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NYC – DesignNotes by Michael Surtees http://designnotes.info Testing & Sprinting Wed, 29 Jun 2016 01:11:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Riding around the Hudson in the fog http://designnotes.info/?p=8533 http://designnotes.info/?p=8533#comments Sat, 11 Jan 2014 19:18:30 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=8533 Before I started my morning ride around the Hudson I knew it had the potential to be pretty special. I started biking pretty early just as the light appeared to […]]]>

Before I started my morning ride around the Hudson I knew it had the potential to be pretty special. I started biking pretty early just as the light appeared to show the fog. No milestones were beaten as it seemed like I was stopping every couple of minutes to capture something on the water. The temperature fluctuated a little bit during the ride which kept the fog making everything look great.

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Fall Cycling Around NYC http://designnotes.info/?p=8257 http://designnotes.info/?p=8257#comments Sun, 10 Nov 2013 20:00:03 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=8257 I’ve been a fan of watching the Tour de France for quite a few years but never had the courage to ride on the streets of NYC. That changed last […]]]>

I’ve been a fan of watching the Tour de France for quite a few years but never had the courage to ride on the streets of NYC. That changed last year when I finally decided it was time to venture some exploration of the city that was different from walking. I tend to stick to riding around the Hudson river as it’s near my apartment and its a route I’m comfortable with. Now that I’ve been doing this for a year I thought it was time to look back at some of the photos I’ve taken this fall.

Ride this morning over the GWB

Morning ride over the GWB

It was nice seeing the sun again on my morning ride

Saturday ride

Perfect morning for a ride

Saturday ride

Saturday ride

Perfect morning for a ride

Perfect morning for a ride

Got a flat tire 10 miles into my ride tonight. Had to take the A train on 183. On the flip side I had time to shoot the GWB.

Calm waters on the ride tonight

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Empire State Building as a Static Presidential Election Results Billboard http://designnotes.info/?p=7565 http://designnotes.info/?p=7565#respond Wed, 07 Nov 2012 18:34:13 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=7565 Last night as the results were being mentioned on TV and talked about on Twitter there was one other method people could see the results. CNN and the Empire State […]]]>

Last night as the results were being mentioned on TV and talked about on Twitter there was one other method people could see the results. CNN and the Empire State Building worked together to display the ongoing results on the spire of the building. As the results evolved so would the top part of the Empire State Building. Once the winner was declared the entire top would go to the winning party. As everyone knows by now the building was blue at the end of the evening.

I thought it was a great idea but during the night as the results came in the display felt a bit static. It wasn’t until the near the end that the building for me meant much. It was hard to know when the spire had actually changed. It felt gradual. I think if there had been some sort of signal of movement it would have been much more effective. Perhaps when something changed it pulsed, maybe the top cell blinked.

As a means to signify the night it was great. There was an enormous amount of people that shot the building as it turned blue and tweeted about it. I hope that the Empire State Building continues to do live tracking of other moments but with some slight adjustments to make it feel more active.

Empire State Building at 23:17 on 11.06.12

Empire State Building in blue

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My Favorite Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection http://designnotes.info/?p=6659 http://designnotes.info/?p=6659#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 19:33:58 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=6659 I don’t typically write too much about fashion but I thought this was a worthy exception. Mei Liu has released her first collection under the name PRIORY OF TEN for […]]]>

I don’t typically write too much about fashion but I thought this was a worthy exception. Mei Liu has released her first collection under the name PRIORY OF TEN for Autumn/Winter 2012. Like I said I don’t know much about fashion but what I do know is a sense of proportion, attention to details and the art making something great. All of those elements are displayed in her look book. A couple months ago she walked me through her process. To see it all come together is really impressive. In terms of the look book, that was designed by another friend who’s a pretty good designer in his own right. Kevin Boothe put the look book together and identity. To see the full book with all the designs, just download the PDF.



























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Looking back at March in Photos http://designnotes.info/?p=4901 http://designnotes.info/?p=4901#comments Sat, 02 Apr 2011 19:45:55 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=4901 Empire State Building tonight from the apartment After the rain on Broome st #walkingtoworktoday #walkingtoworktoday through Washington Square Park nice to see how fast this is finally going up KATSU […]]]>

Empire State Building tonight from the apartment
Empire State Building tonight from the apartment

After the rain on Broome st #walkingtoworktoday
After the rain on Broome st #walkingtoworktoday

#walkingtoworktoday through Washington Square Park
#walkingtoworktoday through Washington Square Park

nice to see how fast this is finally going up
nice to see how fast this is finally going up

KATSU Graffiti poster outside a phone booth near 25th st. #walkingtoworktoday
KATSU Graffiti poster outside a phone booth near 25th st. #walkingtoworktoday

I didn't want to deal with the rain so I took the Q #walkingtoworktoday
I didn’t want to deal with the rain so I took the Q #walkingtoworktoday

Friday night in Soho at Gesture Theory
Friday night in Soho at Gesture Theory

first ice coffee of the spring FTW #walkingtoworktoday
first ice coffee of the spring FTW #walkingtoworktoday

I'm always happy when @roycyang sends me pics of things he's bought for team GT
I’m always happy when @roycyang sends me pics of things he’s bought for team GT

from above I can see loud people coming out of Penn Station #walkingtoworktoday
from above I can see loud people coming out of Penn Station #walkingtoworktoday

Tulips & ice outside a bodega on Thompson st #walkingtoworktoday
Tulips & ice outside a bodega on Thompson st #walkingtoworktoday

current desktop situation as I watch #tosstheprojector #sxsw
current desktop situation as I watch #tosstheprojector #sxsw

a new pier opened up with beach volleyball courts
a new pier opened up with beach volleyball courts

just received the die cut @gesturetheory stickers
just received the die cut @gesturetheory stickers

12ozprophet phone booth #walkingtoworktoday
12ozprophet phone booth #walkingtoworktoday

Early morning coffee outside on Thompson St #walkingtoworktoday
Early morning coffee outside on Thompson St #walkingtoworktoday

slightly old school pharmacy symbol #walkingtoworktoday
slightly old school pharmacy symbol #walkingtoworktoday

Village Chess Shop Mural #walkingtoworktoday
Village Chess Shop Mural #walkingtoworktoday

El Cels in Neon Green & Pink on Mercer St #walkingtoworktodayEl Cels in Neon Green & Pink on Mercer St #walkingtoworktoday

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Looking at What Nocused Could Mean http://designnotes.info/?p=4813 http://designnotes.info/?p=4813#comments Fri, 25 Feb 2011 20:54:12 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=4813 This morning I trekked off to DUMBO to listen to Debbie Millman talk at Creative Mornings. It was an invaluable talk for those that have not heard her speak in […]]]>

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This morning I trekked off to DUMBO to listen to Debbie Millman talk at Creative Mornings. It was an invaluable talk for those that have not heard her speak in person before. During one of the points in her “10 things I wish I knew when I graduated college”, she spoke about how people’s behavior changes. I think the context had something to do with buying a car. All of a sudden after they made the purchase they saw the same car everywhere, whereas before they didn’t see it at all. She threw out the words noticed and focused very quickly to describe it. I could have sworn that I heard her combine the two words at one point to make the new word “nocused”. I’ll have to watch the video when it is released to hear if that was indeed what she said or something I just imagined. Either way I think I’m going to use the word. I like the idea of being able to create those type of experiences that help people notice & focus on what they feel is important.

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Weather Around NYC for the Past Couple of Weeks http://designnotes.info/?p=4567 http://designnotes.info/?p=4567#respond Wed, 26 Jan 2011 00:43:27 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=4567 The weather over the past couple weeks has been quite the adventure. There’s been blizzards, pouring rain, nasty winds and a day or two of mildness. Starting with the huge […]]]>

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snowmageddon part III or IV, water towers in the background #walkingtoworktoday

appropriate headgear for this brutal cold #walkingtoworktoday

sad umbrella #walkingtoworktoday

changing the outside lightbulbs at the ACE Hotel #walkingtoworktoday

Empire State Building tonight around 10.30 pm

Fog this morning

Looking forward on top of the Empire State Building New Years Day 2011

yellow & pink Vespa's caught in a snow drift on Crosby St while not #walkingtoworktoday

Blizzageddon

The weather over the past couple weeks has been quite the adventure. There’s been blizzards, pouring rain, nasty winds and a day or two of mildness. Starting with the huge snowflakes today as a jumping off point, I’ve put together some of the elements I noticed.

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Fog this morning http://designnotes.info/?p=4502 http://designnotes.info/?p=4502#comments Mon, 03 Jan 2011 01:22:20 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=4502 Looking out the window this morning I kind of wished I had shot something from street level. As fast as this fog was here it was gone as I was […]]]>

Fog this morning

Fog this morning

Fog this morning

Fog this morning

Looking out the window this morning I kind of wished I had shot something from street level. As fast as this fog was here it was gone as I was typing away at home. The speed of this reminded me of that storm in July when things went crazy…

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It’s been a good year for creative people to make the best of a bad weather situation http://designnotes.info/?p=4380 http://designnotes.info/?p=4380#respond Thu, 30 Dec 2010 22:52:20 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=4380 It’s been a good year for creative people to make the best of a bad weather situation. First there were the stories of people being stranded because of Eyjafjallajökull volcano […]]]>

It’s been a good year for creative people to make the best of a bad weather situation. First there were the stories of people being stranded because of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland. Now there’s videos starting to emerge from Blizzageddon. Below are a couple that I’ve enjoyed. It’s great to see people react to what’s in front of them for others to experience.

December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse from Michael Black on Vimeo.

Idiot With A Tripod from Gothamist on Vimeo.

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Blizzageddon 2010 http://designnotes.info/?p=4341 http://designnotes.info/?p=4341#comments Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:14:57 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=4341 Last year there was Snowpocalypse 2009, this year it was Blizzageddon 2010. The storm came on the 26th of December and didn’t really stop till the next day. The first […]]]>

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Blizzageddon

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Last year there was Snowpocalypse 2009, this year it was Blizzageddon 2010. The storm came on the 26th of December and didn’t really stop till the next day. The first image came from my window as the storm started. While the winds blew snow around there was something somewhat unique to this storm—lightning. The sky occasional got really bright from thundersnow.

Early the next morning I found myself in SoHo. These are some of the images showing how quiet things were. People outside of NYC always complain and ask what’s the big deal if it snows here. It’s just snow after all. While true it also shuts down the city. Not so much to traffic from Manhattan but because the road conditions to getting to the city are brutal. It’s not worth the risk driving in. Because there barely any cars in the city there’s a chance for people to take to the streets without worrying about traffic. It’s also dead quiet. The only sounds are of those walking in the snow, laughing and clicks of camera’s going off. I find that this type of experience happens once or twice a year so it’s worth running around exploring the snow on the concrete island.

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Looking at the @Nooka Zub Zayu & Interview with Matthew Waldman http://designnotes.info/?p=3716 http://designnotes.info/?p=3716#respond Sun, 21 Nov 2010 14:49:17 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=3716 Publisher’s Note: Anyone that’s visited this blog knows that I try to mention Nooka as much as possible without over killing it. They’ll also note that there’s an ad from […]]]>

Nooka Zub Zayu

Nooka Zub Zayu

Nooka Zub Zayu

Nooka Zub Zayu

Nooka Zub Zayu

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Nooka Zub Zayu

Nooka Zub Zayu

Publisher’s Note: Anyone that’s visited this blog knows that I try to mention Nooka as much as possible without over killing it. They’ll also note that there’s an ad from Nooka on the right rail—they’ve been a great supporter of this blog. I’ve also worked with them on the redesign of their website that I mentioned in this post. With all that said this post like everything else I mention form Nooka is from the point of view of a fan and not as someone that just got paid with a briefcase of cash.

When I first saw a prototype of the Zayu it was an instant favorite. It had similar face to a couple of the other Nooka’s that I owned but had evolved it enough to be something new. The worst thing a designer can do is show another designer something really cool, and than mention that the cool thing won’t be available for months. So for the last six weeks I’ve been emailing weekly to find out when the Zayu would be finally out. It came in this week so here’s the pics I took above and below is an interview that I had with Matthew of Nooka while he was still in Japan for Tokyo Design Week.

MICHAEL SURTEES: Can you talk about how the Zub Zayu came to be. To me it looks like an evolution of the Zot, Zen and outer shape of the Zirc together.

MATTHEW WALDMAN: The zirc is my favorite design we’ve released in terms of form. It sits on the wrist almost weightless as the weight is transferred to the wrist bone when worn correctly. It also allows the watch face to be worn over a sleeve. Unfortunately we as a brand need to get better at telling these kinds of stories as well, and I think this was lost when we launched the zirc. Wanting to tell this story to a broader audience (i.e. More democratic price point) was my main motivation that led to the design of the zayu. To be honest, as a designer, I am never 100% satisfied with my own work and combing the appeal of the zubs with the things I like with our higher end models is definitely an evolution.

MS: One of the other features mentioned in the press release is a new battery power saving mode. I remember you mentioning during Design Week talk with Joey Roth that batteries are what’s constraining the features that a watch can do. Has the new battery technology influenced the design of the Zayu?

MW: Unfortunately it’s the old technology that forces us to innovate in this way. Necessity is the mother of invention right?

MS: A couple practical words that I’m picking up a lot in the press release and from other blogs is time capsule, ambidextrous, and asymmetrical. That’s a bit of a shift from the futuristic philosophy that I’m used to hearing. Has Nooka’s philosophy shifted much from the last year?

MW: Who says the future is not practical? It’s all rooted in futurism. The Zayu is a universal communicator of both time and cool—what can be more Nooka?

MS: Speaking of the future, are there any materials that you’d like to use yet haven’t been able to because of cost or are hard to manufacture?

MW: Tons! low power ELs, kenetic electric batteries, flat integrated LCD and OELD, self-cleaning surface coatings, bio plastics… The problem is that being a small company, we can never afford the license fees and minimum order quantities. I’ve reached out to the 3Ms and Duponts of the world, go to the industrial trade shows and we are active with the material connexion here in NYC, so making the effort is not the issue. Perhaps some high level people reading your blog will see this and reach out to do some cool collabs?

MS: One of the strongest brand attributes that Nooka has in my opinion is how fans share what they love about the company on Twitter and Facebook and how you and others at Nooka seem to respond to almost everyone online. How do you all keep up ?

MW: Convergence! I have Twitter and facebook on my iPhone so there’s no excuse not to check in. When I’m traveling I ping people in the Nooka lab to pick up the slack. Of course, it’s a bit of an addiction as I love attention, however virtual it may be.

MS: This time next year what can fans of Nooka expect to see that’s being thought about right now?

MW: I hope apparel, new strips (belts), new sunglasses, more watches and expanded fragrance offerings.

MS: Any plans for any more pop up shops in NYC or are you focused more selling online at Nooka.com?

MW: BOTH! Thanks to you and Yumi Asai, nooka.com looks HOT and i’d love to see more purchases there. We are planning more pop-ups as well as they are doing well in Japan for us. I’ll keep you posted.

MS: What’s the most misunderstood thing about Nooka?

MW: That our product is a really the philosophy of universal communication and not the physical objects themselves. Also, people think we are a larger company than the 8 people start-up we are which actually can get in the way of some things. Of course, it’s not a bad problem to have I’m always told.

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A Couple Notes from Marian Bantjes talk for the AIGANY http://designnotes.info/?p=3678 http://designnotes.info/?p=3678#respond Tue, 02 Nov 2010 12:48:04 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=3678 For the majority of people in attendance last night, Marian gave the perfect talk. It was effortlessly paced, she balanced personal observations with real work and inspired a lot of […]]]>

Marian Bantjes talking to AIGANY

For the majority of people in attendance last night, Marian gave the perfect talk. It was effortlessly paced, she balanced personal observations with real work and inspired a lot of people. While the 3G was almost non existent inside the theatre, all the tweets that shared quotes were glowing.

Most of my notes from her talk dealt with process. What I was drawn towards was her clairity of self reflection and the reaction of why she was doing what she was doing as she was doing it. I felt that even if she had not showed one slide for her talk she would have still left the audience inspired. I summed up the talk on Twitter by suggesting that she could teach blind people to design. She wasn’t emulating a “how to”, but a “why to” think talk.

A lot of the process and reflection had to do with her book I Wonder that I’m still taking my time to read. The best part of her talk concering the book was explaining which blog posts might be printed on paper and the rational of what made the cut. Trying to elevate her blog words into something that only print could display was a great attribut to define what she wanted to communicate. The story of The Sun, the Moon, the Stars was a great story of how it came to be.

I wouldn’t disagree with much of what she had to say about design in Canada, (after all I sold everything to move to NYC myself) I couldn’t help be a bit disappointed with her remarks as someone that never needed anyone to make it here. At least from the outside it has looked like the design community in Canada has given Marian a pedestal to share her perspective more so than anyone else there.

While I did record an audio version of her talk last night that I’ll be listening over again today to discover stuff that I missed the first time, there will be a video of the entire talk available online soon from the AIGA NY. Once that’s online I’ll pass along the link as I think any designer would be smart to hear what she has to say at least once.

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Blackboard vs Whiteboard http://designnotes.info/?p=3602 http://designnotes.info/?p=3602#comments Thu, 28 Oct 2010 14:48:24 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=3602 Anyone that does a lot of design work will find themselves in front of a whiteboard from time to time. I even have a mini Muji version with me by […]]]>

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Anyone that does a lot of design work will find themselves in front of a whiteboard from time to time. I even have a mini Muji version with me by my desk. So when I ended up last night getting a tour of Debbie Millman’s great new space for her Masters in Branding program at SVA, the first thing that struck me was the wall to wall blackboard.

While I won’t comment on the actual illustration (I think it could be simplified a bit), the color bounces off the black in a way that a white board could never achieve. It looks amazing. Sure a whiteboard’s purpose isn’t to make things look pretty, I have to admit that I’d love to make a blackboard like this. I suspect that the best balance would be to have one wall painted for a blackboard and the opposite wall painted for a whiteboard. That way the best of both worlds can be used.

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Sky Pics From My Staycation http://designnotes.info/?p=3366 http://designnotes.info/?p=3366#respond Sun, 17 Oct 2010 16:29:17 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=3366 October 8, 2010 at 8.04am October 11, 2010 at 8.43am October 12, 2010 at 8.32am October 13, 2010 at 9.59am October 14, 2010 at 9.16am October 15, 2010 at 8.48am […]]]>

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Back in the day which seems ages ago I would shoot the same image outside my window, crop it in to a square and post it to Flickr. One of the many grids that came out of that exploration can be found HERE. Starting that project lead to some fun collaborations that has evolved into what I’ve been up to for the last year taking one photo everyday as I walk to work. My wife Tamara was going to be in Canada this week visiting family so I thought it might be worth taking a couple days of myself to hang out with Madison, get some rest and catchup with a couple friends. I wasn’t going to be walking to work but I still wanted to maintain the ability to take photos in a series. Hence I decided instead of cropping a tiny square of sky I’d pull my lens out as far as possible. I wasn’t sure what to expect after a week seeing them all together. What ended up happening was that the light danced nicely in a different manner almost everyday. The last image is from one of the evenings on the other side of my window when the light hits things slightly different because of the time of year we’re finally at.

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Walking Around Union Square Taking in Sukkah City http://designnotes.info/?p=2836 http://designnotes.info/?p=2836#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2010 12:58:05 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=2836 Shim Sukkah by tinder, tinker of Sagle, Idaho Star Cocoon by Volkan Alkanoglu Star Cocoon by Volkan Alkanoglu Gathering by Dale Suttle, So Sugita, and Ginna Nguyen of New York […]]]>

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Shim Sukkah by tinder, tinker of Sagle, Idaho

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Star Cocoon by Volkan Alkanoglu

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Gathering by Dale Suttle, So Sugita, and Ginna Nguyen of New York City

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LOG by Kyle May and Scott Abrahams

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LOG by Kyle May and Scott Abrahams

Sukkah City
Single Thread by Matter Practice

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Repetition meets Difference | Stability meets Volatileness by Matthias Karch

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Sukkah of the Signs by Ronald Rael, Virginia San Fratello

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Sukkah of the Signs by Ronald Rael, Virginia San Fratello

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180 of Union Square

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Fractured Bubble by Henry Grosman and Babak Bryan of Long Island City

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Fractured Bubble by Henry Grosman and Babak Bryan of Long Island City

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Time/Timeless by Peter Sagar

Architecture is one of those constants that is always around—a person can’t really escape an urban area that hasn’t been considered by a person. But there’s also the part of architecture that is viewed on screen that rarely makes it outside into air. When I first came across the idea of Sukkah City (Biblical in origin, the sukkah is an ephemeral, elemental shelter, erected for one week each fall, in which it is customary to share meals, entertain, sleep, and rejoice.) from various sites I was intrigued. The structures looked cool but I wondered how they would relate once built and people were interacting with them.

I got my chance to compare what I thought looked best on screen to what worked best on the sidewalk of Union Square. On the screen my fav was Gathering by Dale Suttle, So Sugita, and Ginna Nguyen—it was unlike anything I had seen before. Seeing it in person I still liked it a lot. It seemed pretty solid and maintained my interest. However there were a couple others that I missed on paper that when built really came together. In the use of materials and form I really liked Shim Sukkah by tinder, tinker of Sagle and Star Cocoon by Volkan Alkanoglu. They both bent materials in ways to create structures that I’d like to spend time in. While the Star Cocoon felt more of a personal space, the contrast of the Shim Sukkah would be an interesting environment to gather with friends.

If there was one consistent, it was that each unique design felt at home at Union Square projecting very different personalities. Contrasting the scale of the Log with the messages of Sukkah of the Signs was amazing. Coming from very two different directions each made an impact which is all I could ask for on a Sunday afternoon.

ADDITIONAL LINKS

Sukkah City

NEW YORK MAGAZINE: Sukkah vs. Sukkah

BLDGBLOG: Sukkah City Approaches

CORE77: Sukkah City Arrives in Union Square

NYT: A Harvest of Temporary Shelters

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Review of Marc Newson at Gagosian http://designnotes.info/?p=2815 http://designnotes.info/?p=2815#comments Sun, 19 Sep 2010 14:15:24 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=2815 OK—this isn’t much as a review as it is a sense of wanting to mention the attention to details that any designer could look at and be inspired. Marc Newson’s […]]]>

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OK—this isn’t much as a review as it is a sense of wanting to mention the attention to details that any designer could look at and be inspired. Marc Newson’s themed collection at Gagosian aptly titled Transportation shows off a number of great designs that up until now I’ve only seen as images. There’s a car, a plane, a personal jet pack, space ship, bike, surf board and a pair of shoes. While I don’t think any of the larger designs have been mass produced aside from the boat (which the gallery is selling 22 of…), the attention to each pice fitting together is nice. While everything feels “designed”, each piece doesn’t smack of ego. The form has been bent to Newson’s pov yet respects what the function needs to perform.

There’s a couple elements that industrial designers tend to overlook that I think Newson pays attention to. Typography and the information design that is presented. The Ford car has one of my favourite dashboard’s. There’s a larger version of the Ikepod embedded into the car. The type on the side of the boat and plane are other examples. They are enhanced do to the nature of the information presented. The only slip up is with the space ship—it’s awful, but one example isn’t going to ruin the whole experience.

The exhibit TRANSPORT runs from September 14 through October 16, 2010 at Gagosian 522 West 21st Street, NYC. I suspect I’ll make another visit or two before it ends.

ADDITIONAL LINKS
Gagosian Gallery

NEW YORK OBSERVER: Built for Speed? The Collector Chats With Marc Newson About His New Gagosian Show

CURATED MAG: Marc Newson “Transport”

MONODO BLOG: Marc Newson @ Gagosian

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September 11 Tribute In Light Photos http://designnotes.info/?p=2618 http://designnotes.info/?p=2618#comments Sun, 12 Sep 2010 12:57:16 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=2618 Last night I ended up with my camera at the right time and place to capture a view of the September 11 Tribute In Light. The best way I can […]]]>

September 11 Tribute In Light

September 11 Tribute In Light

September 11 Tribute In Light

September 11 Tribute In Light

September 11 Tribute In Light

September 11 Tribute In Light

Last night I ended up with my camera at the right time and place to capture a view of the September 11 Tribute In Light. The best way I can describe seeing those beams at eye level is surreal. There was a lot of life circling those two streams which seemed fitting.

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Streaming Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Photos http://designnotes.info/?p=2604 http://designnotes.info/?p=2604#respond Fri, 10 Sep 2010 15:02:42 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=2604 Testing out the streaming Smart Galleries from Daylife with Streaming Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Photos happening in NYC.]]>

Testing out the streaming Smart Galleries from Daylife with Streaming Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Photos happening in NYC.

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Great Info Graphic from the NYT about Traffic Lanes on Broadway http://designnotes.info/?p=2596 http://designnotes.info/?p=2596#respond Tue, 07 Sep 2010 11:28:36 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=2596 I actually came to the NYT story Broadway Is Busy, With Pedestrians, if Not Car Traffic from a post on Reuters by Felix Salmon How the NYT sees bikes on […]]]>

I actually came to the NYT story Broadway Is Busy, With Pedestrians, if Not Car Traffic from a post on Reuters by Felix Salmon How the NYT sees bikes on Broadway which offers a fascinating counterbalance to the original article. However that isn’t what I’m wanting to post about. What I did want to note is that the info graphic is an interesting study of simplification and visualization of a street that I’ve often walked down. If a person walks down any of those cross sections of bike lanes, car lanes and sitting areas, it changes constantly yet has a consistent flow. I’ve often wondered what the pattern looked from above—now I know.

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QR Code Replaced Long URL on Poster http://designnotes.info/?p=2568 http://designnotes.info/?p=2568#respond Thu, 02 Sep 2010 00:02:27 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=2568 This morning as I do every morning that I walk to work I try to capture a photo of something that caught my attention. Today I stopped to notice a […]]]>

noticed NYC TV Life using QR Code on bus stop billboard #walkingtoworktoday

This morning as I do every morning that I walk to work I try to capture a photo of something that caught my attention. Today I stopped to notice a poster that had QR code on the bottom of it. Up until now most of the QR code stuff that I’ve seen on ads has been pretty gimmicky—but something about the placement had me curious. Plus the poster was from nyc.gov so I figured it probably had more value than just a coupon.

The three images show the chronological order of events. First I saw the poster, hence photographed it. Once I uploaded the image to Flickr I pulled out iPhone and pointed it at the QR code. Once read a bit.ly url popped up so I opened the url on my MacBook Pro after I emailed myself the link. The link btw is http://nyc.gov/html/media/html/schedules/schedules.shtml#life_schedule Turns out that the link is for a schedule of events on a number of different NYC TV channels. Everything worked perfectly to get to the site however the schedule in terms of getting me interested was pretty low. For all the effort to get me to the site I would hope that they would take some time to make the schedule readable outside of an excel form. At the minimum, include an image with each of the headings, at the max give me some filtering options with descriptions.

While I’m scratching my head wondering why they didn’t make the entire experience great, I do have to mention that it is pretty rare that I take the effort to actually check the url on any poster.

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