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Web Design – DesignNotes by Michael Surtees http://designnotes.info Testing & Sprinting Wed, 29 Jun 2016 01:11:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Link Drop for Saturday, September 5, 2009. Last Update: 12:16 PM ET http://designnotes.info/?p=1878 http://designnotes.info/?p=1878#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2009 16:11:45 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1878 Link Drop Themes for Saturday September 5th, 2009

While this week may have seemed kind of slow news wise, there were a number of themes that I picked up on that suggest that they could keep popping up till the end of the year. There’s info flow in all it’s multiple ways and the politics that play out when that information is distributed. It’s a no brainer that people like looking at images, but how people find them and push them out to a larger audience is something to keep an eye on. It was amazing how Twitter was a key pivot for a lot of the connections. Search is no where to be found. For those familiar with Link Drop, I try to publish it on Fridays though they tend to happen more and more on Saturdays. So keeping that in mind I figured why not just keep it on Saturdays and see what happens. Though next weekend I’m in Boston so it should be interesting to see how I publish it there.

After “Obama as Joker” Copyright Debacle, Flickr Changes its Takedown Policy

After "Obama as Joker" Copyright Debacle, Flickr Changes its Takedown Policy_1252159033292

This was a bit of wake up call after earlier this week when the WWF tried to take back their poster. A number of blogs and news sites linked back to me because I had one of the few screen shots of the One Show showing the poster as a merit award winner. While it wouldn’t take much for a company to delete the image from my flickr account for their own purposes after reading this post. I’m going to keep multiple digital copies on different servers in case anything happens to one of the files.

The Mixtape Club

The Mixtape Club « The Strange Attractor_1252159065020

There’s a bunch of good music within this collection.

Dirt Po(or)ster

 W O R K O F R O L A N D T I A N G C O_1252159089709

This poster opening is worth clicking on. Great concept and was quite popular on twitter when I passed the link on there.

Why ‘GQ’ Doesn’t Want Russians To Read Its Story

 NPR_1252159133576

Interesting story that I didn’t come across first from them, but Gawker…

Эй, вы можете прочитать запрещенную статью GQ про Путина здесь

Эй, вы можете прочитать запрещенную статью GQ про Путина здесь - Conde Nast - Gawker_1252159177559

There’s a lot going on with this post that’s good. It’s a post that’s not clean but is evolving over time. It’s also crowdsourcing to get the original text translated.

Subway gadget survey

Marco.org - Subway gadget survey_1252159184356

Very observant of what people are using on parts of the subway in NYC and Brooklyn.

What Are You Reading on the Subway? Our Readers Respond

What Are You Reading on the Subway

What I found incredible was how low the numbers were for the papers. I know blogs that get that many people an hour visiting their site. Ok, a lot more visitors to their site than that…

Dad’s Rants Become a Twitter Hit

Dad’s Rants Become a Twitter Hit - Digits - WSJ_1252159207641

Fun article to read if you know who this guy is.

Program Boxee with Delicious Bookmarks

Program Boxee with Delicious Bookmarks - Boxee - Lifehacker_1252159218371

Cool idea.

Can ‘Curation’ Save Media?

Can 'Curation' Save Media

This is kind of what I’m doing with my Link Drops.

On The Web, More Isn’t Only Less, It’s Actually Nothing

 On The Web, More Isn’t Only Less, It’s Actually Nothing_1252159238379

A contrasting view of the interwebs to the last post above.

isabella rozendaal

Isabella Rozendaal_1252163461368

I think all these images are great.

Tuesdays

 Signal vs. Noise (by 37signals)_1252159248652

I’ve seen this principal in action and I suspect that there will be more announcements next Tuesday if this post is any indication of things to come.

i <3 wireframes

I am a Self-Made » i_1252159255167

Who doesn’t like wireframes?

On Goal-Setting

Young and Brilliant | On Goal-Setting_1252159264054

Really valuable post to read to get things in gear.

Tweeting Tips: Make the most of your 140 characters

 Make the most of your 140 characters | Think Like a User_1252159275154

I don’t usually post tips kind of stuff but I thought this was worth mentioning because of the character count, and it’s a much more human post to the one I link below from AlertBox. While a person can use up to 140 characters, if they use them all up it’s much more difficult to have someone RT’it. If you don’t care about RT’s, than fill’er up.

Twitter Postings: Iterative Design

 Iterative Design (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)_1252159282474

While I appreciate the different strategies involved, if it takes five times to get a tweet right—maybe twitter isn’t the right venue to push a message.

A conversation with Evan Williams, Co-founder of Twitter.com

Charlie Rose - A conversation with Evan Williams, Co-founder of Twitter.com_1252159289800

This interview was conducted quite a few months ago. There’s some good insights into how Twitter came to be and the core culture behind it.

Celebs Remember DJ AM In 140 Characters Or Less

Celebs Remember DJ AM In 140 Characters Or Less - ANIMAL_1252159304111

I didn’t even know who this person was before his final tweet started making the rounds. I suspect that Madison and I even walked by his place on our dog walks. This post collects a couple more well known people passing on the word. While a certain skepticism is warranted with celebs in general, I’m assuming a publicist isn’t filtering stuff like this—so it’s interesting to read.


Hermit Crab (Pagurus bernhardus)

dkimages - discover - animals - Hermit Crab (Pagurus bernhardus)_1252159313361

I’ve never seen a creature like this in a glass shell before. Fascinating stuff to see how it’s all wrapped together. Too bad the publisher doesn’t give much context for the image.

“Different” Is the New “Interesting”

Wei Under Par, "Different" Is the New "Interesting"_1252159325104

While I’m not a linguist I do keep an eye out for patterns in speech. I’m also not a golf expert—so reading that combination of text with something to look out for while wrapped in shop talk was worth the read.

Will there ever be another ESPN or MTV?

Will there ever be another ESPN or MTV

I’ve often asked myself the same question.

6 Innovative Banks That Are Changing Online Banking

Molecular Voices » 6 Innovative Banks That Are Changing Online Banking_1252159346885

Once again the iPhone is starting to influence the way industries do business—this time in banking.

Social Media Lessons: What To Do When a Non-Fan Rallies More Non-Fans

 What To Do When a Non-Fan Rallies More Non-Fans (Three Minds On Digital Marketing @ Organic)_1252159353530

I don’t usually follow this kind of corporate marketing talk. While it was good to break down the scene and look at what worked and didn’t, something seemed a bit off about the assessment of using humour to diffuse the situation. I think if it had been there had been a cold response it really wouldn’t of had any traction. It put a human face behind to the person responding.

Common Naming Mistake #5 – Trademarking

Interbrand Blog | Common Naming Mistake #5 - Trademarking_1252159359963

Here’s a nice fact, every single english word has probably been trademarked…

A closer look at Project Natal

A closer look at Project Natal on Pixelsumo_1252159396129

Cool breakdown on the technology before it’s even come out. I thought the observations and strategy behind it were worth remembering.

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Link Drop (6·26·09) http://designnotes.info/?p=1813 http://designnotes.info/?p=1813#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2009 10:53:27 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1813 link drop themes

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_1246221090687

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 - PSFK.com_1246221105455

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_1246221386135

Issac Mizrahi on Metro North
Advertising that has more than meets the eye.

 the problem with the big idea_1246221114312

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 — School of Visual Arts — MFA in Interaction Design_1246221122591

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.

Sessions | A Feed Apart_1246221129412

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_1246221174857

The True Love Project
A photographer took a series of images of people under a hypnotic state. The subjects were to visualize true love.

 Andy Rutledge - Dog and Pony Show Design_1246221194618

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.

 Cannes 2009_1246221204179

Jeff Goodby: ‘We are Becoming Irrelevant Award-Chasers’
Best quote of the week comes from this article. “We are becoming irrelevant award-chasers.”

New York - Runnin' Scared - Today Barclays-Atlantic Avenue, Tomorrow Disney-Times Square

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…

 An interview with Michelle Koh | UXbyDesign.org_1246221256165

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.

teehan+lax » Blog Archive » iPhone GUI PSD 3.0_1246221265991

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 | Daily Icon_1246221284131

Tea + Coffee Tower by Wiel Arets
A friend suggested this to me after my coffee post last week. Really cool shapes…

Posterchild’s Blade Diary » Archive » FlyerPlanterboxes!_1246221305535

Flyer Planter Boxes
This is by far the best idea I’ve seen so far for all those out of date newspaper boxes.

 Everyday User Experience by alex rainert_1246221334334

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 | Smarterware_1246221342578

David Pogue’s Personal Database
I thought there was some helpful info about how to work smarter and more efficient in there.

MediaShift Idea Lab . How My 6-Year-Old Became a Citizen Journalist | PBS_1246221353584

How My 6-Year-Old Became a Citizen Journalist
Anybody and everybody is a journalist these days.

20 User Experience Books you should own | UXbyDesign.org_1246221368903

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 | How-To | Smashing Magazine_1246221413975

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.

 Buh-bye, Kodachrome_1246221427539

Buh-bye, Kodachrome
First it was polaroid, now Kodachrome—film is stopping to exist.

The natural evolution from side project to full-time business - (37signals)_1246221437382

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_1246221443586

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.

 Slow foodie._1246221453549

Slow foodie.
A post about the Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food. I think I’ll have to read those books at some point

YouTube Blog_1246221465409

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.

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Link Drop (5·15·09) http://designnotes.info/?p=1778 http://designnotes.info/?p=1778#comments Sun, 17 May 2009 17:03:48 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1778 link drop themes

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_1242569982383

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_1242570005948

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

Welcome._1242570022895

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_1242570032019

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 | SiliconBeat_1242570041554

Marissa Mayer, Larry Page on Journalism’s Future
Again, I like reading about Daylife via the lens of other people’s perspectives.

 The Woman Who Can't Forget_1242570061123

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_1242570089005

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.

swissmiss | Triptrop_1242570097244

Triptrop
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.

Fighting Talk | The Ministry of Type_1242570115038

Fighting Talk
This looks really cool.

Blueprint Magazine - Architecture & Design_1242570129151

TCHO: Graphics and Chocolate
Great process explanation of typography.

 Study Ball . » noquedanblogs.com_1242570139107

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_1242570148307

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.

 demolish or not, asks Steve Rose | Art and design | guardian.co.uk_1242570157492

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.

KinoSport | Tilt Shifting Tokyo_1242570174973

Tilt Shifting Tokyo
Nice mix of photos and music for the tilt shift app floating around.

New Cartographer - Future Trends in Mobile and Attention Data_1242570186640


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.

Scott McCloud | Journal » Archive » F.A.Q. for Y.O.U._1242570195971

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_1242570204914

Cards of Change
Interesting idea with the cards you still have.

 FOR 2009, IDEA SUBSCRIPTION__ - collaborative open source conceptual art_1242570220734

David Horvitz: FOR 2009, IDEA SUBSCRIPTION__ – collaborative open source conceptual art
Reminds me of time, energy and the ability to pass things on.

 Find out what's going on inside your Mac_1242570226642

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.

 Andy Rutledge - Going Wide_1242570246592

Big Brand 1080px Design
Seeing past the 960px grid.

 Photographs_1242570252666

Philips de Pury: Photographs
Good addition to that image above of the apartments getting their face torn off.

 Amazon Turns Publisher_1242570260206

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.

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Link Drop (4·24·09) http://designnotes.info/?p=1755 http://designnotes.info/?p=1755#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2009 12:47:30 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1755 link drop themes 042209

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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 - Google Moderator_1240565730827

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.

 Ten Questions with Hartmut Esslinger_1240565777712

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.

 David Kelley, IDEO - Design as an Iterative Process_1240565796429

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 | Made By Many - London based next generation social media digital agency_1240565806920

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

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.

Candy Chang » Blog Archive » Vendor Power!_1240565840298

Vendor Power!
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_1240565850602

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.

 Atmospheric Intoxication_1240565858710

Atmospheric Intoxication
Who would want to give this room a try?

The Power Of Passed Links (continued)_1240565873319

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.

Why Steve Brill's plan to build a pay wall for print content is doomed. - By Jack Shafer - Slate Magazine_1240565890673

Hello, Steve Brill, Get Me Rewrite
It’s almost too easy to write articles about why the old media is lost.

Ana Marie Cox -- Why We Should Get Rid of the White House Press Corps - washingtonpost.com_1240565901424

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_1240565917945

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. Type Reviews, Books, Commentary._1240565925477

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 | Michael Roller_1240565934178

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_1240565943998

Stop Trying Ritual
Good exercise for anyone to try.

Andy Hertzfeld on Google's News Timeline - BusinessWeek_1240565956347

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..._1240565965181

Readings of the week…
If you need more stuff to read and check out, these links wouldn’t be a bad place to start.

 A Lesson in Talent Management - Peter Bregman - HarvardBusiness.org_1240565976372

Susan Boyle: A Lesson in Talent Management
The Harvard breakdown of the Susan Boyle hype.

 NoahBrier.com_1240565983342

Spam Intelligence
Interesting to see what’s motivating ai these days…

UNTITLED No.20 _ Trip @ the Denver Art Museum - WE LIKE TO_1240565997697

UNTITLED No.20 _ Trip @ the Denver Art Museum
Trippy poster.

Designing Universal Knowledge | Serial Consign_1240566017946

Designing Universal Knowledge
I want to read this book after reading this review.

 New British Design Plays With Sheathing Ply_1240566032019

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.

Company « Fleuron - The British Journal of Typography and Design_1240566043428

Company
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…

Graphkin (Monoscope)_1240566050039

Graphkin
I need to buy some of these.

Type and Lettering_1240566081730

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 | Design You Trust. World's Most Famous Social Inspiration._1240566099108

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?

 The Worst Mistakes « Stone Thrower_1240566133154

Q & A Series: The Worst Mistakes
There’s some pretty interesting experiences from photographers to learn from—even if you’re not a photographer.

 The Daily Gazette_1240566142256

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.

Charlie Rose - A conversation with L.A. Reid_1240566149069

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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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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Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 13th (February 2009) http://designnotes.info/?p=1676 http://designnotes.info/?p=1676#respond Fri, 13 Feb 2009 14:38:24 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1676 360 - Urban Villages in Paris (1920) « Strange Maps_1234471982718clear_001 Walls Notebook_1234472004116clear_001MediaShift | PBS_1234472030228clear_001 The London Police Kick Off 2009 With A Bang_1234472036641clear_001graphpaper.com - Are We Designing Interactions or Designing Softwareclear_001
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The last couple of weeks have been pretty busy for me, and as a result the number of posts being included in my weekly Link Drop Contextd has been reduced. That’s not necessarily a bad thing b/c I don’t think anyone has time to read forty plus entries in one sitting. If there’s any pattern this week to notice, politics played a pretty minor role in what interested me web wise. Information on display always interests me, but it’s moving in a direction where I’m wanting to see how people archive and come back after the initial burst of data. Anyhow… thanks for checking up this Friday.

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360 - Urban Villages in Paris (1920) « Strange Maps_1234471982718

360 – Urban Villages in Paris (1920)
I’m not that familiar w/ the history of urban planning of Paris, but I’ve always enjoyed looking at how the city rolls out. This map is shows that spiral in a really nice way that integrates some of the different breakout percentages.

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Walls Notebook
This is such a cool idea, def. going to make my own nyc version of this. It might be kind of do a trade w/ someone in a different city that makes one too…

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MediaShift | PBS_1234472030228

MediaShift | PBS
A good site to catch up on pop tech and media integrations.

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The London Police Kick Off 2009 With A Bang
The balance between positive/negative space, and black and white is pretty cool. Lots of things to explore in these images.
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graphpaper.com - Are We Designing Interactions or Designing Software

Are We Designing Interactions or Designing Software?
Great question that I often think about myself.

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IxDA 2009: Behavior, Definition and Synthesis
What’s up w/ behaviour, one person looks at that after attending IxDA 2009.

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Op-Ed Contributor - You Can’t Sell News by the Slice - NYTimes.com_1234472062491

You Can’t Sell News by the Slice
I kind of like collecting these type of stories about how object to monetizing news. The thing is, this question is practical in almost any other industry at the moment – not just news.

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WHAT DIDN’T HAPPEN
Since discovering this site a couple weeks (maybe month ago), I’ve been fascinated with the re-contextualization of this info into something it was never intended to be.

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Fires
I’m still kind of thinking wtf happened w/ the CCTV building fire.

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Noah Brier’s Brand Laboratory
Noah has a good write up in BusinessWeek.

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Readings of the week…
Another jumping off point to find some good things to check out.
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10 Principles That Might Make Your Work Better or May Make It Worse • Blog Archive • AisleOne_1234472106044

10 Principles That Might Make Your Work Better or May Make It Worse
Ten things for consideration.

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SEED – The Universe in ’09
Info overload, but still cool to look at.

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I Am Here: One Man’s Experiment With the Location-Aware Lifestyle (Wired Mag)

Tracking yourself to the next level.

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Watermarks
Cool low-fi way to get a point across.

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Spot.us
I really like this idea for getting quality stories written. Here’s some examples of what has been a published

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Designboost
The same design questions are asked to a number of people – interesting to compare how they all answer them differently.

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Latest Daylife Select Release http://designnotes.info/?p=1675 http://designnotes.info/?p=1675#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2009 11:38:46 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1675

Very early this morning Daylife (where I work as the Design Director) released its latest version of Daylife Select at http://select.daylife.com/. As iterations go, I’m very happy with the additions that we all made. The home page, navigation bar, quote detail page all received extra attention and serve’s a lot more functionality. I was also able to start looking at product icons – hopefully some of the high level nav topics will be next on that agenda… As per usual there’s some significant backend improvement too, but that’s for the engineers and developers to explain.

Daylife Timeline

Barack Obama - News, photos, topics, and quotes_1234348340913

My personal fav. new addition is the timeline. For any chosen topic you can view how many articles were published. It’s very telling to see when things spike, plus it also allows someone to go back in time very quickly to see the archives which is really important when data is flowing at the speed of light. This page will def. evolve over time depending on what needs arise, but for the time being I really like how people can get an equal sense of info flow for a day, and then move quickly to the next or previous day. If you used a page like this to show a lot of stories or blog posts what would be important to you?

Hopefully not too many of you will mind seeing two posts in a row about Daylife, but it is where I work and I don’t talk that much about it. I also at time’s hope people don’t think I’m limited to the design of DesignNotes. Daylife get’s the innovative design ideas for the moment. But more importantly I would encourage you to dive into the site and let me know what’s working and what seems weird. As with any release there are some bugs and tickets have already been made, but I’m sure there’s stuff we’ve overlooked.

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Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 30th (January 2009) http://designnotes.info/?p=1655 http://designnotes.info/?p=1655#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2009 16:21:01 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1655 What technology has taught us at dizzying speed - International Herald Tribune_1233267140015Welcome._1233267169050Fullscreen Gigapan Viewer_1233267178615adaptive path » blog » Brandon Schauer » Dopplr’s moment of long wow_1233267191357 My Dopplr Annual Report_1233267219800 Influxinsights_1233267233310Drumming Gorillas and Techno Eyebrows « eyecube_1233267243753 Bond yield makeover_1233267251873beard·revue_1233267267802GOOD » Text-pocalypse NowTomorrow Museum » Archive » Cell Phone Cameras Forever_1233267581893Monster-Munch How To Behave_1233267594677UPPERCASE - About the magazine_1233267614944adaptive path » mx_1233267630060 Obama Art Report_1233267641777_1233267649857 A New York Venture Capital Fund Focused on Early Stage & Startup Investing_1233267660632Pics from the design mind Motion Event | Blog | design mind_1233267676188A Photo Editor - The Obama Hope Poster, Shepard Fairey and photographer Mannie Garcia_1233267685339What Will Save the Suburbs Love_1233267709579Hope In The White House_1233267717333 Home_1233267799040Matt Owens says GOOD-bye to 2008 — School of Visual Arts — MFA in Interaction Design_1233267725418ARTRAFFLE » Blog Archive » TIEDAY 1.23.2009_1233267735845 Urban Design Tetris | Serial Consign_1233267747319CR Blog » Blog Archive » The Designers Republic Remembered_1233267762514 Super Bowl Ad Live-Blog. - Graphicology Blog - Graphicology_1233267792283Propagation Planning_1233268509530Winterhouse_1233330164103

This week I thought I go with quantity and quality for Link Drop Contextd and leave the commentary short and sweet and let the site titles speak for themselves. Considering how much I enjoy football and that it’s the super bowl this weekend, I’m surprised that I didn’t come across that many related links. I’m also surprised that I didn’t mention one related link about Twitter. Till next week or blog post, ciao…

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What technology has taught us at dizzying speed - International Herald Tribune_1233267140015

WHAT TECHNOLOGY HAS TAUGHT US AT DIZZYING SPEED
Do you press the doorbell with your finger or your thumb? It’s kind of telling of your age apparently.

Welcome._1233267169050

ORIGAMI IN THE PURSUIT OF PERFECTION
After watching this video I kind of want to buy a pair of these shoes, too bad they’re not campers though.

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FULLSCREEN GIGAPAN VIEWER
The zoom in this is crazy clean

adaptive path » blog » Brandon Schauer » Dopplr’s moment of long wow_1233267191357

DOPPLR’S MOMENT OF LONG WOW
If only every service could provide this kind of feeling in their users

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My Dopplr Annual Report
Another take from someone else talking about Dopplr

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9 REASONS WHY CADBURY’S EYEBROWS ARE A HIT
Never been a huge fan of this campaign, but it’s hard to argue with the reasoning why it works

Drumming Gorillas and Techno Eyebrows « eyecube_1233267243753

Drumming Gorillas and Techno Eyebrows
Another pov of the campaign

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BOND YIELD MAKEOVER
Interesting what happens when you remove elements

beard·revue_1233267267802

BEARD·REVUE
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that there’s a site just on beards – but I kind of am. There’s also a pretty cool poster on the site for sale.

GOOD » Text-pocalypse Now

TEXT-POCALYPSE NOW?
Good article, really interesting image via txt…

Tomorrow Museum » Archive » Cell Phone Cameras Forever_1233267581893

CELL PHONE CAMERAS FOREVER
Amazing image of the night, very telling

Monster-Munch How To Behave_1233267594677

HOW TO BEHAVE
I really like these diagrams and colour combo

UPPERCASE - About the magazine_1233267614944

UPPERCASE – About the magazine
I’m kind of curious to see how this magazine turns out

adaptive path » mx_1233267630060

adaptive path » mx
I haven’t watched all these video yet, but they’re a great resource for their upcoming conference

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Obama Art Report
Surprise, surprise – more Obama related stuff

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Deconstructing Dumbo
I’m thinking of buying this – surprised that they’re not charging more.

 A New York Venture Capital Fund Focused on Early Stage & Startup Investing_1233267660632

Arguing From First Principles
Good reference material, has a link to Charlie Rose worth watching

Pics from the design mind Motion Event | Blog | design mind_1233267676188

Pics from the design mind Motion Event
I have the latest issue of this in my hands, good as their previous print mag. Here’s some images from the launch.

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The Obama Hope Poster, Shepard Fairey and photographer Mannie Garcia
Luv this iconic poster, interesting conversation about it

What Will Save the Suburbs

What Will Save the Suburbs?
I haven’t been that interested in this column until today – good observations on the suburbs

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Love
Great concept with rubber gloves

Hope In The White House_1233267717333

Hope In The White House
Like the idea behind the shirt though I think more then one dollar should be the donation

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Small Can Be Big
A lot of charity sites could learn a thing or two from the design and concept behind this site

Matt Owens says GOOD-bye to 2008 — School of Visual Arts — MFA in Interaction Design_1233267725418

Matt Owens says GOOD-bye to 2008
Info design goodness about 2008

ARTRAFFLE » Blog Archive » TIEDAY 1.23.2009_1233267735845

Tieday
How times have changed

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City Rain: Urban Design Tetris
Great post as per usual from Greg

CR Blog » Blog Archive » The Designers Republic Remembered_1233267762514

The Designers Republic Remembered
No one’s immune these days, there’s a lesson to be learned for sure if you’re a graphic designer

 Super Bowl Ad Live-Blog. - Graphicology Blog - Graphicology_1233267792283

QuickPost 2: Super Bowl Ad Live-Blog.
Interesting concept, kind of interested to read the commentary once things get to the fourth quarter and many beers have been drank. Too bad it’s not open to anyone commenting…

Propagation Planning_1233268509530

Propagation Planning
Haven’t had a chance to read all of this info, but it looks like a great reference none the less

Winterhouse_1233330164103

Design For Social Impact & Innovation
Very curious to see how this whole year plays out with this – could be quite interesting

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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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What’s your internet? http://designnotes.info/?p=1551 http://designnotes.info/?p=1551#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2008 10:58:07 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1551 13 points at ten15am

Just came across a great post from Noisy Decent Graphics about his internet. I have nothing to add but a copy + paste the whole thing. Once I get to work this morning I’m going to print it out and pin it up on my board. Until then no image – you can read the full post of his at http://noisydecentgraphics.typepad.com/design/2008/10/my-internet.html

Here’s My Internet, it’s not finished so feel free to add your own in the comments.

1. My Internet doesn’t use flash, evahhh. Unless it’s a video, and then only for video.

2. My Internet prefers html text wherever possible.

3. My Internet lets me use my email address or my usual username as a username. It doesn’t give me one or make me create a new one.

4. My Internet lets me use a password entirely of my own choosing. It doesn’t make me add numbers or Capitals wH3re I don’t want them.

5. My Internet values simplicity and clarity over almost everything else.

6. My Internet prefers tools that I’m familiar with like Flickr, YouTube, iTunes, Google etc. It doesn’t reinvent convention for the sake of it.

7. My Internet has a screen resolution of 1024×768. Today. As I write this. That will change sooner than you think.

8. My Internet has absolute urls for everything.

9. My Internet may not have exactly the same colours as My Printed Matter.

10. If My Internet was forced to choose between speed and visual lushness, speed would win easily.

11. My Internet has no back, forward or print buttons. That’s what My Browser is for.

12. My Internet has contact details clearly accessible right from the word go.

13. My Internet will not work for everyone, everywhere, always, at the same time, all the time. It will especially not work for CEO’s Aunties.”

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Looking for wordpress and/or tumblr theme designers http://designnotes.info/?p=1444 http://designnotes.info/?p=1444#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2008 15:04:46 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1444 wordpress & tumblr theme experts

I figured that there’s a diverse group of people that check out DesignNotes so I thought this might be a good place to start for requesting help. There’s a publisher site that is about to launch some new stuff where people will have the ability to be re-skin the content completely. If you know of anyone that has designed real wordpress and/or tumblr themes, I’d like to pass them on to the people looking to hire for this project. Feel free to contact me via email michael [at] daylife.com

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No Pantone, No Photoshop http://designnotes.info/?p=1420 http://designnotes.info/?p=1420#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2008 11:41:25 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1420 no Pantone

Like all absolutes, there are none – though I was struck by two recent things I read on the web recently. From the Barbarian Group website I was in a section called barbaripedia where they “talk” to potential people. One such person is the outside Art Director. What was fascinating about the conversation was that they’re trying to talk to a lot of different skill sets, both the young hotshot and the old person that still design web stuff in illustrator in cmyk mode. I just liked the candor of how they go about letting people know how some aspects of web work should be produced. Read the full conversation at http://tinyurl.com/62sxdj

no Photoshop

The other post that made sense to some degree was from 37 Signals in which they talk about Why They Skip Photoshop. Both the points they make and all the comments for and against that idea are worth considering. While I don’t think Photoshop is going away anytime soon I’ve yet to read something that really throws out the practical reasons why sometimes Photoshop isn’t the best way to show comps. Read it for yourself at http://tinyurl.com/6fl5ot

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Navigation through scrolling http://designnotes.info/?p=1202 http://designnotes.info/?p=1202#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2007 15:32:31 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1202 Inspiration Shots

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Frost

I was going through some network contacts of mine from delicious when I came across a familiar flickr contact that had collected a number of sites and created a flickr set. What got my attention from jibbajabba’s Inspiration set was looking at some of the screen captures at full size. The screen captures were stitched together to give an overview of the site. It partly reminded me of how magazines will often place the entire magazine on the wall to check the flow before it goes to the printer. It also reminded me of Frost’s web site that has a fairly interesting navigation that scrolls through exploration. The thing that surprised me about the stitched screen captures was how easy and intuitive it was to just scroll around the pages. I’m not sure I would have said the same thing a couple years ago. I’m so used to scrolling through pages from my iPone that I wonder if that increased my tolerance for the scroll of the page…

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Average Rating vs. Popularity http://designnotes.info/?p=1178 http://designnotes.info/?p=1178#comments Fri, 02 Nov 2007 16:30:59 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1178 Average Rating vs. Popularity

I’m working on a fairly interesting project that will have the ability to visualize information from a ratings system. How that information will be taken into consideration is still being decided. I’ve been looking at iTunes and they have two similar methods to help people make a choice for what’s hot. My twofold question is this, 1. what’s easier for you to understand – an average star rating or a popularity strip, and 2. have you used those ratings systems to make a decision?

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Got lists? http://designnotes.info/?p=1123 http://designnotes.info/?p=1123#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2007 12:39:02 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1123 ListphileListphile

I came across Listphile this morning going through delicious. I knew it was something for me to explore further once I started watching the demo and there was the mention of lists, atlases and databases. A list could almost encompass anything, let’s pretend there’s a geographical component – Listphile makes it incredibly easy to add your data and create a personal visual database that you can either have the option of others to add to, or just yourself. It’s a fairly simple and painless process to explore other areas of the site. I’ve taken a number of screen captures and placed them on flickr to show how the site works. The only thing that I think could be tweaked is the home page. If you’re already logged in as a member there could be a better presentation that combined the lists page and other personalized features. Maybe have a bunch of info buckets that I can drag and drop in the order of my liking like Newsvine does.

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the FreshDirect Beef Guide http://designnotes.info/?p=930 http://designnotes.info/?p=930#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2007 12:58:05 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=930

Ever since I sold my bbq before moving I haven’t exactly been excited about buying beef. Sure I’ll order it at a restaurant, but I don’t tend to bring it home to grill. I only bring this up b/c I wish I had known about the FreshDirect Beef Guide from FreshDirect so I knew exactly what I was buying. It’s a great interactive tool that guides you through the different types of cut, and what you can expect in tenderness and flavour. It’s not exactly easy to find so I’m happy Lillian who I work with told me about it. It’s at the bottom of the beef section that’s inside meat, however you could also just go click www.freshdirect.com//media/animation/beef_guide/beef_guide.html

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Edward Monkton has a new site http://designnotes.info/?p=928 http://designnotes.info/?p=928#comments Wed, 21 Feb 2007 02:08:28 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=928 image from Edward Monkton's new site

Edward Monkton’s new site has the same feel as his work. It’s fun, there’s room for discovery and yes, it’s even inspirational. Whether it’s a website for an illustrator, photographer or designer that shows off the work – there’s always the question of how much should it be designed. Should there be a theme, is the metaphor explicit or subtle, does the visuals take away from the real work, and of course is it easy to navigate and will the viewer want to come back. Lots of questions to consider. I think Edward’s site balances all of those questions successfully. But don’t take my word for it, go say hi at www.edwardmonkton.com.

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Reading all those Blogs… http://designnotes.info/?p=799 http://designnotes.info/?p=799#comments Thu, 16 Nov 2006 13:39:12 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=799 screen

How do you read all those blogs out there? RSS feed, open up sites one at a time? Me, I have just under a 100 sites bookmarked in their own folder, every morning I open them all up in tabs and browse for something interesting.

I’ve got a lot more to say about this, but I have to run to work now!

November 19th, 2006
I wasn’t expecting much feedback from this post so I feel kind of bad to be getting back to the conversation a couple days after the fact. When I open bloglines from time to time I don’t get the same interest that I do from actually reading it from the blog site. I haven’t explored netvibes yet, but I suspect I’ll keep up with tabs. The biggest reason is that I’m not so much interested in the newest blog entry as I’m in to coming back to stuff that I want to read that I discovered a couple days previous. Yes I know there’s the option in bloglines to save an article but I find it to be a pain. I also find that when I’m in bloglines it’s way to easy to keep adding links. After a while there’s just too many sites. So tabs allows me to see the sites I want to read in an unfiltered way.

It’s not perfect but I’m actually surprised that I’m one of the only people that I know doing this. With the comments associated with this post I wonder if there’s any real point in redesigning my blog? If all of you are reading this through a feed, why bother with a revised design? More questions to think about…

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Jeffrey Zeldman talk w/ AIGA NY http://designnotes.info/?p=768 http://designnotes.info/?p=768#comments Wed, 18 Oct 2006 19:07:53 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=768 Jeffrey Zeldman talk w/ AIGA NY

Before design talks I like to ask myself a number of questions so I can be a more active listener. Naturally the questions change depending on who’s talking and what their subject matter is. With Jeffrey Zeldman, I know him as one of the leaders in “web standards”. He has a well respected name in a diverse field, so I was interested in what he had to say. The title of his talk was Selling Design, so web standards wasn’t going to be priority number one of the night. Not such a bad thing considering the AIGA organized the event. So what was I looking to get out of the talk – I wanted to learn something I didn’t know, find out his design process, learn about what makes him different.

Something I didn’t know was that he started off in an ad agency before going into the web. And like most others when the web was in it’s early commercial side, those that created sites didn’t have a lot of experience. What they did have was an understanding of the brands they were working on. In one example, his knowledge of Batman helped convince the client that he should design the site. He knew what would diminish the image of Batman and what wouldn’t.

Is it simple enough to create great work only if the client is great? Perhaps not so true – VW wasn’t apparently nit the easiest client to deal with during the glory DDB days. Zeldman concluded that the great ads that got created was that the agency never stopped working on the same job. If you always do your best, even after three or four sets you will still come up with great stuff.

Respect your clients, simple enough – it’s a two way street. But you also have to be able to smell trouble. If you’re getting a lot of paperwork before the project starts, that may indicate a lack of focus. If the problem is hidden in all the early documentation that could indicate other problem issues that could pop up later on.

Zeldman also talked about the importance of being calm and methodical. You need to be able to explain your creativity and research in a clear manner – hence your process. This is helped along with having a relationship with the client before you start showing the design. It’s also important to keep reminding the client where you are in the scope of things, what has already been agreed and what’s going to be achieved.

Along with being able smell trouble, you need to be able to translate what the client is trying to say. As he talked about this, it seemed like I had heard a similar thing at another talk in Edmonton. The point being that you need to understand and interpret what they client is saying.

Everybody understands design today, or at least everyone reacts to design emotionally. When talking about your work to the client, convey the meaning as opposed to the raw technical things that are obvious in front of their eyes.

And you also need to be able to respond to criticism. What is it that they don’t like, and why. He used some examples from Dan Brown – push back, look into it, get agreement. Both sides need to feel as if they’ve gained something from it.

The overall talk was a good refresher on a business that happens to be in design. There wasn’t any shocking new pieces of info, but it didn’t need to be like that either. He related to the audience and in turn the crowd gave their full attention.

In a bit of gossip – the AIGA is getting a new website – probably in December.

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

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

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