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Over here at DesignNotes HQ there were quite a few design related links collected that found themselves in this week’s version of the Link Drop. That shouldn’t come as a surprise as this is a design blog after all. There weren’t too many surprise themes aside from weapons which suggests I might need to randomize how I find good things on the web, or talk to more people to hear what’s piquing their interest. It’s a bit of a rainy morning so you might want to press play on this song and start clicking away…
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Cats and Their Designers
My weim Madison got her design fame a while back, it’s only fair that the cat people get theirs. What surprised me was the number of people that submitted their face snug to the back of their cats head…
Welcome to Illinoize.biz
This is a really good up–do of Sufjan Stevens – Illinois’ album. I’d recommend pressing the play button on this as you go through the rest of the links I have here.
Academia vs. Industry: The Difference Is in the Punctuation Marks
I don’t think I’ll look at punctuation quite the same again. Good analogies of how things are different and similar.
I haven’t actually tried using this thing to talk with someone behind the invisible wall. It’s strange and probably wouldn’t work for me—but maybe someone else will find it fun. What interested me more is that I’m guessing most of the people that are using it are also talking about it on twitter, hence a simple search http://search.twitter.com/search?q=omegle shows whose using it…
Postopolis, Day 1
Pretty good break down of the first day, and yes having a conference on the roof of a hotel seems like the only way to go. Except maybe when it’s in the spring and the evenings are quite cold—ha. Here’s a breakdown of all the speakers: It’s… Postopolis! LA
SlideShare’s April Fool’s Prank: Cruel, Or Just Unusual?
I very much fell for this prank, at first I was like haha on me. But after reading some of the stories about people falling for it, it seemed like a huge abuse of trust from an online service. I’m never going to use slideshare again, probably will never click on on a slideshare link or embed and will probably move my one presentation that I have on slideshare to something like http://www.scribd.com/.
Debbie Millman Presentation in Edmonton
I’ve recently been getting a lot of people searching for this presentation on the blog so I figured I might as well bring it up to the front of the blog again. Debbie was one of the first people that I invited to speak in Edmonton back in the day. It’s one of my fav. design talks for what I’ve learned from. This was filmed pre–YouTube days so the files are quite large and very small. You could think of them as a visual podcast. If you only have time to listen to one of the vids, I’d go for #3 as I think every graphic designer out there should hear it.
Design Plays Well With Others*
One of my alma maters has put up design work of all the design students graduating. I still remember how much energy it took to pull something like this off. Happy to see they seemed quite organized with their collection.
Google Street View Time Lapse
I’ve flirted with the idea of doing something like this, but the time it would take to do this to the reward of seeing it didn’t seem worth doing. Maybe I was wrong—this is quite cool to watch.
TweetDecks ‘other actions’ menu bugs me
I’m happy someone is pointing this out, as good as TweetDeck is, it has a long ways to go to be a really great experience vs it now just being a better experience then what’s out there.
RAINA + KUMRA
I recently came across this site, seems like there’s a lot of interesting stuff. My only quip is that I thought the colour squares were different background options.
What is Good Design?
After reading this you’ll be able to explain what good Design is…
This post is as much about philosophy as it is about tech. systems—in this case from apple. Astute observations about on how things get better and how bad things perhaps should be scrapped and started over from.
Did you know that Urban Outfitters had a blog? I didn’t and it’s actually pretty good on a number of levels. First there’s the content and then there’s the actual design which sets them apart from the typical blog—I suspect that this site will do much better for their bottom line than the standard paper brochure that they mail out.
One Changing Harlem Storefront, 1977-2009
The photo cycle on this store is amazing. Both interesting and sad how things change and then revert back…
The oldest photo of New York
If this person did indeed find the location of the oldest photo of NYC, that’s pretty cool.
Experience Design User
Fascinating conversation and argument all in 140 character tidbytes. Personally I think the whole UX conversation is a bit silly—if you’re not designing for a person in mind in the beginning, what are you designing for?
Designing Social Interfaces: Principles, Patterns, and Practices for Improving the User Experience
What a great way to build a book in the digital age. By opening it up like they have the authors are going to have a far superior book than if they had just left things to their own devices.
The Guardian @ G20 summit and protests in London and photos from Daylife
A lot of people and those include media types role their eyes when it comes to news coverage on Twitter. Stuff like this proves my point that it’s actually quite important for delivering reports.
How Many Links Are Too Many Links?
Such a simple visualization that’s executed perfectly. There’s a lot of things a designer could do with this info while viewed through different eyes.
The Science of ReTweets
Yes there is a lot more than meets the eye when a person sees the “RT” in twitter.
I Heart NY? | Next-Door Neighbor
The narrative of the comic seems to be all the rage today in the UX community. I blame google’s chrome instructional pdf. However that has nothing to do with this link… Click on the image and keep clicking. There’s a nice narrative going on.
deadline set by battery life
Great idea for getting things completed.
Rosen’s Flying Seminar In The Future of News
A nice collection about the doom and demise of newsprint as we know it today…
Announcing Wikirank: Tracking what’s popular on Wikipedia
Nice breakdown and design of a tool to visualize wikipedia page views. But does page view necessarily mean more important?
Porte Monnaie Classic Wallet
I want this, too bad I rarely use cash nor do I have that much in my wallet to warrant such an expensive thing when I do.
Favorite Ad on Facebook
This is great copy writing and kind of timely. Happy he saved it on his blog.
lorenzo damiani: ‘comb-at’
Functional and stylish at the same time.
MySpace Music: What Went Wrong, and What’s Being Done About It
Interesting observations and steps that online services should consider.
Lululemon’s Cult of Selling
Landmark Forum + Brian Tracy books + The Secret = Successful Brand?
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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.
I’m happy to mention here on DesignNotes that the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) has redesigned their frontend of the site at http://gdc.net. Thanks to Mark Busse and Christina Peressini for the heads up. Unfortunately the redesign is three years late in coming and while there’s some great new additions GDC National has stood still for too long. The fact that local chapters had to create their own blogs and a number of Facebook groups speak to how people are unwilling to wait for a top down mentality. I say this as a former GDC member (Chapter Student Rep, Chapter VP of Education, Chapter President and for a brief period National VP of Communications) who unfortunately left b/c of the laisser faire attitude within National. So please keep that in mind as you read the remainder of this post.
If there’s one huge improvement to the site, it’s their homepage b/c it now looks like there’s some activity. There isn’t a time stamp to mention when new information is posted though hopefully it was just an oversight and not intentionally done. I say that only b/c if they don’t have new content they might not want to advertise how old it is. The other big improvement in my eyes is that they have recognized the need to communicate to members and the world in a efficient manner. I hope this is how they will use their blog functionality. The way the blog is currently set up I’m not too sure if they entirely know how it is going to be used. The posts that they have are chronologically set up backwards and it’s not entirely apparent who is actually posting. When it comes to posting information that members think are important to other members I would be all for giving every GDC member the opportunity to post. If you’ve passed the test to become a member you understand the responsibility of sending appropriate information. I may have missed it but I don’t see tags associated with the posts. Tagging the posts would make it easy to filter posts with user preferences. But their biggest error is that the blog nor any other part of the site is RSS feed friendly. When sites like FriendFeed or Facebook live on streaming information it makes you wonder why that wasn’t considered.
When I was the chapter President for Alberta North a couple years ago I found it incredibly frustrating to update my information as both a personal member and Chapter President with the cms provided. I can only guess if the cms has been improved. I’ve been a member of AIGA NY since my move to New York and have noticed how easy it is to update and find information on their current site. One thing that I noticed right away going from Chapter to Chapter on the GDC site is that there isn’t really a way to find out who the Chapter Executive is in a timely manner. They’re the people that run the real show and should be the face, not the static template.
I’m currently reading a review copy of the book Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky. In the upcoming weeks I’ll be posting a number of quotes and eventually a review. One quote that may put things into perspective with the laisser faire attitude of the older GDC set is this. “Our electronic networks are enabling novel forms of collective action, enabling the creation of collaborative groups that are larger and more distributed than at any other time in history. The scope of work that can be done by non institutional groups is a profound challenge to the status quo”. These networks are already exist in Canada and have left the National part of the GDC behind. That’s why I mentioned above how I think the new GDC site was years behind in execution. I still have the out most respect for the local chapters trying to do what they can with their limited resources. I hope that the new site can invigorate the fact that they are the only relevant spoke-people about Graphic Design in Canada and build further momentum that may have not been as good as it could have been for the last couple of years.]]>
If you’re going to be in Calgary over the summer, there looks to be quite the show involving William Shatner as inspiration. For more information visit uppercase.ca And here’s a list of the shatner-participants.]]>
Society of Publication Designers Spots Illustration Annual 2005
I recently got my hands on the Society of Publication Designers Spots Illustration Annual 2005 and noticed something that I had never seen that much of before. The work was placed in context. For that annual, each illustration had two pages. On one side was the original illustration while the image on the other side of the page was seen inside the newspaper or magazine it was commissioned for. It was interesting to compare the two images beside each other, but also to note what really worked in in the real world and what worked as a thumbnail in space. That got me to think of a couple other annuals that I somehow collected over the last year. So I pulled out my D&AD Annual 2006/44, Graphex 06 (GDC BC), 365: AIGA Year in Design 27 along with Society of Publication Designers Spots Illustration Annual 2005 to see how each of them compared to each other. There’s a couple different levels to this comparison. There’s the different missions of each organization, for the most part the represent different countries and different ways to communicate. But with anything that is compared today, there’s exceptions to all those categorizations and it seems definitions are up for grabs these days.
D&AD Annual 2006/44
I suppose the first question is why do these publications exist? Is it for historical reference, for the practical purposes of self promotion (for both the individual and the organization), altruistic notions of awareness to the public, all of the above or something entirely else? There’s probably a mixture of all of those elements in these annuals. Each of them is judged differently so it would be difficult to explain in great detail what each philosophy was in picking “the best”. I only emphasize the words the best because we all know how subjective that categorization can be.
Graphex 06 (GDC BC)
So as a regular designer that was borne and raised in Canada and has somehow found themselves in New York, what am I exactly looking for, why would I spend time with each of these books, and what was it that made each of them memorable? Each of the books gave off a different feeling before I even opened them for the first time. If I were to place each of them beside each other on a table, I’d have to say that I would open the big yellow D&AD (UK) one first. It simply wins out because it’s the only one that is a hard cover book. The size is intimidating, but I also think that reflects the scale of their awards program too. After that it would be a toss up for what the next book would be. Of the three smaller books, the SPD (USA) one seemed to have the nicest page format proportion. What exactly does that mean – for the size, the number of pages and the simple layout, that was the one that I would spend the second most amount of time with. The GDC (Canada) was third, though the the rationales didn’t really interest me. The AIGA (USA) book seemed really cramped for space and I got tired just flipping through it. I think if that book was twice the paper size that would not have been an issue. The thing is, I haven’t really answered my earlier questions of why bother looking at all? After putting the books down I would judge it successful if I was a little inspired and learned a couple new things. It would be hard to say that I didn’t get at least some of that from each of the annuals. However I think if the only reason you design is to get in one of these books, you need to question it a little deeper. Why not just be an artist?
365: AIGA Year in Design 27
Last night I stepped down from my National VP of Communication role with the GDC (Society of Graphic Designers of Canada). I don’t want to make a big deal of things as there are a lot of potential designers in Canada that still have a role to shape the Society for the better. However I was elected to the national board four years too early. Each local chapter in Canada has such a strong roster of leadership that I would have loved the chance to work with them once they move on to National. However like I mentioned my chance came too soon. The GDC is at a critical time for sustainability and I felt that I couldn’t accomplish what I wanted to see for that to happen. It is so sad that that the older generation is happy to leave things as they are and hope that things “just” get better.
Through a private e-mail I was asked this deceptively simple question. “What has your experience with GDC been like?” My response “As for my experience with the GDC, it’s not an easy answer. I’ve been involved since I was a student. First as a student rep, Chapter VP of Education, Chapter President and for a short period National VP of Communications. If I hadn’t been involved I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have gotten this far, so how could that be a bad thing? However there were a lot of hard times with putting up with stuff that I probably wouldn’t have time for now. But I had goals of things that I wanted to accomplish which made the road a lot easier. I also met so many amazing people and had the chance to learn from them that I could never turn my back on a shared value system.”
However I do feel at the current time that the National GDC has a serious technological, strategic and philosophical disconnect with the potential of design. Or maybe it’s just me. Anyways, like I said the National board in four years will be stacked with the current leaders at the local chapters that will bring the GDC the legacy it deserves. As for my next steps, it’s not like I can quite being a part of a design community. I’m starting with the AIGA mentorship program where I’ll get the chance to befriend someone that has a lot ahead of them. Aside from that maybe it’s time to start something new with likeminded people.]]>
Jim’s talk coinciding with the GDC BC Mainland chapter’s Salazar Student Design Awards video can be seen at www.bc.gdc.net
via the GDC Listserv
Let’s hope all of the GDC appreciates what Marian Bantjes did for Graphex’06. I’ve only seen the pics from the catalogue. I can’t wait to get it in my hands so I can feel what a genius does when they have put all their energy into a project.]]>
involves effective visualization of communication concepts, primarily in print and electronic media (including interface design), in the context of business and technology, socio-political, cultural and educational environments, in transmitting government and institutional aims and services, and in visually explaining and exploring medical and scientific data and processes. Clients usually determine project aims.
help to achieve communication goals by analyzing, structuring, planning and creating images and text to enhance visual communication for specific purposes. They often act as consultants.
Alternative version to the above
help to achieve communication goals via analysis and interpretation of client needs. They plan, structure and communicate information and ideas, appeal to emotions or facilitate orientation, by creating or combining images and test for distribution to specific publics. Efficiency and high esthetic standards are hallmarks of work by professional designers, who frequently act as consultants on design strategy. Consideration of the public good is a bonus.
In response to all the photo action going on in Edmonton about the National AGM for the GDC (The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada), you can view the images from the four days at www.flickr.com/groups/gdcagmedm2006/pool]]>
This Thursday the National AGM for the GDC will be held in Edmonton. And as they say a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. Being President for the Alberta North Chapter I’ll be attending the four days of meetings. If you come back next Tuesday I’m sure I’ll have a couple thoughts on the future of the GDC.]]>