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?
A friend passed me on a video of a project designed by some Stanford d.school students. The process and explanation of the project is quite smart, though their hypothesis maybe not so much and the results were kind of dangerous to all involved. Taking on the issue of the daily commute, they wanted to disrupt the normal highway flow by driving slower to get people to consider that maybe driving wasn’t the best option. Their process in the video makes sense, but what works on paper isn’t always the best idea in the real world. “One guy tried to run us off the road” goes one of the slides as they described what happened when they drove 60 mph instead of the legal limit of 70 mph. To be honest I was like wtf—if I was driving I’d be angry too. While the video is a great example of showing design process I’d say the actual results we far less successful and were possibly a failure. What one person considers disruption another might consider it as design anarchism.
There was no call to action—people were forced to drive slower, but instead of turning that anger from the people driving behind into something positive they just left people angry. There wasn’t any two way communication. While it wouldn’t have been any safer they should have placed a piece of communication on the back of their vehicle to explain what they were doing. Even with a sign it would have been a dangerous stunt. In the end I’m not sure they accomplished a lot of actionable items. Are any of those drivers affected by that one day of slowness going to change their behaviour? Probably not. Would a billboard have been any more effective though safer—again probably not.
Changing people’s behviour through design has never been easy—consumer behaviour maybe, but not necessarily people’s day to day life. In some respects it’s like trying to convert someone to a different religion or turn a beef eater into a vegetarian. If people don’t want to do it, they’re not going to do it. There’s also a balance between righteousness and trying to make the world a better place. It’s a tricky line in the sand for people to consider. As we do live in a democratic world that people can consider options, a better design would have been to set a goal that can be measured through actionable items. Anything that is more about awareness is a good idea, but how will you know if you’ve made a difference?
EDITORS NOTE: 2 hours after the initial post and passing them on some feedback they emailed me this video explaining some of their results.
and in the email “Thanks for your feedback! Based on the feedback of you and a few others, we’ve made another version to cater to a non-design crowd. By the way, we did have signs on the back of our cars, but that was not apparent from the video. The hope is this second video is interesting enough to start getting people’s attention, and then begin spreading through the web.”]]>
It’s a simple question, there’s an event going on and there’s lots of media coverage from both news sources and blogs but how am I going to get all of it in one place? I’m a bit of a design geek plus I work with Daylife so I thought it would be interesting to combine those two things and pull in everything that is going on with ICFF. I’ve built a custom page http://topics.designnotes.info/page/icff with a couple different headline modules that are based both on being the latest headlines and others that capture the older but more in depth articles. The thing is though, a lot of info is going to be passed along different media channels, so I’ve also included people talking via twitter about ICFF—that way a I can get the latest listings asap and not have to worry about searching twitter for that. There’s also a ton of people that will be uploading their pics to flickr about ICFF, so I’ve put that module in too. The last thing I wanted to include was a lot of jumping points to other topics that are related to Design Week so I can go deeper on their news.
To save you the time here’s all the topics I’ve chosen to cover:
Please let me know if I’m missing something
Alessi, Alissia Melka-Teichroew, Artemide, B&B Italia, BluDot, Chris Kabel, Christien Meindertsma, Cooper-Hewitt, CONRAN SHOP, Council Design
Core77, Designboom, Design Glut, Design House Stockholm, Design Lombardo, Design Within Reach, Dezeen, Droog Design, Established & Sons, Fabrica
Forma Fantasma, Frank Gehry, Gaia & Gino, Gregoire Abria, Harry Allen, Hella Jongerius, Herman Miller, ID Magazine, Interni, Itoki
Jan Habraken, Job Smeets, Joy de Vivre, Karim Rashid, Kartell, Luc D’hanis, Ligne Roset, Lindsay Adelman, M Studio
Magis, Material Connexion, McMaster-Carr, Metropolis Magazine, Molo, M2L, MGX, Mocoloco, MoMA, MOOOI, Moroso
Moss, MPDI, Museum of Art & Design, Nacho Carbonell, Nooka, Paola Antonelli, Patricia Urquiola, Philip Starck, Princeton Architectural Press, Ron Arad
Rich Brilliant & Willing, Sofie Lachaert, Surface, The Future Perfect, Tord Boontje, Tom Dixon, Van Esch, YLighting, Vitra, Yves Behar, 3Form, 5.5 designers
What’s great for me is that I’ll be able to find info that doesn’t rely on any one source, so the design world and blogs can’t slant things in just one perspective—plus I’ll still be walking around to a lot of openings and be heading inside the ICFF. So I can blog about the things that grab me and allow others to talk about what’s important to them. And—if there’s something missing on the page that you wished was there, please let me know.]]>
I feel as though this week just started and it’s already Friday. Good weather, good company and being in NYC will do that to people. But with that said there’s always time for the interwebs and below are some of the sites that I thought were worth a second look. There’s a bit more weirdness this week and less graphic design—coincidence? For this edition of Link Drop I also had a bit more coffee then usual, hence the erratic diagram. Till next week, though I’m not sure how I’m going to simultaneously post a Link Drop and a live presentation at the same time…
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The Battle Between Art & The Algorithm
Apparently design lost the battle with art and now art has set its sights on the algorithm. Is deciding how something is weighted in a myriad of ways based on rational—or is it art. I think it’s art if design myself if you know what to look for.
Is Interaction Design a dead-end job?
This is an interesting question to ask, especially these days as print is all but dead. If there isn’t interaction design, what’s left?
Microsoft sales fall for first time in 23 years
I’m surprised more people haven’t mentioned what has happened to Microsoft this year. There’s some smart connections being made in this piece. Not to beat a dead horse for me, but the fact that I can take a pic and push it on to the internet with a message within a minute from start to finish is amazing. Am I using any tools from MSFT to do that? No…
On Engineering and Design: An Open Letter
For those that work with engineers—good letter or someone on a soapboax?
wires should not behave like humans.
Interesting flip on the traditional idea that everything online has to be soft, fluffy and more human.
Twitter Clients Are a UI Design Playground
This is interesting—did twitter plan to to harness the crowd to make a better UI because they really didn’t know what they were doing, or did they create such a bad experience it pissed off enough people that they decided to make their own better UI? Funny thing is, if twitter was the music industry they would have tried suing their users where as twitter encouraged it.
Design Dont’s: Seesmic is the Frankenstein of Status Apps
I think this post proves that it’s best for design and engineering to work together as opposed to each of them working from their own pov.
Justified West At Langara College
I’ve never visited this school in BC, but I know a couple people there so it was kind of cool to read about a great typography event they hosted.
Seven characteristics of passion brands
I usually try to ignore the “the best of steps”, but this one was worth saving.
Scorecard | The National Design Awards
I thought the question that they brought up about Architecture Design and Interior Design was worth mentioning. I had no idea, but I’m neither an architect nor an interior designer…
Psst, have you heard…
I liked the idea of visualizing how things are spread via the promoters, passives and detractors.
Fascinating view of how the Gameboy (often ignored by designers as a great object) evolved and reflected the time as the years went on.
The Making Of: PlayStation | Edge Online
Who says a logo can’t change a lot and still maintain its “brand equity”?
Gallery of default anonymity: A work in progress
Here’s a collection of the designed undesigned avatars that everyone ignores…
Cold Cut Animals, Soft Body Parts & Stained Glass Perfume
Bizarre post #1 showing flesh.
Bizarre post #2 showing flesh.
“NPR maps the Energy Grid”
I find these kind of maps fascinating on a couple different levels. There’s the proximity of lines to actual cities (or distance from them), and the patterns the lines make that outline energy.
100 days of Obama’s Facebook news feed.
It would be easy to dismiss this visualization, but it’s actually quite impressive. It’s in a format almost everyone recognizes, there’s humour, there’s history and some of it is actually plausible.
That google seems to be wrecking every industry out there. But if it’s so bad why hasn’t anyone stepped up and made it better?
The problem with street art
A connection between street art and marketing.
This is a serious camera that I want to do a project with. Anyone out there looking to do something kick ass with a budget? Give me a calll…
The Green Design 100
Time.com weighs in with their green design index.
Don’t Blame Facebook
Good observations about people stick to what they know, yet can anything really be improved if a designer just wants to make people happy?
HealthMap | Global disease alert map
Just a fyi…
Current Developing Crises
I found this as a good starting point to understand what’s going on with the swine flu.
Telling amazing stories
Simple points to consider, hard to execute when all three measurements of 1. Collecting consistent data, 2. Designing meaningful visualizations and 3.Telling amazing stories are actually more subjective than you think.
4 Sites with Brilliant Internet Branding
A first glance the visual design of all these sites aren’t that great, but then again do they have to be?
Books on Typography
If you’re looking for a list of books on typography, what better source to look to than the Type Directors Club?
International Herald Tribune: Breathless in Paris
Happy to see some commentary on the IHT. I’m still irked by the killing of the old design of their site.
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.
A clean curated design blog that emphasizes grids, typography and whitespace done well—very calming blog.
i [love] marketing. (ILVM)
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)
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)
The image selection is always compelling as it is unique. Lots of photography and industrial design stuff.
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.
A ton of diverse links, it’s hard to be bored when there’s a source like this out there.
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.
A bellwether blog for all other reblog design sites, the number of people that gravitate to what is mentioned on this site is incredible.
There’s a constant flow of news in the design world from fonts, furniture, art and architecture
Wooster Collective (WOST)
A great source and authority on all things street art.
This weeks version of Link Drop Contextd has a lot more videos than usual. There’s nothing to point to why this is the case. There’s also the obligatory nods to street art and politics with technology as things that interest me. The tone of a lot of blogs these days feels like people are in survival mode but also very interested in what’s next. That’s still an open question but it doesn’t hurt to keep your eyes on what people aren’t just saying but the action behind it. And that inevitably that leads to the question of will it make money? While that’s hard to judge there’s other costs involved. If you don’t do anything are you hurting yourself more?
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Brendan Dawes on the craft of making
I saw this ten minute talk a couple weeks ago at White Rabbit. I don’t know Brendan at all, but much to my surprise he had a lot of good things to say about Daylife’s api. But that’s not why I think people should watch this – his creative process about putting together random pieces as an experiment are quite fascinating. He takes three different ideas to combine them for a completely unexpected experience that otherwise would not have existed.
I kind of forgot about Death Cab for Cutie but was like hmm, this video is quite compelling. And it’s animated which I don’t think would have had the same impact otherwise.
Bailouts Spike Atlas Shrugged Sales
What can I say, this is still one of my favourite books. I guess my question is where in the US are people buying this now.
Road Map for Financial Recovery: Radical Transparency Now! and Web-Savvy Obama Team Hits Unexpected Bumps
A couple tech. infused politic posts about building from the ground up Obama style. Just makes you wonder how anything was happening before in Washington though electronic communication. thanks for the links Lindsay Ballant
Google icon design for Macworld 2009 by Ji Lee…
I prefer this logo to that stupid favicon in the toolbar of my browser. I realize that there’s a difference in scale between the two graphics, but…
Putting a Bolder Face on Google
Interesting insight into how some of the design decisions get made at google.
MoMA Prefers Its Boring Unmolested Ads and Poster Boy & Aakash Nihalani Remix the MoMA Collection
This was such a great idea in so many ways. Considering that MoMA could use a bit of spark they really closed down an option to be creative. If an art institution isn’t willing to be creative or new, what industry is going to be?
Shepard Fairey’s Lost DJ Playlist
A short interview with great questions – what was Fairey going to play at his opening in Boston before being arrested?
Infantilizing Reality with Imaginary Worlds
Those mini cities that are popping up more often aren’t exactly unique. Here’s a collection of them.
The Quick Brown – watching FOX headlines change over time
Looking at these edits is kind of interesting, it would be fascinating to see how other news organizations change things too.
Observations, Complaints, Quibbles, and Suggestions Regarding the Safari 4 Public Beta Released One Week Ago, Roughly in Order of Importance
A thorough review of the new safari browser.
If you’ve just moved to a new city and perhaps the locals speak a different language, how do you find and keep track of places you like to hang at?
I’m surprised that I haven’t seen more examples like this.
Magazine Web Site Traffic Up 11 Percent in Q4
The interesting stat from this is that most of the increase is not from people that read the paper version of the magazine. If that happens those stats would go through the roof.
Marc Newson: Urban Spaceman
I think I subconsiously have that new Objectified documentary in my head.
Jonathan Ive TV interview
x2 I think I subconsiously have that new Objectified documentary in my head.
The future of the green blogosphere
I think this concept relates to most of the blogosphere.
I’m not usually into this kind of art, but there’s something kind of interesting with these visuals.
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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…
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.
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.
FULLSCREEN GIGAPAN VIEWER
The zoom in this is crazy clean
DOPPLR’S MOMENT OF LONG WOW
If only every service could provide this kind of feeling in their users
My Dopplr Annual Report
Another take from someone else talking about Dopplr
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
Another pov of the campaign
BOND YIELD MAKEOVER
Interesting what happens when you remove elements
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 article, really interesting image via txt…
CELL PHONE CAMERAS FOREVER
Amazing image of the night, very telling
HOW TO BEHAVE
I really like these diagrams and colour combo
UPPERCASE – About the magazine
I’m kind of curious to see how this magazine turns out
adaptive path » mx
I haven’t watched all these video yet, but they’re a great resource for their upcoming conference
Obama Art Report
Surprise, surprise – more Obama related stuff
I’m thinking of buying this – surprised that they’re not charging more.
Arguing From First Principles
Good reference material, has a link to Charlie Rose worth watching
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.
The Obama Hope Poster, Shepard Fairey and photographer Mannie Garcia
Luv this iconic poster, interesting conversation about it
What Will Save the Suburbs?
I haven’t been that interested in this column until today – good observations on the suburbs
Great concept with rubber gloves
Hope In The White House
Like the idea behind the shirt though I think more then one dollar should be the donation
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
Info design goodness about 2008
How times have changed
City Rain: Urban Design Tetris
Great post as per usual from Greg
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
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…
Haven’t had a chance to read all of this info, but it looks like a great reference none the less
Design For Social Impact & Innovation
Very curious to see how this whole year plays out with this – could be quite interesting
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?
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
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.
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
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
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
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
I still luv this design, I wish everything I design could be as smart as that tag.
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
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
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?
Until people realize this concept they’re toast.
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?
I feel bad for whoever had to make this and deal with the text.
Love Me, next come the t-shirts – maybe on Etsy?
Here’s to wishful thinking.
Taking a quick look at Mental Models: Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior
Of any of the books I blogged about, this by far had the most hits coming from people wanting more info on it.
This post was the start of me sketching more fluently for blog posts.
Pure genius via Wooster Collective
Faux Eiffel Tower Extension
Clay Shirky on Stephen Colbert
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
I’ll really liked the design I did for this tag cloud, nothing more nothing less to this post.
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
I hope the start of next May has some great posters like this year.
I Hate Perfume, Ideas I Love
How cool would it be to commision someone to make a scent for you?
Today’s Sky Mention
This unexpected use of my sky pics made me smile.
Looking at yourself as a Graphic Designer
Very smart diagram…
If you care about your stuff, make sure people can duplicate it
This concept was an addendum to Permalink post.
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?
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
This is why people need to hire designers.
NPR Cancels The ‘BPP’ (Bryant Park Project)?!?
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
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
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
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
Possibly my best blog post of the year imho.
Clean iPhone psd template
I’m surprised that Apple never made a psd themselves so people could sketch out apps.
Say what you mean w/ a click
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.
What can I say? A lot of people are interested in sex.
Walking around NYC finding the David Byrne Bike Racks
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.
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
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?
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
It’s amazing to watch the stats on how many people from MetLife check out this post everyday.
Looking at the 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
I’ve probably had more face to face conversations about this post than anything else I blogged about this year.
With the likelihood of me planting a garden being slim to none as I live in apartment, I wasn’t entirely sure why I would spend a Friday night listening to a talk at the NYPL about Edible Estates. What I didn’t realize was of all the green or sustainable talks that I’ve been to that were somehow related to design, this one came closest to presenting how unsustainable some of our living patterns currently are. The talk was framed around the book EDIBLE ESTATES: Attack on the Front Lawn by Fritz Haeg who talked about the book while Peter Sellars, Dolores Hayden, Frederick Kaufman and Shamim Momin all presented examples along that theme.
What seemed to be different about this talk compared to other lectures that I’ve been to was in the social role and how that could impact things. I’ve always taken the front yard for granted and if you actually were going to have a garden it would be in the backyard. But my reversing the yard to have the garden in the front, the public interaction is much more of a possibility. Of course growing your own food also reduces the energy needed to live. But with every action is a reaction and gardening is no different. One unpopular idea brought up by Frederick Kaufman was that for these gardens to really not leave any type of footprint without using pesticides or lots of water – they might need to use genetically modified seeds which the crowed hissed at. Another myth that I enjoyed hearing dispelled was about Jane Jacobs and her idealistic 19th century ideals of community by Dolores Hayden.
As with an open mic at the end of the discussion, the audience’s first couple of questions were a bit off topic to the talk at hand. Probably the best question as I was leaving and unfortunately did not hear the entire response to was about laws and if any had been broken by having a garden in a front yard. It sounded like none had been up to this point. Bringing it back to an urban dweller like myself I still did have a hard time thinking that the concept would take off considerably, but as a starting point for further discussion I thought it did a good job.]]>
Today is Blog Action Day, from their site the description goes as this. “On October 15th – Blog Action Day, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind. In its inaugural year, Blog Action Day will be co-ordinating bloggers to tackle the issue of the environment.”
I thought it might be interesting to compare living in Canada vs the US in terms of how easy/hard it is being Green™. When I moved to NYC, one of the biggest changes that could be considered green (though in terms of practacality rates very high too) was getting rid of the car. Honestly I can’t imagine driving a car in Manhattan. That doesn’t mean I don’t take a taxi from time to time, but after considering all the money that goes towards gas, oil and waste to keep a car on the uptake, it makes you wonder if there isn’t a more efficient way. I haven’t lived in that many Canadian cites, nor US, but if you don’t have a good and safe public transportation system it will be impossible for someone to not live with a vehicle. Since I live in NYC and don’t own a car, I give one point to the US. Along that same line I used to walk to work every day in NYC, so another point for that. Recycling is an interesting concept in NYC, it doesn’t really exist even close to what I was used to in Canada. It was so easy to recycle paper, glass or bottles that to celebrate it as a Green concept seems kind of silly. Part of the issue in Manhattan is that it’s an island. Is it easier to just have everything placed in a dump truck as opposed to a separate vehicle for each of the mentioned objects? So one point to Canada on recycling. I used to live in a house, now I supposedely live in a Green building. I’m not entirely sure about what that means aside from energy efficient lights and windows, but something is better then nothing eh? Another point for the US. Houses take a lot of upkeep, while it seems like there’s less waste when you have a group of people living in the same spot. Awareness is another interesting question. I don’t know if this goes back to Canadians taking for granted the recycling is just a good idea, but I think there’s more people down here being aware and trying to do something then ever before. So I’ll give a point to both countries. I suppose I could go on and on, but my Green comparison exercise is highly biased. If anything, I don’t think there’s a big of a difference between the two countries as some would think.]]>
Before everyone jumps on the green electrical hybrid train, I thought I would mention Superuse (via Core77). What is Superuse.org you ask? They answer “Superuse is a online community of designers, architects and everybody else who is interested in inventive ways of recycling”. For me I think it’s a bit of a stretch to re-purpose airplane parts into object’s d’art and call it recycling – but perhaps there are some good ideas in the site none the less. Decide for yourself at www.superuse.org]]>
When I was living in Canada, I took the small steps that companies were doing to be environmentally friendly for granted. Recycling paper and cans was a no brainer. For bonous points there were those that used energy saving lights and composts for the office meal scraps. So far I haven’t seen much of that here in New York. One of the things that is happening with the new office space is the desire to be indeed more environmentally friendly. Not too sure where to look I asked my friend Shafraaz Kaba who’s a partner at Manasc Isaac Architects Green Architecture and Sustainable Buildings about online resources and below is what he suggested.
Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) www.cagbc.ca
U.S. Green Building Council www.usgbc.org
Climate Change, Global Warming, and the Built Environment – Architecture 2030 www.architecture2030.org
Sustainable Building Sourcebook Contents www.greenbuilder.com/sourcebook
Athena Sustainable Materials Institute www.athenasmi.ca]]>