Over the next couple of days I’ll be taking a lot of photos, tweeting and writing the occasional post from Detroit. I was invited from Ford to take part in this year’s North American International Auto Show. The two day schedule put together from Ford looks pretty cool as it is busy. I suspect by the time I fly back to NYC I’ll know a lot more about vehicles than when I landed in Detroit.]]>
While I won’t hold it against Stefan for writing no descriptive post titles I sort of wish this time next year he does when ICFF comes around again. I can’t disagree too much with what he’s saying though if design shows want to get serious about displaying their stuff—have a press opening. Trying to take photos with a couple hundred other people drinking isn’t going to get a designer much coverage.
On Turning The Page
This metaphor better die soon. It’s not fooling anyone and is kind of insulting. Fake page folding is not going to save books, publicizing good books will do that.
I don’t cover much on wayfinding but these examples are really smart. They’ve integrated the bike in a number of creative ways and their rational is worth reading.
Barbara Kruger: London tube map
This was quite popular on Twitter when I mentioned it. To be honest it’s sort of fun but I could easily replicate the text on any subway map—or could I?
Did M.I.A. ‘eff up’ by giving her album an un-google-able name?
While it’s not coming up on search terms I also wonder if the same is true for limewire. If not it sort of makes you wonder how adaptable Google is to new language.
graffyard is visual embed tags for the city
This is funny as it is cool. Imagine a world of barcodes in the shape of a square. Which one would a person point to first? All sorts of new possibilities.
Hey Facebook! Here’s your privacy redesign
Usually I hate when people try to redesign something and talk about it in a magazine. This time I don’t—all the people interviewed have pretty good ideas. Some go for an overhaul while others try to work within the constraints of what they all have. Even better is that people can vote for which adaptation is best.
Google Is Leapfrogging Apple
Just a couple weeks ago Apple seemed like it was unbeatable, now maybe it’s not the case. Both Google and Apple still have a long ways in figuring out how to treat users like people so I’m waiting for the third party to really take help people with what they want.
How cool of an idea is this?
Emily Pilloton – Project H
While I’m going to take it for granted that most people know about Project H, if you’re a designer and have no idea what it is—watch the short video. Next step is to figure out a project that you’d want to do, after that visit Ideas that Matter Grant Applications: www.sappi.com/ideasthatmatterNA.
Very interesting use of Foursquare. Set up a male to female or female to male ratio at a place that you’ve visited. When that ration happens with people checking in you’ll get an alert. I can attest that it does actual work.
Barnsley: future lies in hands of consumers
This was possibly the most ridiculous thing I read all week. If this is the way publishers think their going to succeed all I can say is good luck.
Photo ::: A modern Marie Antoinette
Crazy hair, enough said?
I’ve decided to stop publishing Design Notes as it currently is. I’ve wanted to evolve what the blog was for a while now. I’ve been testing out a couple ideas for the past couple of months. I tried a new site for Link Drop Today, and recently started asking people about a name change for Design Notes and my name. What I learned from those exercises is that I don’t have enough time to publish two sites and that Design Notes does have some brand equity. Unfortunately when I started five years ago with that name, I was the only using both design + notes. I can now think of a handful of sites that use a similar combination. Believe it or not, the blog name has evolved every couple years. When I originally started five years ago it was d*notes and over time it changed to DesignNotes and Design Notes. With a shift in focus I wanted Design Notes to be about my own ideas and use Link Drop Today as a venue to show and discuss other people’s stuff. With Link Drop Today I was able to experiment with a couple other ways to push content through posts, pages and rail items. What I learned as I was working with that site is that it takes a lot of time to publish two sites.
While that was all going on I also evolved my work environment. I left Daylife and am now enjoying my time at Behavior. Changing my pace of work has affected when and how I publish. Because of that change I’ve been trying to figure out the best way for me to continue writing and observing.
I’ve decided once again to evolve the name. Design Notes is now Design Noted. It’s a subtle change in direction that reflects a maturing of what I want to explore about design, experience and observation. Design Noted has a new beta site that I will use as my main outlet to publish now. Over time I will migrate posts from Design Notes to Design Noted. I will also be implementing a blog roll this week.
I’ve modified the template that I’m using for Design Noted quite a bit. I’m aware of a couple elements that aren’t completely lined up but if anything seems really funky on your browser, please let me know. I’m also hoping that any RSS issues that have plagued my old site will be fixed. So if RSS was your main way of visiting my site, thank you for your patience.
In a couple weeks I’ll throw out a new post asking for feedback. I’m using a new template and format so things will def. evolve in this next quarter. I’m not really sure what to expect, but I like the idea of moving forward in this direction.]]>
Recently I’ve started to reflect on DesignNotes from the beginning till know, trying to figure out where I can make quick improvements while looking towards the bigger goals. While first and foremost I’ve been using this blog as a place to learn and test out ideas, perhaps there’s other things I can bring out. I’ve updated my logo, there’s a business card coming and those changes will find their way to my www.michaelsurtees.com soon. I’m also starting to work on some plans on paper that are too early in the making to share. An obvious question that I get asked from time to time which I have a hard time answering is “what is your blog about?”. I usually try to respond with “talking about my daily experience and observations with design”. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
In the book Brand Gap there’s a great saying about brands, “a brand isn’t what YOU say it is but what THEY say it is”. Keeping that in mind I looked at what people were tagging DesignNotes on Delicious with. While the tags only reflect what people using Delicious think, it’s still interesting for me to see what people consider this blog. I was a bit surprised to see inspiration and culture so high up, but I’ll take it. Another surprise that tech was no where to be found, not such a bad thing considering I like to explore what the result of tech is. While I could have collapsed blog & blogs, graphic & graphics, and possibly designblog into other categories, it really wouldn’t have changed the order much. For me, if I look at those tags as a whole, there’s a lot that incompass’ what I’m interested in. I guess I don’t feel so bad that I don’t have a one liner about what DesignNotes is just yet, but knowing the above information helps put things into perspective.]]>
Perusing Twitter last night I came across a tweet from @jenbee mentioning a blog diagram that was published in the NYT Opt–Eds section two years ago form Paula Scher. A couple years ago when it came out I did a quick post suggesting that the diagram illustrated more about the conversation over at Design Observer and not the blogosphere in general. The question that Jen Bekman was posing I thought was worth briefly exploring again. A lot can happen in 2 years “To diagram a blog today without taking Twitter, Fb +/or Tumblr into account might render its result irrevelant. I wonder how Ms. Scher would revise this diagram today, 2+ years later.”
Today it seems like you either agree or disagree with what a blog post, and if you think someone else is going to get something out of it, a reader will either tweet or reblog it. The minutiae of the conversation as illustrated above is a lot more complex than it is today. The loop that I’m thinking about was something I posted last week titled Talking to the Crowd. I suggested that “there’s discussions, posts, reblogs, tweets and retweets and even more interjection”, and how does one measure the value of a blog post? While not the only way and to the consternation of some, it’s the reblog “It’s also a vote that the writer has something of value. Stuff that isn’t interesting doesn’t travel on the interwebs.”
What might be different today with those that visit and read other blogs is that a visitor is more likely to have their own blog site. And if they don’t have that they’re probably on Twitter and Facebook. Because of those tools that they have at their fingers they can be part of the conversation by posting something about the post as much as leaving a comment with the original post.]]>
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.
I’m always fascinated to see how people communicate to each other publicly. Since I am in the communications business it makes sense to understand how conversations go back and forth and spread. Up until recently the standard two way talk between blog post and reader was with a comments field. The writer publishes something, a reader comments. Of course a blogger can turn comments off or have a set time limit. Pretty standard stuff…
I’m not a huge fan of Tumblr for the simple fact that I’ve tried using it three or four different times but always went back to WordPress for better that control I wanted. But what I find fascinating none the less is that Tumblr has created some unique and easy ways to publish content of others—“the reblog”. The word reblog probably scares a lot in the traditional media mindset. Their first reaction is that someone’s stealing my content. Maybe, but the reblog is also pushing ideas to a larger audience that would not otherwise see/read an idea. It’s also a vote that the writer has something of value. Stuff that isn’t interesting doesn’t travel on the interwebs. This background info is important because a recent post from Jason Calacanis about Apple’s business practices titled The Case Against Apple–in Five Parts. At the time of writing this post there was over 190 comments. Not an insane number of people talking, but enough to suggest that any additional comment on that post is going to be lost in the river.
The smarter move is to respond with a blog post of your own. That way a writer can control their own content while building on the broader discussion. It’s only a guess but I suspect that’s why this post Planet Calacanis was published on his own site. The catch was that there wasn’t any way to respond to that post—but there actually was a way to talk back. More akin to a nudge though. If you were part of the same Tumblr publishing system you could respond by reblogging the post and adding commentary. Sure it’s not as easy as dropping a comment box but the message of the post spreads. But if you’re the original person of the Tumblr post, people are spreading the traffic around and passing it on to others. Of course if you’re not part of Tumblr you’re left out of the conversation. Maybe it will motivate you to use Tumblr, maybe not…
However that two way, one way reblog commentary wasn’t the only thing I was noticing with the conversation started by Jason Calacanis. I tweeted his original post after seeing it mentioned by someone else I follow on Twitter. This was what I said from my iPhone “RT @iboy: Hey @JasonCalacanis, Your “Case Against Apple” is one solid post. http://bit.ly/14LOBU”. A number of people that followed me retweeted the link and it continued to spread in every imaginable direction.
One way to get people’s attention via twitter is tweeting the simple @ to the user’s name that you want to talk to. Let’s say that you have a post that’s in reaction to the original Case Against Apple post and you want to attract the attention of other people thinking about the conversation. An easy way to find those people would be to do a twitter search on anyone that’s mentioned “Case Against Apple” http://search.twitter.com/search?q=Case+Against+Apple The next step is to start replying to each of those tweets like this “@michaelSurtees Why Calacanis is way off base http://bit.ly/scJy1”. I’m not a huge fan of that type of practice but it got me to click on the link.
What’s happening is that there’s discussions, posts, reblogs, tweets and retweets and even more interjection. While I’m not going to comment on the original Apple post, I’m really intrigued by how tumblr enables/disables the conversation afterwards. To comment you have to post the original post and build on top of that. In a weird way it extends the loop while keeping everything loosely together no matter how many sites talk about it. I do realize that a tumblr user could add a third party commenting service, but why bother when you can keep everything in house?]]>
It’s been a bit of an up and down week over here at DesignNotes. I’ve been under the weather of most of the week which is highly unusual, and on the flip side the weather outside has been actually pretty decent. In more relatable Link Drop news, I found that the sites I spent time with has a lot of personal expressing in them. There’s a bunch of interviews, process and visualization. Intermixed with all that are the normal tech., Apple and Twitter issues.
President Barack Obama for BusinessWeek
Brad has to be my favourite photographer that I like to share my doom and gloom predictions about the print industry with. He’s also old school but in a good way. Recently he visited the White House for BusinessWeek to shoot a cover story on Barack Obama. This is his post about the experience, something that more photographers should do once their images are published.
Advertising’s revenge of the nerds
This was by far the most popular of the sites I passed along this week via Twitter. It’s hard to say if this really is a new concept or one that’s being reported on. Non creatives will always be more attentive to stats that show graphs going up. Designer’s just need to understand that and use it to their advantage.
Why Does the Best Design of 2009 Still Look Like 2000?
This was probably one of the more important articles that could warrant some more in depth consideration. Comparing some of the best in industrial design today to the past, there hasn’t been a huge leap in the design. Minor tweaks aside there isn’t much new. I think this also could be a bigger issue of business culture in general. Look at what others have done and replicate.
On the inequities of design competitions
I really like this quote so I’m copy + pasting it here “…Designers who win awards for edgy design they did for a friend’s business– with a print run of one hundred or something like that? They’ve got no art director, no creative director, no client’s representative, no agency person. Where’s the obstacle to good design there? But take something like a cheese. When I see a really good package for a cheese– I know what that designer went through to get there. It makes me want to fall on my knees and kiss that designer’s feet, that cheese. —Ernesto Aparicio”
There’s a lot of takeaways from this practical statement. Can design that is collaborative, ie working closely with those that are not as passionate about doing something new be celebrated as much as the artist that does design on the side? This example also illustrates why I don’t show a lot of images from designers web sites. For me to truly appreciate a design I need to see it in the real world. Design magazines don’t barely reflect the real world that real design flows into. If I’m going to suggest a poster is pretty good, I better be able to see it against a real wall with other posters surrounding it.
This tries to end the mysticism of art trying to be design. Good design takes time, but it doesn’t mean that we have to be having an outer body experience to do appropriate work.
JK Wedding Entrance Dance
This post pretty much sums up how media, design and marketing need to be. It’s amazing how distinct the age gap between those in online that are old that treat sites like print material, and those online today who understand it’s an ongoing conversation that can’t be predicted six months in advance. With that said I do have some doubts that the JK Wedding dance wasn’t an elaborate pr stunt by Chris Brown’s handler’s, but maybe that’s just me…
Co-opting Viral Hits to Sell More Music
PSFK reflects on the practical nature of having a copyrighted song in a YouTube video being in a video, and how that can be profitable.
Heating Up the Charts
There’s some unusual candor about the process of selecting and working with a design firm for the redesign of Billboard’s site. Interesting pov’s and observations.
how blogging really works: random acts of traction
This isn’t the only reason I blog, but it’s true that a publisher will never know what ideas take off. For me, if I post five or six random design ideas a week, over a period of months some of them will evolve into something really special. If I hadn’t started where would those ideas come from?
Can We Please Kill This Meme Now
This is why I collect stuff for this Link Drop. There’s so much good stuff out there that I need a place to filter it after seven days.
Q & A with Ingsu Liu, W.W. Norton
I like talking about the demise of print, but I don’t have any allusions that digital can be as conceptual as a well designed book cover. The above interview is with the current V.P. art director at W.W. Norton, the talk is about their process.
Building an Army of Hyper-Local, Mobile-Connected Advocates
There’s a couple interesting angles for me on this story. I first read this story from Advertising Age, but since they wall their content after a week I thought it made more sense to pass it along to the original source. A lot of people use foursquare, I can’t argue that point as I see them all talking on Twitter. I’ve never tried it for personal reasons. In any case this article does a good job a breaking down the mobile app.
Digitized Stalking Is the New World Order
Just when you thought it was safe to be online.
Designers and Citizens as Critical Media Artists
As a concept I thought yellow arrow was a pretty cool idea. The designer’s of that and other cool things talk about it.
Easy Meat Cheat Sheet
What can I say, I’m a sucker for meat charts. There’s something freakishly interesting about them.
Retail Cuts of Art from GG
A second meat like chart I came across…
The App Store and Apple’s Recent Behavior
Apple has always been a corporation though sometimes people forget this. With the iPhone and the partnership with ATT, a lot of their business strategies are being questioned.
Is Apple More Evil Than Microsoft?
Could an article like this have been written three years ago?
Detroit Book : MITCH COPE
These are images worth taking a look at. They speak volumes to those that think that what ever industry they are in is not susceptible to change.
The meaning’s behind the short phrases are great.
what brands can learn from mission street food
A different type of look at my fav. SF food place.
Design Club: Why young American designers are ganging up
Interesting concept but it’s not new like is suggested. MADE in Edmonton is doing something similar and has been going strong for over ten years.
Making sense of health care
I nice big chart about health care…
Delightful error pages
The start of a collection of error pages.
Five steps to a better design brief
Here’s a couple steps that any designer can take heed to.
Good background info about how Good magazine does it’s thing.
Friend of DesignNotes, Rob Peters looks back at Hiroshima.
Link Drops by DesignNotes
It was interesting for me to read through the eyes of someone else about my Link Drop.
This week’s version of Link Drop has a healthy does of me at the beginning. When I read about other bloggers and their exploits, sometimes I think it’s cool to see, other times perhaps not. So if you’re in the perhaps not camp, please scroll quickly to link #4. Overall I came across a bit of everything, there’s lot’s of publishing stuff, both online and print. I think I keep coming back to that topic because it’s how people are broadcasting messages today, something we should all be in the business of. I also found it interesting how Armstrong integrated his message into a number of different outlets that again I think we can all learn from. Did I miss anything worth reading?
Video Notes from the Field
Being asked to pass along a quick thought about digital & design to potential students headed to that field, I choose to mention how digital is different than print. “Digital isn’t a one-time shot, but a constant upgrade”. For me to be included with a lot of people that I try to learn from myself on the post was quite cool to see.
The Aggregator That Newspapers Like
Some days I find it harder to explain what Daylife is then others, especially when I start mentioning Select. This article did a pretty good job explaining things on a high level and about some of the history behind the news service I work with.
Three New Foodists
I like food, I like to write—what better reason then that to start contributing to this food blog when the urge hits?
I wish I had come up with this idea first. Marking off blocks on NYC and documenting what’s around the street. Photos and google map included.
visualizing MLB hit locations on a Google Map
Really interesting post that started off with looking at data from a no hitter baseball game that morphs into something else.
MaxFunCon: Merlin Mann on Doing Creative Work; The Sound of Young America
A great podcast that I listened to a couple times. Everything he says is true and I’ve told myself with various words for a while now. After listening to the twenty eight minute podcast you might try some creative work that you’ve been stalling on.
Gawker Media revenues up 45% in first half
A positive sign that online publishing is moving forward and might be worth getting in the game sooner than later.
This American Life’s Ira Glass Points Toward the “Wide-Open” Future of Journalism
I kind of wish this article went a bit further instead of enlisting a couple traditional pull quotes and reaction from someone that heard the talk. Maybe traditional journalism still has a way to go.
A New Page
I haven’t had time to read this yet but seemed very appropriate considering how people are starting to read more and more on screen.
Interview: NPR’s Dick Meyer Discusses NPR.org Redesign, Visual Vocabulary
I pulled a various articles about the NPR.org redesign, interesting to read a couple people’s take from the inside.
NPR Moves to Rewire Its Approach to the Web
Article number deux on the the NPR.org redesign.
Making Books, 21st-Century Style: An Interview with Rick Smolan
I couldn’t help but wish there was an online version of the book they were talking about. What does that say about me?
Total Insanity: Commerce Restaurant to go Cashless
Interesting idea, not sure why they wouldn’t keep both options of cash or plastic available. The comments in reaction are fascinating.
5 live sketching tips every designer should know
Makes sense to keep up on this kind of thing.
STAGES: Art for the Lance Armstrong Foundation
This looks very cool and is on view in NYC.
Bike Porn 3 – Trek’s “Stages” Bikes
A cross section of the bikes Armstrong rode in the tour.
NEWS///LANCE ARMSTRONG SURGES BACK TO ACTION IN THE TOUR DE FRANCE ON A MARC NEWSON TREK TTX ART BIKE
Sorry for the allcaps—that was how it was in the post. The bike in view feels like a cross between a tank and some carbon fiber weaponry.
Amazon Acquisitions infographic
A timely info graphic on all things Amazon.
I really like the concept of this flat piece of material morphing into something else usable with some cut lines.
Lessons from a failed meeting with a Social Media Guru
This is quite the post, I have my guesses who it’s about but I have no way to verify. Either way there seems to have been a communication break down.
I wanted to post this because the bike and digital outlines looked cool.
James Perse surfboards
Same for these surfboards. These are works of art. I’d put them on my wall if I had the space, and cash…
Things go better with persistent branding
This diagram is kind of telling. Actions (or non actions) speak quite loudly.
Top ten problems in file prep for print
This is for the print people out there that can’t figure out why their printer hates them.
I’d like to put all my top secret digital files on this. Too bad twitter didn’t do the same thing.
Where Goldman Sachs screwed up (understanding the anti-$GS populist rage)
Another article that I haven’t had time to read just yet, but am going to over the weekend.
iPhone Apps Design Mistakes: Over-Blown Visuals
Interesting starting point for those thinking of designing apps.
Unofficial Rules of the App Store
The potential for this site is quite important. If people regularily contribute it could give a good indication of what mistakes not to make. It could also be said that Apple should keep things open, but that’s a different debate altogether.
Chris Anderson’s Free adds much to The Long Tail, but falls short
Another review on the book Free.
9 kinds of coffee (infographic)
I’ve never seen a diagram comparing all the different types of coffee goodness in relation to each other before.
World’s Top Ten Identity Firms
While this list probably still holds true I couldn’t help but wonder if they all seem a bit “old”.
Poll Results: The Best Music Of 2009 (So Far)
I’m not a big fan of this list but it gives a good idea of what NPR thinks is worth listening to this year.
Yale Grad Designs Nooka Pop-Up Shop in NYC
Interesting background story on the Nooka pop up shop that I didn’t know about while visiting.
Barcelona at UBPA at Expo 2010
Tons of great architectural photos.
How Twitter Actually Hurts Street Vendors
This reminds me a bit about flash mobs, but with mobile food.
This week’s Link Drop is a double issue as I was preoccupied with being in SF last Friday. For this post I combined the best of what I found in the last 14 days. The biggest surprise for me was that I didn’t mention the iPhone, Apple or Google once. In their corporate place was Amazon and Zappos—no big surprise considering their news this week. There were quite a few times this morning as I was typing away with the links that I said to myself that this could be a best of year post. What I mean by that is there’s some really good content from others that I might want to save for my year end post. Maybe the summer brings out the best in us all?
The New York Review of Ideas
This site came out of no where (at least to me). The design and content match each other. I hate to say it, but I hope they publish their best content yearly.
A conversation with The Publisher & Editors of Politico
There’s a lot of observations a viewer could take from this round table talk. There’s the predictable print vs online aspect, but what perked up my ears was their strategy talk of wanting to own their sector in terms of being the “ESPN” of politics. Combine that attitude and energy with unique personalities and the hour went by very quickly. Afterwards I had to wonder how soon it will be till Charlie himself makes a couple appearances on Politico…
Walmart Announces a Sustainable Product Index
This gives an overview of what Walmart will be asking it’s retailers in terms of environmental impact of their products. I think this is a big deal as up until now most companies that have power to change things haven’t really stepped up to the plate.
Oh Snap! Our Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Shot By The Sartorialist
Smart info design of everyone’s favourite street fashion photographer….
Zappos Review Incites Reproach From Agency Creative
FYI, this link doesn’t work anymore if you don’t subscribe to Ad Age. I kept it because I wanted to use this as a perfect example of why a paid content wall doesn’t work. I thought this article was one of the best that has come out of Ad Age for quite some time because there was a great debate between the merits of the pitch and measuring how long a client actually looks at a pitch. The post that instigated the discussion
didn’t bother turning on the comments which made it a one way discussion—not a great thing for online content. With the above link there was a lot of info being added to the article which I appreciated. Now behind a wall no one is going to subscribe for one article. Now that I know there’s a time limit on Ad Age articles I’m probably not going to include them in my Link Drop anymore.
Zappos’ culture evident in their design
There’s going to be a lot of posts like this now that Amazon is going to purchase Zappos. I thought it would be funny to have this post beside the above issue of companies working with outside vendors for communication.
Amazon Buys Zappos, Gives Press the Boot
The press release in the internet age.
It’s amazing how a publisher’s branding can be transferred to well known album art in a visual way. The initial idea is still intact with the popular designs, yet the low saturation and paper crinkles also tell a story.
I liked Chris Anderson’s book Free. It’s a good business 101 in the digital age kind of refresher. Nothing really new being mentioned. What I liked even more though was how this post put those type of ideas into a larger context that I hadn’t really been thinking about.
100 Years of Design Manifestos
If I had a couple days of free time (which I don’t), I’d read all of these a couple times and try to pull out all the common themes, take those themes and look at them in the frame of today. With that info compare each of the ideas to the other time periods in the timeline and see what’s universal applicable and what’s just naive.
Blind Photographers Use Gadgets to Realize Artistic Vision
Any story that talks about the blind in a visual context is something I’m interested in. It helps me understand how communication can be done in a non visual way. It becomes more about the interaction.
WK GETS HAND JOBBED
Fun tag line to read about one authour’s adventure to a studio.
STVLAH: Things That Fall Over
This might be one of my fav. posts of the year in terms of making unrelated designs fit really well together. Especially in the economic period that we’re all in.
When You Put Data In, You Should Be Able to Get It Out
Did you know that if you tweet over 3,200 times, the 3,201 isn’t available unless you know how to use their api. Within that context this post talks about some of the ethical issues that digital services need to think about.
ZEVS’ Chanel Store Liquidation Could Cost A Million Dollars
This is one way to slow down unauthorized street art.
The Psychology of Cyberspace
I haven’t read this yet but it seems kind of interesting.
Volkswagen Golf 1974-2009
The irony of this diagram is quite telling. The nature of the compact car growing…
The fall from the top is far and fast
A post that will probably make you stop and pause for a myriad of reasons.
Mom-and-Pop Operators Turn to Social Media
Go figure—everyone is finding a reason to tweet.
From New York to Amsterdam: A Tale of Two Hotels
I’ve never been to a pod hotel before so I was interested in reading about that type of experience.
Every time you type a two-word Captcha, you’re helping to digitize the world’s printed archives.
Did you realize that you’re doing a service by filling in Captcha—I didn’t.
Dean + Deluca.
One of the benefits of living in NYC is that when people from other cities shoot Manhattan they capture moments that quite possibly could be taken for granted with resident. With fresh eyes it reminds me of all the cool everyday stuff floating around.
Smart Insight: Design Was Born In The Great Depression. Will It Be Reborn Out Of The Great Recession?
Great concept though I’m not so sure about the execution of it.
NYT Co.’s top lawyer doubts that aggregation is a copyright issue
The technology, entertainment and design conference known as Ted has been starting to feel predictable as the years go by. For some reason having it overseas has invigorated it. I’m seeing and reading a lot more about the people presenting that seem kind of worth while. This site is pulling a lot of that content together in a great format for those like myself that aren’t there.
Metropolis Magazine reflects on the photographer Julius Shulman.
The Books of Oxford
I haven’t had time to read this yet, I’m going to after I publish this Link Drop…
Audio from the Web Fonts Panel at TypeCon2009
Litherland passed this on to me just before I was going to hit the publish button for this Link Drop so I haven’t had the chance to listen it yet. It’s hard to comment about what’s been said with this discussion about issue of licensing fonts for the web before I’ve actually heard what they have to say. But since this is my site I can say what I want. My take is that this discussion should have happened like fifteen years ago. Type designers used to be ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and distributing their typefaces. At this point I don’t know if there’s anything those same type people can say that is actually meaningful. As a collective they’ve ignored technology, ie 6 and now I’m pretty much using Arial and Georgie too much. I blame you type designers for ignoring the fact that times change. And since we’re on it, why do I have to use bitmap like typefaces for super small points? Can we please move past type being designed for paper?
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?
Showing websites in print is nothing new. As much as I read, I don’t have a lot of books that show blogs on the printed page. So when I got a copy of Blogs, Mad about Design in the mail I was curious to thumb through it. Full disclosure, DesignNotes is in the book along with a lot of the other design blogs you probably check up on from time to time. The first thing that jumped out at me was that the book captured a lot of blogs at one specific moment. A lot of the blogs have changed their design a little bit—some more then others by the time it was printed. The second thing was seeing a number of different ways that the format of the paper shaped how the blog was shown. Some pages tried to show the full length of a post, other times it was a close crop of the home page, other times it was a collection of images. Aside from comparing how the screens were shown, I thought the much taken for granted background of each blog became apparent on the page. When a person is online looking at a blog in it’s native format, the background goes to the background. On paper it jumped out (at least to me).
There’s a couple things about the book that I wished they had done. There’s a huge number of sites listed yet there’s know site online that I could find that has all the blogs urls. They’re in the book but it seems strange not to have them online. I also wonder about the typography for the descriptions. The production quality of the printing is nice and I’m happy to thumb through it, but the weird spacing of the blog descriptions is unfortunate. For the amount of time that was taken to produce the book I really wish they had spent more time exploring type options.
The Blogs in the Photos
Logo Design Love
Ok, this Link Drop is even too late for my liking… But it’s better to publish it three days late as opposed to not posting it all or doing a double issue this week. With the amount of rain NYC has been getting in June, if there’s a day of sun it’s worth trying to make the most of it. This weekend there was a lot of it—hence this post is coming out on a Monday. I’ve got UX on my mind and it seemed like that came across with a lot of the posts that I thought were worth saving. But isn’t everything about some sort of experience?
Chris Anderson Interview
There’s a lot of ideas about publishing and passing on info in a world of free and not so free content. Whether you’re in publishing or not I think a lot of people can get something from listening to the podcast.
Powers of Ten x Katsu
There’s a great scale to Katsu’s work. The last clip is of him painting on a roof in nyc. I’m pretty sure it’s on a building that viewer can see from the end of the High Line.
Issac Mizrahi on Metro North
Advertising that has more than meets the eye.
the problem with the big idea
Some thoughts about how advertising’s one big idea doesn’t really work these days in the digital world.
Dot Dot Dot “The Service Designers” Lecture Videos
I was at this series a couple weeks ago. Of all the people in the series I thought this one had the most take away from. I’d probably watch Jennifer Bove first, followed by Sylvia Harris.
A Feed Apart, an unofficial feed aggregator for An Event Apart: Sessions
This is a great idea created on the grassroot’s level. A couple people created a site that would collect all tweets related to the conference. I think this kind of stuff will be a must for conferences as twitter becomes a popular way of mentioning stuff that speakers give importance to.
The True Love Project
A photographer took a series of images of people under a hypnotic state. The subjects were to visualize true love.
Dog and Pony Show Design
Ever ask yourself how many design comps to show to present to a client. This post goes in depth about that.
Jeff Goodby: ‘We are Becoming Irrelevant Award-Chasers’
Best quote of the week comes from this article. “We are becoming irrelevant award-chasers.”
Today Barclays-Atlantic Avenue, Tomorrow Disney-Times Square? MTA “Very Open” To Selling Subway Naming Rights
More things to come as the MTA starts selling names of their routes…
Designing the Palm Pre: An interview with Michelle Koh
This is the second process related post about the Palm Pre that I’ve added in the last couple of weeks. I’m not a huge fan of the product but I’m always curious to read how others are designing things.
iPhone GUI PSD 3.0
If you’re going to design something for mobile, this iphone pattern might be of help. The psd takes into account the new upgrades to the phone.
Tea + Coffee Tower by Wiel Arets
A friend suggested this to me after my coffee post last week. Really cool shapes…
Flyer Planter Boxes
This is by far the best idea I’ve seen so far for all those out of date newspaper boxes.
Bringing the social web into your bricks and mortar space
I’m surprised more businesses aren’t bringing in this kind of live data. Of course there’s always a fear that someone will write something derogatory though with appropriate filters those don’t have to be seen.
David Pogue’s Personal Database
I thought there was some helpful info about how to work smarter and more efficient in there.
How My 6-Year-Old Became a Citizen Journalist
Anybody and everybody is a journalist these days.
20 User Experience Books you should own
Another source of good UX books to check out.
10 UI Design Patterns You Should Be Paying Attention To
I’m not a huge fan of top ten design lists but this one seems like it’s worth reading a couple times.
First it was polaroid, now Kodachrome—film is stopping to exist.
The natural evolution from side project to full-time business
This is a good post for anyone considering a business on their own.
tattoo location chart – what a tattoo’s location means
Sometimes diagramming location isn’t just for maps. It’s also for explaining what the location of a tattoo might mean.
A post about the Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food. I think I’ll have to read those books at some point
Mobile Uploads to YouTube Increase Exponentially
I don’t think this info about mobile uploads will surprise anyone that it’s increased a lot since the new iPhone video capabilities came out. It just shows the power of one button click that makes things easy can be of great benefit.
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.
It’s been a crazy blog week for me and because of that my Link Drop is three days overdue. The High Line opened which I was happy to experience first hand early in the week. Quite a few interesting blogs passed some nice traffic to me because of it, so I thought in return I’d compile those sites near the top of this post. I also got a lot of interesting response from my AIGA post, a significant amount coming via twitter which I thought was interesting. On top of all that, there was a lot of great stuff on the net. So adding that all up I finally can present last weeks Link Drop. See you back in a couple days…
If you get the opportunity to walk the High Line at night, these are the people responsible for the great lighting design. It was one of my favourite parts of the experience walking around that first night.
When the High Line Was for Lowlifes
I can only imagine all the stories like this that abound from people and the High Line back in the day.
The High Line is Open!
There’s some good links about the High Line during it’s conception phase.
The High Line
There’s a great opening quote talking about the High Line and nice use of my photos that they asked about using before they published.
Bahntrasse mit neuer Funktion
This has to be my new fav. site that passed on traffic to my site. My unique visits went through the roof after their post.
Happy to see a non design post associated with quips coming to my High Line post.
High Line open
Quick post with reference links to some of the first High Line reviews, cool to be included.
High Line Opening Roundup
Nice to be included in the PSFK round up,
too bad they spelled my last name incorrectly. Oh well, better than not being mentioned at all.
SVA Service Design Lecture: Recap
Interesting observations about the talk I was at last week. They’ve included a couple people’s audio clips of the talk.
Design for Service
Digging around the site of reading the review I found a good collection of books for anyone wanting to get more knowledge about Service Design.
Post TYPO Berlin 2009 – Making Amends With Mrs Eaves
I’m not sure how I missed this video the first time around, but there’s some great footage and recap of a designer that is known for drawing type all over herself.
Hype for Type
The person behind this site did all the right things to get the word out to the design blog sites out there. I might do an interview with them as they mentioned something kind of interesting about why they wanted to start the site in the email I got. They were “frustrated with the lack of quality and original typefaces within the design community.” I’d like to hear more about that from them.
I thought the image was a nice extension of those blocky letter forms out there at the moment.
Promax|BDA North America 2009 Conference
I’m hopefully going to be covering a couple of the talks for this conference next week. Are you planning to be there?
New Mingering Mike exhibition in Washington, DC opens this Saturday, 6/13
I’d love to see this somewhere in New York at some point in the not so distant future.
he sees, he’s a seer
The idea has a lot of potential though I wish it did more then just use the Amazon api for suggestions. If only there was a real person behind this—or better yet a group of librarians to offer suggestions.
Kindle’s Not Working
I don’t have a Kindle and I’ve often wondered if it’s a bit overpriced considering a netbook doesn’t have any of the same limitations that Amazon has put on their machine.
I thought the video was quite amazing, and better yet I don’t think it was staged.
The New Negroponte Switch
Good presentation to look at about stuff moving away from academic discourse and application of interactive ideas in the real world.
In One City, Two Soirees Ages Apart
A contrast of a couple worlds inside NYC.
More iPhone Apps for the Home Cook
If you’re into cooking and have an iPhone, you might want to give a couple of these apps a testing.
Are you kidding me?
I thought the modularity and the unlimited number of sitting combinations to be kind of interesting. Too bad the price is kind of crazy.
The National Openings Through the Years
This was quite a blast from the past for me. I remember seeing all of these from the CBC with the exception of the first video they show.
IAC’s Diller: The iPhone is our crystal ball
Kind of telling about what one media person see’s the digital market heading…
In Tough Economy, New Survey Shows Design Professionals Use More Stock Photography to Cut Costs
Interesting survey that I was emailed.
Apple stuns WWDC crowd with pulsating App Store hyperwall
This is a pretty cool visualization of the apps being sold. Too bad itunes is a really bad experience in finding new apps. I think I’m going to do a blog post about that soon.
I discovered this neat site via twitter. Cool observations on what he does.
Fun with flash—something I don’t normally say…
I haven’t actually had time to read this, but it’s next on my hit list once I have five minutes to sit down.
Can Computer Nerds Save Journalism?
Another perspective on what needs to be done with journalism. Everyone has an opinion these days it seems. I wonder if anyone aside from journalists are actually reading these things.
Microsoft Biffs the Bing Logotype
I liked this first person account of working at Microsoft as an intern and how there was actually good design going on, and how it kept getting killed. Relates to that awful Bing logo.
Data Center Overload
The whole magazine issue is quite strong content wise, the redesign looks like it came from New York Magazine. Here’s one article from the Infrastructure issue.
My friend has a great eye and mind for picking stuff to talk about.
Banksy’s Bristol show
Banksy’s got a new show, would be interested to get my hands on the book if there was one. From some of the clips it looks like a lot of his stuff from NYC is on display from the pet store.
One of the more popular posts on twitter that I mentioned this week. Fun—no?
design mind magazine the theme of POWER
Happy to say that I have my hands on the paper version of this, looking forward to reading what it has to say about Power.
Interview with Anne Helmond
Good interview about blogging if you’re into that kind of thing.
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.
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.
This was a pretty good week for me overall. I got some great coverage from Slate and CNN, and from the feedback so far, I gave a good talk for CreativeMornings. But it wasn’t entirely perfect. I ended being a part of ten15am which was probably the best for everyone involved. Sometime in the not so distant future I’ll do a post on some of the more interesting things I discovered being part of that group. Theme wise it was a bit all over the place. For some strange reason air was a big theme, along with typography. There’s also a couple follow up links from last week’s Link Drop.
Kill Your RSS Reader
Slate’s technology columnist Farhad Manjoo tests out my tab system for finding good stuff on the web
Tech Trends: time to ditch RSS?
CNN’s SciTechBlog bulds off of the Slate post about my tab system. Lots of interesting comments ensue after it’s published.
Another interesting-smart-fruitful-amazing-creative morning
A nice summation of my CreativeMornings talk that I did on Friday morning (and hence no Link Drop till Sunday).
Making Policy Public: Vendor Power!
This is a follow up link from my mention last week. Probably one of my favourite projects that I’ve come across this year, designer Candy Chang goes through the process designing something to demystify the rules and regulations of street vending in New York City.
Here & There influences
Another follow up link, this time about those crazy maps of Manhattan. Lots of interesting influences that I didn’t realize at first glance.
London Sign Fonts Tell Their Own Stories
Every city tells this story in a unique way, for this post Scott Burnham walks around London to see what they type is telling him.
Letters and bars
Taking a look at the typography of some bars around Amsterdam.
Cool to see that Verlag is now available for anyone to buy. There’s some good blurbs in this annoucement about designer and typographer working together to create something that has staying power.
15 Years of the Public Theater in 45 seconds
Amazing video showing the eclectic nature of visually recognizable theatre in design circles.
I was happy to read this post from a friend as I was curious to hear her take on the unrebranding of Tropicana.
Cool collection of design images.
My Favorite Day Of The Year
I don’t think I’ve ever read a post from a designer talking about horses—now I can say I have.
Super Views of Super Cells by Stormchaser Jim Reed
It’s the start of crazy weather season—here’s some images to kick that off.
Anti-Development Street Art Spotted in Nolita, Greenpoint
Street art with a message. Interesting take on development going on.
Islands at the Top of the World – Airships Revisited
Cool images of futuristic blimps. My favourite one pictured above looks like a while. Great visual metaphor.
Aerial Virtual tour of New York
Amazing views of New York with the ability to circle around. It would be even cooler if I could fly around the whole city aside from just a fixed point—yet it’s still quite amazing to interact with.
Twitter’s Real Power = Influence
My obligatory post about twitter doing something.
Data, Not Design, Is King in the Age of Google
I’m not entirely sure what the point of this article is getting across, but it’s still interesting to read how twitter and google are being compared in the media.
The publishers dilemma
There’s a couple options for publishers as they try to figure out the digital world that is now changing the typical value chain in publishing: authors –> agents –> publishers –> whole-sellers –> retailers –> consumers that could be turned into authors –> retailers –> consumers.
How to Save Media
More ideas about how old media should try to figure out how to survive in today’s world.
The Xerox Star UI
Fascinating description of digital dirt and how the shift of one pixel made it disappear. I also just like looking at the collection of icons for the UI as well.
The 100 Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time
This collection is fascinating for a bunch of different reasons, and not just for the list itself. When something akin to a best of list, there’s a lot of editorial consideration which Amazon in my mind hasn’t been known for in the past. Usually they’d put up a ranking that is compiled entirely of data of numbers that represent what people are buying. With this list, that has changed. A person compiled that which adds all sorts of subjectiveness into play. The second thing that struck me is that there isn’t a simple buy all button. What if I were rich and could actually afford all 100 of those albums. There’s no easy way to do that which is kind of surprising to me. Additionally I thought the comments afterwards was helpful too—other people could chime in to what they considered to be the best albums. A good counter balance to the amazon official list.
I am an Uncertain Bro.
Good collection of “no’s” a bro goes through.
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It wasn’t until I started circling and circling the same themes did my Link Drop reveal what I was interested in this week. As I collected stuff that I thought was worth remembering, concepts about process and community were interlinked quite a bit. Next week who knows what will grab my attention but for now here’s what I’ve got. While I recommend checking some of these sites out, if it’s nice as it’s going to be in NYC this weekend—maybe try not to spend too much time on the interweb and enjoy outside. I know I’m going to try.
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Feedback for profiles on Google
At first glance this user feedback page doesn’t seem that interesting, but it’s actually quite extraordinary. There’s realtime feedback that has numbers so anyone can watch as the ideas grow—which brings me to my second point. Google has started a profile page which is what it’s looking for feedback on. That idea is it’s base. The users are giving feedback that will no doubt be part of the roadmap as the service of the profile page evolves over time.
The Inside Scoop on Design: Ten Questions with Hartmut Esslinger
There’s a ton of design as strategy books out there, but if I’ve taken the time to read what IDEO has said maybe I should also see what Frog has to say about the same thing.
Design as an Iterative Process
As the idea of iterative design morphs into the lexicon of design speak, it doesn’t hurt to listen to and hear what everyone has to say on the concept.
Behind the scenes of LOVEFiLM’s new product pages
This kind of breakdown of a project is so much more valuable then the typical project profile after the fact.
New models for new media
Interesting way of looking at growth—not necessarily in numbers but by building a stronger bond as the service evolves.
I thought everything for this project was pretty cool—but it also doesn’t hurt that the info design is actually informative. My only beef is that they should have reformated the poster when people are looking online as a pdf.
In Defense of Eye Candy
I though this was a decent rebuttal to all the ia’s out there that consider the design that’s completed after their work to be superfluous. However I’m also concerned that someone reading this article might just think that making every button shiny and bevel’ish is the answer too.
Who would want to give this room a try?
The Power Of Passed Links (continued)
This kind of goes without saying, but it’s still valuable to read and remember it as the link economy continues.
Hello, Steve Brill, Get Me Rewrite
It’s almost too easy to write articles about why the old media is lost.
Why We Should Get Rid of the White House Press Corps
WAPO might have a point about this—there’s also a couple good suggestions at the end. Why not have people that are experts in particular fields be the one’s to ask questions depending on the topic of the day?
Apple Rejects App For Using An Icon That Somewhat Resembles An iPhone
I’ve never submitted an app, but whether or not it’s true it sounds like Apple should work on being consistent with their approval system.
Typographica. Review of typefaces and type books.
Was really happy to see this site go live again with reviews, smart idea. That way they don’t have to be trying to update content everyday.
Four Essential Members of a Great Design Team
I thought this breakdown was quite smart—and if a design team can fit those pieces they’re pretty lucky. Even better if a company can foster that type of environment that recognizes those roles not as official titles but as elements needed for success.
Stop Trying Ritual
Good exercise for anyone to try.
Andy Hertzfeld on Google’s News Timeline
I always find it fascinating that when “certain” companies push out new features, a lot of the blogosphere’s response is blind celebration. It’s more about the name of the company then the actual functional workings. I thought this was a good breakdown of some of the current issues with Google’s new timeline which was a nice change of pace from what I’m ususally reading about them.
Readings of the week…
If you need more stuff to read and check out, these links wouldn’t be a bad place to start.
Susan Boyle: A Lesson in Talent Management
The Harvard breakdown of the Susan Boyle hype.
Interesting to see what’s motivating ai these days…
UNTITLED No.20 _ Trip @ the Denver Art Museum
Designing Universal Knowledge
I want to read this book after reading this review.
Brace Yourself: New British Design Plays With Sheathing Ply
While this chair play with humour, I thought it also was a nice reaction the eames plywood chair that’s got a ton of curves. This one is flowing but in an entirely different way.
Cool visual idea, I think there’s a ton of ways to make something like this into a better experience online. Maybe I’ll have to do something about it instead of just talking about it…
I need to buy some of these.
Type and Lettering
Cool blog to check out if you’re into typography. I didn’t know about the site before this week.
Diz Decor Vinyl stickers
If you’ve already got a lot of wires on your wall, why not celebrate it instead of hiding them with stickers?
Q & A Series: The Worst Mistakes
There’s some pretty interesting experiences from photographers to learn from—even if you’re not a photographer.
NY Times Graphics Editor Talks on Data Visualization
There’s a couple points in there worth considering if you’re an info type of person that you may not have been aware of before.
A conversation with L.A. Reid
Of all the Charlie Rose conversations I watched last week, I thought this one was worth watching twice over all the rest.
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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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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.
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.
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?
I really like how they took Mike’s diagram above and added to it—great addition that made the diagram even better.
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.
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
Ok, maybe print isn’t dead. I thought this breakdown and concept was kind of smart if not jolting.
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.
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…
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
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
Fascinating visualization on twitter about people’s illness’ and what seems to be spiking in real–time.
Variations on a theme
If you’re a fan (or not) of type, there’s a great collection of stuff.
Webcam to the Rescue
They’re all around us, now they’ll start talking back.
15 entries categorized “Postopolis LA”
I haven’t had a chance to go through all of this yet, but I want to.
I like the pattern. I don’t usually like patterns.
Stop reading this post and follow the instructions—très cool.
How To Think Under Pressure
Interesting way to visualize what you want to accomplish.
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.
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.
Interesting pov. Kind of wish I had been there to experience the visual as much as the auditory aspect of it.
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.
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
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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