Link Drop (7·17·09) & (7·24·09)

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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 the last 14 days. The biggest surprise for me was that I didn’t mention the iPhone, Apple or Google once. In their corporate place was Amazon and Zappos—no big surprise considering their news this week. There were quite a few times this morning as I was typing away with the links that I said to myself that this could be a best of year post. What I mean by that is there’s some really good content from others that I might want to save for my year end post. Maybe the summer brings out the best in us all?

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The New York Review of Ideas
This site came out of no where (at least to me). The design and content match each other. I hate to say it, but I hope they publish their best content yearly.

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A conversation with The Publisher & Editors of Politico
There’s a lot of observations a viewer could take from this round table talk. There’s the predictable print vs online aspect, but what perked up my ears was their strategy talk of wanting to own their sector in terms of being the “ESPN” of politics. Combine that attitude and energy with unique personalities and the hour went by very quickly. Afterwards I had to wonder how soon it will be till Charlie himself makes a couple appearances on Politico…

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Walmart Announces a Sustainable Product Index
This gives an overview of what Walmart will be asking it’s retailers in terms of environmental impact of their products. I think this is a big deal as up until now most companies that have power to change things haven’t really stepped up to the plate.

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Oh Snap! Our Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Shot By The Sartorialist
Smart info design of everyone’s favourite street fashion photographer….

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Zappos Review Incites Reproach From Agency Creative
FYI, this link doesn’t work anymore if you don’t subscribe to Ad Age. I kept it because I wanted to use this as a perfect example of why a paid content wall doesn’t work. I thought this article was one of the best that has come out of Ad Age for quite some time because there was a great debate between the merits of the pitch and measuring how long a client actually looks at a pitch. The post that instigated the discussion didn’t bother turning on the comments which made it a one way discussion—not a great thing for online content. With the above link there was a lot of info being added to the article which I appreciated. Now behind a wall no one is going to subscribe for one article. Now that I know there’s a time limit on Ad Age articles I’m probably not going to include them in my Link Drop anymore.

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Zappos’ culture evident in their design
There’s going to be a lot of posts like this now that Amazon is going to purchase Zappos. I thought it would be funny to have this post beside the above issue of companies working with outside vendors for communication.

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Amazon Buys Zappos, Gives Press the Boot

The press release in the internet age.

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Penguin Tunes
It’s amazing how a publisher’s branding can be transferred to well known album art in a visual way. The initial idea is still intact with the popular designs, yet the low saturation and paper crinkles also tell a story.

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rethinking innovation
I liked Chris Anderson’s book Free. It’s a good business 101 in the digital age kind of refresher. Nothing really new being mentioned. What I liked even more though was how this post put those type of ideas into a larger context that I hadn’t really been thinking about.

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100 Years of Design Manifestos
If I had a couple days of free time (which I don’t), I’d read all of these a couple times and try to pull out all the common themes, take those themes and look at them in the frame of today. With that info compare each of the ideas to the other time periods in the timeline and see what’s universal applicable and what’s just naive.

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Blind Photographers Use Gadgets to Realize Artistic Vision
Any story that talks about the blind in a visual context is something I’m interested in. It helps me understand how communication can be done in a non visual way. It becomes more about the interaction.

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WK GETS HAND JOBBED
Fun tag line to read about one authour’s adventure to a studio.

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STVLAH: Things That Fall Over
This might be one of my fav. posts of the year in terms of making unrelated designs fit really well together. Especially in the economic period that we’re all in.

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When You Put Data In, You Should Be Able to Get It Out
Did you know that if you tweet over 3,200 times, the 3,201 isn’t available unless you know how to use their api. Within that context this post talks about some of the ethical issues that digital services need to think about.

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ZEVS’ Chanel Store Liquidation Could Cost A Million Dollars
This is one way to slow down unauthorized street art.

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The Psychology of Cyberspace
I haven’t read this yet but it seems kind of interesting.

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Volkswagen Golf 1974-2009

The irony of this diagram is quite telling. The nature of the compact car growing…

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The fall from the top is far and fast
A post that will probably make you stop and pause for a myriad of reasons.

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Mom-and-Pop Operators Turn to Social Media
Go figure—everyone is finding a reason to tweet.

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From New York to Amsterdam: A Tale of Two Hotels
I’ve never been to a pod hotel before so I was interested in reading about that type of experience.

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Every time you type a two-word Captcha, you’re helping to digitize the world’s printed archives.
Did you realize that you’re doing a service by filling in Captcha—I didn’t.

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Dean + Deluca.
One of the benefits of living in NYC is that when people from other cities shoot Manhattan they capture moments that quite possibly could be taken for granted with resident. With fresh eyes it reminds me of all the cool everyday stuff floating around.

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Smart Insight: Design Was Born In The Great Depression. Will It Be Reborn Out Of The Great Recession?
Great concept though I’m not so sure about the execution of it.

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NYT Co.’s top lawyer doubts that aggregation is a copyright issue

Fyi…

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Brain Pickings
The technology, entertainment and design conference known as Ted has been starting to feel predictable as the years go by. For some reason having it overseas has invigorated it. I’m seeing and reading a lot more about the people presenting that seem kind of worth while. This site is pulling a lot of that content together in a great format for those like myself that aren’t there.

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Remembering Shulman
Metropolis Magazine reflects on the photographer Julius Shulman.

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The Books of Oxford
I haven’t had time to read this yet, I’m going to after I publish this Link Drop…

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Audio from the Web Fonts Panel at TypeCon2009
Litherland passed this on to me just before I was going to hit the publish button for this Link Drop so I haven’t had the chance to listen it yet. It’s hard to comment about what’s been said with this discussion about issue of licensing fonts for the web before I’ve actually heard what they have to say. But since this is my site I can say what I want. My take is that this discussion should have happened like fifteen years ago. Type designers used to be ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and distributing their typefaces. At this point I don’t know if there’s anything those same type people can say that is actually meaningful. As a collective they’ve ignored technology, ie 6 and now I’m pretty much using Arial and Georgie too much. I blame you type designers for ignoring the fact that times change. And since we’re on it, why do I have to use bitmap like typefaces for super small points? Can we please move past type being designed for paper?

Link Drop (4·17·09)

Link Drop Themes

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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.

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

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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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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!

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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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Buckles are this year’s shoe lace trend (ok, maybe not)…

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I was bouncing from blog to blog to blog this week and came across a strange trend that’s new to me. Buckles aren’t new and have been on sandals forever, but they’re starting to appear on high tops. You probably won’t see me wearing anything like that soon, but don’t be surprised if you start seeing them soon.

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

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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

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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?

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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…

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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.

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

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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.

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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…

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As blurry as the above images are, they illustrate a simple idea really well. Camper is a fairly trendy shoe company that has a mark that is made with incredibly common shapes yet has managed to make it unique. Even as the mark is somewhat blurred you know what it is. Of course you need to know who Camper is in the first place but that’s another story. The reason why I mention this is that they have their logo on this shoe three times yet it doesn’t seem like overkill which is highly unusual when you start throwing logos all over the place. It also shows confidence in what they’re doing in that they don’t need any words to express what they are.

Architecture wrapped up as a shoe

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Gucci Newton

I don’t think I would have ever predicted I would be mentioning a woman’s shoe from Gucci on DesignNotes, but coming across the above image via the blog Zesty Perspective it’s hard not too. It’s a great 360 view of a shape that is pretty refined – very much like some of my favourite buildings and sculptures. I’ll be looking forward to seeing these on the streets of New York in the not so distant future.

Just in case you’re wondering, they’re $795