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Quotes – DesignNotes by Michael Surtees http://designnotes.info Testing & Sprinting Wed, 29 Jun 2016 01:11:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Link Drop (8·07·09) http://designnotes.info/?p=1846 http://designnotes.info/?p=1846#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2009 13:34:55 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1846 link drop themes

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 « Damn Ugly Photography_1249599117406

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.

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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

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.

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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.

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On Inspiration
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.

Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » JK Wedding Entrance Dance_1249599188576

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…

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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 « MobileBehavior_1249599239966

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 | Threat Level | Wired.com_1249599814963


Digitized Stalking Is the New World Order

Just when you thought it was safe to be online.

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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.

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Easy Meat Cheat Sheet
What can I say, I’m a sucker for meat charts. There’s something freakishly interesting about them.

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Retail Cuts of Art from GG

A second meat like chart I came across…

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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

Is Apple More Evil Than Microsoft?
Could an article like this have been written three years ago?

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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.

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Twittergraphy
The meaning’s behind the short phrases are great.

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what brands can learn from mission street food
A different type of look at my fav. SF food place.

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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.

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Making sense of health care
I nice big chart about health care…

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Delightful error pages
The start of a collection of error pages.

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Five steps to a better design brief

Here’s a couple steps that any designer can take heed to.

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“GOOD” Design
Good background info about how Good magazine does it’s thing.

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Never again…
Friend of DesignNotes, Rob Peters looks back at Hiroshima.

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Link Drops by DesignNotes
It was interesting for me to read through the eyes of someone else about my Link Drop.

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A couple tweets that made me go hmmm http://designnotes.info/?p=1769 http://designnotes.info/?p=1769#comments Tue, 05 May 2009 12:41:17 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1769

One of the more under utilized functions in twitter is the favourite function. I think there’s huge opportunities to filter and find great bursts of tweets that others find interesting. Above are a couple that I pulled from what I’ve favourited as of late.

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Last week I mentioned how I’m starting to post about the same themes week after week. Well this week for the Link Drop I’ve tried mixing it up a bit. There’s lots about eggs and circles. I’m not entirely sure how this happened, but when things flow whom I’m I to stop it from happening—maybe I was hungry as I was going though the sites…

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Tina Fey on Amy Poehler on branding now
I think this quote is great: “Amy is funny because she doesn’t care what you think, but she does want to make you laugh. It’s a complicated and important combination.” If only we could all have the same attitude…

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Video is Justice
Lots to consider with this post—just proves that what’s released into the wild isn’t always what a person can expect.

Video reveals G20 police assault on Ian Tomlinson moments before he died | UK news | The Guardian_1239322032552

Video reveals G20 police assault on man who died
This is crazy, and it should be noted that the Guardian is doing some interesting stuff. Last week I posted about them using twitter; The Guardian @ G20 summit and protests in London

Switch to Energy Saving Bulbs with FF Dingbats 2.0 | The FontFeed_1239322069878

Switch to Energy Saving Bulbs with FF Dingbats 2.0
Cool idea to get colour into dingbats, plus the images are nice.

Too much (poorly designed) Information

Too much (poorly designed) Information?
Good breakdown of info design overthought. Maybe they should have stopped while they’re ahead? Good candidate for agile design?

Automatic Legends for Proportional Symbol Maps (Jenny) « Kelso’s Corner_1239322096537

Automatic Legends for Proportional Symbol Maps (Jenny)
Cool tool, I wonder if there’s some sort of magical/golden rule to these type of proportions.

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Kode9’s “Black Sun” single came out today! You know it’s the techn-00’s when I’m waiting impatiently for almost trip hop.
It’s been a while since I showed one of these diagrams—the colour spectrum is quite telling.

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The Fedrigoni Mountains
I wish this was some sort of three dimensional diagram because it would rawk if it was.

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Subway Station Buttons
The MTA should steal this idea and sell buttons for $2.50 a piece. That way New Yorkers using the subway wouldn’t be overcharged…

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toilet roll origami
Crazy idea—how does one come up with something like this? It would be cool to do some designs around this stuff.

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Porno Circles
This is hilarious, I wonder how many design students are going to try the same thing—and what will the reaction be from the design teacher? Shock in horror or utter disbelief in the geniusness of it…

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Circle
More info on the circle, good followup after the porno circles.

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Why a 24-hour Design Marathon Works
Not too sure about the 24hr thing, but the Nine Tricks of the Designer’s Trade are pretty good to remember.

Can design save the newspaper

Can design save the newspaper?
This is a pretty good response to the TED video of the same name. It doesn’t really surprise me that a lot of designers think this, but seriously get an idea of the economics and understand the experience that people are interacting with to get their news. Showing a portfolio of pretty pictures for five minutes isn’t going to help and it just brings down the design profession.

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Mattias Mackler: Peace Revolution poster
Love the execution of this poster.

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THE J SCHATZ EGG BIRD HOUSE COLLECTION
If I had a backyard I’d get the yellow one. They should really limit the colours to white and yellow—much stronger concept left like that.

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Mid-Century Modern Furniture Poster by J Provost
This would be nice to hang somewhere.

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“traces of an imaginary affair”
Another “how did this person come up with this idea”, but it’s kind of funny if you’re into that kind of thing. The picture is perfect, ha.

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Veuve Clicquot
Interesting design exercise with tying illustration into the package design.

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onedotzero submissions
If you’re a motion designer, you might be interested in checking this out.

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Coffee Top Caddie
I like this low–fi design solution.

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credit card cutlery.
This seemed to fit with the above low–fi design concept above.

Effective CRM you won’t read about in Adweek « BBH Labs_1239322417950

Effective CRM you won’t read about in Adweek
This is the stuff no one talks about (except for now), interesting observations to be read…

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Happy 5th Birthday, Subservient Chicken
Great breakdown, wish more work that’s good would be written up in a format like this. Shows how the process evolved, people that worked on it and the final product.

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Consciousness Raising in the Dairy Section
Fitting post to end with—lots of info on eggs that I never really thought about before.

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A conversation with Chef Ferran Adrià & Chef Jose Andres on Charlie Rose http://designnotes.info/?p=1726 http://designnotes.info/?p=1726#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2009 20:18:21 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1726 Chef Ferran Adrià & Chef Jose Andres quotes

I don’t know if I’m getting old or what, but on Friday nights I’m starting to like resetting by going through all the stuff I missed during the week. Typically this includes going through a weeks worth of Charlie Rose. I’m not going to watch five or six interviews, but as a skim through them I’ll find a gem or two. Those interviews usually have me pulling out my muji notebook to jot down some ideas or quotes. The conversation with Chef Ferran Adrià & Chef Jose Andres on Mar 30, 2009 was especially noteworthy. I’ve attributed the quotes (and text mash–ups) above to both Ferran Adrià & Jose Andres because one was speaking in Spanish while the other translated to english. I have no idea how things were interpreted so it makes sense to me to include them both.

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Design is like a present http://designnotes.info/?p=1702 http://designnotes.info/?p=1702#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2009 12:55:39 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1702 Alissia Melka-Teichroew quote, Something else entirely I think—it’s like buying presents. You usually buy something for someone else that somewhere you also enjoy because it is more fun that way—it’s more genuine if you do it that way.

Over the weekend I had a lengthy interview with one of my new favourite designers, Alissia Melka-Teichroew. I was introduced to her work recently after she started following me on twitter. As I was going through her designs there were a couple things I came across that I recognized. It had been a while since my last interview so I thought she would be perfect person to hear about her design philosophy. Above is one quote that I pulled from our talk on Saturday. You can expect the full interview here in a couple weeks after the editing is complete.

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Quotes from Shepard Fairey at Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy http://designnotes.info/?p=1693 http://designnotes.info/?p=1693#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2009 20:48:42 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1693 A couple nights ago I went to hear Shepard Fairey, Lawrence Lessig and Steven Johnson speak at Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy. I had pretty […]]]>

Shepard Fairey said I’ve never had an original thought in my life... and there’s tons of people on the internet happy to tell me just that...

Shepard Fairey said I do believe in intellectual property. They said they wanted damages, I said what damages? Your image is worth more...

Shepard Fairey said Remixing with new voices is creative practice...

Shepard Fairey said Why is non commercial public expression considered criminal?

Shepard Fairey said If being original means having to throw paint in front of a jet turbine to hit a canvas 50 ft away then lets not be original

Shepard Fairey said [remix] is absolutely a case by case basis... I error on the side of letting people use my materials

Shepard Fairey said AP sent out a ripple of fear to young artists

Shepard Fairey said Every spoof gives more power to the original

A couple nights ago I went to hear Shepard Fairey, Lawrence Lessig and Steven Johnson speak at Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy. I had pretty high hopes for the event that couldn’t possibly delivered on. Lessig spoke for about 30 minutes to put the case against AP in context. You can see the slides and hear it http://blip.tv/file/1821209. There’s a decent synopsis of the entire talk at PSFK. I’ve pulled some of the notable quotes from Fairey above. What disappointed me was that in one sense I’ve heard most of what Fairey has said before. Possibly because I’ve heard a lot of his interviews already and due to the nature of what he can say due to the lawsuit. I’m glad I went to see the talk in person, but I would have preferred to have had at least one person from an opposing pov there to cause a real debate.

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on Football and Chess (and design) http://designnotes.info/?p=1632 http://designnotes.info/?p=1632#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2009 12:15:45 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1632 on Football and Chess

A couple days ago I came across a great twitter comment from Geoff Manaugh of bldgblog in which he mentions “Football as a series of contradictory landscape strategies: analytic geometry. Competing ways of using a nd filling space.” I’m a fan of both North American football and soccer which I thought was apt for both sports. Then yesterday I came across another analogy, this time it was about chess and Bobby Fischer’s eulogy via Jason Kottke. Michael Paterniti wrote “This was the beauty of Bobby Fischer’s mind, even then. The boy made very clean, simple lines out of very complex problems, and when the trap was sprung, his style of chess became so transparent you could instantly recognize its brilliance: efficient, organic, wildly responsive and creative.”

I like combining stuff to see what I get, especially with quotes like above. Both of those excerpts are relatable to not only their respective sports but to the bigger picture of design from my pov. If you can follow me for a sec I’ll explain why. In Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design (Interactive Technologies) by Bill Buxton, he describes trigonometry (something that is fundamental to navigation) “more often than not they recast the problem in a different representation that simply side-steps the need for the task to be done”. In football it’s about moving ideas from point A to B by dealing with challenges, while in chess as Fischer illustrated, turning a complex process into something that was simple in it’s brilliance. Isn’t that what design is about?

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12 months of condensed DesignNotes in 2008 http://designnotes.info/?p=1626 http://designnotes.info/?p=1626#respond Wed, 31 Dec 2008 17:37:34 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1626 designnotes_keyboard

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?
01.16.08

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
01.18.08

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.

Living Patterns
01.29.08

Image from Urban fabric/form comparison: Spacing Toronto
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
01.31.08

Gucci Newton
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
02.02.08

HOPE
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
02.03.08

Orange Bicycle at 42 and 6 ave
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
02.04.08


I still luv this design, I wish everything I design could be as smart as that tag.

Talking Sticker
02.08.08

motobus diagram 2
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
2.20.08

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
02.25.08

Design and the Elastic Mind: Dressing the Meat of Tomorrow by James King
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?
02.26.08

permalink
Until people realize this concept they’re toast.

Unmarked Shoe
02.28.08


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?
03.03.08

Tagger
I feel bad for whoever had to make this and deal with the text.

Love Me, next come the t-shirts – maybe on Etsy?
03.07.08

loveme 2
Here’s to wishful thinking.

Taking a quick look at Mental Models: Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior
03.26.08

MM001: Front Cover
Of any of the books I blogged about, this by far had the most hits coming from people wanting more info on it.

Multiplatform Complaining
03.26.08

Multiplatform Complaining: Visualized by me
This post was the start of me sketching more fluently for blog posts.

Air Bear
03.31.08


Pure genius via Wooster Collective

Faux Eiffel Tower Extension
04.02.08

EiffelTowerExtension4
haha, sigh.

Clay Shirky on Stephen Colbert
04.05.08

Review Copy
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
04.07.08

MIND 08 Notes Cloud
I’ll really liked the design I did for this tag cloud, nothing more nothing less to this post.

reDesign Haiku
04.12.08

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
05.02.08

MAY 68: STREET POSTERS FROM THE PARIS REBELLION
I hope the start of next May has some great posters like this year.

I Hate Perfume, Ideas I Love
05.10.08

CB I Hate Perfume: Perfumes A-Z
How cool would it be to commision someone to make a scent for you?

Today’s Sky Mention
05.14.08

+KN | Kitsune Noir » Today Is the Day
This unexpected use of my sky pics made me smile.

Looking at yourself as a Graphic Designer
05.15.08

changes
Very smart diagram…

If you care about your stuff, make sure people can duplicate it
06.01.08

Duplicates of the films and videos that were destroyed were stored in a different location, according to the president of NBC Universal, Ron Meyer. "Nothing is lost forever," he said.
This concept was an addendum to Permalink post.

My M.O.
06.11.08

see think live
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?
06.22.08

You Should Do It Now .com
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
06.30.08


This is why people need to hire designers.

NPR Cancels The ‘BPP’ (Bryant Park Project)?!?
07.14.08

NPR Is Canceling The 'BPP'
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
07.21.08

PicLens
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
07.30.08

Search terms after Earthquake Rattles Southern California Jul 29, 2008
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
08.14.08

mybestfriendsgirl-poster-full
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
08.18.08

what was in my bag last night - there's a happy ending to one of the worst/best nights i've had in some time...
Possibly my best blog post of the year imho.

Clean iPhone psd template
08.20.08

iPhone_GUI psd layers from teehan+lax
I’m surprised that Apple never made a psd themselves so people could sketch out apps.

Say what you mean w/ a click
08.25.08

dear adobe
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.

Flow sex
08.27.08

flow_sex [not sure who designed this]
What can I say? A lot of people are interested in sex.

Walking around NYC finding the David Byrne Bike Racks
09.02.08

David Byrne Bike Rack on 39th street
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.
10.01.08

banksy in nyc
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
10.15.08

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?
10.21.08

13 points at ten15am
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
11.02.08

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
12.08.08

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
12.09.08

the_it
I’ve probably had more face to face conversations about this post than anything else I blogged about this year.

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At the end of the day http://designnotes.info/?p=849 http://designnotes.info/?p=849#respond Sat, 30 Dec 2006 15:11:04 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=849 The difference between a successful chef and an unsuccessful chef is the passion and is the drive still asking questions to this very day. Why are we doing it like this, why can’t we do it some way else? Why don’t we try it that way? If you cannot go to the end of the day when you’re lying down to sleep and haven’t learned at least one new thing, then you did something wrong – you just blew twenty four hours.

Guy Rubino

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Massimo Vignelli Talk http://designnotes.info/?p=800 http://designnotes.info/?p=800#comments Fri, 17 Nov 2006 06:38:56 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=800 Massimo Vignelli Talk

Finally, a design talk where I can say that I left afterwards with a smile. If anyone is wondering who they should invite for their next big talk – put Massimo on the top of the list after you’ve considered swissmiss. By far Vignelli has been the best individual that I’ve seen talk in NYC. The talk was way longer than the average 55 minute lecture I’m used to seeing. I didn’t end up leaving F.I.T. until after nine. And I would have stayed another hour if there were the questions to keep him on stage.

It would be too difficult for me to do a play by play review of every slide he showed, but I did my best to shoot a bunch and post them on flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsurtees/sets/72157594379518635/ I came to the talk thinking that I knew a bit about the designer, but it was apparent that I really didn’t have a clue. The number of products that he had designed was quite exhausting outside of the graphic design stuff. I just had no idea that he was so into dishes and environments.

In the past when I think of modernism, I attached it with serious business. Strong lines and very systematic without a sense of humour. But after hearing Vignelli and others that believe in the philosophy – I have reconsidered. While every point made sense, the delivery had a punch line that everyone in the audience couldn’t help but chuckle. I’m learning that Modern people have a great sense of joy.

As much as I left smiling, it wasn’t all b/c of the jokes. I truly felt I became a better designer for listening to him share his thoughts. Some of these notes are not much different from what you’ve come across in your own travels, while others might strike a new note.

· ask yourself what the rules are, what does it mean?
· design w/ intensity and passion
· nothing comes easy
· 72 points is big!
· I only design when I need something
· let the emptiness sign
· this is me in 1972, do you like my pants!?!
· five different levels of hierarchy
· if you can’t find it, design it

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Back in the day with the GDC http://designnotes.info/?p=776 http://designnotes.info/?p=776#comments Thu, 26 Oct 2006 02:50:05 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=776 Back in the day with the GDC

Last night I stepped down from my National VP of Communication role with the GDC (Society of Graphic Designers of Canada). I don’t want to make a big deal of things as there are a lot of potential designers in Canada that still have a role to shape the Society for the better. However I was elected to the national board four years too early. Each local chapter in Canada has such a strong roster of leadership that I would have loved the chance to work with them once they move on to National. However like I mentioned my chance came too soon. The GDC is at a critical time for sustainability and I felt that I couldn’t accomplish what I wanted to see for that to happen. It is so sad that that the older generation is happy to leave things as they are and hope that things “just” get better.

Through a private e-mail I was asked this deceptively simple question. “What has your experience with GDC been like?” My response “As for my experience with the GDC, it’s not an easy answer. I’ve been involved since I was a student. First as a student rep, Chapter VP of Education, Chapter President and for a short period National VP of Communications. If I hadn’t been involved I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have gotten this far, so how could that be a bad thing? However there were a lot of hard times with putting up with stuff that I probably wouldn’t have time for now. But I had goals of things that I wanted to accomplish which made the road a lot easier. I also met so many amazing people and had the chance to learn from them that I could never turn my back on a shared value system.”

However I do feel at the current time that the National GDC has a serious technological, strategic and philosophical disconnect with the potential of design. Or maybe it’s just me. Anyways, like I said the National board in four years will be stacked with the current leaders at the local chapters that will bring the GDC the legacy it deserves. As for my next steps, it’s not like I can quite being a part of a design community. I’m starting with the AIGA mentorship program where I’ll get the chance to befriend someone that has a lot ahead of them. Aside from that maybe it’s time to start something new with likeminded people.

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National Design Awards Winners Panel Notes http://designnotes.info/?p=771 http://designnotes.info/?p=771#comments Fri, 20 Oct 2006 02:29:19 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=771 National Design Awards Winners Panel

Taking advantage of the fact that I finally live in NYC, I went to the National Design Awards Winners Panel. I really enjoyed the talk, though at times I wondered if the entire audience did. They filmed the whole event and the online video should show up soon. But until it goes live, here’s some of my notes.

· Design for somebody you already know

· Design is a political act

· Nature to culture

· What is the difference between style and vision

· I don’t get called up by accident

· A project is what you make of it

· Art is not above life – it was a fuck you piece (art)

· Approachability

· Form follows finance

· The problem needs to be addressed

· Democracy: lowest common dominator or the best…

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Why Design? http://designnotes.info/?p=746 http://designnotes.info/?p=746#comments Wed, 27 Sep 2006 12:11:24 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=746 Every once is a while I’ll go over why I design, and how I work to accomplish that. Last night I asked my self what e x a c t l y is my process for design and this is what made sense to me…

The reason why I have a passion for design is that it gives me the chance to create better interactions through thinking and execution. My process is a mix of rational steps and practical applications. Looking at what needs to be accomplished I’ll ask what the end goal is and why and work backwards. Through a lot of questions a number of options open up. Through visualization of those answers from the questions, ideas and testing – a solution materializes. There’s more testing, putting it up to see what sticks and moving on to tweak it and see it live. The beauty and curse of the web is that nothing ever ends, but just grows and evolves over time, so it’s important to get feedback on what’s working and why some things aren’t so they can be changed when appropriate.

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The word of the day is http://designnotes.info/?p=727 http://designnotes.info/?p=727#comments Thu, 07 Sep 2006 14:59:09 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=727 u n e x p e c t e d

Is it also the new word for creativity? Think about it, you see something cool on the net, you want to share it with friends, talk about it, post about it etc. Why, because it was unexpected, it changed things for you. Sure it was creative, but it was really just unexpected. Or maybe not…

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Something to think about today http://designnotes.info/?p=697 http://designnotes.info/?p=697#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2006 13:55:14 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=697 “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s/women’s blood and probably will themselves not be realized.”
Daniel Burnham, the great visionary architect of Chicago

I found that quote from the 37signals Newsletter talking about a minority private equity investment in 37signals. The quote seems fiting for today and every other day that you’re about to have.

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Setting that goal http://designnotes.info/?p=681 http://designnotes.info/?p=681#respond Thu, 29 Jun 2006 03:58:07 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=681

Goal setting: do you set your goals as the person you are today, or for the person you’re going to be when you reach them? That question and many more are asked in the book Stumbling on Happiness. Another must read if you haven’t heard of it before. It was the last book I read before heading back to NYC a couple weeks ago.

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What is garbage? http://designnotes.info/?p=657 http://designnotes.info/?p=657#comments Sun, 04 Jun 2006 02:16:57 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=657 k

This was a response to a post from a couple days ago. J’s response deserves as much space as the original. Thanks J.

“You know, Karim Rashid is a total wanker. The words are his but the idea isn’t and I wonder if he really actually Gets It.

The Garbo trash can Rashid designed in 1995 was his first big contribution to making our lives better. If Rashid were a rock star, the Garbo would have gone platinum. Rashid says somewhere between four and six million trash cans were sold.

It boils my blood when someone like Rashid makes these grand sweeping statements (vaguely implying a sense of ethics or morality) about the industry they contribute to when they have such a wasteful claim to fame. And for a writer to say that the Garbo trash can is a contribution to “making our lives better” is a total farce.

Imagine shaping human behaviour so that rather than buying between four and six million trash cans, essentially for the purpose of filling with garbage, we were inspired to recycle four to six million garbo trash cans worth of plastic instead.”

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Love/Hate About Graphic Designers http://designnotes.info/?p=655 http://designnotes.info/?p=655#comments Fri, 02 Jun 2006 01:37:37 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=655

5. What’s better, working with a good timeline with people you hate, or a tough deadline with people you believe in?

4. Is a graphics designer really that much different from a graphic designer?

3. Sometimes you have to break the idea that if “I learned it that way in design school”, that you can’t look the other way and break that rule sometimes.

2. Yes, Apple is as much a multinational as Nike. Get over it.

1. Are we really early adopters? How many people are still using Quark and are asking what the point of blogs are?

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“Design has the power and the influence to actually make very large social and behavioral shifts in the world. And design, I think, is a very nice tool, an instrument really to shape human behavior,”

Karim Rashid

via Everyday Art Designers Seek Function And Beauty When Making Consumer Products

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Ninja fighting http://designnotes.info/?p=631 http://designnotes.info/?p=631#respond Thu, 11 May 2006 16:43:00 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=631

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