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Let’s Hypothetically Say You Lost your Mac Book Pro…

Chances are if you are fairly mobile w/ work you have at least one laptop. If you’re a designer you’re more than likely to have a Mac Book Pro. If […]

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 15th (August 2008)

I was pleasantly surprised to see that after all the sites were collected for this week’s Link Drop, graphic design and humour had a good showing. Over here the blog […]

What’s the location?

There’s two predictable sections of a site that I like checking out once I’ve bounced around from page to page. The first is the “About” category closely followed by “Contact”. […]

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 8th (August 2008)

Every Friday for what now seems like a long time, I’ve been posting direct links to posts w/ their excepts of stuff that I’ve found interesting filtered through the eyes […]

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 1st (August 2008)

This week came and went in the blink of the eye for me and I’m not too sure why. In any case my Link Drop this week has been influenced […]

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 25th (July 2008)

I’ve been going back and forth on the tone of how I wanted to mention this week’s Link Drop. On one hand a person could interpret the collection as just […]

Fashion = Life = Beautiful

from the hipster runoff post This outfit is Social Commentary about Modern Society/Geopolitikal Issuez

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 18th (July 2008)

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 […]

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 27th (June 2008)

Going for two months now, the latest edition of Link Drop contains bigger thumbnails as an easier target to click to the sites you want to see. Below are a […]

Stuff that I found interesting this week

The week is finally winding down after lots of ups and downs on a continuous cycle for me. With some drinks on the roof of Daylife in SoHo on a […]

Info that caught my attention this week (Sunday May 18th to Friday May 23rd)

This is the second week of me collecting links that made me pause for a moment and save. Now I share that info in this post. The Ting Tings http://chime.tv/#v/6jzd7_zoom […]

Visual Translation

Here’s a bit of a geeky post for a sunny Wednesday morning. If you’ve ever used Babelfish to translate a word or phrase you know the results can be a […]

Stuff to check out from the last week

It’s a rainy Friday morning over here, I’ve had way too much coffee already and I’m just reviewing stuff that I’ve done over the last week. I thought it might […]

Axis of Praxis. Build, then Think – is this how design process should work today?

I came across this interesting concept of a shirt via the shirt designer’s site Blackbeltjones. You too can buy the Axis of Praxis. Build, then Think shirt at http://224851.spreadshirt.net/en/DE/Shop. Combining […]

It’s now the weekend, you could do something interesting or be stuck in an elevator for almost two days

I was never a patient person and that has only been accelerated since moving to NYC a couple years ago. I hate waiting more than a couple minutes for an […]

A couple ideas about dog poo

Maddie who’s pictured to the above right is my weim. Almost always when we walk she has business to take care of which means a tug towards the street. She’s […]

A Black and White Issue?

While I strongly disagree with some of the sentiment from PSFK’s post Olympics: Do We Burn The Nikes First, Or The Cool Blogs? it also made me consider some other […]

Happy Valentines Day to You (yes – that really means you)

The DesignNotes team of one would like to wish you the best on this most loving of days. Be sure to kiss the one you luv and if you can’t […]

Making something understandable as opposed to just simplifying

Sometimes when you come across something that is just perfect you have to just take a step back to try to understand why it’s great. An easy way for me […]

Lego Inspiration

Via Superlocal I came across a great image of a concrete brick that looks like it was inspired by lego…

Paper Bag Name

Admiring the stamp that I saw on a paper bag from a sushi place that brought my wife take out, I did the obvious thing and took a picture of […]

Is it bubble wrap if it doesn’t pop?

This isn’t the most serious post I’ve done in a while, but it’s a question that has been bugging me for some time now. Recently a package arrived in bubble […]

Black Toothpaste

At a recent Likeminds a friend came by to say hello and gave me a cool looking box. Not really knowing what it was, I held it in my hands […]

Pencils, Pencils, Pencils

I was astounded by the sheer quantity of pencil shapes, colours, and brands of pencils collected and shown at Bob Truby’s Brand Name Pencils. Considering that mot people take their […]

New trendwatching audio blog from the CBC

I was happy to discover that one of my favourite radio announcers is back on CBC radio with a new program called Spark. I first heard Nora Young while she […]

McFLY 2015 & Kanye West & Def Jam Holland

It’s been almost a month since I last mentioned anything that had to do with the McFLY 2015 project. Today I received a couple photos through email that show the […]

My ode to orange?

I’ve noticed an alarming amount of orange on my desk today. So I thought it would be interesting to spend a couple minutes discovering the psychology of orange via links. […]

Use paper, save the plastic

I’m as big a fan as anyone else when it comes to those plastic toys that you can find at kidrobot – but there’s too many options and they’re all […]

Crit on the Wall

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


As a guest living in a different country that is having their midterm elections, I wonder if it really matters which party wins. As I’ve witnessed, a majority is not […]


There’s something to be said about symmetrical wordmarks. Even backwords this is perfection.

Today is the day

Yup, it’s my birthday today, Friday September 29th.

The word of the day is

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

Generate This!

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

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