Wanting to take a look back so I can figure out how to proceed with 2009, I grabbed a bunch of notable posts that I thought were worth spending a bit more time with. Below each image I’ve made a note now that I’ve had some time away from each of the original posts. Here’s to the new year and thanks for visiting, and linking and commenting and…
Do you have an iPod shuffle… and live in New York?
This seemed like a great idea at the time, trade my shuffle with someone else and hear some new music. I ended up trading but due to my own business it took way too long to trade back with her. I learned my lesson – anyone else want to try trading?
Copywronged Google Map
I wanted to combine some of my photography with a listing of location. Another idea with good intentions, problem was it took a lot of time to map it out and I had no way of exporting the data offline if I wanted to. So after a while I stopped posting to that map.
This post gave me the first really big pop traffic wise for the year. There were a ton of people that thought the map was pretty cool.
Architecture wrapped up as a shoe
I didn’t see as many women wearing these shoes as I hoped (probably b/c they were stupidly expensive). But it’s still true that NYC has the most beautiful people anywhere in the world…
Actually seeing those Obama posters outside
This was before things really took off with Obama, I had seen the Hope graphic floating around the web but this was the first image I saw of it actually on the streets. A while after that post someone mailed me a couple of the posters. That was a very good day.
Orange Bicycles in New York
There was an interesting discussion after I posted this – unfortunately when I installed Disqus after the fact that comment stayed in the old database of comments. In effect the person was objecting to the commercialization of the idea of the Ghost Bike. At the time I was pretty much on the opposite side thinking that a company shouldn’t have to worry about worry such things. As I’ve walked a lot through the city and seen those white bikes out there, that person may have been correct with their objections.
Making something understandable as opposed to just simplifying
I still luv this design, I wish everything I design could be as smart as that tag.
I was fascinated with how this post happened. Took a photo of a cool sticker, the person that designed it contacted me and this was the diagram that tracked it.
36 days of New York Sky: January 16th 2008 – February 20th 2008
This project is still going on for a couple weeks, but the number of people that saw it and contacted me after this post was quite amazing. Not sure where this project will end up but up until now it’s been interesting to watch it grow.
Looking at MoMA’s Design and Elastic Mind Exhibition
There was three events that were sort of art, sort of design that I really enjoyed seeing. One was MoMA’s Design and Elastic Mind Exhibition, Murakami at the Brooklyn Museum and Buckminster Fuller at the Whitney. I would have luved to have blogged more about the last two exhibitions but since they don’t allow photography inside I’ll just mention that it’s a stupid policy that will hurt them more than what it will help. Banksy’s installations would be up there too in really good things to have seen now that I think about it.
Can you exist without a permalink?
Until people realize this concept they’re toast.
Just like the Frietag instruction booklet I mentioned above, Camper’s shoes are a product that other designers should want to strive for. They are perfect for the weather of NYC and never wear out. There’s only two brands of shoes that I buy, Camper and Giraudon.
A Tagger in your midst?
I feel bad for whoever had to make this and deal with the text.
Love Me, next come the t-shirts – maybe on Etsy?
Here’s to wishful thinking.
Taking a quick look at Mental Models: Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior
Of any of the books I blogged about, this by far had the most hits coming from people wanting more info on it.
This post was the start of me sketching more fluently for blog posts.
Pure genius via Wooster Collective
Faux Eiffel Tower Extension
Clay Shirky on Stephen Colbert
There’s a lot of really smart stuff in this book. In my top 3 of things to read, and more interestingly I don’t think this book will date itself as much as some of the others along the same genre that came out this year.
Thinking about Mind 08 after the Symposium
I’ll really liked the design I did for this tag cloud, nothing more nothing less to this post.
find, define, design
then refine the redesign
do it one more time
A friend wrote this for me over im as I talked about work…
Over at Paul Smith in SoHo – MAY 68: STREET POSTERS FROM THE PARIS REBELLION, and other poster finds around New York
I hope the start of next May has some great posters like this year.
I Hate Perfume, Ideas I Love
How cool would it be to commision someone to make a scent for you?
Today’s Sky Mention
This unexpected use of my sky pics made me smile.
Looking at yourself as a Graphic Designer
Very smart diagram…
If you care about your stuff, make sure people can duplicate it
This concept was an addendum to Permalink post.
This was another post where I got back some unexpected responses. I like going back every once in awhile to read the dialogue.
What are you doing today?
While this ad could be just about for anything, there’s some subtle and smart things going on past the surface. Too bad I couldn’t embed it and had to take a screen shot.
The Flo in Florent
This is why people need to hire designers.
NPR Cancels The ‘BPP’ (Bryant Park Project)?!?
I’m still not happy about this. More surprising (or maybe not), no one has picked up the ball on voice news since. The Daily Beast is starting to pick up the pace but it’s just txt for now.
Scrolling Through Photos
I can’t say enough positive things about this startup. There’s a ton of smart things going on with them.
People interpreting news events and information
I don’t understand why this hasn’t been fixed or updated. There’s so much potential for Google Hot Trends to be a go to source.
Everyone is not just a designer, but also a photoshop expert too
It’s not bad enough that everyone wants to be a designer, now they think they can art direct photos too.
Hypothetically Say You Lost your Mac Book Pro
Possibly my best blog post of the year imho.
Clean iPhone psd template
I’m surprised that Apple never made a psd themselves so people could sketch out apps.
Say what you mean w/ a click
For all the chatter of sites that tagged brands, I think Dear Adobe changed the game more so than any other UGC site. If I was wanting to study site concepts for company’s, this is where I would start. And no, Adobe didn’t design the site.
What can I say? A lot of people are interested in sex.
Walking around NYC finding the David Byrne Bike Racks
I like to walk and this gave me an excuse to go to some areas that my normal routes wouldn’t take me.
Banksy at work in NYC: Broadway & Howard St.
There’s a saying about being lucky to be good, but you have to be good to be lucky. Sometimes it just helps being in the right place at the right time.
How I Find Good Stuff on the Web
This post kind of blew up things for me. The number of smart people that checked out my blog after this was pretty amazing. Hopefully I can build on that in the new year.
What’s your internet?
The amount of traffic I received after this post kind of made me eat my words about tumblr and ffffound. I just wished tumblr would archive things better…
The old and new MetLife Signs above New York
It’s amazing to watch the stats on how many people from MetLife check out this post everyday.
Looking at the Nooka Zon
I’m guesstimating that I got an extra 9,000 unique hits b/c of this post. A couple blogs and twitter really sent a lot of extra traffic my way b/c of that watch.
What Graphic Designers need to understand
I’ve probably had more face to face conversations about this post than anything else I blogged about this year.
See you this morning at Likeminds if you’re in NYC. If you’re not NYC, perhaps you’re living in Seattle, San Francisco, London, Dallas, Oslo, Boston or Malmö. Don’t see your city, get in touch at the likeminds web site to set up your own group.
It’s the third Friday of each month, they tend to start at eight but a lot of people show up later…]]>
Everyone gets spam, but if you blog you’ll also get spam entries for your blog. From time to time I’ll get some comments that are spam, but I wonder if I should let them get posted b/c they’re just so nice. It’s funny how the bots think that if they give a complementary gesture, the odds of getting posted are better. Some of the more recent posts that I’ve sadly had to deny include:
First time here on your site. I am delighted to find your wonderful website online.
Your post is on target. Keep it up….
Thank you, I could not have sead it better my self….
Very good web site
Hi! Very Good Site! Keep Doing That!
Very well! Your site is neat!
Like what you have to say. Your blog makes good since to me….
Exelent! Good work!
You have a great page!
One of the best locations I’ve come across lately!!! Definately a permanent bookmark!
I’m glad I found your site! It’s nice!
Amazing artwork! This is spectacularly done!
Good site, nice design!
Hi people! Great job!
I mean, how could you really argue with these comments? Sadly there’s more text that corresponds with the entry that aren’t exactly appropriate.
If you’re still reading this post, and are interested in spam behaviour, go visit Spamosphere. It’s got a great collection of the strange things that are going on. The categories are quite funny too: SPAM STOCK SUMMARY, animated URL type-in, camouflage fax , confetti fax, content blabber, ending blabber, ending cut & paste, filter test, filter word misspell, fireworks fax, mortgage request, name dropping, pharmaceutical, porn, replica retail, scribble fax, stock tips, table colors, wobbly text…]]>
Lately I haven’t had much time to think about anything outside of work aside from my favourite Chelsea coffe place, street art and tagging. What’s unfortunate is that I haven’t had the quality time to spend reading the last four posts from Noah Brier. If you find yourself with more than five minutes, read and comment about Creating an Innovative Environment, Attention-casting, Fear of Efficiency, and Blog Everything…]]>
I haven’t picked the book Citizen Marketers yet, but it does sound interesting. On their Church of the Customer Blog they describe the book as this: “Citizen Marketers” is all about social media and how it’s fostering the growth of amateur culture. The early adopters of social media are at the forefront of a societal shift that’s rapidly changing the nature of marketing, public relations and corporate communications. The traditional era of one-way message delivery taught in business schools and practiced for decades by all manner of business is being supplanted by two-way and multiple-way message delivery, where everyday people are the messengers as well as the message itself.
There’s also a pretty good interview with Guy Kawasaki and the two authours at http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2006/12/ten_questions_w.html]]>
Over at Chirag Mehta’s site, he has created a US Presidential Speeches Tag Cloud there’s a slider that has collected State of the Union and a couple other famous speeches of US Presidents. The hierarchy of the tag is as follows: Large Font = Most Used / Small Font = Least Used, Bright Color = Newer / Faded Color = Older. The obvious fascination factor is looking at the year and comparing it with what words were most used. In a clear and quick manner it shows what represented that period of time. Now if only someone would do that for Canadian Prime Ministers… Well apparently you can download the tag code and create your own generator at http://chir.ag/tech/download/tagline/]]>
Here’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a while. Is it ethical to blog about something that you find through a link from a contact inside your network? Oh the dilemmas… Well here’s where you’ll find the stuff that grabbed my attention as of late http://del.icio.us/michael_surtees]]>
It almost seems inevitable that I’ll go to a design event/thing, and the next day some one comes up to me and asks why I didn’t tell them about what’s going on. So for the sake of letting people know about some of the cool things going on in NYC that I’ll be thinking about attending, I offer this short list below – happy event hopping!
F.I.T. Visiting Artist Program: Massimo Vignelli
November 16, 2006 at 6:30pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheater, New York
The NY Art Book Fair (via swissmiss)
Friday & Saturday, November 17 – 18, 11am – 7pm
Sunday, November 19, 11am – 5pm
548 West 22nd Street (10th & 11th Aves), New York City
Architecture 06: Michael Rock
Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 6:30 p.m.
The Great Hall, Cooper Union. 7 East 7th Street, New York City
Co-sponsored by the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union.
How cool is this idea for a business card?
via BLDG BLOG]]>
WGDFC 2006 was a great way to end a busy week. Foosball, beer, designers and some friendly competition. Organized by the office of paul sahre and the studios of karlssonwilker inc., it was a great venue and they ran it pretty smoothly considering how many people were there. Lillian Coryn and myself did our best to represent Renegade. In the end we had two loses and one win. With a little practice we’ll score a lot more goals next year.
Some of the things that I overheard walking around included “are you in line?”, “is that how long the line is?”, “I think the bathroom is broken!”, “no, the bathroom is fine”, and trash talking about typography “hey man, what’s your favourite typeface!”. Looking at the uniforms or lack there of was also a great time passer. In my opinion Princeton Architectural Press won the award for most innovative use of sign stickers that you could probably buy at Home Depot. Big type was popular too, one guy had a big letter “A” in tennis ball material on his shirt, while another team who I’m guessing were from Los Angeles b/c one guy had a giant “L” and the other had a giant “A” which looked pretty cool when they were standing beside each other. There were track suits, people wearing shorts, pink shirts, striped shirts, and one astronaut uniform worn by no other than Felix Sockwell. Lillian and I had a couple cool ideas, but we just ran out of time…
Whenever I go to something like this, I never know how the vibe is going to be. By the end of the night usually everyone is pretty relaxed and having a good time. For the most part that was the case, I met some people that I knew through e-mail and a couple others through reputations. But in a two floor foosball tournament, your bound not to run into everyone you know or want to meet. Till next year.
I’ve placed all my flickr photos from that night at http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsurtees/sets/72157594348304555/]]>
There’s something to be said about symmetrical wordmarks. Even backwords this is perfection.]]>
Here’s a great lesson in perspective combined with sport to make great poster sans words.]]>
“Beautiful as the chance encounter, on an operating table, of a sewing machine and an umbrella.”
Comte de Lautreamont, Songs of Maldoror (1869)
Read the full essay of Visual communication in 0.4 seconds at Limited Language]]>
I snapped this image at Wired’s Nextfest over the weekend in NYC. You can check out more about Virgin Galactic at http://www.virgingalactic.com/]]>
Yup, it’s my birthday today, Friday September 29th.]]>
There’s probably an infinite number of way to start this post, so I’ll just pick the one that first comes to mind. A number of weeks ago I was sitting at my computer at Renegade wondering why a person that I had e-mailed a couple days previously hadn’t bothered to get back to me. After having my coffee I turned the cup around to see this quote. It seemed right to take the pic and shoot that person one more e-mail. Though not entirely ironic, they never really got back to me, but in turn the photo introduced me to at least two new people that I didn’t know.
Back to the photo at hand, I started noticing it getting a lot of hits. Not a ton in terms of flickr popularity, but more than I usually get. A number of days later I get this interesting e-mail from Jack Chen:
– I first saw your Starbucks cup on chris glass’ website.
– I was then reading someone’s blog and noticed that she quoted the cup
– I sent her a link to your flickr page for the photo, and we started exchanging emails and IMs
– Then she brought up likemind.us and I was like, oh yeah! I’ve heard of it… I’ve worked with Piers in the past
– I was going through Piers’ photostream and came across your name and wondered why it looked familiar
– And lastly, at my current job, one of the guys there (he’s not there anymore) used to work at Renegade!
When things like that happen (ok, this really is the first time this has happened) you tend to sit up and take notice. Through his own connections and Johanna’s connections we met up near the end of Likeminds. Before meeting them there, I suspected I might see John, but didn’t know of johanna until the introductions.
So the moral of this story is that even if someone blows you off, the wind might take you to a better destination.
I would highly recommend reading Jack’s account of things on his blog at http://www.jackcheng.com/2006/09/22/like-minds/ and then johanna at http://tokyohanna.blogspot.com/2006/09/likemind.html
happy blogging and be sure to say hi! to someone today.]]>
Two days, two design talks. Last night was Ellen Lupton, tonight was Designism with Tony Hendra, George Lois, Jessica Helfand, James Victore, Milton Glaser, Kurt Andersen, Brian Collins and Steve Heller.
Here’s a couple impressions from those that spoke in-depth tonight.
George Lois: Activist first, designer second
Jessica Helfand: Ask why, apply answer and do it bigger
James Victore: Cause you need to
Kurt Andersen: Take it beyond
Milton Glaser: Work around people’s immunity
and though Karl Rove was not there: Understand people’s responses]]>