I’ve been using the music app ex.fm quite a bit to find new music. At some point I’ll have to do a post about the entire experience, but for now I’ll share that it’s a great way to make a playlist and stream it to an iPhone or iPad. There isn’t hundreds of thousands of users so the quality choice of music is pretty good. I’ll bounce from user to user to see what they’ve qued up in a random matter to discover stuff. Case in point, I found Madlib – Beat Konducta Around The World. I went to the source which was Stones Throw and bought the entire list of tracks. (FYI, there’s a bug in Stones Throw cart in Chrome, it won’t take the expiry date for credit cards) I’ve only been listening to it for a couple hours but has the potential to be on my year end list of music. The song that I was introduced to was L.A. California. I liked it a lot but since I’m in NYC I thought I’d share this one:
Madlib – New York (U.S.)
and here’s the track for for LA. California YouTube style:]]>
Loving The Streets – Cyberspace & Reds (Mixtape). Here’s a couple tracks that I’ve been listening to consistently.
The Streets—breakbat barz (scru fizzer)
The Streets—cinema barz (feat jammer)]]>
This year I thought I change up my reviews a bit. In the past I’ve diagramed the top ten in terms of release dates and the type of music it was. This year I found that things were more consistent in the type of music I was drawn to. So instead I thought I give a brief overview of my top albums from 2010. I can’t really pinpoint any one influence in terms of discovery. At times I found new stuff from Hype Machine, NPR on occasion and random tweets. If you’re curious to see how I’ve reviewed them in the past, here’s 2009, 2008 and 2007.
1. U.N.K.L.E.: Where Did the Night Fall
I’ve been listening to this album since it came out in May. It was the first thing I pressed play to a lot. There’s a nice balance of ambient and non ambient stuff to work to in the background.
2. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross: The Social Network
I really didn’t want to like this album but found myself listening to it a lot walking outside. I did end up seeing the movie and like a lot of others was curious to hear where each song would be scored in a scene. For the most part the tracks made sense except for one. One of my favourite tracks was In the Hall of the Mountain King. In the film they play for the backdrop of a race that felt a bit animated in a not so great way.
3. Sleigh Bells: Treats
This album will help keep the energy going past the first few cups of coffee in the morning. The speed stays pretty consistent throughout without taking any breaks. Lots of discoveries within each song.
4. Wait What: the Notorious Xx
For a while this way my top album of the year. It has a great combo of mashups between Xx and the Notorious B.I.G. Again I listened to this album a ton but when I came back to it a couple weeks ago some of the novelty had rubbed off. When including albums in my list I try to think how often I might listen to the album a year from know. This one will probably be occasional while the other top three quite a bit more.
5. The Rocketboys: Wellwisher
This EP only came out a couple weeks ago. It’s very tight and I suspect there will be a lot of attention for these guys as people discover them.
6. Massive Attack: Heligoland
I have to be honest that I’m still warming up to this album. This was the one this year that within a few listens loved it, than hated it, forgot about it and am starting to enjoy again. There’s something really good yet off with the whole thing—I just can’t put my finger on it.
7. Daft Punk: Tron Legacy
I had high hopes for this one after seeing the first movie trailer. Now that I’ve heard most of it I’m a bit disappointed. It’s a nice film score but doesn’t really compare listenabley to the Social Network soundtrack
8. The National: High Violet
This was my mainstream pick of the year. Even now as I listen to it I think it’s pretty good in that I never got tired of it and could listen to it for most of a day.
9. Beach House: Teen Dream
I got this at the beginning of the year, listened to it a ton and stopped. I didn’t find them gimmicky at all but could only handle the album in short doses after the first month.
10. There wasn’t one real other standout for me. Sure there was Girl Talk, Kid Cudi, Sufjan Stevens and even Kanye West, but I never really got into any of them the way I did with the other nine albums. I’m sure there’s a ton of great albums (not tracks) that I missed. So let me know what else I should be exploring.
I’ve never been a huge fan of musician’s interviews back in the day when it was forced. For some reason I pressed play on the first link above from a series of interview last night from an email newsletter I subscribed from Bob Lefsetz about Howard Stern interviewing Billy Joel. As tired as I was I listened to all six parts last night before bed. Even if you’re not a fan of Billy Joel there’s so much to take in. The convo and performance was something between both of the people that was something that was worth noting. It wasn’t perfect but that’s why I listened to the whole thing in one shot.]]>
To be honest I thought hyping the Beatles landing on iTunes was not really a big deal—though it looks like the sales would suggest otherwise. In the iTunes top twenty there’s eight Beatles albums. Just like Wired suggested I was hopping that Apple was going to provide a streaming music service or finally release an overhaul of iTunes. Neither thing happened.
Last night as I was cleaning up my Dropbox and quickly tweeted about wishing that I could stream music from my folders in there to my iPhone. After all I can view PDFs & PPTs. Within minutes some I knew mentioned something about their app so I started diving in to my folders via the Dropbox app. Sure enough I could actually play and listen to music on my iPhone from my Dropbox.
While it frees my devices up from trying to sync my iPhone up with both my home and work MBP’s there’s still some issues. The biggest problem is that it doesn’t play music files one after another. Once the track is finshed it doesn’t play the next. Still it’s a nice runaround to stream music from the cloud. While I don’t have a ton of music if anyone wants to set up a private community shared music folder just send me an email.]]>
I didn’t even like the White Stripes that much yet I watched their film Under Great White Northern Lights three times. It is quite telling that a band can present tour footage from three years ago and feel just as relevant today as when they first played. There’s a question in our digital age about timelessness. Is it possible for anything to stay relevant past the initial buzz. Listening and seeing the White Stripes I would suggest yes.
I might be a bit biased about the film as it plays out across Canada. They made point of visiting cities and towns that almost never get attention. It shed some light on some of the smaller places that had the chance to show others in the media what they have to offer. I remember hearing stories about some of their stunts as it was happening as they toured. They would play a free small concert during the day before the played a bigger gig at night. Probably the funniest footage was them playing in a bus, bowling alley (in my home city no less), and a boat in quick succession. While it my read a little gimmicky it actually was pure genius. I can’t really think of any other band that would try such a thing.
As a movie to show off sound, there was plenty of music. But there were small pockets of silence played out perfectly. After playing a concert in the Yukon in the midlle of summer they left the concert hall before midnight in a completely sunny sky. As they jumped into the car with sound of the door closing the absurdity of the brightness was apparent. They also played out the colour to their full advantage. There was washed out colour which reminded me of old CBC documentaries and more recent black and white filters, both types of colour locked it in to a period of time that will make it feel as though it could have been filmed yesterday or ten years ago.
The film plays for about an hour and a half. By the end of it I wished it had been a lot longer. I suppose that’s a nod to how good I thought it was. I was left wishing there had been more. I would be surprised if this kind of thing happened in Canda where a band took it upon themeselves to travel to parts of the country that no one really pays attention. For that reason alone I was happy to watch it, the fact that it was really great was an added bonous.]]>
I’m not one to buy “extended” or “deluxe” albums that often. Typically the only additional stuff are videos that I can find online or pdfs that I would never bother to open. In the last couple of weeks I’ve been a big fan of NPR’s First Listen, a site that streams an album a week before the release. A couple weeks ago they had Beach House and last week it was Massive Attack. The conventional thinking would be that it would be a mistake to give the music away for free—why would anyone want to buy it? On the flip side others would argue it’s a great way to spread awareness, a simple way to measure online attention and a way to get people interested in something they might not have otherwise paid attention to. Those points bring me to Massive Attack’s new album Heligoland. I’ve been listening to it a lot since it was on NPR’s First Listen. I typically buy any album Massive Attack releases so it was a no brainer that I’d be picking up this one. However this was one of the first times I went for the deluxe release because I wanted more songs that I was looking for as I was familiar already with the album somewhat. As I type away listening to the new songs all I can say is that it was the right decision for me. If you’re a fan of their extended beats and stretching of time you’ll probably want to do the same.]]>
I don’t take the subway that often. I try to walk most of the time from location A to B in NYC for any number of reasons. There’s tons to look at, it’s a great way to get a feeling for what’s going on and there’s just so much to take note of. The only time I typically take the train is if I’m late for something or visiting friends in Brooklyn. Sunday afternoon was one of those instances when I was headed to Brooklyn to meet up for conversation with a friend. While waiting for L train in Union Square I and a couple others were treated to the perfect Sunday afternoon waiting for the train while it was drizzling outside violin music. It was so good I recorded a couple minutes of it on my iPhone. I’ve never recorded a musician like that before, but I was surprised at how decent it came out. The surrounding sounds of other trains, people walking by and announcements improved the sound experience. While I love all the visual stimulation outside while walking, sometimes a concert of one is all a person needs to get inspired.
L Train Brooklyn Bound Violin MP3 (01.24.10): 3.02]]>
Around this time of year Hype Machine (a music blog aggregator) really starts to shine as a go to site for listening to “best of” type of music for the year. They select a number of music blogs that are in their system and create a Top 50 Albums, 50 Artists and Songs of the year. A really nice touch within the songs section is that each image corresponding has been illustrated. Within the album section you can actually listen to each album in it’s entirety—though you can’t download it.
Another feature of Hype Machine that I’ve been meaning to talk about for quite some time is their email info that they send to me periodically. It’s probably one of the most useful emails for a web service that I get. It’s a great example of them using the data that I’ve created doing stuff on the site and in turn creating usable exhaust for the people that follow me, whom I follow and everyone else in the system. The reason why I go to Hype Machine is that I will find more new music and artists there than anywhere else. It’s a perfect place for exploration, and the info provided about the top blogs that I listened to for a period of time, most active blogs and the most listened artists of my friends is great information to email me. Each item is a link that I can explore further, not in an intrusive way but in a valuable way.
The only caveat to this post is that because their top music sections are so popular this time of year, it might take a long to load anything as I’ve noticed this morning…]]>
I’ve decided for the third year in a row to visualize my top albums of the year. Last year it was my top 15, and the previous year my top 20. The fact that I could only scrape ten this year indicate two possible things, music options this year weren’t that great, and I’m getting old. Early in the year as I was starting to think of my list I noticed that they were all mellow, like really mellow. I made a call out for options that weren’t so slow. There were a couple suggestions that ended up making this list.
My criteria was pretty simple, A. did I listen to it a lot, B. would I want to listen to it next year, and the year after that, and C. was it compelling. The chart above shows a couple things—when the album was release in the year and how mellow or non mellow it was. I suppose that’s up for debate, but this is my blog and I can categorize things the way I want.
Design Notes Top Ten Albums of 2009
01 West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum: Kasabian
Perfect walking music for the mean streets of NYC. Lots of energy without the cheese.
02 Lost Channels: Great Lake Swimmers
For those days (or hours) when introspection is warranted.
03 20,000 Ghosts: The Rocketboys
I saw/heard these guys in Memphis while playing foosball—kind of surreal. Really smooth and tight, in a good way.
04 Further Complications: Jarvis Cocker
I almost feel compelled to like this because I’ve been a fan of all of Cocker’s other stuff. I also feel the same way with the Doves, yet their latest album was sub par at best while this kept the expectations nice n’high.
05 Downstairs: My First Earthquake
I think I listened to this album for a couple weeks straight. Really, really good for getting work done. Lyrics are pretty good too.
06 Hometowns: The Rural Alberta Advantage
Just for the record I didn’t add this to the list because they’re singing about a province I spent quite a few years living in. I just liked what was being said, and I could *almost* relate to it.
07 Farm: Dinosaur JR.
I have no idea why, but every time they release something I like it. Another great album to walk to, but for different reasons.
08 Noble Beast: Andrew Bird
Nicely built, lots of layers and levels to it.
09 You Can Have What You Want: Papercuts
Probably my most alt album on the list. Consistent from track to track whether I’m on shuffle mode or not.
10 Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian: Prefuse 73
Hard to describe this one, probably not for everyone…
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…
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…
04:10:23 Ambient with long sounds, hearing birds and waves]]>
While this week may have seemed kind of slow news wise, there were a number of themes that I picked up on that suggest that they could keep popping up till the end of the year. There’s info flow in all it’s multiple ways and the politics that play out when that information is distributed. It’s a no brainer that people like looking at images, but how people find them and push them out to a larger audience is something to keep an eye on. It was amazing how Twitter was a key pivot for a lot of the connections. Search is no where to be found. For those familiar with Link Drop, I try to publish it on Fridays though they tend to happen more and more on Saturdays. So keeping that in mind I figured why not just keep it on Saturdays and see what happens. Though next weekend I’m in Boston so it should be interesting to see how I publish it there.
After “Obama as Joker” Copyright Debacle, Flickr Changes its Takedown Policy
This was a bit of wake up call after earlier this week when the WWF tried to take back their poster. A number of blogs and news sites linked back to me because I had one of the few screen shots of the One Show showing the poster as a merit award winner. While it wouldn’t take much for a company to delete the image from my flickr account for their own purposes after reading this post. I’m going to keep multiple digital copies on different servers in case anything happens to one of the files.
The Mixtape Club
There’s a bunch of good music within this collection.
This poster opening is worth clicking on. Great concept and was quite popular on twitter when I passed the link on there.
Why ‘GQ’ Doesn’t Want Russians To Read Its Story
Interesting story that I didn’t come across first from them, but Gawker…
Эй, вы можете прочитать запрещенную статью GQ про Путина здесь
There’s a lot going on with this post that’s good. It’s a post that’s not clean but is evolving over time. It’s also crowdsourcing to get the original text translated.
Subway gadget survey
Very observant of what people are using on parts of the subway in NYC and Brooklyn.
What Are You Reading on the Subway? Our Readers Respond
What I found incredible was how low the numbers were for the papers. I know blogs that get that many people an hour visiting their site. Ok, a lot more visitors to their site than that…
Dad’s Rants Become a Twitter Hit
Fun article to read if you know who this guy is.
Program Boxee with Delicious Bookmarks
Can ‘Curation’ Save Media?
This is kind of what I’m doing with my Link Drops.
On The Web, More Isn’t Only Less, It’s Actually Nothing
A contrasting view of the interwebs to the last post above.
I think all these images are great.
I’ve seen this principal in action and I suspect that there will be more announcements next Tuesday if this post is any indication of things to come.
i <3 wireframes
Who doesn’t like wireframes?
Really valuable post to read to get things in gear.
Tweeting Tips: Make the most of your 140 characters
I don’t usually post tips kind of stuff but I thought this was worth mentioning because of the character count, and it’s a much more human post to the one I link below from AlertBox. While a person can use up to 140 characters, if they use them all up it’s much more difficult to have someone RT’it. If you don’t care about RT’s, than fill’er up.
Twitter Postings: Iterative Design
While I appreciate the different strategies involved, if it takes five times to get a tweet right—maybe twitter isn’t the right venue to push a message.
A conversation with Evan Williams, Co-founder of Twitter.com
This interview was conducted quite a few months ago. There’s some good insights into how Twitter came to be and the core culture behind it.
Celebs Remember DJ AM In 140 Characters Or Less
I didn’t even know who this person was before his final tweet started making the rounds. I suspect that Madison and I even walked by his place on our dog walks. This post collects a couple more well known people passing on the word. While a certain skepticism is warranted with celebs in general, I’m assuming a publicist isn’t filtering stuff like this—so it’s interesting to read.
Hermit Crab (Pagurus bernhardus)
I’ve never seen a creature like this in a glass shell before. Fascinating stuff to see how it’s all wrapped together. Too bad the publisher doesn’t give much context for the image.
“Different” Is the New “Interesting”
While I’m not a linguist I do keep an eye out for patterns in speech. I’m also not a golf expert—so reading that combination of text with something to look out for while wrapped in shop talk was worth the read.
Will there ever be another ESPN or MTV?
I’ve often asked myself the same question.
6 Innovative Banks That Are Changing Online Banking
Once again the iPhone is starting to influence the way industries do business—this time in banking.
Social Media Lessons: What To Do When a Non-Fan Rallies More Non-Fans
I don’t usually follow this kind of corporate marketing talk. While it was good to break down the scene and look at what worked and didn’t, something seemed a bit off about the assessment of using humour to diffuse the situation. I think if it had been there had been a cold response it really wouldn’t of had any traction. It put a human face behind to the person responding.
Common Naming Mistake #5 – Trademarking
Here’s a nice fact, every single english word has probably been trademarked…
A closer look at Project Natal
Cool breakdown on the technology before it’s even come out. I thought the observations and strategy behind it were worth remembering.]]>
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 usual appearance, though in a more positive light. I also seem to be listening to a lot of personal stories via podcasts and interviews. Hopefully if it’s raining where you are like it is in NYC today, you have some time to check some links out that you may not have come across otherwise.
Why Craigslist Is Such a Mess
After reading this, I wasn’t exactly sure what people were going crazy about. I’ve used the service a couple times and was happy with the results. The kicker is that if people don’t like using it, they’re not forced to. And don’t get me started on the proposed redesigns—the idea reminds me of the stupidity that wired did when they asked people to redesign google. sigh… I did have to laugh when it was mentioned in the article about how people have tried to redesign it.
AD Presents :: Weird Summer, A Mixtape
If you’re looking for some music to listen to while going through this issue of Link Drop, I’d recommend this mix.
What We Can Learn From Mess
I actually read this post before the wired article. Kind of puts things into perspective, to a degree.
Vancouver Olympics design head dies suddenly at 40
I didn’t know this designer but it still saddened me to read none the less. The Canadian design community has lost a passionate person that was doing what he loved. You can see more of his work via Mark Busse.
What is the benefit of Social Media?
Interesting responses to the dreaded term Social Media. Bonous points are awarded to anyone that checks this additional link: Epic Privacy Information Center
Design Folios with Google Maps
Great idea to repurpose technology for portfolio viewing pleasure. Though I still think a blog is the best way to show what work a designer has done.
This post wins the award for longest read, but more importantly—most interesting read too. Who knew, certainly not me.
Scents & Sensibility: Aroma Tips from Christopher Brosius
So what’s your favourite smell?
So What Do We Think About This?
This was a last minute drop before I published this Link Drop. I’m really liking how magazines are taking a risk by showing people how they really are. Apparently the issue of the magazine is close to selling out already.
IKEA goes with Verdana
There’s no hope for design and business if Ikea is turning its back on what they stand for. Wtf is all I could say when I first read about this.
Audi Typographic Relaunch
Another type story, this time not so bad. I thought the comparisons helped a lot to see what they were up to.
Power to Prezi!
I haven’t tried this yet though I have seen it in action, and it helped the presentation. Good breakdown of what the tool is.
Can we make the case for a phonetic alphabet today?
I was surprised by the reaction to this post after I tweeted about it—so for more reaction I’ve added it here.
Le Paris de Patrick Jouin
I liked how the rational for his designs were brought out via the narrative of the questions.
Full interview: Andy Baio on remaking Miles Davis and crowdfunding
Cool idea to create funding for creative projects.
Please vote for my SXSW panels!
This was one of the smarter ways of getting the word out about SXSW panels. The discussion in the comments section of the post is worth clicking on in itself.
25 things journalists can do to future-proof their careers
All of these steps are relevant to designer’s too.
These illustrations are great. And the purchase aspect is quite easy too, though I have to admit I haven’t bought of them yet.
Apple May Be Highest Grossing Fifth Avenue Retailer
I’m surprised that I didn’t come across this info from more sources. If it’s true, what a coup for Apple.
Landscapes of Quarantine: Call for Applications
If you’ve ever thought about quarantine, perhaps you might be interested in designing something around the concept.
WTF at Whole Foods (doing the cultural math)
The business implications of talking about politics when you’re the face of a company.
Great example of hospitality from Whole Foods
Sort of apt considering every other day it’s been raining in NYC.
I have no home. I have created a new home. This is my home.
This post is for the architects out there reading this.
Summer Surf City
I’ve haven’t surfed yet but it seems like it’s been everywhere I’ve been in NYC this summer. Sure I live on an island but it’s a bit unexpected for me.
The 3 key parts of news stories you usually don’t get
Yet more advice for newspapers, this time about content.
How Long Does it Take to Build a Technology Empire?
A diagram that puts things into time perspective. Great terms: Rocket Ship, Hot Company, and Slow Burner.
I think these type of posts are worth passing on because they get to the reason d’etre of why someone design’s something. It also goes back to my mention of portfolios above using google maps.
Back Talk: Jarvis Cocker
It’s never a bad idea to include an interview with the artist of one of the best albums of the year.
Aug 27: Canadian model Liskula Cohen on winning her lawsuit against bloggers* Bob Garfield on his new book “The Chaos Scenario”, about the scorched landscape of traditional media in the digital age* A panel discussion on heavy metal
The interview with Liskula Cohen is worth a listen, the silence in between answers and follow up questions was a bit strange. But it wasn’t that strangeness that made me listen to it a couple more times, but more about the response to how things were settled. The rest of the podcast wasn’t too bad either.
The iPhone is not easy to use: a new direction for UX Design
I’m always going on about how wonderful iPhone apps are, and how they’re easier to use than real sites. This post puts that into question in a good way.]]>
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
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
The flow and motion of the plastic was really changed up their outside view. From the street is must be quite the view.
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.
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
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).
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.
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
Perfect viewing for a rainy day if you’re a designer—or just bored out of your mind.
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.
Journalism Students Need to Develop Their Personal Brand
I think this goes for everybody out there today…
How To Become A Social Brand REDUX
And the diagram that compliments the last post.
Creative Grab Bag
Happy to see Ethan’s book out. Lot’s of familiar names and faces involved including moi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smart idea—compare both good and bad design at the same time. I suspect this blog will pick up some traction soon.
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.
Designers on Twitter
While I don’t take these type of lists too seriously, it was nice to be added to this one.
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…
THE 10 BEST FOOD TRUCKS IN AMERICA
Ok list, a couple from NYC in there.
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…
Rethinking Maps and from Amazon
This book looks like a great read, though it’s a bit pricey.
I like dots, and I like visualizations—hence this is the perfect post for me.
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.
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
More questions about reading on paper.
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
Good list to take note of.
Talking ‘bout (m)Y Generation
Good to hear what the kids are talking about these days too.
It’s Official: Captchas Are Bad for Business
Interesting contradiction to my mention of captcha’s a couple week’s ago in Link Drop.
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
I’d love to get a set of these. Cool contrast of materials.
Nike Basketball’s 10 Best TV Commercials
This is art.
Things to consider.
The direction forward with web fonts
More about typefaces and reading on the web.
As far as music aggregators go, Hypemachine does a great job of letting people explore and save music from other blogs out there. I’m emphasizing the word explore because I can’t think of a better site that is human curated that allows for similar connections to be made from one song to the next. It’s a pretty simple process. I heart a song that I like, whether hearted a song or not—I can see who else has hearted that. Typically I’ll go to the first person (oldest) that saved it as they probably found it via different sources then everyone else, or they might just be a lot faster at finding good stuff. A caveat is that if there’s more then fifty people hearting a song I’ll ignore it as it’s already gone common. Either way I can go throw their current playlist to see what they’re liking music wise. Going through that list is where I’m going to find stuff that I would probably not have come across otherwise. I think that type of click and save exploration is could transferable to other digital stuff. It doesn’t just have to be about music. The skill though is keeping their site a main point of reference before people get lost in the clicks.]]>
This week’s version of Link Drop has a healthy does of me at the beginning. When I read about other bloggers and their exploits, sometimes I think it’s cool to see, other times perhaps not. So if you’re in the perhaps not camp, please scroll quickly to link #4. Overall I came across a bit of everything, there’s lot’s of publishing stuff, both online and print. I think I keep coming back to that topic because it’s how people are broadcasting messages today, something we should all be in the business of. I also found it interesting how Armstrong integrated his message into a number of different outlets that again I think we can all learn from. Did I miss anything worth reading?
Video Notes from the Field
Being asked to pass along a quick thought about digital & design to potential students headed to that field, I choose to mention how digital is different than print. “Digital isn’t a one-time shot, but a constant upgrade”. For me to be included with a lot of people that I try to learn from myself on the post was quite cool to see.
The Aggregator That Newspapers Like
Some days I find it harder to explain what Daylife is then others, especially when I start mentioning Select. This article did a pretty good job explaining things on a high level and about some of the history behind the news service I work with.
Three New Foodists
I like food, I like to write—what better reason then that to start contributing to this food blog when the urge hits?
I wish I had come up with this idea first. Marking off blocks on NYC and documenting what’s around the street. Photos and google map included.
visualizing MLB hit locations on a Google Map
Really interesting post that started off with looking at data from a no hitter baseball game that morphs into something else.
MaxFunCon: Merlin Mann on Doing Creative Work; The Sound of Young America
A great podcast that I listened to a couple times. Everything he says is true and I’ve told myself with various words for a while now. After listening to the twenty eight minute podcast you might try some creative work that you’ve been stalling on.
Gawker Media revenues up 45% in first half
A positive sign that online publishing is moving forward and might be worth getting in the game sooner than later.
This American Life’s Ira Glass Points Toward the “Wide-Open” Future of Journalism
I kind of wish this article went a bit further instead of enlisting a couple traditional pull quotes and reaction from someone that heard the talk. Maybe traditional journalism still has a way to go.
A New Page
I haven’t had time to read this yet but seemed very appropriate considering how people are starting to read more and more on screen.
Interview: NPR’s Dick Meyer Discusses NPR.org Redesign, Visual Vocabulary
I pulled a various articles about the NPR.org redesign, interesting to read a couple people’s take from the inside.
NPR Moves to Rewire Its Approach to the Web
Article number deux on the the NPR.org redesign.
Making Books, 21st-Century Style: An Interview with Rick Smolan
I couldn’t help but wish there was an online version of the book they were talking about. What does that say about me?
Total Insanity: Commerce Restaurant to go Cashless
Interesting idea, not sure why they wouldn’t keep both options of cash or plastic available. The comments in reaction are fascinating.
5 live sketching tips every designer should know
Makes sense to keep up on this kind of thing.
STAGES: Art for the Lance Armstrong Foundation
This looks very cool and is on view in NYC.
Bike Porn 3 – Trek’s “Stages” Bikes
A cross section of the bikes Armstrong rode in the tour.
NEWS///LANCE ARMSTRONG SURGES BACK TO ACTION IN THE TOUR DE FRANCE ON A MARC NEWSON TREK TTX ART BIKE
Sorry for the allcaps—that was how it was in the post. The bike in view feels like a cross between a tank and some carbon fiber weaponry.
Amazon Acquisitions infographic
A timely info graphic on all things Amazon.
I really like the concept of this flat piece of material morphing into something else usable with some cut lines.
Lessons from a failed meeting with a Social Media Guru
This is quite the post, I have my guesses who it’s about but I have no way to verify. Either way there seems to have been a communication break down.
I wanted to post this because the bike and digital outlines looked cool.
James Perse surfboards
Same for these surfboards. These are works of art. I’d put them on my wall if I had the space, and cash…
Things go better with persistent branding
This diagram is kind of telling. Actions (or non actions) speak quite loudly.
Top ten problems in file prep for print
This is for the print people out there that can’t figure out why their printer hates them.
I’d like to put all my top secret digital files on this. Too bad twitter didn’t do the same thing.
Where Goldman Sachs screwed up (understanding the anti-$GS populist rage)
Another article that I haven’t had time to read just yet, but am going to over the weekend.
iPhone Apps Design Mistakes: Over-Blown Visuals
Interesting starting point for those thinking of designing apps.
Unofficial Rules of the App Store
The potential for this site is quite important. If people regularily contribute it could give a good indication of what mistakes not to make. It could also be said that Apple should keep things open, but that’s a different debate altogether.
Chris Anderson’s Free adds much to The Long Tail, but falls short
Another review on the book Free.
9 kinds of coffee (infographic)
I’ve never seen a diagram comparing all the different types of coffee goodness in relation to each other before.
World’s Top Ten Identity Firms
While this list probably still holds true I couldn’t help but wonder if they all seem a bit “old”.
Poll Results: The Best Music Of 2009 (So Far)
I’m not a big fan of this list but it gives a good idea of what NPR thinks is worth listening to this year.
Yale Grad Designs Nooka Pop-Up Shop in NYC
Interesting background story on the Nooka pop up shop that I didn’t know about while visiting.
Barcelona at UBPA at Expo 2010
Tons of great architectural photos.
How Twitter Actually Hurts Street Vendors
This reminds me a bit about flash mobs, but with mobile food.
Last night I was going through some of my blog posts from the past couple months when I came across something from May titled Help– My Top Five Albums of 2009 are Way Too Mellow. A couple things have changed since then which made me realize I should do a follow up post. First off I got some great suggestions on stuff to listen to, both via the blog and email. One album that I couldn’t really mention till know was from the group My First Earthquake. I kind of over-dossed on their new album after listening to it a LOT for five weeks straight. It’s one of those albums that you can turn on at work and have it loop over and over again. The lyrics are really good too, somewhat unusual for a group with such a smooth upbeat sound. Another fun fact that might be of interest is that if you’ve used Google, interacted with work from Cooper or signed up for Aardvark you might have come across members of the bands design work.
Funny how time can change perspective (along with new releases). Here’s my current list—no laughing please. And if there’s been any other new releases that I’ve missed please let me know. I did go through everything that people suggested last time.
West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
02. Great Lake Swimmers
03. My First Earthquake
04. Jarvis Cocker
05. Prefuse 73
Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian
06. Andrew Bird
You Can Have What You Want
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
A collection of information on Agile Process—happy to see my presentation included.
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.
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
Smart post that anyone interested in news, search or google should read.
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.
Nice simple search results page combining google and twitter.
Some tips from Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt
A collection of quotes.
Ebon Heath and his visual poetry
Really novel way of using letters in art.
Typography in China
Fascinating breakdown of type design in China.
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.
way shape form
Nice illustration/art thing.
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.
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.
37 Data-ish Blogs You Should Know About
I found a couple new blogs in this list that I haven’t seen before.
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.
Interesting concept that I think can be built on.
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.
This clock both makes me feel smarter and hurts my head at the same time.
Self Control App
Who couldn’t use a little help in terms of time management.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
PostSpectacular: Social Collider
Cool explanation of Social Collider.
An interesting pov about the state of crappy design, perfect timing for ICFF.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
“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
I never really thought about this issue until it was mentioned in this post. Makes sense for all those voting like shows.
Jump Into The Stream
This is how info is flowing these days, kind of like what Daylife is doing.
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.
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.
Sony Pictures CEO: “I’m A Guy Who Doesn’t See Anything Good Having Come From The Internet. Period.”
Quite the statement if true.
the joy of slow photography
A rebuttal to super fast photo shots.
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
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.
I’m a bit concerned at this point in the year with music. Below are my top five albums so far. They’re all decent but they are all extremely mellow. Have I missed anything obvious that I should check out—am I just getting old or is this just another example of the economy taking down an industry? I really wanted to like the new Doom album but the production quality was so bad I can barely listen to the pitch of it…
Any help with suggestions would be appreciated.
01. Great Lake Swimmers
02. Andrew Bird
You Can Have What You Want
04. Bob Dylan
Together Through Life
Kingdom of Rust