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In Detroit for the North American International Auto Show with Ford

Over the next couple of days I’ll be taking a lot of photos, tweeting and writing the occasional post from Detroit. I was invited from Ford to take part in […]

Link Drop from May 15th to 21st, 2010

Comparing my behavior from last week to this week, I didn’t copy + paste a lot of links from my iPad. I think it had to do with the fact […]

Why I’m evolving Design Notes to Design Noted

I’ve decided to stop publishing Design Notes as it currently is. I’ve wanted to evolve what the blog was for a while now. I’ve been testing out a couple ideas […]

DesignNotes: Talking about my daily experience and observations with design

Recently I’ve started to reflect on DesignNotes from the beginning till know, trying to figure out where I can make quick improvements while looking towards the bigger goals. While first […]

Old Blogging Diagrams, things have changed from two years ago

Perusing Twitter last night I came across a tweet from @jenbee mentioning a blog diagram that was published in the NYT Opt–Eds section two years ago form Paula Scher. A […]

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

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 […]

Talking to the Crowd

I’m always fascinated to see how people communicate to each other publicly. Since I am in the communications business it makes sense to understand how conversations go back and forth […]

Link Drop (8·07·09)

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 […]

Link Drop (7·17·09) & (7·24·09)

This week’s Link Drop is a double issue as I was preoccupied with being in SF last Friday. For this post I combined the best of what I found in […]

Link Drop (7·10·09)

July is here and with that comes the Tour de France. I’ve found a number of bike and tour related stuff that is shows the sport in perhaps a slightly […]

Design Blogs on Paper

Showing websites in print is nothing new. As much as I read, I don’t have a lot of books that show blogs on the printed page. So when I got […]

Link Drop (6·26·09)

Ok, this Link Drop is even too late for my liking… But it’s better to publish it three days late as opposed to not posting it all or doing a […]

Link Drop (6·19·09)

This week’s edition of Link Drop is a bit lighter than usual. The summer is supposed to be less busy but that doesn’t seem to be the case and in […]

Link Drop (6·12·09)

It’s been a crazy blog week for me and because of that my Link Drop is three days overdue. The High Line opened which I was happy to experience first […]

Link Drop (5·29·09)

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 […]

Link Drop (5·15·09)

I’m hopping that publishing Link Drops on a Sunday as opposed to a Friday will stop after this week. I took the last week off hoping to get a lot […]

Link Drop (5·08·09)

This was a pretty good week for me overall. I got some great coverage from Slate and CNN, and from the feedback so far, I gave a good talk for […]

Link Drop (4·24·09)

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Link Drop (4·17·09)

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DesignNotes Ten 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 […]

Link Drop (4·10·09)

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Link Drop (4·03·09)

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Link Drop (3·13·09)

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Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 6th (March 2009)

Road Map for Financial Recovery: Radical Transparency Now! and Web-Savvy Obama Team Hits Unexpected Bumps A couple tech. infused politic posts about building from the ground up Obama style. Just […]

New Pattern Blog to Check Out

One of the assets that a designer has is the ability to draw connections where others may not see any. Another skill is keeping their mind open to new things […]

Face pics are the new logo

I’m trying to decide whether or not to have an image of myself on the sidebar of my blog. I’m guesstimating that 30% to 40% of the blogs I visit […]

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

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DesignNotes is 4 Today

While not a huge milestone in the big scheme of things, this year I actually remembered that DesignNotes started four years ago. I’m imagining that it was a cold morning […]

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

A blog you hopefully haven’t missed

I’m not sure how this happened, but it wasn’t until I saw a mention of the blog design blog One Floor Up on twitter that I realized that I’ve never […]

Headlines in Text

I follow a lot of headlines for a number of reasons – b/c I’m interested in what’s going on out there, and I’m very curious to see how people are […]

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