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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 […]

Bending Music Borders Through Simple Technologies like Gift Cards & Air Balloons

Spotify Worldwide SWITCHED: Weather Balloon Servers Could Take Pirate Party to the Air A couple unrelated posts if combined showed an interesting pattern of circumventing the traditional ways of listening […]

The Campaign for Wool’s Nice Mark

While I was reading up Next Noize’s post about Lyle & Scott Sheep Parade for The Campaign For Wool I couldn’t help but notice the great mark for the actual […]

Walking Around Union Square Taking in Sukkah City

Shim Sukkah by tinder, tinker of Sagle, Idaho Star Cocoon by Volkan Alkanoglu Star Cocoon by Volkan Alkanoglu Gathering by Dale Suttle, So Sugita, and Ginna Nguyen of New York […]

Looking at the Redesign of The Paris Review

I was originally going to include a note in my next Link Drop about the redesign of The Paris Review. After reading the press release that was passed on to […]

Looking at Stranded Magazine & the Le Cool Travel Series

I had the pleasure of talking with Andrew Losowsky, the person behind Stranded: Stories from underneath the Icelandic Ashcloud, Stack America (something I’ve talked about in the past on the […]

Why I Checked Out of #Foursquare

Last night I watched a live announcement from Facebook about what Foursquare had already done. Once the keynote presentation ended I watched Gowalla go up as the first partner and […]

How do you write a post?

Typically when I start writing a blog post I’ll open up Word Press to get things started. I’ll just use their editing window pushing my ideas out. I thought that […]

Getting to the Pay Wall

There’s a lot of speculation about how some news sites will start charging for their online content, typically via a subscription service or metered content intake. It’s hard to say […]

Content is the New UI v1.

If we were to look at some of atomic bits of a typical piece of information that a person consumes these days online, there might be a headline with text, […]

Back to the Bowery for a Moment

Walking to have some coffee yesterday I ended up having a bit more time on my hands than I expected. Usually I like being on time for things but for […]

A Simple Post About Txting Donations to Haiti

I’m almost back to a normal blog posting schedule after being in Canada for the past couple of days. While I wasn’t on a digital cleanse it did feel that […]

J.Crew vs. Colette Online

Last night I was bouncing from blog to blog when I came across the french e–store Colette. Not having any prior history to the brand or their reputation my initial […]

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

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

REVIEW COPY: Look Both Ways by Debbie Millman

Before I pass on my review for the really engaging book Looking Both Ways by Debbie Millman, I feel as though I should let people know that I know Debbie […]

Story vs. Systems, or as things will be for the time being

This post started from a simple search and by the time I was finished I was connecting dots from all sorts of concepts that I’ve come across recently. I was […]

Last night at PSFK’s Good Ideas With Jan Chipchase

Last night I visited JWT to hear PSKF’s latest Good Ideas Salon with Nokia researcher Jan Chipchase. Recently I’ve slowed down on the advertising and marketing talks because the speakers […]

The state of design in 2009

It would be too easy to bash istock photo for treating logos as a cheap commodity. They’ve just announced they’re going to sell them for five bucks. You can read […]

Why are there offices anymore?

I saw the above video where an individual worker that’s digitally inclined looks through his iPhone to find a place to work for what I assume is a couple hours. […]

Aha with live streaming

There’s very few days when traditional media isn’t under attack. Whether it’s news papers or magazines, radio, the entire music industry, film, tv, they’re all finding it difficult to evolve […]

More buy and vote on demand, and distributing things in digital

I really like the attitude and methods that Snarkmarket & Revelator Press used to distribute their New Liberal Arts content. While it’s not an entirely unique concept of getting enough […]

Link Drop (8·28·09)

This week’s collection of stuff that I’ve found interesting via Link Drop contains a lot of new themes. There’s stuff about smell, flowers and even Whole Foods. Apple makes it’s […]

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

This week’s version of Link Drop was a week late and while I hate excuses there’s a pretty good one. Last weekend I was redesigning the format of Link Drop […]

Link Drop (7·17·09) & (7·24·09)

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

Link Drop (7·10·09)

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

My morning tweets—a different kind of file experiment

This morning I shot out a couple quick tweets within minutes of each other. They all were somewhat link intensive. For my own curiosity’s sake I wanted to put those […]

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

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

This week

kensands wrote “Most significant death of the week? You decide: Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Neda Agha Soltan.”

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

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

Brewing the perfect coffee organically vs. systematically

Cuisinart and Bodum side by side Bodum empty cup and filter Cuisinart empty cup and filter When it comes to coffee I’m very much for it. It’s what powers this […]

How do a few people find iPhone apps to buy?

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 […]

News on Banksy and Iran Elections

If you’ve been coming to my blog on a semi permanent basis you probably know that I’m the Design Director of Daylife. Daylife is an online news service that allows […]

Link Drop (6·12·09)

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

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