Talking about Weims and Design on @Core77

Last weekend Madison and I met up with Sarah Cox of Core77 and Raleigh Pop fame in Washington Square park to discuss dogs and design. It was fun to hang out on an early Saturday morning talking about two of my favourite topics. If you’re curious to read some of the conversation, please visit Dogs on Design- Surtees’ Oversized Lap Dog.

Double issue of Link Drop (8·14·09) & (8·21·09)

link drop themes

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 - Bokardo_1250277869209

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…

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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.

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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.

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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 - Anil Dash_1250849479710

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).

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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.

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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 | Designer Daily_1250849504341

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 Debuts Social News Service Using Facebook Connect | Kara Swisher | BoomTown | AllThingsD_1250849511555

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.

MediaShift . Journalism Students Need to Develop Their Personal Brand | PBS_1250849521891

Journalism Students Need to Develop Their Personal Brand
I think this goes for everybody out there today…

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How To Become A Social Brand REDUX
And the diagram that compliments the last post.

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Creative Grab Bag
Happy to see Ethan’s book out. Lot’s of familiar names and faces involved including moi.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pr*tty Sh*tty
Smart idea—compare both good and bad design at the same time. I suspect this blog will pick up some traction soon.

Aza’s Thoughts » The Over-the-Phone Test_1250277928091

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.

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Designers on Twitter
While I don’t take these type of lists too seriously, it was nice to be added to this one.

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Hand & Arrow Icons
from this post
I had no idea how many people like myself were searching for arrow cursor icon. Now you know where to find them…

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THE 10 BEST FOOD TRUCKS IN AMERICA
Ok list, a couple from NYC in there.

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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…

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Rethinking Maps and from Amazon
This book looks like a great read, though it’s a bit pricey.

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http://dataviz.tumblr.com/post/161239006
I like dots, and I like visualizations—hence this is the perfect post for me.

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Scientists Prove Dogs Look Like Their Owners
It’s finally official. This is what my weimaraner Madison and I look together posted on Flickr a year ago.

Eye blog » A going concern. Toilet signage as an international cultural artefact_1250278125305

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 | Spark | CBC Radio_1250278135858

The future of the textbook
More questions about reading on paper.

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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 | UXbyDesign.org_1250278156014

The 65 Most Annoying things about the Web Today
Good list to take note of.

teehan+lax » Blog Archive » Talking ‘bout (m)Y Generation_1250278197523

Talking ‘bout (m)Y Generation
Good to hear what the kids are talking about these days too.

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It’s Official: Captchas Are Bad for Business
Interesting contradiction to my mention of captcha’s a couple week’s ago in Link Drop.

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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.

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Drink from Concrete & Glass
I’d love to get a set of these. Cool contrast of materials.

Nike Basketball’s 10 Best TV Commercials | Complex Blog_1250852280873


Nike Basketball’s 10 Best TV Commercials

This is art.

Bons Mots - from Andrew Bonventre - Solve it!_1250278360947

Solve it!
Things to consider.

Molecular Voices » The direction forward with web fonts_1250278368979

The direction forward with web fonts
More about typefaces and reading on the web.

Quad Animator for the Quad Camera

Madison Ruby strolling

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Quad Animator

If you’ve bought and downloaded the Quad Camera for the iPhone, you know how it can pretty much turn any scene into something cool. My last blog post was just about the Quad Camera, however Takayuki Fukatsu who created the app left a comment mentioning that there’s now also a Quad Animator that will turn Quad Camera images into an animated gif as I’ve shown above.

Once you download the free flash app from http://labs.artandmobile.com/quadanimator/ you’ll want to experiment with turning your jpgs into mini movies. The only catch that I could find is that I had to import my images into iPhoto before they would work with the app. Emailing the images to myself and downloading them to my desktop didn’t work. Aside from that minor quip it’s a really fun way to extend what you’re shooting.

A couple dog design related posts

Heel Poster

In early May as I was walking my weim Maddie we came across these vibrant posters that had a little dog and the word Heel on it. In the spirit of viral marketing the poster was non descript and was relying on people to search out what Heel really meant. The blog Dog Art Today by Moira McLaughlin took the poster one step further making a number of connections to perhaps the style came from in a post HEEL: Disney Gets All Dog Art-y. Go figure, the Heel poster is from Disney.

Dog Art Today- HEEL- Disney Gets All Dog Art

On another Maddie and dog related note, I just wanted to post the above image that was drawn of Maddie by the artist France Belleville. It was a pretty cool unexpected surprise to see her drawn in such a way that I could appreciate Maddie in a new light…

Keep an eye out for your dog, and Dogbook

Maddie Left

Before moving slightly uptown I would take Maddie to Chelsea Waterside Dog Park to run around. For the most part I now just walk her up and down midtown exploring. A friend who knew that I went to that park passed me on a link warning about someone drugging dogs. In the email “This incident at Chelsea Waterside Dog Park should serve as a warning to all of our groups to be watchful at your local park. If you spot suspicious activity report it, use your cellphone camera to take a photo, get the attention of other dog owners nearby, and, most of all, be mindful of your dog. Watch for items left on the ground. If strangers appear to be feeding dogs, intervene. Do not challenge anyone, but do not sit back silently.” There’s also a CBS newscast about it HERE.

On a brighter note while everyone is talking about Facebook, there’s a new app for dogs called Dogbook that is inside Facebook. It’s kind of fun to do and connects other dogs/owners that are already friends. One feature that I’m not sure is a good thing or not, is that you can search and view other dogs in your area.

Distance Measurement for Dogs?

SNiF® Tag

When I first saw the SNiF® Tag via La Famille I thought it was like the new Nike/iPod integration thing but for dogs. Just by looking at the device I thought I could track my dogs walk and measure the distance on a computer – sorta like with GPS. Sadly that’s not the case, GPS is too expensive, and the SNiF® Tag is more “keeps track of your dog, her pals, and all of her activities.” Honestly I’m not sure if Maddie would want to do that though. You can decide on the privacy of who sees what, but still I’m not sure if there’s really a benefit to the idea. If a shoe can talk to an iPod, I’m sure one day a dog collar can communicate and measure distance with an iPod too.

Designer Weims

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About six months ago I decided that I needed to get a bit of a life outside of design. Of course when a calling is your profession, it’s hard to ever really get away from it. But I did try, really. I had always wanted a dog, but never really took it any further than an idea. But since the time was right to start something new, Tamara and I did a lot of searching for the perfect breed. When we finally got to the “W’s” we knew we had found it. A weimaraner of course. Only after joining the Weimaraners (Pool) at flickr did I realize that you’re never that far away from designers. There are a lot of designers out there with weims as best friends. I never saw the connection before, but now it’s really obvious.

I’m not the only person that’s made this connection. Callie Neylan (a recent MFA graduate) makes a similar observation in her post Dogs and Modernism. She comments that weims are the only dogs that she sees in magazines like ID, Dwell, Design Within Reach etc. It’s hard to argue the point, they are the best breed out there. I’m being slightly biased of course, but when you have a dog like Maddie smiling back at you, it’s hard to argue.

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