Link Drop (8·28·09)

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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.

Why Craigslist Is Such a Mess

Why Craigslist Is Such a Mess_1251421335608

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.

AD Presents :: Weird Summer, A Mixtape

Aquarium Drunkard: Music Blog » AD Presents :: Weird Summer, A Mixtape_1251562753244

If you’re looking for some music to listen to while going through this issue of Link Drop, I’d recommend this mix.

What We Can Learn From Mess

What We Can Learn From Mess_1251421365518

I actually read this post before the wired article. Kind of puts things into perspective, to a degree.

Vancouver Olympics design head dies suddenly at 40

Vancouver Olympics design head dies suddenly at 40_1251421404092

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.

What is the benefit of Social Media?

What is the benefit of Social Media

Interesting responses to the dreaded term Social Media. Bonous points are awarded to anyone that checks this additional link: Epic Privacy Information Center

Design Folios with Google Maps

Heavy Backpack - A Creative Catalogue » Design Folios with Google Maps_1251421746845

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.

Orchids

Orchids — National Geographic Magazine_1251421759344

This post wins the award for longest read, but more importantly—most interesting read too. Who knew, certainly not me.

Scents & Sensibility: Aroma Tips from Christopher Brosius

 Aroma Tips from Christopher Brosius - BlackBook_1251421881318

So what’s your favourite smell?

So What Do We Think About This?

 So What Do We Think About This

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.

IKEA goes with Verdana

IKEA goes with Verdana | Typophile_1251421779572

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.

Audi Typographic Relaunch

Audi Typographic Relaunch | Cartype_1251421798410

Another type story, this time not so bad. I thought the comparisons helped a lot to see what they were up to.

Power to Prezi!

Power to Prezi! | Blog | design mind_1251421818277

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.

Can we make the case for a phonetic alphabet today?

Can we make the case for a phonetic alphabet today

I was surprised by the reaction to this post after I tweeted about it—so for more reaction I’ve added it here.

Le Paris de Patrick Jouin

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I liked how the rational for his designs were brought out via the narrative of the questions.

Full interview: Andy Baio on remaking Miles Davis and crowdfunding

 Andy Baio on remaking Miles Davis and crowdfunding | Spark | CBC Radio_1251421896184

Cool idea to create funding for creative projects.

Please vote for my SXSW panels!

graphpaper.com - Please vote for my SXSW panels!_1251421910722

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.


25 things journalists can do to future-proof their careers

25 things journalists can do to future-proof their careers | Blog | Econsultancy_1251421925315

All of these steps are relevant to designer’s too.

Collections

Lumadessa | Collections_1251421940657

These illustrations are great. And the purchase aspect is quite easy too, though I have to admit I haven’t bought of them yet.

Apple May Be Highest Grossing Fifth Avenue Retailer

Apple May Be Highest Grossing Fifth Avenue Retailer (Update2) - Bloomberg.com_1251421964244

I’m surprised that I didn’t come across this info from more sources. If it’s true, what a coup for Apple.

Landscapes of Quarantine: Call for Applications

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If you’ve ever thought about quarantine, perhaps you might be interested in designing something around the concept.


WTF at Whole Foods (doing the cultural math)

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The business implications of talking about politics when you’re the face of a company.

Great example of hospitality from Whole Foods

Great example of hospitality from Whole Foods - marcschiller's posterous_1251422012480

Sort of apt considering every other day it’s been raining in NYC.

I have no home. I have created a new home. This is my home.

I have no home. I have created a new home. This is my home._1251422030788

This post is for the architects out there reading this.

Summer Surf City

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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.

The 3 key parts of news stories you usually don’t get

The 3 key parts of news stories you usually don’t get at Newsless.org_1251422081101

Yet more advice for newspapers, this time about content.

How Long Does it Take to Build a Technology Empire?

How Long Does it Take to Build a Technology Empire

A diagram that puts things into time perspective. Great terms: Rocket Ship, Hot Company, and Slow Burner.

Introducing Typedia

Introducing Typedia | Jason Santa Maria_1251422110906

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.

Back Talk: Jarvis Cocker

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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

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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.

The iPhone is not easy to use: a new direction for UX Design

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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.

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

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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.

 Receipt Tape | Duarte Blog_1250849491738

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.

 Reading Non-Braille Books and Tactile Flash Cards for the Blind_1250278146584

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.

Link Drop (8·07·09)

link drop themes

It’s been a bit of an up and down week over here at DesignNotes. I’ve been under the weather of most of the week which is highly unusual, and on the flip side the weather outside has been actually pretty decent. In more relatable Link Drop news, I found that the sites I spent time with has a lot of personal expressing in them. There’s a bunch of interviews, process and visualization. Intermixed with all that are the normal tech., Apple and Twitter issues.

President Barack Obama for BusinessWeek « Damn Ugly Photography_1249599117406

President Barack Obama for BusinessWeek
Brad has to be my favourite photographer that I like to share my doom and gloom predictions about the print industry with. He’s also old school but in a good way. Recently he visited the White House for BusinessWeek to shoot a cover story on Barack Obama. This is his post about the experience, something that more photographers should do once their images are published.

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Advertising’s revenge of the nerds
This was by far the most popular of the sites I passed along this week via Twitter. It’s hard to say if this really is a new concept or one that’s being reported on. Non creatives will always be more attentive to stats that show graphs going up. Designer’s just need to understand that and use it to their advantage.

Why Does the Best Design of 2009 Still Look Like 2000

Why Does the Best Design of 2009 Still Look Like 2000?
This was probably one of the more important articles that could warrant some more in depth consideration. Comparing some of the best in industrial design today to the past, there hasn’t been a huge leap in the design. Minor tweaks aside there isn’t much new. I think this also could be a bigger issue of business culture in general. Look at what others have done and replicate.

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On the inequities of design competitions
I really like this quote so I’m copy + pasting it here “…Designers who win awards for edgy design they did for a friend’s business– with a print run of one hundred or something like that? They’ve got no art director, no creative director, no client’s representative, no agency person. Where’s the obstacle to good design there? But take something like a cheese. When I see a really good package for a cheese– I know what that designer went through to get there. It makes me want to fall on my knees and kiss that designer’s feet, that cheese. —Ernesto Aparicio”

There’s a lot of takeaways from this practical statement. Can design that is collaborative, ie working closely with those that are not as passionate about doing something new be celebrated as much as the artist that does design on the side? This example also illustrates why I don’t show a lot of images from designers web sites. For me to truly appreciate a design I need to see it in the real world. Design magazines don’t barely reflect the real world that real design flows into. If I’m going to suggest a poster is pretty good, I better be able to see it against a real wall with other posters surrounding it.

 Andy Rutledge - On Inspiration_1249599181898

On Inspiration
This tries to end the mysticism of art trying to be design. Good design takes time, but it doesn’t mean that we have to be having an outer body experience to do appropriate work.

Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » JK Wedding Entrance Dance_1249599188576

JK Wedding Entrance Dance
This post pretty much sums up how media, design and marketing need to be. It’s amazing how distinct the age gap between those in online that are old that treat sites like print material, and those online today who understand it’s an ongoing conversation that can’t be predicted six months in advance. With that said I do have some doubts that the JK Wedding dance wasn’t an elaborate pr stunt by Chris Brown’s handler’s, but maybe that’s just me…

Co-opting Viral Hits to Sell More Music - PSFK_1249599200598

Co-opting Viral Hits to Sell More Music
PSFK reflects on the practical nature of having a copyrighted song in a YouTube video being in a video, and how that can be profitable.

Heating Up the Charts - Grids - SPD.ORG - Grids_1249599207579

Heating Up the Charts
There’s some unusual candor about the process of selecting and working with a design firm for the redesign of Billboard’s site. Interesting pov’s and observations.

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how blogging really works: random acts of traction
This isn’t the only reason I blog, but it’s true that a publisher will never know what ideas take off. For me, if I post five or six random design ideas a week, over a period of months some of them will evolve into something really special. If I hadn’t started where would those ideas come from?

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Can We Please Kill This Meme Now
This is why I collect stuff for this Link Drop. There’s so much good stuff out there that I need a place to filter it after seven days.

Q & A with Ingsu Liu, W.W. Norton | The Casual Optimist_1249599226661

Q & A with Ingsu Liu, W.W. Norton
I like talking about the demise of print, but I don’t have any allusions that digital can be as conceptual as a well designed book cover. The above interview is with the current V.P. art director at W.W. Norton, the talk is about their process.

Building an Army of Hyper-Local, Mobile-Connected Advocates « MobileBehavior_1249599239966

Building an Army of Hyper-Local, Mobile-Connected Advocates
There’s a couple interesting angles for me on this story. I first read this story from Advertising Age, but since they wall their content after a week I thought it made more sense to pass it along to the original source. A lot of people use foursquare, I can’t argue that point as I see them all talking on Twitter. I’ve never tried it for personal reasons. In any case this article does a good job a breaking down the mobile app.

Digitized Stalking Is the New World Order | Threat Level | Wired.com_1249599814963


Digitized Stalking Is the New World Order

Just when you thought it was safe to be online.

Urban Omnibus » Designers and Citizens as Critical Media Artists_1249599245670

Designers and Citizens as Critical Media Artists
As a concept I thought yellow arrow was a pretty cool idea. The designer’s of that and other cool things talk about it.

Monster-Munch Easy Meat Cheat Sheet_1249599251113

Easy Meat Cheat Sheet
What can I say, I’m a sucker for meat charts. There’s something freakishly interesting about them.

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Retail Cuts of Art from GG

A second meat like chart I came across…

Geek Chic » Blog Archive » The App Store and Apple’s Recent Behavior_1249599257976

The App Store and Apple’s Recent Behavior
Apple has always been a corporation though sometimes people forget this. With the iPhone and the partnership with ATT, a lot of their business strategies are being questioned.

Is Apple More Evil Than Microsoft

Is Apple More Evil Than Microsoft?
Could an article like this have been written three years ago?

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Detroit Book : MITCH COPE
These are images worth taking a look at. They speak volumes to those that think that what ever industry they are in is not susceptible to change.

Op-Ed Guest Columnist - Twittergraphy - NYTimes.com_1249599278910

Twittergraphy
The meaning’s behind the short phrases are great.

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what brands can learn from mission street food
A different type of look at my fav. SF food place.

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Design Club: Why young American designers are ganging up
Interesting concept but it’s not new like is suggested. MADE in Edmonton is doing something similar and has been going strong for over ten years.

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Making sense of health care
I nice big chart about health care…

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Delightful error pages
The start of a collection of error pages.

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Five steps to a better design brief

Here’s a couple steps that any designer can take heed to.

“GOOD” Design — The Bygone Bureau_1249599820028

“GOOD” Design
Good background info about how Good magazine does it’s thing.

Robert L. Peters » Never again…_1249599825534

Never again…
Friend of DesignNotes, Rob Peters looks back at Hiroshima.

Link Drops by DesignNotes | better taste than sorry._1249599832064

Link Drops by DesignNotes
It was interesting for me to read through the eyes of someone else about my Link Drop.

Recording myself via my iPhone via my MacBook Pro

Recording myself via my iphone via my macbook pro

Recording myself via my iphone via my macbook pro

Michael Surtees from MFA Interaction Design on Vimeo.

So you’re thinking about becoming a designer? If I could tell you only *one thing* about going into the field, my advice would be ___________ .

At the time the request seemed simple enough. Record a video of yourself—I had an iPhone that records video and I had a MacBook Pro with a camera. No problem until I realized I didn’t have any programs on my MacBook Pro that recorded video, and trying to record myself via my iPhone without a tripod or any tool that would help me see myself as I recorded started to become an issue. That was until I realized I could open photobooth in my MBP, look into the live camera and record the motion with my iPhone. It’s as low–fi of a recording as one can get, but it worked for what I needed. Once the clip was recorded I emailed the file and was finished. Simple, and if I had felt the need to send it to YouTube it would have been fast with the push of one button.

While I probably made things more complicated then they really needed to be, that filming technique illustrated how I think mobile will be used. Because of bandwidth issues of scale, screen space, file size, wifi connection etc—all those elements need to be paired down to the users essence. The heavy lifting of the laptop allows for preferences to be set, functions to be created and plays nicely with the mobile device for the tasks that have been set up. While this time it was for recording video, gathering news via NetNewsWire or reading about my friends latest tweets all start with a laptop set up. That experience is then interwoven in a back and forth loop.

Link Drop (06·05·09)

Link Drop Themes

This has been one of those strange weeks where everything on the outside looks the same, though on the inside there’s a lot going on. It’s been a cool week though there’s nothing I can really report on at this point. I realize that’s this is a lame way to start this week’s Link Drop, but that’s what’s been going on and typically those events around me mirror what I find interesting web wise over the week. So stay tuned and please enjoy some of the stuff that I thought was worth saving for a second read.

Paula Scher on Failure | Psychology Today Blogs_1244168155359

Paula Scher on Failure
For some reason when ever the press covers Pentagram, it’s pretty fluffy coverage with predictable results. Personally I blame the writers for being lazy. However this week I did come across an interview that I was actually able to gain some insight into. Maybe some of those design writers can learn a thing or two from a non design magazine covering a designer?

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Flickr Group: Look, I taped my iPhone!
So far I’ve been lucky to escape dropping or destroying my iPhone (knock on wood). Some people haven’t unfortunately. They’ve dropped their iPhone and the screen has cracked in all sorts of weird ways. Strange thing is, if a person were to tape up their iPhone screen together it still functions. A flickr group has popped up to show what all those phones look like.

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Designer Q&A with Craig Nottage
I’m not much of a pool player—but how cool would it be to have a table like this? I think this is one of those times when a design has broken out of it’s traditional form to be something even more interesting.

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On the Street and On Facebook: The Homeless Stay Wired
This is one of those strange dichotomies of living and technology. If you’re a person that donates to a homeless person on the street—are you less likely to give if you noticed that they had a cell phone? That’s not covered in the article but that’s what it triggered in my head. Tech. is even more persuasive then we thought.

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Movies to See Alone
Something for reference in case one is feeling like thinking about a film in being by themselves for the evening the morning.

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Not Coming to a Theater Near You
I’m not a film person, but I saved this site in case I did have a couple extra hours and wanted to see something that wasn’t too hyped but was worth seeing.

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Google Wave
A point to consider about the complexity of communication with Wave, I wonder if he’ll have the same feelings a year from now.

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Went Walkabout. Brought back Google Wave.
I talk a lot about Google in my Link Drops week after week but what might be surprising is that I don’t use a lot of their products. I don’t use Google News because Daylife does a better job imho, I don’t use Gmail that much because I like having hard copies of my data (though I do have a couple accounts). Google also caters to the non mac crowd first so they also tend to not be using all the creative juice that’s out there. Sure engineers are creative and smart, but their missing a huge sector of digital spectrum by releasing PC based products first like Chrome. With all that said I’m kind of curious to see how Google Wave morphs into the future. Cool insight from a blog post about how Wave came to be. These are the kind of posts that are why corporate blogs are supposed to be. Talk about the product, share a bit of the process and publicize some of the benefits.

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If The Message Is Important, It Will Find Me
Nice play on something I’ve mentioned before about how important news will find people.

The embeddable newspaper « BuzzMachine_1244168306907

The embeddable newspaper
What’s strange to me as I read this is that most publishers and content creators are still gun shy about letting their content be embeddable. While YouTube might not be as profitable as it seems, what people fail to learn is that there’s a huge value in having stuff passed on that can be placed in other web sites. Sad thing, this is a concept that’s almost ten years old yet people that have never really published anything by hand or experienced that metaphor themselves are kind of out of the loop at the moment. OK–this post really didn’t have much to do with anything I just said, but that’s what I was thinking about as I read it…

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Design made you do it.
This was probably my fav. post of the week though the argument is completely wrong. Designers with heavy ties to the old world of academics hold on to the holy grail of design that can change behaviour. It’s a nice concept on paper yet what is never talked about is ethics, personal righteousness and agendas. There’s a place to make the world a better place, and there’s a time to consider personal rights that leave people alone. Her post ignores all of this in responding to what I wrote about a couple d. students from Stanford last week.

ARTRAFFLE » Blog Archive » MOVING ON UP_1244168325676

MOVING ON UP
Who wouldn’t want a treehouse in their office?

Jason Salavon - Figure 1. (Every Playboy Centerfold, 1988-1997)_1244168344361

Every Playboy Centerfold, 1988-1997 and Letterman still
Really fascinating morph of imagery.

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Microsoft Bing: It’s cherry-licious
Aside from the horrible, horrible logo—there’s some good stuff underneath the hood with Bing. One person talks about their experience.

Cartogrammar.com | Blog » Don’t make me search!_1244168366727

Don’t make me search!
I’m glad someone is asking this question—seems kind of obvious to me.

MediaShift . Laid Off Sportswriters Find New Life Online | PBS_1244168375813

Laid Off Sportswriters Find New Life Online
Interesting concept though I wonder how long they can last for…

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RoamBi: Dynamic Data Visualization for the iPhone
I started playing around with this free app yesterday. I haven’t had time to upload my own data yet. It’s a cleaner faster version of visualizing stuff as opposed to using a traditional desktop tool to make pie charts. Real benefit aside from getting data on an iPhone, not sure just yet.

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Behind the Scenes: Tank Man of Tiananmen
By far one of the most popular links that I passed on from Twitter a couple days ago. Interesting to read different perspectives of the same image through different lenses.

Just how dimensional are our senses

Just how dimensional are our senses?
I learned some stuff about synaesthesia via this post.

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Why NPR is the Future of Mainstream Media
I kind of alluded to this last week in my post about the future of radio.

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Metropolitan/municipal design, Part 2: Bicycle racks
I have no idea why I find posts about Bicycle rack design interesting, but I do.

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HALL OF FRAGMENT
Another project from someone I know on this blog…

Triangular buttons key to touchscreen typing success - inventor • Register Hardware_1244168448364

Triangular buttons key to touchscreen typing success – inventor
It’s an interesting idea though I wonder if the designer realizes that there’s supposedly an invisible T shape over each key as it’s pressed. I think the bigger problem is that the T analyzer is too slow to predict what key will next be pressed.

Will technologie save the American Economie

Will technologie save the American Economie?
Who doesn’t want to read about vending machines, the future of industrial automation that sells stuff sans person.

Link Drop (5·29·09)

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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.

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Dailylit
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.

Design - Focusing Design Solutions on Social Problems - NYTimes.com_1243552050556

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.

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Digital Socialism
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.

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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.

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New Path
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.

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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!

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Agile Process
A collection of information on Agile Process—happy to see my presentation included.

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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.

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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 « Networked News_1243552216619

Not by Links Alone
Smart post that anyone interested in news, search or google should read.

 Don’t Fix What Isn’t Broken—And Do A Lot Of Listening | paidContent.org_1243552233881

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.

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Twootles
Nice simple search results page combining google and twitter.

Some tips from Google's CEO Eric Schmidt - FA | Exposure_1243552252646

Some tips from Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt
A collection of quotes.

Ebon Heath and his visual poetry | yatzer | Design Architecture Art Fashion +more_1243552259061

Ebon Heath and his visual poetry
Really novel way of using letters in art.

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Typography in China
Fascinating breakdown of type design in China.

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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.

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way shape form
Nice illustration/art thing.

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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.

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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 | FlowingData_1243552313545

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 | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star_1243557895810

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.

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Location-based timeline
Interesting concept that I think can be built on.

Keri, The Canadian Explorer | KeriCDN - Home - Me Tonight_1243552325555

Me Tonight
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.

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Geek Clock
This clock both makes me feel smarter and hurts my head at the same time.

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Self Control App
Who couldn’t use a little help in terms of time management.

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DJ Pod
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…

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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.

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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…

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Manhattanhenge
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Link Drop (5·22·09)

Link Drop Themes

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…

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UpNext iPhone
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.

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Twitter Map
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.

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PostSpectacular: Social Collider
Cool explanation of Social Collider.

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Good Morning
An interesting pov about the state of crappy design, perfect timing for ICFF.

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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.

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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

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.

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Alan Clarke
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 « Beth’s blog_1242985528557

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.

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“we left this side blank so you can help”
Great idea about sticking it to “the man”.

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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.

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Jump Into The Stream
This is how info is flowing these days, kind of like what Daylife is doing.

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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.

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respondr
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.

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Sony Pictures CEO: “I’m A Guy Who Doesn’t See Anything Good Having Come From The Internet. Period.”
Quite the statement if true.

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the joy of slow photography
A rebuttal to super fast photo shots.

Robert L. Peters » A valuable primer (not only) for legal beagles…_1242985520235

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 - Allison Arieff Blog - NYTimes.com_1242985595099

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.

Link Drop (4·24·09)

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It wasn’t until I started circling and circling the same themes did my Link Drop reveal what I was interested in this week. As I collected stuff that I thought was worth remembering, concepts about process and community were interlinked quite a bit. Next week who knows what will grab my attention but for now here’s what I’ve got. While I recommend checking some of these sites out, if it’s nice as it’s going to be in NYC this weekend—maybe try not to spend too much time on the interweb and enjoy outside. I know I’m going to try.

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Feedback for profiles on Google
At first glance this user feedback page doesn’t seem that interesting, but it’s actually quite extraordinary. There’s realtime feedback that has numbers so anyone can watch as the ideas grow—which brings me to my second point. Google has started a profile page which is what it’s looking for feedback on. That idea is it’s base. The users are giving feedback that will no doubt be part of the roadmap as the service of the profile page evolves over time.

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The Inside Scoop on Design: Ten Questions with Hartmut Esslinger
There’s a ton of design as strategy books out there, but if I’ve taken the time to read what IDEO has said maybe I should also see what Frog has to say about the same thing.

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Design as an Iterative Process
As the idea of iterative design morphs into the lexicon of design speak, it doesn’t hurt to listen to and hear what everyone has to say on the concept.

Behind the scenes of LOVEFiLM’s new product pages | Made By Many - London based next generation social media digital agency_1240565806920

Behind the scenes of LOVEFiLM’s new product pages
This kind of breakdown of a project is so much more valuable then the typical project profile after the fact.

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New models for new media
Interesting way of looking at growth—not necessarily in numbers but by building a stronger bond as the service evolves.

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Vendor Power!
I thought everything for this project was pretty cool—but it also doesn’t hurt that the info design is actually informative. My only beef is that they should have reformated the poster when people are looking online as a pdf.

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In Defense of Eye Candy
I though this was a decent rebuttal to all the ia’s out there that consider the design that’s completed after their work to be superfluous. However I’m also concerned that someone reading this article might just think that making every button shiny and bevel’ish is the answer too.

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Atmospheric Intoxication
Who would want to give this room a try?

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The Power Of Passed Links (continued)
This kind of goes without saying, but it’s still valuable to read and remember it as the link economy continues.

Why Steve Brill's plan to build a pay wall for print content is doomed. - By Jack Shafer - Slate Magazine_1240565890673

Hello, Steve Brill, Get Me Rewrite
It’s almost too easy to write articles about why the old media is lost.

Ana Marie Cox -- Why We Should Get Rid of the White House Press Corps - washingtonpost.com_1240565901424

Why We Should Get Rid of the White House Press Corps
WAPO might have a point about this—there’s also a couple good suggestions at the end. Why not have people that are experts in particular fields be the one’s to ask questions depending on the topic of the day?

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Apple Rejects App For Using An Icon That Somewhat Resembles An iPhone
I’ve never submitted an app, but whether or not it’s true it sounds like Apple should work on being consistent with their approval system.

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Typographica. Review of typefaces and type books.
Was really happy to see this site go live again with reviews, smart idea. That way they don’t have to be trying to update content everyday.

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Four Essential Members of a Great Design Team
I thought this breakdown was quite smart—and if a design team can fit those pieces they’re pretty lucky. Even better if a company can foster that type of environment that recognizes those roles not as official titles but as elements needed for success.

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Stop Trying Ritual
Good exercise for anyone to try.

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Andy Hertzfeld on Google’s News Timeline
I always find it fascinating that when “certain” companies push out new features, a lot of the blogosphere’s response is blind celebration. It’s more about the name of the company then the actual functional workings. I thought this was a good breakdown of some of the current issues with Google’s new timeline which was a nice change of pace from what I’m ususally reading about them.

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Readings of the week…
If you need more stuff to read and check out, these links wouldn’t be a bad place to start.

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Susan Boyle: A Lesson in Talent Management
The Harvard breakdown of the Susan Boyle hype.

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Spam Intelligence
Interesting to see what’s motivating ai these days…

UNTITLED No.20 _ Trip @ the Denver Art Museum - WE LIKE TO_1240565997697

UNTITLED No.20 _ Trip @ the Denver Art Museum
Trippy poster.

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Designing Universal Knowledge
I want to read this book after reading this review.

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Brace Yourself: New British Design Plays With Sheathing Ply
While this chair play with humour, I thought it also was a nice reaction the eames plywood chair that’s got a ton of curves. This one is flowing but in an entirely different way.

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Company
Cool visual idea, I think there’s a ton of ways to make something like this into a better experience online. Maybe I’ll have to do something about it instead of just talking about it…

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Graphkin
I need to buy some of these.

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Type and Lettering
Cool blog to check out if you’re into typography. I didn’t know about the site before this week.

Diz Decor Vinyl stickers | Design You Trust. World's Most Famous Social Inspiration._1240566099108

Diz Decor Vinyl stickers
If you’ve already got a lot of wires on your wall, why not celebrate it instead of hiding them with stickers?

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Q & A Series: The Worst Mistakes
There’s some pretty interesting experiences from photographers to learn from—even if you’re not a photographer.

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NY Times Graphics Editor Talks on Data Visualization
There’s a couple points in there worth considering if you’re an info type of person that you may not have been aware of before.

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A conversation with L.A. Reid
Of all the Charlie Rose conversations I watched last week, I thought this one was worth watching twice over all the rest.

Link Drop (4·17·09)

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As I keep evolving Link Drop, I thought I’d change it up a bit with how I display the intro. I’m listing themes that I notice weeks to week and dropping the small square thumbnails. Those take a crazy amount of time to do and I’m not sure how useful they really were. If that happened to be your fav. thing about Link Drop please let me know. Not sure how the week was for you but it seemed like it was Friday just a couple days ago. Spring is almost here (aside from all the rain that NYC’s been having), but patios are just around the corner now. Thanks for checking this week’s stuff that I thought was kind of interesting as I clicked around.

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Goodbye, Speak Up
And the site that allowed for a broader discussion from the bottom up has decided to stop posting. When it first started I really enjoyed the fact that it didn’t matter who you were as a designer, people wanted to discuss stuff that wasn’t really being covered anywhere else. When I was still living in Canada the site exposed me to a bunch of people. In turn that allowed me to invite a few to talk in Edmonton when I was the President of my chapter of the GDC. But as the years went by the site started to take itself too seriously, was more concerned about what the establishment thought (catered too), less about sharing and more about bragging. I’m thankful that the site was there because I certainly got a lot out of it in the beginning, it’s just too bad they never considered a succession plan to keep it going and would rather the community down.

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L’Aquila Earthquake: From Online to On-the-Ground Response
I thought this round up of how news and information was collected and acted upon with the earthquake in Italy was pretty good. The only thing that I think she may have missed was on the #hastags. From what I was seeing in the early stages was that people didn’t know exactly know where the earthquake was in Italy—so I was getting most of my twitter info via #earthquake. It would be interesting to see the different stages of a news event and how twitter and mainstream news evolve during the a certain time period.

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Spectrum of Online Friendship
Mike’s made a spectrum of stages that is pretty accurate if I use myself as the model. The only thing that I was wondering about was how location or proximity influences such interactions. If you’ve never meet someone but gone through most of those stages, is it easier meeting that person if they live in the same city or somewhere different?

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Spectrum-of-online-friendship-and-not
I really like how they took Mike’s diagram above and added to it—great addition that made the diagram even better.

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The H&FJ Institute for Unapplied Mathematics
I’ve never had to consider such a typographic issue—but it’s kind of fascinating to see how space collects.

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Toyota Venza Takeover
I thought it was kind of telling that in his quick overview he mentioned “I have to start posting more online creative on this site.” Another tell–tale sign that prints kind of dead?

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Don’t Be A Dickhead, Get Your Thyroid Checked
Ok, maybe print isn’t dead. I thought this breakdown and concept was kind of smart if not jolting.

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www.zappos.com/map
I love this map showing where people are buying stuff. It displays items that a person might not otherwise have seen or noticed. It also indicates which cities have really bad taste too though.

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Web Marketing That Hopes to Learn What Attracts a Click
This is agile design in a hybrid kind of way, which brings me too the next post about…

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4/10 Andy Bonventre
…Creative Mornings—here’s Andy’s talk from Google. He was nice enough to tour us around the place which was really cool. The talk was pretty good though it took a bit of time afterwards for me to realize that. He actually covered a lot of ground with concrete examples of how he has worked with design people, both good and bad. If you’re still reading this text—hopefully next week the news will go out that I’m the next speaker for Creative Mornings. I’ll be talking about Agile Design in both the context of where I work at Daylife, the blog here and throw out some questions about how regular graphic design and advertising should consider it as part of their process.

Amazon's Silent Mistake in the Face of a Social-Media Firestorm - Advertising Age - DigitalNext_1239959316246

Amazon’s Silent Mistake in the Face of a Social-Media Firestorm
Interesting story of how twitter and #hashtags can get a company’s attention. Though I think there were some special circumstances that might not be replicated if someone else tried getting a company’s attention. 1. They were seen as banning books (huge no, no), 2. they were seen as being discriminate, 3. people are concerned about what a company can do to push their ethics out there (perceived or not). What is surprising is that it took Amazon a bit of time to fix the situation—but people also have to realize that it takes time to actually make sure they can check the situation before a snap response from one employee. It’s public pr on steroids—which means everyone is going to learn how to react as time goes by.

Another great post about it: The Failure of #amazonfail from Clay Shirky

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Realtime disease detection for your city – SickCity
Fascinating visualization on twitter about people’s illness’ and what seems to be spiking in real–time.

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Variations on a theme
If you’re a fan (or not) of type, there’s a great collection of stuff.

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Webcam to the Rescue
They’re all around us, now they’ll start talking back.

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15 entries categorized “Postopolis LA”
I haven’t had a chance to go through all of this yet, but I want to.

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Rasmus Snabb
I like the pattern. I don’t usually like patterns.

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Vagrancy
Stop reading this post and follow the instructions—très cool.

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How To Think Under Pressure
Interesting way to visualize what you want to accomplish.

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BOXED
Any post that uses a phrase like “i like my context deconstructed so that i can gleefully boast that my “process” is one that does not allow acceptance without thorough observation and judgment” should be noted.

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“tokyo jogging”
Really cool concept though the video fails to deliver. By this time next year I suspect that people trying to do this kind of thing will be a lot better with a seamless experience.

Youtube Symphony « Gems Sty_1239959435941

Youtube Symphony
Interesting pov. Kind of wish I had been there to experience the visual as much as the auditory aspect of it.

Rappcats » Madvillain Cubeecraft Toy by RBST - Free Download_1239959441626

Madvillain Cubeecraft Toy by RBST – Free Download
Here’s one way to spread the word. The albums not too bad, though I find it way too pitchy at some points. It’s also not as good as Madvillain.

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post/96907549
There’s a couple reasons why I’m not a huge fan of tumblr sites. One reason is when people make it really hard to find a permalink—the other is that there’s a lack of a title field. What am I supposed to name this post? Aside from getting that off my chest, what I really like is the question that’s posed at the end of this post. “instead of starting my questions with why, they now tend to start with why not…” Exactly!

 You got three minutes...to destroy your brand_1239959458511

You got three minutes…to destroy your brand
Slightly ironic that the Landor Blog is picking up steam while others are closing. The issue with Dominoes reminds me of a post I did a while back about Face pics are the new logo. When people think of that pizza company they’re not thinking of the logo, they’re going to be thinking about that YouTube video…

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DesignNotes Ten Design-Related Blogs from NYC

10 Design-Related Blogs from NYC

A couple weeks ago Blogs.com asked me if I was willing to pass them on a list of design blogs based in NYC (I considered Brooklyn as part of this list) of my choosing. I thought it wouldn’t be that tough—but of course it was, not because of the quantity but because design for me can be a fairly broad term. There’s a lot of categories that blur into each other. To help me see where the blogs fell into, I made a 2×2 grid. Within the grid I made each of them have a 4 letter name so they could fit on the grid in a consistent manner—kind of like a stock ticker. As I started putting together the list, I’d check a certain number of blogs each day with the intention of if someone could only open eleven blogs (after all I’d want to include DesignNotes) each morning from NYC, which sites would give the biggest amount of great content that wasn’t overlapping each other. I also didn’t want the list to turn into something akin to what everyone else would pick as popular blogs, but show that there’s a bigger range than the expected norm that everyone lists. The sites below are what came I ended up with. That list became known as Ten Design-Related Blogs from NYC.

I’ve always been a bit skeptical of other listings like this to some degree whether from magazines or other blogs because they felt very buddy, buddy. One could argue the same thing about me—people would be wrong to think that of course, but now maybe I was wrong to be skeptical of others intentions in the past—I don’t know. But just to be fair here’s a breakdown of how these blogs flow into DesignNotes: People behind the blogs that I’ve met in person: 6/10, People I’ve shared email correspondence: 8/10, People I don’t know at all: 3/10, Number of of blogs that have been mentioned in my Link Drop: 10/10, and People I’ve had a beer with: 4/10.

The Blogs.com listing Ten Design-Related Blogs from NYC can be found at blogs.com/topten/10-design-related-blogs-from-nyc.

AisleOne (ASL1)
aisleone.net
A clean curated design blog that emphasizes grids, typography and whitespace done well—very calming blog.

i [love] marketing. (ILVM)
anaandjelic.typepad.com/i_love_marketing
Don’t be fooled by the title, this blog is much smarter than the typical blog pushing marketing ideas. Not afraid to question the status quo out there, lots of ideas to consider.

Ashley Simko (ASMK)
blog.ashleysimko.com
There’s a constant flow of great design images, quotes and thoughts daily if not hourly placed on display. I’m curious to see this blog evolves over time.

PLUS and MINUS things (P&MT)
byamt.wordpress.com
The image selection is always compelling as it is unique. Lots of photography and industrial design stuff.

Graphpaper (GRPR)
graphpaper.com
Here’s a blog that talks a lot about UX design in a manner that’s understandable to anyone, yet isn’t holding back from great observations.

Kottke (KTKE)
kottke.org
A ton of diverse links, it’s hard to be bored when there’s a source like this out there.

PSFK (PSFK)
psfk.com
They cover a lot of different areas of design and marketing. If something is kind of interesting out there in a commercial sense, they’ll probably talk about it.

Swissmiss (SMSS)
swiss-miss.com
A bellwether blog for all other reblog design sites, the number of people that gravitate to what is mentioned on this site is incredible.

UnBeige (UNBG)
mediabistro.com/unbeige
There’s a constant flow of news in the design world from fonts, furniture, art and architecture

Wooster Collective (WOST)
woostercollective.com
A great source and authority on all things street art.

Link Drop (4·03·09)

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Cruel, Or Just Unusualclear_001Debbie Millman Presentation_1238721963412clear_001Design Plays Well With Others*_1238721970098clear_001Google Street View Time Lapse on Flickr - Photo Sharing!_1238721976864clear_001Shortboredsurfer » TweetDecks ‘other actions’ menu bugs me_1238722014272
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RAINA + KUMRA_1238722026974clear_001What is Good Designclear_001Complex_1238722058985clear_001Blogclear_001New York City News, Food, Arts & Events_1238722119071
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Metrotwin Blog » Blog Archive » The oldest photo of New York_1238722135249clear_001graphpaper.com - Experience Design User_1238722146410clear_001Designing Social Interfaces - The Book_1238722166798clear_001Guardian and Observer journalists on Twitter | World news | guardian.co.uk_1238722186315clear_001How Many Links Are Too Many Links
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The Science of ReTweets_1238722207763clear_001I Heart NYclear_001Superlocal » Blog Archive » deadline set by battery life_1238722230103clear_001Rosen's Flying Seminar In The Future of News_1238722258806clear_001Tracking what's popular on Wikipedia, by Jeffrey Veen_1238722269254
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Porte Monnaie Classic Wallet - Acquire_1238722277294clear_001Favorite Ad on Facebook_1238722295161clear_001knife combs_1238722311411clear_001What Went Wrong, and What's Being Done About It | Epicenter from Wired.com_1238722323581clear_001Lululemon’s Cult of Selling | Fast Company_1238722250062

Link Drop Themes

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Over here at DesignNotes HQ there were quite a few design related links collected that found themselves in this week’s version of the Link Drop. That shouldn’t come as a surprise as this is a design blog after all. There weren’t too many surprise themes aside from weapons which suggests I might need to randomize how I find good things on the web, or talk to more people to hear what’s piquing their interest. It’s a bit of a rainy morning so you might want to press play on this song and start clicking away…

—m

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Cats and Their Designers_1238721888017

Cats and Their Designers
My weim Madison got her design fame a while back, it’s only fair that the cat people get theirs. What surprised me was the number of people that submitted their face snug to the back of their cats head…

Sufjan Stevens - Illinoize | HOME_1238722002731

Welcome to Illinoize.biz
This is a really good up–do of Sufjan Stevens – Illinois’ album. I’d recommend pressing the play button on this as you go through the rest of the links I have here.

The Difference Is in the Punctuation Marks - John Maeda & Becky Bermont - HarvardBusiness.org_1238721914561

Academia vs. Industry: The Difference Is in the Punctuation Marks
I don’t think I’ll look at punctuation quite the same again. Good analogies of how things are different and similar.

Omegle_1238721926093

omegle
I haven’t actually tried using this thing to talk with someone behind the invisible wall. It’s strange and probably wouldn’t work for me—but maybe someone else will find it fun. What interested me more is that I’m guessing most of the people that are using it are also talking about it on twitter, hence a simple search http://search.twitter.com/search?q=omegle shows whose using it…

Postopolis, Day 1 - we make money not art_1238721940449

Postopolis, Day 1
Pretty good break down of the first day, and yes having a conference on the roof of a hotel seems like the only way to go. Except maybe when it’s in the spring and the evenings are quite cold—ha. Here’s a breakdown of all the speakers: It’s… Postopolis! LA

Cruel, Or Just Unusual

SlideShare’s April Fool’s Prank: Cruel, Or Just Unusual?
I very much fell for this prank, at first I was like haha on me. But after reading some of the stories about people falling for it, it seemed like a huge abuse of trust from an online service. I’m never going to use slideshare again, probably will never click on on a slideshare link or embed and will probably move my one presentation that I have on slideshare to something like http://www.scribd.com/.

Debbie Millman Presentation_1238721963412

Debbie Millman Presentation in Edmonton
I’ve recently been getting a lot of people searching for this presentation on the blog so I figured I might as well bring it up to the front of the blog again. Debbie was one of the first people that I invited to speak in Edmonton back in the day. It’s one of my fav. design talks for what I’ve learned from. This was filmed pre–YouTube days so the files are quite large and very small. You could think of them as a visual podcast. If you only have time to listen to one of the vids, I’d go for #3 as I think every graphic designer out there should hear it.

Design Plays Well With Others*_1238721970098

Design Plays Well With Others*
One of my alma maters has put up design work of all the design students graduating. I still remember how much energy it took to pull something like this off. Happy to see they seemed quite organized with their collection.

Google Street View Time Lapse on Flickr - Photo Sharing!_1238721976864

Google Street View Time Lapse
I’ve flirted with the idea of doing something like this, but the time it would take to do this to the reward of seeing it didn’t seem worth doing. Maybe I was wrong—this is quite cool to watch.

Shortboredsurfer » TweetDecks ‘other actions’ menu bugs me_1238722014272

TweetDecks ‘other actions’ menu bugs me
I’m happy someone is pointing this out, as good as TweetDeck is, it has a long ways to go to be a really great experience vs it now just being a better experience then what’s out there.

RAINA + KUMRA_1238722026974

RAINA + KUMRA
I recently came across this site, seems like there’s a lot of interesting stuff. My only quip is that I thought the colour squares were different background options.

What is Good Design

What is Good Design?
After reading this you’ll be able to explain what good Design is…

Complex_1238722058985

Complex
This post is as much about philosophy as it is about tech. systems—in this case from apple. Astute observations about on how things get better and how bad things perhaps should be scrapped and started over from.

Blog_1238722102960

http://blog.urbanoutfitters.com/blog/
Did you know that Urban Outfitters had a blog? I didn’t and it’s actually pretty good on a number of levels. First there’s the content and then there’s the actual design which sets them apart from the typical blog—I suspect that this site will do much better for their bottom line than the standard paper brochure that they mail out.

New York City News, Food, Arts & Events_1238722119071

One Changing Harlem Storefront, 1977-2009
The photo cycle on this store is amazing. Both interesting and sad how things change and then revert back…

Metrotwin Blog » Blog Archive » The oldest photo of New York_1238722135249

The oldest photo of New York
If this person did indeed find the location of the oldest photo of NYC, that’s pretty cool.

graphpaper.com - Experience Design User_1238722146410

Experience Design User
Fascinating conversation and argument all in 140 character tidbytes. Personally I think the whole UX conversation is a bit silly—if you’re not designing for a person in mind in the beginning, what are you designing for?

Designing Social Interfaces - The Book_1238722166798

Designing Social Interfaces: Principles, Patterns, and Practices for Improving the User Experience
What a great way to build a book in the digital age. By opening it up like they have the authors are going to have a far superior book than if they had just left things to their own devices.

Guardian and Observer journalists on Twitter | World news | guardian.co.uk_1238722186315

The Guardian @ G20 summit and protests in London and photos from Daylife
A lot of people and those include media types role their eyes when it comes to news coverage on Twitter. Stuff like this proves my point that it’s actually quite important for delivering reports.

How Many Links Are Too Many Links

How Many Links Are Too Many Links?
Such a simple visualization that’s executed perfectly. There’s a lot of things a designer could do with this info while viewed through different eyes.

The Science of ReTweets_1238722207763

The Science of ReTweets
Yes there is a lot more than meets the eye when a person sees the “RT” in twitter.

I Heart NY

I Heart NY? | Next-Door Neighbor
The narrative of the comic seems to be all the rage today in the UX community. I blame google’s chrome instructional pdf. However that has nothing to do with this link… Click on the image and keep clicking. There’s a nice narrative going on.

Superlocal » Blog Archive » deadline set by battery life_1238722230103

deadline set by battery life
Great idea for getting things completed.

Rosen's Flying Seminar In The Future of News_1238722258806

Rosen’s Flying Seminar In The Future of News
A nice collection about the doom and demise of newsprint as we know it today…

Tracking what's popular on Wikipedia, by Jeffrey Veen_1238722269254

Announcing Wikirank: Tracking what’s popular on Wikipedia
Nice breakdown and design of a tool to visualize wikipedia page views. But does page view necessarily mean more important?

Porte Monnaie Classic Wallet - Acquire_1238722277294

Porte Monnaie Classic Wallet
I want this, too bad I rarely use cash nor do I have that much in my wallet to warrant such an expensive thing when I do.

Favorite Ad on Facebook_1238722295161

Favorite Ad on Facebook
This is great copy writing and kind of timely. Happy he saved it on his blog.

knife combs_1238722311411

lorenzo damiani: ‘comb-at’
Functional and stylish at the same time.

What Went Wrong, and What's Being Done About It | Epicenter from Wired.com_1238722323581

MySpace Music: What Went Wrong, and What’s Being Done About It
Interesting observations and steps that online services should consider.

Lululemon’s Cult of Selling | Fast Company_1238722250062

Lululemon’s Cult of Selling
Landmark Forum + Brian Tracy books + The Secret = Successful Brand?
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Search vs. Trusted Sources

Traffic Sources Overview

While I haven’t had the time to read Facebook Sending More Traffic Than Google to Some Sites, it did get me to think about how people end up visiting Design Notes. Yesterday a I made a quick hit list of all the different types of site that pass links on to my blog. There’s the usual sources like Twitter, Facebook (which is usually an indirect feed from Twitter), Delicious, blogs and Tumblr. All those type of sites are what I would consider “trusted sources”. People use those sites because they’ve benefited from visiting them before so they go back. Compare that to search. I don’t really have the data but I’m guessing years back search resulted in over half of how people found my site. I was mentioning that last night to a couple friends and they had a good reason for the reduction—I’m not talking much about products as I used to, it’s more about ideas. To extend that concept—maybe talking about ideas/opinion is hard for a spider to grab on to? Just an assumption on my part.

Search is a bit of a gamble, you click on a link hopping you’ll find what you’re looking for. Compare that to a trusted source where the content has already been curated, there’s a visual cue (blogs and Tumblr typically show an image), and/or it’s not just composed of an algorithm. Another argument is that a design blog is about visual things, so other design blogs want to show off visual stuff. Other topic blogs might not have the same need for things to look good. So what’s better search or other sources? It’s hard not to be happy to have people pass traffic on to my site, whether it’s via a referral or talking about something. But I also wonder about the lack of random followers that might not come because I’m not talking about a product. StumbleUpon is one kind of site that allows people to find unusual things, but even that segment of people online is small in comparison to the entire interwebs. Maybe the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button needs to be redesigned.

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 20th (February 2009)

 On Rating Systems_1235089074794clear_001Untitled Document_1235089108381clear_001W+K PORTLAND · She's heeeeeere!_1235089140608clear_001 The Hype Machine Blog about Hype Machine (and things we love)_1235089156788clear_001AHOi!_1235089163202clear_001
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Twitter Groups_1235089170385clear_001What the CBC should know about Twitter | Spark | CBC Radio_1235089182204clear_001Eismann-SF News_1235089188874clear_001Neighborhoods - Mapping L.A. - Data Desk - Los Angeles Times_1235089199193clear_001About New York - No Photo Ban in Subways, Yet an Arrest - NYTimes.com_1235089216252clear_001
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 Hotelier at Sea_1235089253813clear_001NYPL, LIVE from the NYPL, Event Description_1235089262039clear_001The No-Stats All-Star - NYTimes.com_1235089277521clear_001Nike Foamposite Lite - Nate Robinson - KRYPTONATE PE - Slam Dunk Contest | Sneaker News_1235089334933clear_001How Could 9,000 Business Reporters Blow It
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 how campaigns work. beats me._1235095261799clear_001 A FontFont Focus by FontShop_1235095286315clear_001Creative Statistical Visualization by Guy Limone - PSFK.com_1235099507663clear_001hicksdesign_1235127378996clear_001The Wayfinding Handbook_1235128185096

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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…

– m

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 On Rating Systems_1235089074794

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.

Untitled Document_1235089108381

Edible prints
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.

W+K PORTLAND · She's heeeeeere!_1235089140608

SHE’S HEEEEEERE!
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.

 The Hype Machine Blog about Hype Machine (and things we love)_1235089156788

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…

AHOi!_1235089163202

AHOi!
A lot of really quick posts with good links to more links and even better info.

Twitter Groups_1235089170385

Twitter Groups
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 | Spark | CBC Radio_1235089182204

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.

Eismann-SF News_1235089188874

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.

Neighborhoods - Mapping L.A. - Data Desk - Los Angeles Times_1235089199193

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.

About New York - No Photo Ban in Subways, Yet an Arrest - NYTimes.com_1235089216252

No Photo Ban in Subways, Yet an Arrest
It’s amazing that this stuff happens…

 Hotelier at Sea_1235089253813

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.

NYPL, LIVE from the NYPL, Event Description_1235089262039

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 - NYTimes.com_1235089277521

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.

Nike Foamposite Lite - Nate Robinson - KRYPTONATE PE - Slam Dunk Contest | Sneaker News_1235089334933

Feb 14 · Nike Foamposite Lite – KRYPTONATE PE – Slam Dunk Contest
Great concept for a dunk.

How Could 9,000 Business Reporters Blow It

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._1235095261799

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…

 A FontFont Focus by FontShop_1235095286315

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 - PSFK.com_1235099507663clear_001

Creative Statistical Visualization by Guy Limone
Such a cool idea, wish I had thought of painting the side of a building like that.

hicksdesign_1235127378996

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_1235128185096

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…

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 13th (February 2009)

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 Behavior, Definition and Synthesis | Blog | design mind_1234472046179clear_001Op-Ed Contributor - You Can’t Sell News by the Slice - NYTimes.com_1234472062491clear_001 a newspaper blackout poem by Austin Kleon_1234472075820clear_001Super Colossal » Fires_1234472082172clear_001Noah Brier's Brand Laboratory - BusinessWeek_1234472091717clear_001
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Young and Brilliant - Readings of the week..._1234472100016clear_00110 Principles That Might Make Your Work Better or May Make It Worse • Blog Archive • AisleOne_1234472106044clear_001SEED - The Universe in '09_1234472113158clear_001 One Man’s Experiment With the Location-Aware Lifestyle (Wired Mag)_1234472119567clear_001 Watermarks_1234472130991clear_001
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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.

– m
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360 - Urban Villages in Paris (1920) « Strange Maps_1234471982718

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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Walls Notebook
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_1234472030228

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_1234472036641

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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graphpaper.com - Are We Designing Interactions or Designing Software

Are We Designing Interactions or Designing Software?
Great question that I often think about myself.

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 Behavior, Definition and Synthesis | Blog | design mind_1234472046179

IxDA 2009: Behavior, Definition and Synthesis
What’s up w/ behaviour, one person looks at that after attending IxDA 2009.

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Op-Ed Contributor - You Can’t Sell News by the Slice - NYTimes.com_1234472062491

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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 a newspaper blackout poem by Austin Kleon_1234472075820

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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Super Colossal » Fires_1234472082172

Fires
I’m still kind of thinking wtf happened w/ the CCTV building fire.

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Noah Brier's Brand Laboratory - BusinessWeek_1234472091717

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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I Am Here: One Man’s Experiment With the Location-Aware Lifestyle (Wired Mag)

Tracking yourself to the next level.

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Watermarks
Cool low-fi way to get a point across.

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Spot.us
I really like this idea for getting quality stories written. Here’s some examples of what has been a published

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Designboost
The same design questions are asked to a number of people – interesting to compare how they all answer them differently.

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Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 23rd (January 2009)

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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.

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Worldwide Inauguration via Twitter
Flowing Data | 22 JAN 2009

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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.
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I AM THE KING OF HOUSEHOLD DESIGN.
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency | JAN 2009

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I wish I had written this myself, kind of an apt commentary to read after Murray Moss’ remarks in Design Observer.
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Redesigning A User Interface In The Open
A VC | 17 JAN 2009

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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.
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Swedish Television launches a great online television site but where’s the social interaction?
ronnestam.com | 20 JAN 2009

Swedish Television launches a great online television site but where’s the social interaction

The site was working for me when I originally grabbed the info, hopefully it’s back up by the time you read this…
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The Last Days of W
Printfetish | 15 JAN 2009

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A review of the latest Alec Soth book and commentary about one person’s observation in today’s climate.
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Shigeo Fukuda | 1932-2009
Robert L Peters | 16 JAN 2009

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I was sad to read this.
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National Design Triennial: Nominations
Cooper Hewitt | JAN 2009

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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…
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Networked link journalism: A revolution quietly begins in Washington state
Publishing 2.0 | 9 JAN 2009

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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.
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Koolhaas’ Exodus and Thomson’s Divided Kingdom
Maud Newton | 22 JAN 2009

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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.
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Wisconsin Cheese Cupid
JAN 2009

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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.
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I Love You More Than Blank
JAN 2009

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Interesting social experiment.
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Conversation Mapping in Twitter: Keyword Clouds.
PurpleCar | 15 JAN 2009

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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.
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Inauguration » The Moment
CNN | 20 JAN 2009

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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.
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The Wired Presidency: Can Obama Really Reboot the White House?
Wired | 19 JAN 2009

 Can Obama Really Reboot the White House

I’d like to see the author to revisit their article once a year for the next four years to track how things evolve.
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100 Blogs That Will Make You Smarter
Online Universities | 18 NOV 2008

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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.
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Historical Photos in Web Archives Gain Vivid New Lives
NYT | 18 JAN 2009

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A nice primer to see the connection between photos and history/stories.
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Inside Obama’s Social Media Toolkit
Micro Persuasion | 17 JAN 2009

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Good breakdown when consider a strategic operation.
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The Faces of Mechanical Turk
Waxy | 20 NOV 2008

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If you’ve ever had to use mechanical turk as i have, you’re probably curious to know who’s actually doing the work.
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Comparing messages from Toronto and New York

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Shit is coming

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While I didn’t spend my entire trip to Toronto walking around nor when did I do walk get off the main roads, from where I was I didn’t see that much street art that made me stop and go “nice” compared to what I’ve seen in NYC. With that said I’m always impressed w/ the more guerilla art that subverts advertising for it’s own purposes in Canada. Typically I’ve felt that in NYC it’s more about taking a marker and knocking out teeth or changing the face up a bit for laughs. In Toronto I’ve always found some really good examples that take a knife to social issues that advertising alone really couldn’t tell on it’s own. It’s also perhaps telling from my pov that those created on the street could never be entered in an awards show, so the creators aren’t already thinking awards entry like some of the more generic stuff that is submitted as such.

With the four images that I’ve posted, the first two were taken in Toronto while the third and fourth were taken in SoHo yesterday. I really thought the first one was a great use of paint w/ a couple key words. I like how after the first poster they switched up the position of the red X’s and straight lines to cross out things. The second image has great impact w/ a minimal amount of ink. Aside from some of the more trivial subversive marker work on ads in NYC, you can also find some gems that tell it like it is. I luv the fact that “shit is coming” stickers is nothing more than a couple words that kind of say what they mean with out any embellishment.

There’s “like” numbers everywhere

Image via diagram.com

Numbers everywhere

I’ve never been a huge basketball fan, I can’t even name a single college basketball player. About a month and a half ago I got so tired of seeing basketball on every channel I bought the NHL’s center ice package so I could watch hockey whenever I wanted. Until a couple days ago I thought a bracket was for punctuation. But since moving from Canada I’ve been involved in fantasy football and now I’m keeping track of every college basketball game for the National Championships.

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The bracket as I’ve come to know it as, is something pretty addicting. You’re playing god. You get to decide who’s going all the way, and who will be eliminated. I have no emotional ties to any team so I don’t have to worry about getting distracted. In terms of odds you can read a lot about each team or nothing at all and have a pretty good chance. If you know anything about this tournament and brackets, you probably know all about CBS’s Bracket Manager. Me, as having no prior experience with the bracket manager is finding the whole data measurement thing pretty cool. It was easy to click on the teams I wanted. Of course before the tournament if you’re in an office competition (like me w/ Renegade) you can see who’s part of the pool but you can’t see their picks until the start of the tournament. But as soon as that first game starts you can check out who everyone else has picked. What I found so fascinating is one of the people I work a lot w/ has the same teams in the finals as me and we’ve never discussed it before. Weird.

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Everyone has a formula for picking teams, and here’s mine. What’s ironic is that another person I work with had a similar crazy method and he claims to be quite the expert. For me if I know a couple people that do have ties to schools I’ll throw them into the mix automatically. There’s a couple Duke people and one person from both Florida and Georgetown – so that seemed like a good place to start. I then picked a couple no brainer top picks. But after that I went for the upsets. I looked for the lower ranked teams that made a pretty good run in their last ten games and compared them with those that were higher ranked but didn’t do so well near the end of the college regular season. So far today I’m doing ok, but not great. However most of the big choices still have a chance.

This is where the bracket manager in an office works really well. You can keep tabs on how everyone else is doing and try to get an understanding of their method of madness. So I guess I’ll have to write a follow up post in early April to state the obviousness of my intuition or talk about the bad luck that I had…

and btw, the first image of this post came from http://thediagram.com/

Semacode visualized

Kaywa Feed2Mobile Process

Kaywa Feed2Mobile

When making my own semacode yesterday I knew that it would identify my blog if someone took a photo of it, but I wasn’t sure what exactly that person would see. Since my phone is not supporting that kind of software reader I could only guess. But I came across the above diagrams from Kaywa that show the process and what the phone will see.

On Tuesday at the PSFK Conference I saw semacode in action with area/code. A day or two before that I noticed a post from do.palicio.us about semacode too. If you consider that almost every single person has a cell phone and I’m guessing that more than half have a camera with the ability to surf the web. If you combine that technology, semacodes become quite fascinating. More so because it acts as an identifying mark or key that allows a person to collect information with a single click.

The biggest issue at the moment is that you need to download software onto your phone to act as reader. My Palm Treo 650 is fairly locked down and doesn’t allow for anything interesting like that. So until phones become less restrictive this kind of feature will be limited to a few savy phone users.

Reading all those Blogs…

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How do you read all those blogs out there? RSS feed, open up sites one at a time? Me, I have just under a 100 sites bookmarked in their own folder, every morning I open them all up in tabs and browse for something interesting.

I’ve got a lot more to say about this, but I have to run to work now!

November 19th, 2006
I wasn’t expecting much feedback from this post so I feel kind of bad to be getting back to the conversation a couple days after the fact. When I open bloglines from time to time I don’t get the same interest that I do from actually reading it from the blog site. I haven’t explored netvibes yet, but I suspect I’ll keep up with tabs. The biggest reason is that I’m not so much interested in the newest blog entry as I’m in to coming back to stuff that I want to read that I discovered a couple days previous. Yes I know there’s the option in bloglines to save an article but I find it to be a pain. I also find that when I’m in bloglines it’s way to easy to keep adding links. After a while there’s just too many sites. So tabs allows me to see the sites I want to read in an unfiltered way.

It’s not perfect but I’m actually surprised that I’m one of the only people that I know doing this. With the comments associated with this post I wonder if there’s any real point in redesigning my blog? If all of you are reading this through a feed, why bother with a revised design? More questions to think about…

Crit on the Wall

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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 designer that works alone or in a company where you’re the only creative one – where do you go to bounce ideas off with other designers? I received an interesting e-mail recently asking me if I knew of any web sites that offer crits because they work alone.

Personally I don’t know of any sites that do that, but if you do know of any – please post the urls. However I’m also thinking that if there isn’t anything like that, would you be interested in participating? Whether you are looking to get feedback or if you’re willing to share you’re experience with others. I don’t see this so much as a public site, but more about matching people up to share the drive to get better. But maybe there’s a better idea out there too. If you’re up to it, send me an e-mail or post a comment…

All those 0101010111100010101’s

Ok, I thought today was going to be a non blogging day – that lasted all of twenty minutes. I caught a great comment from the post titled Binary Code and Ambiguity. I’m copying + pasting the entire comment for my own notes. Hopefully it will make as much sense to you as it did for me…

Candice writes “Binary is what makes it all work, by its sheer simplicity. If you break anything down far enough, you can record it. And from there copy and move and on and on.

Take for example, ballet. All of ballet works within a very strict framework of positions and movements, which when combined together can create something as grand as Giselle. Every step has a simple name, in French, which is the same in Moscow or Paris as it is in London or New York. (Method differences on specific steps excepted – usually those are just details.) An advanced ballet class usually consists of a teacher giving directions without examples: just words and corrections.

Me at the World Graphic Design Foosball Championship 2006 (WGDFC)

Me at the World Graphic Design  Foosball Championship 2006 (WGDFC)

WGDFC 2006 was a great way to end a busy week. Foosball, beer, designers and some friendly competition. Organized by the office of paul sahre and the studios of karlssonwilker inc., it was a great venue and they ran it pretty smoothly considering how many people were there. Lillian Coryn and myself did our best to represent Renegade. In the end we had two loses and one win. With a little practice we’ll score a lot more goals next year.

Some of the things that I overheard walking around included “are you in line?”, “is that how long the line is?”, “I think the bathroom is broken!”, “no, the bathroom is fine”, and trash talking about typography “hey man, what’s your favourite typeface!”. Looking at the uniforms or lack there of was also a great time passer. In my opinion Princeton Architectural Press won the award for most innovative use of sign stickers that you could probably buy at Home Depot. Big type was popular too, one guy had a big letter “A” in tennis ball material on his shirt, while another team who I’m guessing were from Los Angeles b/c one guy had a giant “L” and the other had a giant “A” which looked pretty cool when they were standing beside each other. There were track suits, people wearing shorts, pink shirts, striped shirts, and one astronaut uniform worn by no other than Felix Sockwell. Lillian and I had a couple cool ideas, but we just ran out of time…

Whenever I go to something like this, I never know how the vibe is going to be. By the end of the night usually everyone is pretty relaxed and having a good time. For the most part that was the case, I met some people that I knew through e-mail and a couple others through reputations. But in a two floor foosball tournament, your bound not to run into everyone you know or want to meet. Till next year.

I’ve placed all my flickr photos from that night at http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsurtees/sets/72157594348304555/

wikiality by Stephan Colbert

wikiality by Stephen Colbert

Quoting from the landing page:

Welcome to Wikiality, the Wiki dedicated to upholding and documenting truthiness.
Wikiality isn’t about what “factonistas” might sneeringly deride using phrases like:

“statistical trends”, or the “objective truth”, or, “For the last time, President Bush doesn’t have a 102% approval rating!”

There’s a level of truth and meaning beyond (and, really, having little or nothing to do with) what’s “demonstrably true”, and that’s what we’re dedicated to keeping track of.

If you feel something strongly in your gut, or would like to help us keep track of the strong gut feelings of our dear friend Stephen Colbert, feel free to jump in and help out.

So, if you can handle the truthiness, take a gander at the articles we’ve created so far as a good place to start, or maybe just create your own.

And remember, when writing, don’t use your brain; use your gut.

Just make sure your gut knows how to spell, punctuate, use proper grammar, and use correct formatting.

http://www.wikiality.com/Main_Page

Blogging

Steve Portigal, a fellow Canadian and instructor at CCA passed me on to Katie, a student wondering about bloggers and blogging for a future project she’s doing. Here’s how the intereview has progressed so far. It kind of gives insight into why I do what I do here.

Kate Bailey: What is the name of your blog?

Michael Surtees: The name has evolved at bit. First it was d*notes, then it became design*notes, then I switched it to SidewalkPressed and now I’m back to design*notes. http://sidewalkpressed.com/

KB: When are you bogging?

MS: Usually in the morning before ll am, once in a while it will be later in the evening after 10 pm.

KB: How often do you post?

MS: I try to post at least once a day, though I tend to try to take a break on the weekends.

KB: How does a post start, where does that impetus come from?

MS: Usually it comes from me thinking about something that has caught my attention, though sometimes I feel the need to just get something off my chest. Essentially it’s something that I feel is important to mention and I haven’t seen it floating around the blogosphere.

KB: How did you start blogging?

MS: There were two reasons. I didn’t really have any expectations about blogging in the beginning, so I just wanted to try it out and see where it would lead. I also wanted to create an archive of links that I found interesting and was looking for a method to remember them. I thought a blog might help.

KB: Who’s your blog for?

MS: First and foremost it’s for me, having the opportunity to publish what ever I want is something that I think is really cool. The wider audience is people interested in the idea of design, though they might not be designers themselves. I wanted to get away from the traditional design blog that talks about what sucks. I wanted to explore the notion that design as an idea is much broader than what the design media (ie. magazines) tell people it is. It’s not just about fake fame, expensive products or awards. But with that said I will post stuff that isn’t even close to being related to design. It is for me after all.

KB: What did you imagine that you’d accomplish by blogging?

MS: When I first started I didn’t know what I was getting into. I’ve been blogging since February of 2005 and a number of cool things have happened. I got my design job in NYC b/c of it, I’ve been interviewed in a Canadian design magazine, meet some really cool people and it’s helping me just think about things better.

KB: What do you post? Photos, text, podcasts?

MS: I’m at the point where I try to post an image from Flickr that I’ve shot to illustrate the post, though once in a while I’ll grab an image from the site that I’m talking about. In the beginning I was relying heavily on other people’s images. I’ll talk about podcast’s and video’s once in a while, but it isn’t my primary focus. I also helped organize a number of design lectures and had them filmed. Those are viewable from my blog.

KB: Do you always post form one computer, or from wherever you are?

MS: I typically post from my laptop (MacBook Pro), whether at work or home. Before my laptop I would either blog on my home computer (iMac) or at work (Mac G5 Tower). With my laptop I rarely post outside or in a coffee shop. I don’t find it comfortable to think and type in public. I also get a lot of ideas reacting to what I’ve just read, or recognized a pattern. Those type of things come together when I’m at home.

KB: Do you use a blogging client or a web interface?

MS: I use a template from Word Press, but I’m in the process of redesigning my blog. My first blog came from blogger, but graduated to something a little bit stronger.

KB: What tools do you use to blog? Digital camera, scanner, recording device, pen and paper?

MS: I have a couple camera’s I use: Nikon D70s, a Canon PowerShot SD550, even the camera on my Treo cell phone. I’ve never used a scanner. Once in a while pen and paper and then I’ll take a picture of it. I haven’t really used sound or video yet. Word Press and YouTube don’t seem to play well, so I don’t post a lot of those videos. I also use tracking software to understand how many people are coming to my site, from what location and what they are looking at.

KB: What inspired your blog?

MS: The chance to self publish for myself. No editor’s to hold me back, the freedom to write and post about anything that I feel like. Now it’s more about meeting others that are interested in similar things, hopefully learning from them and just doing the social thing.

Two degrees of Hi, a likemind success story

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There’s probably an infinite number of way to start this post, so I’ll just pick the one that first comes to mind. A number of weeks ago I was sitting at my computer at Renegade wondering why a person that I had e-mailed a couple days previously hadn’t bothered to get back to me. After having my coffee I turned the cup around to see this quote. It seemed right to take the pic and shoot that person one more e-mail. Though not entirely ironic, they never really got back to me, but in turn the photo introduced me to at least two new people that I didn’t know.

Back to the photo at hand, I started noticing it getting a lot of hits. Not a ton in terms of flickr popularity, but more than I usually get. A number of days later I get this interesting e-mail from Jack Chen:

– I first saw your Starbucks cup on chris glass’ website.
– I was then reading someone’s blog and noticed that she quoted the cup
– I sent her a link to your flickr page for the photo, and we started exchanging emails and IMs
– Then she brought up likemind.us and I was like, oh yeah! I’ve heard of it… I’ve worked with Piers in the past
– I was going through Piers’ photostream and came across your name and wondered why it looked familiar
– And lastly, at my current job, one of the guys there (he’s not there anymore) used to work at Renegade!

When things like that happen (ok, this really is the first time this has happened) you tend to sit up and take notice. Through his own connections and Johanna’s connections we met up near the end of Likeminds. Before meeting them there, I suspected I might see John, but didn’t know of johanna until the introductions.

So the moral of this story is that even if someone blows you off, the wind might take you to a better destination.

I would highly recommend reading Jack’s account of things on his blog at http://www.jackcheng.com/2006/09/22/like-minds/ and then johanna at http://tokyohanna.blogspot.com/2006/09/likemind.html

happy blogging and be sure to say hi! to someone today.

Designism Tonight

Designism Button

Two days, two design talks. Last night was Ellen Lupton, tonight was Designism with Tony Hendra, George Lois, Jessica Helfand, James Victore, Milton Glaser, Kurt Andersen, Brian Collins and Steve Heller.

Here’s a couple impressions from those that spoke in-depth tonight.

George Lois: Activist first, designer second

Jessica Helfand: Ask why, apply answer and do it bigger

James Victore: Cause you need to

Kurt Andersen: Take it beyond

Milton Glaser: Work around people’s immunity

and though Karl Rove was not there: Understand people’s responses

Jeffrey Aaronson deux

Jeffrey Aaronson

Below are some of my notes from visiting “Maybe it’s You” by Jeffrey Aaronson a second time.

  • iPod shuffle may be hard for older people to understand if they’ve never used a digital player before
  • the word drama would come occasionally in the personals – as in looking for a drama “free” relationship…
  • some personals were long, others one sentence
  • if you were to read the personals online, the listings would probably suit the person behind the writing visually though you would have probably imagined someone else; confusing I know
  • two or three really stood out, the ones that really had a relaxed sense of humour that were more like a journal entry tended to be the most interesting to hear
  • nothing too sad
  • more could have been done with collateral stuff: I would have liked to have seen a screen capture of the original craigslist post and names of the people beside the photo
  • only was able to listen to 60% of the pictures, I’ll probably visit one more time

iPod Shuffles Beside Art

Jeffrey Aaronson

Aside from the fascinating photos, the exhibition by Jeffrey Aaonson was notable to me for another reason. Beside each photograph was an Apple iPod Shuffle that contained a sound file. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to listen to any of them. Jeffrey had contacted people through Craigslist personals of people that didn’t have images with their ads. The sound files were of the people reading their personals descriptions. I had never seen an inexpensive mp3 player used in that fashion before. While seeing something on the art wall like that could be considered a gimmick, I don’t think it was. Comparing the interest people had in front of these works listening intently, and comparing that with some of the video installations that required the viewer to use headphones at other art openings, this was a much easier way to keep someone interested.

If you’re in NY, “Maybe it’s You” by Jeffrey Aaronson can be viewed at the Kashya Hildebrand Gallery at 531–539 West 25th St., New York. I know I will be heading back this Saturday to hear what was being said.

UPDATE: I put up a couple notes from my second visit at http://www.sidewalkpressed.com/?p=614

http://del.icio.us/Michael_Surtees Tags

Have you ever studied your http://del.icio.us tags? What does it say about your interests? Here’s all of my tags for http://del.icio.us/Michael_Surtees

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Stephen Colbert illustrates the new wikiality of the wiki over at Colbert on Wikipedia. How’s that for a fragmented sentence?

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