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Looking at Sketches from street level by Amanda Wood

Just received a really nice zine from Auckland, New Zealand from Amanda Wood. It’s 22 pages plus cover and is balanced between black & white images of cityscapes and text. […]

REVIEW COPY: From Here to There by Hand Drawn Map Association

I really enjoyed reading and looking through From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association. The book is divided into six categories of maps: directional […]

First impressions of Beyond the Street, the 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art

Before I jump into my reaction to Beyond the Street: With the 100 Most Important Players in Urban Art I think it’s important to explain what I think is good […]

The Return of the Interactive PDF Thanks to the iPad

So it hasn’t taken me much time to speculate on some of the uses of the iPad. While there’s going to be a ton of app related goodness coming down […]

Talking About Reading One Book a Week for a Year, the Interview

I’ve been friends with Inaki Escudero for almost a year now. He’s a creative’s creative in that he’s extremely genuine, curious and open to new ideas. While a lot of […]

It’s Over, the Best Book Ever Written Using Graphic Design: #Emigre70

I haven’t read Emigre 70 from cover to cover yet (it’s going to take a couple months) but I’m pretty confident in saying that a book like this will never […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Citing search in a book when the content won’t be released

I’ve been slowly reading Nudge by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein in advance of the next UX Book Club: NYC later this month. I’m only a hundred pages […]

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 […]

REVIEW COPY: I Miss My Pencil by Martin Bone and Kara Johnson

I Miss My Pencil, by Martin Bone and Kara Johnson is a highly unusual design book in that it’s not just about the final product, it’s not about dry process […]

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 […]

I Miss My Pencil, by Martin Bone and Kara Johnson book launch at IDEO NY

UPDATE: REVIEW COPY: I Miss My Pencil by Martin Bone and Kara Johnson Tonight I slipped out of work for a bit and walked across the street to meet up […]

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 […]

Book Spine Patterns

On Monday night I spent a couple brief moments in Tokyo Bar. On the wall there was a ton of books that had their spines exposed. From the image I […]

Link Drop (4·24·09)

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Link Drop (4·03·09)

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How about an api for books or just a .txt file?

There’s been a lot of talk about API’s for a couple years now. In terms of technology evolution a lot of breakthroughs have/will come via the sharing of data and […]

REVIEW COPY: Women of Design by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit

When I’m reading books on or about Design I subconsciously ask myself if the book in front of me would make a good addition to my bookshelf. It would be […]

REVIEW COPY: The Wayfinding Handbook by David Gibson

One of the first questions that kept popping up as I read the Wayfinding Handbook by David Gibson was why wasn’t this written earlier – like ten years ago? Not […]

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

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

REDUX: Nightlife @ Daylife: Jeff Jarvis and “What Would Google Do?

WWGD? – The PowerPoint View more presentations from jeffjarvis. (tags: buzzmachine business) Last Thursday we at Daylife presented Jeff Jarvis talking about his new book What Would Google Do? We […]

REVIEW COPY: The Power of Design, a force for transforming everything by Richard Farson

I think a reader of The Power of Design has to be in a certain mindset to understand what the book is trying to get across. If the reader believes […]

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

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 […]

Nightlife @ Daylife: Jeff Jarvis and “What Would Google Do?

I thought I would pass on this info just in case you haven’t seen this event via me or anyone else that works at Daylife in Facebook. I’m kind of […]

on Football and Chess (and design)

A couple days ago I came across a great twitter comment from Geoff Manaugh of bldgblog in which he mentions “Football as a series of contradictory landscape strategies: analytic geometry. […]

REVIEW COPY: All the Wrong People Have Self-Esteem: An Inappropriate Book for Young Ladies* by Laurie Rosenwald

When I started going through Laurie Rosenwald’s book “All the Wrong People Have Self-Esteem: An Inappropriate Book for Young Ladies*” I almost immediately thought that it would be a good […]

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