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.
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.
Here was a couple persistent themes through out the month of January. Lots of the city, typography that caught my eye, a bit of food and one special dog…
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 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
Friday night in Soho at Gesture Theory
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
from above I can see loud people coming out of Penn Station #walkingtoworktoday
Tulips & ice outside a bodega on Thompson st #walkingtoworktoday
current desktop situation as I watch #tosstheprojector #sxsw
a new pier opened up with beach volleyball courts
just received the die cut @gesturetheory stickers
12ozprophet phone booth #walkingtoworktoday
Early morning coffee outside on Thompson St #walkingtoworktoday
slightly old school pharmacy symbol #walkingtoworktoday
Village Chess Shop Mural #walkingtoworktoday
El Cels in Neon Green & Pink on Mercer St #walkingtoworktoday]]>
The Selby takes photo series of people’s personal spaces, typically from people that are known for having a style that is hard to replicate. I can only imagine the traffic that the site brings when a new series is published. The NYT T mag is one of those things that has tried to keep up considering it started print publication. Checking back on the Selby I noticed that there was a series of the photos commissioned from NYT T Magazine.
I was curious to see how the photos matched up site vs site. Each site pulls a different context. The Selby let’s the photos speak for themselves in this case 84 photographs. Contrast that with NYT T mag that displayed 12 images along with corresponding text. Which one is better? They both have advantages, the Selby shows all the images fit to publish while NYT gives a concise story. While they’re both online and hence competing with each other, I don’t really see it that way. The Selby is going to push people that might otherwise not visit NYT T mag and vice versa.
What this does suggest is that if someone is a content creator, it’s not enough to just let those that commission the images to be the sole distributor. Each individual needs to have the ability to display their images when needed. This doesn’t mean publishing stuff before the publication release it, but if I look at other photography sites like Terry Richardson’s Diary, he’ll show the images he shot after they’ve been released. It keeps the cycle going as opposed to the standard print model.]]>
I almost remember a time when taking a photo was an easy thing. Then along came Flickr and all of a sudden I could publish and share stuff around the world. Then came along the iPhone and I could take pictures any time and send them instantly to Flickr. Then along came Twitter and I had the chance to share those instant images that were uploaded on Flickr. Then came along the iPad so all of a sudden I could take high res. images with a better digital camera and push them to Flickr and Twitter. Now I don’t totally trust Yahoo with Flickr which wrecks the flow a bit. I still use Flickr but my work flow is now based on the fact that Flickr as I know it today won’t be the same as tomorrow. Nothing lasts forever, espically with digital. Now I manually drop my image in Dropbox > Photos > Monthly Folder, from there I’ll upload to Flickr via Dropbox. It’s a bit of a pain but spending a day backing up all my Flickr images wasn’t exactly fun either.
One thing that I noticed via a shared public photos Dropbox folder is that there’s an RSS feed attached to it. I’ve subscribed to it through Google Reader to see what happens. Not much yet apparently as things look a bit broken. However I think there’s a ton of potential going on here. If that folder is my place to drop photo files and have the ability to grab and push them out, all of a sudden I can create a pretty meaningful experience. All I have to design it. In theory I could do the same thing with Flickr but who knows where my images will be tomorrow. Uncertainty isn’t something I want to risk with my images.
This doomsday scenario could be a couple years off, and using Dropbox as a publishing tool isn’t a great workflow yet, but it’s worth planning for.]]>
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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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.]]>
A couple weeks ago I received an interesting invitation out of the blue. Kevin Boothe who currently is in Paris on an exchange with Parsons and OCAD asked me if I wanted to be a part of his series titled Weeklies. While the concept manifests itself in a number of ways, Kevin asked me to record one photo a day for a week. The kicker was that I couldn’t put it up on Flickr or show it publicly until he posted it. It’s a bit strange I realize but I like throwing things up online. In any case the week I chose to document was my last normal week at Daylife before I decided to give notice. It had a bit more meaning than an average working week because after I let the start up know I was moving on, things wouldn’t be the same. And afterwards it was a bit uncomfortable experience at times—but I digress. In any case I wanted to show a typical week, starting off with a morning view, a couple different work views, some walking home from hanging out with friend’s images and the crazy snowstorm weather that hit New York. And the water shot was from Toronto as I flew there to update my visa. You can view my contribution to Weeklies at http://documentmagazine.ca/weeklies/?p=157 It was a great project to be a part of and I highly recommend people taking the time every once in a while to stop and shoot a typical week to see what their environment is. I’ll probably do that from time to time myself.]]>
Snow is one of those things that people can take for granted very quickly when it’s abundant, especially if you live in Canada. When I moved to New York I just sort of assumed there would be snow. Where I’m from it’s not unusual to see the white stuff by Halloween only to melt in late April. While here it’s been a nice to have a much shorter season of winter in NYC, but it never seems to snow that much, and if it does it doesn’t stick for too long. That’s why I really try to take advantage of the city when it get’s blanketed with the white stuff. Last March I described how the city opens up when there’s snow everywhere.
This year the snow came early, and it was even better because it was before Christmas. I don’t think I’ve had a white Christmas here yet. Before the snow really came down on Saturday night I was wondering what all the hype about a Nor’easter was for. There was a bit of snow coming down but nothing excessive. This post from Gothamist got it right “And New Yorkers are impatient to see some snow insanity”. The snow around 8 pm really started to kick in so I headed out with my camera to see what was going on.
New York has so many faces to it, not just the people but the entire environment. A person can look at the same building everyday and it’s going to look slightly different because of the time, the surrounding weather and because of the mood of the people down below. Plus there’s proximity. Being up close is a lot different from seeing the building from an airplane or tv, walking south instead of north reveals different angles. Because of that I never get tired of looking at some of those more well known images of the city, especially when the weather goes crazy. While Snowpocalypse 2009 was going on, I settled for a route that I could maximize with my time walking. I started in the 30’s and moved north past the mid 40’s and came back down. One of my favourite routes to walk Madison is to take her on Park ave. and head north until I hit Grand Central Station. There’s a bridge that shoots out of the building that creates some really great space above and below ground. So I took that as my starting point with the snow storm and walked around that area. After that I was curious to see what was going on around Times Square because of all the lights. It’s not somewhere that I go that often but once in while on a night when there’s a storm it’s warranted to see. As my first image above shows it didn’t disappoint.
By the time I got back to my apartment things were in near white out conditions. If I had left any later when I first started I don’t think I would have been able to capture many of the images I did. It’s sort of amazing that there was a short period of time where things were perfect and I managed to jump through that window. There’s another thing about New York, you can never take things for granted that they’ll be around for a second time. Things move so quickly, not just the streets but the weather too.
And here’s some images of the aftermath…
Since starting #walkingtoworktoday I’ve seen some interesting stuff, most notably people that are actually walking to work and shooting what they see. Yesterday was different though. It’s another example of starting something and knowing exactly where things will end up.
I’ve been a fan of the mix album of JayZ and Radiohead called Jaydiohead for a while now. As I was walking through West Broadway in SoHo I came across a sticker and thought that would be the perfect image for my contribution to #walkingtoworktoday for that day. I shot the image and tweeted it above.
The next thing I know, someone that I follows me and vice versa tweeted to let me know that there was a second album—which until that moment I didn’t know.
And finally the person that put together both of those albums let me know through twitter that there’s a Beastie Boys version too.
This whole scene is what I consider creating conditions for unexpectedness to happen, and in turn create a narrative that would have been impossible to predict ahead of time. Just like how I’ve blabbed about agile design in the past, I sort of think sometimes it’s best to keep the design open enough for things to happen that are impossible to predict. Just as my story above shows, it only takes one image to be passed along certain communication channels before all sorts of interesting things happen. In this case it was finding music I otherwise would never had found. I think there’s more to explore with this…]]>
Expanding on my presentation recently at the AIGA Make Think Conference where I got to share my daily walking experience to work in NYC, and how that allows me to think—I thought I’d push the idea a bit further. I want to open the photo project up to others. It’s amazing what people can see when they have their eyes are open—why not share that while walking to work?
The rules are simple, 1. you must have a twitter account, and 2. you must be able to take a picture and send it to flickr via twitter (read how to do this), and most importantly 3. take a picture while walking to work once a day and add the hashtag #walkingtoworktoday At this point it’s a bit of an experiment if anyone else will want to join in… Last week I tested out the idea sans hastag, now I’m going to include #walkingtoworktoday to the photos from today on. If you’re interested, take a pick and send it to flickr via twitter. I’m kind of curious to see how this evolves.]]>
Up until yesterday if a person had asked me to compare the differences between still photography and video, I don’t think it would have been too hard for me. They’re two different disciplines that that share a lens but have different output’s and different uses. But after watching a video from friend Justin Steele who’s known for his portraits of athletes like Roger Federer and Derek Jeter among others, the difference between the two mediums is just about non existent now. If you compare the two still photos that Justin took while watching the video, he’s using the same skill to light and compose in a consistent matter. It seriously was one of those aha moments where something clicked for me that a lot of people that are used to interacting with still photos online might really enjoy something that’s highly photographic but with a small amount of movement. Video has been around for quite some time, but we’re used to pretty bad stuff that isn’t lighted very well or really high quality video that takes a crew of ten to create. As far as I know Justin is doing this stuff with one or two assistants. If you can’t tell already, I’m pretty excited about the potential for this kind of hybrid photography. Of course with the good comes the small quips; after watching the video and seeing the closing credits—the typography does the video a disservice. It’s a bit clunky though I’m sure he’d be the first to say he’s not a designer, and the second is that there’s a bunch of dead time after the video. Not a big deal as I’m sure he’s going to re cut the video when he has the time.
Justin’s got five videos online at http://vimeo.com/justinsteele/videos and his portfolio of star athletes and others at http://www.justinsteele.com.]]>
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.]]>
I managed to get my hands on the soon to be released TiltShift iPhone App from Takayuki Fukatsu.
It comes out tomorrow (September 2nd, 2009). It’s now available at the app store. Takayuki Fukatsu is the developer of QuadCamera, QuadAnimator and ToyCam which I’ve also mentioned on DesignNotes.
While experimenting with the controls, I thought the UI was quite intuitive and easy to use once I took a photo. After I took the image I had a couple options to make tweaks to the image with different sliders. Another feature is that I can use images that I’ve already taken. What this means is that I can use other camera apps and import the image after wards to make changes with TiltShift.]]>
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.
It’s been a bit of an up and down week over here at DesignNotes. I’ve been under the weather of most of the week which is highly unusual, and on the flip side the weather outside has been actually pretty decent. In more relatable Link Drop news, I found that the sites I spent time with has a lot of personal expressing in them. There’s a bunch of interviews, process and visualization. Intermixed with all that are the normal tech., Apple and Twitter issues.
President Barack Obama for BusinessWeek
Brad has to be my favourite photographer that I like to share my doom and gloom predictions about the print industry with. He’s also old school but in a good way. Recently he visited the White House for BusinessWeek to shoot a cover story on Barack Obama. This is his post about the experience, something that more photographers should do once their images are published.
Advertising’s revenge of the nerds
This was by far the most popular of the sites I passed along this week via Twitter. It’s hard to say if this really is a new concept or one that’s being reported on. Non creatives will always be more attentive to stats that show graphs going up. Designer’s just need to understand that and use it to their advantage.
Why Does the Best Design of 2009 Still Look Like 2000?
This was probably one of the more important articles that could warrant some more in depth consideration. Comparing some of the best in industrial design today to the past, there hasn’t been a huge leap in the design. Minor tweaks aside there isn’t much new. I think this also could be a bigger issue of business culture in general. Look at what others have done and replicate.
On the inequities of design competitions
I really like this quote so I’m copy + pasting it here “…Designers who win awards for edgy design they did for a friend’s business– with a print run of one hundred or something like that? They’ve got no art director, no creative director, no client’s representative, no agency person. Where’s the obstacle to good design there? But take something like a cheese. When I see a really good package for a cheese– I know what that designer went through to get there. It makes me want to fall on my knees and kiss that designer’s feet, that cheese. —Ernesto Aparicio”
There’s a lot of takeaways from this practical statement. Can design that is collaborative, ie working closely with those that are not as passionate about doing something new be celebrated as much as the artist that does design on the side? This example also illustrates why I don’t show a lot of images from designers web sites. For me to truly appreciate a design I need to see it in the real world. Design magazines don’t barely reflect the real world that real design flows into. If I’m going to suggest a poster is pretty good, I better be able to see it against a real wall with other posters surrounding it.
This tries to end the mysticism of art trying to be design. Good design takes time, but it doesn’t mean that we have to be having an outer body experience to do appropriate work.
JK Wedding Entrance Dance
This post pretty much sums up how media, design and marketing need to be. It’s amazing how distinct the age gap between those in online that are old that treat sites like print material, and those online today who understand it’s an ongoing conversation that can’t be predicted six months in advance. With that said I do have some doubts that the JK Wedding dance wasn’t an elaborate pr stunt by Chris Brown’s handler’s, but maybe that’s just me…
Co-opting Viral Hits to Sell More Music
PSFK reflects on the practical nature of having a copyrighted song in a YouTube video being in a video, and how that can be profitable.
Heating Up the Charts
There’s some unusual candor about the process of selecting and working with a design firm for the redesign of Billboard’s site. Interesting pov’s and observations.
how blogging really works: random acts of traction
This isn’t the only reason I blog, but it’s true that a publisher will never know what ideas take off. For me, if I post five or six random design ideas a week, over a period of months some of them will evolve into something really special. If I hadn’t started where would those ideas come from?
Can We Please Kill This Meme Now
This is why I collect stuff for this Link Drop. There’s so much good stuff out there that I need a place to filter it after seven days.
Q & A with Ingsu Liu, W.W. Norton
I like talking about the demise of print, but I don’t have any allusions that digital can be as conceptual as a well designed book cover. The above interview is with the current V.P. art director at W.W. Norton, the talk is about their process.
Building an Army of Hyper-Local, Mobile-Connected Advocates
There’s a couple interesting angles for me on this story. I first read this story from Advertising Age, but since they wall their content after a week I thought it made more sense to pass it along to the original source. A lot of people use foursquare, I can’t argue that point as I see them all talking on Twitter. I’ve never tried it for personal reasons. In any case this article does a good job a breaking down the mobile app.
Digitized Stalking Is the New World Order
Just when you thought it was safe to be online.
Designers and Citizens as Critical Media Artists
As a concept I thought yellow arrow was a pretty cool idea. The designer’s of that and other cool things talk about it.
Easy Meat Cheat Sheet
What can I say, I’m a sucker for meat charts. There’s something freakishly interesting about them.
Retail Cuts of Art from GG
A second meat like chart I came across…
The App Store and Apple’s Recent Behavior
Apple has always been a corporation though sometimes people forget this. With the iPhone and the partnership with ATT, a lot of their business strategies are being questioned.
Is Apple More Evil Than Microsoft?
Could an article like this have been written three years ago?
Detroit Book : MITCH COPE
These are images worth taking a look at. They speak volumes to those that think that what ever industry they are in is not susceptible to change.
The meaning’s behind the short phrases are great.
what brands can learn from mission street food
A different type of look at my fav. SF food place.
Design Club: Why young American designers are ganging up
Interesting concept but it’s not new like is suggested. MADE in Edmonton is doing something similar and has been going strong for over ten years.
Making sense of health care
I nice big chart about health care…
Delightful error pages
The start of a collection of error pages.
Five steps to a better design brief
Here’s a couple steps that any designer can take heed to.
Good background info about how Good magazine does it’s thing.
Friend of DesignNotes, Rob Peters looks back at Hiroshima.
Link Drops by DesignNotes
It was interesting for me to read through the eyes of someone else about my Link Drop.
While it may be a cliche to suggest that every building in NYC has a story behind it, I can’t help but wonder about the Affinia Hotel near Madison Square Gardens. With a quick glance it becomes apparent that there’s a lot of weird stuff going on. The entire shape is a combination of slicing and dicing, starts and stops and brick work that takes a life of its own. I also wonder about the architects original intentions and how much it got messed around while it was being built. Were there tons of battles before the building even got started?
Looking at the building now I wonder how the main protagonists of the building’s history took to its rise. Not knowing any of the history I can only interject my own theories. It seems to me that the architect was incredibly into details while the contractor and builders had other priorities. Maybe the building owner was two faced—liked the details but was willing to save a dollar at all costs. Were people laxed to details, the architect realizing this and possibly slipped in details that were never approved, only to be foiled by the builders who ignored the blueprints the next day?
There’s a number of brick related elements that seem kind of strange. There’s columns of different coloured brick that finish off a couple window with flourishes. A nice but slightly ugly detail. However it looks like they had spare dark brick so they just continued upwards until they ran out. On a slightly different note, there looks like a different beige brick that got thrown into the building haphazardly. Can you imagine the conversation that was going on between the architect, builder and owner of the building. I’m sure it wasn’t pretty.
Those building elements are quite old now and give it a bit of charm that we would never see today with the glass veneers that wrap most buildings. While the brick work was one stage of the building process, there’s other things to look at. There’s the worn typography advertising the hotel when it was in other hands. Again I can only speculate how many businesses have tried to make a go of having a hotel right beside Madison Square Garden. The final element that I was able to capture was the hand made heart outside of one window. I’m assuming it was from a couple on their honeymoon. A simple gesture that maybe was preplanned while the guests first wanted to visit NYC. What makes it more remarkable that the heart probably would never had been viewable if a chain of events hadn’t happened. Crazy brick workers, architects trying to go into great detail, and someone booking the room oblivious to the outside.]]>
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.