon and Zappos—no big surprise considering their news this week. There were quite a few times this morning as I was typing away with the links that I said to myself that this could be a best of year post. What I mean by that is there’s some really good content from others that I might want to save for my year end post. Maybe the summer brings out the best in us all?
The New York Review of Ideas
This site came out of no where (at least to me). The design and content match each other. I hate to say it, but I hope they publish their best content yearly.
A conversation with The Publisher & Editors of Politico
There’s a lot of observations a viewer could take from this round table talk. There’s the predictable print vs online aspect, but what perked up my ears was their strategy talk of wanting to own their sector in terms of being the “ESPN” of politics. Combine that attitude and energy with unique personalities and the hour went by very quickly. Afterwards I had to wonder how soon it will be till Charlie himself makes a couple appearances on Politico…
Walmart Announces a Sustainable Product Index
This gives an overview of what Walmart will be asking it’s retailers in terms of environmental impact of their products. I think this is a big deal as up until now most companies that have power to change things haven’t really stepped up to the plate.
Oh Snap! Our Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Shot By The Sartorialist
Smart info design of everyone’s favourite street fashion photographer….
Zappos Review Incites Reproach From Agency Creative
FYI, this link doesn’t work anymore if you don’t subscribe to Ad Age. I kept it because I wanted to use this as a perfect example of why a paid content wall doesn’t work. I thought this article was one of the best that has come out of Ad Age for quite some time because there was a great debate between the merits of the pitch and measuring how long a client actually looks at a pitch. The post that instigated the discussion
didn’t bother turning on the comments which made it a one way discussion—not a great thing for online content. With the above link there was a lot of info being added to the article which I appreciated. Now behind a wall no one is going to subscribe for one article. Now that I know there’s a time limit on Ad Age articles I’m probably not going to include them in my Link Drop anymore.
Zappos’ culture evident in their design
There’s going to be a lot of posts like this now that Amazon is going to purchase Zappos. I thought it would be funny to have this post beside the above issue of companies working with outside vendors for communication.
Amazon Buys Zappos, Gives Press the Boot
The press release in the internet age.
It’s amazing how a publisher’s branding can be transferred to well known album art in a visual way. The initial idea is still intact with the popular designs, yet the low saturation and paper crinkles also tell a story.
I liked Chris Anderson’s book Free. It’s a good business 101 in the digital age kind of refresher. Nothing really new being mentioned. What I liked even more though was how this post put those type of ideas into a larger context that I hadn’t really been thinking about.
100 Years of Design Manifestos
If I had a couple days of free time (which I don’t), I’d read all of these a couple times and try to pull out all the common themes, take those themes and look at them in the frame of today. With that info compare each of the ideas to the other time periods in the timeline and see what’s universal applicable and what’s just naive.
Blind Photographers Use Gadgets to Realize Artistic Vision
Any story that talks about the blind in a visual context is something I’m interested in. It helps me understand how communication can be done in a non visual way. It becomes more about the interaction.
WK GETS HAND JOBBED
Fun tag line to read about one authour’s adventure to a studio.
STVLAH: Things That Fall Over
This might be one of my fav. posts of the year in terms of making unrelated designs fit really well together. Especially in the economic period that we’re all in.
When You Put Data In, You Should Be Able to Get It Out
Did you know that if you tweet over 3,200 times, the 3,201 isn’t available unless you know how to use their api. Within that context this post talks about some of the ethical issues that digital services need to think about.
ZEVS’ Chanel Store Liquidation Could Cost A Million Dollars
This is one way to slow down unauthorized street art.
The Psychology of Cyberspace
I haven’t read this yet but it seems kind of interesting.
Volkswagen Golf 1974-2009
The irony of this diagram is quite telling. The nature of the compact car growing…
The fall from the top is far and fast
A post that will probably make you stop and pause for a myriad of reasons.
Mom-and-Pop Operators Turn to Social Media
Go figure—everyone is finding a reason to tweet.
From New York to Amsterdam: A Tale of Two Hotels
I’ve never been to a pod hotel before so I was interested in reading about that type of experience.
Every time you type a two-word Captcha, you’re helping to digitize the world’s printed archives.
Did you realize that you’re doing a service by filling in Captcha—I didn’t.
Dean + Deluca.
One of the benefits of living in NYC is that when people from other cities shoot Manhattan they capture moments that quite possibly could be taken for granted with resident. With fresh eyes it reminds me of all the cool everyday stuff floating around.
Smart Insight: Design Was Born In The Great Depression. Will It Be Reborn Out Of The Great Recession?
Great concept though I’m not so sure about the execution of it.
The technology, entertainment and design conference known as Ted has been starting to feel predictable as the years go by. For some reason having it overseas has invigorated it. I’m seeing and reading a lot more about the people presenting that seem kind of worth while. This site is pulling a lot of that content together in a great format for those like myself that aren’t there.
Metropolis Magazine reflects on the photographer Julius Shulman.
The Books of Oxford
I haven’t had time to read this yet, I’m going to after I publish this Link Drop…
Audio from the Web Fonts Panel at TypeCon2009
Litherland passed this on to me just before I was going to hit the publish button for this Link Drop so I haven’t had the chance to listen it yet. It’s hard to comment about what’s been said with this discussion about issue of licensing fonts for the web before I’ve actually heard what they have to say. But since this is my site I can say what I want. My take is that this discussion should have happened like fifteen years ago. Type designers used to be ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and distributing their typefaces. At this point I don’t know if there’s anything those same type people can say that is actually meaningful. As a collective they’ve ignored technology, ie 6 and now I’m pretty much using Arial and Georgie too much. I blame you type designers for ignoring the fact that times change. And since we’re on it, why do I have to use bitmap like typefaces for super small points? Can we please move past type being designed for paper?
July is here and with that comes the Tour de France. I’ve found a number of bike and tour related stuff that is shows the sport in perhaps a slightly different light then most people are used to reading about. There were a number of process pieces that I didn’t connect directly though on a second look might warrant it. There’s behaviour process, big question process and the big idea process along with emotional process. And as usual there’s a number of photo and type related things. I’m heading off to SF for a couple days next week, so I’m not sure what the format for next week’s Link Drop will look like. Stay tuned…
where to get off the subway
Now that I have this app I’m hope it will be easier to find my exit on Canal St or 34th St a lot easier. Up until now I’ve been choosing my train car haphazardly. Now I’ll pick it by design.
beauty made from ugly
There’s something really cool about making architectural forms out of metal shipping containers.
Lost in Translation
I really like how the abstraction on the left carries a lot of visual resonance to Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to the right.
“there are 4 phone booths in NYC, this is one of them”
If this fact is true that’s quite amazing. When I think about how NYC was shown in film many years ago before mobile phones were out, phone booths played a role in the set. How times change.
Michael Jackson Turning Points
This post was one of the best collection of ideas relating to MJ and the way old media was.
New York Times Considers Charging $5 Per Month For Access To NYT.com (NYT)
Interesting developments going on about a paywall. It would be interesting to see how this plays on in terms of people passing on links to articles read from that site. The reason why I don’t pass that many links from WSJ—because it’s behind a paywall…
Why are Cheap Airlines so cheap?
There’s a side by side comparison of how some airlines can be cheaper then others.
jetBlue’s award system is broken #jetBlows
A point by point breakdown on why JetBlue’s point system isn’t working.
Photo of the day: Insert hands to dry
Would you put your hand inside this box?
Desperate-to-leave LinkedIn users rename accounts “delete delete delete”
I’m sure LinkedIn has a reason for not allowing people to delete their accounts, however people are going to always come up with a solution no matter what a service wants to do with other people’s data.
George Pitts: Notes On Vibe Magazine
Vibe’s founding Photography Director goes back and talks about a lot of the people he worked with and what he got from the experience.
Surry Hills Library Signage by Collider
The typography of this wayfinding system is quite special. I love how the type is angled. I want to be able to do that for something in the not so distant future.
dbcounter – quick visual database stats
I’m putting this info in my things to remember pile.
how @CarinBerger changed my twitter process
This process worked for her, maybe it will for you.
When’s the last time you saw a building get up and go for a walk?
Letter from AIGA’s incoming president
It’s amazing to me that more incoming design organization presidents don’t write a simple letter explaining what they want to accomplish. It should be mandatory to have an outline like this.
Innovative Airless Tires by Michelin | Toxel.com
The tire that doesn’t run on air. I wonder of we really gain much from a design like this though?
Emotional Design Delivers Intangible Value
I’m not a Pottery Barn shopper so I can’t vouch for their emotional design. But it does seem like an interesting process to consider.
Tools of Engagement: The New Practice of User-Centered Design, by Robert Fabricant
Asking big questions, hard to know if the authour is right or not when we look back in a couple years.
Advertising Could Do With More of Bernbach’s Genius
I wonder if someone under thirty would write something like this?
‘Le Tour’ Rolls into Austin
I hope this show makes it’s way up to NYC. Looks fascinating.
My other pair of eyes and hands
One photographer’s experience shooting bike racing.
Italian Federation calls for redesign of Pozzato’s jersey
Maybe they should have hired a real designer instead of having the cyclist design the shirt.
JerkStrong How Lance Armstrong is like Sarah Palin.
Interesting connection between Lance and Sarah. There’s also some brand advice to be found in the post.
A lesson on (im)personal brand management from “LeVideotape” James
If this happens to be true—crazy…
I love our president. (image via Yahoo News)
This photo could turn iconic.
Black Sun, Closet Plus
I’m sure there’s a logically explanation for all these settings—but would you even want to guess?
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.
It’s been a crazy blog week for me and because of that my Link Drop is three days overdue. The High Line opened which I was happy to experience first hand early in the week. Quite a few interesting blogs passed some nice traffic to me because of it, so I thought in return I’d compile those sites near the top of this post. I also got a lot of interesting response from my AIGA post, a significant amount coming via twitter which I thought was interesting. On top of all that, there was a lot of great stuff on the net. So adding that all up I finally can present last weeks Link Drop. See you back in a couple days…
If you get the opportunity to walk the High Line at night, these are the people responsible for the great lighting design. It was one of my favourite parts of the experience walking around that first night.
When the High Line Was for Lowlifes
I can only imagine all the stories like this that abound from people and the High Line back in the day.
The High Line is Open!
There’s some good links about the High Line during it’s conception phase.
The High Line
There’s a great opening quote talking about the High Line and nice use of my photos that they asked about using before they published.
Bahntrasse mit neuer Funktion
This has to be my new fav. site that passed on traffic to my site. My unique visits went through the roof after their post.
Happy to see a non design post associated with quips coming to my High Line post.
High Line open
Quick post with reference links to some of the first High Line reviews, cool to be included.
High Line Opening Roundup
Nice to be included in the PSFK round up,
too bad they spelled my last name incorrectly. Oh well, better than not being mentioned at all.
SVA Service Design Lecture: Recap
Interesting observations about the talk I was at last week. They’ve included a couple people’s audio clips of the talk.
Design for Service
Digging around the site of reading the review I found a good collection of books for anyone wanting to get more knowledge about Service Design.
Post TYPO Berlin 2009 – Making Amends With Mrs Eaves
I’m not sure how I missed this video the first time around, but there’s some great footage and recap of a designer that is known for drawing type all over herself.
Hype for Type
The person behind this site did all the right things to get the word out to the design blog sites out there. I might do an interview with them as they mentioned something kind of interesting about why they wanted to start the site in the email I got. They were “frustrated with the lack of quality and original typefaces within the design community.” I’d like to hear more about that from them.
I thought the image was a nice extension of those blocky letter forms out there at the moment.
Promax|BDA North America 2009 Conference
I’m hopefully going to be covering a couple of the talks for this conference next week. Are you planning to be there?
New Mingering Mike exhibition in Washington, DC opens this Saturday, 6/13
I’d love to see this somewhere in New York at some point in the not so distant future.
he sees, he’s a seer
The idea has a lot of potential though I wish it did more then just use the Amazon api for suggestions. If only there was a real person behind this—or better yet a group of librarians to offer suggestions.
Kindle’s Not Working
I don’t have a Kindle and I’ve often wondered if it’s a bit overpriced considering a netbook doesn’t have any of the same limitations that Amazon has put on their machine.
I thought the video was quite amazing, and better yet I don’t think it was staged.
The New Negroponte Switch
Good presentation to look at about stuff moving away from academic discourse and application of interactive ideas in the real world.
In One City, Two Soirees Ages Apart
A contrast of a couple worlds inside NYC.
More iPhone Apps for the Home Cook
If you’re into cooking and have an iPhone, you might want to give a couple of these apps a testing.
Are you kidding me?
I thought the modularity and the unlimited number of sitting combinations to be kind of interesting. Too bad the price is kind of crazy.
The National Openings Through the Years
This was quite a blast from the past for me. I remember seeing all of these from the CBC with the exception of the first video they show.
IAC’s Diller: The iPhone is our crystal ball
Kind of telling about what one media person see’s the digital market heading…
In Tough Economy, New Survey Shows Design Professionals Use More Stock Photography to Cut Costs
Interesting survey that I was emailed.
Apple stuns WWDC crowd with pulsating App Store hyperwall
This is a pretty cool visualization of the apps being sold. Too bad itunes is a really bad experience in finding new apps. I think I’m going to do a blog post about that soon.
I discovered this neat site via twitter. Cool observations on what he does.
Fun with flash—something I don’t normally say…
I haven’t actually had time to read this, but it’s next on my hit list once I have five minutes to sit down.
Can Computer Nerds Save Journalism?
Another perspective on what needs to be done with journalism. Everyone has an opinion these days it seems. I wonder if anyone aside from journalists are actually reading these things.
Microsoft Biffs the Bing Logotype
I liked this first person account of working at Microsoft as an intern and how there was actually good design going on, and how it kept getting killed. Relates to that awful Bing logo.
Data Center Overload
The whole magazine issue is quite strong content wise, the redesign looks like it came from New York Magazine. Here’s one article from the Infrastructure issue.
My friend has a great eye and mind for picking stuff to talk about.
Banksy’s Bristol show
Banksy’s got a new show, would be interested to get my hands on the book if there was one. From some of the clips it looks like a lot of his stuff from NYC is on display from the pet store.
One of the more popular posts on twitter that I mentioned this week. Fun—no?
design mind magazine the theme of POWER
Happy to say that I have my hands on the paper version of this, looking forward to reading what it has to say about Power.
Interview with Anne Helmond
Good interview about blogging if you’re into that kind of thing.
Like a lot of fans of the High Line, the opening of the first section a day early was a welcome surprise. It surpassed any hype that I had put on it myself. But to be honest I would have been happy with just about anything that gives a walking path with a new view of New York City that hasn’t existed before. I’ve also been following the construction for the past three years when I moved here. Back when they had limited public tours of one of the more northern sections I jumped all over that experience. I was also fortunate some time back to hear Diller Scofidio + Renfro talk about the High Line in the IAC building. That culmination of background experiences made the walk that much more fun for me.
After hearing about people being allowed on the High Line a day early all over Twitter I made the trek from Soho to the Meat Packing district around 7.30 pm which in hindsight was the perfect time to visit. There’s still a lot of daylight to take in the whole first section. As the sun slowly sets the lights around the High Line and city, new views appear. Colours pop in a different way and the tone is a different kind of chill from the regular day time experience.
As I was walking and taking pictures every couple feet there was a couple themes I was looking for and came across a couple unexpected contrasts. First and foremost I was looking to see how the High Line integrated a pathway with constructed foliage that was there as a nod to the natural habitat that had grown from years of neglect and the steel rail road. In some parts of the walkway there’s a really great balance of all three elements while elsewhere it does feel a bit concrete heavy. This is especially true walking south to north through the Chelsea Market building, though there’s a great view of the IAC building clustered with a couple other buildings the to the north west. One of the unexpected themes was the contrast between complicated angles and very clean simple lines.
An almost too obvious thing to consider but worth bringing up is how does the city look from the view on the High Line? Depending where a person is standing or sitting there’s a lot of clusters of area that become unique blocks—no kidding when considering the size of New York but when a person considers that the High Line that’s open only runs a couple blocks is quite a visual feast. There’s the gritty side, there’s the flashy architecture side, there’s the historic side, there’s the the Empire State Building side and then there’s the Jersey side (which isn’t too bad either). Something that shouldn’t have come up as a surprise yet was, was all the construction cranes jetting up. For a moment it was easy to forget that there was an economic melt down and that progress via construction was still going strong.
While the High Line is meant to be walked, it’s also meant to be a place to sit and relax. There were a ton of places that I was scoping out to visit again with a book. A person would be hard pressed to find a bad spot to sit down though I suspect one of the most popular sports will be where people can put up their feet on the long wooden chaise’s. I enjoyed sitting there for a while. The theatre seating is another stroke of genius. In it’s current state I would be surprised if I saw more then die hard runners moving by quickly on the pathway. It seems like it would be more effort then warranted to run a short distance on the High Line though once the entire route is open that will probably change. As some people have mentioned, dogs aren’t welcome up there. I have a dog and to be honest I don’t really mind that much. My opinion on that could change but at the moment it wasn’t the first thing I was thinking about as I was walking.
As other sections of the High Line open up, I’m really looking forward to seeing how the pathway changes my perspective of the city. As the news hype over the next couple of days grows I’ve created a page powered by Daylife that has all the High Line articles out there. That can be viewed at http://topics.designnotes.info/page/highline. I also have more photos of my first walk through on flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsurtees/sets/72157619404502549.
I’m not entirely sure why but I’m pretty happy how this week turned out for Link Drop. Lots of Design process, typography, NYC, social and business stuff. Art doesn’t usually get mentioned that much, but there’s a couple mentions of it. Usually by Wednesday I’m wondering if I’m going to have enough stuff that keep me interested, and it was the same this week. Yet I managed to find more then I’ve been able to post for a couple weeks—go figure.
This is one of my new favourite reading sites. While they don’t have a ton of free books to choose from, the option of having small chunks of the story emailed on a daily basis is nice. Through a five or ten minute read on a daily basis the chances of completing the book grow exponentially. There’s also a really nice UI that goes along with the options when a person chooses a book.
Focusing Design Solutions on Social Problems
Happy to read about design in a non flashy way once in a while. Using process to get to a better understanding and changing behavior is what it’s all about.
One of the most interesting aspects is the first comment suggesting that volunteering isn’t just a thing of socialists but also of religion—I just found that interesting in a non obvious way. And by my suggesting this, probably way too much of a generalization but, I’m pretty sure most people that are on the digital side have never considered how closely those two ideals in sharing knowledge are. I know I didn’t.
Making Policy Public: Predatory Equity
Every once in a while I get email from Urban Omnibus mentioning posts that they’ve put up. What I appreciate about the info is that the posts really dig into using design for improvement and talk about how they did it.
Great post for anyone that’s motivated about their career. If you’re successful you’ve probably already been in the same mindset, but it’s good to remember those ideals once in a while.
Web Visions 2009 Presentation
These pdfs are a really great source of information for people in the business of design. Like REALLY helpful—go there now and download them!
A collection of information on Agile Process—happy to see my presentation included.
The New New Economy: More Startups, Fewer Giants, Infinite Opportunity
This is why I wanted to go to a startup to learn what big business couldn’t teach.
How David Beats Goliath
I haven’t had time to read this, but I think I’m going to like it…
Not by Links Alone
Smart post that anyone interested in news, search or google should read.
Advice For NYT’s Social Media Editor: Don’t Fix What Isn’t Broken—And Do A Lot Of Listening
Advice that anyone working on the interwebs should probably take a look at.
Nice simple search results page combining google and twitter.
Some tips from Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt
A collection of quotes.
Ebon Heath and his visual poetry
Really novel way of using letters in art.
Typography in China
Fascinating breakdown of type design in China.
OFFF 2009 | Sponsor Titles
I’m not usually a fan of motion design, but this is really smart though it does get a bit long. Great concept and well worth taking the time to watch the whole thing.
way shape form
Nice illustration/art thing.
Saddam’s Palaces: An Interview with Richard Mosse
I find it actually quite amazing that I can read something like this on a blog and probably wouldn’t expect to see it in a mainstream magazine. Kind of telling for the state of publishing.
Apple Pie Charts
Info design that is actually kind of meaningful and interesting. And can’t really be created on the computer the same way everything else seems to be being pumped out these days.
37 Data-ish Blogs You Should Know About
I found a couple new blogs in this list that I haven’t seen before.
2009 Indy 500 Car Tracker
Really fascinating way to watch the race within a couple minutes. There’s some interesting patterns that happen, and some that don’t emerge at all.
Interesting concept that I think can be built on.
I really like this combo of real life imagery and arrows juxtoposed together. It tells a story and then shows the actions afterwards. I don’t think I’ve come across this kind of visualization before.
This clock both makes me feel smarter and hurts my head at the same time.
Self Control App
Who couldn’t use a little help in terms of time management.
I’d like to hang out in a room drinking fancy drinks while this dj table was bouncing around. A couple super model would be an added bonous…
The book is here
Great idea from a talented illustrator, order his book from him and he’ll add one more illustration by hand. I also noticed that he was giving shout outs to people via twitter that were buying it.
Cover Story: Finger Painting
I think by now we’ve all seen the cover of the year from the New Yorker. What you may not have known is that I mentioned him in early March, which I found via twitter a couple days before that…
If you’re in Manhattan this weekend, be sure to be facing west around Saturday, May 30 — 8:17 P.M. It’s when you can see the sun fall directly down the streets of NYC.
Mannahatta in Miniature
I love looking at anything that has to do with Manhattan, especially with this project. I think I’m going to have to check out the exhibition this weekend, can’t wait to get my hands on the book at some point soon either.
Helsinki x New York
Sometimes I think NYC is small and then I read a post like this and it shrinks even more. Nice write up from a couple friends on different sides of the pond at the moment.
Heralding the Latest Street Closures
Hopefully you’re not tired of me talking about NYC because what is going on in Manhattan with the streets is very special. Super cool to see what in my backyard. I’m so looking forward to not bumping into so many people at rush hour once the roads have been taken back to pedestrians.
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.
The Empire State Building is easily my favourite building of all time. I can’t rationalize it—it just is. I reminded of how it is on a daily basis. Just like my NYC sky series where I explored how each day is slightly different, I can never take enough photos of the building just slightly east of me every morning as I wake up. This morning the top image is what greeted me. So as I mention the awesomeness of that building I was overjoyed to find out the Lego has an entire architecture series that includes the Empire State Building. I’m pretty sure what I want for next birthday. If you’re curious to know more about that Lego series you should visit www.brickstructures.com/LAEmpireStateBuilding.html
I’m hopping that publishing Link Drops on a Sunday as opposed to a Friday will stop after this week. I took the last week off hoping to get a lot of writing done, but life got in the way and I took the time to talk with a lot of people face to face. No complaints of course but I’m now weeks behind with what I wanted to have completed. Anyhow, I did still mange to find some ideas worth sharing.
Eliss – for iPhone and iPod touch
I’ve only played this game a handful of times so will it have a longevity—I don’t know. But after seeing this tweet I’ve said it before but Eliss on the iPhone is a milestone in multi-touch design and interaction: http://www.toucheliss.com/ You must buy it brendandawes I can’t really disagree. I’m only on stage three but I’m curious to see how my thinking with my hands and mind evolve.
Wooster In The White House – An Explanation
This post is worth pointing out for a number of reasons. First and foremost there’s a conversation that is going on that really hasn’t happened yet. Different channels have been created via the interwebs that are spreading info differently than people have time to recognize. Now that there’s a pause there’s some great conversations starting. The response post is worth a read too thoughts
no title thanks to tumblr
This is an amazing photo—reminds me a bit of HBO’s Voyeur stuff that was being projected on apartments last year. Scary thing is that it’s real, happening right now and probably just a couple blocks away from me.
A New Business Model for Digital Agencies
This was a great thing for me to read after my talk because I have a lot of questions how any agency can survive these days inside it’s current format. I really wanted to have a conversation afterwards about agile which didn’t really happen, my fault I don’t know. But I was happy to see others are asking the same thing.
Marissa Mayer, Larry Page on Journalism’s Future
Again, I like reading about Daylife via the lens of other people’s perspectives.
Total Recall: The Woman Who Can’t Forget
Haven’t read this yet, but I saw a couple people reference it out there that I know, so I might as well take a look too once I get a chance to catch my breath from running around.
Music to design to
Good question to ask every once in awhile. Maybe there’s a new fav. undiscovered group within those listings you haven’t seen before.
Nice find about the typical mta ride time around NYC. I’ve played with the idea of doing something similar for walking, but I’m not sure if it would really be that helpful.
This looks really cool.
TCHO: Graphics and Chocolate
Great process explanation of typography.
NQB WTF: Study Ball
This could be more helpful than one thinks. I’d like to give it a try to see if it’s helpful or not.
SIEGE Audio Company—The Stealth
Taking an old school idea for wires and making it contemporary. For some reason the product photo reminds me of boxing gloves.
Mies van der Rohe: demolish or not?
I think stuff like this should stay around if for no other reason then to give designers hope that you can do regular stuff and make extraordinary buildings when the right opportunity comes around.
Tilt Shifting Tokyo
Nice mix of photos and music for the tilt shift app floating around.
Here and There in Manhattan 2
This is a continuation of two week’s worth of Link Drop’s looking at Manhattan. I really like the split screen that show things similar and dissimilar at the same speed.
F.A.Q. for Y.O.U.
Scott asks a great question that allows others to share their POV on “how aspiring writers find aspiring artists to collaborate with these days.”
Cards of Change
Interesting idea with the cards you still have.
David Horvitz: FOR 2009, IDEA SUBSCRIPTION__ – collaborative open source conceptual art
Reminds me of time, energy and the ability to pass things on.
iStat: Find out what’s going on inside your Mac
I’m sure there’s other apps out there, but it was nice to be reminded how I can make my MBP run better via info that shouldn’t be that hard to see in the first place.
Big Brand 1080px Design
Seeing past the 960px grid.
Philips de Pury: Photographs
Good addition to that image above of the apartments getting their face torn off.
Amazon Turns Publisher
Sure people talk about google and apple, but I think Amazon is the thing to keep an eye on at the moment. They’re selling stuff but their also making a move on editorial that could influence things in a way that a traditional publisher could never pull off.
It’s a simple question, there’s an event going on and there’s lots of media coverage from both news sources and blogs but how am I going to get all of it in one place? I’m a bit of a design geek plus I work with Daylife so I thought it would be interesting to combine those two things and pull in everything that is going on with ICFF. I’ve built a custom page http://topics.designnotes.info/page/icff with a couple different headline modules that are based both on being the latest headlines and others that capture the older but more in depth articles. The thing is though, a lot of info is going to be passed along different media channels, so I’ve also included people talking via twitter about ICFF—that way a I can get the latest listings asap and not have to worry about searching twitter for that. There’s also a ton of people that will be uploading their pics to flickr about ICFF, so I’ve put that module in too. The last thing I wanted to include was a lot of jumping points to other topics that are related to Design Week so I can go deeper on their news.
To save you the time here’s all the topics I’ve chosen to cover:
Please let me know if I’m missing something
What’s great for me is that I’ll be able to find info that doesn’t rely on any one source, so the design world and blogs can’t slant things in just one perspective—plus I’ll still be walking around to a lot of openings and be heading inside the ICFF. So I can blog about the things that grab me and allow others to talk about what’s important to them. And—if there’s something missing on the page that you wished was there, please let me know.
I feel as though this week just started and it’s already Friday. Good weather, good company and being in NYC will do that to people. But with that said there’s always time for the interwebs and below are some of the sites that I thought were worth a second look. There’s a bit more weirdness this week and less graphic design—coincidence? For this edition of Link Drop I also had a bit more coffee then usual, hence the erratic diagram. Till next week, though I’m not sure how I’m going to simultaneously post a Link Drop and a live presentation at the same time…
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The Battle Between Art & The Algorithm
Apparently design lost the battle with art and now art has set its sights on the algorithm. Is deciding how something is weighted in a myriad of ways based on rational—or is it art. I think it’s art if design myself if you know what to look for.
Is Interaction Design a dead-end job?
This is an interesting question to ask, especially these days as print is all but dead. If there isn’t interaction design, what’s left?
Microsoft sales fall for first time in 23 years
I’m surprised more people haven’t mentioned what has happened to Microsoft this year. There’s some smart connections being made in this piece. Not to beat a dead horse for me, but the fact that I can take a pic and push it on to the internet with a message within a minute from start to finish is amazing. Am I using any tools from MSFT to do that? No…
On Engineering and Design: An Open Letter
For those that work with engineers—good letter or someone on a soapboax?
wires should not behave like humans.
Interesting flip on the traditional idea that everything online has to be soft, fluffy and more human.
Twitter Clients Are a UI Design Playground
This is interesting—did twitter plan to to harness the crowd to make a better UI because they really didn’t know what they were doing, or did they create such a bad experience it pissed off enough people that they decided to make their own better UI? Funny thing is, if twitter was the music industry they would have tried suing their users where as twitter encouraged it.
Design Dont’s: Seesmic is the Frankenstein of Status Apps
I think this post proves that it’s best for design and engineering to work together as opposed to each of them working from their own pov.
Justified West At Langara College
I’ve never visited this school in BC, but I know a couple people there so it was kind of cool to read about a great typography event they hosted.
Seven characteristics of passion brands
I usually try to ignore the “the best of steps”, but this one was worth saving.
Scorecard | The National Design Awards
I thought the question that they brought up about Architecture Design and Interior Design was worth mentioning. I had no idea, but I’m neither an architect nor an interior designer…
Psst, have you heard…
I liked the idea of visualizing how things are spread via the promoters, passives and detractors.
Fascinating view of how the Gameboy (often ignored by designers as a great object) evolved and reflected the time as the years went on.
The Making Of: PlayStation | Edge Online
Who says a logo can’t change a lot and still maintain its “brand equity”?
Gallery of default anonymity: A work in progress
Here’s a collection of the designed undesigned avatars that everyone ignores…
Cold Cut Animals, Soft Body Parts & Stained Glass Perfume
Bizarre post #1 showing flesh.
Bizarre post #2 showing flesh.
“NPR maps the Energy Grid”
I find these kind of maps fascinating on a couple different levels. There’s the proximity of lines to actual cities (or distance from them), and the patterns the lines make that outline energy.
100 days of Obama’s Facebook news feed.
It would be easy to dismiss this visualization, but it’s actually quite impressive. It’s in a format almost everyone recognizes, there’s humour, there’s history and some of it is actually plausible.
That google seems to be wrecking every industry out there. But if it’s so bad why hasn’t anyone stepped up and made it better?
The problem with street art
A connection between street art and marketing.
This is a serious camera that I want to do a project with. Anyone out there looking to do something kick ass with a budget? Give me a calll…
The Green Design 100
Time.com weighs in with their green design index.
Don’t Blame Facebook
Good observations about people stick to what they know, yet can anything really be improved if a designer just wants to make people happy?
HealthMap | Global disease alert map
Just a fyi…
Current Developing Crises
I found this as a good starting point to understand what’s going on with the swine flu.
Telling amazing stories
Simple points to consider, hard to execute when all three measurements of 1. Collecting consistent data, 2. Designing meaningful visualizations and 3.Telling amazing stories are actually more subjective than you think.
4 Sites with Brilliant Internet Branding
A first glance the visual design of all these sites aren’t that great, but then again do they have to be?
Books on Typography
If you’re looking for a list of books on typography, what better source to look to than the Type Directors Club?
International Herald Tribune: Breathless in Paris
Happy to see some commentary on the IHT. I’m still irked by the killing of the old design of their site.
Greg J. Smith of Serial Consign fame has released his latest issue of Vague Terrain. Below is his press release and below that is my text from my entry. I haven’t had a chance to dig deep into the issue yet, but I’m quite honoured to be included within this diverse group of individuals…
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Announcing Vague Terrain 13: citySCENE
We are excited to announce the launch of Vague Terrain 13: citySCENE, the latest edition of our online digital arts publication. Curated by Greg J. Smith, the issue indexes a wide range of strategies for representing and visualizing urban space. Drawing on the collective talent of an international pool of new media artists and scholars, citySCENE catalogs how cartography, infrastructure and locative media shape perception in the contemporary city. Many submissions also explore more subjective urban experiences and consider notions of vision, acoustic ecology, movement and agency through experiments and interventions staged in a number of global cities.
Contributors: Abinadi Meza, Andrea Rojas, Mattia Casalegno & Michael Langeder, Michael Chen & Jason J. Lee, Conor McGarrigle, David Drury, Franke Dresme, Greg Giannis, Hector Centeno, Katharine S. Willis, Michael Surtees, Mitchell Whitelaw, Olga Mink, Ivan Safrin & Christian Marc Schmidt, Thomas Dreher, Tori Foster and Yukiko Bowman.
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For the past year I took a photograph of the sky from my apartment in Manhattan. The idea of transposing a morning image everyday came after I started noticing that most mornings have a really unique colour to the sky. What would a record of that look like after weeks and months and how would the colour compare to each other? It’s a fairly uncomplicated process with the photos. Typically I’m shooting between 6 am to 11 am depending on if there’s any light out and the time when I wake up. Whether it’s sunny or cloudy doesn’t really matter because each day is unique. I always make sure that the crop of the sky is in a 4:3 aspect ratio with my Leica D-Lux 3. After taking the image I upload it to flickr and place it into the collective set. Because of the modularity of the images, I can create unique sets depending on what’s required. For the above set I decided to order seven weeks starting in February of 2008. By keeping the grid to seven units a viewer can compare the colours of the weeks at one glance horizontally or all the particular days vertically.
Last weekend Madison and I decided to extend our weekend walking loop. Usually we’ll do a lap between 42nd st and 14th st on Park ave. I like heading north to see Grand Central Station and back down to see what’s going on around Union Square. We weren’t really tired by the time we had reached our south destination so we kept on walking. By the time we had reached the Cooper Union things started popping up together that I hadn’t really paid attention to. While it’s hard to ignore Cooper Square Hotel (yes I like the design of the outside of it, never been inside it), seeing it beside the new building for the Cooper Union and in viewing distance of the New Museum I realized that I had just stumbled upon a new walking architecture tradition for Madison and I. So this weekend we did the same walk and I decided to take a couple photos.
The Bowery has a long, long tradition that I won’t bother trying to repeat here because I wasn’t here when things were crazy. There will always be people that don’t like progress and wish that things would stay the same. I’m not one of those people. I like seeing things grow and seeing the combination of new and old buildings side by side early on a weekend morning is kind of nice. The time capture is a bit unique and won’t last forever. More buildings will be torn down, new ones will go up and not all of them will be that great. But for the time being it’s an interesting period to see how things balance.
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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…
The last couple of weeks have been pretty busy for me, and as a result the number of posts being included in my weekly Link Drop Contextd has been reduced. That’s not necessarily a bad thing b/c I don’t think anyone has time to read forty plus entries in one sitting. If there’s any pattern this week to notice, politics played a pretty minor role in what interested me web wise. Information on display always interests me, but it’s moving in a direction where I’m wanting to see how people archive and come back after the initial burst of data. Anyhow… thanks for checking up this Friday.
360 – Urban Villages in Paris (1920)
I’m not that familiar w/ the history of urban planning of Paris, but I’ve always enjoyed looking at how the city rolls out. This map is shows that spiral in a really nice way that integrates some of the different breakout percentages.
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This is such a cool idea, def. going to make my own nyc version of this. It might be kind of do a trade w/ someone in a different city that makes one too…
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MediaShift | PBS
A good site to catch up on pop tech and media integrations.
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The London Police Kick Off 2009 With A Bang
The balance between positive/negative space, and black and white is pretty cool. Lots of things to explore in these images.
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Are We Designing Interactions or Designing Software?
Great question that I often think about myself.
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IxDA 2009: Behavior, Definition and Synthesis
What’s up w/ behaviour, one person looks at that after attending IxDA 2009.
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You Can’t Sell News by the Slice
I kind of like collecting these type of stories about how object to monetizing news. The thing is, this question is practical in almost any other industry at the moment – not just news.
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WHAT DIDN’T HAPPEN
Since discovering this site a couple weeks (maybe month ago), I’ve been fascinated with the re-contextualization of this info into something it was never intended to be.
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I’m still kind of thinking wtf happened w/ the CCTV building fire.
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Noah Brier’s Brand Laboratory
Noah has a good write up in BusinessWeek.
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Readings of the week…
Another jumping off point to find some good things to check out.
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10 Principles That Might Make Your Work Better or May Make It Worse
Ten things for consideration.
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SEED – The Universe in ’09
Info overload, but still cool to look at.
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Tracking yourself to the next level.
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Cool low-fi way to get a point across.
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The same design questions are asked to a number of people – interesting to compare how they all answer them differently.
As I’m focusing more on quality vs quantity it’s interesting to see how smaller patterns emerge after a weeks worth of filtering. This week seemed to be a combo of ux, tech and ideas – not a huge departure from most of my Link Drop Contextd’s I realize. What is different again is the format. Still tweaking it a bit. Aside from the size of images and format the colour is also slightly different. I’ll be posting about that later today. Until then happy Friday clicking.
Worldwide Inauguration via Twitter
Flowing Data | 22 JAN 2009
Flowing Data put together a visualization of tweets around the time of Obama’s inauguration. Really fascinating to watch the spikes leading up to and after 12 noon on the 20th of January 2009.
I AM THE KING OF HOUSEHOLD DESIGN.
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency | JAN 2009
Redesigning A User Interface In The Open
A VC | 17 JAN 2009
I really like the idea behind the modules of Bug Labs, this post is a good starting point to click off a bunch of links that look at opening up the user experience as they move forward.
Swedish Television launches a great online television site but where’s the social interaction?
ronnestam.com | 20 JAN 2009
The site was working for me when I originally grabbed the info, hopefully it’s back up by the time you read this…
The Last Days of W
Printfetish | 15 JAN 2009
A review of the latest Alec Soth book and commentary about one person’s observation in today’s climate.
Shigeo Fukuda | 1932-2009
Robert L Peters | 16 JAN 2009
I was sad to read this.
National Design Triennial: Nominations
Cooper Hewitt | JAN 2009
I was underwhelmed by the options at the last Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt among many other things (like no cameras to photograph design stuff – it’s not art after all). I’m not sure how the vetting process happened last time, this time they’ve opened up the nominations which makes me very happy. If you think something should be nominated you now have the opportunity. You can also view what has already been nominated and by who. Great transparency, let’s just hope when the open the exhibition a person can take photos for their own private use…
Networked link journalism: A revolution quietly begins in Washington state
Publishing 2.0 | 9 JAN 2009
News being passed on via twitter isn’t new now, but this gives an overview on how easy and fast things can move when the conditions are right.
Koolhaas’ Exodus and Thomson’s Divided Kingdom
Maud Newton | 22 JAN 2009
I’ve walked through this exhibition at the MoMA a couple times though I haven’t paid that much attention to it aside from photographing it. Next time I’ll be taking a closer look.
Wisconsin Cheese Cupid
I’m not a huge fan of micro sites (or flash), this one maybe shouldn’t even be categorized as such anyways – but, it’s a really informative site on what to pair cheese with. Next time I buy some cheese I’ll be keeping this site in mind with what I want to drink with it.
I Love You More Than Blank
Interesting social experiment.
Conversation Mapping in Twitter: Keyword Clouds.
PurpleCar | 15 JAN 2009
I liked how they broke down how forum discussions tend to flow. But the better info they present is in the form of a question about how to follow a twitter discussion.
Inauguration » The Moment
CNN | 20 JAN 2009
I was kind of skeptical if people would even submit photos to cnn to have them stitched together. Looks like some people are and the visuals is kind of cool. I think the ui is slightly jittery but as a first attempt it’s pretty cool.
The Wired Presidency: Can Obama Really Reboot the White House?
Wired | 19 JAN 2009
I’d like to see the author to revisit their article once a year for the next four years to track how things evolve.
100 Blogs That Will Make You Smarter
Online Universities | 18 NOV 2008
I haven’t checked out all the sites in this list, but surely there’s at least one that everyone will find that they like.
Historical Photos in Web Archives Gain Vivid New Lives
NYT | 18 JAN 2009
A nice primer to see the connection between photos and history/stories.
Inside Obama’s Social Media Toolkit
Micro Persuasion | 17 JAN 2009
Good breakdown when consider a strategic operation.
The Faces of Mechanical Turk
Waxy | 20 NOV 2008
If you’ve ever had to use mechanical turk as i have, you’re probably curious to know who’s actually doing the work.
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
I’m sure there are airports out there that have realized that a majority of business travelers use laptops since they all offer pay as you go wifi services. The thing is, it’s kind of hard to use wifi if your power supply is limited b/c you can’t find a power outlet. That was me this afternoon walking around trying to find a place to plug in my laptop in Toronto. I had to spend a couple hours at the airport and it was not easy to find an outlet that was halfway down a hallway. So on the fluke chance that you’re actually taking an American Airline’s flight in Toronto and you find this post, there’s one decent outlet near the restaurant in B12. But it seriously baffles me that wifi providers don’t realize that they need to power the laptop’s if you want people to use wifi.
While I don’t think the above quote “Print is never messy. The city and blogs are.” is 100% accurate, it does make me feel a bit better about the nature of the publishing machine that is the blog. Last night I was having a couple drinks w/ a friend when we started talking about magazines and blogs. She mentioned that one of the blessings and curses of magazines is that they take months to develop so there’s actual time to construct out a well thought argument, where as for me I wake up, have some coffee, hit some keys mentioning something and then press the publish button – all in about an hour. And then I move on to the next thing in a timely manner. With magazines it’s really hard now to be cutting edge. What’s interesting now is not what was interesting when the issue first was being conceived.
I found the above quote from the email newsletter of www.tropolism.com. They make an interesting argument talking about the NYT’s review of Frank Gehry’s addition/reorganization of the Art Gallery of Ontario is not really being served well w/ the photos accompanying the review. In the article it mentions how the building is integrated in the surrounding urban environment, however none of the photos show that suggests Tropolism. Part of the problem was that some images were supplied by the architect while others were taken before the article had been fully developed. Why not have the writer or photographer go back to fill in the areas where the images can actually illustrate what he’s talking about? In the end online editions of the old print medium will constrain themselves b/c they’re not messy, like the city and the blogs out there.
It doesn’t look like tropolism has a link to that text that was in the email, however if it does go online I’ll include the link…
Photo came from Jody Sugrue’s iphone in Toronto, type set over image by moi…
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 different building a couple blocks away. Not sure what the scoop is, but does that action suggest that something different is going to be replaced on the MetLife building? Keep in mind that you can only see the new sign at night when the light is turned on, during the day it’s invisible in its current state.
Any additional info would be appreciated.
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 Awards Winners’ Panel at Cooper-Hewitt. (How’s the for a long sentence?) I really didn’t have huge expectations for the discussion as they can sometimes get way too self congratulatory. I’m happy to say that wasn’t the case and there weren’t that many times where I actually rolled my eyes with what was said. There wasn’t one person (Michael Bierut, Charles Harrison, Tom Kundig, Lucinda R. Sanders, Ralph Rucci and Scott Stowell) that tried to take over the stage or insist that their opinion was the only voice to be heard. There were a couple things that stuck out for me; in part Charles Harrison finding it difficult to get work in the 60’s and when he got his chance for full-time he wanted to start the night (after the studio had closed for the evening) that he was hired and I’m not sure if I misheard Scott Stowell mention that Good Magazine was primarily American, or for American’s or something else entirely. I can understand that it’s focus is not like Colors was for an international audience but it just seemed like a weird thing to say when I know there’s a lot of fans outside of the US. Another unusual thing happened – the audience questions were actually pretty good – especially when one asked if any of them considered quitting after hitting a stumbling block? Something that I think every designer can relate to, no matter what part of the profession.
Addendum (October 26th, 2008)
Clarifying his remark that I mentioned above, Scott Stowell emailed me last night. W/ his consent I’ve posted an excerpt from the email. “Although I can’t remember exactly what I said under the bright lights, my point was that while my point of view (thanks to Colors, as well as my own politics) is a global one, I’ve found that the point of view of Good has been more explicitly American. That’s not to say that it doesn’t speak to others, only that the editors consider American culture when developing and implementing ideas. I brought this up in the context of the other comments about culture clashes–and National Design Week. I think that Good is starting to shift, though. Next issue (number 014) is the “State of the Planet” special–a kind of annual report for Earth.”
The above quote piqued my interest as I sometimes feel like “that guy” who’s not always buying the hype of excitement that tends to come w/ a lot of graphic design blogs that celebrate their heroes. But with that said I do find it tougher to explain to myself why I don’t feel as strongly about some people’s work and derided it as populist fever. What I liked about the op-ed post on Archinect at http://archinect.com/news/article.php?id=80637_0_24_0_C17 is that the authour took a specific example of something they didn’t like and reevaluated their comments and ended up with a different conclusion.
It’s funny how timing works sometimes. Yesterday morning I picked up a couple envelopes from Princeton Architectural Press of books for review purposes. While it’s going to be a couple weeks before I can write a DesignNotes review on Artificial Light: A Narrative Inquiry into the Nature of Abstraction, Immediacy, and other Architectural Fictions by Keith Mitnick and I Am My Family: Photographic Memories and Fictions by Rafael Goldchain I thought I would mention a podcast w/ Rafael. I frequently listen to to the daily CBC podcast Q w/ Jian Ghomeshi and while walking to work I listened to Monday’s edition. Keep in mind that I see and hear a ton of things everyday so it’s actually hard for me to keep track of all that stuff. While listening to the conversation going on w/ the podcast, the books I mentioned above were the last thing I was thinking about. The last interview of the show was w/ a photographer that was doing something kind of interesting. He was photographing himself as different family members from his past. It was an interesting process that he was going through. As he kept talking I was like hmmm, this is starting to sound familiar – I just got a book w/ a guy that was doing something pretty similar. Of course it was the same photographer, but for a couple minutes I was wondering if there’s more than one person looking back at their family in the same way. The entire podcast is worth listening to, but if you’re just interested in hearing the interview w/ the photographer Rafael Goldchain click on this link http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?i=37451804&id=256943801 and fast forward to 34:29.
Where did August go, it seems like only a week or two ago it was July and I was complaining about how I wasn’t doing too well under the NYC humidity. I’m now back from vacation, walking to work and didn’t feel any effects of the summer weather I’m still trying to get used to. Not sure if it was subconscious or not but there’s a lot of architecture influenced stuff that caught my attention this week w/ the Link Drop. Advertising and tech play supporting roles. I think summer unofficially comes to a close after this weekend, so make the most of it as you chill.
“We need a daily dose of typography. Typography that speaks, reminds, connects and dwells in our lives. They are looking for a place to live in your life.”
The One Train
“Daniella Zalcman is an insufferable shutterbug who can always be found carrying at least one and sometimes as many as four cameras simultaneously, depending on her spirits. Sometimes, she thinks she sees the world more clearly through a lens than she does through her own eyes, which are terribly nearsighted and not very useful anyway.”
Our Fave 20 Design Blogs
[east coast Architecture review] EXCERPT: “Earlier this year we set out to promote our favorite Top 10 Urbanism Blogs that we feature in our sidebars. In the spirit of our first review, our second centers on Design blogs. So what where our metrics for selection? The blogs are ranked in the order in which our editor finds them to be most relevant to design, their visual appeal, and by the frequency in which they are updated. In the event of a tie, we selected our favorite reads first. Some of the blogs will be easily recognizable, while others may be a bit more obscure but well worth your exploration. Of course, this is a highly subjective list and we welcome any comments or suggestions for blogs that are not featured here or elsewhere on our site.”
[Bunnehmunches] EXCERPT: “Nice concept of a designer’s workstation from International Designer’s Workstation Competition 2008. I actually like work tables minimal and wide like this.”
How Ethical is Ethical?
[Weatherpattern] EXCERPT: “Even though I haven’t posted much recently (sorry for that, especially when I got some nice links, Thanks Noah. Frontstudio.) I have been thinking a lot about the ethics of design. One post from Rob Walker’s murketing blog that has kept with me, which I’m finally able to post. Walker mentions luggage companies trying to design an airport security friendly laptop bag. Anyone who travels with a laptop knows the pain of having to take out the computer to be x-rayed. What was most interesting was an aside he made:”
Top 10 Architects who are not Architects
[(incli)NATION] EXCERPT: “Got this email this morning; ‘Arthur Erickson…Canada’s most famous architect and the first to put Canadian architecture on the world map.’ is no longer allowed to call himself an architect because he will not take the 18 required hours of continuing ed. every year to certify him as such. Hilarious, if it wasn’t so absurd and it made me think of all the influential ‘architects’ in modern history who had no formal architectural training. Here is my first-pass at a top ten list. I’m sure I missed many more so shout-out your favorite non-architects and we’ll get a top 100 list going…”
80 percent of Facebook users still using old site design
[Valleywag] EXCERPT: “Four out of five Facebook users have yet to move to a redesigned version of the site which launched earlier this summer. It’s an overwhelming rejection of a project that was said to be Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s “baby.” A Facebook flack tried to put a positive spin on the stat: “Around 20 percent of our users have now migrated to the new platform and it has been received well after people get used to it.””
Buckminster Fuller Symposium
Visionary designer, philosopher, poet, inventor, engineer, and advocate of sustainability, Buckminster Fuller was one of the great transdisciplinary thinkers of the last century with a legacy that extends to nearly every field of the arts and sciences. This symposium takes its cue from Fuller’s dictum, “I always say to myself, what is the most important thing we can think about at this extraordinary moment,” and explores the diverse ways in which contemporary scholars and practitioners are pushing Fuller’s ideas and projects into the 21st century.
‘Gossip’ Guy Hates Snotty Billboards
[New York Magazine] EXCERPT: “The CW has been promoting the second season of Gossip Girl, which begins on September 1, with irony-laden ads quoting outraged reviews of the show. (“‘Very bad for you’ —The San Diego Union-Tribune”; “‘Mind-blowingly inappropriate’ —Parents Television Council.”) But the show’s creator, Josh Schwartz, doesn’t like how the ads come across, “using other people’s displeasure as a compliment.” In fact, it makes him feel “weird.””
AMC Asks Twitter to Remove ‘Mad Men’ Accounts
[Adrants] EXCERPT: “AMC didn’t take too kindly to the onslaught of Mad Men characters appearing on Twitter and sent a Digital Millenium Copyright Act take down notice asking Twitter to remove @Don_Draper and @PeggyOlsen. The accounts are currently suspended. There are other accounts on Twitter for the Mad Men characters Roger Sterling, Pete Campbell, Joan Holloway, Paul Kinsey, Sal Romano, Bertram Cooper and Bobbie Barrett. Many are still active though @joan_halloway has recently been suspended as well.”
Around The Twitterverse: The Irony of The Mad Men Tweet Scandal
[three minds organic] EXCERPT: “The Twitterverse was a-twitter yesterday due to AMC issuing take down notices to a series of fan-created accounts for the characters of their hit series Mad Men. When the accounts went up a few months ago, the characters were embraced by Twitter users, who probably skew on the side of an advertising/marketing/consulting tech-savvy audience. They didn’t care whether they represented AMC or not. No, this was a new and exciting form of fan-fiction.”
An Architect Unshackled by Limits of the Real World
[NYT] EXCERPT: “These are lonely times for Lebbeus Woods. In the early 1990s this irreverent New York architect produced a series of dark and moody renderings that made him a cult figure among students and academics. Foreboding images of bombed-out cities populated by strange, parasitic structures, they seemed to portray a world in a perpetual state of war, one in which the architect’s task was to create safe houses for society’s outcasts.”
“Opentape is a free, open-source package that lets you make and host your own mixtapes on the web. Upload songs (via web or FTP), reorder, rename, customize the style, and share what you like on other sites with an embeddable player.”
Density, via the Weaire-Phelan structure, the Holbæk Kasba and the Monaco House
[City of Sound] EXCERPT: “Many of you will have enjoyed the work of the Bjarke Ingels Group aka BIG, and their indefatigable leader, Bjarke Ingels. On a recent trip to Melbourne, for the International Design Festival, Ingels was interviewed on Triple R’s The Architects recently and was a breath of fresh Danish air.”
FROM GRAPHIC SUBJECT TO GRAPHIC OBJECT
“This exhibition shows contemporary practices of graphic design around a common theme, object. When graphic design is released by the command and starts evolving by itself, the issue is the relationship they have with private space (at home) and public space (at everyone). The graphical object is not a design object. It doesn’t serve a purpose but offers multiple uses.”
Writing Without Words
“Writing Without Words is a project that explores methods of visually representing text and visualises the differences in writing styles of various authors.”
Archinect Reviews: Axiotron Modbook – the first Mac-based Tablet Computer
[Archinect] EXCERPT:“We architects love toys, too. Obviously. How much luckier can we be when the latest electronic gadgets happen to be our daily design tools! Images and review of the Axiotron Modbook – through the eyes of an architect – after the jump…”
The Myth of the Undecided Voter
[The Frontal Cortex] EXCERPT: “I’ve often suspected (based on a highly unsystematic series of conversations with classic New Hampshire independents) that most undecided voters are really just low-information voters, who have actually made a decision but don’t quite know how to explain their decision. If you prod, you’ll typically find that they’re “leaning” in one direction or another, or that they “like” one candidate a little bit more, but they can’t articulate the reasons behind their choice. As a result, the bias remains mostly subterranean: they don’t know what they really believe.”
David Byrne Bike Racks Go From Sketch to Reality
[Gothamist] EXCERPT: “Is there anything this city won’t do for renaissance man David Byrne? The former Talking Head has been helping out with the DOT’s search for new bike rack designs, and recently got inspired to sketch some imaginary bike racks named for New York neighborhoods and locations. Then, voila; David’s dream is manifest, as he explains on his blog: “To my surprise, [the DOT] responded by saying, ‘If you make these we’ll put them up.’ Holy Moses! I was over the moon — what happened to the legendary red tape and years of bureaucratic haggling I was supposed to go through?””
Presentation of Competation for the Architecture Design of National Stadium (2008 olympic Main Stadium)
Key scheme recommended by evaluation panel：B11
Superexcellent scheme：B11. B12. B08
[super colossal] EXCERPT: “Human Birdsnest, Bamboo Birdsnest, Lego Birdsnest…”
After not being able to get in for the Shigeru Ban Talk at the Cooper Union last January b/c I forgot to RSVP, I’ve been agonizingly waiting for the Architectural League of New York to put up the presentation. A couple days ago they finally put the video on their site. I luv the fact that I can embed the whole video into this post – you can also view the talk on the Architectural League of New York’s website at www.archleague.org/index-dynamic.php?show=805
By the end of the week I’m always curious to see how my Link Drop is going to shape up w/ telling me what I found interesting. This week there was a combo of culture between photography, radio, music, architecture, advertising and some stuff that would fall into the category of misc. A lot of it was forward thinking – like what’s next. It’s kind of obvious that there’s a shake up going on and those that have a pov are trying to shape the next stage.
– Michael Surtees
Future of Making Map [The Institute For The Future]
EXCERPT: “Two future forces, one mostly social, one mostly technological, are intersecting to transform how goods, services, and experiences—the “stuff” of our world—will be designed, manufactured, and distributed over the next decade. An emerging do-it-yourself culture of “makers” is boldly voiding warranties to tweak, hack, and customize the products they buy. And what they can’t purchase, they build from scratch. Meanwhile, flexible manufacturing technologies on the horizon will change fabrication from massive and centralized to lightweight and ad hoc. These trends sit atop a platform of grassroots economics—new market structures developing online that embody a shift from stores and sales to communities and connections.”
The Coalition for Daring Behaviour
EXCERPT: “Launched in January 2008, The Coalition for Daring Behaviour is an on-line artist project that strives to facilitate a global exchange of dares, double dares, and possibly triple dog dares. An ever-expanding network of international artists/daredevils, the CFBD promotes creative collaborations of a spontaneous, non-traditional and, most importantly, daring nature.”
Prototype Packaging using Photoshop Smart Objects [creativetechs]
EXCERPT: “Are you working on a product packaging job? Here’s a way to combine digital product photography with Adobe Photoshop Smart Objects in CS2 or CS3 to create quick virtual prototypes. The process is fairly easy once you understand the technique, and can be used for some pretty remarkable results.”
On the death of BPP [gravity medium]
EXCERPT: “Well, the Bryant Park Project has less than a month left. Literally. Was it too beautiful to live, perhaps? Hardly. I mean, can anyone really feign shock that well? Let’s recount the strikes against this endeavor:”
The Facebooker Who Friended Obama [NYT]
EXCERPT: “Last November, Mark Penn, then the chief strategist for Hillary Rodham Clinton, derisively said Barack Obama’s supporters “look like Facebook.” Chris Hughes takes that as a compliment. Mr. Hughes, 24, was one of four founders of Facebook. In early 2007, he left the company to work in Chicago on Senator Obama’s new-media campaign.”
I Was A Mad Man Design Observer
EXCERPT: “In the winter of 1976, while still a student, I worked lunches at a Greek restaurant on Madison Avenue in New York City. Three or four days a week, a well-dressed gentleman in his 50s would come to lunch — strangely alone — and sit at the bar and order a martini. (And ultimately two more, but never three.) He managed to read the Wall Street Journal and eat a little lunch. I was his waiter and his bartender.”
Secrets of book publishing I wish I had known [Good Experience]
EXCERPT: “Following up on these overviews of the book industry, I thought I’d share some lessons I learned from publishing Bit Literacy. I originally tried to go through mainstream publishers but eventually self-published it, because of what I learned in the process. I wish I had known everything below before I wrote my book.”
EXCERPT: “Because laptops are increasingly popular, and desktops are becoming smaller and more portable, computer theft has reached huge proportions worldwide: there were about 600,000 laptops stolen in the USA in the year 2004. According to a recent FBI report, 97% of all stolen computers are never recovered. Many people we know have had their Macs stolen, often in ‘safe’ situations. That’s why we developed Undercover: a unique theft-recovery application designed from the ground up for Mac OS X.”
NPR cancel Bryant Park Project – Can a hybrid work? [fast forward blog]
EXCERPT: “It was announced this weekend that NPR will have to cancel their new News program The Bryant Park Project for cost reasons. The NYT story is here. The BPP site with comments on the closing of the show is here. You can see that I was not the only fan nor am I the only one who is upset!”
Ignite NYC: Soldering, Guerilla Knitting, & Bomb Shelters [radar oreilly]
EXCERPT: “The first Ignite NYC is going to happen 7/29 at M1-5. We are going to feature 16 speakers. Each speaker will get 20 slides that auto-advance after 15 seconds for a total of five-minutes. Ignite is free and open to the public — you’re on your own for drinks. We’re also going to be joined by Ignite co-creator, Bre Pettis. Bre is going to lead us in a creative soldering contest. RSVP at Upcoming or Facebook to let us know you are coming.”
Barbarian Group Adds Strategist [adweek]
EXCERPT: “The Barbarian Group is beefing up its strategic offering by adding Noah Brier from Naked Communications.”
Coffee shop chalkboard signs [cellar door]
EXCERPT: “In the past several months, I have been taking photos of chalkboard signs outside of coffee shops. Very specifically: Sweet Farm and El Beit in Williamsburg. These two shops started out being next to each other, and I wasn’t sure how each one would do, competition-wise.”
EXCERPT: “A visual listing of redesigns, design refreshes/updates, and overhauls.”
Sandra’s Sources | Leffot [NYT]
EXCERPT: “Steven Taffel, a self-proclaimed shoe hound, was tired of having to hoof it all the way uptown for quality footwear, so he decided to open the ultimate boot-ique in the heart of the West Village. The tightly curated selection includes labels like Edward Green, Pierre Corthay, Artioli, Aubercy and Gaziano & Girling, a young English cobbler.”
Three Glimpses of Photography’s Future [pop photo]
EXCERPT: “By now I’m guessing that most people who read blogs (or email) have read Vincent Laforet’s insightful, tough-love opus at Sports Shooter about the state of photography today (and tomorrow), The Cloud is Falling. It’s a long piece, so there’s a chance you might not have gotten to this late paragraph:”
Shake it Like a Metaphorical Picture [Jason Santa Maria]
EXCERPT: “Sometime next year, Polaroid will stop producing instant film. There have been lots of people jumping in to help save the format, and others writing some striking eulogies, as the rest of us start mourning the oncoming loss. But one thing I can’t quite shake is what Polaroid represents to me, something that will likely be on its way out the door too: the visual metaphor of a photograph.”
Lil Wayne: prince of the gift economy [This Blog Sits at the: Culture By]
EXCERPT: “Since his last LP, Lil Wayne has been working the gift economy. In the words of Jonah Weiner, [T]he New Orleans MC struck upon a music-distribution model so radical it made Radiohead look like Thomas Edison shipping wax cylinders by Pony Express. Step 1: Rap about whatever pops into your head, over any beat you please–copyright laws be damned. Step 2: Flood the Internet with material, compiled on mix tapes or leaked a la carte. Step 3: Say yes to anyone who invites you to guest star on a track (anyone: meaning Enrique Iglesias and Gym Class Heroes). Step 4: Repeat at an inhuman clip, not merely keeping pace with the relentless blog cycle–in which MP3s ping from studios to iPods to trash cans in a matter of days, but leaving the blog cycle face down on the racetrack, turf in its teeth, gasping for air.”
NYC Window Display Series continues… [Copyranter]
EXCERPT” “Last time, years ago, I went inside The Apartment at 101 Crosby St., they were an offbeat furniture store. But now, apparently, they offer “fully integrated branding, marketing, architecture, and interior design services.” Here, in their ever-changing window display, they present six people (employees?) artfully faking taking a dump.”
Before anyone got on stage last night for PKNY5 I said to myself that I feel for the presenters. I don’t think any of them were expecting two solid floors of people. I had been to one other Pecha Kucha in Brooklyn last year which was smaller in scale. Comparing the two events I’ve come to some simple conclusions. Presenters should come with three talks prepared. One in their ideal environmental condition (perfect sound, visuals work – everyone sitting and able to see), one that relies more on their auditory (no one can see anything, everyone is standing and moving around), and one where you throw out what you had prepared and react to the audience in front of you. Of all the six minute presenters there was probably three that I can really remember along with a couple phrases here and there thrown in for good measure. I’m not sure if I remember Andrew Andrew’s talk b/c I’ve seen stickers w/ that name on the street or that they seemed best suited for the venue. My favourite acronym mentioned by another speaker was BBT – bombs, blood and tits, and I really don’t think I agree that the periodic chart is the most important piece of graphic design as was suggested by the last speaker of the night, though I might be quoting that wrong. The event wasn’t bad by any means but I actually got more out of just bumping into people that I didn’t know and hearing what they’re up to. It’s too bad some of them weren’t on stage b/c it would have been interesting for them to talk about what they’re finding is interesting today.
When I first came across the idea of the Eiffel Tower Extension from Core77 I didn’t even consider it to be untrue. What did pique my interest was there was no protests about extending the monument. No strikes were being called, people weren’t being forced to resign. It was also the day before April first. I was actually a bit upset myself and if I had more time yesterday I probably would have mentioned it on my blog. But in fact it was a great hoax as revealed yesterday. But now that I look at the design a bit more objectively knowing that it will never happen I kind of wish it wasn’t a hoax. The idea is starting to warm up to me. I know that it’s kind of weird to flip like that but think of the tourism it would generate. All the people that have visited the Eiffel Tower in the past would have to go back to compare. The anticipation of seeing the tower for the first time would be relieved. I know I would go back again to see it.
The original design above was from Serero Architects
I don’t think I would have ever predicted I would be mentioning a woman’s shoe from Gucci on DesignNotes, but coming across the above image via the blog Zesty Perspective it’s hard not too. It’s a great 360 view of a shape that is pretty refined – very much like some of my favourite buildings and sculptures. I’ll be looking forward to seeing these on the streets of New York in the not so distant future.