I’ve been on a bit of a type kick lately. Below are some of those messages and bits of info that caught my eye. If there’s anything that binds the type examples together aside from their relative proportion is that each speaks loudly. They all leave the noise of the city behind.
While I’m enjoying Kara Pecknold’s blog Dialogue Through Design and regularly add her posts to my Link Drop’s, today I’m pointing to one of her images. She took the above found typography on the wall of Gordon Smith. I love the idea and am now going to keep my eye out for shapes to make my own alphabet.]]>
I think it’s hard not to appreciate hand drawn type as a throwback before digital output wasn’t involved. Now that almost everything is put out by mechanization of some sort, hand type contrasts even more because of it’s unique imperfections. Between the materials—typically applied with paint on to metal or wood, the signs don’t feel as cold as a shopping sign which is no small feat when a lot of the signs I come across are for no parking. Of course all hand made signs aren’t old—the one that I found for Jim Joe was just a marker on a truck that I’m guessing was pretty recent. With pressure placed on certain parts of the letter the letters were extended in a sophisticate way that no computer program by itself could manage.
As more and more people create their own business’ and start making signs to communicate what they’re selling one would almost think people would turn back to homemade signs. The irony of course is that in the rush to be reputable, logos are being made in ppt or photoshop or bought for $99 bucks at a stock outlet site which reeks of someone that did it themselves. Contrast that to the character on my brick example. Who would you want to spend time with?
and for extra credit website clicking, check out http://jim-joe.com/]]>
I’m probably going to be excommunicated from the “web community” for asking this, but is it really a good idea to rent fonts for a website? There’s been a lot of positive talk recently about Typekit which allows for more aesthetically pleasing typefaces to be used on a website—though for a cost. My interpretation (which could be wrong) is that a person pays a monthly fee to have certain external files used to render specified typefaces on screen. Anything that allows for more options when choosing a typeface is a good idea right? My concern is what happens the month after I stop paying. All the work I did in designing around my rental typefaces are lost. The design goes back to default.
To me the spirit of using a typeface is something that lasts, it’s not an arbitrary thing. Compare type that has been carved in stone, or type that has been taken off a storefront to a virtual digital sign. One has staying power while the other is at the mercy of the pipe that distributes the typeface. Sure the default typefaces of Arial and Georgia are brutal, but they’re shipped with almost every computer out there. You know what results you’re going to get. If I’m designing a site that will hopefully last a long time, though evolve every month, I can’t possibly see in my own mind about having to worry if I’m paying a monthly font bill. Even if I paid for a full year, I still have to renew the following year. But what about hosting and domain costs you might ask? While it’s true that I pay monthly/yearly, it feels different to me. Type should be a one time cost. It should be like a carving in a stone. The remnants should last forever. But this is the digital age where everything is a service… True, but system fonts are shipped on every single computer out there. They’re not all pretty but no matter what they’re reliable.
If I was designing a simple brochure site for a conference with a short shelf life, renting a typeface might be a good idea. After a couple months no one is going to visit the site and I can kill it. This is probably an extreme example. But let’s say I design the most endearing type heavy site that everyone in the industry thinks is a great example. Years go by and everything we see on the walls at the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design & Typography at the Cooper Union is on screen. The shows organizers want to show how the site works, not with a screen shot but how it truly interacts. If I haven’t paid my bill for twenty years it’s not going to render properly. The work is lost. Sure this is an extreme example but I think that any type solution to how type is rendered on screen that is based on not owning the file that renders the type is not a good solution.]]>
As a fan of typography it wasn’t hard to love what was on the walls of the newly opened Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography. Last night I checked out the packed opening of Lubalin Now at the Cooper Union. It was a type fan’s dream of inspired works of Herb Lubalin. There was a healthy combination of work that I was familiar with and a few surprises. The only unfortunate thing was that there was no display information on the wall so at times I could only guess who was responsible for the work. Above are a couple pieces that really got my attention. I was introduced to the top image via a great video and post from Volumeone some time ago. While I don’t recall seeing the video at the show, it’s really worth watching. Another person with a good showing of work was Marian Bantjes. What I really liked about her work for with Saks Fifth Avenue’ Shoe Bootie is that even at an extreme angle that I shot at, the perspective was still intact. I’d be really curious to experiment more with angles and see how the type holds up.
Over the weekend I took a second trip to the Cooper Union to take a closer look at what I missed during the packed opening. What I didn’t notice the first time around was how much each work flowed into the pieces side by side. As I mentioned above I recognized some name while others I wasn’t familiar. One person’s work that I had seen before but wasn’t able to put a name or face to was Jessica Hische (for those that already know her, don’t role your eyes at me). It wasn’t until recently when I saw her speak at a Young Guns event that I actually found out who she was. Considering the amount of work she already has under he belt I’m really curious to see how she evolves in the next couple of years…
The show itself is up from November 5, 2009 – December 8, 2009 at The Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Gallery. It’s a must see if you’re in NYC and love design. More info at lubalincenter.cooper.edu/
Monday–Thursdays 12–7 pm, Saturday 12–5 pm
Closed Fridays and Sundays
Closed November 26, 2009–November 29, 2009
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Ariel Di Lisio
Justin Thomas Kay
Like Minded Studio
Strange Attractors Design
and Herb Lubalin
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A couple months ago I started receiving emails from Alex Haigh of HypeForType. As is described on the website, “the vision was to create a type foundry showcasing the best in today’s typographic talent, as well providing a platform for keen eyed creatives to find and buy truly unique, hand-crafted fonts to complement their work”. Curious to know more I asked Alex for an interview through email, below is our conversation. …And yes, the pull quote above is from HypeForType’s BAQ Rounded.
Surtees: With your first email back in June you mentioned that you were “frustrated with the lack of quality and original typefaces within the design community” which in turn lead you to start http://www.hypefortype.com. It’s now been a couple months since the site went live. What have you learned in that time that was unexpected? Has the foundry been successful as you hoped? How has the collaboration between yourself and others manifested?
Haigh: I’ve learnt that some things are a lot harder than you’d imagine, and I have also learnt that one of the most important aspects of having an online store is making sure you’re looking after your members. The foundry is taking shape now and getting a lot of interest which is great. The collaboration between HypeForType and the exclusive designers at first was difficult to initiate. The reason for this was because before the launch it was purely a concept, however now that it’s become an idea a lot of people are interested in this and we are getting some very exciting offers for future contribution.
Surtees: Now that you’re on the inside of the typefoundry business as opposed to just another designer purchasing typefaces, what could you share about the business that those that aren’t a part of it know?
Haigh: Well one thing I can share, are some of the plans for the future. As I’ve always said HypeForType will never be a huge foundry with 50/60,000 fonts, it’s not the idea that’s going to work for me. What will work however, is slowly building up a beautiful catalogue of well designed and well put together fonts, and looking at new ways of doing things. I’ve been speaking with some brilliant type designers over the last few weeks in order to build up the back catalogue. I’ve also started to understand that moving forward, keeping things fresh, and helping members is absolutely key in order to progress. A lot of our customers know that this is just the start and they’ve all be fantastic in helping to spread the word, and now that is giving me the opportunity to think of new ideas and new ways to really elevate typography.
Surtees: How do your type collaborations come about? Are you contacting people or vice versa?
Haigh: Initially it was a very trick process to kick things off. A lot of the exclusive designers I was in talks with at the start understood the concept, but from an outsiders point of view, that’s all this was at the time, a concept. Now that’s turned into an idea it’s giving me more opportunity to work alongside some great designers and studios to keep the volumes evolving. What I’m really looking for with the Exclusive Volumes, is something unique. The whole philosophy about the Exclusive Faces is purely to introduce something unique into the type market. A great example of this and currently our best seller by far is Neo Deco, by Alex Trochut. A beautiful complex yet completely unique typeface that’s been a great start for the volumes, and also for setting the standard for future collaboration.
Surtees: In your original email you mentioned that “it’s been the hardest project I have ever single handedly produced, and I found myself sleeping on average 1 – 2 hours a night.” Are you back to a normal sleeping schedule?
Haigh: Well, I still have the dark circles under my eyes, but luckily normal sleeping patterns have returned. I’m still sat in front of a mac for the majority of the week, but how can you complain when you enjoy what you do so much.
Surtees: This time next year where do you hope the foundry will be at?
Haigh: Keeping everything moving forward is always going to be the philosophy behind what HypeForType stands for. With that, upon building the foundry I also thought of a way in which to reach thousands of designers, especially designers who are in education and learning about typography and design. This idea also ties in with a charity in the UK. I don’t want to go into this in too much detail as it’s a huge project, but it is a project which can help young designers to evolve, and also maybe even change the way we view typography in general. I’m hoping to kick this off next year, it will be very exciting and possibly ground breaking if I take it in the right direction. Other opportunities I am also looking into at the moment include a community, large site development, and lateral ways of moving forward.]]>
Over the weekend I met up with friend Caren Litherland whom I haven’t seen in a crazy amount of time. We’re both fans of type so as we were walking she suggested we should check out Lever House. I’d never been there before but will be back. It’s essentially an area that allows for open artwork to be seen from the street. For someone that loves type, it was great to see the walls covered in it. Caren identified it as Knockout.
I’m embarrassed to say I’m not sure who actually laid the type out though… Barbara Kruger was behind the placement… So if you’re a type fan and have some free time I’d take a stroll to 390 Park Avenue.
More info on the Lever House at http://leverhouseartcollection.com]]>
Walking both to work and home on a daily basis offers some great type viewing. I came across the two above examples walking home. I love the extra emphasis with the underlining yet takes a pause not going through some of the words. The hiearchy is kind of interesting too. And as a bonous the tagging on the tv is really smooth. Almost wished it was on a shirt…]]>
This week’s collection of stuff that I’ve found interesting via Link Drop contains a lot of new themes. There’s stuff about smell, flowers and even Whole Foods. Apple makes it’s usual appearance, though in a more positive light. I also seem to be listening to a lot of personal stories via podcasts and interviews. Hopefully if it’s raining where you are like it is in NYC today, you have some time to check some links out that you may not have come across otherwise.
Why Craigslist Is Such a Mess
After reading this, I wasn’t exactly sure what people were going crazy about. I’ve used the service a couple times and was happy with the results. The kicker is that if people don’t like using it, they’re not forced to. And don’t get me started on the proposed redesigns—the idea reminds me of the stupidity that wired did when they asked people to redesign google. sigh… I did have to laugh when it was mentioned in the article about how people have tried to redesign it.
AD Presents :: Weird Summer, A Mixtape
If you’re looking for some music to listen to while going through this issue of Link Drop, I’d recommend this mix.
What We Can Learn From Mess
I actually read this post before the wired article. Kind of puts things into perspective, to a degree.
Vancouver Olympics design head dies suddenly at 40
I didn’t know this designer but it still saddened me to read none the less. The Canadian design community has lost a passionate person that was doing what he loved. You can see more of his work via Mark Busse.
What is the benefit of Social Media?
Interesting responses to the dreaded term Social Media. Bonous points are awarded to anyone that checks this additional link: Epic Privacy Information Center
Design Folios with Google Maps
Great idea to repurpose technology for portfolio viewing pleasure. Though I still think a blog is the best way to show what work a designer has done.
This post wins the award for longest read, but more importantly—most interesting read too. Who knew, certainly not me.
Scents & Sensibility: Aroma Tips from Christopher Brosius
So what’s your favourite smell?
So What Do We Think About This?
This was a last minute drop before I published this Link Drop. I’m really liking how magazines are taking a risk by showing people how they really are. Apparently the issue of the magazine is close to selling out already.
IKEA goes with Verdana
There’s no hope for design and business if Ikea is turning its back on what they stand for. Wtf is all I could say when I first read about this.
Audi Typographic Relaunch
Another type story, this time not so bad. I thought the comparisons helped a lot to see what they were up to.
Power to Prezi!
I haven’t tried this yet though I have seen it in action, and it helped the presentation. Good breakdown of what the tool is.
Can we make the case for a phonetic alphabet today?
I was surprised by the reaction to this post after I tweeted about it—so for more reaction I’ve added it here.
Le Paris de Patrick Jouin
I liked how the rational for his designs were brought out via the narrative of the questions.
Full interview: Andy Baio on remaking Miles Davis and crowdfunding
Cool idea to create funding for creative projects.
Please vote for my SXSW panels!
This was one of the smarter ways of getting the word out about SXSW panels. The discussion in the comments section of the post is worth clicking on in itself.
25 things journalists can do to future-proof their careers
All of these steps are relevant to designer’s too.
These illustrations are great. And the purchase aspect is quite easy too, though I have to admit I haven’t bought of them yet.
Apple May Be Highest Grossing Fifth Avenue Retailer
I’m surprised that I didn’t come across this info from more sources. If it’s true, what a coup for Apple.
Landscapes of Quarantine: Call for Applications
If you’ve ever thought about quarantine, perhaps you might be interested in designing something around the concept.
WTF at Whole Foods (doing the cultural math)
The business implications of talking about politics when you’re the face of a company.
Great example of hospitality from Whole Foods
Sort of apt considering every other day it’s been raining in NYC.
I have no home. I have created a new home. This is my home.
This post is for the architects out there reading this.
Summer Surf City
I’ve haven’t surfed yet but it seems like it’s been everywhere I’ve been in NYC this summer. Sure I live on an island but it’s a bit unexpected for me.
The 3 key parts of news stories you usually don’t get
Yet more advice for newspapers, this time about content.
How Long Does it Take to Build a Technology Empire?
A diagram that puts things into time perspective. Great terms: Rocket Ship, Hot Company, and Slow Burner.
I think these type of posts are worth passing on because they get to the reason d’etre of why someone design’s something. It also goes back to my mention of portfolios above using google maps.
Back Talk: Jarvis Cocker
It’s never a bad idea to include an interview with the artist of one of the best albums of the year.
Aug 27: Canadian model Liskula Cohen on winning her lawsuit against bloggers* Bob Garfield on his new book “The Chaos Scenario”, about the scorched landscape of traditional media in the digital age* A panel discussion on heavy metal
The interview with Liskula Cohen is worth a listen, the silence in between answers and follow up questions was a bit strange. But it wasn’t that strangeness that made me listen to it a couple more times, but more about the response to how things were settled. The rest of the podcast wasn’t too bad either.
The iPhone is not easy to use: a new direction for UX Design
I’m always going on about how wonderful iPhone apps are, and how they’re easier to use than real sites. This post puts that into question in a good way.]]>
This week’s version of Link Drop was a week late and while I hate excuses there’s a pretty good one. Last weekend I was redesigning the format of Link Drop when my computer stopped working. I wasn’t exactly happy about that so I decided I’d continue finding good stuff on the web to remember and keep working on the design when I got my computer back. It’s now Friday and I’m happy to report Tekserve did a great job of fixing everything. So with that said hopefully Link Drop next week will be a bit easier to read. As always, I’ve jotted down some of the themes that flowed with what I saw.
The Agency Problem
This kind of sums up things for me in terms of design today. While I’m not running a multi billion dollar design agency yet, I question why even online design is treated like traditional print projects. The online is handed over to the client with no proof if the thing will actually work. That’s why I wanted to talk about agile design and wondered out loud how more companies should be thinking that way…
Tuft vs. Turf
The flow and motion of the plastic was really changed up their outside view. From the street is must be quite the view.
Cool Hunting’s Spring/Summer 2009 Playlist
I’d recommend pressing play to this while going through this week’s double edition of Link Drop.
Reading Ahead: Managing Recruiting
A fascinating comparison of finding people via all the social networks out there to older processes of using a recruiter to screen people.
The Most Interesting New Tech Startup of 2009
Working with a startup I was naturally interested in this post. As weird as it seems, perhaps government agencies are a good candidate to be thrown into start up mode considering the changes both in technology and social communication tool. Brochures are no longer how information is passed along (or at least I hope it’s in conjunction with online).
IxDA NYC: Todd Zaki Warfel’s Prototyping for UX Practitioners
Unfortunately I missed this due to work. In any case this is a good recap for those that might have missed it too.
Unique Storyboard Method: Receipt Tape
A different type of method for telling stories. I’m going to try it when the right opportunity arises.
10 awesome videos for designers
Perfect viewing for a rainy day if you’re a designer—or just bored out of your mind.
Huffington Post and Facebook Go “Social News,” With Connect on Steroids
This has a lot of potential. I don’t think Facebook Connect should be taken for granted. It’s unlocking a lot of doors that I think most designer’s don’t even realize existed in the first place.
Journalism Students Need to Develop Their Personal Brand
I think this goes for everybody out there today…
How To Become A Social Brand REDUX
And the diagram that compliments the last post.
Creative Grab Bag
Happy to see Ethan’s book out. Lot’s of familiar names and faces involved including moi.
The Sad Strange Financial Predicament Of Annie Leibovitz
I suspect that there’s a lot of stuff going on in the background. Until that comes to light here’s one person’s take on the situation.
Website Update: Microsoft, I’m a PC – Outtakes
Remember those computers called One Laptop Per Child? These are the first images I’ve seen them in use for the intended audience.
Dark Stores; BRIAN ULRICH : NOT IF BUT WHEN
Quite the photo series of the times we live. Sort of reminded me of the Detroit series I mentioned in the last Link Drop.
More Than Just a Pokerface: Lady Gaga as Architectural Cipher
This was one of my favourite posts that I came across last week. Music, fashion and architecture combined, contrasted and critiqued.
Smart idea—compare both good and bad design at the same time. I suspect this blog will pick up some traction soon.
The Over-the-Phone Test
Good method for some but not all design ideas. While simple is ideal, understandable is a better target to shoot for.
Designers on Twitter
While I don’t take these type of lists too seriously, it was nice to be added to this one.
Hand & Arrow Icons from this post
I had no idea how many people like myself were searching for arrow cursor icon. Now you know where to find them…
THE 10 BEST FOOD TRUCKS IN AMERICA
Ok list, a couple from NYC in there.
IMG MGMT: The Nine Eyes of Google Street View
Amazing captures from Google maps. A really insane viewpoint of what’s going on out there…
Rethinking Maps and from Amazon
This book looks like a great read, though it’s a bit pricey.
I like dots, and I like visualizations—hence this is the perfect post for me.
Scientists Prove Dogs Look Like Their Owners
It’s finally official. This is what my weimaraner Madison and I look together posted on Flickr a year ago.
A going concern. Toilet signage as an international cultural artefact
Interesting to see how people all over the world show where to go the bathroom.
The future of the textbook
More questions about reading on paper.
Reading Non-Braille Books and Tactile Flash Cards for the Blind
Great idea to use design and technology to help people.
The 65 Most Annoying things about the Web Today
Good list to take note of.
Talking ‘bout (m)Y Generation
Good to hear what the kids are talking about these days too.
It’s Official: Captchas Are Bad for Business
Interesting contradiction to my mention of captcha’s a couple week’s ago in Link Drop.
Data Visualization: Stories for the Information Age
This is kind of old by interweb standards, but just in case you missed it, it’s worth a look. Lot’s of good listings of both familiar and unfamiliar data viz stuff.
Drink from Concrete & Glass
I’d love to get a set of these. Cool contrast of materials.
Nike Basketball’s 10 Best TV Commercials
This is art.
Things to consider.
The direction forward with web fonts
More about typefaces and reading on the web.
First there was the architecture of Bowery, then came the typeface of Bowery, the extension of that is the dingbats of Bowery. A dingbat is not to be confused with those that are walking on Bowery to the New Museum, but “is an ornament, character or spacer used in typesetting”. There’s a lot to classify so I picked a handful that Madison and I saw on our walk this morning on our favourite walking street—Bowery. There’s the cryptic stencil sticker, the fancy liquor poster pattern, the where things get done icon (not to be confused with you’re only allowed one phone call), this is where you can plug in your radio icon, love can be found on this street icon, close box, water in case there’s fire image, the number of feet away one should stand away from sign, this way up mattress box, and the decorative cage on window image. There’s probably a couple that I missed so I’ll have to keep my eyes open tomorrow when I go back.]]>
July is here and with that comes the Tour de France. I’ve found a number of bike and tour related stuff that is shows the sport in perhaps a slightly different light then most people are used to reading about. There were a number of process pieces that I didn’t connect directly though on a second look might warrant it. There’s behaviour process, big question process and the big idea process along with emotional process. And as usual there’s a number of photo and type related things. I’m heading off to SF for a couple days next week, so I’m not sure what the format for next week’s Link Drop will look like. Stay tuned…
where to get off the subway
Now that I have this app I’m hope it will be easier to find my exit on Canal St or 34th St a lot easier. Up until now I’ve been choosing my train car haphazardly. Now I’ll pick it by design.
beauty made from ugly
There’s something really cool about making architectural forms out of metal shipping containers.
Lost in Translation
I really like how the abstraction on the left carries a lot of visual resonance to Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to the right.
“there are 4 phone booths in NYC, this is one of them”
If this fact is true that’s quite amazing. When I think about how NYC was shown in film many years ago before mobile phones were out, phone booths played a role in the set. How times change.
Michael Jackson Turning Points
This post was one of the best collection of ideas relating to MJ and the way old media was.
New York Times Considers Charging $5 Per Month For Access To NYT.com (NYT)
Interesting developments going on about a paywall. It would be interesting to see how this plays on in terms of people passing on links to articles read from that site. The reason why I don’t pass that many links from WSJ—because it’s behind a paywall…
Why are Cheap Airlines so cheap?
There’s a side by side comparison of how some airlines can be cheaper then others.
jetBlue’s award system is broken #jetBlows
A point by point breakdown on why JetBlue’s point system isn’t working.
Photo of the day: Insert hands to dry
Would you put your hand inside this box?
Desperate-to-leave LinkedIn users rename accounts “delete delete delete”
I’m sure LinkedIn has a reason for not allowing people to delete their accounts, however people are going to always come up with a solution no matter what a service wants to do with other people’s data.
George Pitts: Notes On Vibe Magazine
Vibe’s founding Photography Director goes back and talks about a lot of the people he worked with and what he got from the experience.
Surry Hills Library Signage by Collider
The typography of this wayfinding system is quite special. I love how the type is angled. I want to be able to do that for something in the not so distant future.
dbcounter – quick visual database stats
I’m putting this info in my things to remember pile.
how @CarinBerger changed my twitter process
This process worked for her, maybe it will for you.
When’s the last time you saw a building get up and go for a walk?
Letter from AIGA’s incoming president
It’s amazing to me that more incoming design organization presidents don’t write a simple letter explaining what they want to accomplish. It should be mandatory to have an outline like this.
Innovative Airless Tires by Michelin | Toxel.com
The tire that doesn’t run on air. I wonder of we really gain much from a design like this though?
Emotional Design Delivers Intangible Value
I’m not a Pottery Barn shopper so I can’t vouch for their emotional design. But it does seem like an interesting process to consider.
Tools of Engagement: The New Practice of User-Centered Design, by Robert Fabricant
Asking big questions, hard to know if the authour is right or not when we look back in a couple years.
Advertising Could Do With More of Bernbach’s Genius
I wonder if someone under thirty would write something like this?
‘Le Tour’ Rolls into Austin
I hope this show makes it’s way up to NYC. Looks fascinating.
My other pair of eyes and hands
One photographer’s experience shooting bike racing.
Italian Federation calls for redesign of Pozzato’s jersey
Maybe they should have hired a real designer instead of having the cyclist design the shirt.
JerkStrong How Lance Armstrong is like Sarah Palin.
Interesting connection between Lance and Sarah. There’s also some brand advice to be found in the post.
A lesson on (im)personal brand management from “LeVideotape” James
If this happens to be true—crazy…
I love our president. (image via Yahoo News)
This photo could turn iconic.
Black Sun, Closet Plus
I’m sure there’s a logically explanation for all these settings—but would you even want to guess?
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Walking Madison down the Bowery Saturday (and Sunday) morning I started shooting some type. The tip off photo was on the side of a delivery truck. If you’re a fan of typography and typefaces how could you walk past old faded white letters like my first image? As I continued walking other examples popped up. The only thing that I sort of skipped over were when shooting was the standard marks of tagging. It wasn’t that interesting to me and for the most part could be seen anywhere. What I was looking for was examples that if I said “this is something from the Bowery” it might have more resonance.
I guess the bigger question is there a Bowery typeface style? Could those type examples been seen elsewhere and have the same level of meaning. Does the history of the Bowery place itself on the type or is it the other way around? I think those are bigger questions that I want to further explore in an upcoming post.
Ok, this image wasn’t on Bowery but I did see it on the same morning walk with Madison… I wonder what the history is behind it.
A couple other links that are relatable to this post are my architecture adventures on the Bowery titled Our New Architecture Tradition and some other design stuff I noticed while walking around NYC Just another Saturday morning walking Madison.]]>
This post is a bit of an experiment for me. It’s also has taken a couple days to complete hence the slow down in posts this week. I started off digging around the podcast U from iTunes checking out what I might have missed while listening to my regular podcasts. I came across what the Walker Arts center had and was impressed. One of the more interesting lectures to me that I saw was from the people at Process Type Foundry. I’d bought Locator back in the days when I was in Canada so I thought that talk was one that I should start off with. So walking back and fourth to work for a couple days I listened to it. I really enjoyed it—actually so much so I watched again at home. The first time around I didn’t get to see any of the visuals which played a significant part in the talk. So the second time around I focused on the visuals and made some notes.
Those notes kind of grew into the second part of this post. I haven’t worked with Locator for quite some time so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to set my notes in type. That’s what I did above. But since I was experimenting already I figured I take a look at the digital relationship between my original paper/pen notes, to laying it out with Locator while treating it like an image, and then to compare that to copy + pasting it in standard html.
So that’s the scoop with the post—I highly recommend watching the talk, I got a lot out of it. In upcoming posts I might talk a bit more about that.
Process Type Foundry, Minneapolis
Eric Olson and Nicole Dotin
Lecture:Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Part of Avant la lettre: Insights 2009 Design Lecture Series
Learn how they name typefaces
Work in parallels
Draw influence from other fields
Things that fall to the side
“it hadn’t had its day”
Influence in the pile
Bunch of ideas, they came together
There are other possibilities
· 256 characters…
Q. What is the Facebook font?
Collect jump off points
“I’m not the type police, I’m not trying to write a ticket”
Patterns = Shapes repeat
Rhythm = left to right
Slice of culture—draw parallels
Didn’t want to look at a set of solutions that are already solved
Abstract to typeface
“persistence in the continuous face of failure”
page colour/weight = 20 units
“here’s the modern type foundry in the truck”]]>
This week’s edition of Link Drop is a bit lighter than usual. The summer is supposed to be less busy but that doesn’t seem to be the case and in turn that means less time to collect and filter interesting stuff on the interwebs. The new iPhone came out which made me happy as I was getting tired of my 2nd generation iPhone that I’ve had for a couple years. I’ll post a review about that once I’ve fully tested it out. Other things that caught my attention related to process and technology quite a bit.
#CNNfail: Twitter Blasts CNN Over Iran Election
I tried to keep the amount of blog posts related to Iran, news and the social apps that were sending out information to a minimum. Fascinating to see how CNN on tv really dropped the ball with Iran in the beginning of the election only to be castigated with those people that expected more from a trusted source.
5 Ways to Redesign a City
A quick post with links to how interaction design can help redesign a city. Personally I’m not sure why the pdf had to call out “interaction design” and not just use the profession of design…
Inside the GPS Revolution: 10 Applications That Make the Most of Location
There’s a lot of interesting ideas in this one, every designer should read this.
Crowdsourcing: What It Means for Innovation
Some additional comments about crowdsourcing. Not much new insight into the idea but worth a quick glance.
Mapping a better world
Smart article about turning abstract concepts into information that people can understand while looking at maps.
Great collection of visualization posters. Lots to look at for reference, and if so inclined—purchase. The site is nicely designed too.
Flip Flop Fly Ball
If you like baseball or a fan of data visualization, this is the site for you. Surprised I haven’t heard of it before this week.
Is Design Thinking bullshit?
How could I not include a post with a title like that in Link Drop? Nothing really new again about design, but interesting how they compare “design thinking” to the ppt version of how a product is developed. Has a couple links included in the post worth looking at too.
The Difference Between Analogue And Digital Part II: Time
I’m always interested in reading about people’s experiences from the two worlds out there, real and digital. They take a comparative view of how scheduling and time works out in both of those world’s.
The Next Google? Fifty Promising Tech Startups
Nice to see Daylife included in the list, you can read about it here.
Not a Daily Drawing: Work for The Webby Awards and w+k
While portfolio sites have their place, working examples like this are much more powerful in my opinion. They show the design in the real world and give it a voice from the person creating the work. Plus there’s rss, so it can be distributed to those that subscribe to the blog.
Use Their Work Free? Some Artists Say No to Google
I got really mad after reading this article. It’s completely arrogant and ignorant to treat design like this. Especially when they can actually afford to pay people to be art directed.
Can You Estimate The Value Of Exposure?
Interesting post from the original NYT article I referenced above.
The Newsweek Redesign: Hit or Miss?
This post is probably more interesting for the comments then the actual post. A number of people voice their opinion on the new Newsweek design. What do you think, have you even picked up a copy in the last couple of years?
I liked the photo comparing three different adapters for juicing up an iPhone.
Flickr Mobile for Android & iPhone Shows You Photos Taken Nearby Your Current Location (Sort of anyway)
Pretty cool feature, I’ve tried it on my iPhone with ok results. It’s location is a bid broad but the concept is fascinating.
Why the iPhone will never be the biggest money generating platform
There’s a lot to consider with this post and the reference info. Interesting to note that the iPhone is about 1% of the mobile market.
The iPhone is a Subscription
A different way to look at how the iPhone is sold.
Art & Copy (Advertising Industry Documentary, Sundance 2009)
I want to see the film Art & Copy, seems like it could be more interesting then Helvetica…
Re-envisioning The Trading Floor
I kind of wished they went into more depth with the trading floor.
Whatever you do, don’t center that logo!
Funny how American Eagle Outfitters is causing such discomfort to Mr. Kingsley at Landor.
Palm Pre Launches with System Fonts by Font Bureau
I’m not sure the Palm Pre is really going to make a dent to the iPhone, but I’m always interested in reading how typefaces are developed for on screen applications.
A collection of what’s been released typeface wise for 2009 so far.
Hug Chair by Ana Kraš
I really like the balance of this chair. I wonder what it’s like to sit in…
Ross Racine creates artwork from fictitious communities and subdivisions.
I luv this idea.
WSDOT South Central Region Sign Shop – Flickr set
We see signs all day long every day. But have we really considered how their produced? Here’s a bunch of photos of street signs being made. Cool stuff.
I like this idea more then turning the volume to 11.
From “Top Gun” to top shot
Cool collection of photos and process on how it was captured.
girl at a window
This type of photo collection is actually quite difficult to pull off successfully.
Readerville 2000-2009, Thanks for the Memories
It’s too bad that this site has stopped. They had quite the run to say the least.
I’m not entirely sure why but I’m pretty happy how this week turned out for Link Drop. Lots of Design process, typography, NYC, social and business stuff. Art doesn’t usually get mentioned that much, but there’s a couple mentions of it. Usually by Wednesday I’m wondering if I’m going to have enough stuff that keep me interested, and it was the same this week. Yet I managed to find more then I’ve been able to post for a couple weeks—go figure.
This is one of my new favourite reading sites. While they don’t have a ton of free books to choose from, the option of having small chunks of the story emailed on a daily basis is nice. Through a five or ten minute read on a daily basis the chances of completing the book grow exponentially. There’s also a really nice UI that goes along with the options when a person chooses a book.
Focusing Design Solutions on Social Problems
Happy to read about design in a non flashy way once in a while. Using process to get to a better understanding and changing behavior is what it’s all about.
One of the most interesting aspects is the first comment suggesting that volunteering isn’t just a thing of socialists but also of religion—I just found that interesting in a non obvious way. And by my suggesting this, probably way too much of a generalization but, I’m pretty sure most people that are on the digital side have never considered how closely those two ideals in sharing knowledge are. I know I didn’t.
Making Policy Public: Predatory Equity
Every once in a while I get email from Urban Omnibus mentioning posts that they’ve put up. What I appreciate about the info is that the posts really dig into using design for improvement and talk about how they did it.
Great post for anyone that’s motivated about their career. If you’re successful you’ve probably already been in the same mindset, but it’s good to remember those ideals once in a while.
Web Visions 2009 Presentation
These pdfs are a really great source of information for people in the business of design. Like REALLY helpful—go there now and download them!
A collection of information on Agile Process—happy to see my presentation included.
The New New Economy: More Startups, Fewer Giants, Infinite Opportunity
This is why I wanted to go to a startup to learn what big business couldn’t teach.
How David Beats Goliath
I haven’t had time to read this, but I think I’m going to like it…
Not by Links Alone
Smart post that anyone interested in news, search or google should read.
Advice For NYT’s Social Media Editor: Don’t Fix What Isn’t Broken—And Do A Lot Of Listening
Advice that anyone working on the interwebs should probably take a look at.
Nice simple search results page combining google and twitter.
Some tips from Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt
A collection of quotes.
Ebon Heath and his visual poetry
Really novel way of using letters in art.
Typography in China
Fascinating breakdown of type design in China.
OFFF 2009 | Sponsor Titles
I’m not usually a fan of motion design, but this is really smart though it does get a bit long. Great concept and well worth taking the time to watch the whole thing.
way shape form
Nice illustration/art thing.
Saddam’s Palaces: An Interview with Richard Mosse
I find it actually quite amazing that I can read something like this on a blog and probably wouldn’t expect to see it in a mainstream magazine. Kind of telling for the state of publishing.
Apple Pie Charts
Info design that is actually kind of meaningful and interesting. And can’t really be created on the computer the same way everything else seems to be being pumped out these days.
37 Data-ish Blogs You Should Know About
I found a couple new blogs in this list that I haven’t seen before.
2009 Indy 500 Car Tracker
Really fascinating way to watch the race within a couple minutes. There’s some interesting patterns that happen, and some that don’t emerge at all.
Interesting concept that I think can be built on.
I really like this combo of real life imagery and arrows juxtoposed together. It tells a story and then shows the actions afterwards. I don’t think I’ve come across this kind of visualization before.
This clock both makes me feel smarter and hurts my head at the same time.
Self Control App
Who couldn’t use a little help in terms of time management.
I’d like to hang out in a room drinking fancy drinks while this dj table was bouncing around. A couple super model would be an added bonous…
The book is here
Great idea from a talented illustrator, order his book from him and he’ll add one more illustration by hand. I also noticed that he was giving shout outs to people via twitter that were buying it.
Cover Story: Finger Painting
I think by now we’ve all seen the cover of the year from the New Yorker. What you may not have known is that I mentioned him in early March, which I found via twitter a couple days before that…
If you’re in Manhattan this weekend, be sure to be facing west around Saturday, May 30 — 8:17 P.M. It’s when you can see the sun fall directly down the streets of NYC.
Mannahatta in Miniature
I love looking at anything that has to do with Manhattan, especially with this project. I think I’m going to have to check out the exhibition this weekend, can’t wait to get my hands on the book at some point soon either.
Helsinki x New York
Sometimes I think NYC is small and then I read a post like this and it shrinks even more. Nice write up from a couple friends on different sides of the pond at the moment.
Heralding the Latest Street Closures
Hopefully you’re not tired of me talking about NYC because what is going on in Manhattan with the streets is very special. Super cool to see what in my backyard. I’m so looking forward to not bumping into so many people at rush hour once the roads have been taken back to pedestrians.
Summer is just about here. It’s getting nice n’hot, the humidity is about to get a lot worse and there’s a long weekend coming up asap. Things are good in NYC at the moment for me which I’m really grateful for because there’s a lot of slowness going on around North America. Who knows when it will end, but hopefully it will make people stronger and smarter going forward. This week’s version of Link Drop is a bit smaller than usual. I was pretty busy and people had ICFF on their minds I think. The themes are similar in some cases as there’s tons of tech, typography and other artforms, but there’s also stuff about parks, maps and of course NYC. Again, if the weather is nice where you are—get outside and save these links for a rainy day…
I found this app via swissmiss yesterday—really great way to explore NYC via a map. It’s not perfect as it can’t do routes but more then makes up by allowing someone to see what business’ are in any building in the city. I was always curious to know who was behind where I work in SoHo, now I know.
Another great mashup using twitter and maps. I think the ui could be slightly tweaked but as a concept that works it’s quite amazing. The center of the screen locates the latest tweets from the geography. By moving the screen to different parts of the world you can see what people are talking about. The more you zoom in or out, the info changes according to area.
PostSpectacular: Social Collider
Cool explanation of Social Collider.
An interesting pov about the state of crappy design, perfect timing for ICFF.
Shigeru Ban – Artek 10 Unit System- 05.18.09
While this idea isn’t entirely new it was one of the designed things that I thought was interesting.
Design Glut: Candlestrip
Walking around one of the off site design shows timed for ICFF, these candles were one of the things that made me stop for a moment. (I can’t believe I just blogged about candles btw…)
What is Graphic Design?
While on vacation last week Andy was cool enough to have coffee with me. We talked about what graphic design is and was… Nice to see something online that I can pass on now about the idea.
I don’t usually post portfolios because there’s enough sites out there that already do that. But I thought I’d make an exception for the speculative Olympic poster work he has on the site. Really nice ideas. Too bad the Olympics don’t pay designers for work like they used too.
Magic hour behavior at Washington Square Mall
Washington Square Park is finally open again, it was great walking through it for the first time earlier this week. Here’s a write up from one person about the renovations.
“we left this side blank so you can help”
Great idea about sticking it to “the man”.
What “American Idol” Can Teach Us About Stats
I never really thought about this issue until it was mentioned in this post. Makes sense for all those voting like shows.
Jump Into The Stream
This is how info is flowing these days, kind of like what Daylife is doing.
Welcome, Wired. We call this land “Internet”
Really interesting post from someone that worked at Wired, and even more interesting are the subsequent comments afterwards.
1997 must have been a crazy year, I can’t imagine how things were back then interweb wise—and perhaps going through the shock every following year that it was impossible to keep up.
Sony Pictures CEO: “I’m A Guy Who Doesn’t See Anything Good Having Come From The Internet. Period.”
Quite the statement if true.
the joy of slow photography
A rebuttal to super fast photo shots.
A valuable primer (not only) for legal beagles…
Interesting to see what some lawyers are reading about typography. And no more small print for credit card companies too.
Searching for Value in Ludicrous Ideas
I’ve been thinking about the fact that there might be some great ideas out there at the moment but we have no idea if they’re any good as they’re being thrown against a two sided wall of the good ol’days way of thinking and the other side that is still unknown.
I’m hopping that publishing Link Drops on a Sunday as opposed to a Friday will stop after this week. I took the last week off hoping to get a lot of writing done, but life got in the way and I took the time to talk with a lot of people face to face. No complaints of course but I’m now weeks behind with what I wanted to have completed. Anyhow, I did still mange to find some ideas worth sharing.
Eliss – for iPhone and iPod touch
I’ve only played this game a handful of times so will it have a longevity—I don’t know. But after seeing this tweet I’ve said it before but Eliss on the iPhone is a milestone in multi-touch design and interaction: http://www.toucheliss.com/ You must buy it brendandawes I can’t really disagree. I’m only on stage three but I’m curious to see how my thinking with my hands and mind evolve.
Wooster In The White House – An Explanation
This post is worth pointing out for a number of reasons. First and foremost there’s a conversation that is going on that really hasn’t happened yet. Different channels have been created via the interwebs that are spreading info differently than people have time to recognize. Now that there’s a pause there’s some great conversations starting. The response post is worth a read too thoughts
no title thanks to tumblr
This is an amazing photo—reminds me a bit of HBO’s Voyeur stuff that was being projected on apartments last year. Scary thing is that it’s real, happening right now and probably just a couple blocks away from me.
A New Business Model for Digital Agencies
This was a great thing for me to read after my talk because I have a lot of questions how any agency can survive these days inside it’s current format. I really wanted to have a conversation afterwards about agile which didn’t really happen, my fault I don’t know. But I was happy to see others are asking the same thing.
Marissa Mayer, Larry Page on Journalism’s Future
Again, I like reading about Daylife via the lens of other people’s perspectives.
Total Recall: The Woman Who Can’t Forget
Haven’t read this yet, but I saw a couple people reference it out there that I know, so I might as well take a look too once I get a chance to catch my breath from running around.
Music to design to
Good question to ask every once in awhile. Maybe there’s a new fav. undiscovered group within those listings you haven’t seen before.
Nice find about the typical mta ride time around NYC. I’ve played with the idea of doing something similar for walking, but I’m not sure if it would really be that helpful.
This looks really cool.
TCHO: Graphics and Chocolate
Great process explanation of typography.
NQB WTF: Study Ball
This could be more helpful than one thinks. I’d like to give it a try to see if it’s helpful or not.
SIEGE Audio Company—The Stealth
Taking an old school idea for wires and making it contemporary. For some reason the product photo reminds me of boxing gloves.
Mies van der Rohe: demolish or not?
I think stuff like this should stay around if for no other reason then to give designers hope that you can do regular stuff and make extraordinary buildings when the right opportunity comes around.
Tilt Shifting Tokyo
Nice mix of photos and music for the tilt shift app floating around.
Here and There in Manhattan 2
This is a continuation of two week’s worth of Link Drop’s looking at Manhattan. I really like the split screen that show things similar and dissimilar at the same speed.
F.A.Q. for Y.O.U.
Scott asks a great question that allows others to share their POV on “how aspiring writers find aspiring artists to collaborate with these days.”
Cards of Change
Interesting idea with the cards you still have.
David Horvitz: FOR 2009, IDEA SUBSCRIPTION__ – collaborative open source conceptual art
Reminds me of time, energy and the ability to pass things on.
iStat: Find out what’s going on inside your Mac
I’m sure there’s other apps out there, but it was nice to be reminded how I can make my MBP run better via info that shouldn’t be that hard to see in the first place.
Big Brand 1080px Design
Seeing past the 960px grid.
Philips de Pury: Photographs
Good addition to that image above of the apartments getting their face torn off.
Amazon Turns Publisher
Sure people talk about google and apple, but I think Amazon is the thing to keep an eye on at the moment. They’re selling stuff but their also making a move on editorial that could influence things in a way that a traditional publisher could never pull off.
Last week as I was going through the blogs I came across a post from Nooka talking about a couple people that had visited the studio recently. One of the guys was Jeff Sheldon who happens to design shirts. Matthew had shown a shirt a couple weeks previous to that with a huge & on it. I can’t remember if if Matthew at the time had mentioned where he got the shirt from, but when he did pass on the shirt info I was like hmm, that looks like something I’d want. So above is the image of my big blue & shirt that came in the mail today. As far as graphic T’s go I thought it was something type people would appreciate. And since I was in a giving mood to myself I also ordered Bradbury Thompson inspired One Hundred. When I was looking at the shirts in detail I thought it was cool to see an availability scale. Though I wonder who benefits more from this info—the seller or buyer?]]>
I feel as though this week just started and it’s already Friday. Good weather, good company and being in NYC will do that to people. But with that said there’s always time for the interwebs and below are some of the sites that I thought were worth a second look. There’s a bit more weirdness this week and less graphic design—coincidence? For this edition of Link Drop I also had a bit more coffee then usual, hence the erratic diagram. Till next week, though I’m not sure how I’m going to simultaneously post a Link Drop and a live presentation at the same time…
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The Battle Between Art & The Algorithm
Apparently design lost the battle with art and now art has set its sights on the algorithm. Is deciding how something is weighted in a myriad of ways based on rational—or is it art. I think it’s art if design myself if you know what to look for.
Is Interaction Design a dead-end job?
This is an interesting question to ask, especially these days as print is all but dead. If there isn’t interaction design, what’s left?
Microsoft sales fall for first time in 23 years
I’m surprised more people haven’t mentioned what has happened to Microsoft this year. There’s some smart connections being made in this piece. Not to beat a dead horse for me, but the fact that I can take a pic and push it on to the internet with a message within a minute from start to finish is amazing. Am I using any tools from MSFT to do that? No…
On Engineering and Design: An Open Letter
For those that work with engineers—good letter or someone on a soapboax?
wires should not behave like humans.
Interesting flip on the traditional idea that everything online has to be soft, fluffy and more human.
Twitter Clients Are a UI Design Playground
This is interesting—did twitter plan to to harness the crowd to make a better UI because they really didn’t know what they were doing, or did they create such a bad experience it pissed off enough people that they decided to make their own better UI? Funny thing is, if twitter was the music industry they would have tried suing their users where as twitter encouraged it.
Design Dont’s: Seesmic is the Frankenstein of Status Apps
I think this post proves that it’s best for design and engineering to work together as opposed to each of them working from their own pov.
Justified West At Langara College
I’ve never visited this school in BC, but I know a couple people there so it was kind of cool to read about a great typography event they hosted.
Seven characteristics of passion brands
I usually try to ignore the “the best of steps”, but this one was worth saving.
Scorecard | The National Design Awards
I thought the question that they brought up about Architecture Design and Interior Design was worth mentioning. I had no idea, but I’m neither an architect nor an interior designer…
Psst, have you heard…
I liked the idea of visualizing how things are spread via the promoters, passives and detractors.
Fascinating view of how the Gameboy (often ignored by designers as a great object) evolved and reflected the time as the years went on.
The Making Of: PlayStation | Edge Online
Who says a logo can’t change a lot and still maintain its “brand equity”?
Gallery of default anonymity: A work in progress
Here’s a collection of the designed undesigned avatars that everyone ignores…
Cold Cut Animals, Soft Body Parts & Stained Glass Perfume
Bizarre post #1 showing flesh.
Bizarre post #2 showing flesh.
“NPR maps the Energy Grid”
I find these kind of maps fascinating on a couple different levels. There’s the proximity of lines to actual cities (or distance from them), and the patterns the lines make that outline energy.
100 days of Obama’s Facebook news feed.
It would be easy to dismiss this visualization, but it’s actually quite impressive. It’s in a format almost everyone recognizes, there’s humour, there’s history and some of it is actually plausible.
That google seems to be wrecking every industry out there. But if it’s so bad why hasn’t anyone stepped up and made it better?
The problem with street art
A connection between street art and marketing.
This is a serious camera that I want to do a project with. Anyone out there looking to do something kick ass with a budget? Give me a calll…
The Green Design 100
Time.com weighs in with their green design index.
Don’t Blame Facebook
Good observations about people stick to what they know, yet can anything really be improved if a designer just wants to make people happy?
HealthMap | Global disease alert map
Just a fyi…
Current Developing Crises
I found this as a good starting point to understand what’s going on with the swine flu.
Telling amazing stories
Simple points to consider, hard to execute when all three measurements of 1. Collecting consistent data, 2. Designing meaningful visualizations and 3.Telling amazing stories are actually more subjective than you think.
4 Sites with Brilliant Internet Branding
A first glance the visual design of all these sites aren’t that great, but then again do they have to be?
Books on Typography
If you’re looking for a list of books on typography, what better source to look to than the Type Directors Club?
International Herald Tribune: Breathless in Paris
Happy to see some commentary on the IHT. I’m still irked by the killing of the old design of their site.