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Link Drop – 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 Stuff That I Liked In 2010 (Links from other Sites) http://designnotes.info/?p=4136 http://designnotes.info/?p=4136#comments Thu, 02 Dec 2010 21:44:21 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=4136 Clicking around my blog last night I started to notice that I was clicking on some of my favourite Link Drop links. As I was doing that I figured it […]]]>

Clicking around my blog last night I started to notice that I was clicking on some of my favourite Link Drop links. As I was doing that I figured it would make a decent post to add to my “Stuff That I Liked In 2010” series. What surprised me was that there was a lot of posts related to Canada (where I’m from), and there was a heavy dose of sports themes—go figure. This isn’t my final, final list of the year, but a conversation starter for me to reflect on the past year of stuff I posted about.

Early Quora Design Notes

A Statistical Stab at Graffiti

13 video player UIs in 24 hours

Ovechkin Hit on Jagr Animated Gif

Graphing Water Consumption During the Gold Medal Hockey Game (extreme peaks during the intermissions for the bathroom)

CBC Story about Leo Obstbaum, CD of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games who Passed Away Before the Start of the Games

What fantasy sports addicts really know

Human landscapes in SW Florida

Billy Joel On Howard Stern

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LINK DROP: November 6th through Today (November, 13th 2010) http://designnotes.info/?p=3851 http://designnotes.info/?p=3851#respond Sat, 13 Nov 2010 13:35:47 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=3851 Another busy week flew by, managed to do a couple new things to keep life interesting. I found a lot of product related stuff with a slight nod to tech. […]]]>

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Another busy week flew by, managed to do a couple new things to keep life interesting. I found a lot of product related stuff with a slight nod to tech. Not really that different from what I typically find but the consistent quantity was worth noting.

The entrepreneurs that really make it are the ones that start with an idea but are ready to change it at a moment’s notice. – Jeremy Stoppelman.

If Facebook Knows When People Break Up And Google Can Predict Flu Outbreaks, Does LinkedIn Know When Companies Are In Trouble?
However, lets say you take a company with a few thousand workers, if a significant amount of those goes from not logging in within 3-6 months to logging in frequently AND updating their profiles, then you might just have a company that’s about to cut staff. What makes this so powerful is that staff know about cuts and redundancies way before internal and public announcements are made, whispers and rumours spread like wildfire and that’s when people start logging in and updating, meaning that LinkedIn knows about cuts and redundancies too – suddenly making this data extremely valuable.

7 A/B Testing Resources for Startups and Solo Developers
If you plan to conduct A/B testing to optimize your website, there are some best practices to observe and some expectations to lay out at the beginning. For example, you (and your team, if you have one) will want to declare criteria, variables and expectations before you begin your testing. Make sure you’re not doing anything that will invalidate the results of your test. Also, make sure you’ve got enough traffic to make an A/B test worthwhile. If you’re working with a relative handful of site visitors each day, your A/B results may not be accurate. Likewise, make sure you conduct your tests over a long enough period of time to allow for variance caused by traffic fluctuations, days of the week, holidays, time of day, etc. Finally, make sure that your website is functional and optimized for excellent, fast, cross-browser performance before you commit to testing. After all, no one will care whether the button is green or red if the page takes a minute and a half to load.

The volcanic eruption at Mount Merapi is pictured in this NASA Terra satellite image. The Indonesian volcano erupted with renewed ferocity on Friday, bringing the total death toll to over 100 and blanketing the area with white ash. (Photo: DigitalGlobe / Reuters via the Telegraph).

Jimmy Wales to Announce Wiki 2.0
Wikia, the for-profit venture of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, is announcing what it is calling the “next generation of collaborative publishing”, or put shortly, “Wiki 2.0”. This next generation of wikis will include a social layer that brings game mechanics, real-time streams, social sharing and more to the previously walled-in world of the wiki.

hello. welcome to the new face of korean bbq
Introducing Korilla, the fiercest eats you’ll find on the streets… literally. What is a Korilla, you ask? It is nothing less than a Korean grillmasta serving up a complex combination of classic Korean recipes in contemporary forms. We’re talking burritos, tacos and chompers like you’ve never had before.

Adding Cabbie Know-How to Online Maps
Anyone who’s ridden in a taxi knows that cab drivers know their way around a city better than the average driver. They seem to have super-secret side-street maneuvers that shave minutes off a trip by avoiding traffic, lights, and other problems. Now researchers from Microsoft are mining cabbies’ knowledge to create faster driving paths for online maps.

New Gorillaz Album Recorded Entirely on an iPad
Blur frontman, Gorillaz mastermind and all-around pop genius Damon Albarn is already hard at work on the next release for his cartoon band, while still touring behind its latest release ‘Plastic Beach.’ But, rather than lug around a Tascam Portastudio or install a recording area on the tour bus, Albarn has turned to his iPad to create his latest musical musings. He told NME, “I fell in love with my iPad as soon as I got it… I hope I’ll be making the first record on an iPad.”

Netflix Instant Movies That Don’t Suck
You know when you go to watch a movie on Netflix Instant? So you go through all the options and there are a bunch of movies you never heard of and you’re like, “I wonder if this sucks or not?” Well, I created this Tumblr so we can all share movies that we watched on Netflix Instant that didn’t suck so that other people can benefit from our adventures.

Design and Business: The Bottom Line
This morning, I gave a speech at the RGD Design Thinkers event here in Toronto. For a first ever keynote, I think it went ok, though I probably relied on reading out my notes too much. But given that I used this forum to tell designers they can be “dictatorial, inflexible, snobby”, people were pretty friendly. It’s super long, but here’s the text, along with the beautiful typographic slides designed by my friend Timothy O’Donnell, who stepped in to save me from the indignity of having to present homemade slides to an audience of professional designers.

Minority Report, Courtesy of Kinect
Hackers have wasted no time bending Kinect to their will, and this proof of concept video for a Minority Report-esque multitouch UI is probably the most exciting mod yet. Stretch to zoom, here we come!

Safari Tools: Pad App
Safari Books Online offers a native application — Safari To Go — that enables you to read content on your iPad. This application combines all the user-friendly features of the iPad with the power of the Safari Books Online platform.

30 Rock Mocks the Fauxhemian Fashion Trend
Tonight on 30 Rock, Liz Lemon bought jeans from a store called Brooklyn Without Limits, and they made her ass look amazing. Unfortunately, though, the brand wasn’t as innocent as she thought. A compilation of the related scenes is inside.

Panasonic Lumix 14mm f2.5 Lens Review — Seeing Prime
This is a discussion of seeing (and by extension, photography) under the pretense of a lens review. If you want to read about what it feels like to use this lens, this is your place.

Life Hack – The 30/30 Minute Work Cycle Feels Like Magic
“You might think it’s crazy and stupid, but it works for me,” he said. “I sit at my desk and work for 30 minutes without distraction, completely absorbed in my work. Then, after the 30 minutes are up, I drop whatever I’m doing and go do something fun for 30 minutes. During this relaxation time, I don’t think about work at all – I play games, write, whatever, but no work. After 30 minutes, I go back to my desk, rinse and repeat.”

Para-skiing?! Stomach-droppingly amazed to see this is a real thing.

Guy ordered the exact same business card from 5 of the top online printers on Google. Here’s what they’ve sent.

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LINK DROP from October 31st through Today (November 5th, 2010) http://designnotes.info/?p=3690 http://designnotes.info/?p=3690#respond Fri, 05 Nov 2010 11:57:14 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=3690 This was one of those weeks where I’ve been thinking about the language of digital, screens, surfaces and everything else that is doing stuff connected to a larger network. It’s […]]]>

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This was one of those weeks where I’ve been thinking about the language of digital, screens, surfaces and everything else that is doing stuff connected to a larger network. It’s kind of crazy how interconnected everything is yet hasn’t really taken connected with the majority of people out there. I suppose there’s some advantages to that though for those that are kind of impatient slow can feel like eternity. Should be interesting to see what sticks on the connected side versus hype of what’s being talked about today.

Presentation: What is Digital Creativity?
The arch of the story here is that ad agencies creative solutions are by default the product of the media of communication they use. The simple evolution of advertising creative supports this logic: when there was only print around, logos were important. With radio, slogans (jingles) took the center stage. With television, it became all about brand image communicated through the 30-second spot. Simply, creative has always been interchangeable with a specific media technology. Change this technology, and the rules of advertising creativity crumble. Why is this the case? Above all, it’s really hard to classify digital media as a communication channel. They are more of a behavioral platform. What is regarded as creative here? First, everything and anything that can modify, inspire, and introduce behaviors (think big behavioral platforms like Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook, or smaller ones like thousands of Tumblr blogs, individual Facebook profiles, or just about any tool we interact with or interface that we come across online). Second, what’s regarded as creative is something that’s an inherent part of our activities. Messages are not part of our behavior, and not only because they are interrupting whatever we are doing at the time. They are external to it simply because they are not part of interactions that form that behavior. Do I need to click on an ad to complete some task, like booking a trip, online? No. Do I need to click on it in order to connect with my friends? No. Do I need to see it in order to explore maps, look at the photos, or read blogs to get inspired? No.

Everything I’ve Ever Learned About Giving Design Critiques I Learned from Tim Gunn
I went through two years of studio critiques while getting my Master’s degree in design, and have been through dozens of them in the five years since then, but I can honestly say I’ve learned more about how to appropriately give design criticism from Tim Gunn, one of the hosts of the US television show Project Runway.

SEO & the Disappearing Self
On Facebook, our communication is assessed like online advertising — how many click-throughs did it inspire? This prompts us to make what we say on Facebook sound like advertising discourse. And if the way we talk about ourselves is to a large degree who we think we are, this would not bode well for human dignity.

MapMyFollowers is a Great Twitter Data Visualization
MapMyFollowers.com is a fabulous site that allows you to see where in the world the people who follow you on Twitter are. Up to 1000 at a time can be viewed on a map and there’s something magical about the resulting experience.

Fantasy Fans Flock to Fantasy Football
Hi, my name is Chris Bulger and I’m a fantasy football addict. Here is my typical fantasy football week:
· On Tuesday and Wednesday, I visit fantasy football sites to research players on waivers and find the best players to help my team win.
· On Thursday morning I check out my rosters to see which players I was able to claim off of waivers.
· On Sunday morning I research matchups and set my lineups accordingly. By noon on Sunday (before the games have even started), I have visited my fantasy football site upwards of 10 times throughout the week.

Artisanal Pencil Sharpening
In New York’s Hudson River Valley, craftsman David Rees still practices the age-old art of manual pencil sharpening. His artisanal service is perfect for artists, writers, and standardized test takers. Shipped with their shavings and a “certificate of sharpening,” these extra-sharp pencils make wonderful gifts.

What I Would Do With This: Groceries
You have here a simple question that anyone can access. Doesn’t matter that you’ve never run a linear regression in your life. If you’ve ever shopped for groceries, if you’ve ever stood in line with a candy bar, a soda bottle, and a matinee starting across town in ten minutes, you have an opinion here

Gartner report tells corporations to get moving on the iPad
In a private report to clients, the Gartner research firm is urging CEOs to clear any obstacles preventing IT departments from taking advantage of the iPad. Stephen Prentice, a VP and Gartner fellow, said in the report: “It is not usually the role of the CEO to get directly involved in specific technology device decisions, but Apple’s iPad is an exception. It is more than just the latest consumer gadget. CEOs and business leaders should initiate a dialog with their CIOs about if they have not already done so.”

Baker Ebook Framework
Baker is an HTML5 ebook framework to publish on the iPad using open web standards

Today’s Obsession: Publishing for the iPad
I’m stoked. I’ve been waiting for 1) Apple to stop forcing its own agenda and restricting the marketplace and 2) a solution to happen for designers (not necessarily developers and coders) to use in content creation. This is great for editorial pieces.

Google hasn’t yet provided any direction on Android as a tablet platform, which means that the Tab is held back by lagging application support and software that doesn’t fully take advantage of the extra screen real estate.

The New New Andreessen
While many other VC firms are still reeling from a decade of weak returns and an influx of competing capital from Russia and China, Andreessen Horowitz is doubling down. On Nov. 3 the firm announced that it has raised a second $650 million fund. (Bloomberg LP, which owns Bloomberg Businessweek, is an investor in Andreessen Horowitz.) The firm also claims a new, Ovitz-inspired approach to venture capital. Andreessen wants to create a full-service VC firm that helps with all the needs of startups, from recruiting to public relations, just as CAA catered to every aspect of career development—and every personal demand—of film stars and directors.

Nice little design touch from Google: attachment reminder
Only possible down-side: reminds people that your emails are being parsed for all sorts of reasons. Still, saved me from having to do a “Doh! Here’s the attachment” note.

Mobile Users Prefer Browsers over Apps
These preferences may surprise mobile experts who consider apps to offer the best content and shopping experiences. And marketers may be frustrated as well; getting an app on a user’s home screen is a constant reminder of the brand, but it doesn’t make sense to offer an app users don’t want.

just breathe… Posted by twitter.com/stefanboublil
A wine label with braille

Candy Chang: Parties in Power

How often has the United States shifted back and forth between political parties? And how long has one party held office? To get some historic perspective during this election freak-out [October 2008], I made a timeline plotting out the political parties of all the U.S. Presidents, as well as the dominant parties in Congress (Senate and House of Representatives).

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LINK DROP from October 23rd through Today (October 30th, 2010) http://designnotes.info/?p=3599 http://designnotes.info/?p=3599#respond Sat, 30 Oct 2010 13:21:00 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=3599 Gotta keep the editor notes quick this week—need to run soon. Every once in a while I’ll make note about time though this week and month seriously went by so […]]]>

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Gotta keep the editor notes quick this week—need to run soon. Every once in a while I’ll make note about time though this week and month seriously went by so fast that I’m kind of concerned. I try to pay attention to everything (maybe to my detriment) but I felt like I blinked at it’s suddenly November and my birthday at the end of September was a couple days ago. Sigh—oh well, I wouldn’t have changed anything this month either way. What I did notice this week that hasn’t really hasn’t been mentioned before is USB. The tech finds a place in a couple of posts. I also mention “Reading”, “Readable” and books + have a typeface post. Funny what keeps my eyes open.

MAP MINT: Plan.b
Oriko Design Buro in Germany has designed Plan.b to make maneuvering through space easier for the blind. This product translates digital maps into tactile maps with sound components.

Will Instapaper and other “read it later” services change the way online content is written?
Perhaps it’s the iPad or the large screens on smartphones. Maybe it’s the increasing attractiveness of reasonably-priced ebook readers. It could just be that the constant river of news is just too engrossing to spent too much time on the shore, reading.

Flavorpill’s Favorite Finds from CMJ 2010
It’s easy to get cranky about New York’s annual CMJ Music Marathon, with its long lines, short sets, and general air of overstimulated panic. But although we generally go kicking and screaming to our first showcase and spend its last few days on the brink of collapse, we can’t deny that it brings some of the best music from around the world to our corner of the world for five days of dancing, drinking, and discovery.

CBC SPARK: Full Interview: William Gibson on Zero History
Yesterday, I interviewed novelist William Gibson in our Toronto studio. I’ve followed his work for years, ever since reading Neuromancer ages ago. Although I’ve interviewed him a few times before, I’d never met him in person, so today was a treat. Gibson is best known as a science fiction writer, and a foundational figure in the cyberpunk genre. More recently, though, he has been writing books set in the here and now, albeit a here and now infused with a distinctly Gibsonian world view. We talked about his latest novel, Zero History, part three in a trilogy.

Guerilla Artists Stage MoMA Invasion
They didn’t get permission from the MoMA to install their art. Mark Skwarek, one of the organizers of the show, says he wasn’t sure how the museum would react. “Actually MoMA tweeted about our exhibition, they basically welcomed us, so it was very positive,” says Skwarek. “I think the Museum was receptive.”

11 Principles of Interaction Design explained
This post isn’t intended to be an exhaustive list of interaction design principles, its merely an introduction to the subject. And I’m definitely not going to attempt to enter the lions den of defining what ‘interaction design’ is, that’s for another day!

32767 Invaders [Processing]
The theme of the pixel invaders has accompanied Christian Gross for several years now. The first projects was the blinkdrawer, an arduino based installation that draws random generated invaders with light. Latest in the series was the creation of 32767 invaders generated using Processing. They are collected in posters (see below) each including 2352 invaders.

“Dead Drops” preview
‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and date. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project.

The Significant Other
Men’s fashion and style through the eyes and heart of a girl in Brooklyn.

The Key to love, success and all your photos, files and music. (USB Key, 2 GB)

The Bantjes Covers
What follows is her own step-by-step process to produce the cover for her new book, I Wonder, recently published by Monacelli and Thames & Hudson: it’s an expository monologue, in which Bantjes reflects and rejects iteration upon iteration until she finds an acceptable solution.

Type Case
Martin Bircher has converted a European printer’s type case into a low-resolution LED news ticker.

NZ Rugby Chisel

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I can’t believe it’s already been a week since my staycation was over and had to change gears with what’s going on outside the blogosphere. And October is almost over already—yikes. Most of the links and sites this week that resonated with me had a strong media bias, either with TV, entertainment or technology combining the two. If you’re new to Link Drop I basically want to archive some stuff that I think is valuable and excerpt some of the text from the post. When I have more time I’ll start writing more of a rational—but since I only had half an hour this morning—what you see is what you get. I’m guessing that most of those sites I found via Twitter, either through my own exploration or RT. You can view on Delcious which sites I found where.

BUSINESS INSIDER: The Future Of Television And The Digital Living Room
I think we’re in the first inning of second screen technologies and applications, and this movement will create whole new experiences that the 50+ crowd will lament as “ruining the TV experience.” The 15-30 crowd will feel like this is what TV was meant to be – social.

Yelle La Musique
Everything from the Brazil Jesus statue hula-hooping to Clint Eastwood, the Taj Mahal, and Justin Bieber have cameos. At one point a flaming car flies from the sky into a camper, which then explodes into a mountain of kittens. Paris Hilton sits on a huge version of her chihuahua. Popsicles fly through the air as cats play guitars on icebergs. Finally at 1:20 I realized that the whole thing was strikingly similar to the feel in one of my favorite videos of all time, Leave Me Alone by Michael Jackson…

SAI: How Facebook Decides What To Put In Your News Feed – These 10 Secrets Reveal All
The more digital our daily lives become, the more perplexing the questions seem. Will the growth of social media destroy our notions of privacy? Is democracy helped or harmed by the cacophony of opinions online? And perhaps most confounding: Why does that guy I barely know from the 10th grade keep showing up in my Facebook feed?

PANIC BLOG: Spinner Rage
Did you know the French have over 300 words for “ennui”? It’s true. Similarly, a designer has over 14,000 words for nit-picky things that annoy them that nobody else in the world cares about. In this case, 300 words. Hooray! I’ve found a new thing you won’t care about! Prepare to have your eyebrows melted.Designers, do you see anything wrong with this spinner I found on the web? It’s pretty subtle. Look close! The problem is specifically with frame five…

WELCOME TO OPTIMISM: why the internet is causing an increase in TV viewing
One liner? We’re going to see more live TV with simultaneous back channel for conversation and gaming via online and mobile devices… and starling.tv is about to launch a dedicated platform to provide this service – and own this space.

THE ALT REPORT: Spoiled tweens send 3000+ texts per month
I have a real job and I manage a team of 7 people in the office and we don’t send that many emails per day. It is just so baffling that my spoiled tween son sends 100 texts per day. Really glad I got him ‘unlimited’ plan bc our bill was $1k last month. Was hella pissed, and threatened to get him a pay-as-u-go phone.

THE NEXT WEB: Twitter makes me like people I’ve never met and Facebook makes me hate people I know in real life
Twitter is a whole different animal. There are no page invitations to ignore, events to opt-out off or people tagging you in photos. Basically Twitter is built on the whole idea of serendipitous finds; you are bombarded with tweets, but only if you choose to, and pick what is good, and ignore the rest.

Just Spotted
JustSpotted shows you what your favorite celebrities are up to and where they were last spotted. We aggregate the latest sightings, tweets, status updates, news articles & blog posts from all over the web for thousands of celebrities around the world. You can choose to become a fan of the celebrities you care most about and we will always keep you up to date.

From the desk of…
Project: A site dedicate a site solely to canvas of the Desk. A Desk is where we work. Symbolic. Psychical. Present. A second home. A Desk is a platform. A hearth. Roots are planted. It’s where upon hours on hours pass. Personally, I want to be (and have always been) inspired by my work space. I’m surrounded by “my stuff” helps me think and conjure new ideas. I covet solitude; it gives me more time to think. I’m one of those organized clutter types. I always have torn pages for inspiration on my cork boards and Polaroids of friends which reminds me, I must retell that story. I’m always putting things up, taking things down; keep it choppy and not get too comfortable. Still, I crave familiarity.

TECH CRUNCH: ‘Fast Company’ Influence Project Proves Online Influencers Have No Actual Influence
Well, no Bob, as a participant, I most certainly did not find The Influence Project a worthwhile experience, not in the slightest. First of all you all but ignored the guy who actually won and picked your own winners, presumably because a vignette of iJustine will drive more traffic to your website than a profile of the unknown outside of the tech industry Jeremy Schoemaker.

SEARCH ENGINE LAND: Life With Google TV: My First Day Review & Impressions
Down at the bottom of the viewing window (sorry the image is small — the Droid ate my originals of some pics, remember!), I had options to expand the image to fullscreen. I did this, and it was awesome. There it was! Content from the internet flowing onto my TV, without some laptop being awkwardly hooked up somewhere. And then it started going wrong. My wireless network wasn’t pumping out enough bandwidth for me to watch this in HD quality, causing a lot of buffering and a little “hey, maybe you should turn HD off” message to appear.

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This was a bit of a strange week for me as I took a couple days off for the first time since January. I just felt like it was time to press the reset button before the craziness of of Thanksgiving happens and the sprint to the holidays after that. While taking time off I still managed to save some sites, links and apps that are worth exploring more. Probably the most surprising node of connections came from maps. I tend to gravitate towards those type of sites and apps but all the different layers that are starting to build on top of each other is fascinating to me. It takes the information out of the web and into a better functional experience.

The Andy Warhol Museum Layar
The Warhol has contributed to The Layar app! The Layar turns your mobile device into an augmented-reality viewer. By adding The Andy Warhol Museum Layar, you’ll be able to view locations pivotal in Andy Warhol’s life and work overlayed on real-time images from your device’s camera. View locations in Pittsburgh, PA and New York, NY and dive into related information and photos prepared by The Warhol’s education curators.

WIKIPEDIA: 2010 Copiapó mining accident
The 2010 Copiapó mining accident occurred on 5 August 2010, when the San José copper-gold mine, near Copiapó, Chile, collapsed, leaving 33 men trapped deep below ground.[1][2] The miners survived underground for a record 69 to 70 days.[3] All 33 miners were rescued and brought to the surface on 13 October 2010, with the first miner emerging from the Fénix 2 rescue capsule at 00:10 CLDT on 13 October 2010 and the last miner emerging at 21:55 CLDT. After the last trapped miner was winched to the surface, the rescue workers up held a sign which said “Mision Cumplida Chile” (English: Mission accomplished Chile) to the 1 billion TV watching audience around the world.[4]

SYNTHESIO: The 10 Most Popular Topics on the Web
We recently divided our index among 40 different categories that we’ve seen to be the major categories for web sites. Using this classification we were able to analyze over 200 million verbatim to analyze what the top 10 most popular topics on the web are.

POP WUPING:Basil Racuk Leather iPad Case
Created using machine and hand stitched leather Basil Racuk’s case for iPad has to be one of the most luxurious iPad cases available. The case holds your iPad as well as power adaptors, iPhone and documents. Secure handle on top. California made and sourced.

BLD BLG: Trap Rooms
Whichever company can upload the most floorplans before everyone else will, presumably, have quite an economic advantage. So how could you protect your proprietary map sets? What if you’re the only company in the world with access to maps of a certain convention center or sports stadium or new airport terminal—how could you keep a rival firm from simply jacking your cartography?

FREEDOM OF CREATION: Ted Noten designs graduation trophy for Design Academy
For the 2010 edition Ted came to FOC to create the Pig Head Trophy. By design, each slice of the pig head represented one graduate, not only was each and every slice different, they were also customized to show which course the student took.

QOMPENDIUM: Meet: Christopher Baker
One of his projects “American Toys” was created by combining images from every United States patent containing the phrase “toy pistol”. The earliest image dates back to the mid 1800′s.

SWITCHED: Robo-Blinds Add Privacy, Attract the Perplexed
Roy admits the curtain “fails,” though, because it reportedly “attracts the looks of people which usually would never care about my window.” But those curious gazes make for excellent filmmaking. The video, dubbed ‘My Little Piece of Privacy’ (after the break), might be more impressive than Roy’s electronic ingenuity, so watch as the camera manages to capture a magical dance of the perplexed as curious pedestrians morph into spontaneous and evasive performance artists.

The True Size of Africa

Amazing Building Mapping – Vimeo Festival from Dan Ilic on Vimeo.

Saturday the 9th October, Evan Grant’s Seeper collective mapped the IAC building in Chelsea, New York, NY.
The video giant art project was made to celebrate the openeing of the the awards afterparty held in the foyer of the IAC building. I was lucky enough to be there on behalf of SMH.com.au. Shot on Canon 7D, No Tripod, Tamron 18-270

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LINK DROP: October 4th through October 9th 2010 http://designnotes.info/?p=3183 http://designnotes.info/?p=3183#comments Sat, 09 Oct 2010 14:39:32 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=3183 Overall this week was kind of bad for design, there was Gap’s incompetence dealing with how they want to define the brand with their logo and Sony’s awful remote for […]]]>

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Overall this week was kind of bad for design, there was Gap’s incompetence dealing with how they want to define the brand with their logo and Sony’s awful remote for Google TV. On the flip side I found I was drawn back to a healthy balance of typography, technology and different publishing machines that are out there at the moment.

TNW: Forget Revenue. Relevance Is The New Currency.
Unfortunately history has proven that people are extremely fashion cautious, unloyal and eager to move on to the next best thing. I remember when Friendster grew to 10 million members overnight and friends of mine announced they were starting their own social network. “suckers!” is what I thought. I reasoned that with 10 million members nobody would ever catch up to Friendster. They had what investors call, and love, the “first mover advantage”. Well, we all remember what happened to friendster.

MASHABLE: 12 Essential News Media Tumblrs You Should Follow
Many of the media organizations jumping on the simple blogging platform are using the tool to curate content for their audience and start a dialogue with readers. Mark Coatney, the media evangelist at Tumblr who was likely hired in part because of his tremendous success managing the Newsweek Tumblr, said participation in the Tumblr community is what makes a media blog effective. That is, they are having a conversation with the community, not just about what the brand is doing.

SCOUTNING NY: Exploring The (Nearly!) Empty Post Office Building On 8th Ave
On October 9th & 10th, over 350 sites, tours, and events will be made available to the public FREE for the annual Open House New York program. Open House New York is…well, an open house of New York City! A ton of fantastic options are being offered this year, and OHNY graciously allowed me to take a few tours in advance to help spread the word.

Neue magazine online exhibit of Show Us Your Type posters featuring the city of Berlin. Contributors are from all over the world. Showing some of my favs.

UK-based artist Jennifer Price is doing some monumental printworks. Price refers to her images as inkblots and they’re basically a direct transfer of ink from an object to fabric… rubbings.

GUARDIAN: The real cost of free
Last week, my fellow Guardian columnist Helienne Lindvall published a piece headlined The cost of free, in which she called it “ironic” that “advocates of free online content” (including me) “charge hefty fees to speak at events”.

NYPL: Mad Men Reading List
Some of the titles are featured prominently in the series and others are mentioned in passing. Remember the book Sally read with her grandfather at bedtime? The book on Japanese culture the agency was told to read? The scandalous book the ladies passed between each other in secret? You can find all these and more! Search #MadMen #Reading on Twitter to stay up-to-date.

More fonting, just because we can
There’s been some amazing work done on fonts and the process of creating them– everything and anything becomes a source of inspiration, and the gamut of designs runs from functional to whimsical to practically unreadable (in the best way possible, of course). I’ve compiled below a few of my favorite resources and inspirations.

GOTHAMIST: Michelin Guide 2011 Names Brooklyn’s First 2 Star Restaurant
The upscale grocer Brooklyn Fare features an intimate chef’s table alongside an open kitchen, where chef César Ramirez has been generating considerable buzz with his four course prix-fixe supper club.

MCKINSEY QUARTERLY: How centered leaders achieve extraordinary results
Five capabilities are at the heart of centered leadership: finding meaning in work, converting emotions such as fear or stress into opportunity, leveraging connections and community, acting in the face of risk, and sustaining the energy that is the life force of change.

I Just Made Love!
Break the Tabu. Talk “SEX”. Find out what the world thinks about your wonders. Get quick answers to your love questions. Share your opinion.

WIRED: Kevin Kelly and Steven Johnson on Where Ideas Come From
It’s amazing that the myth of the lone genius has persisted for so long, since simultaneous invention has always been the norm, not the exception. Anthropologists have shown that the same inventions tended to crop up in prehistory at roughly similar times, in roughly the same order, among cultures on different continents that couldn’t possibly have contacted one another.

12seconds is shutting down…
You’re thinking, “holy crap I made like 1000 12second videos, what do I do?” Later this week, we’re going to release a download tool for you to capture those moments in time. It will be available until we pull the plug – on October 22nd.

READ WRITE WEB: How Flipboard Was Created & its Plans Beyond iPad
We decided to do a thought experiment: imagine if the Web was washed away and we needed to build a new one from scratch.

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LINK DROP: September 25th through October 3rd 2010 http://designnotes.info/?p=3114 http://designnotes.info/?p=3114#respond Sun, 03 Oct 2010 14:03:34 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=3114 The stories and sites that resonated with me this week had a couple consistent themes. There was a lot about learning, a screen and were slowing moving away from the […]]]>

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The stories and sites that resonated with me this week had a couple consistent themes. There was a lot about learning, a screen and were slowing moving away from the browser into apps—typically from a mobile device. While word of mouth for events is still important I like the easy to use that Creative Everyone is using and how it encourages people to sign up—not an easy job when everything is flowing into Facebook these days.

Creative Everyone: Creative events in London, New York, and Glasgow
Creative Everyone curates and lists the most interesting creative events worldwide, ensuring you never miss an event again.

WIRED: 3 Secret Apple TV Features Steve Jobs Hasn’t Told You About
The most important hint of Apple’s real ambitions in the living room come from AirPlay, which puts iPhones and iPads in the driver’s seat and makes the TV just an output device for the Apple ecosystem.

TECHCRUNCH: SCVNGR’s Secret Game Mechanics Playdeck
It is a deck of cards listing nearly 50 different game mechanics that can be mixed and matched to create the foundation for different types of games.

ECOUTERRE: Nokia’s Stretchy Electronic “Skin” Paves Way For High-Tech Wearables
Fully actualized, the stretchy skin could spell the end of bulky, immutable devices, as well as usher in a new generation of high-tech clothing and accessories.

BBH LABS: My Last Post – Some Things I’ve Learned at BBH
The people that make a difference tend to be the ones that don’t seek approval first. They are often not the most popular. They’re rarely the most rewarded. But they’re the most valuable. If you can bring yourself to put up with them, they will be your secret weapon. And they’re way better on your team than on someone else’s.

THE BIG PICTURE: Human landscapes in SW Florida
Boom and bust residential development has drastically affected parts of southwest Florida for decades now, and I spent some time (with the help of Google Earth), looking around the area.

WELCOME TO OPTIMISM: post-digital or die!
Digital is not a channel; it’s the context in which everything lives. As Madonna nearly sang, we are living in a post-digital world. New media are now just media. Digital is not a channel; it’s the ubiquitous, continuous context in which everything lives.

MERCURY NEWS: Libraries launch apps to sync with iPod generation
Since the recession hit, more people are turning to libraries to surf the Web and try out digital gadgets. In Princeton, N.J., 44 people are waiting to borrow Kindles, a wireless reading device. Roya Karimian, 32, flipped through the preloaded e-pages of “Little Women” after two months on the waiting list. “I had already read it, but I wanted to experience reading it on the Kindle,” Karimian says.

Marc Newson: TransportSHARE: The Sky is Far from the Limit for the Feted Designer, Filmed for NOWNESS by Alison Chernick
“If you have a big enough engine, you can go anywhere,” says Australian designer Marc Newson. He’s talking about flying, but his words typify his limitless creative ambition—in the course of his career his projects have included everything from a space jet to a champagne box, a mobile phone to a recording studio

MOBILE BEHAVIOR: Mobile Paths: QR Codes Come to TV
Are 2D barcodes really the best way to activate time-based media? Do users want to scramble to open their reader app then quickly position themselves in front of the TV? Were there a majority vote, we’re guessing not. There are alternatives.

FAST CO DESIGN: Method: 10 Mobile Interfaces That Rewire Daily Life
They are always- on, hyper-connected digital extensions of ourselves that create a new landscape rich with opportunity for brands.

EDUCATION PORTAL: Universities with the Best Free Online Courses
No tuition money? No problem! There are many top universities that offer free courses online. This list ranks several of the best free university courses available for people who want to enhance their personal knowledge or advance in their current field.

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LINK DROP: September 20th through 24th 2010 http://designnotes.info/?p=2919 http://designnotes.info/?p=2919#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2010 13:35:23 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=2919 This week was all about maps, I’m not entirely sure why but they kept popping up. Between measuring and tracking there was a lot to read about. On top of […]]]>

Link Drop 09.24.2010
This week was all about maps, I’m not entirely sure why but they kept popping up. Between measuring and tracking there was a lot to read about. On top of that maps seemed fork to other concerns like privacy and living. Next week is going to be kind of crazy for me so I’m curious to see what links find their way to me during the next seven days for Link Drop.

POPWUPING: The High-Tech Future of Travel
Welcome to the new, hyper-connected, technology-based travel paradigm. It’s the era of the smartphone as ubiquitous tool of navigation, when what matters is not just the here but the now.

PBS IDEA LAB: Open Data + Custom Maps = Better Afghan Election Monitoring
Sometimes just releasing the data and tools isn’t enough to accomplish your goal. Derivative products — like custom maps that visualize key data — extend the reach of data even further and help reach people who will never use complex tools or know how to meaningfully manipulate raw data.

NYT: The Geometry of Sprawl
Through Gielen’s lens, outdoor exercise yards become nothing more than cages, cramped prostheses on the backs of the prisons proper; whatever freedom or physical excitement such spaces were meant to offer looks appropriately absurd from such heights.

Because Kinetic is module based, ie your mix and match different modules according to your preference and activity, you are able to build you own perfect tracker. Included are time, distance and location which allows you to keep track of your time and distance covered, and see the route you’re on with live mapping and real-time markers. Speed and pace display average speed and pace, and lets you view live speed history graph to monitor your progress.

HIPSTERRUNOFF: Sufjan Stevens is pissed @ amazon 4 selling his album 4 mad cheap
Amazon.com always does this thing where they will ‘discount’ relevant indie albums [via the digital store] upon their first week of release. A lot of theorists claimed that the record labels were chill with this, because it allows indie bands to ‘sell more units’ and perform on the mainstream charts. Sufjan Stevens is like ‘aw hell naw’, though, and is mad pissed that amazon is ‘devaluing his work.’

BOBULATE: Mathematical habits of mind
Ten mathematical habits of mind a teacher created for his sixth grade students: 1. Pattern Sniff, 2. Experiment, Guess and Conjecture, 3. Organize and Simplify, 4. Describe, 5. Tinker and Invent, 6. Visualize, 7. Strategize, Reason and Prove, 8. Connect, 9. Listen and Collaborate, 10. Contextualize, Reflect and Persevere

RWW: Verizon Storms the App Castle: Launches Wave of Location, Push Notification & Messaging APIs
“That’s the holy grail of cell phone location,” Parecki says, “because it doesn’t require the user to start an app to track themselves. It’s ‘always on’ after they start using it the first time.”

REUTERS BLOG: The new type of stock chart
A couple of weeks ago, I wondered whether it was possible to see what a stock graph would look like if it split up the x-axis according to volume rather than according to the time of day. After all, when trading is concentrated at the beginning and end of the day, those are the areas worth concentrating on, right? Wonderfully, Omer Uzun of Proteus Financial rose to the challenge.

TOMORROW MUSEUM: One-way Mirrors and Social Media “Stalking”
The film made me think of a situation that is now so familiar — the inescapability of past relationships due to the encumbrance of Facebook, Twitter, and the rest. The ductile spreadability of the web makes it impossible to forget anything — especially people — even if you are careful never to google someone, never to follow their updates. You can chose not to follow someone, but that doesn’t mean they won’t enter your stream as a retweet or “shared” item.

INC: Celebrating the Start-up Entrepreneur
There’s a quote by Marc Andreesen, the co-founder of Netscape and Ning.com. The quote is, “In a start-up, absolutely nothing happens, unless you make it happen.” That’s something we really appreciate, because, like Startup Quote itself, we had the idea for so long, but if we didn’t start it, it wouldn’t have happened. It’s really inspiring.

Pack of dogs is a series of furniture, each piece shaped like a dog and named after a famous Mexican wrestler.

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LINK DROP from September 13th through 17th, 2010 http://designnotes.info/?p=2695 http://designnotes.info/?p=2695#comments Fri, 17 Sep 2010 13:10:46 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=2695 It has been a while since my last Link Drop. Like anything good it takes time and sometimes it is best to take a break and come back with a […]]]>

Link Drop September 13th through 17th 2010

It has been a while since my last Link Drop. Like anything good it takes time and sometimes it is best to take a break and come back with a fresh perspective. I figured it was time to recheck my process. In typical Link Drop fashion I’ll be making adjustments over the next couple weeks as I test how much time I can put into this part of the blog. For this week I’ve just excerpted from the original posts—I’ll probably change that in mid October.

GIGAOM: Usability Study Shows Kids Don’t Search
Kids today use the web primarily for entertainment. Nielsen said he observed kids in the 3-to-5 age range, who can’t read yet, recognizing the word “play” because they are familiar with clicking on it to start a game.

BUSINESS INSIDRER: COOL: An iPad App That Syncs Up In Real-Time With The TV Show You’re Watching
It does this using technology from Nielsen that listens to the audio from your TV — via the iPad’s built-in mic — to know what part of the episode you’re watching, and then synchronizes its app content. (This means you can also have “live” app content without spoilers when you’re watching the show on your DVR, the next day or whenever.)

To build excitement for the new downtown location of the Whitney, the museum commissioned three artists, GUYTON/WALKER, TAUBA AUERBACH and BARBARA KRUGER, to contribute to an ongoing public art project on the site of the future building. The artists stays true to their aesthetics but must use printed vinyl as the medium to mold and cover the fences and surrounding area on the corners of Gansevoort and Washington St.

PAID CONTENT UK: Times Launching Web Notifications Dashboard, TV Ad For Paid Pitch
The papers are launching Dashboard, a feature that lets customers receive…Custom notifications of new stories in particular sections, notifications when a previously-read article gets updated, and a history list of previously-read articles.

MERCURY NEWS: Apple to announce subscription plan for newspapers
The Cupertino company has agreed to provide an opt-in function for subscribers to allow Apple to share with publishers their information, which includes vital data that news organizations use to attract advertisers, industry sources say. Publishers “want the data of their customers so they can integrate it into their circulation database so they know who their customers are,” said Fidler, who works with many newspapers.

RWW: Internet Founder Tim Berners-Lee Details 4 Concerns About Future of Mobile Web (Nokia World 2010)
Devices already know so much about you: your geographical position, which way is up, which direction you’re headed, etc., but future devices may know more than this. For example, they may know about your medical information and your physical state.

TOXEL: Art Created Using Shadows
Kumi Yamashita, a talented Japanese artist, is famous for creating unique art by casting light over strategically placed objects.

NFORM: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Websites!
Recently I read Stephen R. Covey’s book “7 Habits of Highly Effective people”. As I read his book, it occurred to me that a lot of these habits can be applied to website management using the user experience efforts and practices. These habits seem like common sense, but a lot of common sense is not a common practice. Sometimes we have to say the actions out loud to make them become part of our practice. So Gene and I are going to talk about the 7 habits that make people effective, and how they can be applied to website manageme

GOOD: Find Out Who Commutes Where
This interactive map, made by Harry Kao, lets you look up the commuting patterns in any given zip code. You can find out, for example, where people from your zip code commute. Or who commutes into your area.

HUFFINGTON POST: How Web Video Is Igniting a Massive Cycle of Innovation
Contrary to the romantic myth, innovation doesn’t usually come from lone geniuses and their eureka moments. It emerges when groups of people spark off each other. One of the most significant aspects of the web is that it has brought together vastly larger groups than ever before in history, and thereby sparked massive new types of innovation. For example the open source movement would not really have been possible before the web brought programmers together.

MATT DANIELS: What fantasy sports addicts really know
Consider this screenshot is data overload? I look at this and feel like Neo staring at the Matrix–Billups had high turnovers, Wade hit 2 more 3PT’s than average, Murphy had a horrible game–all subconsciously screaming at me. No need for a dazzled-up, flash-based dashboard with fancy graphs. Fantasy players live and breath data daily. Their ability stare at an excel table and uncover brilliance is a skill any online marketer can appreciate.

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Link Drop from 03.06.10 to 03.12.10 http://designnotes.info/?p=2052 http://designnotes.info/?p=2052#respond Fri, 12 Mar 2010 13:00:25 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=2052 Link Drop Themes

Looking back at the things that I thought worth mentioning this week on Link Drop Today, I don’t think I could have predicted the outcome of themes that developed. Lots of diverse elements that had to do with people’s lifestyles and the consequences of those habits such as eating, water seemed like a persistent connection—surfing, wales shapes as hotels and seeing it visualized throgh consumption of people flushing toilets at watching hockey. All things I probably wouldn’t have noticed if I hadn’t made a mind map of it this morning.

Plus-size furniture grows with America’s girth

While it shouldn’t come as a surprise that larger people are influencing the way that some products are designed, I found the article Plus-size furniture grows with America’s girth fascinating to read. The LA Times talks about how some furniture companies are adjusting their products as society grows. Chairs are getting wider, bigger and marketed to people in as furniture that can site more than one person—though in reality will probably just sit one.

Core77 Wiretap: Portigal Consulting talk about the Analog Human and The Digital Machine

If you only have time to read a couple posts this Sunday morning, you should def. consider Core77 Wiretap: Portigal Consulting talk about the Analog Human and The Digital Machine as one to put in the cue. I’m friends with Steve but that’s not why I’m suggesting that people should read this. There’s a ton of great starting points for further discussion between design, marketing, technology and people. While I don’t necessarily agree with everything in the conversation there’s a lot to consider. These days I’m thinking about analytics, data and the way those elements influence design decisions. Steve mentions this quote…

We think of people with Bunsen burners and spreadsheets. It’s like the opposite of the Scientific Method: you’ve created this paradigm where it’s impossible—you reject any information that’s new because it doesn’t fit the framework of the information you already have.

There’s a lot more to the conversation that I don’t need to repeat wholesale, so just check out the post. And thanks to Christopher Butler for passing it on to me.


Not sure how I’d use this typeface though I imagine one letter reversed out in white on a black t shirt could be nice. Found at Type for you, Fingertype is credited to http://www.hellowman.nl

Graphing Water Consumption During the Gold Medal Hockey Game (extreme peaks during the intermissions for the bathroom)

Edmonton (where I used to live) graphed the water consumption during the Olympic Gold Medal Hockey Game that pitted Canada vs the US. As the graph shows there’s some peak activity during the breaks between periods—essentially visualizing everyone flushing at the same time.

Detailed Experience with the Fitbit

By any measure the Fitbit is a really great piece of technology, or so I’ve read as I’ve never used one myself. As an idea it received great acclaim from TechCrunch. But as the blog Graphpaper goes into great depth of the writer’s experience one thing becomes clear—personal management of data. It’s not so much a beef about the product as the process.

In short, you just can’t lead a normal life with Fitbit. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from the Fitbit experience, a lesson about the future of personal informatics, it’s that we simply won’t have accurate and reliable personal systems until the devices themselves are immune to these everyday emergencies and accidents and inconveniences.

I couldn’t help but feel the same way using RunKeeper for my iPhone. I still use it from time to time to track my walking, but even to press a couple buttons before I head to work seems a bit too much effort for what I’m going to get from it if I stop doing it for a day or two.

But by far the best response to Chris’ post was from Tiffehr. “I gave my FitBit to my dog. It actually works phenomenally well for him — I can see his data generated while I’m at work, including dog-walker visits and naps. I can monitor his weight and diet by setting up a very simple ‘menu’ of hand-entered foods”.

Map of Uncertainty

When a person looks at a map they think of it as something tangible, hard to argue with. Lines have been drawn so it must be accurate. The above map that Greg points to illustrates that in WW1 that wasn’t always the case. He describes the maps action “as surveying the opposing edges of dug-in/fortified landscape to outline an amorphous contested zone”. Because of the nature of war and the fact that the soldiers were always on the move meant that the map wasn’t always accurate. Greg also describes in the post that he in turn is talking about that there was some friction between those creating the map and those that had to use the map.

Winter Surfing

With spring just about here the last thing I want to do is go back in time and think about winter. But with that said photographer Laura Barisonzi has a great series titled Winter Surfing. I have a friend that does this crazy thing but I suppose with the proper gear anything can be fun.

What Movie UIs Say About the Future

There’s a good collection of short clips in the What Movie UIs Say About the Future. Looking at films like Minority Report, Ironman and even Microsoft’s newest products offers a glimpse of some people’s imagination. While I don’t agree with all the assessments in the post it contains enough stuff that it’s worth the read and look.

Page Fold Theories

I found the above diagram through celine celines blog who in turn found it at the post Life Below 600. While I can understand what’s trying to be said here (and I tend to scroll a lot), I think if you can’t deliver a good payoff above the first 600 pixels why would anyone scroll down any further?

What’s on the status board?

While things like this status board look nice, the great thing about Panic’s post is the description of some of the features and implementation of the actual board. So far the board is making everyone at Panic just a little bit more on target.

The features:

E-Mail Queue — number of messages / number of days.
Project Status — sorry for the heavy censorship — you know how it is!
Important Countdowns
Revenue — comparing yesterday to the day before, not so insightful (yet).
Live Tri-Met Bus Arrivals — when it’s time to go home!
The Panic Calendar
Employee Twitter Messages
Any @Panic Twitter Messages — i.e., be nice! They go on our screen!

Looking at their list, the only feature that I’d remove would be the Email Queue. I’m not sure how it would help someone with their work—maybe if the board displayed the number of unread emails or something about the number of emails in the day that a person working on the project must read.

Even more unique are some of the tech specs that talk about the type of screen and types of code to implement. While not mandatory this type of post shows how tech detailed they are with their thought process.

CBC Story about Leo Obstbaum, CD of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games who Passed Away Before the Start of the Games

There’s a touching story about the CD of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games who died suddenly a couple months before the Olympics started. In the clip from the CBC it becomes apparent quite quickly how much respect those that worked with Leo had for him.


I had to smile when I saw this AIGA logo on LOKi design’s site. Designed by Post Typography for a lecture titled “Punk Rock vs. Swiss Modernism”.

How to Succeed and Fail as a Museum

Dieselation compares the Jewish Museum to Guggenheim Museum in How to Succeed and Fail as a Museum.

Twitter in Four Parts

I like how in James’ post Twitter in Four Parts he describes it as a personal AM radio station—something that I find hard to dispute with all that I’m taking in from Twitter. He breaks the post into four points: reading, writing, distribution and usability. All things to consider as things start getting pushed out there.

W vs. W Covers, Family Life vs. Couple Life or Brad vs. Jen

This will hopefully be the first & last time I mention Brad or Jen on this site, but these contrasting covers were worth noting. Why—because they were shot by the same photographer Steven Klein and shows two different directions for media hype these days.

In Which I Try To Use All Of WGN’s Newly Banned Words In One Sentence

In light of Tribune Company CEO Randy Michaels list of banned words for WGN news staff, Ian Chillag of NPR has put them all together in a sentence.

Island Def Jam Records Discography

Found this great chart of Island Def Jam Records Discography at ripetungi. Read more about how the chart came to be at Meet the Boss.

Dogs and cats abandoned at Battersea home become photogenic stars of new stamps

What a great idea to promote awareness about the .Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London. In the article Dogs and cats abandoned at Battersea home become photogenic stars of new stamps they profile the cats and dogs that made it onto the stamps.

Floating Nature

While my friend Johanna last night was talking about nature inspired designs I immediately thought of this above image of a floating hotel designed by Jean-Marie Massaud and the Office National d’Etudes et de Recherche Aérospatiale. Image found via Young and Brilliant.

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Link Drop from 02.26.10 to 03.05.10 http://designnotes.info/?p=2047 http://designnotes.info/?p=2047#comments Fri, 05 Mar 2010 12:39:22 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=2047 Link Drop Themes

The big news this week for me is that I did a quick announcement that I’m going to be leaving Daylife in a couple weeks. I’ve been given an awesome opportunity at Behavior that I’m pretty excited about. As that was being finalized below are the sites and posts that made me think this week for Link Drop.

Books in the Age of the iPad

While I recognize that it is still too soon to talk about the influence of the iPad when it has yet to come out, the post Books in the Age of the iPad is worth spending a lot more time with than the conspiracy theories of whether the iPad will ship with a camera or not.

There’s so much I could block quote, but that would be a disservice to not actually reading the whole post. But I will post this bit…

When people lament the loss of the printed book, this — comfort — is usually what they’re talking about. My eyes tire more easily, they say. The batteries run out, the screen is tough to read in sunlight. It doesn’t like bath tubs.

Important to note is that these aren’t complaints about the text losing meaning. Books don’t become harder to understand, or confusing just because they’re digital. It’s mainly issues concerning quality. One inevitable property of the quality argument is that technology is closing the gap (through advancements in screens and batteries) and because of additional features (note taking, bookmarking, searching), will inevitably surpass the comfort level of reading on paper.

The convenience of digital text — on demand, lightweight (in file size and physicality), searchable — already far trumps that of traditional printed matter.

The formula used to be simple:
stop printing Formless Content; only print well-considered Definite Content.

The iPad changes this.

Time to Rewrite the Brand Playbook for Digital

I don’t usually point to anything from Ad Age because their links becomes useless after the article goes behind their pay wall as time passes. That aside I liked how Ana Andjelic’s article Time to Rewrite the Brand Playbook for Digital made me think about what digital is. She makes some convincing arguments about the wrong questions to ask are in terms of “digital” branding, but I’m also wondering if there are any new methods of calculating success aside from serendipity? Most people still measure success from growth which is a pretty old ideal. While the value of branding (as assumed as just slapping on a logo) is up in the air as an outdated model from the print world, I don’t think you can discontinue it while new measurements for success are still in their infancy.

Do marketers have any idea how to influence behavior?

What I like about this post from Matt Daniels is passes along some hilarious info about guys and credit card interest rates and fees. Apparently a women’s photo had as much impact in response as dropping the interest rate by five points. As sad as that seems the post also goes into behavioral economics. Sometimes when I read about a more scientific method for planning I want to put my head through a wall. Irrational humans can’t predict things they’ve never encountered before but I also flip to looking at my stats to see what grabs people attention. So what’s the happy balance between tipping your hand to overwhelming evidence for something obvious and possibly crass and doing the opposite of what is expected an reap bigger rewards?


I really like the idea behind Inkgredient’s proposed design by Mattias Mackler for his friends print/apparel shop. What printer wouldn’t want an ink based octopus that has CMYK control? Actually check out his entire blog, there’s tons of great examples of things he’s worked on…

Flight Timeline

Everything about this Qantas flight timeline found via Feltron is perfect. The icons, the type, the actual experience that someone was able to design it for people… I recommend clicking on the image to see it at full size.

Close Your Eyes and Open Your Mind Poster

This poster might have already made the blog runs, but it’s still new to me…

Earthquake Data, Feb 27th

Earthquake data from data.gov for Feb27th during the Chile earthquake put on display by nickbilton.


As I move pieces around tonight I’m finding CLOUD NOTHINGS MIXTAPE | VICE MUSIC BLOG to be a contrast from last night’s mention of Javelin.

Crowdsourcing: Art vs Model

I’m not sure if there was any single example that made crowdsourcing in vogue aside from cheap tech, people that had time on their hands, there were no budgets to pay people to come up with ideas and/or the misguided idea of following a crowd is never a mistake (think focus groups). But with that said in the post Crowdsourcing: Art vs Model there’s a lot to consider. Who actually benefits from such an exercise, the people organizing the system or those participating? And down the road what does it mean for those creating the system…

Emergent Branding at the Olympics

What I like about this post is that Young & Brilliant has contrasted the more typical sports athlete (with an old management team) and contrasted her with another athlete in the same field that by the looks of it has grown her voice and image with the same social media tools everyone has.

Crossbreeding Ducati’s and Harley’s

Looking at these Confederate Motorcycles via Popwuping are amazing. I can almost hear them now. They’re striking a nice balance between Ducati and Harley—though I don’t claim to be a bike aficionado. So hopefully that comment doesn’t come off to badly to the other motorcycle experts out there…

Crazy Looking Rapid Manufactured Headphones

Found via MoCo Loco, these cool looking headphones are a thesis project (PDF) from Brian Garret Schuur. Great idea

Watch the Oscar Nominated Short Logorama

Many thanks to Debbie Milllman for mentioning where a person could view the entire Oscar Nominated Short Logorama. It better win!

Trippy Music Site from Javelin

Sure there’s a lot of talk about the new Gorillaz album, but the trippy award for site music design has to go to Javelin. But how does it actually sound—I’m only into song three as I post this, but so far so good…

Interview with Hiroyuki Hamada

Happy to see the interview on Booooooom with Hiroyuki Hamada reposted. I wasn’t familiar with his artwork before today.

A Map that Just Exists

Sure maps inherent value is their functionality, though the blog Cartogrammar makes a great point about how nice a map can look by stripping all the elements except for one core visual. Be sure to click HERE to see a large version that shows thing in detail.

An awesome sort of nsfw typeface

I’m not entirely sure what the story is behind the Effing Typeface, though on Alex Merto’s website the description is as follows: “Fan Letter:Twenty-six local, national, and internationally-based designers and artists give a two-minute ode to an alphabet letter or typographic character.” In any case it’s fun to look at.

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Link Drop from 02.20.10 to 02.25.10 http://designnotes.info/?p=2043 http://designnotes.info/?p=2043#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2010 13:56:55 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=2043 Link Drop Themes

This week was all about tracking and taking note of stuff. There was visualizations of maps and cursors, diagrams and questioning of process. Just an average week I suppose. Looking back I was reading things that made me rethink or gave me room to reconsider things. As always there’s a ton of things that filled in gaps that I wasn’t able to find elsewhere.

The Power of Frameworks

Lately I’ve been thinking about constraints, limitations and the conditions that create those elements. While it is true that there needs to be some sort of boundry to focus on, sometimes it’s not a lot of fun. There’s a post from 52 Weeks of UX titled the Power of Frameworks, something that I thought came at the right time for me to read. They break it down the idea of a framework into four categories: structural, visual, social and conceptual—each having something to offer. Apparently it’s not just about boxes.

The Wisdom Manifesto

I felt a bit smarter after reading the Wisdom Manifesto. The argument is that there’s too much strategy and not enough wisdom. Umair Haque points to nine points that could help organizations improve. Under the umbrella there’s 1. express, 2. energize, 3. channel, 4. ignite, 5. evoke, 6. examine, 7. rise, 8. be and 9. renew. And while each of the principles sound sort of new age’ish they all suggest a bit more consideration. My fav. suggestion of the article was about renew:

Renew. Strategies are as disposable as a cheap plastic razor. But wisdom is eternal. And that means that it’s a ceaseless quest for learning. Here’s the measure of a wisely spent day: one where you learned five new things. At the end of the day, can you articulate them? If you can’t, odds are you’re not acting wisely. Wise organizations institutionalize everyone’s daily learning, and a simple path to wisdom is to be the person in your organization that brings the Rule of Fives to life.

Ovechkin Hit on Jagr Animated Gif

This is why the animated gif will never die: Ovechkin Hit on Jagr at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. The only catch is that it might take thirty seconds to load…

Interview with Katherine Morley at MoCo Loco

Seeing Canada being displayed to the outside world while living outside of Canada for me at the moment is slightly strange. Up until the Olympic began in Vancouver started last week there was minimal mention of anything Canadian in my peripheral view. Now it is everywhere. Slightly self conscious I’m always hoping that things are presented in a respectful light, mostly hoping that Canadians on display aren’t doing anything too embarrassing, and for the most part that has been the case. Design from Canada is also on display in a way that hasn’t seen this type of attention before. Once the Olympics are over I’ll do a post about the about it over on Design Notes. Over at MoCo Loco they’ve interviewed Canadian designer Katherine Morley. While I wasn’t familiar with her work before the interview I thought it was nice contrast to the green and blue being displayed in Vancouver.

Curling Guide Info Graphic!

I’ve curled before yet I never really understood what I was doing. With this handy diagram I now know how to keep score.

It feels way more like the future than the fitbit because it’s cheap, fashiony and simple

I jumped on the fitbit bandwagon a couple months before it was became available. I even put money down on it, but it didn’t ship till after I discovered RunKeeper which for my purposes did the same thing without any additional hardware so I didn’t buy it. Another device that looks like a discovery that isn’t software nor hardware is the S2H replay that Russell Davis mentions. I think it has a lot of potential to push data on and off the wrist. There’s multiple spin off’s both for the removable and data combo that haven’t been fully realized just yet by time people.

What everyday designs are you responsible for Paula Scher?

How can a designer not love reading an interview when the first question to Paula Scher is “What everyday designs are you responsible for”?

How to Review an iPhone App

In the not so distant future I’m probably going to go a lot deeper into reviewing mobile app’s for my own interest’s sake at Design Notes. So when I came across a review of the Starbuck’s iPhone app from Dieselation I was interested in the experience as much as the structure and process to improve things as the product evolves. There’s a lot of clues to product development thought process for features.

Consumer Tech History Poster

Via Bionic Farmer


This mouse tracker tool has been floating around the interwebs for a bit now, but I haven’t seen anyone compile both the tracking and the programs they used together.

A flag contains 295 stars, 13 moons, 19 suns, 16 birds and 4 dragons.

It is interesting to see what common placement there is for particular elements of the flag above that Christopher Butler found.

Dog with a pipe

Who doesn’t want to see an image of a Dog with a pipe?

Animal Collective sells conceptual poster to authentic fans for $140

Great commentary from Hipster Runoff about Animal Collective’s poster. “The poster is marketed as a ‘high level piece of art’, similar to how people in screen printing classes treat their prints.” I still remember the good ol’days of design school…

Get a Collection of Curated Magazines Mailed to You

Stack America is a great idea in the making. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a private magazine club where you get a selection of curated magazines mailed to you that you may not have ever known about before. It is bimonthly and will end up costing you $72 in the US. It’s a bit more in other countries…

The Power of Makeup

Photo taken by Ashley Simko during the recent fashion week held in NYC.

Google Android, the Toy

Looking at Young and Brilliant’s site today I noticed that she pointed to one of my favourite logo’s that now has become a 3 dimensional model of itself. The Google Android toy comes in a couple different colours and versions. And in case you’re wondering where inside Google came the actual character, you can take a peak of it on Irina Blok’s portfolio site.

Why Brands Should NEVER Think Like Media Companies, or Should They?

I think it is the right time to be asking about brands and how they broadcast to the outside world. Of course there’s the thinking that a brand isn’t what they think they are, but what people think the company is. That a person’s perception of the company is what the brand really is. So I was interested in what Ana had to say when she posted about Why Brands Should NEVER Think Like Media Companies. Conventional thinking would be to take the best of what media provides in terms of communication and roll those tools into an advantage for the brand. But just because a brand could create original content—should they? Ana talks about Chanel and how they could use what people have already created. Seems like a good idea but if you were to read what Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist has to say about Burberry’s Art of The Trench.“Once a brand gives over part of its vision to the customer it loses a part of its control, something especially pertinent to Burberry”… So once it becomes a tug of war between controlling perception which is pretty tough or create a structure to facilitate unknown advantages.

Design, Disruption, and Drunk Usability Testing

Great point made by David that designer’s think about optimal conditions that they’re products are going to be used, not necessarily when conditions aren’t so great. He describes a great story about going through that kind of experience first hand with Design, Disruption, and Drunk Usability Testing.

5 Reasons Why Landing Pages & Forms are More Valuable than Homepages

In 5 Reasons Why Landing Pages & Forms are More Valuable than Homepages they dig deeper into an article from Google’s Improve your web-forms and increase conversions. The points outlined make sense due to their contextuality and their focused consideration. But I also wonder about the mobile implications. People are more likely to do a transaction with their phone than with their normal computer. Is it possible that part of the reason why is that when a mobile person opens an app or site it’s rarely the homepage?

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Link Drop from 02.13.10 to 02.19.10 http://designnotes.info/?p=2036 http://designnotes.info/?p=2036#respond Fri, 19 Feb 2010 13:54:49 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=2036 Link Drop Themes

We’re half way through February and I finally feel that I’m back into a good rotation for Link Drop. The first couple weeks we’re a bit tough for me to get into the groove with. It was equal parts trying to start the new site Link Drop Today and partly figuring out when the best time to post stuff. I’ve also been testing out how I pass on these links through Twitter. For the most part I now know when to send something out or to keep it in house before I pass the link along. Enough about process, this week was about energy, Facebook and process. I’m not sure how energy popped up a couple times aside from having that post about design questions in the back of my mind. I celebrated a milestone yesterday with Design Notes turning five. I’m either doing something pretty well or pretty slow—I suppose time will tell how I keep the blog interesting for myself. As always if you have any suggestions on how I can make things better, please shoot me an email.

The McQueen Question.

There’s much to be said about Alexander McQueen and what happened last week. While I wasn’t versed closely with his design’s he seemed like an interesting character who had an impressive future ahead of himself. In terms of what to point towards in reaction I found the Sartorialist’s post The McQueen Question. worth mentioning in terms of a business—will it continue or stop? Lots of great comments in reaction to the question.

How to Make It in America, the Mixtape

It would be hard not to keep an eye out to the online marketing of How to Make It in America from HBO. While the show hasn’t even been on tv yet it seems like they’ve been able to cut through a lot of the noise that comes with a new show. Of course it might not hurt that I’ve been bombarded with ads on Facebook or that I’ve seen the first episode on YouTube. The show feels a couple years late but compared to most stuff on tv these days it should do pretty well. Back to their marketing—their mixtape that is hosted on Facebook is pretty good and worth a listen. Even better is that you can download the tracks.

78 Reasonable Questions to Ask about Any Design

Found via Dailogue Through Design, 78 Reasonable Questions to Ask about Any Design by Stephanie Mills suggests a lot of things a designer should think about.

Speed, death and interactive graphics

Great post from Greg Speed, death and interactive graphics talking about how the NYT displayed the info of the the Olympic luge athlete that died, and how other display information could influence how news is shown and discussed.


Really cool idea about LAPTOP REFLECTIONS. A camera was set up to take a screen shot and image of the user at the exact same moment. As a rational, they talk about the screen: “The screen sees me the whole time while I am looking at it, I am not embarrassed by it, it is neutral, invisible even, I don’t register its existence, it is just a glowing surface. The screen is inextricably connected to my life. It is a door that I pull shut behind me, which gives me access to a space where I can disappear. It is my gateway to information, it is my space for communication, it is a space where I carry out my work and enjoy myself. I entered into this connection and I am addicted to it”.

Text Trends

Martin John Callanan has created some static and animated comparisons of Text Trends worth taking a look at. He describes what’s going on by “using Google data it explores the vast search data of its users. The animation takes the content generated by search queries and reduces this process to its essential elements: search terms vs. frequency searched for over time, presented in the form of a line graph”.

Leech Plug: Tell Your Electronics When to Stop Sucking

A small way to reduce energy is to unplug items when not in use. While that might seem easy enough there’s still the issue of those items that are being recharged like a mobile device or camera battery. In the post Leech Plug: Tell Your Electronics When to Stop Sucking No Smarties shows a practical design that pops the chord out of the socket once the charge is complete. That way no excess energy is spent.

Twitpics from Space

CNET has a great photo gallery from Japanese astronaut Souichi Noguchi Twitpics from Space. He’s been taking photos as he passes the earth and sending them down on Twitter. While we’ve all seen images taken with sophisticated cameras his images offer something fascinatingly new yet similar because he’s using a normal everyday camera.

Font Aid IV: Coming Together

Font Aid IV: Coming Together is a contribution to the ongoing relief efforts in Haiti through Doctors Without Borders. For twenty dollars you can purchase the ampersand type set that “represents the idea of people coming together to help one another”. Impressive how almost 400 designers contributed on the project.

Life-size Dinghy Model Kit

Micheal Rylander points to this great art piece of a model boat made at life size from artist Michael Johansson.

Electric Bike by Yuji Fujimura

Speaking of energy saving devices, the idea behind this Electric Bike by Yuji Fujimura is that a person while riding can charge their laptop or power up the display area on the bike.

Future Algorithm of the Social Web

Continuing on my theme last week of looking at Facebook the post Future Algorithm of the Social Web by Rachel Tipograph piqued my interest. Generally speaking I think on occasion people put way too much weight into letting a computer decide choice options for information. With that said if you were to ask someone if they were happy with the type of information that Facebook displays on their news feed the answers is probably not. It’s not entirely Facebook’s fault, people’s interest change. Unless people have the option to tweak what interests them there will be issues having a computer predict what they will like by simply measuring clicks and time spent. That is only going to marginally improve a person’s experience.

Side effects of developing for yourself

Here’s a good contrasting post to the idea that a designer (or developer) shouldn’t take their own personal experience out of the process when they work on a project. Marco Arment talks about the Side effects of developing for yourself


Nooka has been a great supporter of Design Notes and Link Drop Today since I started. Because of that support it always feels a bit weird posting about them, however I do think their stuff kicks ass which means from time to time I’ll pass along stuff that I think is worth mentioning. I don’t do sponsored posts which mean if I like something from a supporter I’ll write about it because I want to. So with that said I do think it’s worth reading Nooka’s Nookafesto, a reason d’etre for a couple reason. Every company or designer for that matter should from time to time reflect on who they are and what they stand for. I like Nooka’s example because they’re putting it out there as a work in progress. They’re fans will let them know if it’s working or not. Something more of companies should have an ear out for.

Early Quora Design Notes

While the title Early Quora Design Notes sounds kind of familiar that’s not why I’m pointing to Art Papers post. Why I am reading it is because it gives a great breakdown of their process for developing Quora up to it’s current version. For those that haven’t developed a lot of products there’s some great insight into how they’re working things out.

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Apparently this week on Link Drop Today I had big brands in my sights, everyone from Apple, MTV, AOL, AIGA, and Facebook all made appearances. Interestingly Twitter wasn’t part of the listing though Social Media as a category was prominent. I like doing these mind maps at the end of the week to see what patterns of interest had my attention over the last week and make connections that I wouldn’t have been able to notice otherwise. One theme that I probably wouldn’t have noticed is all the location based ideas, and different ways of classification—how people sort and order information.

What if every company had an API?

Matt Daniels brings up some question worth considering about in What if every company had an API? Aside from technology companies, what brick-and-mortar companies could benefit from releasing their companies dna. One example cited is Starbucks with what they’re doing with a concept tea house. He quotes Snarkmarket “What if Starbucks was offering up a Starbucks API—a set of hooks into a vast, efficient coffee shop support system with incredible economies of scale? You, the local coffee shop owner, simply plug in, and wham, your costs drop by thirty percent because you’re leveraging Starbucks’ insanely optimized supply chain.”

Expanding Typeface While Small: RE — C

I’m really liking RE — C Type Family by Emil Olsson that I first saw on AisleOne. There’s a lot of refined quality that stencil “like” typefaces tend to ignore. While RE — C looks nice when big I think its true quality is shown when the type is reduced in size considerably. When small all the negative space inside each letter expands to make the typeface very readable. Now all I need to do is find a project to use such a face…

Shyness and the Need to Reshape Relationships through Passion

On the design mind blog from Frog they’ve posted about a topic that I’ve rarely read about on any design site—shyness. In their post they’ve pointed to an article from John Hagel where he states that the only way a shy person can thrive “where participation in many, diverse flows of knowledge and long-term, trust-based relationships determine success” is through passion. There’s a couple other points to consider too. Breaking out of complacency allows a person to “to grow and succeed in a constantly changing world”.

The 7 Somewhat United States of Facebook from Gigaom

The 7 Somewhat United States of Facebook

Stayathomia: This belt’s defining feature is how near most people are to their friends, implying they don’t move far.

Dixie: Like Stayathomia, Dixie towns tend to have links mostly to other nearby cities rather than spanning the country.

Greater Texas: Unlike Stayathomia, there’s a definite central city to this cluster, otherwise most towns just connect to their immediate neighbors.

Mormonia: The only region that’s completely surrounded by another cluster, Mormonia mostly consists of Utah towns that are highly connected to each other, with an offshoot in Eastern Idaho.

Nomadic West: The defining feature of this area is how likely even small towns are to be strongly connected to distant cities; it looks like the inhabitants have done a lot of moving around the county.

Socalistan: LA is definitely the center of gravity for this cluster. Almost everywhere in California and Nevada has links to both LA and SF, but LA is usually first.

Pacifica: Tightly connected to each other, it doesn’t look like Washingtonians are big travelers compared to the rest of the West, even though a lot of them claim to need a vacation.

The Man Who Looked Into Facebook’s Soul from Read Write Web

In almost every state in the Southern U.S., God is number one most popular Fan page among Facebook users. Among people in the L.A., San Francisco and Nevada regions? “God hardly makes an appearance on the fan pages, but sports aren’t that popular either,” Warden writes. “Michael Jackson is a particular favorite, and San Francisco puts Barack Obama in the top spot.” In the Oregon and Idaho region? Starbucks is number one.

In the Mormon-influenced areas of Utah and Eastern Idaho, the most popular Fan pages are The Book of Mormon, Glen Beck and the vampire book Twilight, which was authored by a Mormon.

The bulk of Warden’s posted analysis yesterday was about location networks. People in the western U.S. tend to have Facebook friends all over the country; people in the southern U.S. tend to mostly be friends with people who have remained in the same area.

Satellite View of the East Coast after Snowmageddon

Heavy Snow around U.S. Capital

NASA’s photo of the day from Tuesday February 9th was the Satellite View of the East Coast after Snowmageddon.

Why Brands Should Strive for Imperfection

While the post about how the decision was made to keep a certain scene in an ad is a bit disturbing Why Brands Should Strive for Imperfection—using science that no one could argue with as opposed to a clear direction, what this story shows is that people are drawn to human stuff as much as aspirational motivations.

Wireless Circular Pads!

What got my attention with the post about The Pool is that each of the 120 pads don’t have a master computer or router but react to the action of what’s being jumped on.

A Statistical Stab at Graffiti

While it’s easy to take tagging for granted on the street one person has kept her eyes on what’s been going on inside a library of all places as the WSJ story A Statistical Stab at Graffiti talks about. She’s been capturing the images on flickr and has been entering them into a spread sheet. Predictable feelings of love at the beginning year tend to pop up early in the school year while near finals things turn a bit darker.

MTV No Longer About ‘Music’

While it shouldn’t come as any surprise that MTV No Longer About ‘Music’, they’ve finally done something with the logo as has been mentioned all over the interwebs. They’re still a company that is envied for their system of growing people from within but like every media company has not really been effective living in a post tv world. Will a new logo do much to change that culture, probably not.

Facebook is Worse than AOL

There’s a couple points to take note of in Tomorrow Museum’s post about why Facebook is Worse than AOL. I suppose context is everything. I came across a post somewhere this week that people use different features of myspace and facebook and think that is the only thing that a site like that can be. For metal heads they’re more likely to see just other metal head related stuff. For someone interested in events they might turn off all the other features and stay in tune that way. Me, I use Facebook to host all my blog posts. In any case being all things to all people with some level of customization isn’t bad, but the idea of public exclusivity is something that isn’t going to be coming back to FB anytime soon.

What are social media really good for?

While it’s pretty hard not to read about a press release of a company doing something with social media, Ana in What are social media really good for? brings up some great questions about it—like is a brand extending themselves with pr stunts and using social media as a means to build the business/service (she uses the word marketing, I prefer to think it’s something more meaningful). She does note that those companies that are top of mind tend to be providing a service to their customers as opposed to just pushing product.

AIGA Design Archives

The AIGA recently updated their online Design Archives. The site’s architecture is a great example of being able to filter gallery’s into a number of helpful viewing sections. Probably one of the most difficult things in design today is the simple idea of classification. For those categories they’ve broken it up into Discipline and Format which allows a lot of ground to be covered. My only gripe in terms of gallery viewing is that I wish they had included a next button when the image is large. Currently I have to close the large image before proceeding. I’d also be curious to see a What’s Popular section that allowed me to see what people are clicking on or sharing. But as a start the site is an excellent resource that I’ll start looking at more now that the site has been redesigned.

iPad UI Conventions

While the iPad hasn’t been released just yet, there’s still a lot of speculation of what the actual experience will entail. This flickr set has tried to display all the different iPad UI Conventions that were on display when the iPad was announced.

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This week’s Link Drop is smaller than usual because of my late week travels to Dallas for a talk. With that said there were a couple distinctions between technology and the surrounding area of NYC. Leading up to flying out of NYC most of the stuff I was being drawn to had to do with visualization and data. Once I got back yesterday most of the links were somewhat related to the city—go figure.

Love Me, the Poster

Love Me the street marking that I’ve seen for year(s) is now a poster. I’ve seen the mark in all sorts of sizes and even mused a while back about a shirt. While there doesn’t seem to be a shirt yet the post is actually a smarter thing to have. The poster also comes in black and costs $60.

CNN Magic Wall Makes Twitter Breakthrough (Maybe?)

While HuffPo makes an attention worthy note about CNN and Twitter, the bigger deal that I didn’t read about in CNN Magic Wall Makes Twitter Breakthrough was how they analyzed all those tweets. CNN broke it up into a number of different sections but didn’t really go much further with the numbers of people that tweeted that feel into each category. Looking at it a bit closer there’s no real break down of how a tweet with the hash tag of #SOTU would fall into any of those categories.

365 Days of Happiness from JAGDA

I found a great iPhone app via Snow Magazine that displays design work from the JAGDA. Lots of nice work to check out. Here’s some more info from the app page (^_^)365(O_O) JAGDA × HEIDELBERG.

CO2 Emissions Visualized

A lot of diagrams these days look interesting until they’re looked at closer to reveal that they’re just an illustration. What’s compelling about the diagram posted at Junk Charts about the amount of CO2 emissions by country, both in aggregate and per capita is the relationship in scale. Some countries hold steady while others literally explode. While the minute detail is lost, the shapes make for some fascinating growth images. via Reuters: Felix Salmon

Kathryn Bigelow interviewed on Charlie Rose

This set of interviews from Charlie Rose was pretty good from last year. The people include Kelefa Sanneh, Quincy Jones, L.A. Reid, Roger Cohen and Kathryn Bigelow. While if you have an hour to spare I’d watch the whole thing, I’m pointing to the interview with Kathryn Bigelow whom directed the Hurt Locker. Starting around the 31st minute she def. brought me into the story. I don’t see a lot of films but when the Hurt Locker became available to pay and watch digitally I wanted to see it right away. Her interview stuck in my mind.

Could A Graphic Language For Touch Help Educate Mobile Users?

Mobile Behavior in their post Could A Graphic Language For Touch Help Educate Mobile Users? points to the above icon set as a means for visualize different interactions between information and physical objects or spaces. While trying to make one set of standard icons just like Bluetooth or USB symbols that are recognized, I’m not a huge fan of standardizing other interactions. Things are still evolving and while common patterns are helpful I wonder if the exercise is a bit of a never ending loop. 100% cognition for something that needs to have instructions is going to be difficult to attain.

The Extraordinaries

One Floor Up found a great iPhone app called The Extraordinaries. Essentially it’s a directory of very quick volunteer opportunities that a person can do. The app is easy to navigate with a couple options between popular activities, groups to follow, browsing, and search. Once a person finish’s a quick activity that is noted in the app. While the catalog of items isn’t that large at the moment, I suspect as more organizations find out about this app they will create micro activities that fit the format. It’s a great idea to get people involved in a non committal way. Once a person has started to get involve with a small project there’s a likely chance that they will move on to bigger things.

Scouting Red Hook II

Scouting NY has created a great post on their observations of building titled Scouting Red Hook II. There’s a ton of contradictory signs surrounding the building which leads them to wonder “what the hell is going on inside”.

My crash course in programming

Sometimes process diagrams don’t need to be that complicated as this image from Brendan Dawes shows.

Toward the Virtual City and The Crisis of Place

After reading the review of Toward the Virtual City and The Crisis of Place from Walking Off the Big Apple, I think it will be the next book I read on my goal of reading 52 book in 52 weeks. At the end of the review there’s an interesting take on tech. today in the city.

Location-based mobile applications, computer simulations, geo-tagging programs, Street View maps, and other forms of augmented reality threaten to turn the city into a computer game, replacing our traditional bonds of place with strategic plans to conquer them. Special places that once upon a time may have had some personal meaning become winning check-in points for someone else’s venture capital. Engaging with strangers in simulated reality, walking to meetups while texting or talking or consulting the glowing GPS to locate oneself, may open exciting avenues for sociability and connection, but we may lose the city in the process.

That’s something interesting to consider as I tap away on my iPhone as I walk on my way…

Hey Brooklyn Interview Podcast Site

Considering how cold it is today I’m not going to venture anywhere. If the weather near you isn’t that great either and am looking for something to listen to while doing something else, Hey Brooklyn might be a site to check out. While all the interviews are based on creative people in Brooklyn, the more interesting thing for me is that each of the people being interviewed can carry on a conversation. A couple people that I’ve listened to include a stylist, the guy behind casual cookoffs known as the takedown, and a a photgrapher

The list dilemma: to do, done, stop doing or none?

January is finished and now that we’re into February its time to get to business. While everyone in January is considering resolutions now is the time to put them into action. With that said there’s a lot of different ways to keep track of things—i.e. the List. In the post The list dilemma: to do, done, stop doing or none? Zaana Howard lists off a couple lists that might give you pause. There’s the Stop Doing List, the Mistakes List and the more traditional Done List and To Do List. Each has a couple thoughts about their effectiveness.

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Link Drop from 01.23.10 to 01.29.10 http://designnotes.info/?p=2013 http://designnotes.info/?p=2013#respond Fri, 29 Jan 2010 13:36:15 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=2013 link drop 012310 to 012910

Listening to a couple helpful comments about what they liked from Link Drop in the past I’ve made some changes. For the time being I’ll be posting each link to http://linkdroptoday.com/ and collecting all the posts on Friday here. I’ve decided to bring back my mind mapping of topics that I came across while collecting sites and posts for the past week. Connecting those dots helps make connections to patterns I might not have seen with out stepping back.

Looking back now there were two distinct periods, the time before the iPad hype and afterwards. A lot of the early week finds were somewhat related to senses whether it be food or wine and technology of devices that only allow for one type of content. While its been fun to speculate whether the iPad will change things or not, it’s really hard to take much of it seriously until they’re distributed in the wild. So while I did mention it quite predimonantly this week, I probably won’t be talking too much about the iPad until one is in my hands (or so that’s my assumption).

A Season in Deleted iPhone Photos

Considering how much time our mobile devices are with us, it’s not much of a surprise that over time the photos taken with it show a visual timeline of experiences. The above film taken by Christine Whuang shows each image from last summer disappearing as they’re deleted. She described it as “a weird catharsis in watching all these photos fly by and disappear into nothing.”

Process for the World’s ‘most expensive’ ham leg on sale in London

If you’re a vegetarian you might want to skip this post, but if you’re a food lover you might find the process for the World’s ‘most expensive’ ham leg on sale in London interesting. 50 pigs were feed “on a diet of acorns and roots to give the ham a distinctive flavour and and cured for three years”. Apparently the experience has a “melt-in-the-mouth texture”…

Navigating Your Wine

Candy Chang’s above photos shows a great implementation of paring food and wine together. The icons are informative, distinctive and have a sense of humour. As Candy noted in her post that the duck icon has holes in it, probably because it’s a game bird.

Streaming Beach House’s New Album

NPR’s First Listen is streaming the new Beach House’s album until its upcoming release on January 26th. It’s def. worth a listen, and a contender to be on my list of top music for 2010. Will that hold out for the whole year, it’s hard to say…

Trade School in NYC

Trade School might be on to something really smart. For thirty days people can take a class, the only fee is a student exchange of basic items and services for the person teaching the class. I expect that this type of model of trade to spread quite quickly.

Souvenir of Breath, Heartbeat and Goodnight

While I’m not entirely sure what the translation of Alice Wang’s post about Souvenir’s is about, I was drawn into the three images she displayed. There’s a great monotone value to them. Thinking about what next to say about the images as I was looking at them, the file names of the jpgs gave some clues as to what they might be about. The bottle was titled Breath, the second image Heartbeat and the lamp is Goodnight.

Persuasive Signup

Mike Laurie of Made by Many has a recorded a good description of a Persuasive signup experience he went through using Facebook Connect and other dialogue boxes. Posts like this are helpful as sites and business become more comfortable exploring social features of connecting people to their services.

The Art & Science of Evidence-Based Design

David Gillis in his post The Art & Science of Evidence-Based Design talks about how Teehan+Lax comes to design decisions. There’s a number of good definitions to check out about how they go back and forth to determine refinement and ultimately the design.

Bombardment at Plunder Corp

There’s an assortment of these image over at Plunder Corp.

The Right Printhead

BLDGBLOG’s post on the Right Printhead piqued my interest. It’s about Icon’s latest issue on fiction being used to explore architectural ideas. Thinking about that me considering the broader idea of design fiction. While those idea weren’t covered in Icon maybe someone else should. In any case there’s a good break down of the actual stories written in Icon by China Miéville, Bruce Sterling, and Cory Doctorow to Ned Beauman, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg & Oron Catts, and Will Self among others. It’s been a while since I was compelled to actually buy a magazine, this might be one of those times…

I’ve got to say this. The UK web design scene is often just self serving, indulgent bullshit perptuated by friend…

While Brendan Dawes does bring up an obvious point of the online world, it’s not just in the UK. The sometimes unwarranted work that is described as “rocking” or “awesome” happens everywhere and before the web it was happening in most of the western print world. Most people can see for what it is, especially on blog posts now—so at this point I’m not really sure if there was ever an honest time when it came to promoting work. People need to filter for themselves because people can’t really trust what they read nor should they.

13 video player UIs in 24 hours

37signals has a collection of UI video players. Good to keep for reference…

Platform + Apps = News Consumption

There’s a lot of quotable ideas in the HuffPost article In the App Economy, Newspapers are Apps by Maya Baratz. “In Media, If You’re Not a Platform, You’re an App” is a core concept that people might miss because people aren’t apps, but the way one person passes along info is unique to how someone else shares info. Another mental shift is that everyone wants to be the Platform when it’s probably better to be considered an app. Rarely do enterprise goals work out…

Getting Past Viral: Stop Spreading Viruses & Start Giving Gifts

Big Spaceship’s post about Getting Past Viral breaks down a couple reasons people send info out. For me if I find the information valuable I’m pretty sure someone else “out there” will likely benefit from reading it too. Big Spaceship mentions a couple reasons that I hadn’t really considered but can’t fault: Contributing (1-to-Many), Broadcasting (1-to-World), Gifting (1-to-1/Few).

The ability to take away our books is a current reality, not a future prospect.

A post like this is great to read before the actual canvas thing is released tomorrow. It reminded me of how surprised I was that apple tv locked my ability to surf the net from my tv. In my mind they basically distributed a bricked iTunes box. Hopefully this new canvas allows for more freedom but what’s brought up by Matthew Burton in Should we let Apple decide what we read? makes you kind of wonder about a monopoly.

Airport Apps: Mobile Utility for Those Traveling Up In The Air

If you’re about to spend some living time inside an airport you might want to check out MobileBehavior’s post about Airport Apps: Mobile Utility for Those Traveling Up In The Air. There’s a lot of iPhone apps for flying that you might not have been aware of or had the time to search out.

iPad Photos from Daylife

Undecided whether I want to buy one or not, and if I do, would I go with the low fi or 3G enabled one. Until that moment arrives here’s some of the photos of the iPad from Daylife.

Spaces for Ideas: The Beginning

A blog post about designing the perfect sketchbook titled Spaces for Ideas: The Beginning.

If it could cover these points the designer might be able to make it:

1. A sketchbook that highlights the work and not itself
2. Well constructed and affordable
3. No spines getting in the way of cross page sketching
4. Just the right size but with enough space or room to play with
5. “Boundary-less” pages
6. Flexible enough to do what you will
7. Decent quality paper that takes all non-wet mediums like ink, pencil or markers.
8. Appeals to everyone, not just designers

It’s a Lonely World Out There

Ever the realist, he built his table for one.

This and other gems of reacting to Dwell photos can be found at http://unhappyhipsters.tumblr.com

How to Frame the Internet II: Entertainment and Culture Post iPad

Interesting post from Tomorrow Museum about how the no multitasking aspect of the iPad could be seen as a benefit as opposed to what a lot of other people are saying.

Canada Finally Gets Something Apple Related Before Everyone Else

When it comes to Apple products (or hulu, or any internet media…) Canada usually gets the short end of the deal. For whatever reason they’re always the last to get new products which is insane considering the proximity to the US. In any case this Incase Maple Leaf Slider that Popwuping mentioned is pretty sweet. Next time I’m in Toronto I’m going to pick one up.

Maggie Nesciur: The Walker

This photo series has been going on for a long time but I only came across it today when it was passed along by a friend. There’s very few weeks that go by that I won’t have a walking related post of some sort. Everything that Maggie Nesciur describes on her walking experience was relatable—even if you don’t walk it’s def. worth hearing and watching. It will at the least make you more aware of your surroundings.

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New Feature: Link Drop Today Video Festival 001 http://designnotes.info/?p=2015 http://designnotes.info/?p=2015#respond Wed, 27 Jan 2010 17:28:17 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=2015 Every so often I’ll upload a new video to Link Drop Today that I think is worth watching. As the collect they’re hosted on my video page. But just like my links it might be worth posting the videos as a collection every so often. For now I’ll call it Link Drop Today Video Festival…

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Link Drop Today Release Notes v1.3 http://designnotes.info/?p=2014 http://designnotes.info/?p=2014#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2010 13:37:06 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=2014 Link Drop Today Release Notes v1.3

I’ve updated a couple minor visual elements and taken note of how my process for finding, filtering and curating information from websites and posts has evolved with Link Drop Today.

Visual Changes
The bright blue of the header and section moduals has be toned down to a deeper blue. There’s been feedback that the contrast between the headlines of the post and images doesn’t stand out enough. Each day for the next six days will have a different style of headline between size, color and font. After the next week it should become apparent which style works the best. Images have both been used from screen captures of the entire site and just images, along with aggregating text from the post or just using the image. Because there is commentary from me for each post it doesn’t make a lot of sense to aggregate the text from the post at this moment.

The has been the first time I’ve used video as a consistent element for any of my blogs. It’s been a pleasant surprise to search out videos to post to the top right of Link Drop Today. I wish there was a way to auto load the previous videos to its own page. I’m also going to explore Boxee to see if there’s a way to manage videos from their site and this site. I’ll also be posting all the videos together in a post for Design Notes.

Schizophrenic Tweets
Each post has a tweet going out, other tweets are things that fit into the idea of Link Drop Today but might not become a post due to time constraints. Those tweets also act as a test to see what is gaining traction in the day and in turn deserve a post.

Future Releases
Currently the grid is 12 columns though I might extend it to 16 columns. The main posts would get wider and a new thinner column would be added to feature other content. There’s a number of share features to added to posts along with comments too.

As always please pass along any feedback that you think will help improve the design of Link Drop Today.


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Link Drop Today from Jan 18. to Jan 21. 2010 http://designnotes.info/?p=2010 http://designnotes.info/?p=2010#comments Fri, 22 Jan 2010 20:32:12 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=2010 Topic Popularity

This week Link Drop came back albeit in a different format as its own site. While I’ll be posting daily on the site I considered some of the feedback from a couple people. One of the benefits of the old format that was posted together is that there was weekly context and just one post. So I’m going to test out aggregating the aggregate of my Link Drop Today’s on Fridays over here. Below is a quick and dirty copy + paste version that I’ll be redesigning in the upcoming weeks, but for now this is a start.

As for what was going on this week it was a combination of ideas from all over the interwebs. There wasn’t one consistent theme though tech, music and design played a part which explains the topic graph above. I think I was just getting warmed up trying out a couple ideas for posting which spread things in all directions. This week was a bit of a sample of things to come—stay tuned…

The 5 Things That Startups Can Learn From Lady Gaga

There’s a lot of buzz these days about startups. It’s a perfect opportunity to create a business around an idea that takes advantage of the economic climate we’re in. Plus who doesn’t like a story of a small group creating something the big guys couldn’t possibly pull off. What sometimes get’s lost in the jargon of the word startup is that it’s purely a tech thing. What if you’re an enterprising designer, maybe an entrepreneur? Surely some of the startup advice out there is relevant too—so with that idea here’s a couple ideas from a perhaps surprising concept—Lady Gaga.

How the NYT should construct its paywall

There’s some interesting ideas behind a metered system discussed in the Reuters Post from Felix Salmon titled How the NYT should construct its paywall In theory the news consumed could be billed to an iTunes account. A more interesting question to be asked is if someone passes on a link, do they get some sort of credit rebate?

Haiti: The Role of Social Networks and Open Data in Crisis Response

This post titled Haiti: The Role of Social Networks and Open Data in Crisis Response from The Foush ties a lot of the rapid response concepts together nicely.While it’s too soon to know, it will be interesting to see how accountability and progress are tied together as the months and years go by as things are rebuilt.

The zen humidifier

Who doesn’t like designed objects that stop using a resource like electricity and uses natural processes to create an experience, plus the aesthetics elevate it to art. Collision Detection ran a quick Google translation on the designer’s site and found out that “Like a yacht sail (mast) the wind, the natural moisture to dry air liberality, also allows them to subtle and refreshing fragrance of cypress. Its appearance, we thought a yacht floating in the cool water and soft drinks will also give a visual sense.”

Four Tet – There Is Love In You

Looking for some uptempo chill music to work to? Four Tet – There Is Love In You currently being streamed from nutriot might be what you’re looking for.

Eat, Drink and Write at the Same Time

Dinner with a side of design being held in Vancouver during Icograda Design Week in Vancouver 2010 sounds like a lot of fun. Testing out the idea for such an event, Kara Pecknold who is leading the event describes in this post about what it’s like to Eat, drink and write at the same time.

Sitting There Waiting for the Economy to Get Better

While the post Weeknotes from Archizoo as a sum is about what’s going on with them, there’s a great point to note. They write that “Even great brands are losing ground. Some assume that it is the financial market holding them back, when it may be other, internal conditions that affect their perceptions and confidence, and therefore slow momentum and affect their position”. While some will stay entrenched in models that may have worked in the past, it’s those that are constantly evaluating where things will be that will be able to evolve in a successful way.

Love Machine

Thomas Fuchs illustrates a heart a day, on December 11, 2009 he created Love Machine. If this concept seems familiar it’s because I posted about it at Design Notes a couple months ago… Thought it might look good over here at Link Drop Today.

Charting the Beatles

Michael Rylander points us to a great visualization Charting the Beatles. Designed by Michael Deal. For the Song of Keys diagram above he explains “The differences between each pictograph reflect the different relationships between songs within each album. For example, the pictograph for Abbey Road hints at the tonal architecture of the Abbey Road Medley, as the pictograph’s shape has a more narrow pull towards A-major/minor and the home key of C-major”.

The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures

There’s way more to think about when posting a profile pic as OKTrends points out in their post about the 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures. After reading about this I don’t think I’ll look at anyone’s pic the same way again…

From Penn Station to New York Landmarks: Measuring Walking Distance and Time in Manhattan

If you’re a fan of walking like we are over here, Walking Off the Big Apple is a site to check out. In their latest post they document how long it would take to walk to some of the more popular landmarks in Manhattan with a starting point of Penn Station. We’ve embedded the map that they created, all you need to do is click on one of the bars to see how long their specific route would take.

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