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Coffee – 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=4.7.7 Visualizing my coffee habits one cup at a time http://designnotes.info/?p=1843 http://designnotes.info/?p=1843#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2009 12:58:50 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1843 coffee rings

This might sound sort of gross, but from time to time I’ll use the same coffee mug at home for a couple days. All I do is simply dump the old coffee out, quickly rinse and add fresh coffee. It’s a routine that works for me. Over the weekend I took a closer look inside my mug and noticed something familiar. There were rings from the old coffee lines, similar to what you would see with a tree if you were to cut one in half. With trees the rings show how much rain a tree had from year to year in a comparative scale. What could those coffee rings tell me about my mornings?

While the rings that I’ve identified are probably for five or six days, it’s hard to tell which one’s are from earlier in the week compared to my drinking habits later on. Aside from guessing which line belongs to which day, there’s a cluster of three or four lines that suggest that I’m drinking a consistent amount of coffee. I guess some information is better than no information.

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Link Drop (7·31·09) http://designnotes.info/?p=1839 http://designnotes.info/?p=1839#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2009 13:23:31 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1839 link drop themes

This week’s version of Link Drop has a healthy does of me at the beginning. When I read about other bloggers and their exploits, sometimes I think it’s cool to see, other times perhaps not. So if you’re in the perhaps not camp, please scroll quickly to link #4. Overall I came across a bit of everything, there’s lot’s of publishing stuff, both online and print. I think I keep coming back to that topic because it’s how people are broadcasting messages today, something we should all be in the business of. I also found it interesting how Armstrong integrated his message into a number of different outlets that again I think we can all learn from. Did I miss anything worth reading?

Video Notes from the Field — School of Visual Arts — MFA in Interaction Design_1249007016356

Video Notes from the Field
Being asked to pass along a quick thought about digital & design to potential students headed to that field, I choose to mention how digital is different than print. “Digital isn’t a one-time shot, but a constant upgrade”. For me to be included with a lot of people that I try to learn from myself on the post was quite cool to see.

The Aggregator That Newspapers Like | The New York Observer_1249006905503

The Aggregator That Newspapers Like
Some days I find it harder to explain what Daylife is then others, especially when I start mentioning Select. This article did a pretty good job explaining things on a high level and about some of the history behind the news service I work with.

Three New Foodists - Foodists_1249007036766

Three New Foodists
I like food, I like to write—what better reason then that to start contributing to this food blog when the urge hits?

NYC Grid - NYC Grid_1249007046120

NYC Grid
I wish I had come up with this idea first. Marking off blocks on NYC and documenting what’s around the street. Photos and google map included.

blog » visualizing MLB hit locations on a Google Map_1249007239708

visualizing MLB hit locations on a Google Map
Really interesting post that started off with looking at data from a no hitter baseball game that morphs into something else.

Merlin Mann on Doing Creative Work; The Sound of Young America | Maximum Fun_1249007056908

MaxFunCon: Merlin Mann on Doing Creative Work; The Sound of Young America
A great podcast that I listened to a couple times. Everything he says is true and I’ve told myself with various words for a while now. After listening to the twenty eight minute podcast you might try some creative work that you’ve been stalling on.

Gawker Media revenues up 45% in first half - - Nick Denton_1249007068656

Gawker Media revenues up 45% in first half
A positive sign that online publishing is moving forward and might be worth getting in the game sooner than later.

Dallas - Unfair Park - This American Life's Ira Glass Points Toward the "Wide-Open" Future of Journalism_1249007078501

This American Life’s Ira Glass Points Toward the “Wide-Open” Future of Journalism
I kind of wish this article went a bit further instead of enlisting a couple traditional pull quotes and reaction from someone that heard the talk. Maybe traditional journalism still has a way to go.

The New Yorker_1249007086547

A New Page
I haven’t had time to read this yet but seemed very appropriate considering how people are starting to read more and more on screen.

NPR | Dick Meyer | Online | Mediaite_1249007096286

Interview: NPR’s Dick Meyer Discusses NPR.org Redesign, Visual Vocabulary
I pulled a various articles about the NPR.org redesign, interesting to read a couple people’s take from the inside.

NPR Is Enhancing Its Web Site - NYTimes.com_1249007119931

NPR Moves to Rewire Its Approach to the Web
Article number deux on the the NPR.org redesign.

An Interview with Rick Smolan — AIGA | the professional association for design_1249007104528

Making Books, 21st-Century Style: An Interview with Rick Smolan
I couldn’t help but wish there was an online version of the book they were talking about. What does that say about me?

Commerce Restaurant to go Cashless_1249007111654

Total Insanity: Commerce Restaurant to go Cashless
Interesting idea, not sure why they wouldn’t keep both options of cash or plastic available. The comments in reaction are fascinating.

The visual thinking weblog » 5 live sketching tips every designer should know_1249007128246

5 live sketching tips every designer should know
Makes sense to keep up on this kind of thing.

Art for the Lance Armstrong Foundation_1249007141224

STAGES: Art for the Lance Armstrong Foundation
This looks very cool and is on view in NYC.

Bike Porn 3 - Trek’s “Stages” Bikes_1249007149578


Bike Porn 3 – Trek’s “Stages” Bikes

A cross section of the bikes Armstrong rode in the tour.

LANCE ARMSTRONG SURGES BACK TO ACTION IN THE TOUR DE FRANCE ON A MARC NEWSON TREK TTX ART BIKE_1249007159438

NEWS///LANCE ARMSTRONG SURGES BACK TO ACTION IN THE TOUR DE FRANCE ON A MARC NEWSON TREK TTX ART BIKE
Sorry for the allcaps—that was how it was in the post. The bike in view feels like a cross between a tank and some carbon fiber weaponry.

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Amazon Acquisitions infographic
A timely info graphic on all things Amazon.

Sheetseat « noquedanblogs.com_1249007259281

Sheetseat
I really like the concept of this flat piece of material morphing into something else usable with some cut lines.

Lessons from a failed meeting with a Social Media Guru | matt daniels_1249007268004

Lessons from a failed meeting with a Social Media Guru
This is quite the post, I have my guesses who it’s about but I have no way to verify. Either way there seems to have been a communication break down.

Flynn Lives_1249007282386

Flynn Lives
I wanted to post this because the bike and digital outlines looked cool.

James Perse surfboards at iainclaridge.net_1249007296187

James Perse surfboards
Same for these surfboards. These are works of art. I’d put them on my wall if I had the space, and cash…

Things go better with persistent branding | Designer Daily_1249007308926

Things go better with persistent branding
This diagram is kind of telling. Actions (or non actions) speak quite loudly.

Top ten problems in file prep for print | David Airey, graphic designer_1249007316153

Top ten problems in file prep for print
This is for the print people out there that can’t figure out why their printer hates them.

topsecret usb_1249007327577

topsecret usb
I’d like to put all my top secret digital files on this. Too bad twitter didn’t do the same thing.

gongblog - journal - Where Goldman Sachs screwed up (understanding the anti-$GS populist rage)_1249007338074

Where Goldman Sachs screwed up (understanding the anti-$GS populist rage)
Another article that I haven’t had time to read just yet, but am going to over the weekend.

Over-Blown Visuals | How-To | Smashing Magazine_1249007360503

iPhone Apps Design Mistakes: Over-Blown Visuals
Interesting starting point for those thinking of designing apps.

Unofficial Rules of the App Store_1249007482889

Unofficial Rules of the App Store
The potential for this site is quite important. If people regularily contribute it could give a good indication of what mistakes not to make. It could also be said that Apple should keep things open, but that’s a different debate altogether.

Chris Anderson's Free adds much to The Long Tail, but falls short | Technology | guardian.co.uk_1249007371927

Chris Anderson’s Free adds much to The Long Tail, but falls short
Another review on the book Free.

9 kinds of coffee (infographic) - Random things_1249007380082

9 kinds of coffee (infographic)
I’ve never seen a diagram comparing all the different types of coffee goodness in relation to each other before.

World’s Top Ten Identity Firms « Identity Forum_1249007388907

World’s Top Ten Identity Firms
While this list probably still holds true I couldn’t help but wonder if they all seem a bit “old”.

NPR_1249007401624

Poll Results: The Best Music Of 2009 (So Far)
I’m not a big fan of this list but it gives a good idea of what NPR thinks is worth listening to this year.

Architectural Record | Notebook_1249007492811

Yale Grad Designs Nooka Pop-Up Shop in NYC
Interesting background story on the Nooka pop up shop that I didn’t know about while visiting.

news travel images hotels_1249007504049

Barcelona at UBPA at Expo 2010
Tons of great architectural photos.

How Twitter Actually Hurts Street Vendors - Midtown Lunch_1249043313147

How Twitter Actually Hurts Street Vendors
This reminds me a bit about flash mobs, but with mobile food.

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Brewing the perfect coffee organically vs. systematically http://designnotes.info/?p=1810 http://designnotes.info/?p=1810#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2009 10:18:38 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1810 Cuisinart and Bodum side by side
Coffee Taste Test

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Coffee Taste Test

Cuisinart empty cup and filter
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Coffee Taste Test

When it comes to coffee I’m very much for it. It’s what powers this blog for the most part. I write early in the morning and there’s always some warm goodness beside my keyboard. For the last couple of years I’ve been making coffee with one of those classic Bodum’s that sucks the water from the bottom to the top and brews itself naturally above, only to come back down as something good. The thing is, the bottom of the pot is starting to look like the ground outside in NYC. There’s a layer of sludge that probably isn’t that healthy.

While I love how the Bodum tastes because it keeps a lot of the impurities of the bean in liquid form, others have described the taste as unpleasant at best. Over the weekend I was subjected to a blind coffee taste test with my first love and a metal Cuisinart. Within one sip I could point out which was the better coffee. The difference was quite clear—literally. While the Bodum looked like a natural brew, the Cuisinart was pure black, no inconsistencies. Most people would see this as a plus but for me it felt like it sucked out some of the flavour.

It wasn’t until I had finished both cups that things got really interesting. The bottom residue reflected how things tasted. The Bodum’s bottom was very organic looking while the Cuisinart was very clean, systematic and predictable. Those bottoms reflected how the coffee tasted. Is it a cultural thing? Impurities make the flavour vs. the clean but loss of taste? I’m not sure, but I took it one step further. I was curious to see how the two filters compare to each other. No surprises, the filters reflected how the bottom of each cup looked and in turn influenced how things were tasting. While I don’t have much choice as the Bodum is going to be making an exit soon. I’m going to give the Cuisinart a week, taste the Bodum after seven days to see if my taste has adjusted or not. I don’t think my taste will adjust, I guess it will be mind of matter…

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Link Drop (5·01·09) http://designnotes.info/?p=1762 http://designnotes.info/?p=1762#comments Fri, 01 May 2009 13:14:01 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1762 link drop themes 050109

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 « BBH Labs_1241170938864

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

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?

Comme des Fuckdown - Microsoft sales fall for first time in 23 years_1241171007586

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…

 An Open Letter - BusinessWeek_1241171019479

On Engineering and Design: An Open Letter
For those that work with engineers—good letter or someone on a soapboax?

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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_1241171046027

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.

 Everyday User Experience by alex rainert_1241171053079

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 | The FontFeed_1241171059521

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.

Titanium - Seven characteristics of passion brands_1241171066373

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 - The Moment Blog - NYTimes.com_1241171073768

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… — Blog of Ronnestam_1241171080749

Psst, have you heard…
I liked the idea of visualizing how things are spread via the promoters, passives and detractors.

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Gameboy Timeline
Fascinating view of how the Gameboy (often ignored by designers as a great object) evolved and reflected the time as the years went on.

Chet Chat with Chet_1241171102389

The Making Of: PlayStation | Edge Online
Who says a logo can’t change a lot and still maintain its “brand equity”?

 A work in progress_1241171107445

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_1241171112814

Cold Cut Animals, Soft Body Parts & Stained Glass Perfume
Bizarre post #1 showing flesh.

72dpi » Blog Archive » Barış Sarhan_1241171118821

Barış Sarhan
Bizarre post #2 showing flesh.

i am the weather » » NPR maps the Energy Grid_1241171123949

“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 Barack Obama's Facebook news feed. - By Christopher Beam and Chris Wilson - Slate Magazine_1241171129625

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.

 Googlefication update_1241171135675

Googlefication update
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 ∞ precious forever_1241171141067

The problem with street art
A connection between street art and marketing.

Gigapixel Photography - Creators of High-Resolution Images_1241171146803

Gigapixel Photography
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…

Sustainable Luxury - The Green Design 100 - TIME_1241171154015

The Green Design 100
Time.com weighs in with their green design index.

Big Spaceship | Think Blog - Don't Blame Facebook_1241171162748

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_1241171169061

HealthMap | Global disease alert map
Just a fyi…

Current Developing Crises « NY ♥ NY_1241171176192

Current Developing Crises
I found this as a good starting point to understand what’s going on with the swine flu.

Telling amazing stories | DensityDesign | Communication Design & Complexity_1241171181717

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.

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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?

Resources | Type Directors Club_1241171194201

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?

 Breathless in Paris — AIGA | the professional association for design_1241177632909

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.

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Link Drop (4·17·09) http://designnotes.info/?p=1745 http://designnotes.info/?p=1745#respond Fri, 17 Apr 2009 12:55:42 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1745 Link Drop Themes

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As I keep evolving Link Drop, I thought I’d change it up a bit with how I display the intro. I’m listing themes that I notice weeks to week and dropping the small square thumbnails. Those take a crazy amount of time to do and I’m not sure how useful they really were. If that happened to be your fav. thing about Link Drop please let me know. Not sure how the week was for you but it seemed like it was Friday just a couple days ago. Spring is almost here (aside from all the rain that NYC’s been having), but patios are just around the corner now. Thanks for checking this week’s stuff that I thought was kind of interesting as I clicked around.

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Speak Up › Goodbye, Speak Up_1239959182045

Goodbye, Speak Up
And the site that allowed for a broader discussion from the bottom up has decided to stop posting. When it first started I really enjoyed the fact that it didn’t matter who you were as a designer, people wanted to discuss stuff that wasn’t really being covered anywhere else. When I was still living in Canada the site exposed me to a bunch of people. In turn that allowed me to invite a few to talk in Edmonton when I was the President of my chapter of the GDC. But as the years went by the site started to take itself too seriously, was more concerned about what the establishment thought (catered too), less about sharing and more about bragging. I’m thankful that the site was there because I certainly got a lot out of it in the beginning, it’s just too bad they never considered a succession plan to keep it going and would rather the community down.

 From Online to On-the-Ground Response « NY ♥ NY_1239959201515

L’Aquila Earthquake: From Online to On-the-Ground Response
I thought this round up of how news and information was collected and acted upon with the earthquake in Italy was pretty good. The only thing that I think she may have missed was on the #hastags. From what I was seeing in the early stages was that people didn’t know exactly know where the earthquake was in Italy—so I was getting most of my twitter info via #earthquake. It would be interesting to see the different stages of a news event and how twitter and mainstream news evolve during the a certain time period.

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Spectrum of Online Friendship
Mike’s made a spectrum of stages that is pretty accurate if I use myself as the model. The only thing that I was wondering about was how location or proximity influences such interactions. If you’ve never meet someone but gone through most of those stages, is it easier meeting that person if they live in the same city or somewhere different?

Spectrum-of-online-friendship-and-not_1239959235345

Spectrum-of-online-friendship-and-not
I really like how they took Mike’s diagram above and added to it—great addition that made the diagram even better.

H&FJ News | Hoefler & Frere-Jones_1239959243979

The H&FJ Institute for Unapplied Mathematics
I’ve never had to consider such a typographic issue—but it’s kind of fascinating to see how space collects.

design goodness - advertising and design blog_1239959251620

Toyota Venza Takeover
I thought it was kind of telling that in his quick overview he mentioned “I have to start posting more online creative on this site.” Another tell–tale sign that prints kind of dead?

Don’t Be A Dickhead, Get Your Thyroid Checked - ANIMAL_1239959286157

Don’t Be A Dickhead, Get Your Thyroid Checked
Ok, maybe print isn’t dead. I thought this breakdown and concept was kind of smart if not jolting.

Zappos Map_1239959298920

www.zappos.com/map
I love this map showing where people are buying stuff. It displays items that a person might not otherwise have seen or noticed. It also indicates which cities have really bad taste too though.

Advertising - Web Marketing That Hopes to Learn What Attracts a Click - NYTimes.com_1239959310380

Web Marketing That Hopes to Learn What Attracts a Click
This is agile design in a hybrid kind of way, which brings me too the next post about…

Bons Mots - from Andrew Bonventre - My speech from last week’s Creative Morning has..._1239959355252

4/10 Andy Bonventre
…Creative Mornings—here’s Andy’s talk from Google. He was nice enough to tour us around the place which was really cool. The talk was pretty good though it took a bit of time afterwards for me to realize that. He actually covered a lot of ground with concrete examples of how he has worked with design people, both good and bad. If you’re still reading this text—hopefully next week the news will go out that I’m the next speaker for Creative Mornings. I’ll be talking about Agile Design in both the context of where I work at Daylife, the blog here and throw out some questions about how regular graphic design and advertising should consider it as part of their process.

Amazon's Silent Mistake in the Face of a Social-Media Firestorm - Advertising Age - DigitalNext_1239959316246

Amazon’s Silent Mistake in the Face of a Social-Media Firestorm
Interesting story of how twitter and #hashtags can get a company’s attention. Though I think there were some special circumstances that might not be replicated if someone else tried getting a company’s attention. 1. They were seen as banning books (huge no, no), 2. they were seen as being discriminate, 3. people are concerned about what a company can do to push their ethics out there (perceived or not). What is surprising is that it took Amazon a bit of time to fix the situation—but people also have to realize that it takes time to actually make sure they can check the situation before a snap response from one employee. It’s public pr on steroids—which means everyone is going to learn how to react as time goes by.

Another great post about it: The Failure of #amazonfail from Clay Shirky

Realtime disease detection for your city - SickCity_1239959342097

Realtime disease detection for your city – SickCity
Fascinating visualization on twitter about people’s illness’ and what seems to be spiking in real–time.

The Nice Modernist_1239959347950

Variations on a theme
If you’re a fan (or not) of type, there’s a great collection of stuff.

Molecular Voices_1239959364547

Webcam to the Rescue
They’re all around us, now they’ll start talking back.

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15 entries categorized “Postopolis LA”
I haven’t had a chance to go through all of this yet, but I want to.

Rasmus Snabb « Fleuron - The British Journal of Typography and Design_1239959380787

Rasmus Snabb
I like the pattern. I don’t usually like patterns.

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Vagrancy
Stop reading this post and follow the instructions—très cool.

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How To Think Under Pressure
Interesting way to visualize what you want to accomplish.

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BOXED
Any post that uses a phrase like “i like my context deconstructed so that i can gleefully boast that my “process” is one that does not allow acceptance without thorough observation and judgment” should be noted.

i am the weather » » tokyo jogging_1239959427105

“tokyo jogging”
Really cool concept though the video fails to deliver. By this time next year I suspect that people trying to do this kind of thing will be a lot better with a seamless experience.

Youtube Symphony « Gems Sty_1239959435941

Youtube Symphony
Interesting pov. Kind of wish I had been there to experience the visual as much as the auditory aspect of it.

Rappcats » Madvillain Cubeecraft Toy by RBST - Free Download_1239959441626

Madvillain Cubeecraft Toy by RBST – Free Download
Here’s one way to spread the word. The albums not too bad, though I find it way too pitchy at some points. It’s also not as good as Madvillain.

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There’s a couple reasons why I’m not a huge fan of tumblr sites. One reason is when people make it really hard to find a permalink—the other is that there’s a lack of a title field. What am I supposed to name this post? Aside from getting that off my chest, what I really like is the question that’s posed at the end of this post. “instead of starting my questions with why, they now tend to start with why not…” Exactly!

 You got three minutes...to destroy your brand_1239959458511

You got three minutes…to destroy your brand
Slightly ironic that the Landor Blog is picking up steam while others are closing. The issue with Dominoes reminds me of a post I did a while back about Face pics are the new logo. When people think of that pizza company they’re not thinking of the logo, they’re going to be thinking about that YouTube video…

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DesignNotes Ten Design-Related Blogs from NYC http://designnotes.info/?p=1741 http://designnotes.info/?p=1741#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2009 10:08:09 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1741 10 Design-Related Blogs from NYC

A couple weeks ago Blogs.com asked me if I was willing to pass them on a list of design blogs based in NYC (I considered Brooklyn as part of this list) of my choosing. I thought it wouldn’t be that tough—but of course it was, not because of the quantity but because design for me can be a fairly broad term. There’s a lot of categories that blur into each other. To help me see where the blogs fell into, I made a 2×2 grid. Within the grid I made each of them have a 4 letter name so they could fit on the grid in a consistent manner—kind of like a stock ticker. As I started putting together the list, I’d check a certain number of blogs each day with the intention of if someone could only open eleven blogs (after all I’d want to include DesignNotes) each morning from NYC, which sites would give the biggest amount of great content that wasn’t overlapping each other. I also didn’t want the list to turn into something akin to what everyone else would pick as popular blogs, but show that there’s a bigger range than the expected norm that everyone lists. The sites below are what came I ended up with. That list became known as Ten Design-Related Blogs from NYC.

I’ve always been a bit skeptical of other listings like this to some degree whether from magazines or other blogs because they felt very buddy, buddy. One could argue the same thing about me—people would be wrong to think that of course, but now maybe I was wrong to be skeptical of others intentions in the past—I don’t know. But just to be fair here’s a breakdown of how these blogs flow into DesignNotes: People behind the blogs that I’ve met in person: 6/10, People I’ve shared email correspondence: 8/10, People I don’t know at all: 3/10, Number of of blogs that have been mentioned in my Link Drop: 10/10, and People I’ve had a beer with: 4/10.

The Blogs.com listing Ten Design-Related Blogs from NYC can be found at blogs.com/topten/10-design-related-blogs-from-nyc.

AisleOne (ASL1)
aisleone.net
A clean curated design blog that emphasizes grids, typography and whitespace done well—very calming blog.

i [love] marketing. (ILVM)
anaandjelic.typepad.com/i_love_marketing
Don’t be fooled by the title, this blog is much smarter than the typical blog pushing marketing ideas. Not afraid to question the status quo out there, lots of ideas to consider.

Ashley Simko (ASMK)
blog.ashleysimko.com
There’s a constant flow of great design images, quotes and thoughts daily if not hourly placed on display. I’m curious to see this blog evolves over time.

PLUS and MINUS things (P&MT)
byamt.wordpress.com
The image selection is always compelling as it is unique. Lots of photography and industrial design stuff.

Graphpaper (GRPR)
graphpaper.com
Here’s a blog that talks a lot about UX design in a manner that’s understandable to anyone, yet isn’t holding back from great observations.

Kottke (KTKE)
kottke.org
A ton of diverse links, it’s hard to be bored when there’s a source like this out there.

PSFK (PSFK)
psfk.com
They cover a lot of different areas of design and marketing. If something is kind of interesting out there in a commercial sense, they’ll probably talk about it.

Swissmiss (SMSS)
swiss-miss.com
A bellwether blog for all other reblog design sites, the number of people that gravitate to what is mentioned on this site is incredible.

UnBeige (UNBG)
mediabistro.com/unbeige
There’s a constant flow of news in the design world from fonts, furniture, art and architecture

Wooster Collective (WOST)
woostercollective.com
A great source and authority on all things street art.

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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.

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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

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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?

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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.

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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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Update to Coffee as Inspiration and Britain from Above http://designnotes.info/?p=1648 http://designnotes.info/?p=1648#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2009 13:47:59 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1648 loquat73: Starbucks Inaugural Sleeve

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A designer that posts images to ten15am emailed me last night mentioning that he’s started seeing a new version of the Starbucks coffee cup, albeit inaugural coffee sleeves with presidential quotes on them. You can read more about it form Paulo A. Pereira’s blog post Starbucks Inaugural Sleeve.

A couple weeks ago I was rejoicing that the BBC made Britain from Above available for viewing. Unfortunately the YouTube video quality sucked and for some reason the taxi clip wasn’t viewable. Digging around I found the BBC has a site dedicated to the videos in high quality, embeddable and the the taxi clip is working. You can see it for yourself at www.bbc.co.uk/britainfromabove/stories/visualisations/taxis.shtml. Actually the whole site is pretty cool to explore but if you’re too lazy this morning to click on that link, I’ve embedded the taxi video in this post…

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Coffee as Inspiration http://designnotes.info/?p=1641 http://designnotes.info/?p=1641#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2009 11:40:56 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1641 Hi

Starbucks series of “the way i see it ”

Coffee inspires me – its true. It’s why I get up in the morning and pretty much powers the blog in the early hours of the day. On a different note Starbucks used to print “the way i see it quotes”. I don’t think they do this anymore as I don’t recall trying to read the back of my paper cup the last time I had coffee from Starbucks. And if they actually did kill that thing (someone please confirm this as I’m not going to be in a Starbucks today – City Bakery yes, SBUX no), all I can do is be amazed at how stupid decisions are made. Either way I came across a nice collection of real photos of people taking pictures of their cups from the series. I know this b/c I’ve done this myself as the big image illustrates. The second image is from a grid that someone started collecting as favourites in their flickr account with mine included.

I’m going to link to each of those images b/c I think it’s a good idea: cup 01, cup 02, cup 03, cup 04, cup 05, cup 06, cup 07, cup 08, cup 09, cup 10, cup 11, cup 12, cup 13, cup 14, cup 15, cup 16, cup 17, and cup 18.

The reason why all those of images are great is not b/c of the photos quality but b/c each of those people felt the need to do it. Everyone had different reasons for taking their pic and tagging the photo so someone could find it, yet as a complete set becomes something even better to go through and go hmm, maybe there’s something to those words. They’re not going to save the world but maybe today I’ll try to have some patience as I walk behind someone slow on my way to work…

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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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Likemind Six Recap http://designnotes.info/?p=878 http://designnotes.info/?p=878#comments Fri, 19 Jan 2007 16:17:41 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=878 Likemind 6

Just got back from Likemind held at sNice in New York. Like all the events that I’ve been to with this Likemind, the mix of people were friendly and had a lot of things going on. Some of the new people that I met ran sites like brand experience lab, Lets Meet Out, the happy corp, Roboyouth and ran into old friends like cellar door, PSFK, do.palicio.us, Jack Cheng and Charles Gallant.

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clover at Café Grumpy http://designnotes.info/?p=11 http://designnotes.info/?p=11#respond Tue, 05 Dec 2006 02:13:41 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=11 clover

Today is day two of my coffee experience at Café Grumpy. My first cup on Thursday blew me away. Unfortunately for the last three days I wasn’t able to get back. When I got my cup today I had to ask – why is this coffee so good? The obvious points would be that they measure out each cup with beans that they then grind, but a big part of the taste is the machine they use. That machine is a clover. From their website this is how they describe it – “The machine employs what we call Vacuum-Press™ technology, which – for the first time – combines two methods considered best for brewing coffee: the “French press” and the vacuum brewer.” On the clover site it only shows two locations in NYC for the machine, and one of them is Café Grumpy. So if you’re in Chelsea (224 West 20th Street, between 7th & 8th Avenues) and love coffee – give the clover a test drive.

Also, Café Grumpy has a blog that is worth a visit in itself if you can’t walk on over. And a flickr site too.

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Hi http://designnotes.info/?p=141 http://designnotes.info/?p=141#respond Fri, 01 Sep 2006 19:29:39 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=141 Hi

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