Stuff that I liked in 2010 (the Product Edition)

The years is almost up so I figured I’d take a look at some of the things that I actually bought and list them. I decided to list it alphabetically because trying to make it a top ten would be hard to do. For example I don’t think anything can really compete with an iPad on my list. Most of the stuff isn’t that out of reach for the average person—typically when I started thinking about it most of the things I bought were somewhat affordable. What I decided to leave off the list were clothes, food and travel. Those should be saved under the category of experiences. I also didn’t include review books just for the simple fact that I didn’t buy them. I just felt if I was coming up with a Design Notes approved buying guide I didn’t want to include JPGS of things that I never saw in person or wasn’t willing to buy myself. The interesting pattern that I noticed after writing most of the reasons why something made my list was that I could carry it around with me easily, I could make something with it, it inspired me and it was affordable.

Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art
by Patrick Nguyen & Stuart Mackenzie

Beyond the street

Beyond the Street

For anyone that is a fan of street art, there’s two books that should be added to their library. This one one of the two. Aside from hearing first person accounts of some artists a lot of the info that I’ve come across has been from the interwebs. What’s great about this book (aside from the beautiful production) are all the interviews that make up the bulk of the work. The time and effort was well appreciated by me.

iA Writer

iA Writer for the iPad

I’m a huge fan of the keyboard from this app. It’s a smart way of making writing easier on the iPad. Plus the fact that I have a guesstimate of how long it will take someone to read what I’ve written is nice.

Apple iPad MC496LL/A Tablet (32GB, Wifi + 3G)

iPad

This is an obvious choice for me. I pretty much use it everyday and find new ways to do tasks every couple weeks that make life easier for me.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 12.1MP Micro Four-Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 12.1MP Micro Four-Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Lens

I had been using the Leica D Lux 3 for a couple years, it did a great job but was really slow in terms of being able to take more than one image at a time. I also wanted something more versatile in terms of lens. The GF1 was the perfect camera to graduate to. It’s small enough to carry with me all the time, the image quality is much better and I love using it. I haven’t bought any other lenses yet, but the fact that I can is a great option. Another great feature is the auto bracketing. I could go on and on about that camera…

MUJI Recycled Paper Note – Double Ring – Dark Gray B5 – Plain 80

MUJI Notebook

I would be lost without this thing. I carry it with me as much if not more than my iPad. The book is inexpensive enough that I don’t feel guilty for writing notes in it. It’s also not over designed which is the biggest issue that I find with a lot of branded notebooks out there. The inside of this black MUJI notebook is plain white paper.

MUJI Gel-Ink Ballpoint Pen 0.5mm

MUJI Pen

I buy these five at time, there’s always one in my pocket and the stream of ink makes it easy to write on almost any surface. If someone’s lost a pen I always give them one of my MUJI gel ink pens if there’s any extras in my bag.

River of News

River of News iPad App

I use a number of iPad apps to stay updated (Pulse, Flipboard, Reeder etc), however when I weant to read from my RSS feeds stored in Google Reader I start with River of News. The UI is pretty straight forward, it has the share functionality that I want and there’s some small visual design details that no one else has been able to match. I just wish they’d change their app icon—it’s brutal.

Trespass: A History Of Uncommissioned Urban Art
by Carlo McCormick, Marc Schiller & Sara Schiller

Trespass: A History Of Uncommissioned Urban Art

Trespass: A History Of Uncommissioned Urban Art

For anyone that is a fan of street art, there’s two books that should be added to their library. This one one of the two. What I like about this book is that it puts a lot of what I’ve seen into a context that I hadn’t really considered before. When ever I go through this book it inspires me—not so much to make my own art, but come up with really cool design ideas. It’s hard to explain except that I find that it’s a lot easier for me to think about designing something after I’ve seen some great art on paper.

U.N.K.L.E.: Where Did the Night Fall

U.N.K.L.E.: Where Did the Night Fall

This is probably my top album of the year. I’ve listened to it a million times and never tire of it. I’m actually listening to it as I write this post.

Zero History
by William Gibson

Zero History

While this isn’t my favourite book of the year (not sure if I have one), I’ve really enjoyed the fact that I can read this book anywhere with both my iPhone and iPad while not worrying about what page I’ve left on.

Exploring Gesture Deficiency

Yesterday while working on a multi touch iPad UI issue with Chris Fahey, the phrase “gesture deficient” came up. We were looking at some of the iPhone swipe actions to multi delete and wondered how many people like or even know about some of the things a person can do to swipe. Essentially there’s features built around those that are “gesture deficient”, for those that didn’t know that they can swipe delete things on their iPhone. This also relates to the iPad as well. One interesting response that I was asked about on Twitter after mentioning the statement was “what is the “unsuck” definition of that?” To that I replied “possibly swipe happy or happy tapper”.

Continuing on the swipe theme on a touch screen, I came across the iPhone game We Sliders. At first there doesn’t seem much to it. It’s actually quite ambient. There’s no music (though that would be cool), just shifting colour as a person moves the bars. As far as I can tell the goal is to sync the bars together by moving them side to side. At first there’s just two bars, once that level is completed is becomes three and after that it increases incrementally. I managed to get to six bars last night. As far as experiences go I’d rate this pretty high just on the uniqueness of the game and the discipline to keep it very simple (yet difficult) in terms of game play.

Playing Pandora vs Vevo on the iPhone, or better known as random things I might like vs start/stop of selected artist


Just as the title suggests I was curious to examen how these two on demand media types benefit and distract people that want to enjoy music. Pandora allows a person to search for an artist and stream music from their choice along with other that sound similar. In theory the stream will play as long as someone wants. If they want to advance to a mystery next track they can, but with the free version this can happen only for a limited period of times. Vevo on the other hand streams high quality music videos from a fairly small library of mainstream artists. Typically someone once again will search for an artist, play the video and be forced to find a new video after the song is over. There’s playlists and other ways to find videos but before someone can view a new video they must stop watching something.

The benefit of audio streaming from Pandora is that if they’re playing an artist they like, there’s a chance that they can let the service pick the rest of the music. They can do other things while the music is on. It’s not visual like Vevo but a time saver. The biggest drawback is that the songs can get predictable after a while. For Vevo the high quality video stream is impressive. While the sound doesn’t always match up exactly with the video, the pure quality of the video is clean. The biggest issue is that if a person get’s bored of what they’re watching there’s no easy way to change the channel. A person can’t pick a new track while the audio or visual is playing. What that means is that a person must really be willing to make a good selection, otherwise there’s a couple annoying clicks before they can find what they’re looking for. In theory a person can make a playlist which will stream all the videos consecutively, but again that’s an investment in time.

Essentially it comes down to random choices of audio being selected that can’t be rewinded but forwarded versus finding exactly what you want, but having to make that choice every time with a delay in the next video. The ideal solution would be the ability to watch something that I choose and have the ability to find something new without turning the video off. This could be achieved in the mode after tapping the screen. Allow someone to search for new artists or present related videos in a results screen while the audio plays.

IDEO Method Cards App on the iPhone

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It still amazes me how the iPhone and apps have completely changed how information can be distributed. And it’s really easy to take it for granted too—no big deal anymore, apps are just apps right? Why I think it is still worth mentioning was last night I came across IDEO’s Method Cards as an app. They’re cards that have a bunch of different exercises to think about design, process and spark ideas. I don’t recall how much those cards cost to buy as a “thing”, but it never really excited me that much to order them and have to wait for the shipping. Contrast that to me being able to sample a couple cards before I bought the whole set for $4.99. Instantly I have access to something that I can carry in my pocket that only a couple years ago was available on paper. That easy access is pretty exciting to me.

Hashtag on the iPhone Keyboard

why does it take three clicks to creat a hashtag on an iPhone keyboard?

I don’t use that many hashtags with twitter with the exception of my image posts to #walkingtoworktoday from my iPhone. What’s strange to me is why the setting for the pound key is hidden behind the general number keyboard. To create a simple hashtag it takes three clicks. Considering the popularity of Twitter and hashtags I’m surprised Apple hasn’t bothered to update the keyboard. I doubt that replacing one key is going to cause too much of an issue. Why not switch it with the semicolon—when was the last time you used that key with your iPhone? And while we’re at it, why not have a character count tracking the number of letters in a subject line of an email. That way if I’m tweeting photos to flickr I know where I’m at in terms of words…

Measuring iPhone Battery Life with Time?

iphone battery life

I’ve complained in the past about the iPhone’s battery life though those issues have been somewhat resolved. But there’s another issue that I think is worth considering for an upgrade. I was playing around with my iPhone 3Gs Settings > General > Usage > Battery Percentage. With a simple switch of the button you can see what percentage of battery life is left. It’s an interesting info note, but it doesn’t really help me in terms of guessing how much time that actually means. My question is that if a percentage can be displayed why not take it a step further and show how much time is left at the current usage state. If I’m watching YouTube video, let me know that I only have forty minutes of continuous play. If I’m listening to music, maybe the usage time is two hours. Obviously I’m not an engineer so I don’t really know what it would take to do this, but my guess is that if a percentage can be calculated the effort to display time shouldn’t take that much more thought.

REVIEW APP: #mySurface from DuPont

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A couple weeks ago I was approached to take a look at the MySurface iPhone app. They were curious to hear my thoughts so I was happy to check it out. The first question I asked myself as I tested it was why would anyone want or need to use this app? The quick persona that came to mind was a person that’s either an interior designer or home renovator enthusiast that wanted a bunch of swatches at their fingertips. They need something mobile so they can find surfaces quickly while on location and want the ability to explore a number of options, and once they’ve made a surface choice order it quickly.

When I opened the app for the first time it quickly zoomed past the cover screen and planted me on the color swatches. While the nav wasn’t confusing, as a first time user I wasn’t exactly sure what I was supposed to do. In subsequent visits it became obvious quite quickly but something that I think UI designer’s take for granted is the first time user experience vs returning visits. There doesn’t have to be a full blown tutorial, but some text that explains the features would have been helpful. This dialogue box can always be turned off the next time the person uses the app.

As I started moving around the images with the slider I had the option of clicking to view a larger image. The only action that I could take after making the swatch bigger was to save it. Once I pressed save it would have been a nice touch to reframe the image or denote somehow that this image is now saved. While the bigger swatch is helpful to get an idea of what the surface is like, it seems like the second screen is missing something—maybe have more info about the swatch or show related swatches that I might like to look at if I like this one… I also noticed that each swatch has a name, but no identifying number. If the swatches has a numbering system it might be easier to find something down the road—I realize I can save stuff, but once I start saving a lot of swatches a number system would be helpful to organize things. Speaking of favorites, another piece of valuable information missing is the date that I saved the swatch. There’s also no note taking ability which down the road could help explain why I wanted to use a particular swatch. Taking that a step further it would be cool if I could attach a voice memo to the image, that way I don’t have to type anything.

There’s a share feature but it really shouldn’t be labeled as such. When I tried emailing my swatches all I got in my inbox was a url to the DuPont site. There was no info about what I actually had saved. This should be fixed right away or have the button reworded. Ideally I could either email myself one or all swatches of my choosing. In the email I can see the actual images and have buttons that I can get more info. Another feature that they have is the gallery which shows 12 images of the swatches in use. They’re nice to look at but I’d take a second look at the whole feature. I would have either broken it into different sections like kitchen, bathroom etc or different types of surfaces like counter, floor etc. I’d also list the swatches in use and make it easy to save those swatches to my library…

V2:
While the first version of that app works for showing all the swatches that DuPont has, there’s a lot of things that they could make for version 2 of mySurface better. It probably wouldn’t be easy, but integrating the iPhone camera would be a huge asset. If I could take a picture and overlay the swatch on top, I could get a really quick idea of what the surface is going to look like. The stitching doesn’t have to be perfect. It just seemed natural that I’d want to overlay a swatch, and if I’m using my iPhone it feels like a natural extension to use the camera. If I’m using an iTouch I could always import an image. The other big feature would be gallery schematics. Basically have a library of line drawing with different counter shapes, tables, floors, walls etc. Within that library I could transpose my favorite swatches to see what they would look like in context. The other thing that I mentioned above was having a more robust share feature that actually emails me the swatches instead of sending me a url to the website.

24hr music app for the iPhone

24 Hours: The Starck Mix" iPhone app

My favourite iPhone apps are always the ones that make me reconsider something that I used to take for granted on screen or allows a shift in perception. The 24 HOURS: THE STARCK MIX iPhone app does just that in terms of how music is streamed, navigated and experienced. There’s only one display that shows the current time. Taking that time as a cue it streams in music that was “selected, arranged, composed and mixed by Soundwalk for Philippe Starck.” If you shake the app it shuffles the time and new music plays. And while some people might consider the way to manually change the time to be a bit of a pain, by placing a finger below the time and moving it upwards the hours, minutes or seconds can be advanced—though sometimes the time goes up, other times it goes down. They’ve made it difficult to get to a precise moment of a persons choosing. It’s a little strange but as part of the overall experience I love it. There’s a lot of metaphors that a person could read into with the idea of time + music, but it’s better to just listen and experience it.

Don’t have an iPhone? You can hear it on screen at http://radio.soundwalk.com/ though I think it’s cheating to experience it like that…

I woke up pretty early this morning and took some notes about something I heard from each hour. A lot of my descriptions are somewhat ambient, but intermixed there’s gems—Sir Mix a Lot, Sinatra vs. Presley and my favourite hour so far is 21:00:00…

04:10:23 Ambient with long sounds, hearing birds and waves…

05:26:14 Fast ambient, rocks rubbing against each other…

06:36:05 Piano…

07:13:32 Slightly digital, kids chatting the background…

08:40:01 Upbeat mellow…

09:03:10 Xylophone trying to say something…

10:15:53 Someone speaking french as the song transitions…

11:11:11 In the airport lounge heading somewhere good…

12:37:02 Talking about skills in a down tempo way…

13:24:01 Not quite digital bagpipes, almost acid jazz…

14:38:45 Mellow upbeat walking in a cave with a beach near by…

15:50:12 Beeps, français and echos…

16:41:50 Horn, guitar and drums…

17:50:56 A couple songs fighting with each other, Sinatra vs Presley

18:02:09 Video game stuck in a telephone pinball game

19:10:06 Time to get things moving stuck on repeat

20:22:20 Blobby bubbles

21:26:50 Sounds like someone I’d want to have coffee with

22:37:09 Video game building music

23:58:55 Mono beats with a hint of bleep

00:02:18 Uptempo person ready to move

01:29:14 It’s not an organ but…

02:39:26 Slowing down in the fields…

03:26:53 Underwater?

04:10:23 Ambient with long sounds, hearing birds and waves

TiltShift iPhone App from Takayuki Fukatsu

Photo by TiltShift Generator

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I managed to get my hands on the soon to be released TiltShift iPhone App from Takayuki Fukatsu. It comes out tomorrow (September 2nd, 2009). It’s now available at the app store. Takayuki Fukatsu is the developer of QuadCamera, QuadAnimator and ToyCam which I’ve also mentioned on DesignNotes.

While experimenting with the controls, I thought the UI was quite intuitive and easy to use once I took a photo. After I took the image I had a couple options to make tweaks to the image with different sliders. Another feature is that I can use images that I’ve already taken. What this means is that I can use other camera apps and import the image after wards to make changes with TiltShift.

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

link drop themes

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…

Tuft vs. Turf - today and tomorrow_1250849929527

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.

Summer 2009 Playlist_1250849586054

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…

 How To Become A Social Brand REDUX_1250855118060

How To Become A Social Brand REDUX
And the diagram that compliments the last post.

 The Blog_1250849533245

Creative Grab Bag
Happy to see Ethan’s book out. Lot’s of familiar names and faces involved including moi.

A Photo Editor - The Sad Strange Financial Predicament Of Annie Leibovitz_1250849559823

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.

Pr*tty Sh*tty_1250277918564

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.

HELLO BAULDOFF_1250277934238

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…

 GQ Features on men.style.com_1250278072992

THE 10 BEST FOOD TRUCKS IN AMERICA
Ok list, a couple from NYC in there.

 The Nine Eyes of Google Street View_1250278091300

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…

 DIY Cartography_1250278101221

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.

 Brandon Martin-Anderson - BusinessWeek_1250278233152

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.

 Drink from Concrete & Glass_1250278243186

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.

Talking to the Crowd

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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 and spread. Up until recently the standard two way talk between blog post and reader was with a comments field. The writer publishes something, a reader comments. Of course a blogger can turn comments off or have a set time limit. Pretty standard stuff…

I’m not a huge fan of Tumblr for the simple fact that I’ve tried using it three or four different times but always went back to WordPress for better that control I wanted. But what I find fascinating none the less is that Tumblr has created some unique and easy ways to publish content of others—“the reblog”. The word reblog probably scares a lot in the traditional media mindset. Their first reaction is that someone’s stealing my content. Maybe, but the reblog is also pushing ideas to a larger audience that would not otherwise see/read an idea. It’s also a vote that the writer has something of value. Stuff that isn’t interesting doesn’t travel on the interwebs. This background info is important because a recent post from Jason Calacanis about Apple’s business practices titled The Case Against Apple–in Five Parts. At the time of writing this post there was over 190 comments. Not an insane number of people talking, but enough to suggest that any additional comment on that post is going to be lost in the river.

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The smarter move is to respond with a blog post of your own. That way a writer can control their own content while building on the broader discussion. It’s only a guess but I suspect that’s why this post Planet Calacanis was published on his own site. The catch was that there wasn’t any way to respond to that post—but there actually was a way to talk back. More akin to a nudge though. If you were part of the same Tumblr publishing system you could respond by reblogging the post and adding commentary. Sure it’s not as easy as dropping a comment box but the message of the post spreads. But if you’re the original person of the Tumblr post, people are spreading the traffic around and passing it on to others. Of course if you’re not part of Tumblr you’re left out of the conversation. Maybe it will motivate you to use Tumblr, maybe not…

However that two way, one way reblog commentary wasn’t the only thing I was noticing with the conversation started by Jason Calacanis. I tweeted his original post after seeing it mentioned by someone else I follow on Twitter. This was what I said from my iPhone “RT @iboy: Hey @JasonCalacanis, Your “Case Against Apple” is one solid post. http://bit.ly/14LOBU”. A number of people that followed me retweeted the link and it continued to spread in every imaginable direction.

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One way to get people’s attention via twitter is tweeting the simple @ to the user’s name that you want to talk to. Let’s say that you have a post that’s in reaction to the original Case Against Apple post and you want to attract the attention of other people thinking about the conversation. An easy way to find those people would be to do a twitter search on anyone that’s mentioned “Case Against Apple” http://search.twitter.com/search?q=Case+Against+Apple The next step is to start replying to each of those tweets like this “@michaelSurtees Why Calacanis is way off base http://bit.ly/scJy1”. I’m not a huge fan of that type of practice but it got me to click on the link.

What’s happening is that there’s discussions, posts, reblogs, tweets and retweets and even more interjection. While I’m not going to comment on the original Apple post, I’m really intrigued by how tumblr enables/disables the conversation afterwards. To comment you have to post the original post and build on top of that. In a weird way it extends the loop while keeping everything loosely together no matter how many sites talk about it. I do realize that a tumblr user could add a third party commenting service, but why bother when you can keep everything in house?

iPhone Defaults

coach design pre iPhone days

This weekend my wife Tamara wanted to pack light. She just wanted to take her iPhone, a couple cards and her keys. All things that should fit into a small change purse. She picked out one of her favourite Coach change purses but was surprised to see that her iPhone wouldn’t fit in there. I know she’s had the purse for a couple years though I’m not sure if it’s over three years old which would pre date the the iPhone. Either way it got me to think that the iPhone is the new size default. Back in the day it was the business card—if a purse couldn’t fit that, would people find it useful? Today if the purse/bag doesn’t fit an iPhone is there a lot of value to owning such an item? I wonder if bag designer’s are considering those issues now. For Tamara’s trip out, her solution was giving me her stuff to hold onto…

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 (7·10·09)

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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 different light then most people are used to reading about. There were a number of process pieces that I didn’t connect directly though on a second look might warrant it. There’s behaviour process, big question process and the big idea process along with emotional process. And as usual there’s a number of photo and type related things. I’m heading off to SF for a couple days next week, so I’m not sure what the format for next week’s Link Drop will look like. Stay tuned…

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where to get off the subway
Now that I have this app I’m hope it will be easier to find my exit on Canal St or 34th St a lot easier. Up until now I’ve been choosing my train car haphazardly. Now I’ll pick it by design.

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beauty made from ugly
There’s something really cool about making architectural forms out of metal shipping containers.

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Lost in Translation
I really like how the abstraction on the left carries a lot of visual resonance to Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to the right.

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“there are 4 phone booths in NYC, this is one of them”
If this fact is true that’s quite amazing. When I think about how NYC was shown in film many years ago before mobile phones were out, phone booths played a role in the set. How times change.

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Michael Jackson Turning Points
This post was one of the best collection of ideas relating to MJ and the way old media was.

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New York Times Considers Charging $5 Per Month For Access To NYT.com (NYT)
Interesting developments going on about a paywall. It would be interesting to see how this plays on in terms of people passing on links to articles read from that site. The reason why I don’t pass that many links from WSJ—because it’s behind a paywall…

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Why are Cheap Airlines so cheap?
There’s a side by side comparison of how some airlines can be cheaper then others.

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jetBlue’s award system is broken #jetBlows
A point by point breakdown on why JetBlue’s point system isn’t working.

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Photo of the day: Insert hands to dry
Would you put your hand inside this box?

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Desperate-to-leave LinkedIn users rename accounts “delete delete delete”
I’m sure LinkedIn has a reason for not allowing people to delete their accounts, however people are going to always come up with a solution no matter what a service wants to do with other people’s data.

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George Pitts: Notes On Vibe Magazine

Vibe’s founding Photography Director goes back and talks about a lot of the people he worked with and what he got from the experience.

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Surry Hills Library Signage by Collider
The typography of this wayfinding system is quite special. I love how the type is angled. I want to be able to do that for something in the not so distant future.

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dbcounter – quick visual database stats
I’m putting this info in my things to remember pile.

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how @CarinBerger changed my twitter process
This process worked for her, maybe it will for you.

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walking berlin.
When’s the last time you saw a building get up and go for a walk?

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Letter from AIGA’s incoming president
It’s amazing to me that more incoming design organization presidents don’t write a simple letter explaining what they want to accomplish. It should be mandatory to have an outline like this.

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Innovative Airless Tires by Michelin | Toxel.com
The tire that doesn’t run on air. I wonder of we really gain much from a design like this though?

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Emotional Design Delivers Intangible Value
I’m not a Pottery Barn shopper so I can’t vouch for their emotional design. But it does seem like an interesting process to consider.

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Tools of Engagement: The New Practice of User-Centered Design, by Robert Fabricant
Asking big questions, hard to know if the authour is right or not when we look back in a couple years.

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Advertising Could Do With More of Bernbach’s Genius
I wonder if someone under thirty would write something like this?

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‘Le Tour’ Rolls into Austin
I hope this show makes it’s way up to NYC. Looks fascinating.

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My other pair of eyes and hands
One photographer’s experience shooting bike racing.

Italian Federation Calls For Redesign Of Pozzato's Jersey | Cyclingnews.com_1247225124208

Italian Federation calls for redesign of Pozzato’s jersey
Maybe they should have hired a real designer instead of having the cyclist design the shirt.

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JerkStrong How Lance Armstrong is like Sarah Palin.
Interesting connection between Lance and Sarah. There’s also some brand advice to be found in the post.

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A lesson on (im)personal brand management from “LeVideotape” James
If this happens to be true—crazy…

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I love our president. (image via Yahoo News)

This photo could turn iconic.

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Black Sun, Closet Plus
I’m sure there’s a logically explanation for all these settings—but would you even want to guess?

Mapping my iPhone space

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Warnings on iPhones come in a different couple flavours. There’s the blue dialogue box that mentions how a person has surpassed their 100 twitter api calls per hour or mentioning that there was a loss of internet connection. There’s also those red pop up’s that cover the corner of an app mentioning how many “things” are inside to be clicked. I think those red dialogue boxes have been there from the beginning of the iPhon UI. As I was looking at them I kind of wondered why they were placed on the top right of the app? Was it more likely that there would be action taken if a red box popped up there. Why not on the left side, people read from left to right—maybe they flipped a coin… I’m not sure but looking at them this morning I wondered how that decision was made.

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While looking at those red pop up’s I also noticed something else. There was a distinct pattern that I was clustering my apps. Curious to see how they fit together I blocked out the shapes to see the areas where my thumbs were pressing. As it happened I noticed five distinct categories of use. Task, photo, physics, reading, sound and communication. For the most part these groups came together organically. Taking a look at those patterns gives me a pretty good indication on how I use a mobile device that connects me with anything I want.

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With that info in hand I figured I could map out the areas that I press the most. I could see how the proximity of my left and right thumbs related to usage on a daily basis. Each corner had varying degrees of importance while the middle was the least used.

My second screen is a lot more disorganized, but it’s not used nearly as often as my default first screen. Do you have similar usage patterns or do you have a unique system for the apps you use the most?

Link Drop (6·26·09)

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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 double issue this week. With the amount of rain NYC has been getting in June, if there’s a day of sun it’s worth trying to make the most of it. This weekend there was a lot of it—hence this post is coming out on a Monday. I’ve got UX on my mind and it seemed like that came across with a lot of the posts that I thought were worth saving. But isn’t everything about some sort of experience?

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Chris Anderson Interview
There’s a lot of ideas about publishing and passing on info in a world of free and not so free content. Whether you’re in publishing or not I think a lot of people can get something from listening to the podcast.

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Powers of Ten x Katsu
There’s a great scale to Katsu’s work. The last clip is of him painting on a roof in nyc. I’m pretty sure it’s on a building that viewer can see from the end of the High Line.

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Issac Mizrahi on Metro North
Advertising that has more than meets the eye.

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the problem with the big idea
Some thoughts about how advertising’s one big idea doesn’t really work these days in the digital world.

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Dot Dot Dot “The Service Designers” Lecture Videos
I was at this series a couple weeks ago. Of all the people in the series I thought this one had the most take away from. I’d probably watch Jennifer Bove first, followed by Sylvia Harris.

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A Feed Apart, an unofficial feed aggregator for An Event Apart: Sessions
This is a great idea created on the grassroot’s level. A couple people created a site that would collect all tweets related to the conference. I think this kind of stuff will be a must for conferences as twitter becomes a popular way of mentioning stuff that speakers give importance to.

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The True Love Project
A photographer took a series of images of people under a hypnotic state. The subjects were to visualize true love.

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Dog and Pony Show Design
Ever ask yourself how many design comps to show to present to a client. This post goes in depth about that.

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Jeff Goodby: ‘We are Becoming Irrelevant Award-Chasers’
Best quote of the week comes from this article. “We are becoming irrelevant award-chasers.”

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Today Barclays-Atlantic Avenue, Tomorrow Disney-Times Square? MTA “Very Open” To Selling Subway Naming Rights
More things to come as the MTA starts selling names of their routes…

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Designing the Palm Pre: An interview with Michelle Koh
This is the second process related post about the Palm Pre that I’ve added in the last couple of weeks. I’m not a huge fan of the product but I’m always curious to read how others are designing things.

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iPhone GUI PSD 3.0
If you’re going to design something for mobile, this iphone pattern might be of help. The psd takes into account the new upgrades to the phone.

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Tea + Coffee Tower by Wiel Arets
A friend suggested this to me after my coffee post last week. Really cool shapes…

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Flyer Planter Boxes
This is by far the best idea I’ve seen so far for all those out of date newspaper boxes.

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Bringing the social web into your bricks and mortar space
I’m surprised more businesses aren’t bringing in this kind of live data. Of course there’s always a fear that someone will write something derogatory though with appropriate filters those don’t have to be seen.

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David Pogue’s Personal Database
I thought there was some helpful info about how to work smarter and more efficient in there.

MediaShift Idea Lab . How My 6-Year-Old Became a Citizen Journalist | PBS_1246221353584

How My 6-Year-Old Became a Citizen Journalist
Anybody and everybody is a journalist these days.

20 User Experience Books you should own | UXbyDesign.org_1246221368903

20 User Experience Books you should own
Another source of good UX books to check out.

10 UI Design Patterns You Should Be Paying Attention To | How-To | Smashing Magazine_1246221413975

10 UI Design Patterns You Should Be Paying Attention To
I’m not a huge fan of top ten design lists but this one seems like it’s worth reading a couple times.

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Buh-bye, Kodachrome
First it was polaroid, now Kodachrome—film is stopping to exist.

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The natural evolution from side project to full-time business
This is a good post for anyone considering a business on their own.

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tattoo location chart – what a tattoo’s location means
Sometimes diagramming location isn’t just for maps. It’s also for explaining what the location of a tattoo might mean.

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Slow foodie.
A post about the Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food. I think I’ll have to read those books at some point

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Mobile Uploads to YouTube Increase Exponentially
I don’t think this info about mobile uploads will surprise anyone that it’s increased a lot since the new iPhone video capabilities came out. It just shows the power of one button click that makes things easy can be of great benefit.

iPhone Recordings

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In the middle of the line for the iPhone 3GS

Now that I’ve had a couple of days with my new iPhone GS I thought it would be interesting to compare my old behaviour with my slower 2nd generation 16 GB iPhone I used to have. I noticed a great improvement with my everyday stuff. The keyboard is a lot faster and smarter. I rarely make mistakes hitting the wrong key which in turn has made typing easier. I’ve heard people complaining about the horizontal mode, for me I rarely use it because the visible screen is too small. While the copy + paste feature isn’t unique to just the 3GS, it is something that I’m using on occasion for email. Search was another welcome feature for the OS upgrade.

The camera is back to being fast. For the longest time it would take forever to open—it was brutal. I know can open my iPhone, press the camera button and take a shot is less than a couple seconds. Really helpful for me when I see something that catches my eye walking around NYC. The video is another great piece of hardware. The video quality is pretty good considering where it’s coming from. Experimenting with some video sites to upload, YouTube is in a great position as it only takes one click to upload from the iPhone. Flickr is the big loser in that when I tried to email the video it didn’t work, Vimeo was a pain as I had to upload from my computer and it wasn’t instant. While I won’t be using video all the time it’s nice to have it. I’m really curious to see what people start using it for.

Surfing the web is really fast. It’s always been decent through wifi but it’s even better now. I’m disappointed in the 3G network. I was expecting faster load times outside. I’ve noticed that the network doesn’t pick up very well while walking. When I’m standing it’s a different story—things load pretty smoothly. It’s kind of weird. Because the web is a lot faster I’m using some different apps that I haven’t really used before. I’m using Evernote to collect things and checking a couple headlines with Net Newswire. I’m also back to checking up on flickr. If I need to search for an image I’ll use Cooliris.

I had high hopes for Tweetdeck on the iPhone but it’s crashing all the time. While it’s cool to see multiple columns that are synced with my desktop, it visualizes direct messages poorly. I like how Twitterfon threads those conversations. I’ve fond myself going back to Twitterfon after my short lived excitement for the Tweetdeck.

Would I ever go back to my old iPhone—probably not.The speed enhancements that make recording ideas and capturing visuals is an amazing tool. Could the network be better—yes. But for the day to day activities that makes life this designer’s life interesting I don’t think I would let it be more than an arms length away from me.

Just noticed I didn’t mention music or podcasts, that’s kind of interesting…

Link Drop (6·19·09)

Link Drop Themes

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 turn that means less time to collect and filter interesting stuff on the interwebs. The new iPhone came out which made me happy as I was getting tired of my 2nd generation iPhone that I’ve had for a couple years. I’ll post a review about that once I’ve fully tested it out. Other things that caught my attention related to process and technology quite a bit.

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#CNNfail: Twitter Blasts CNN Over Iran Election
I tried to keep the amount of blog posts related to Iran, news and the social apps that were sending out information to a minimum. Fascinating to see how CNN on tv really dropped the ball with Iran in the beginning of the election only to be castigated with those people that expected more from a trusted source.

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5 Ways to Redesign a City
A quick post with links to how interaction design can help redesign a city. Personally I’m not sure why the pdf had to call out “interaction design” and not just use the profession of design…

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Inside the GPS Revolution: 10 Applications That Make the Most of Location
There’s a lot of interesting ideas in this one, every designer should read this.

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Crowdsourcing: What It Means for Innovation
Some additional comments about crowdsourcing. Not much new insight into the idea but worth a quick glance.

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Mapping a better world
Smart article about turning abstract concepts into information that people can understand while looking at maps.

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HistoryShots
Great collection of visualization posters. Lots to look at for reference, and if so inclined—purchase. The site is nicely designed too.

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Flip Flop Fly Ball
If you like baseball or a fan of data visualization, this is the site for you. Surprised I haven’t heard of it before this week.

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Is Design Thinking bullshit?
How could I not include a post with a title like that in Link Drop? Nothing really new again about design, but interesting how they compare “design thinking” to the ppt version of how a product is developed. Has a couple links included in the post worth looking at too.

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The Difference Between Analogue And Digital Part II: Time
I’m always interested in reading about people’s experiences from the two worlds out there, real and digital. They take a comparative view of how scheduling and time works out in both of those world’s.

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The Next Google? Fifty Promising Tech Startups
Nice to see Daylife included in the list, you can read about it here.

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Not a Daily Drawing: Work for The Webby Awards and w+k
While portfolio sites have their place, working examples like this are much more powerful in my opinion. They show the design in the real world and give it a voice from the person creating the work. Plus there’s rss, so it can be distributed to those that subscribe to the blog.

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Use Their Work Free? Some Artists Say No to Google

I got really mad after reading this article. It’s completely arrogant and ignorant to treat design like this. Especially when they can actually afford to pay people to be art directed.

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Can You Estimate The Value Of Exposure?
Interesting post from the original NYT article I referenced above.

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The Newsweek Redesign: Hit or Miss?
This post is probably more interesting for the comments then the actual post. A number of people voice their opinion on the new Newsweek design. What do you think, have you even picked up a copy in the last couple of years?

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Adapters
I liked the photo comparing three different adapters for juicing up an iPhone.

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Flickr Mobile for Android & iPhone Shows You Photos Taken Nearby Your Current Location (Sort of anyway)
Pretty cool feature, I’ve tried it on my iPhone with ok results. It’s location is a bid broad but the concept is fascinating.

Why the iPhone will never be the biggest money generating platform « Alexander van Elsas’s Weblog on new media & technologies and their effect on social behavior_1245607130744

Why the iPhone will never be the biggest money generating platform
There’s a lot to consider with this post and the reference info. Interesting to note that the iPhone is about 1% of the mobile market.

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The iPhone is a Subscription
A different way to look at how the iPhone is sold.

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Art & Copy (Advertising Industry Documentary, Sundance 2009)
I want to see the film Art & Copy, seems like it could be more interesting then Helvetica…

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Re-envisioning The Trading Floor
I kind of wished they went into more depth with the trading floor.

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Whatever you do, don’t center that logo!
Funny how American Eagle Outfitters is causing such discomfort to Mr. Kingsley at Landor.

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Palm Pre Launches with System Fonts by Font Bureau
I’m not sure the Palm Pre is really going to make a dent to the iPhone, but I’m always interested in reading how typefaces are developed for on screen applications.

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Sexy Faces
A collection of what’s been released typeface wise for 2009 so far.

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Hug Chair by Ana Kraš
I really like the balance of this chair. I wonder what it’s like to sit in…

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Ross Racine creates artwork from fictitious communities and subdivisions.
I luv this idea.

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WSDOT South Central Region Sign Shop – Flickr set
We see signs all day long every day. But have we really considered how their produced? Here’s a bunch of photos of street signs being made. Cool stuff.

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Air Conditioner
I like this idea more then turning the volume to 11.

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From “Top Gun” to top shot
Cool collection of photos and process on how it was captured.

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girl at a window
This type of photo collection is actually quite difficult to pull off successfully.

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Readerville 2000-2009, Thanks for the Memories
It’s too bad that this site has stopped. They had quite the run to say the least.

How do a few people find iPhone apps to buy?

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With all the attention that the iPhone is getting because of OS3.0 and the new iPhone 3G S I thought it was a pretty good time to talk about the app buying experience. After viewing the pulsating live App Store Hyperwall at WWDC 2009 I was pretty mesmerized just like everyone else out there. It showed a real time view of what was being bought in relation to every other iPhone app. People were buying stuff all the time at an incredible rate. Watching that screen online I wondered how people were actually buying them. I’ve never bought an app directly from iTunes. It’s always been via word of mouth on a blog or tweet. To be honest I thought a lot of people were buying apps that way. I’ve always felt that iTunes could be a way better experience then it currently is. Browsing is painful—where to look? Search on the other hand isn’t so bad but it’s because I know exactly what I’m looking for. So yesterday I was going to do a simple post about how browsing isn’t that great and that most people buy iPhone apps from a third party. But before I released that post I thought I’d back up my theory via Twitter. I asked people how they bought their apps. I was pretty surprised with the response. Itunes search and browse was the majority and how I bought was in the minority.

While my survey was pretty unscientific it did give a quick impression. When I dug a bit deeper with the answers to iTunes, in part the reviews played a big part in whether someone bought an app or not. On the flip side of that people sometimes questioned the quality of the reviews and others complained that layout hindered the experience. So while people were using iTunes there’s a lot of room for design improvement. While the OS and Iphone keeps evolving perhaps a re look at iTunes is in order soon.

Link Drop (6·12·09)

Link Drop Themes

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 hand early in the week. Quite a few interesting blogs passed some nice traffic to me because of it, so I thought in return I’d compile those sites near the top of this post. I also got a lot of interesting response from my AIGA post, a significant amount coming via twitter which I thought was interesting. On top of all that, there was a lot of great stuff on the net. So adding that all up I finally can present last weeks Link Drop. See you back in a couple days…

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L’Observatoire International
If you get the opportunity to walk the High Line at night, these are the people responsible for the great lighting design. It was one of my favourite parts of the experience walking around that first night.

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When the High Line Was for Lowlifes
I can only imagine all the stories like this that abound from people and the High Line back in the day.

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The High Line is Open!
There’s some good links about the High Line during it’s conception phase.

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The High Line
There’s a great opening quote talking about the High Line and nice use of my photos that they asked about using before they published.

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Bahntrasse mit neuer Funktion
This has to be my new fav. site that passed on traffic to my site. My unique visits went through the roof after their post.

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quipsologies
Happy to see a non design post associated with quips coming to my High Line post.

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High Line open
Quick post with reference links to some of the first High Line reviews, cool to be included.

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High Line Opening Roundup
Nice to be included in the PSFK round up, too bad they spelled my last name incorrectly. Oh well, better than not being mentioned at all.

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SVA Service Design Lecture: Recap
Interesting observations about the talk I was at last week. They’ve included a couple people’s audio clips of the talk.

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Design for Service
Digging around the site of reading the review I found a good collection of books for anyone wanting to get more knowledge about Service Design.

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Post TYPO Berlin 2009 – Making Amends With Mrs Eaves
I’m not sure how I missed this video the first time around, but there’s some great footage and recap of a designer that is known for drawing type all over herself.

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Hype for Type
The person behind this site did all the right things to get the word out to the design blog sites out there. I might do an interview with them as they mentioned something kind of interesting about why they wanted to start the site in the email I got. They were “frustrated with the lack of quality and original typefaces within the design community.” I’d like to hear more about that from them.

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rosa maria
I thought the image was a nice extension of those blocky letter forms out there at the moment.

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Promax|BDA North America 2009 Conference
I’m hopefully going to be covering a couple of the talks for this conference next week. Are you planning to be there?

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New Mingering Mike exhibition in Washington, DC opens this Saturday, 6/13
I’d love to see this somewhere in New York at some point in the not so distant future.

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he sees, he’s a seer
The idea has a lot of potential though I wish it did more then just use the Amazon api for suggestions. If only there was a real person behind this—or better yet a group of librarians to offer suggestions.

Kindle’s Not Working - PSFK.com_1244846366134

Kindle’s Not Working
I don’t have a Kindle and I’ve often wondered if it’s a bit overpriced considering a netbook doesn’t have any of the same limitations that Amazon has put on their machine.

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Guy #3
I thought the video was quite amazing, and better yet I don’t think it was staged.

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The New Negroponte Switch
Good presentation to look at about stuff moving away from academic discourse and application of interactive ideas in the real world.

The Media Equation - In Media’s Hometown, Two Paths and Two Moods - NYTimes.com_1244846395071

In One City, Two Soirees Ages Apart
A contrast of a couple worlds inside NYC.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | More iPhone Apps for the Home Cook_1244846416137

More iPhone Apps for the Home Cook
If you’re into cooking and have an iPhone, you might want to give a couple of these apps a testing.

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Are you kidding me?
I thought the modularity and the unlimited number of sitting combinations to be kind of interesting. Too bad the price is kind of crazy.

InsideTheCBC.com » The National Openings Through the Years_1244846701590

The National Openings Through the Years
This was quite a blast from the past for me. I remember seeing all of these from the CBC with the exception of the first video they show.

 The iPhone is our crystal ball | Digital Media - CNET News_1244846714229

IAC’s Diller: The iPhone is our crystal ball
Kind of telling about what one media person see’s the digital market heading…

In Tough Economy, New Survey Shows Design Professionals Use More Stock Photography to Cut Costs_1244846720256

In Tough Economy, New Survey Shows Design Professionals Use More Stock Photography to Cut Costs
Interesting survey that I was emailed.

AppleInsider | Apple stuns WWDC crowd with pulsating App Store hyperwall_1244846800123

Apple stuns WWDC crowd with pulsating App Store hyperwall
This is a pretty cool visualization of the apps being sold. Too bad itunes is a really bad experience in finding new apps. I think I’m going to do a blog post about that soon.

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sketchBot
I discovered this neat site via twitter. Cool observations on what he does.

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DRAWMINOS
Fun with flash—something I don’t normally say…

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CREATIVE DREAMS

I haven’t actually had time to read this, but it’s next on my hit list once I have five minutes to sit down.

Can Computer Nerds Save Journalism

Can Computer Nerds Save Journalism?
Another perspective on what needs to be done with journalism. Everyone has an opinion these days it seems. I wonder if anyone aside from journalists are actually reading these things.

Microsoft Biffs the Bing Logotype | blog.choppingblock.com_1244846852218

Microsoft Biffs the Bing Logotype
I liked this first person account of working at Microsoft as an intern and how there was actually good design going on, and how it kept getting killed. Relates to that awful Bing logo.

The Architecture Issue - Data Center Overload - NYTimes.com_1244846862178

Data Center Overload
The whole magazine issue is quite strong content wise, the redesign looks like it came from New York Magazine. Here’s one article from the Infrastructure issue.

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+ HORT
My friend has a great eye and mind for picking stuff to talk about.

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Banksy’s Bristol show
Banksy’s got a new show, would be interested to get my hands on the book if there was one. From some of the clips it looks like a lot of his stuff from NYC is on display from the pet store.

Asian Poses - The Definitive Guide to Asian Poses_1244846922334

Asian Poses
One of the more popular posts on twitter that I mentioned this week. Fun—no?

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design mind magazine the theme of POWER
Happy to say that I have my hands on the paper version of this, looking forward to reading what it has to say about Power.

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Interview with Anne Helmond
Good interview about blogging if you’re into that kind of thing.

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.

Design Droplets Designer Q&A with Craig Nottage_1244168188593

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.

 The Homeless Stay Wired - WSJ.com_1244168210408

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.

Tomorrow Museum » Archive » Movies to See Alone_1244168218431

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.

notcoming.com | Not Coming to a Theater Near You_1244168267592

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.

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

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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.

 Tank Man of Tiananmen - Lens Blog - NYTimes.com_1244168400871

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 (5·22·09)

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.

i am the weather » » we left this side blank so you can help_1242985536525

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

What “American Idol” Can Teach Us About Stats_1242985547626

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.

em>. We call this land "Internet" | Boing Boing Gadgets_1242985578115

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 (5·15·09)

link drop themes

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 of writing done, but life got in the way and I took the time to talk with a lot of people face to face. No complaints of course but I’m now weeks behind with what I wanted to have completed. Anyhow, I did still mange to find some ideas worth sharing.

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Eliss – for iPhone and iPod touch
I’ve only played this game a handful of times so will it have a longevity—I don’t know. But after seeing this tweet I’ve said it before but Eliss on the iPhone is a milestone in multi-touch design and interaction: http://www.toucheliss.com/ You must buy it brendandawes I can’t really disagree. I’m only on stage three but I’m curious to see how my thinking with my hands and mind evolve.

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Wooster In The White House – An Explanation
This post is worth pointing out for a number of reasons. First and foremost there’s a conversation that is going on that really hasn’t happened yet. Different channels have been created via the interwebs that are spreading info differently than people have time to recognize. Now that there’s a pause there’s some great conversations starting. The response post is worth a read too thoughts

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no title thanks to tumblr
This is an amazing photo—reminds me a bit of HBO’s Voyeur stuff that was being projected on apartments last year. Scary thing is that it’s real, happening right now and probably just a couple blocks away from me.

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A New Business Model for Digital Agencies
This was a great thing for me to read after my talk because I have a lot of questions how any agency can survive these days inside it’s current format. I really wanted to have a conversation afterwards about agile which didn’t really happen, my fault I don’t know. But I was happy to see others are asking the same thing.

Marissa Mayer, Larry Page on journalism’s future | SiliconBeat_1242570041554

Marissa Mayer, Larry Page on Journalism’s Future
Again, I like reading about Daylife via the lens of other people’s perspectives.

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Total Recall: The Woman Who Can’t Forget
Haven’t read this yet, but I saw a couple people reference it out there that I know, so I might as well take a look too once I get a chance to catch my breath from running around.

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Music to design to
Good question to ask every once in awhile. Maybe there’s a new fav. undiscovered group within those listings you haven’t seen before.

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Triptrop
Nice find about the typical mta ride time around NYC. I’ve played with the idea of doing something similar for walking, but I’m not sure if it would really be that helpful.

Fighting Talk | The Ministry of Type_1242570115038

Fighting Talk
This looks really cool.

Blueprint Magazine - Architecture & Design_1242570129151

TCHO: Graphics and Chocolate
Great process explanation of typography.

 Study Ball . » noquedanblogs.com_1242570139107

NQB WTF: Study Ball
This could be more helpful than one thinks. I’d like to give it a try to see if it’s helpful or not.

SIEGE Audio Company » The Stealth_1242570148307

SIEGE Audio Company—The Stealth
Taking an old school idea for wires and making it contemporary. For some reason the product photo reminds me of boxing gloves.

 demolish or not, asks Steve Rose | Art and design | guardian.co.uk_1242570157492

Mies van der Rohe: demolish or not?
I think stuff like this should stay around if for no other reason then to give designers hope that you can do regular stuff and make extraordinary buildings when the right opportunity comes around.

KinoSport | Tilt Shifting Tokyo_1242570174973

Tilt Shifting Tokyo
Nice mix of photos and music for the tilt shift app floating around.

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Here and There in Manhattan 2

This is a continuation of two week’s worth of Link Drop’s looking at Manhattan. I really like the split screen that show things similar and dissimilar at the same speed.

Scott McCloud | Journal » Archive » F.A.Q. for Y.O.U._1242570195971

F.A.Q. for Y.O.U.
Scott asks a great question that allows others to share their POV on “how aspiring writers find aspiring artists to collaborate with these days.”

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Cards of Change
Interesting idea with the cards you still have.

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David Horvitz: FOR 2009, IDEA SUBSCRIPTION__ – collaborative open source conceptual art
Reminds me of time, energy and the ability to pass things on.

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iStat: Find out what’s going on inside your Mac
I’m sure there’s other apps out there, but it was nice to be reminded how I can make my MBP run better via info that shouldn’t be that hard to see in the first place.

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Big Brand 1080px Design
Seeing past the 960px grid.

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Philips de Pury: Photographs
Good addition to that image above of the apartments getting their face torn off.

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Amazon Turns Publisher
Sure people talk about google and apple, but I think Amazon is the thing to keep an eye on at the moment. They’re selling stuff but their also making a move on editorial that could influence things in a way that a traditional publisher could never pull off.

Link Drop (5·01·09)

link drop themes 050109

I feel as though this week just started and it’s already Friday. Good weather, good company and being in NYC will do that to people. But with that said there’s always time for the interwebs and below are some of the sites that I thought were worth a second look. There’s a bit more weirdness this week and less graphic design—coincidence? For this edition of Link Drop I also had a bit more coffee then usual, hence the erratic diagram. Till next week, though I’m not sure how I’m going to simultaneously post a Link Drop and a live presentation at the same time…

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The Battle Between Art & The Algorithm « BBH Labs_1241170938864

The Battle Between Art & The Algorithm
Apparently design lost the battle with art and now art has set its sights on the algorithm. Is deciding how something is weighted in a myriad of ways based on rational—or is it art. I think it’s art if design myself if you know what to look for.

Is Interaction Design a dead-end job

Is Interaction Design a dead-end job?
This is an interesting question to ask, especially these days as print is all but dead. If there isn’t interaction design, what’s left?

Comme des Fuckdown - Microsoft sales fall for first time in 23 years_1241171007586

Microsoft sales fall for first time in 23 years
I’m surprised more people haven’t mentioned what has happened to Microsoft this year. There’s some smart connections being made in this piece. Not to beat a dead horse for me, but the fact that I can take a pic and push it on to the internet with a message within a minute from start to finish is amazing. Am I using any tools from MSFT to do that? No…

 An Open Letter - BusinessWeek_1241171019479

On Engineering and Design: An Open Letter
For those that work with engineers—good letter or someone on a soapboax?

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wires should not behave like humans.
Interesting flip on the traditional idea that everything online has to be soft, fluffy and more human.

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Twitter Clients Are a UI Design Playground
This is interesting—did twitter plan to to harness the crowd to make a better UI because they really didn’t know what they were doing, or did they create such a bad experience it pissed off enough people that they decided to make their own better UI? Funny thing is, if twitter was the music industry they would have tried suing their users where as twitter encouraged it.

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Design Dont’s: Seesmic is the Frankenstein of Status Apps
I think this post proves that it’s best for design and engineering to work together as opposed to each of them working from their own pov.

Justified West At Langara College | The FontFeed_1241171059521

Justified West At Langara College
I’ve never visited this school in BC, but I know a couple people there so it was kind of cool to read about a great typography event they hosted.

Titanium - Seven characteristics of passion brands_1241171066373

Seven characteristics of passion brands
I usually try to ignore the “the best of steps”, but this one was worth saving.

Scorecard | The National Design Awards - The Moment Blog - NYTimes.com_1241171073768

Scorecard | The National Design Awards
I thought the question that they brought up about Architecture Design and Interior Design was worth mentioning. I had no idea, but I’m neither an architect nor an interior designer…

Psst, have you heard… — Blog of Ronnestam_1241171080749

Psst, have you heard…
I liked the idea of visualizing how things are spread via the promoters, passives and detractors.

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Gameboy Timeline
Fascinating view of how the Gameboy (often ignored by designers as a great object) evolved and reflected the time as the years went on.

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The Making Of: PlayStation | Edge Online
Who says a logo can’t change a lot and still maintain its “brand equity”?

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Gallery of default anonymity: A work in progress
Here’s a collection of the designed undesigned avatars that everyone ignores…

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Cold Cut Animals, Soft Body Parts & Stained Glass Perfume
Bizarre post #1 showing flesh.

72dpi » Blog Archive » Barış Sarhan_1241171118821

Barış Sarhan
Bizarre post #2 showing flesh.

i am the weather » » NPR maps the Energy Grid_1241171123949

“NPR maps the Energy Grid”
I find these kind of maps fascinating on a couple different levels. There’s the proximity of lines to actual cities (or distance from them), and the patterns the lines make that outline energy.

100 days of Barack Obama's Facebook news feed. - By Christopher Beam and Chris Wilson - Slate Magazine_1241171129625

100 days of Obama’s Facebook news feed.
It would be easy to dismiss this visualization, but it’s actually quite impressive. It’s in a format almost everyone recognizes, there’s humour, there’s history and some of it is actually plausible.

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Googlefication update
That google seems to be wrecking every industry out there. But if it’s so bad why hasn’t anyone stepped up and made it better?

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The problem with street art
A connection between street art and marketing.

Gigapixel Photography - Creators of High-Resolution Images_1241171146803

Gigapixel Photography
This is a serious camera that I want to do a project with. Anyone out there looking to do something kick ass with a budget? Give me a calll…

Sustainable Luxury - The Green Design 100 - TIME_1241171154015

The Green Design 100
Time.com weighs in with their green design index.

Big Spaceship | Think Blog - Don't Blame Facebook_1241171162748

Don’t Blame Facebook
Good observations about people stick to what they know, yet can anything really be improved if a designer just wants to make people happy?

HealthMap | Global disease alert map_1241171169061

HealthMap | Global disease alert map
Just a fyi…

Current Developing Crises « NY ♥ NY_1241171176192

Current Developing Crises
I found this as a good starting point to understand what’s going on with the swine flu.

Telling amazing stories | DensityDesign | Communication Design & Complexity_1241171181717

Telling amazing stories
Simple points to consider, hard to execute when all three measurements of 1. Collecting consistent data, 2. Designing meaningful visualizations and 3.Telling amazing stories are actually more subjective than you think.

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4 Sites with Brilliant Internet Branding
A first glance the visual design of all these sites aren’t that great, but then again do they have to be?

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Books on Typography
If you’re looking for a list of books on typography, what better source to look to than the Type Directors Club?

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International Herald Tribune: Breathless in Paris
Happy to see some commentary on the IHT. I’m still irked by the killing of the old design of their site.

QuadCamera and ToyCamera Interview with Takayuki Fukatsu, creator of iPhone Apps

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Takayuki Fukatsu Interview

Takayuki Fukatsu Interview

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Takayuki Fukatsu Interview

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In mid January of this year I came across a photo app for the iPhone called the QuadCamera. Soon afterwards I blogged about my experience Shooting with the QuadCamera. A number of day later I discovered the Quad Animator for the QuadCamera. And lately I’ve been shooting a lot with the ToyCamera. I can’t think of two other iPhone apps that more people have asked me about that I use. When I use those apps exploring the city it’s rare that I’m not getting a great image (the first image I took was from the window of my apartment as shown above). Curious to hear how those iPhone apps came to be I interviewed the creator of the QuadCamera and ToyCamera Takayuki Fukatsu. I just wanted to make a special mention that he was willing to talk to me via Japan at 12:30 am via IM…

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Michael Surtees: Could you tell me a bit about your background? Where are you from, where you’ve gone to school etc.

Takayuki Fukatsu: I’m Japanese born in Kanagawa, near Tokyo. After graduating University in Japan, I went London as an international student for two years.

MS: How long ago was that?

TF: About 5-6 years ago. Now I’m 29

MS: Cool–I’m 31

TF: Almost same generation.

MS: Ha, almost.

TF: In London, I studied Product design in Central Saint Martins.

MS: What type of education do you have, you seem to balance tech. and design really well.

TF: Ok, however when I finished first year of BA, I had gap year and went back to Japan. Because I got job in Japan as flash designer / developer.

MS: Did you teach yourself flash?

TF: Yes. self studied. Until then, flash was a kind of my hobby but one of the design studio ask me to work.

MS: Are you still working at a studio or do you work for yourself?

TF: Now working for studio, but will become freelance designer next week.

Takayuki Fukatsu Interview

MS: One of the reasons I really wanted to interview you is because of the QuadCamera, QuadAnimator and ToyCamera. Could you talk about about how they came to be?

TF: Yes. As I told you, I studied both Product design, and now doing digital / interface things. I want to marge those two fields. When I got an iPhone, I wanted to make something that is both product and interactive thing. The first thing I was interested in is camera. Yes so I thought, there is something, that I can make it more fun. The first concept of ToyCamera is that, make iPhone’s camera more cheap. I dont think cheap is bad. Sometime cheap is very attractive. That’s why I decided to make ToyCamera. ToyCamera like lomo or holga is very cheap.

MS: ToyCamera and the QuadCamera have made it easy to take great pictures in NYC…

TF: Thanks. So as a first step I want to suggest that “cheap and uncontrollable is fun”. That’s why ToyCamera only has random effect. I wanted to pick up the essence of uncontrollable fun of actual ToyCameras. Also I want to make my ToyCamera as Camera not application. Thats why there is no Undo, Redo, and import taken photo from album.

MS: That’s interesting, is there a philosophy behind that idea aside from just not wanting to be an application?

TF: I think because I wanted to do something Product design, not programming. Also I don’t think functionality is always good.

MS: Why?

TF: For example, I think like other camera app. E.G. CameraBag, it’s great app, but seem people sometimes tend to concentrated on just editing, not on photo shooting. It seems that functionality of undo and post processing selection, setting prevent people from just enjoying photo shooting. I want to go other direction.

MS: Ok, but with toyCamera you can cancel the image before it processes, isn’t that like an undo button?

TF: Do you mean preview interface before processing?

MS: Yes

TF: If possible I really want to remove it but I can’t change given default interface.

Takayuki Fukatsu Interview

MS: I had no idea—so was the processing screen part of the experience that you wanted to create? When i take a photo with the toycamera, there’s a delay to see the final image, it almost feels like I’m waiting to see it be developed like a polaroid. Was that part of the experience you wanted to design?

TF: Yep—Its half I want and half technical problem processing image takes time. So I used the image and feeling of poraloid, to make waiting fun.

MS: Have people been giving you a lot of feedback on how to improve things?

TF: Simply many people want import from library and iPod touch support. Other is flicker upload and high resolution.

MS: I have one problem with the ToyCamera, why do i have to take an image before i can change the settings?

TF: Do you mean, you want to have a setting button on the camera interface?

MS: Yes, it would save me a lot of time

TF: Good idea, and I really want to do it. What I really want is fliping left and right on the camera screen. And select the effect mode to Random or individual.
MS: Do you have set time periods when you want to release new features for your apps?

TF: If possible, I want to update QuadCam and ToyCamer every two weeks.

MS: With the QuadCamera, I really like the different grids that you can use. Was there any particular reason for those proportions?

TF: No not really, just current one is fit to the iPhone’s aspect ratio. Technically it is possible to add different type of grid.

MS: Can yo talk a bit about what you want to do with the QuadCamera?

TF: I want to add animation generator on the iPhone.

MS: That would be great, i know people that love animating there images. Are there other photo programs that you want to design?

TF: Timelapse app is interesting. Also slit-scan camera.

MS: What’s slit-scan camera?

TF: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slit-scan_photography Something like this—capture screen line by line.

MS: Very cool. Do you remember how long it took you to create the QuadCamera after you had the idea?

TF: I think about two weeks. Around 20th Dec to 4 or 5th of Jan.

MS:That seems really quick!

TF: Thanks. At that time my hired job was not so busy and I can spend most of my time to the project

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MS: I see, I also saw on twitter that you did this http://www.uniqlo.com/utzoom/tvcm.html

TF:Yep I joined the project

MS: So how were you involved?

TF: In this project, I mainly do flash technical things. Making TV comercial its self is not my work

MS: To be honest I’m not a huge fan of flash, but I really enjoyed that experience

TF: Thanks—my job is 99% flash, and my field is moving too many things very fast.

MS: Are there any consistent steps or a process that you do when you’re creating things?

TF: I think about making a lot of prototypes.

MS: Does it start on paper or on screen?

TF: Mainly on screen, I need something animating stuff. Coding itself is kind of sketchbook for me.

MS: What direction do you see yourself in now?

TF: I think I need more study. Now I’m more interactive programmer than designer. I need more design study.

MS: What type of projects do you want to do? Would you rather make things that people can use on a hand held device, or does it really matter what the interactivity is?

TF:Many but now interested in something with educational content.

MS: Why education?

TF: No special reason, but just I like studying. But there is no sophisticated digital study resource for art and design.

MS: That’s interesting. It seems like most people that are really good on the tech side have some sort of self training or learned experience. Why do you think that is?

TF: You mean, why I like studying?

MS: Yes—learning.

TF: I think until I went to London, there is noone who interestied in making something. So I have to study everything by my self.

MS: And by learning from that you would like to create a resource for others to study art and design?

TF: Yes

MS: Do you have an idea how you would do that?

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TF: As a first step I will rebuild my old project http://www.posemaniacs.com/. That is my personal project done by 3 years before.

MS: That’s really fascinating

TF: You can drag and rotate all poses.

MS: Do you have an idea what step 2 might be?

TF: I think having pose or anatomical reference on the ipod seems interesting. Now I got some money from ToyCamera and QuadCamera. and I can buy some 3d data, I think.

MS: I was wondering about that. Do those apps allow you a lot more freedom to work on what you want? I imagine a lot of people have bought them

TF: I thinks so. I’m not going to use those money from my app to just for buying cars or foods. I will use them to next project.

MS: That is really great to hear.

TF: Imagine this. If there is 10000 people on the world, who are happy to pay 10$ for his project per year. He can spend all of his time for making something.

MS: Exactly!I imagine you’re pretty tired so I won’t keep you up much longer. This sounds like a great way to end the interview.

TF:Thanks for your interview

MS: Bye

TF: Bye!

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 - Google Moderator_1240565730827

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.

 Ten Questions with Hartmut Esslinger_1240565777712

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.

 David Kelley, IDEO - Design as an Iterative Process_1240565796429

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.

new models for new media

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.

Candy Chang » Blog Archive » Vendor Power!_1240565840298

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.

 In Defense of Eye Candy_1240565850602

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?

The Power Of Passed Links (continued)_1240565873319

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?

Apple Rejects App For Using An Icon That Somewhat Resembles An iPhone_1240565917945

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.

Typographica. Type Reviews, Books, Commentary._1240565925477

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.

Four Essential Members of a Great Design Team | Michael Roller_1240565934178

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.

Andy Hertzfeld on Google's News Timeline - BusinessWeek_1240565956347

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.

 A Lesson in Talent Management - Peter Bregman - HarvardBusiness.org_1240565976372

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.

Designing Universal Knowledge | Serial Consign_1240566017946

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

 New British Design Plays With Sheathing Ply_1240566032019

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.

Company « Fleuron - The British Journal of Typography and Design_1240566043428

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.

Type and Lettering_1240566081730

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?

 The Worst Mistakes « Stone Thrower_1240566133154

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.

Charlie Rose - A conversation with L.A. Reid_1240566149069

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.

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.

Boxee’s iPhone Remote

boxee iphone remote

After reading More Proof That The iPhone Is A Killer Living Room Remote all I can say is I couldn’t agree more. Obviously it was only a matter of time for the iPhone to be used for pushing other buttons around, but to see it in action is inspiring. It really opens up different types of navigating metaphors that previously would not have been imaginable with a static button click like every other remote out there.

I’ve only been experimenting with Boxee’s iPhone remote for about ten minutes so it’s hard not to gush over it. I’m surprised that the gesture mode is essentially one button. It works quite nicely but I’m kind of curious to see it evolve as people get used to it and start navigating with two fingers (think of how you can zoom into an image on the iphone). The only real issue I had was volume control. I kind of expected to have the ability to change the volume via the side buttons of the iPhone—which I wasn’t able to do. I also noticed that the volume was easily accessible through the button mode but not gesture.

Looks like I now should take a closer look at the book Designing Gestural Interfaces as things are finally getting started…

Link Drop (3·13·09)

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Link Drop Themes (03·13·09)

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Keeping with the spirit of constant change and evolution I’ve made a couple adjustments to this week’s Link Drop. I’m changing the name of it back to just Link Drop from Link Drop Contextd, and shortened the date info. I’ve also included a quick theme overview of the twenty five sites that I thought were worth taking a closer look. Within the format of checking out what interested me, it’s not a huge surprise that technology played a part in a lot of the sites, but so did paper and even tactile quality. There were also a lot of pairs which usually trigger something for me.

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HAPPY - NEW MATH by Craig Damrauer_1236903499793

New Math
A smart combination of words to create formulas on stuff that people are thinking about.

 Facts you can use | Data Store | guardian.co.uk_1236903537220

Data Store: Facts you can use
The Guardian has organized content in such a way that you don’t have to be an engineer to grab data. By making those figures accessible people can think more about the question they want answered as opposed to being snowballed by visuals that don’t really move a story forward

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blprnt:blpg
I like the fact that I can read about the why and the how of his process.

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Deep dive
This diagram jolted me more than lot of other stat diagrams. But is it perfect as it could be?

Music CD Labeling System_1236903595032

Music CD Labeling System
Cool idea visualized.

swissmiss | Spy Box_1236903605328

Spy Box
Wouldn’t be interesting to see a camera on most products (and food) that we interact on a daily basis?

Jorge Colombo | iSketches_1236903639706

Jorge Colombo | iSketches
Everyday there seems to be someone doing something unbelievable on an iPhone. There’s a couple movies of the paintings being created—really fascinating.

Instapaper (analogue edition) (blog.thoughtwax.com)_1236903691664

Instapaper (analogue edition)
Such a simple idea made perfect. Kinkos would be wise to do this kind of thing too.

Are Blogs Losing Their Authority To The Statusphere

Are Blogs Losing Their Authority To The Statusphere?
Maybe?

The Rise of the Creative Technologists (Three Minds On Digital Marketing @ Organic)_1236903727780

The Rise of the Creative Technologists
I’m not a huge fan of this kind of title but it’s something worth keeping an eye on.

 UnBeige_1236903736836

Study Finds Compensation Ticks Upward for Designers and Architects
I’m not sure I believe the results of this study and its also going to be interesting to see how 2009 compares. My suspiscions is that it’s going to be ugly.

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Tactile Maps
I think this is a great idea, I’ve only seen a couple examples like this before.

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swiss miss creative mornings: matthew waldman
Unfortunately I had to miss this friend talk, but it was saved for prosperity’s sake it was filmed. Great question—what’s your motivation to design?

Technology - Have Smartphone, Can Travel - NYTimes.com_1236903769693

Have Smartphone, Can Travel
It’s amazing what’s being done with iPhones (didn’t I already say that?). It’s a great time to see tech being pushed in a semi open environment.

Readerville Journal_1236903783468

Duking It Out for iPhone Dominance
I wonder if reading on an iPhone is a fad or will stick. Another interesting question to check back on in a year.

The SHOP | Market Publique_1236903790303

Market Publique
One of the people that created this site told me about it quite some time ago. Happy to see it go live.

MyFonts Blog_1236903805868

MyFonts Blog
Looking forward to see what new content can be brought to type intensive blogs.

Gawker Builds Its Brand - WSJ.com_1236903817655

Building Up Brands on the Web
Silly idea?

Justin David Cox | Face Stuffing Queso Eater_1236903832571

Justin David Cox
Very cool posters, interested to see what else he does in the not so distant future.

Chet Chat with Chet_1236903846834

8 bit Hip-Hop
One of the most popular things I posted on twitter this week. I didn’t realize there were other fans of 8 bit music.

‘cartoon particles’ by markus hofko_1236903856352

‘cartoon particles’ by markus hofko
There’s something philosophical about this, I just need to think about it a bit more.

2009 Will Be a Year of Panic § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM_1236903873134

From the fevered mind of Bruce Sterling and his alter-ego, Bruno Argento, a consideration of things ahead.
Great time to be alive?

Original image at www.flickr.com/photos/andybons/3321420104/

Chalkboard
There’s at least one person in NYC that still has hand skills.

Jonah Bloom Of AdAge Talks To PSFK About Skipping The Issue - PSFK.com_1236939687515

Jonah Bloom Of AdAge Talks To PSFK About Skipping The Issue
One more sobering story about the end of print.

The new iPod shuffle, explained._1236939792944

The new iPod shuffle, explained.
How did this ux get approved?
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Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 6th (March 2009)

Brendan Dawes on the craft of making — School of Visual Arts — MFA in Interaction Design_1236337374685clear_001Picture 40clear_001 Bailouts Spike Atlas Shrugged Sales_1236337475078clear_001 Radical Transparency Now!_1236337487460clear_001Obama Team Finds It Hard to Adapt Its Web Savvy to Government_1236337501810
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This weeks version of Link Drop Contextd has a lot more videos than usual. There’s nothing to point to why this is the case. There’s also the obligatory nods to street art and politics with technology as things that interest me. The tone of a lot of blogs these days feels like people are in survival mode but also very interested in what’s next. That’s still an open question but it doesn’t hurt to keep your eyes on what people aren’t just saying but the action behind it. And that inevitably that leads to the question of will it make money? While that’s hard to judge there’s other costs involved. If you don’t do anything are you hurting yourself more?

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Brendan Dawes on the craft of making — School of Visual Arts — MFA in Interaction Design_1236337374685

Brendan Dawes on the craft of making
I saw this ten minute talk a couple weeks ago at White Rabbit. I don’t know Brendan at all, but much to my surprise he had a lot of good things to say about Daylife’s api. But that’s not why I think people should watch this – his creative process about putting together random pieces as an experiment are quite fascinating. He takes three different ideas to combine them for a completely unexpected experience that otherwise would not have existed.

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I kind of forgot about Death Cab for Cutie but was like hmm, this video is quite compelling. And it’s animated which I don’t think would have had the same impact otherwise.

 Bailouts Spike Atlas Shrugged Sales_1236337475078

Bailouts Spike Atlas Shrugged Sales
What can I say, this is still one of my favourite books. I guess my question is where in the US are people buying this now.

 Radical Transparency Now!_1236337487460clear_001Obama Team Finds It Hard to Adapt Its Web Savvy to Government_1236337501810

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 makes you wonder how anything was happening before in Washington though electronic communication. thanks for the links Lindsay Ballant

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Google icon design for Macworld 2009 by Ji Lee…
I prefer this logo to that stupid favicon in the toolbar of my browser. I realize that there’s a difference in scale between the two graphics, but…

Putting a Bolder Face on Google - Biography - NYTimes.com_1236337526985

Putting a Bolder Face on Google
Interesting insight into how some of the design decisions get made at google.

MoMA Prefers Its Boring Unmolested Ads | News | Animal_1236337544043clear_001Poster Boy & Aakash Nihalani Remix the MoMA Collection - PSFK.com_1236337559794

MoMA Prefers Its Boring Unmolested Ads and Poster Boy & Aakash Nihalani Remix the MoMA Collection
This was such a great idea in so many ways. Considering that MoMA could use a bit of spark they really closed down an option to be creative. If an art institution isn’t willing to be creative or new, what industry is going to be?

Shepard Fairey’s Lost DJ Playlist - BlackBook_1236337579549

Shepard Fairey’s Lost DJ Playlist
A short interview with great questions – what was Fairey going to play at his opening in Boston before being arrested?

 Infantilizing Reality with Imaginary Worlds_1236337599361

Infantilizing Reality with Imaginary Worlds
Those mini cities that are popping up more often aren’t exactly unique. Here’s a collection of them.

The Quick Brown - watching FOX headlines change over time_1236337606417

The Quick Brown – watching FOX headlines change over time
Looking at these edits is kind of interesting, it would be fascinating to see how other news organizations change things too.

 Observations, Complaints, Quibbles, and Suggestions Regarding the Safari 4 Public Beta Released One Week Ago, Roughly in Order of Importance_1236337628654

Observations, Complaints, Quibbles, and Suggestions Regarding the Safari 4 Public Beta Released One Week Ago, Roughly in Order of Importance
A thorough review of the new safari browser.

KinoSport | Helsinki World_1236337645508

Helsinki World
If you’ve just moved to a new city and perhaps the locals speak a different language, how do you find and keep track of places you like to hang at?

Anamorphic effects « robbie de villiers design_1236337656163

Anamorphic effects
I’m surprised that I haven’t seen more examples like this.

Magazine Web Site Traffic Up 11 Percent in Q4 - emedia and Technology @ FolioMag.com_1236337669229

Magazine Web Site Traffic Up 11 Percent in Q4
The interesting stat from this is that most of the increase is not from people that read the paper version of the magazine. If that happens those stats would go through the roof.

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Marc Newson: Urban Spaceman
I think I subconsiously have that new Objectified documentary in my head.

Jonathan Ive TV interview « 유타 시간_1236337688665

Jonathan Ive TV interview
x2 I think I subconsiously have that new Objectified documentary in my head.

Treehugger's editor-in-chief on the future of the green blogosphere | Environment | guardian.co.uk_1236337702546

The future of the green blogosphere
I think this concept relates to most of the blogosphere.

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SpaceCollective
I’m not usually into this kind of art, but there’s something kind of interesting with these visuals.

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Whiteboards for everyone

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60 Minutes interviews Coldplay’s front man Chris Martin


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I’ve always had a sketchbook with me back to the days when I was in school. They’ve never been that pretty and def. not something to show other people as a best practice as what to do. Over the years the sizes and formats have changed. I’ve had big hardcover books, moleskine’s and now I always carry a small muji w/ me. But I’ve never felt completely at ease using them. Looking back now, I’ve had an uncomfortable permance dealing w/ ink to paper. It wasn’t until I started working at daylife that I really started working with a whiteboard. Simple interaction stuff, nothing that fancy. About a month ago while I was working at home on some data flows for the new ten15am site (coming soon) I blurted out to twitter “i wish at this precise moment at home that i had an erasable white board” b/c I couldn’t get down on paper what I wanted.

About a week later I found myself at the muji store in the nyt building b/c I had to buy some new pens and sketchbook. As I was walking around I discovered that muji sold a couple different sized whiteboards. Thinking back to my initial issue I bought the mid size board that’s pictured above. I don’t know what the exact size is so I placed an iphone on top of it for scale. I also picked up a brush and a pen. The pen is actually pretty cool but there’s two pieces that you have to buy. There’s the ink and the actual pen, though from the packaging I wouldn’t have known that I needed both pieces if one of the people at muji hadn’t mentioned it to me. As an visceral experience, putting the ink into the pen and watching the white felt tip go black is actually a really cool thing to watch. If you end up getting one you’ll know exactly what I mean… In the end the total price was about thirty dollars.

After bringing that board home I sketched out a ton of things, it opened up a lot of freedom to explore options that I never felt I had on paper. I was so pumped I went back to muji the next day and bought another whiteboard for work. Typically when I’m happy w/ where the idea is on the board (or not) I’ll take a quick picture from my iphone and email the image to me so I have a copy of it somewhere. That allows me to have a record to come back to. The proportion and size of the board fits nicely with the iphone and everything is readable. Now that I’ve been working with this process for a while I’m not sure how I could have worked without one. So if there’s one takeaway from this post – go find yourself a whiteboard b/c it might open up things in a great way.

I’ve been meaning to do this whiteboard post for a while, but it wasn’t until I saw a video clip on smarterware about coldplay on 60 minutes where for a couple minutes Chris talks about process. I’ll spare you from watching the whole thing (unless you’re a fan and then you should start from the beginning) and fast forward to about 7:01 when Chris is described as a list maker that puts notes on scraps of paper and anything else that’s available including his piano. Such a great idea to be able to relax enough to let an idea come together. I was a bit surprised that the pen is permanent and not like whiteboard erasable – but to each they’re own I guess. Either way it’s worth watching to see how someone else works out concepts. He also briefly talked about rules, tons of rules – b/c they’re important in his own words. If you’re making out specifications for a project that idea of rules is something that’s relatable.

iPhone games and other app collection action

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February iPhone Apps

January iPhone home screen

As a way of keeping track of how my iPhone app usage is evolving I thought I would take a screen shot of my iPhone’s first screen once a month. A few days after taking the first image I came across someone else (can’t remember who or where) that had taken their entire interface which seemed like a much better idea – so I iterated and grabbed everything for the second month. I’m kind of curious to see how my habits change or stay the same and what stays while other apps dissapear.

As I posted my second shot I received an interesting comment from Frank Lantz in flickr nonchalantly asking “what, no Drop7?”. I was thinking no, why would I have an app that I’ve never heard of before. He just happened to have a screen shot of that exact game on his site so I figured hmm, if someone from Area/Code has a game on their flickr site there must be something to it. I like what Area/Code does (a lot) so I figured I’d check the game in the app store to see what it’s about. $0.99 later I had a new game on my iPhone that I was chilling to. It’s like tetris but w/ numbers. If you can match a row with the number inside the disc, the row disappears. That can be either horizontal or vertical. The game also suggests it’s tetris meets sudoku, but having never played sudoku I’ll have to let those experts decide that. Either way – you should buy the game, it’s only $0.99 after all. You don’t have much to loose except the time playing it.

I’m still in normal mode – I’ve only played it five or so times. But some cool features that make it quite enjoyable is after killing a row you get some nice chimes, and as multiple rows get triggered for destruction the phone vibrates. It’s the little things after all that combine to make a superb experience. I guess it should also be noted that I may never had found that game if a comment hadn’t been made on flickr…

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