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 Link Drop is a double issue as I was preoccupied with being in SF last Friday. For this post I combined the best of what I found in the last 14 days. The biggest surprise for me was that I didn’t mention the iPhone, Apple or Google once. In their corporate place was Amazon and Zappos—no big surprise considering their news this week. There were quite a few times this morning as I was typing away with the links that I said to myself that this could be a best of year post. What I mean by that is there’s some really good content from others that I might want to save for my year end post. Maybe the summer brings out the best in us all?
The New York Review of Ideas
This site came out of no where (at least to me). The design and content match each other. I hate to say it, but I hope they publish their best content yearly.
A conversation with The Publisher & Editors of Politico
There’s a lot of observations a viewer could take from this round table talk. There’s the predictable print vs online aspect, but what perked up my ears was their strategy talk of wanting to own their sector in terms of being the “ESPN” of politics. Combine that attitude and energy with unique personalities and the hour went by very quickly. Afterwards I had to wonder how soon it will be till Charlie himself makes a couple appearances on Politico…
Walmart Announces a Sustainable Product Index
This gives an overview of what Walmart will be asking it’s retailers in terms of environmental impact of their products. I think this is a big deal as up until now most companies that have power to change things haven’t really stepped up to the plate.
Oh Snap! Our Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Shot By The Sartorialist
Smart info design of everyone’s favourite street fashion photographer….
Zappos Review Incites Reproach From Agency Creative
FYI, this link doesn’t work anymore if you don’t subscribe to Ad Age. I kept it because I wanted to use this as a perfect example of why a paid content wall doesn’t work. I thought this article was one of the best that has come out of Ad Age for quite some time because there was a great debate between the merits of the pitch and measuring how long a client actually looks at a pitch. The post that instigated the discussion
didn’t bother turning on the comments which made it a one way discussion—not a great thing for online content. With the above link there was a lot of info being added to the article which I appreciated. Now behind a wall no one is going to subscribe for one article. Now that I know there’s a time limit on Ad Age articles I’m probably not going to include them in my Link Drop anymore.
Zappos’ culture evident in their design
There’s going to be a lot of posts like this now that Amazon is going to purchase Zappos. I thought it would be funny to have this post beside the above issue of companies working with outside vendors for communication.
Amazon Buys Zappos, Gives Press the Boot
The press release in the internet age.
It’s amazing how a publisher’s branding can be transferred to well known album art in a visual way. The initial idea is still intact with the popular designs, yet the low saturation and paper crinkles also tell a story.
I liked Chris Anderson’s book Free. It’s a good business 101 in the digital age kind of refresher. Nothing really new being mentioned. What I liked even more though was how this post put those type of ideas into a larger context that I hadn’t really been thinking about.
100 Years of Design Manifestos
If I had a couple days of free time (which I don’t), I’d read all of these a couple times and try to pull out all the common themes, take those themes and look at them in the frame of today. With that info compare each of the ideas to the other time periods in the timeline and see what’s universal applicable and what’s just naive.
Blind Photographers Use Gadgets to Realize Artistic Vision
Any story that talks about the blind in a visual context is something I’m interested in. It helps me understand how communication can be done in a non visual way. It becomes more about the interaction.
WK GETS HAND JOBBED
Fun tag line to read about one authour’s adventure to a studio.
STVLAH: Things That Fall Over
This might be one of my fav. posts of the year in terms of making unrelated designs fit really well together. Especially in the economic period that we’re all in.
When You Put Data In, You Should Be Able to Get It Out
Did you know that if you tweet over 3,200 times, the 3,201 isn’t available unless you know how to use their api. Within that context this post talks about some of the ethical issues that digital services need to think about.
ZEVS’ Chanel Store Liquidation Could Cost A Million Dollars
This is one way to slow down unauthorized street art.
The Psychology of Cyberspace
I haven’t read this yet but it seems kind of interesting.
Volkswagen Golf 1974-2009
The irony of this diagram is quite telling. The nature of the compact car growing…
The fall from the top is far and fast
A post that will probably make you stop and pause for a myriad of reasons.
Mom-and-Pop Operators Turn to Social Media
Go figure—everyone is finding a reason to tweet.
From New York to Amsterdam: A Tale of Two Hotels
I’ve never been to a pod hotel before so I was interested in reading about that type of experience.
Every time you type a two-word Captcha, you’re helping to digitize the world’s printed archives.
Did you realize that you’re doing a service by filling in Captcha—I didn’t.
Dean + Deluca.
One of the benefits of living in NYC is that when people from other cities shoot Manhattan they capture moments that quite possibly could be taken for granted with resident. With fresh eyes it reminds me of all the cool everyday stuff floating around.
Smart Insight: Design Was Born In The Great Depression. Will It Be Reborn Out Of The Great Recession?
Great concept though I’m not so sure about the execution of it.
NYT Co.’s top lawyer doubts that aggregation is a copyright issue
The technology, entertainment and design conference known as Ted has been starting to feel predictable as the years go by. For some reason having it overseas has invigorated it. I’m seeing and reading a lot more about the people presenting that seem kind of worth while. This site is pulling a lot of that content together in a great format for those like myself that aren’t there.
Metropolis Magazine reflects on the photographer Julius Shulman.
The Books of Oxford
I haven’t had time to read this yet, I’m going to after I publish this Link Drop…
Audio from the Web Fonts Panel at TypeCon2009
Litherland passed this on to me just before I was going to hit the publish button for this Link Drop so I haven’t had the chance to listen it yet. It’s hard to comment about what’s been said with this discussion about issue of licensing fonts for the web before I’ve actually heard what they have to say. But since this is my site I can say what I want. My take is that this discussion should have happened like fifteen years ago. Type designers used to be ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and distributing their typefaces. At this point I don’t know if there’s anything those same type people can say that is actually meaningful. As a collective they’ve ignored technology, ie 6 and now I’m pretty much using Arial and Georgie too much. I blame you type designers for ignoring the fact that times change. And since we’re on it, why do I have to use bitmap like typefaces for super small points? Can we please move past type being designed for paper?
Below is an email that Debbie sent out a couple hours ago. To be honest I think it’s quite amazing that she’s collected over 100 conversations from around the design world and other people that are worth talking to. Even more amazing is for every conversation there’s been a priceless amount of energy in trying to understand each person before she talks to them. It makes me very tired even thinking about it. So with her permission I’ve just copy + pasted the email so people can get an idea of who she has conversed with. Yes I’m there in the list (and it’s a big deal to me), but that’s such a small part of it. I think I’ve listened to almost every single episode minus a couple from this year as I’m still trying to catch up. Up until I moved to NYC I could claim listening to every episode live, though now that streak has been broken unfortunately.
As I read the email I tried to make a couple mental notes of a top five that I can still recall after 100 episodes. This isn’t a best of by any means, but more like if I only had five hours to listen to my favourite podcasts, which interviews would I want to go back to.
A guy that wasn’t afraid to go back to school to learn something new.
The fact that hey had emergency eye surgery the night before yet was still willing to talk the day of was quite impressive.
This was one of the first strategy people that I heard about while back in Canada. I really should also add Grant McCracken too now that I think about it.
Marian Bantjes, Alexander Gelman + Michael Surtees
It’s not like I’d not want to hear what I was talking about when I was 27, now I’m 32…
On May 14, 2009, at 4:35 PM, Debbie Millman wrote:
My dear friends!
Tomorrow marks a very special day for Design Matters: it is my 100th broadcast, and my Season Five Finale!
Design Matters began in February of 2005 with an idea and a telephone line. Mostly, I started out doing it for myself–I thought it would be a great way to ask my heroes everything I wanted to know about their lives and their thoughts and their careers without seeming stalker-y. In the process, I gleaned the most magnificent view of some of the greatest design thinkers and practitioners of our time. I realized the opportunity to share the brilliance of my guests with a listenership I never expected was the gift of a lifetime.
On behalf of all of my amazing guests listed below, I want to thank you for supporting the show, and for offering encouragement and friendship.
Until Season Six–watch for wonderful new things!
Bad Boys of Design 1: Armin Vit, Mark Kingsley, Michael Ian Kaye, Petter Ringbom, James Victore
Bad Boys of Design 2: Rodrigo Corral, Bennett Peji, Tan Le, Felix Sockwell, Mark English, John Zapolski
Bad Boys of Design 3: Josh Chen, Manuel Toscano, Layne Braunstein, Alan Dye
Bad Boys of Design 4: Marc Alt, Mike Essl, Ray Fenwick, Michael Jager, Alberto Rigau
Chip Kidd, part 1
Chip Kidd, part 2
Design Blogs: Speak Up, Design Observer, Be A Design Group + Personism
David Carson, Not
Editorial Women: Joyce Kaye, Michela Abrahms, Laetitia Wolff + Barbara de Wilde
Grant McCracken, part 1
Grant McCracken, part 2
Grant McCracken, part 3
Jan Wilker + Hjalti Karlsson
Joe Duffy with guest host Nate Voss
Jonathan Hoefler + Tobias Frere-Jones
Josh Liberson + Ethan Trask
Lisa Francella + Pamela DeCesare
Malcolm Gladwell + Joyce Gladwell
Marian Bantjes, Alexander Gelman + Michael Surtees
Sean Adams + Noreen Morioka
Steve Sikora, Charlie Lazor + Tom Wright
Steven Heller, part 1
Steven Heller + Veronique Vienne
Steven Heller, part 3
Steven Heller + Lita Talerico
Todd Pruzan + Sam Potts
William Drenttel + Jessica Helfand
World of Branding
World of Las Vegas
World of Leisurama: Jake Gorst, Alastair Gordon + Andrew Geller
Y Conference 2009: Lorraine Wild, Liz Danzico, Andrea Pellegrino, Mark Randall, Shel Perkins
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Over here at DesignNotes HQ there were quite a few design related links collected that found themselves in this week’s version of the Link Drop. That shouldn’t come as a surprise as this is a design blog after all. There weren’t too many surprise themes aside from weapons which suggests I might need to randomize how I find good things on the web, or talk to more people to hear what’s piquing their interest. It’s a bit of a rainy morning so you might want to press play on this song and start clicking away…
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Cats and Their Designers
My weim Madison got her design fame a while back, it’s only fair that the cat people get theirs. What surprised me was the number of people that submitted their face snug to the back of their cats head…
Welcome to Illinoize.biz
This is a really good up–do of Sufjan Stevens – Illinois’ album. I’d recommend pressing the play button on this as you go through the rest of the links I have here.
Academia vs. Industry: The Difference Is in the Punctuation Marks
I don’t think I’ll look at punctuation quite the same again. Good analogies of how things are different and similar.
I haven’t actually tried using this thing to talk with someone behind the invisible wall. It’s strange and probably wouldn’t work for me—but maybe someone else will find it fun. What interested me more is that I’m guessing most of the people that are using it are also talking about it on twitter, hence a simple search http://search.twitter.com/search?q=omegle shows whose using it…
Postopolis, Day 1
Pretty good break down of the first day, and yes having a conference on the roof of a hotel seems like the only way to go. Except maybe when it’s in the spring and the evenings are quite cold—ha. Here’s a breakdown of all the speakers: It’s… Postopolis! LA
SlideShare’s April Fool’s Prank: Cruel, Or Just Unusual?
I very much fell for this prank, at first I was like haha on me. But after reading some of the stories about people falling for it, it seemed like a huge abuse of trust from an online service. I’m never going to use slideshare again, probably will never click on on a slideshare link or embed and will probably move my one presentation that I have on slideshare to something like http://www.scribd.com/.
Debbie Millman Presentation in Edmonton
I’ve recently been getting a lot of people searching for this presentation on the blog so I figured I might as well bring it up to the front of the blog again. Debbie was one of the first people that I invited to speak in Edmonton back in the day. It’s one of my fav. design talks for what I’ve learned from. This was filmed pre–YouTube days so the files are quite large and very small. You could think of them as a visual podcast. If you only have time to listen to one of the vids, I’d go for #3 as I think every graphic designer out there should hear it.
Design Plays Well With Others*
One of my alma maters has put up design work of all the design students graduating. I still remember how much energy it took to pull something like this off. Happy to see they seemed quite organized with their collection.
Google Street View Time Lapse
I’ve flirted with the idea of doing something like this, but the time it would take to do this to the reward of seeing it didn’t seem worth doing. Maybe I was wrong—this is quite cool to watch.
TweetDecks ‘other actions’ menu bugs me
I’m happy someone is pointing this out, as good as TweetDeck is, it has a long ways to go to be a really great experience vs it now just being a better experience then what’s out there.
RAINA + KUMRA
I recently came across this site, seems like there’s a lot of interesting stuff. My only quip is that I thought the colour squares were different background options.
What is Good Design?
After reading this you’ll be able to explain what good Design is…
This post is as much about philosophy as it is about tech. systems—in this case from apple. Astute observations about on how things get better and how bad things perhaps should be scrapped and started over from.
Did you know that Urban Outfitters had a blog? I didn’t and it’s actually pretty good on a number of levels. First there’s the content and then there’s the actual design which sets them apart from the typical blog—I suspect that this site will do much better for their bottom line than the standard paper brochure that they mail out.
One Changing Harlem Storefront, 1977-2009
The photo cycle on this store is amazing. Both interesting and sad how things change and then revert back…
The oldest photo of New York
If this person did indeed find the location of the oldest photo of NYC, that’s pretty cool.
Experience Design User
Fascinating conversation and argument all in 140 character tidbytes. Personally I think the whole UX conversation is a bit silly—if you’re not designing for a person in mind in the beginning, what are you designing for?
Designing Social Interfaces: Principles, Patterns, and Practices for Improving the User Experience
What a great way to build a book in the digital age. By opening it up like they have the authors are going to have a far superior book than if they had just left things to their own devices.
The Guardian @ G20 summit and protests in London and photos from Daylife
A lot of people and those include media types role their eyes when it comes to news coverage on Twitter. Stuff like this proves my point that it’s actually quite important for delivering reports.
How Many Links Are Too Many Links?
Such a simple visualization that’s executed perfectly. There’s a lot of things a designer could do with this info while viewed through different eyes.
The Science of ReTweets
Yes there is a lot more than meets the eye when a person sees the “RT” in twitter.
I Heart NY? | Next-Door Neighbor
The narrative of the comic seems to be all the rage today in the UX community. I blame google’s chrome instructional pdf. However that has nothing to do with this link… Click on the image and keep clicking. There’s a nice narrative going on.
deadline set by battery life
Great idea for getting things completed.
Rosen’s Flying Seminar In The Future of News
A nice collection about the doom and demise of newsprint as we know it today…
Announcing Wikirank: Tracking what’s popular on Wikipedia
Nice breakdown and design of a tool to visualize wikipedia page views. But does page view necessarily mean more important?
Porte Monnaie Classic Wallet
I want this, too bad I rarely use cash nor do I have that much in my wallet to warrant such an expensive thing when I do.
Favorite Ad on Facebook
This is great copy writing and kind of timely. Happy he saved it on his blog.
lorenzo damiani: ‘comb-at’
Functional and stylish at the same time.
MySpace Music: What Went Wrong, and What’s Being Done About It
Interesting observations and steps that online services should consider.
Lululemon’s Cult of Selling
Landmark Forum + Brian Tracy books + The Secret = Successful Brand?
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Two weeks ago I stopped subscribing to the NYT print edition. It was a slow downward spiral, at first I went from a whole subscription to the weekend edition. One of the main reasons why I kept up, just for the weekend was because of the magazine. While I still don’t think the online edition does the print version any justice I decided I could do with out the print version after learning on twitter that Janet Froelich was leaving the magazine. The fact that I learned about design news on twitter should give us all pause btw…
The reason for that preface is that I had a very small sum of money that I had budget to print media consumption that I could put elsewhere. I’ve always wanted to be a reader of the economist, the content can’t really be matched and they have great advertising. I follow the Economist on twitter and I think I saw a link from them mentioning that they now have the latest edition posted online. I spent the eight bucks to see what I would get.
It turns out that they’ve broken every story into an audio file, numbered and titled it correctly. The sound quality is great and the production value is really nice. The only issue is that it’s over eight hours. I think I started listening to it on Saturday and I just finished the whole thing today. I went from cover to cover, next week I would re-order things so I get the important stuff to me first, just in case I don’t listen to the whole thing.
As weird as it is for all the different types of media to be converging and mutating into each other, the control and ability to finish something like the Economist is great. Maybe there is a future for magazines as a better version of radio in the form of a music file.]]>
With all the “hoopla”, news going around these days, and me discovering the above image from Shepard Fairey, I thought I’d collect some of the more interesting links that I came across in the last couple weeks. It’s far from a complete story but adds some more substance to an artist/designer that is doing some interesting stuff. I’m sure that’s there’s a million other posts that I could refer to, so if you think there’s something I should add to this list please let me know. (I’ll be adding new links to the top as they come in)
Was Shepard Fairey Arrested To Embarrass The Mayor Of Boston? – A First Hand Account
from Wooster Collective
Milton Glaser on Shepard Fairey and Plagiarism
from Print magazine, my post in response to the interview here
Obey Plagiarist Shepard Fairey
A critique by artist Mark Vallen
The AP Has No Case Against Shepard Fairey
by Jonathan Melber
Fair Use Or Infringement? Obama Image In Spat
from NPR (4 min 49 sec podcast)
THINK PIECE///”FAIR USE IT OR LOSE IT”
by Marjorie Heins
The Problem with Shepard Fairey
from Tomorrow Museum
EDITORIAL: “THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE: SHEPARD FAIREY AND THE ART OF APPROPRIATION”
Does Associated Press Deserve Money for Appropriated Obama Image?
from State of the Art
06/29/07 – Season Four Finale: Shepard Fairey
from Design Matters (1 hr podcast)
ICA Boston’s photostream
A conversation with artist Shepard Fairey
with Charlie Rose
While most things these days are in slow down mode, one thing that isn’t is podcasts. I received an encouraging email that my favourite design podcast Design Matters is starting season five this Friday (January 9th, 2009). With that in mind I thought I would collect a number of other new podcasts that I’ve been enjoying. And if you have an iPhone don’t forget you can download them straight from your phone now.
The depth and number of designers and other cultured people Debbie has talked with is pretty amazing. She should really have her entire series transcribed and put into a book. Aside from being able to downloading them from iTunes you can also listen to them streamed online. I’m particularly fond of this episode from 04.01.05 though I find it hard for me to listen to.
THE MONOCLE WEEKLY
Updated Sunday evenings, I’m preferring the podcast to the magazine. There’s only been two episodes so far but the conversation is smart and my litmus test is time, if I wish each episode was longer then we have a winner – currently they’re thirty minutes which isn’t long enough.
I can’t think of a more relevant podcast to listen to these days. In the past if a person didn’t have some skilled education in money matters they’d find business shows to be kind of irrelevant. This is anything but boring, it’s extremely listenable and current.
I’m pretty sure every time that I’ve mentioned podcasts Spark comes up. Again it’s fairly relevant culture stuff with a slight nod towards technology and design. They probably have the best system for pulling out content and posting it on their website. It’s a really good case study to see how to transfer audio content on to the web. The only negative is that their archived is almost impossible to use – there’s no previous button at the bottom of the page. I’ve been told that this is going to be fixed…
Wanting to take a look back so I can figure out how to proceed with 2009, I grabbed a bunch of notable posts that I thought were worth spending a bit more time with. Below each image I’ve made a note now that I’ve had some time away from each of the original posts. Here’s to the new year and thanks for visiting, and linking and commenting and…
Do you have an iPod shuffle… and live in New York?
This seemed like a great idea at the time, trade my shuffle with someone else and hear some new music. I ended up trading but due to my own business it took way too long to trade back with her. I learned my lesson – anyone else want to try trading?
Copywronged Google Map
I wanted to combine some of my photography with a listing of location. Another idea with good intentions, problem was it took a lot of time to map it out and I had no way of exporting the data offline if I wanted to. So after a while I stopped posting to that map.
This post gave me the first really big pop traffic wise for the year. There were a ton of people that thought the map was pretty cool.
Architecture wrapped up as a shoe
I didn’t see as many women wearing these shoes as I hoped (probably b/c they were stupidly expensive). But it’s still true that NYC has the most beautiful people anywhere in the world…
Actually seeing those Obama posters outside
This was before things really took off with Obama, I had seen the Hope graphic floating around the web but this was the first image I saw of it actually on the streets. A while after that post someone mailed me a couple of the posters. That was a very good day.
Orange Bicycles in New York
There was an interesting discussion after I posted this – unfortunately when I installed Disqus after the fact that comment stayed in the old database of comments. In effect the person was objecting to the commercialization of the idea of the Ghost Bike. At the time I was pretty much on the opposite side thinking that a company shouldn’t have to worry about worry such things. As I’ve walked a lot through the city and seen those white bikes out there, that person may have been correct with their objections.
Making something understandable as opposed to just simplifying
I still luv this design, I wish everything I design could be as smart as that tag.
I was fascinated with how this post happened. Took a photo of a cool sticker, the person that designed it contacted me and this was the diagram that tracked it.
36 days of New York Sky: January 16th 2008 – February 20th 2008
This project is still going on for a couple weeks, but the number of people that saw it and contacted me after this post was quite amazing. Not sure where this project will end up but up until now it’s been interesting to watch it grow.
Looking at MoMA’s Design and Elastic Mind Exhibition
There was three events that were sort of art, sort of design that I really enjoyed seeing. One was MoMA’s Design and Elastic Mind Exhibition, Murakami at the Brooklyn Museum and Buckminster Fuller at the Whitney. I would have luved to have blogged more about the last two exhibitions but since they don’t allow photography inside I’ll just mention that it’s a stupid policy that will hurt them more than what it will help. Banksy’s installations would be up there too in really good things to have seen now that I think about it.
Can you exist without a permalink?
Until people realize this concept they’re toast.
Just like the Frietag instruction booklet I mentioned above, Camper’s shoes are a product that other designers should want to strive for. They are perfect for the weather of NYC and never wear out. There’s only two brands of shoes that I buy, Camper and Giraudon.
A Tagger in your midst?
I feel bad for whoever had to make this and deal with the text.
Love Me, next come the t-shirts – maybe on Etsy?
Here’s to wishful thinking.
Taking a quick look at Mental Models: Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior
Of any of the books I blogged about, this by far had the most hits coming from people wanting more info on it.
This post was the start of me sketching more fluently for blog posts.
Pure genius via Wooster Collective
Faux Eiffel Tower Extension
Clay Shirky on Stephen Colbert
There’s a lot of really smart stuff in this book. In my top 3 of things to read, and more interestingly I don’t think this book will date itself as much as some of the others along the same genre that came out this year.
Thinking about Mind 08 after the Symposium
I’ll really liked the design I did for this tag cloud, nothing more nothing less to this post.
find, define, design
then refine the redesign
do it one more time
A friend wrote this for me over im as I talked about work…
Over at Paul Smith in SoHo – MAY 68: STREET POSTERS FROM THE PARIS REBELLION, and other poster finds around New York
I hope the start of next May has some great posters like this year.
I Hate Perfume, Ideas I Love
How cool would it be to commision someone to make a scent for you?
Today’s Sky Mention
This unexpected use of my sky pics made me smile.
Looking at yourself as a Graphic Designer
Very smart diagram…
If you care about your stuff, make sure people can duplicate it
This concept was an addendum to Permalink post.
This was another post where I got back some unexpected responses. I like going back every once in awhile to read the dialogue.
What are you doing today?
While this ad could be just about for anything, there’s some subtle and smart things going on past the surface. Too bad I couldn’t embed it and had to take a screen shot.
The Flo in Florent
This is why people need to hire designers.
NPR Cancels The ‘BPP’ (Bryant Park Project)?!?
I’m still not happy about this. More surprising (or maybe not), no one has picked up the ball on voice news since. The Daily Beast is starting to pick up the pace but it’s just txt for now.
Scrolling Through Photos
I can’t say enough positive things about this startup. There’s a ton of smart things going on with them.
People interpreting news events and information
I don’t understand why this hasn’t been fixed or updated. There’s so much potential for Google Hot Trends to be a go to source.
Everyone is not just a designer, but also a photoshop expert too
It’s not bad enough that everyone wants to be a designer, now they think they can art direct photos too.
Hypothetically Say You Lost your Mac Book Pro
Possibly my best blog post of the year imho.
Clean iPhone psd template
I’m surprised that Apple never made a psd themselves so people could sketch out apps.
Say what you mean w/ a click
For all the chatter of sites that tagged brands, I think Dear Adobe changed the game more so than any other UGC site. If I was wanting to study site concepts for company’s, this is where I would start. And no, Adobe didn’t design the site.
What can I say? A lot of people are interested in sex.
Walking around NYC finding the David Byrne Bike Racks
I like to walk and this gave me an excuse to go to some areas that my normal routes wouldn’t take me.
Banksy at work in NYC: Broadway & Howard St.
There’s a saying about being lucky to be good, but you have to be good to be lucky. Sometimes it just helps being in the right place at the right time.
How I Find Good Stuff on the Web
This post kind of blew up things for me. The number of smart people that checked out my blog after this was pretty amazing. Hopefully I can build on that in the new year.
What’s your internet?
The amount of traffic I received after this post kind of made me eat my words about tumblr and ffffound. I just wished tumblr would archive things better…
The old and new MetLife Signs above New York
It’s amazing to watch the stats on how many people from MetLife check out this post everyday.
Looking at the Nooka Zon
I’m guesstimating that I got an extra 9,000 unique hits b/c of this post. A couple blogs and twitter really sent a lot of extra traffic my way b/c of that watch.
What Graphic Designers need to understand
I’ve probably had more face to face conversations about this post than anything else I blogged about this year.
You may or may not be aware that with the latest iPhone update let’s you download podcasts directly from wifi as opposed to having to go through your computer. What’s pretty amazing from my pov is that it took seconds to download 13 mb. I haven’t done any tests but I’m sure it takes longer to do that via my computer. What’s too bad is that as itune’s advances is starting to bloat downloading time from a regular computer. As a friend put it – it’s getting kind of dirty. It’s interesting to take notice that some of the limitations of the iphone are making it as fast to download stuff as it’s tech. superior brother the MBP.
I’ve mentioned some of the podcasts that I regularly listen to here on the blog before, but since a friend asked me this morning what CBC podcasts I listen to, I thought I would post them here again. So if you’re looking for some new culture, tech, art and design ideas – these podcasts might be what you’re looking for.
Age of Persuasion
Q The Podcast
the Best of DNTO
The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos
It’s funny how timing works sometimes. Yesterday morning I picked up a couple envelopes from Princeton Architectural Press of books for review purposes. While it’s going to be a couple weeks before I can write a DesignNotes review on Artificial Light: A Narrative Inquiry into the Nature of Abstraction, Immediacy, and other Architectural Fictions by Keith Mitnick and I Am My Family: Photographic Memories and Fictions by Rafael Goldchain I thought I would mention a podcast w/ Rafael. I frequently listen to to the daily CBC podcast Q w/ Jian Ghomeshi and while walking to work I listened to Monday’s edition. Keep in mind that I see and hear a ton of things everyday so it’s actually hard for me to keep track of all that stuff. While listening to the conversation going on w/ the podcast, the books I mentioned above were the last thing I was thinking about. The last interview of the show was w/ a photographer that was doing something kind of interesting. He was photographing himself as different family members from his past. It was an interesting process that he was going through. As he kept talking I was like hmmm, this is starting to sound familiar – I just got a book w/ a guy that was doing something pretty similar. Of course it was the same photographer, but for a couple minutes I was wondering if there’s more than one person looking back at their family in the same way. The entire podcast is worth listening to, but if you’re just interested in hearing the interview w/ the photographer Rafael Goldchain click on this link http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?i=37451804&id=256943801 and fast forward to 34:29.]]>
By the end of the week I’m always curious to see how my Link Drop is going to shape up w/ telling me what I found interesting. This week there was a combo of culture between photography, radio, music, architecture, advertising and some stuff that would fall into the category of misc. A lot of it was forward thinking – like what’s next. It’s kind of obvious that there’s a shake up going on and those that have a pov are trying to shape the next stage.
– Michael Surtees
Future of Making Map [The Institute For The Future]
EXCERPT: “Two future forces, one mostly social, one mostly technological, are intersecting to transform how goods, services, and experiences—the “stuff” of our world—will be designed, manufactured, and distributed over the next decade. An emerging do-it-yourself culture of “makers” is boldly voiding warranties to tweak, hack, and customize the products they buy. And what they can’t purchase, they build from scratch. Meanwhile, flexible manufacturing technologies on the horizon will change fabrication from massive and centralized to lightweight and ad hoc. These trends sit atop a platform of grassroots economics—new market structures developing online that embody a shift from stores and sales to communities and connections.”
The Coalition for Daring Behaviour
EXCERPT: “Launched in January 2008, The Coalition for Daring Behaviour is an on-line artist project that strives to facilitate a global exchange of dares, double dares, and possibly triple dog dares. An ever-expanding network of international artists/daredevils, the CFBD promotes creative collaborations of a spontaneous, non-traditional and, most importantly, daring nature.”
Prototype Packaging using Photoshop Smart Objects [creativetechs]
EXCERPT: “Are you working on a product packaging job? Here’s a way to combine digital product photography with Adobe Photoshop Smart Objects in CS2 or CS3 to create quick virtual prototypes. The process is fairly easy once you understand the technique, and can be used for some pretty remarkable results.”
On the death of BPP [gravity medium]
EXCERPT: “Well, the Bryant Park Project has less than a month left. Literally. Was it too beautiful to live, perhaps? Hardly. I mean, can anyone really feign shock that well? Let’s recount the strikes against this endeavor:”
The Facebooker Who Friended Obama [NYT]
EXCERPT: “Last November, Mark Penn, then the chief strategist for Hillary Rodham Clinton, derisively said Barack Obama’s supporters “look like Facebook.” Chris Hughes takes that as a compliment. Mr. Hughes, 24, was one of four founders of Facebook. In early 2007, he left the company to work in Chicago on Senator Obama’s new-media campaign.”
I Was A Mad Man Design Observer
EXCERPT: “In the winter of 1976, while still a student, I worked lunches at a Greek restaurant on Madison Avenue in New York City. Three or four days a week, a well-dressed gentleman in his 50s would come to lunch — strangely alone — and sit at the bar and order a martini. (And ultimately two more, but never three.) He managed to read the Wall Street Journal and eat a little lunch. I was his waiter and his bartender.”
Secrets of book publishing I wish I had known [Good Experience]
EXCERPT: “Following up on these overviews of the book industry, I thought I’d share some lessons I learned from publishing Bit Literacy. I originally tried to go through mainstream publishers but eventually self-published it, because of what I learned in the process. I wish I had known everything below before I wrote my book.”
EXCERPT: “Because laptops are increasingly popular, and desktops are becoming smaller and more portable, computer theft has reached huge proportions worldwide: there were about 600,000 laptops stolen in the USA in the year 2004. According to a recent FBI report, 97% of all stolen computers are never recovered. Many people we know have had their Macs stolen, often in ‘safe’ situations. That’s why we developed Undercover: a unique theft-recovery application designed from the ground up for Mac OS X.”
design mind | business. technology. design.
NPR cancel Bryant Park Project – Can a hybrid work? [fast forward blog]
EXCERPT: “It was announced this weekend that NPR will have to cancel their new News program The Bryant Park Project for cost reasons. The NYT story is here. The BPP site with comments on the closing of the show is here. You can see that I was not the only fan nor am I the only one who is upset!”
Ignite NYC: Soldering, Guerilla Knitting, & Bomb Shelters [radar oreilly]
EXCERPT: “The first Ignite NYC is going to happen 7/29 at M1-5. We are going to feature 16 speakers. Each speaker will get 20 slides that auto-advance after 15 seconds for a total of five-minutes. Ignite is free and open to the public — you’re on your own for drinks. We’re also going to be joined by Ignite co-creator, Bre Pettis. Bre is going to lead us in a creative soldering contest. RSVP at Upcoming or Facebook to let us know you are coming.”
Barbarian Group Adds Strategist [adweek]
EXCERPT: “The Barbarian Group is beefing up its strategic offering by adding Noah Brier from Naked Communications.”
Coffee shop chalkboard signs [cellar door]
EXCERPT: “In the past several months, I have been taking photos of chalkboard signs outside of coffee shops. Very specifically: Sweet Farm and El Beit in Williamsburg. These two shops started out being next to each other, and I wasn’t sure how each one would do, competition-wise.”
EXCERPT: “A visual listing of redesigns, design refreshes/updates, and overhauls.”
Sandra’s Sources | Leffot [NYT]
EXCERPT: “Steven Taffel, a self-proclaimed shoe hound, was tired of having to hoof it all the way uptown for quality footwear, so he decided to open the ultimate boot-ique in the heart of the West Village. The tightly curated selection includes labels like Edward Green, Pierre Corthay, Artioli, Aubercy and Gaziano & Girling, a young English cobbler.”
Three Glimpses of Photography’s Future [pop photo]
EXCERPT: “By now I’m guessing that most people who read blogs (or email) have read Vincent Laforet’s insightful, tough-love opus at Sports Shooter about the state of photography today (and tomorrow), The Cloud is Falling. It’s a long piece, so there’s a chance you might not have gotten to this late paragraph:”
Shake it Like a Metaphorical Picture [Jason Santa Maria]
EXCERPT: “Sometime next year, Polaroid will stop producing instant film. There have been lots of people jumping in to help save the format, and others writing some striking eulogies, as the rest of us start mourning the oncoming loss. But one thing I can’t quite shake is what Polaroid represents to me, something that will likely be on its way out the door too: the visual metaphor of a photograph.”
Lil Wayne: prince of the gift economy [This Blog Sits at the: Culture By]
EXCERPT: “Since his last LP, Lil Wayne has been working the gift economy. In the words of Jonah Weiner, [T]he New Orleans MC struck upon a music-distribution model so radical it made Radiohead look like Thomas Edison shipping wax cylinders by Pony Express. Step 1: Rap about whatever pops into your head, over any beat you please–copyright laws be damned. Step 2: Flood the Internet with material, compiled on mix tapes or leaked a la carte. Step 3: Say yes to anyone who invites you to guest star on a track (anyone: meaning Enrique Iglesias and Gym Class Heroes). Step 4: Repeat at an inhuman clip, not merely keeping pace with the relentless blog cycle–in which MP3s ping from studios to iPods to trash cans in a matter of days, but leaving the blog cycle face down on the racetrack, turf in its teeth, gasping for air.”
NYC Window Display Series continues… [Copyranter]
EXCERPT” “Last time, years ago, I went inside The Apartment at 101 Crosby St., they were an offbeat furniture store. But now, apparently, they offer “fully integrated branding, marketing, architecture, and interior design services.” Here, in their ever-changing window display, they present six people (employees?) artfully faking taking a dump.”
I was surprised, disappointed and angry to read on the BPP blog that NPR is canceling my fav. online radio news program the Bryant Park Project. You can get a sense of the outrage on the Bryant Park Project blog at www.npr.org/blogs/bryantpark/2008/07/nyt_npr_is_canceling_the_bpp.html They were pretty much the only daily news radio program that were getting it right in terms of building an audience minus the regular shock jock tactics. They were also the only group that was willing to call things like they really were. They were probably too smart for their own good. They also had a site that made their online stories easy to reblog after the fact. Hopefully something can be done to keep things going after next Friday but I won’t hold my breath. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.]]>
I was asked recently what podcasts that I listen to. While the list below is by no means the entire list it’s a pretty decent capture of what I hear on a typical week. Some of the podcasts though are taking a break at the moment but there’s enough in their archives to keep a listener busy for months. Are there any podcasts not listed below that I should check out?
CBC Radio: Q the Podcast
CBC Radio: Saskatchewan This Week
CBC Radio: Search Engine*
CBC Radio: Spark*
CBC Radio: The Best of DNTO
NPR: The Bryant Park Project*
The Sound of Young America
*Should check out first]]>
Over the last couple of years people in Canada have asked me if I’ve ever heard of the CBC Radio One program The Age of Persuasion. I would respond with yes I’ve heard of it, but no I haven’t listened to it. I’ve some how always been doing something around 11:30 Saturday morning without a radio within earshot. I’ve even emailed them asking when their going to podcast their show like most of the other programs on the CBC. At the moment they still aren’t podcasting the program but they’re doing the next best thing. They’re streaming it from the website – so it’s sort of archived and available to listen to when people choose to. I find it amusing that if you still want to listen to the show you have to be connected to a machine and not a portable listening to device.
The reason why I haven’t actually described the program yet is that I had known about the show by reputation but not by the actual content until I started listening to the program this week. The simplest way to describe it is if you’re in a creative field you’ll appreciate how Terry O’Reilly spins his narrative of advertising that is typically rooted in some sort of historical context. Thankfully it doesn’t go into a preechy Canadian way that some radio programs do that seem to come out of the same school of thought as Naomi Klein’s book No Logo. If you’re curious you can listen to this year’s shows so far at www.cbc.ca/ageofpersuasion]]>
Debbie Millman; authour, blogger (& frequent commenter here on DesignNotes), president, and radio host of Design Matters has released her season five guests. I’m not sure where she finds the energy to do everything she’s doing but here’s her list. You can catch the interviews live at 3pm EST at www.modavox.com/VoiceAmericaBusiness/
January 18: Chip Kidd
Award-winning graphic designer, musician and author of the books The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel in Two Semesters; Chip Kidd: Book One; and the forthcoming The Learners: A Novel
January 25: Eric Kandel
Psychiatrist, neuroscientist and professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize for his research on the physiological basis of memory. He is the author of In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind
February 1: Kurt Andersen
Award-winning journalist, host of the Peabody-winning public radio program Studio 360, and author of several best-selling books, including Turn of the Century and Heyday: A Novel
February 8: Vaughan Oliver
Award-winning, legendary graphic designer, artist and author of several books, including Exhibition/Exposition and This Rimy River
February 15: Jonah Lehrer
Editor-at-large for Seed Magazine, a contributor to NPR’s Radio Lab and the author of the acclaimed book Proust was a Neuroscientist
February 22: Petrula Vrontikis
Graphic designer, educator at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and author of the book inspiration=ideas, a creativity sourcebook for graphic designers
February 29: Stefan Bucher
Graphic designer, illustrator and author of several books including All Access—The Making of Thirty Extraordinary Graphic Designers and the forthcoming 100 Days of Monsters
March 7: Laurie Rosenwald
Graphic designer, artist, illustrator, writer, television actress and author of several books including New York Notebook; And to Name but Just a Few: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue and All The Wrong People Have Self-Esteem
March 14: Jeffrey Zeldman
Web Entrepreneur, writer, innovator, one of the first web designers and bloggers, publisher of A List Apart, and founder of the firm Happy Cog. He is the author of several books including Designing With Web Standards and the co-founder of An Event Apart, a traveling conference on design and code
March 28: Abbott Miller
Partner at Pentagram Design, award-winning graphic designer, writer, editor and art director of 2wice magazine, contributing editor of Eye magazine and the co-author of several books including The ABC’s of Bauhaus: The Bauhaus and Design Theory; Design/Writing/Research: Writing on Graphic Design and the forthcoming Open Book
April 11: Robynne Raye
Graphic Designer and co-founder of the acclaimed firm Modern Dog, educator at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, and co-author of Modern Dog: 20 Years of Poster Art
April 18: All Music Show with DJ and Designer Michael Hodgson
Graphic Designer and co-founder of the award-winning firm Ph.D., educator, and internationally acclaimed disc jockey.
April 25: Lawrence Weiner
One of the central figures of Conceptual art, Weiner’s work is the currently the subject of a major retrospective at the Whitney Museum entitled As Far As The Eye Can See. Other recent solo exhibitions of the artist’s work have been mounted at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (1990), Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1991), Dia Center for the Arts, New York (1991), Musée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux (1991 and 1992), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1992), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1994), Philadelphia Museum of Art (1994), and Museum Ludwig, Cologne (1995). In addition to publishing numerous books, Weiner has produced various films and videos, including Beached (1970), Do You Believe in Water? (1976), and Plowman’s Lunch (1982).
I haven’t always agreed on the commentary that Andy Rutledge has written about design, but he’s started a podcast series that I haven’t been so interested in since Debbie Millman’s Design Matters started her great series of interviews a couple years ago. Andy’s first episode questions a number of design processes through his own experience. It’s a pretty quick listen, but very well thought out for the most part. I’m looking forward to episode two. Listen to his first episode at http://show.andyrutledge.com/ The only suggestion would be to have a transcript of the episode in html…
In my last post mentioning Newsweek’s website, and more to the point about how there’s so much info in their site that I wished that I could hear everything by someone reading the info while I’m working on my laptop. An author has already done that in a smaller version about his new book Print is Dead, Jeff Gomez also runs the blog of the same name Print is Dead. At the website http://printisdeadbook.com/ Jeff in his own words has given away about a third of the book to be read online and on top of that he’s read the intro that you can listen too. In upcoming days he’ll have more audio of the book.
I really like the cycle that he’s created. He’s got a blog, publishes a book, sets up a website for the book, mentions the book on his blog, has audio of the book on the book site and blog, and naturally all the sites link to each other. The only thing he might be missing is a hosting his images on flickr.
So the real question is will I buy the book? Probably, though thankfully it’s not out just yet b/c I have a lot of books (both print and audio) on the go at the moment. Between now and when it’s published I might forget about the book, so hopefully every once in a while I’ll go back to the Print is Dead blog and be reminded of the book that I blogged about.
On a side note, I’m halfway through a book Swissmiss recommended to me over coffee last week called Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger. I can not tell you how much I’m enjoying the disorder to the classification system that the web is doing today. If you’re reading it, or looking for a book to read – this might be it. But my question is this – would you be interested in discussing it? I’ve never done the book club thing before, but this one might be a good one to start with. If there’s any takers let me know.]]>
I came across another great podcast from the CBC. This one is called Search Engine and you should check out the blog at www.cbc.ca/searchengine. Don’t be fooled by the name, it’s not about straight up technology but more about contemporary culture and news that is being influenced by the internet. I started with the latest episode and worked my way back, at twenty eight minutes a broadcast you’ll be caught up in no time. Their description is that Search Engine is a collaborative public radio show, which means among other things that every story that they bring to you is first posted to the blog at www.cbc.ca/searchengine, we invite you to come have a read and maybe share your thoughts. By getting a vigorous conversation started before we go to broadcast we’re able to learn more about our stories upfront and that helps us make better radio, of course we welcome your comments after we’ve gone on air and from time to time read feedback on the show. I really like this strategy of throwing something up information wise, get some angles you might not otherwise have had from others, help that shape the show, and then close the loop with more conversation afterwards. It really makes the story last a lot longer then it otherwise would have had.]]>
I was happy to discover that one of my favourite radio announcers is back on CBC radio with a new program called Spark. I first heard Nora Young while she was doing DNTO (Definitely Not the Opera) many years ago. When I was in high school and eventually design school, I would listen to DNTO on Saturday afternoons while working on projects. There was such a variety of stories about media culture that it had an influence on me trying to be aware of broad number of interests that would later help me as a designer. She eventually took some time off and passed the show on to Sook-Yin Lee. Most radio announcers sound good, but a great one really brings out the passion of what they’ve learned and pass it on to the audience – and Nora is one of those few that does it successfully.
From the CBC website for Spark, here’s their about: Spark is a weekly audio blog of smart and unexpected trendwatching. It’s not just technology for gearheads, it’s about the way technology affects our lives, and the world around us. What’s a Spark story? Wikis in the workplace, Guitar Hero in your living room, or why the new trend in design is the trailer park. Spark is more than a radio show, it’s a conversation that happens on the air and here on the Web. Spark is something you and the Spark team build together. Maybe you have a hot tip for a story we’re preparing. Or maybe something happened to you that would make a great story. Join the conversation by checking out the blog for the stories we’re working on and leave your comments. Get your voice on the air by leaving us a message. Spark: tech, trends, and fresh ideas.
Go to the Spark website to download the podcasts of the 27 min show at http://www.cbc.ca/spark/index.html?copy-index]]>
After listening to the Work-Life Balance Podcast panel discussion hosted by New Media BC at the Vancouver Film School, I was left with more confusion then certainty about how important balance is. On one side the seven panelists from varying sized design and agency’s (and one law firm) within Vancouver extolled the virtues of working hard w/ limits, but on the other hand sharing stories about how hard they worked. Also, most of the panelists were major stakeholders in their companies, as opposed to a designer or art director trying to make the design leap within a studio environment. So in a way the discussion seemed slightly biased when people were extolling the virtues of balance, yet I guessing that if you’re going to get anywhere in a successful studio you need to work your ass off. So the discussion offered more questions than answers, which makes sense when you have to decide what you want to accomplish with your time.
you can listen directly to the podcast Work/Life Balance: Empty Promise or Key to Happiness?
and there’s more of a write up of the Work-Life Balance Podcast at the BigSnit Blog who also hosted the podcast.
and I found all of this via Industrial Brand Creatives Blog]]>