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IKEA product naming system

Have you ever wondered how and why IKEA products are named the way they are? According to Wikipedia, names are used as opposed to code numbers because it’s easier to […]

We’re Here

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No More

While Tamara, Maddie and I hit the road (today Saskatoon, tomorrow Winnipeg, some where in the USA after that), I’ll hold off on the soapbox crits for a little while. […]

Brand Attributes

Today is my last day in the D3 team at NAIT as I head out to NYC on Tuesday. One of the smaller things that I noticed during my time […]

You’ve been there before

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More Video Clips

By now you’ve probably read and watched the vido clips from TED. But did you know that GEL (Good Experience Live) has posted clips of a lot of their presenters […]

Collage a Day

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

Crumpler mini matches

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Right about now

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Hi Fifth Avenue

Posted on Flickr

There’s a new flickr pool that invites users to submit photos on anything postable. (Public bulletin boards / tack boards / cork boards / pin boards/ fliers / poles / […]

Nike Apple Air

via the apple blog

Visiting NYC

I’ll be in NYC mid next week. If you have any suggestions on things to see or do, please speak up. I guess the question becomes, do you visit the […]

Asclepius and Caduceus Explained

Randy over at his Spin Technologies blog has broken down the difference between the two commonly used medical symbols Asclepius and Caduceus. In his post Asclepius vs Caduceus we find […]

Hello, are you there?

One of my email accounts went down over the weekend. How did I know? I stopped getting email. At first I hoped it would have gotten better on it’s own, […]

Stock Photography Cliches

We’ve all seen the brutal stock images that come up time and time again when searching for that perfect image. Forty Media has taken it one step further and created […]

How changing a name has made people buy more coffee

Second Cup, (a coffee chain in Canada) has changed the names of their coffee sizes. If you were to buy a large today, a couple weeks ago it would have […]

For the coffee lovers out there

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

social groups via photography

Here’s a really interesting project from Rotterdam-based photographer Ari Versluis and stylist Ellie Uyttenbroek called Exactitudes. Exactitudes: a contraction of exact and attitude. By registering their subjects in an identical […]

Matchbox Pinhole DIY

I luv pinhole photography, but have never tried it myself. Now with a little time and experimentation there’s a site that explains how to make a Matchbox Pinhole camera at […]

Roloson’s Goalie Mask

In the spirit of combining design and hockey today, I present one of the coolest designed masks that I’ve seen in some time. Designed by Myers Mask Design, Dwayne Roloson’s […]

Tina’s Back

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

What’s Your Project?

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

Virtual Key System

I seem to be on a digital kick these days. Between the wifi shoes and umbrellas to this RFID idea – I’m finding the interaction between objects and visible action […]

World Cup Ball

You can read up on the new World Cup ball at www.soccerballworld.com/Teamgeist.htm via crit

wifi shoes

They tell you when you’re in a WIFI Hotspot – using Nike Dunk SBs via Sebastian Chen Speier

Coffee time on the street

Folgers Coffee ad by Saatchi & Saatchi New York via www.woostercollective.com > www.coloribus.com

16 Colors Blog

Viva color! 16colors.blogspot.com

DesignMaven Revea!ed (Part One)

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

PL.

Where to begin with Placement? It would be too easy to say it’s great, that you should check it out – to just take my word for it. Finally there’s […]

Speed Thinking

Brain stimulation never hurt anyone

Changes

Where has this site been hiding? http://www.changethis.com and via mr kottke is a manifesto by Craig Newmark

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