Link Drop (5·29·09)

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I’m not entirely sure why but I’m pretty happy how this week turned out for Link Drop. Lots of Design process, typography, NYC, social and business stuff. Art doesn’t usually get mentioned that much, but there’s a couple mentions of it. Usually by Wednesday I’m wondering if I’m going to have enough stuff that keep me interested, and it was the same this week. Yet I managed to find more then I’ve been able to post for a couple weeks—go figure.

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Dailylit
This is one of my new favourite reading sites. While they don’t have a ton of free books to choose from, the option of having small chunks of the story emailed on a daily basis is nice. Through a five or ten minute read on a daily basis the chances of completing the book grow exponentially. There’s also a really nice UI that goes along with the options when a person chooses a book.

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Focusing Design Solutions on Social Problems
Happy to read about design in a non flashy way once in a while. Using process to get to a better understanding and changing behavior is what it’s all about.

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Digital Socialism
One of the most interesting aspects is the first comment suggesting that volunteering isn’t just a thing of socialists but also of religion—I just found that interesting in a non obvious way. And by my suggesting this, probably way too much of a generalization but, I’m pretty sure most people that are on the digital side have never considered how closely those two ideals in sharing knowledge are. I know I didn’t.

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Making Policy Public: Predatory Equity
Every once in a while I get email from Urban Omnibus mentioning posts that they’ve put up. What I appreciate about the info is that the posts really dig into using design for improvement and talk about how they did it.

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New Path
Great post for anyone that’s motivated about their career. If you’re successful you’ve probably already been in the same mindset, but it’s good to remember those ideals once in a while.

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Web Visions 2009 Presentation
These pdfs are a really great source of information for people in the business of design. Like REALLY helpful—go there now and download them!

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Agile Process
A collection of information on Agile Process—happy to see my presentation included.

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The New New Economy: More Startups, Fewer Giants, Infinite Opportunity
This is why I wanted to go to a startup to learn what big business couldn’t teach.

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How David Beats Goliath
I haven’t had time to read this, but I think I’m going to like it…

Not by Links Alone « Networked News_1243552216619

Not by Links Alone
Smart post that anyone interested in news, search or google should read.

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Advice For NYT’s Social Media Editor: Don’t Fix What Isn’t Broken—And Do A Lot Of Listening
Advice that anyone working on the interwebs should probably take a look at.

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Twootles
Nice simple search results page combining google and twitter.

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Some tips from Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt
A collection of quotes.

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Ebon Heath and his visual poetry
Really novel way of using letters in art.

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Typography in China
Fascinating breakdown of type design in China.

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OFFF 2009 | Sponsor Titles
I’m not usually a fan of motion design, but this is really smart though it does get a bit long. Great concept and well worth taking the time to watch the whole thing.

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way shape form
Nice illustration/art thing.

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Saddam’s Palaces: An Interview with Richard Mosse
I find it actually quite amazing that I can read something like this on a blog and probably wouldn’t expect to see it in a mainstream magazine. Kind of telling for the state of publishing.

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Apple Pie Charts
Info design that is actually kind of meaningful and interesting. And can’t really be created on the computer the same way everything else seems to be being pumped out these days.

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37 Data-ish Blogs You Should Know About
I found a couple new blogs in this list that I haven’t seen before.

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2009 Indy 500 Car Tracker
Really fascinating way to watch the race within a couple minutes. There’s some interesting patterns that happen, and some that don’t emerge at all.

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Location-based timeline
Interesting concept that I think can be built on.

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Me Tonight
I really like this combo of real life imagery and arrows juxtoposed together. It tells a story and then shows the actions afterwards. I don’t think I’ve come across this kind of visualization before.

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Geek Clock
This clock both makes me feel smarter and hurts my head at the same time.

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Self Control App
Who couldn’t use a little help in terms of time management.

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DJ Pod
I’d like to hang out in a room drinking fancy drinks while this dj table was bouncing around. A couple super model would be an added bonous…

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The book is here
Great idea from a talented illustrator, order his book from him and he’ll add one more illustration by hand. I also noticed that he was giving shout outs to people via twitter that were buying it.

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Cover Story: Finger Painting
I think by now we’ve all seen the cover of the year from the New Yorker. What you may not have known is that I mentioned him in early March, which I found via twitter a couple days before that…

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Manhattanhenge
If you’re in Manhattan this weekend, be sure to be facing west around Saturday, May 30 — 8:17 P.M. It’s when you can see the sun fall directly down the streets of NYC.

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Mannahatta in Miniature
I love looking at anything that has to do with Manhattan, especially with this project. I think I’m going to have to check out the exhibition this weekend, can’t wait to get my hands on the book at some point soon either.

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Helsinki x New York
Sometimes I think NYC is small and then I read a post like this and it shrinks even more. Nice write up from a couple friends on different sides of the pond at the moment.

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Heralding the Latest Street Closures
Hopefully you’re not tired of me talking about NYC because what is going on in Manhattan with the streets is very special. Super cool to see what in my backyard. I’m so looking forward to not bumping into so many people at rush hour once the roads have been taken back to pedestrians.

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

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I’m not a huge fan of basketball but found myself posting two sites related to that sport in the week’s Link Drop Contextd. In the NYT Magazine piece about Shane Battier and his invisible stats, one take away is that there’s always potential to see something else that no one has bothered paying attention to – and applying that to something. Very applicable to almost anything out there. Twitter makes a strong comeback with a couple new links, so does food and music blogs. Till next week, thanks for coming back…

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On Rating Systems
I’ve wondered about the usefulness of numbers in rating systems too. What’s the difference between 3.5 and 3.7? How is that going to make your decision that much easier? But then again pass/fail or great/sucks doesn’t always help either.

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Edible prints
When I first saw Edible prints it immediately reminded me of Dressing the Meat of Tomorrow by James King. I find the idea of redesigning food to be fascinating and allows for a completely different experience then what has been created so far.

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SHE’S HEEEEEERE!
Blogs aren’t the magical publishing tool for everything, but it’s been put to good use with this design work. I’ve come across some of this stuff outside in the real world. Nice to see the whole package in one place.

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How we pick blogs
I’m always interested in how someone makes editorial decision, for this post it’s how a blog is chosen to be in Hype Machine. And to think I just thought they allowed anyone…

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

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Twitter Groups
What do you mean when you’re talking about creating a twitter group? It might have to do with one of the two mentioned in this post.

What the CBC should know about Twitter | Spark | CBC Radio_1235089182204

What the CBC should know about Twitter

Every media source that has any type of online community should be asking the above question. What kind of expectations and experience do the people that follow have with twitter, and what do they want? Maybe there’s an unexpected opportunity. Either way the responses from the above question are worth a read.

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Sketching Interactivity – The Inspire Video
I haven’t actually watched this video yet (no time), but the description sounds pretty good. Hoping I’ll have some time over the weekend.

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Select one of L.A.’s 87 neighborhoods
Super cool idea about location of areas of a neighborhoods. People can make their own area names. It would be really cool to see something like this in Manhattan, and have a bunch of different people outline areas themselves and compare. If you see that in New York Magazine anytime soon, remember where you read it first.

About New York - No Photo Ban in Subways, Yet an Arrest - NYTimes.com_1235089216252

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

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Hotelier at Sea
I’m pretty sure I link back to BldgBlog every week – so hopefully you’re not surprised that I’ve done it once again this week.

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LIVE from the NYPL & WIRED present: LAWRENCE LESSIG, SHEPARD FAIREY, STEVEN JOHNSON. Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy
I bought my ticket about a minute after finding out about this event. Really curious to hear the discussion around this timely topic. Are you going too?

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The No-Stats All-Star
This was the perfect article to read on a Saturday morning eating a bagel and lots of coffee. Sometimes it’s better to disregard the conventional rules and make some new guidelines for measurement.

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

How Could 9,000 Business Reporters Blow It

How Could 9,000 Business Reporters Blow It?
There’s always the luxury of hindsight, but still… Even if they had all been right would anyone have listened either way?

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how campaigns work. beats me.
Sill one of my new fav. blogs that make me think, the above post has a number of ideas that I can’t summarize in a line or two. But the thing to note for me is that an agency is likely to deliver the same sort of results as they did in the past due to their own organizational inertia – or they’re taking their past experiences as a cue for future work. So much for innovation…

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FF DIN :: A FontFont Focus by FontShop
A lot of micro sites fail miserably, this one does not. Even better it’s about what of my favourite typefaces.

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

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Playstation 3 Media Centre
There’s a lot of talk about different web apps finding their way on to the tv. Most notably there’s boxee and hulu in the news fighting, but there’s others out there too in the game.

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The Wayfinding Handbook
I’m currently reading this book for review (almost finished). I’m really liking it (recommend it as a buy) so when I found out there was a website I was oh cool, what additional info do they have that the book wasn’t covered. Sadly I’m not sure why they bothered putting up that page – there’s nothing going on. I can think of about a 100 different things that they could have done and all they bothered doing was a five second ppt slide. Just when I think designers are realizing the potential past paper – brutal flash sites like this pop up. I don’t get what they were hoping to gain from the experience they presented. I’m hoping I just missed the button to click next, but I don’t think there is one…

REVIEW: The Animation Show Volume 3

THE ANIMATION SHOW: VOLUME 3

From time to time I get emails asking if I’d be interested in reviewing things – typically they’re books but occasionally it’s other things. Recently it was an email about The Animation Show Volume 3. I’d never reviewed or even seen a full compilation of Animation shorts so I was intrigued. Who wouldn’t be interested in watching something like that if you’re into visual culture. The catch for me as I started viewing the shorts was if I should go micro and talk about every single clip or be more general and keep it at a macro level?

The idea behind the Animation Show was to collect the best independent animated films curated by Mike Judge (Office Space, “Beavis and Butt-Head,” “King of the Hill”) and Academy Award nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt (Billy’s Balloon, Rejected, The Meaning of Life). After watching the hour 90+ minutes of film, the first thing that came to mind for me was I hope that more people will have the time to watch the collection. The second thought was that animation is a lot more diverse then what most people typically think about, that is if they think about it at all. I’ve included a couple videos to give an idea of what I mean. The first one is from the popular Pes while the other is a promo of the actual collection.

I thought there would be two fundamental things to look for during each presentation. The narrative that they were trying to convey, and how they executed it visually. But it became obvious quite quickly that the entire experience included timing, sound, pace along w/ visuals and narrative. All the stories twisted those elements for their own purposes which made them all unique. That originality was something that I enjoyed seeing and experiencing with each of the clips.

It might be a cliche to mention that most of the shorts weren’t happy go lucky and that they expected the viewer to suspend their idea of reality to go into other visual worlds. And for me it worked. It was really cool to just watch a lot of visual displays that I hadn’t seen before, being a designer I’m always looking to see how others express ideas and animation like the shorts I watched was quite compelling. It would be hard to pick just one favourite among them all. Some held my attention b/c I didn’t know what was going to happen next while others it was more about seeing things in a new light. Carlitopolis by Nieto was notable in that he took a live presentation and bent the rules on what you would expect to see in a live presentation. Versus by Francois Caffiaux, Noel Romain and Thomas Salas summed up how wars start quite succinctly with out words.

There’s a couple additional features that I haven’t fully had time to go through but are worth mentioning as a side note. There’s a number of filmed interviews w/ some of the creators. Even better though poorly executed was the text version interviews w/ most of the people involved. It’s a great idea to include pdfs, unfortunately they can hardly be read on a computer monitor – I haven’t tried printing them out so maybe it’s a bit easier on paper – but I’m almost thinking of grabbing all the text and laying out the type in a better way for myself to read. One interview that was unexpected but cool was that they talked to the illustrator for the movie poster, nice to see him get attention too.

You can get more info about the Animation Show Volume 3 and the Animation Show at www.animationshow.com

THE ANIMATION SHOW: VOLUME 3 DVD SHORTS:
Beavis and Butt-Head Introduction by Mike Judge
(Rabbit) by Run Wrake
(City Paradise) by Gaelle Denis
(Everything Will Be OK) by Don Hertzfeldt
(Collision) by Max Hattler
(Astronauts) by Matthew Walker
(Carlitopolis) by Nieto
(No Room For Gerold) by Daniel Nocke
(Guide Dog) by Bill Plympton
(One D) by Mike Grimshaw
(Tyger) by Guilherme Marcondes
(Versus) by Francois Caffiaux, Noel Romain and Thomas Salas
(Learn Self Defense) by Chris Harding
(Abigail) by Tony Comely
(Shuteye Hotel) by Bill Plympton
(Dreams and Desires) by Joanna Quinn
(Game Over) by Pes

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