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app – DesignNotes by Michael Surtees http://designnotes.info Testing & Sprinting Wed, 29 Jun 2016 01:11:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.7 Comparing, Reviewing and Talking about Product Experiences http://designnotes.info/?p=3841 http://designnotes.info/?p=3841#respond Tue, 09 Nov 2010 12:31:31 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=3841 Anyone that visits this blog once in a while or follows me on Twitter finds out pretty quickly that I’m a big fan of my iPad. I actually want a […]]]>

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Anyone that visits this blog once in a while or follows me on Twitter finds out pretty quickly that I’m a big fan of my iPad. I actually want a second one though I’m not seriously considering it. There’s a lot to be read about different apps, uses and experiences. For me I need to know this information both as a designer and someone that wants to keep updating things when needed.

If someone is in the digital realm I really don’t understand how they can call them fluent with what they do if they don’t have one. Its not about being a fan boy/girl but realizing what things have changed from the browser as we used to know it and how things have evolved because of the iPad screen and how information is now being served up. News consumption has changed, how data is presented, the merging of video, photo and sound and how programs are even written. Plus they need to know if it’s an appropriate channel for clients. Maybe it isn’t—but how will they know?

Last week MUJI released one free calendar app and one pay app that’s like a journal. I saw links about it popup on sites instantly. It was cool and worth a mention but I had to wonder how many people had actually had an iPad or had even downloaded the app. I downloaded it,thought it was nice but didn’t really help me much as I’m still stuck with iCal and not google calendar. There’s a subtle feature of the calendar that I think most people that downloaded it would have noticed. Instead all I read about how MUJI was “on brand target”.

There’s a suitcase graphic that moves around depending on the angle that the iPad is being titled. It’s noticeable for user, apparently not so much for video watchers. There’s nothing wrong with with talking about iPad apps if they’ve never used it-but think something about the experience of describing the experience is lost. I wonder how credible a post can be if the experience is coming strictly from observation and not from actual interaction.

I know plenty of people that have had an iPad and sold it-it wasn’t for them. Totally understandable. But I’ll never get people that dislike or sharing experiences about something without even using the thing-it’s like their adding a fuzzy layer of insulation from learning something new.

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Comparing the Best iPad Photo Apps—Edited vs Public Stream http://designnotes.info/?p=2668 http://designnotes.info/?p=2668#comments Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:27:11 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=2668 THOMAS REUTERS GALLERIES FLICKR PHOTO MAP Last week I came across the new iPad app Flickr Photo Map (Flickr btw didn’t release it) that displays photos that are geo tagged […]]]>

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FLICKR PHOTO MAP

Last week I came across the new iPad app Flickr Photo Map (Flickr btw didn’t release it) that displays photos that are geo tagged inside of Flickr. I really like how it has changed how I explore Flickr on my iPad and thought it would be a good exercise to compare it with my other favouriet iPad photo app—Thomson Reuters Galleries. The glue is that both apps display images though one is a public feed while the other is an edited collection updated daily.

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By far the best feature to me is the fact that it takes galleries that are already on the web and makes the visual experience even better on the iPad. The images load fast and can be viewed full screen. Spending ten minutes on the edited galleries of any given day gives a viewer a pretty good idea what’s going on in the World. It’s not grabbing every story but it still sheds light on a lot of world events. The catch of course is that the images are selected and edited so of the millions of images taken over a week a person is seeing only a small fraction.

The home screen displays a number of current galleries along with a couple slightly older ones. As far as I can tell there isn’t any way on the app to find stuff that might be older than a couple weeks—I still have to go to the web site for that. I also have no filter control so I can’t decide to see more images or dive deep into any one section. I also have no where else to go once I’ve finished one set. If I make it through an entire set the chances of me wanting to see more images related is pretty high. But for a free app I can’t really complain too much. If I had more controls, had the ability to save favorite images & galleries and was able to zoom in, I’d probably pay a monthly subscription. Of course if I end up waiting for images to load I probably wouldn’t pay.

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I’ve been complaining for a while that Flickr has done nothing with the iPad. They still haven’t but one person has taken their api and started displaying Flickr geo tagged images on a map. The app is far from perfect but I’ve found myself drawn more and more to it. The biggest issue is that a viewer thinks their seeing images viewed in real time—which it isn’t. The same set always loads when a person turns on the app. However there are filters such as tags, text, place and username that allows for control. I’ve found that if I tweak some of the controls I can get a decent date range. While it isn’t real time I can get a good sense of what has happened in the past couple of days.

My favourite feature is zooming into an area. As I zoomed into particular cities and streets it was amazing to see what photos had been taken. I visited old cities I used to live in, where I currently live and places I might not ever visit. The iPad is the perfect display unit for maps with images. Comparing the app experience with Flickr on the web in the context of geo, there was no comparison.

Ironically the weakest part of the app is trying to see an actual image in full screen. The natural tendency is to expect a larger image once a finger is pressed on it. However what does happen is a thin dialog box appears with the text that corresponds with the image. The idea is ok but the reading experience isn’t good at all. The only way to see a larger image is to press on the “i” button at the end of the text. Once pressed the image become bigger with the same text below. This is the pop up I would have expected with a previous press, not two presses. However with that pop up open a person has the ability to visit the Flickr page of the photo. Again the experience is perfect but comparing to the web there’s really no parallel that I’ve explored with.

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They’re really hard to compare feature to feature because they’re system of selecting images is completely different. The fun thing to do is take some of the best features in each and try to combine them. Being able to explore Reuters via geo would be pretty cool plus allow more galleries to be displayed, for the Flickr map if I could see collections of what people had favorited would be a great daily and weekly experience. Both of those systems would balance the need for a streaming feed while giving real people a chance to decide what is worth viewing.

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IDEO Method Cards App on the iPhone http://designnotes.info/?p=2042 http://designnotes.info/?p=2042#respond Thu, 25 Feb 2010 13:48:39 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=2042 IDEO Method CardsIDEO Method CardsIDEO Method CardsIDEO Method Cards

It still amazes me how the iPhone and apps have completely changed how information can be distributed. And it’s really easy to take it for granted too—no big deal anymore, apps are just apps right? Why I think it is still worth mentioning was last night I came across IDEO’s Method Cards as an app. They’re cards that have a bunch of different exercises to think about design, process and spark ideas. I don’t recall how much those cards cost to buy as a “thing”, but it never really excited me that much to order them and have to wait for the shipping. Contrast that to me being able to sample a couple cards before I bought the whole set for $4.99. Instantly I have access to something that I can carry in my pocket that only a couple years ago was available on paper. That easy access is pretty exciting to me.

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REVIEW APP: #mySurface from DuPont http://designnotes.info/?p=1932 http://designnotes.info/?p=1932#comments Mon, 19 Oct 2009 12:42:41 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1932 mySurfaceshimmySurfaceshimmySurfaceshimmySurfaceshimmySurfaceshimmySurface

A couple weeks ago I was approached to take a look at the MySurface iPhone app. They were curious to hear my thoughts so I was happy to check it out. The first question I asked myself as I tested it was why would anyone want or need to use this app? The quick persona that came to mind was a person that’s either an interior designer or home renovator enthusiast that wanted a bunch of swatches at their fingertips. They need something mobile so they can find surfaces quickly while on location and want the ability to explore a number of options, and once they’ve made a surface choice order it quickly.

When I opened the app for the first time it quickly zoomed past the cover screen and planted me on the color swatches. While the nav wasn’t confusing, as a first time user I wasn’t exactly sure what I was supposed to do. In subsequent visits it became obvious quite quickly but something that I think UI designer’s take for granted is the first time user experience vs returning visits. There doesn’t have to be a full blown tutorial, but some text that explains the features would have been helpful. This dialogue box can always be turned off the next time the person uses the app.

As I started moving around the images with the slider I had the option of clicking to view a larger image. The only action that I could take after making the swatch bigger was to save it. Once I pressed save it would have been a nice touch to reframe the image or denote somehow that this image is now saved. While the bigger swatch is helpful to get an idea of what the surface is like, it seems like the second screen is missing something—maybe have more info about the swatch or show related swatches that I might like to look at if I like this one… I also noticed that each swatch has a name, but no identifying number. If the swatches has a numbering system it might be easier to find something down the road—I realize I can save stuff, but once I start saving a lot of swatches a number system would be helpful to organize things. Speaking of favorites, another piece of valuable information missing is the date that I saved the swatch. There’s also no note taking ability which down the road could help explain why I wanted to use a particular swatch. Taking that a step further it would be cool if I could attach a voice memo to the image, that way I don’t have to type anything.

There’s a share feature but it really shouldn’t be labeled as such. When I tried emailing my swatches all I got in my inbox was a url to the DuPont site. There was no info about what I actually had saved. This should be fixed right away or have the button reworded. Ideally I could either email myself one or all swatches of my choosing. In the email I can see the actual images and have buttons that I can get more info. Another feature that they have is the gallery which shows 12 images of the swatches in use. They’re nice to look at but I’d take a second look at the whole feature. I would have either broken it into different sections like kitchen, bathroom etc or different types of surfaces like counter, floor etc. I’d also list the swatches in use and make it easy to save those swatches to my library…

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While the first version of that app works for showing all the swatches that DuPont has, there’s a lot of things that they could make for version 2 of mySurface better. It probably wouldn’t be easy, but integrating the iPhone camera would be a huge asset. If I could take a picture and overlay the swatch on top, I could get a really quick idea of what the surface is going to look like. The stitching doesn’t have to be perfect. It just seemed natural that I’d want to overlay a swatch, and if I’m using my iPhone it feels like a natural extension to use the camera. If I’m using an iTouch I could always import an image. The other big feature would be gallery schematics. Basically have a library of line drawing with different counter shapes, tables, floors, walls etc. Within that library I could transpose my favorite swatches to see what they would look like in context. The other thing that I mentioned above was having a more robust share feature that actually emails me the swatches instead of sending me a url to the website.

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TiltShift iPhone App from Takayuki Fukatsu http://designnotes.info/?p=1874 http://designnotes.info/?p=1874#respond Tue, 01 Sep 2009 14:14:45 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1874 Photo by TiltShift Generator

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I managed to get my hands on the soon to be released TiltShift iPhone App from Takayuki Fukatsu. It comes out tomorrow (September 2nd, 2009). It’s now available at the app store. Takayuki Fukatsu is the developer of QuadCamera, QuadAnimator and ToyCam which I’ve also mentioned on DesignNotes.

While experimenting with the controls, I thought the UI was quite intuitive and easy to use once I took a photo. After I took the image I had a couple options to make tweaks to the image with different sliders. Another feature is that I can use images that I’ve already taken. What this means is that I can use other camera apps and import the image after wards to make changes with TiltShift.

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Augmented Reality on Yelp http://designnotes.info/?p=1867 http://designnotes.info/?p=1867#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2009 20:38:33 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1867 it's not perfect, but the augmented reality feature on yelp is awesome

Yelp Monocle

Very cool feature on Yelp that I came across from @arainert, if you have an iPhone 3GS you can now see augmented reality of reviews. Once you’ve downloaded the newest version of Yelp, open it up and shake it three times. A feature called Monocle will then make itself available.

I tried it on Crosby St in SoHo, while not perfect it was pretty awesome. Sure people were staring at me wondering what the hell I was doing with my iPhone, but I didn’t really care. Seeing stuff pop up that I’d never seen before was quite the trip. This is the start of some pretty cool stuff.

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3 iPhone Apps that Made Me Reconsider Media Consumption of Video, Sound and Text http://designnotes.info/?p=1866 http://designnotes.info/?p=1866#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2009 12:55:42 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1866 TED AppDiscovery AppNPR App

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve discovered three new iPhone apps that changed how I use my iPhone. I’m not talking about navigation per say like dragging or enlarging, but how traditional media files are consumed and interacted with. Those media types being video and sound files, along with simple text. While I haven’t had a ton of time to use the TED, Discovery Channel or NPR iPhone apps, they all made me go hmmm in a good way.

Each app packs a lot of info, but because of the limited screen real estate it’s actually quite easy to navigate and explore. When was the last time you went to a normal web site and had a great exploring experience? My favourite feature from TED iPhone app is that they’ve split the sound and video. Just because something is filmed doesn’t mean that the talk can’t be valuable as just a sound file. Plus the file size is a lot smaller. As for the Discovery Channel app, I’ve never found myself in front of the TV checking out that channel as a destination. However I was able to quickly explore a lot of what the channel had to offer and watch some cool weather clips. The NPR app is something that all news outlets should study very closely. They’ve made the online experience of both reading and listening to news very easy and fast. They’ve managed to take some complicated issues like finding stations or topics manageable.

By being mobile I wasn’t constrained to any one place in my apartment. It also negated the need for a second plasma. I could watch what I wanted without having to worry about anyone else. The on demand aspect was also a tv killer. While DVR’s allows a person to watch when they want, the apps just made things so much easier. While I keep talking about ease of use, how the signal came to my iPhone was not. I couldn’t trust that ATT’s 3G network would pull the files I wanted to consume nor was my wifi great either. If there’s anything holding back an iPhone apps experience—it’s the media transfer.

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Link Drop (8·07·09) http://designnotes.info/?p=1846 http://designnotes.info/?p=1846#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2009 13:34:55 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1846 link drop themes

It’s been a bit of an up and down week over here at DesignNotes. I’ve been under the weather of most of the week which is highly unusual, and on the flip side the weather outside has been actually pretty decent. In more relatable Link Drop news, I found that the sites I spent time with has a lot of personal expressing in them. There’s a bunch of interviews, process and visualization. Intermixed with all that are the normal tech., Apple and Twitter issues.

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President Barack Obama for BusinessWeek
Brad has to be my favourite photographer that I like to share my doom and gloom predictions about the print industry with. He’s also old school but in a good way. Recently he visited the White House for BusinessWeek to shoot a cover story on Barack Obama. This is his post about the experience, something that more photographers should do once their images are published.

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Advertising’s revenge of the nerds
This was by far the most popular of the sites I passed along this week via Twitter. It’s hard to say if this really is a new concept or one that’s being reported on. Non creatives will always be more attentive to stats that show graphs going up. Designer’s just need to understand that and use it to their advantage.

Why Does the Best Design of 2009 Still Look Like 2000

Why Does the Best Design of 2009 Still Look Like 2000?
This was probably one of the more important articles that could warrant some more in depth consideration. Comparing some of the best in industrial design today to the past, there hasn’t been a huge leap in the design. Minor tweaks aside there isn’t much new. I think this also could be a bigger issue of business culture in general. Look at what others have done and replicate.

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On the inequities of design competitions
I really like this quote so I’m copy + pasting it here “…Designers who win awards for edgy design they did for a friend’s business– with a print run of one hundred or something like that? They’ve got no art director, no creative director, no client’s representative, no agency person. Where’s the obstacle to good design there? But take something like a cheese. When I see a really good package for a cheese– I know what that designer went through to get there. It makes me want to fall on my knees and kiss that designer’s feet, that cheese. —Ernesto Aparicio”

There’s a lot of takeaways from this practical statement. Can design that is collaborative, ie working closely with those that are not as passionate about doing something new be celebrated as much as the artist that does design on the side? This example also illustrates why I don’t show a lot of images from designers web sites. For me to truly appreciate a design I need to see it in the real world. Design magazines don’t barely reflect the real world that real design flows into. If I’m going to suggest a poster is pretty good, I better be able to see it against a real wall with other posters surrounding it.

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On Inspiration
This tries to end the mysticism of art trying to be design. Good design takes time, but it doesn’t mean that we have to be having an outer body experience to do appropriate work.

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JK Wedding Entrance Dance
This post pretty much sums up how media, design and marketing need to be. It’s amazing how distinct the age gap between those in online that are old that treat sites like print material, and those online today who understand it’s an ongoing conversation that can’t be predicted six months in advance. With that said I do have some doubts that the JK Wedding dance wasn’t an elaborate pr stunt by Chris Brown’s handler’s, but maybe that’s just me…

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Co-opting Viral Hits to Sell More Music
PSFK reflects on the practical nature of having a copyrighted song in a YouTube video being in a video, and how that can be profitable.

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Heating Up the Charts
There’s some unusual candor about the process of selecting and working with a design firm for the redesign of Billboard’s site. Interesting pov’s and observations.

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how blogging really works: random acts of traction
This isn’t the only reason I blog, but it’s true that a publisher will never know what ideas take off. For me, if I post five or six random design ideas a week, over a period of months some of them will evolve into something really special. If I hadn’t started where would those ideas come from?

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Can We Please Kill This Meme Now
This is why I collect stuff for this Link Drop. There’s so much good stuff out there that I need a place to filter it after seven days.

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Q & A with Ingsu Liu, W.W. Norton
I like talking about the demise of print, but I don’t have any allusions that digital can be as conceptual as a well designed book cover. The above interview is with the current V.P. art director at W.W. Norton, the talk is about their process.

Building an Army of Hyper-Local, Mobile-Connected Advocates « MobileBehavior_1249599239966

Building an Army of Hyper-Local, Mobile-Connected Advocates
There’s a couple interesting angles for me on this story. I first read this story from Advertising Age, but since they wall their content after a week I thought it made more sense to pass it along to the original source. A lot of people use foursquare, I can’t argue that point as I see them all talking on Twitter. I’ve never tried it for personal reasons. In any case this article does a good job a breaking down the mobile app.

Digitized Stalking Is the New World Order | Threat Level | Wired.com_1249599814963


Digitized Stalking Is the New World Order

Just when you thought it was safe to be online.

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Designers and Citizens as Critical Media Artists
As a concept I thought yellow arrow was a pretty cool idea. The designer’s of that and other cool things talk about it.

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Easy Meat Cheat Sheet
What can I say, I’m a sucker for meat charts. There’s something freakishly interesting about them.

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Retail Cuts of Art from GG

A second meat like chart I came across…

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The App Store and Apple’s Recent Behavior
Apple has always been a corporation though sometimes people forget this. With the iPhone and the partnership with ATT, a lot of their business strategies are being questioned.

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Is Apple More Evil Than Microsoft?
Could an article like this have been written three years ago?

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Detroit Book : MITCH COPE
These are images worth taking a look at. They speak volumes to those that think that what ever industry they are in is not susceptible to change.

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Twittergraphy
The meaning’s behind the short phrases are great.

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what brands can learn from mission street food
A different type of look at my fav. SF food place.

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Design Club: Why young American designers are ganging up
Interesting concept but it’s not new like is suggested. MADE in Edmonton is doing something similar and has been going strong for over ten years.

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Making sense of health care
I nice big chart about health care…

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Delightful error pages
The start of a collection of error pages.

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Five steps to a better design brief

Here’s a couple steps that any designer can take heed to.

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“GOOD” Design
Good background info about how Good magazine does it’s thing.

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Never again…
Friend of DesignNotes, Rob Peters looks back at Hiroshima.

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Link Drops by DesignNotes
It was interesting for me to read through the eyes of someone else about my Link Drop.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bike Porn 3 – Trek’s “Stages” Bikes

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

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

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

Sheetseat « noquedanblogs.com_1249007259281

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

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

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

Flynn Lives_1249007282386

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

James Perse surfboards at iainclaridge.net_1249007296187

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

Things go better with persistent branding | Designer Daily_1249007308926

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

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

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

topsecret usb_1249007327577

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

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

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

Over-Blown Visuals | How-To | Smashing Magazine_1249007360503

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

Unofficial Rules of the App Store_1249007482889

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

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

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

9 kinds of coffee (infographic) - Random things_1249007380082

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

World’s Top Ten Identity Firms « Identity Forum_1249007388907

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

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

Architectural Record | Notebook_1249007492811

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

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

How Twitter Actually Hurts Street Vendors - Midtown Lunch_1249043313147

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

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Link Drop (7·10·09) http://designnotes.info/?p=1824 http://designnotes.info/?p=1824#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2009 12:22:28 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1824 linkdrop themes

July is here and with that comes the Tour de France. I’ve found a number of bike and tour related stuff that is shows the sport in perhaps a slightly different light then most people are used to reading about. There were a number of process pieces that I didn’t connect directly though on a second look might warrant it. There’s behaviour process, big question process and the big idea process along with emotional process. And as usual there’s a number of photo and type related things. I’m heading off to SF for a couple days next week, so I’m not sure what the format for next week’s Link Drop will look like. Stay tuned…

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where to get off the subway
Now that I have this app I’m hope it will be easier to find my exit on Canal St or 34th St a lot easier. Up until now I’ve been choosing my train car haphazardly. Now I’ll pick it by design.

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beauty made from ugly
There’s something really cool about making architectural forms out of metal shipping containers.

Lost in Translation « Choicelessness_1247224908557

Lost in Translation
I really like how the abstraction on the left carries a lot of visual resonance to Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to the right.

i am the weather » » there are 4 phone booths in NYC, this is one of them_1247224842179

“there are 4 phone booths in NYC, this is one of them”
If this fact is true that’s quite amazing. When I think about how NYC was shown in film many years ago before mobile phones were out, phone booths played a role in the set. How times change.

Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » Michael Jackson Turning Points_1247224922308

Michael Jackson Turning Points
This post was one of the best collection of ideas relating to MJ and the way old media was.

New York Times Considers Charging $5 Per Month For Access To NYT.com (NYT)_1247224929968

New York Times Considers Charging $5 Per Month For Access To NYT.com (NYT)
Interesting developments going on about a paywall. It would be interesting to see how this plays on in terms of people passing on links to articles read from that site. The reason why I don’t pass that many links from WSJ—because it’s behind a paywall…

 Why are Cheap Airlines so cheap

Why are Cheap Airlines so cheap?
There’s a side by side comparison of how some airlines can be cheaper then others.

jetBlue’s award system is broken #jetBlows_1247224944146

jetBlue’s award system is broken #jetBlows
A point by point breakdown on why JetBlue’s point system isn’t working.

 Insert hands to dry - Pleasure and Pain by Whitney Hess_1247224957348

Photo of the day: Insert hands to dry
Would you put your hand inside this box?

Desperate-to-leave LinkedIn users rename accounts "delete delete delete" - Boing Boing_1247224969354

Desperate-to-leave LinkedIn users rename accounts “delete delete delete”
I’m sure LinkedIn has a reason for not allowing people to delete their accounts, however people are going to always come up with a solution no matter what a service wants to do with other people’s data.

 Notes On Vibe Magazine - Grids - SPD.ORG - Grids_1247224978295


George Pitts: Notes On Vibe Magazine

Vibe’s founding Photography Director goes back and talks about a lot of the people he worked with and what he got from the experience.

Super Colossal » Surry Hills Library Signage by Collider_1247224992220

Surry Hills Library Signage by Collider
The typography of this wayfinding system is quite special. I love how the type is angled. I want to be able to do that for something in the not so distant future.

Well-formed data » dbcounter – quick visual database stats_1247224998060

dbcounter – quick visual database stats
I’m putting this info in my things to remember pile.

how @CarinBerger changed my twitter process - collapse and delight_1247225006010

how @CarinBerger changed my twitter process
This process worked for her, maybe it will for you.

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walking berlin.
When’s the last time you saw a building get up and go for a walk?

Letter from AIGA’s incoming president — AIGA | the professional association for design_1247225045945

Letter from AIGA’s incoming president
It’s amazing to me that more incoming design organization presidents don’t write a simple letter explaining what they want to accomplish. It should be mandatory to have an outline like this.

d.life - sort of surprised airless tires haven’t hit it big..._1247225051694

Innovative Airless Tires by Michelin | Toxel.com
The tire that doesn’t run on air. I wonder of we really gain much from a design like this though?

In Pursuit of Elegance | Emotional Design Delivers Intangible Value_1247225062000

Emotional Design Delivers Intangible Value
I’m not a Pottery Barn shopper so I can’t vouch for their emotional design. But it does seem like an interesting process to consider.

 The New Practice of User-Centered Design, by Robert Fabricant - Core77_1247225074363

Tools of Engagement: The New Practice of User-Centered Design, by Robert Fabricant
Asking big questions, hard to know if the authour is right or not when we look back in a couple years.

Advertising Could Do With More of Bernbach's Genius - Advertising Age - Al Ries_1247225091273

Advertising Could Do With More of Bernbach’s Genius
I wonder if someone under thirty would write something like this?

'Le Tour' Rolls into Austin - Grids - SPD.ORG - Grids_1247225102660

‘Le Tour’ Rolls into Austin
I hope this show makes it’s way up to NYC. Looks fascinating.

Photographers » Blog Archive » My other pair of eyes and hands | Blogs |_1247225114394

My other pair of eyes and hands
One photographer’s experience shooting bike racing.

Italian Federation Calls For Redesign Of Pozzato's Jersey | Cyclingnews.com_1247225124208

Italian Federation calls for redesign of Pozzato’s jersey
Maybe they should have hired a real designer instead of having the cyclist design the shirt.

 Sarah Palin in spandex

JerkStrong How Lance Armstrong is like Sarah Palin.
Interesting connection between Lance and Sarah. There’s also some brand advice to be found in the post.

Molecular Voices » A lesson on (im)personal brand management from “LeVideotape” James_1247225151966

A lesson on (im)personal brand management from “LeVideotape” James
If this happens to be true—crazy…

FRANGRY - I love our president. (image via Yahoo News)_1247225130932


I love our president. (image via Yahoo News)

This photo could turn iconic.

KinoSport | Black Sun, Closet Plus_1247225138902

Black Sun, Closet Plus
I’m sure there’s a logically explanation for all these settings—but would you even want to guess?

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Mapping my iPhone space http://designnotes.info/?p=1815 http://designnotes.info/?p=1815#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2009 13:13:15 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1815 iphone_warnings

Warnings on iPhones come in a different couple flavours. There’s the blue dialogue box that mentions how a person has surpassed their 100 twitter api calls per hour or mentioning that there was a loss of internet connection. There’s also those red pop up’s that cover the corner of an app mentioning how many “things” are inside to be clicked. I think those red dialogue boxes have been there from the beginning of the iPhon UI. As I was looking at them I kind of wondered why they were placed on the top right of the app? Was it more likely that there would be action taken if a red box popped up there. Why not on the left side, people read from left to right—maybe they flipped a coin… I’m not sure but looking at them this morning I wondered how that decision was made.

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While looking at those red pop up’s I also noticed something else. There was a distinct pattern that I was clustering my apps. Curious to see how they fit together I blocked out the shapes to see the areas where my thumbs were pressing. As it happened I noticed five distinct categories of use. Task, photo, physics, reading, sound and communication. For the most part these groups came together organically. Taking a look at those patterns gives me a pretty good indication on how I use a mobile device that connects me with anything I want.

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With that info in hand I figured I could map out the areas that I press the most. I could see how the proximity of my left and right thumbs related to usage on a daily basis. Each corner had varying degrees of importance while the middle was the least used.

My second screen is a lot more disorganized, but it’s not used nearly as often as my default first screen. Do you have similar usage patterns or do you have a unique system for the apps you use the most?

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iPhone Recordings http://designnotes.info/?p=1811 http://designnotes.info/?p=1811#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2009 01:03:08 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1811 iphones 2

iPhone paperclip

In the middle of the line for the iPhone 3GS

Now that I’ve had a couple of days with my new iPhone GS I thought it would be interesting to compare my old behaviour with my slower 2nd generation 16 GB iPhone I used to have. I noticed a great improvement with my everyday stuff. The keyboard is a lot faster and smarter. I rarely make mistakes hitting the wrong key which in turn has made typing easier. I’ve heard people complaining about the horizontal mode, for me I rarely use it because the visible screen is too small. While the copy + paste feature isn’t unique to just the 3GS, it is something that I’m using on occasion for email. Search was another welcome feature for the OS upgrade.

The camera is back to being fast. For the longest time it would take forever to open—it was brutal. I know can open my iPhone, press the camera button and take a shot is less than a couple seconds. Really helpful for me when I see something that catches my eye walking around NYC. The video is another great piece of hardware. The video quality is pretty good considering where it’s coming from. Experimenting with some video sites to upload, YouTube is in a great position as it only takes one click to upload from the iPhone. Flickr is the big loser in that when I tried to email the video it didn’t work, Vimeo was a pain as I had to upload from my computer and it wasn’t instant. While I won’t be using video all the time it’s nice to have it. I’m really curious to see what people start using it for.

Surfing the web is really fast. It’s always been decent through wifi but it’s even better now. I’m disappointed in the 3G network. I was expecting faster load times outside. I’ve noticed that the network doesn’t pick up very well while walking. When I’m standing it’s a different story—things load pretty smoothly. It’s kind of weird. Because the web is a lot faster I’m using some different apps that I haven’t really used before. I’m using Evernote to collect things and checking a couple headlines with Net Newswire. I’m also back to checking up on flickr. If I need to search for an image I’ll use Cooliris.

I had high hopes for Tweetdeck on the iPhone but it’s crashing all the time. While it’s cool to see multiple columns that are synced with my desktop, it visualizes direct messages poorly. I like how Twitterfon threads those conversations. I’ve fond myself going back to Twitterfon after my short lived excitement for the Tweetdeck.

Would I ever go back to my old iPhone—probably not.The speed enhancements that make recording ideas and capturing visuals is an amazing tool. Could the network be better—yes. But for the day to day activities that makes life this designer’s life interesting I don’t think I would let it be more than an arms length away from me.

Just noticed I didn’t mention music or podcasts, that’s kind of interesting…

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Link Drop (6·19·09) http://designnotes.info/?p=1809 http://designnotes.info/?p=1809#respond Sun, 21 Jun 2009 21:36:43 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1809 Link Drop Themes

This week’s edition of Link Drop is a bit lighter than usual. The summer is supposed to be less busy but that doesn’t seem to be the case and in turn that means less time to collect and filter interesting stuff on the interwebs. The new iPhone came out which made me happy as I was getting tired of my 2nd generation iPhone that I’ve had for a couple years. I’ll post a review about that once I’ve fully tested it out. Other things that caught my attention related to process and technology quite a bit.

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#CNNfail: Twitter Blasts CNN Over Iran Election
I tried to keep the amount of blog posts related to Iran, news and the social apps that were sending out information to a minimum. Fascinating to see how CNN on tv really dropped the ball with Iran in the beginning of the election only to be castigated with those people that expected more from a trusted source.

Candy Chang » Blog Archive » 5 Ways to Redesign a City_1245606930536

5 Ways to Redesign a City
A quick post with links to how interaction design can help redesign a city. Personally I’m not sure why the pdf had to call out “interaction design” and not just use the profession of design…

 10 Applications That Make the Most of Location_1245612131256

Inside the GPS Revolution: 10 Applications That Make the Most of Location
There’s a lot of interesting ideas in this one, every designer should read this.

 What It Means for Innovation - BusinessWeek_1245606942706

Crowdsourcing: What It Means for Innovation
Some additional comments about crowdsourcing. Not much new insight into the idea but worth a quick glance.

 Mapping a better world | The Economist_1245606964439

Mapping a better world
Smart article about turning abstract concepts into information that people can understand while looking at maps.

HistoryShots - Information Graphics - History Related_1245606975041

HistoryShots
Great collection of visualization posters. Lots to look at for reference, and if so inclined—purchase. The site is nicely designed too.

Flip Flop Fly Ball_1245607021541

Flip Flop Fly Ball
If you like baseball or a fan of data visualization, this is the site for you. Surprised I haven’t heard of it before this week.

Is Design Thinking bullshit

Is Design Thinking bullshit?
How could I not include a post with a title like that in Link Drop? Nothing really new again about design, but interesting how they compare “design thinking” to the ppt version of how a product is developed. Has a couple links included in the post worth looking at too.

 Time « Design Research_1245607044323

The Difference Between Analogue And Digital Part II: Time
I’m always interested in reading about people’s experiences from the two worlds out there, real and digital. They take a comparative view of how scheduling and time works out in both of those world’s.

 Daylife - BusinessWeek_1245607358903

The Next Google? Fifty Promising Tech Startups
Nice to see Daylife included in the list, you can read about it here.

 Work for The Webby Awards and w+k_1245607060218

Not a Daily Drawing: Work for The Webby Awards and w+k
While portfolio sites have their place, working examples like this are much more powerful in my opinion. They show the design in the real world and give it a voice from the person creating the work. Plus there’s rss, so it can be distributed to those that subscribe to the blog.

Use Their Work Free


Use Their Work Free? Some Artists Say No to Google

I got really mad after reading this article. It’s completely arrogant and ignorant to treat design like this. Especially when they can actually afford to pay people to be art directed.

A Photo Editor - Can You Estimate The Value Of Exposure

Can You Estimate The Value Of Exposure?
Interesting post from the original NYT article I referenced above.

 Hit or Miss

The Newsweek Redesign: Hit or Miss?
This post is probably more interesting for the comments then the actual post. A number of people voice their opinion on the new Newsweek design. What do you think, have you even picked up a copy in the last couple of years?

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Adapters
I liked the photo comparing three different adapters for juicing up an iPhone.

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Flickr Mobile for Android & iPhone Shows You Photos Taken Nearby Your Current Location (Sort of anyway)
Pretty cool feature, I’ve tried it on my iPhone with ok results. It’s location is a bid broad but the concept is fascinating.

Why the iPhone will never be the biggest money generating platform « Alexander van Elsas’s Weblog on new media & technologies and their effect on social behavior_1245607130744

Why the iPhone will never be the biggest money generating platform
There’s a lot to consider with this post and the reference info. Interesting to note that the iPhone is about 1% of the mobile market.

Adam Richardson - Blog - The iPhone is a Subscription_1245607143066

The iPhone is a Subscription
A different way to look at how the iPhone is sold.

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Art & Copy (Advertising Industry Documentary, Sundance 2009)
I want to see the film Art & Copy, seems like it could be more interesting then Helvetica…

Re-envisioning The Trading Floor (Three Minds On Digital Marketing @ Organic)_1245607162335

Re-envisioning The Trading Floor
I kind of wished they went into more depth with the trading floor.

 Whatever you do, don't center that logo!_1245607168447

Whatever you do, don’t center that logo!
Funny how American Eagle Outfitters is causing such discomfort to Mr. Kingsley at Landor.

Palm Pre Launches with System Fonts by Font Bureau | Typophile_1245607187677

Palm Pre Launches with System Fonts by Font Bureau
I’m not sure the Palm Pre is really going to make a dent to the iPhone, but I’m always interested in reading how typefaces are developed for on screen applications.

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Sexy Faces
A collection of what’s been released typeface wise for 2009 so far.

+KN | Kitsune Noir » Hug Chair by Ana Kraš_1245607216340

Hug Chair by Ana Kraš
I really like the balance of this chair. I wonder what it’s like to sit in…

HELLO BAULDOFF_1245607255883

Ross Racine creates artwork from fictitious communities and subdivisions.
I luv this idea.

 WSDOT South Central Region Sign Shop - Flickr set_1245607280329

WSDOT South Central Region Sign Shop – Flickr set
We see signs all day long every day. But have we really considered how their produced? Here’s a bunch of photos of street signs being made. Cool stuff.

swissmiss | Air Conditioner_1245607287562

Air Conditioner
I like this idea more then turning the volume to 11.

Photographers » Blog Archive » From “Top Gun” to top shot | Blogs |_1245607309790

From “Top Gun” to top shot
Cool collection of photos and process on how it was captured.

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girl at a window
This type of photo collection is actually quite difficult to pull off successfully.

Readerville Weblog | Readerville 2000-2009, Thanks for the Memories_1245607368830

Readerville 2000-2009, Thanks for the Memories
It’s too bad that this site has stopped. They had quite the run to say the least.

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How do a few people find iPhone apps to buy? http://designnotes.info/?p=1807 http://designnotes.info/?p=1807#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2009 12:39:47 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1807 apps_graph

With all the attention that the iPhone is getting because of OS3.0 and the new iPhone 3G S I thought it was a pretty good time to talk about the app buying experience. After viewing the pulsating live App Store Hyperwall at WWDC 2009 I was pretty mesmerized just like everyone else out there. It showed a real time view of what was being bought in relation to every other iPhone app. People were buying stuff all the time at an incredible rate. Watching that screen online I wondered how people were actually buying them. I’ve never bought an app directly from iTunes. It’s always been via word of mouth on a blog or tweet. To be honest I thought a lot of people were buying apps that way. I’ve always felt that iTunes could be a way better experience then it currently is. Browsing is painful—where to look? Search on the other hand isn’t so bad but it’s because I know exactly what I’m looking for. So yesterday I was going to do a simple post about how browsing isn’t that great and that most people buy iPhone apps from a third party. But before I released that post I thought I’d back up my theory via Twitter. I asked people how they bought their apps. I was pretty surprised with the response. Itunes search and browse was the majority and how I bought was in the minority.

While my survey was pretty unscientific it did give a quick impression. When I dug a bit deeper with the answers to iTunes, in part the reviews played a big part in whether someone bought an app or not. On the flip side of that people sometimes questioned the quality of the reviews and others complained that layout hindered the experience. So while people were using iTunes there’s a lot of room for design improvement. While the OS and Iphone keeps evolving perhaps a re look at iTunes is in order soon.

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Link Drop (6·12·09) http://designnotes.info/?p=1804 http://designnotes.info/?p=1804#comments Sun, 14 Jun 2009 21:11:27 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1804 Link Drop Themes

It’s been a crazy blog week for me and because of that my Link Drop is three days overdue. The High Line opened which I was happy to experience first hand early in the week. Quite a few interesting blogs passed some nice traffic to me because of it, so I thought in return I’d compile those sites near the top of this post. I also got a lot of interesting response from my AIGA post, a significant amount coming via twitter which I thought was interesting. On top of all that, there was a lot of great stuff on the net. So adding that all up I finally can present last weeks Link Drop. See you back in a couple days…

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L’Observatoire International
If you get the opportunity to walk the High Line at night, these are the people responsible for the great lighting design. It was one of my favourite parts of the experience walking around that first night.

When the High Line Was for Lowlifes - BlackBook_1244846105152

When the High Line Was for Lowlifes
I can only imagine all the stories like this that abound from people and the High Line back in the day.

The High Line is Open! -- Social Design Notes_1244846117686

The High Line is Open!
There’s some good links about the High Line during it’s conception phase.

mental_floss Blog » The High Line_1244846139235

The High Line
There’s a great opening quote talking about the High Line and nice use of my photos that they asked about using before they published.

Bahntrasse mit neuer Funktion_1244846144923

Bahntrasse mit neuer Funktion
This has to be my new fav. site that passed on traffic to my site. My unique visits went through the roof after their post.

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quipsologies
Happy to see a non design post associated with quips coming to my High Line post.

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High Line open
Quick post with reference links to some of the first High Line reviews, cool to be included.

High Line Opening Roundup - PSFK.com_1244846226106

High Line Opening Roundup
Nice to be included in the PSFK round up, too bad they spelled my last name incorrectly. Oh well, better than not being mentioned at all.

 Recap « Design for Service_1244846236350

SVA Service Design Lecture: Recap
Interesting observations about the talk I was at last week. They’ve included a couple people’s audio clips of the talk.

Books for Service Designers « Design for Service_1244846249726

Design for Service
Digging around the site of reading the review I found a good collection of books for anyone wanting to get more knowledge about Service Design.

Post TYPO Berlin 2009 – Making Amends With Mrs Eaves | The FontFeed_1244846288043

Post TYPO Berlin 2009 – Making Amends With Mrs Eaves
I’m not sure how I missed this video the first time around, but there’s some great footage and recap of a designer that is known for drawing type all over herself.

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Hype for Type
The person behind this site did all the right things to get the word out to the design blog sites out there. I might do an interview with them as they mentioned something kind of interesting about why they wanted to start the site in the email I got. They were “frustrated with the lack of quality and original typefaces within the design community.” I’d like to hear more about that from them.

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rosa maria
I thought the image was a nice extension of those blocky letter forms out there at the moment.

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Promax|BDA North America 2009 Conference
I’m hopefully going to be covering a couple of the talks for this conference next week. Are you planning to be there?

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New Mingering Mike exhibition in Washington, DC opens this Saturday, 6/13
I’d love to see this somewhere in New York at some point in the not so distant future.

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he sees, he’s a seer
The idea has a lot of potential though I wish it did more then just use the Amazon api for suggestions. If only there was a real person behind this—or better yet a group of librarians to offer suggestions.

Kindle’s Not Working - PSFK.com_1244846366134

Kindle’s Not Working
I don’t have a Kindle and I’ve often wondered if it’s a bit overpriced considering a netbook doesn’t have any of the same limitations that Amazon has put on their machine.

 Guy #3_1244846374116

Guy #3
I thought the video was quite amazing, and better yet I don’t think it was staged.

 The New Negroponte Switch_1244846383987

The New Negroponte Switch
Good presentation to look at about stuff moving away from academic discourse and application of interactive ideas in the real world.

The Media Equation - In Media’s Hometown, Two Paths and Two Moods - NYTimes.com_1244846395071

In One City, Two Soirees Ages Apart
A contrast of a couple worlds inside NYC.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | More iPhone Apps for the Home Cook_1244846416137

More iPhone Apps for the Home Cook
If you’re into cooking and have an iPhone, you might want to give a couple of these apps a testing.

 Are you kidding me

Are you kidding me?
I thought the modularity and the unlimited number of sitting combinations to be kind of interesting. Too bad the price is kind of crazy.

InsideTheCBC.com » The National Openings Through the Years_1244846701590

The National Openings Through the Years
This was quite a blast from the past for me. I remember seeing all of these from the CBC with the exception of the first video they show.

 The iPhone is our crystal ball | Digital Media - CNET News_1244846714229

IAC’s Diller: The iPhone is our crystal ball
Kind of telling about what one media person see’s the digital market heading…

In Tough Economy, New Survey Shows Design Professionals Use More Stock Photography to Cut Costs_1244846720256

In Tough Economy, New Survey Shows Design Professionals Use More Stock Photography to Cut Costs
Interesting survey that I was emailed.

AppleInsider | Apple stuns WWDC crowd with pulsating App Store hyperwall_1244846800123

Apple stuns WWDC crowd with pulsating App Store hyperwall
This is a pretty cool visualization of the apps being sold. Too bad itunes is a really bad experience in finding new apps. I think I’m going to do a blog post about that soon.

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sketchBot
I discovered this neat site via twitter. Cool observations on what he does.

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DRAWMINOS
Fun with flash—something I don’t normally say…

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CREATIVE DREAMS

I haven’t actually had time to read this, but it’s next on my hit list once I have five minutes to sit down.

Can Computer Nerds Save Journalism

Can Computer Nerds Save Journalism?
Another perspective on what needs to be done with journalism. Everyone has an opinion these days it seems. I wonder if anyone aside from journalists are actually reading these things.

Microsoft Biffs the Bing Logotype | blog.choppingblock.com_1244846852218

Microsoft Biffs the Bing Logotype
I liked this first person account of working at Microsoft as an intern and how there was actually good design going on, and how it kept getting killed. Relates to that awful Bing logo.

The Architecture Issue - Data Center Overload - NYTimes.com_1244846862178

Data Center Overload
The whole magazine issue is quite strong content wise, the redesign looks like it came from New York Magazine. Here’s one article from the Infrastructure issue.

+ HORT « PLUS and MINUS things_1244846894360

+ HORT
My friend has a great eye and mind for picking stuff to talk about.

Banksy's Bristol show - Thinking aloud_1244846906169

Banksy’s Bristol show
Banksy’s got a new show, would be interested to get my hands on the book if there was one. From some of the clips it looks like a lot of his stuff from NYC is on display from the pet store.

Asian Poses - The Definitive Guide to Asian Poses_1244846922334

Asian Poses
One of the more popular posts on twitter that I mentioned this week. Fun—no?

Power Issue 10 | design mind_1244846930046

design mind magazine the theme of POWER
Happy to say that I have my hands on the paper version of this, looking forward to reading what it has to say about Power.

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Interview with Anne Helmond
Good interview about blogging if you’re into that kind of thing.

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Link Drop (06·05·09) http://designnotes.info/?p=1798 http://designnotes.info/?p=1798#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2009 13:09:36 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1798 Link Drop Themes

This has been one of those strange weeks where everything on the outside looks the same, though on the inside there’s a lot going on. It’s been a cool week though there’s nothing I can really report on at this point. I realize that’s this is a lame way to start this week’s Link Drop, but that’s what’s been going on and typically those events around me mirror what I find interesting web wise over the week. So stay tuned and please enjoy some of the stuff that I thought was worth saving for a second read.

Paula Scher on Failure | Psychology Today Blogs_1244168155359

Paula Scher on Failure
For some reason when ever the press covers Pentagram, it’s pretty fluffy coverage with predictable results. Personally I blame the writers for being lazy. However this week I did come across an interview that I was actually able to gain some insight into. Maybe some of those design writers can learn a thing or two from a non design magazine covering a designer?

 The Look, I taped my iPhone! Pool_1244168172060

Flickr Group: Look, I taped my iPhone!
So far I’ve been lucky to escape dropping or destroying my iPhone (knock on wood). Some people haven’t unfortunately. They’ve dropped their iPhone and the screen has cracked in all sorts of weird ways. Strange thing is, if a person were to tape up their iPhone screen together it still functions. A flickr group has popped up to show what all those phones look like.

Design Droplets Designer Q&A with Craig Nottage_1244168188593

Designer Q&A with Craig Nottage
I’m not much of a pool player—but how cool would it be to have a table like this? I think this is one of those times when a design has broken out of it’s traditional form to be something even more interesting.

 The Homeless Stay Wired - WSJ.com_1244168210408

On the Street and On Facebook: The Homeless Stay Wired
This is one of those strange dichotomies of living and technology. If you’re a person that donates to a homeless person on the street—are you less likely to give if you noticed that they had a cell phone? That’s not covered in the article but that’s what it triggered in my head. Tech. is even more persuasive then we thought.

Tomorrow Museum » Archive » Movies to See Alone_1244168218431

Movies to See Alone
Something for reference in case one is feeling like thinking about a film in being by themselves for the evening the morning.

notcoming.com | Not Coming to a Theater Near You_1244168267592

Not Coming to a Theater Near You
I’m not a film person, but I saved this site in case I did have a couple extra hours and wanted to see something that wasn’t too hyped but was worth seeing.

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Google Wave
A point to consider about the complexity of communication with Wave, I wonder if he’ll have the same feelings a year from now.

 Went Walkabout. Brought back Google Wave._1244168279466

Went Walkabout. Brought back Google Wave.
I talk a lot about Google in my Link Drops week after week but what might be surprising is that I don’t use a lot of their products. I don’t use Google News because Daylife does a better job imho, I don’t use Gmail that much because I like having hard copies of my data (though I do have a couple accounts). Google also caters to the non mac crowd first so they also tend to not be using all the creative juice that’s out there. Sure engineers are creative and smart, but their missing a huge sector of digital spectrum by releasing PC based products first like Chrome. With all that said I’m kind of curious to see how Google Wave morphs into the future. Cool insight from a blog post about how Wave came to be. These are the kind of posts that are why corporate blogs are supposed to be. Talk about the product, share a bit of the process and publicize some of the benefits.

If The Message Is Important, It Will Find Me_1244168300516

If The Message Is Important, It Will Find Me
Nice play on something I’ve mentioned before about how important news will find people.

The embeddable newspaper « BuzzMachine_1244168306907

The embeddable newspaper
What’s strange to me as I read this is that most publishers and content creators are still gun shy about letting their content be embeddable. While YouTube might not be as profitable as it seems, what people fail to learn is that there’s a huge value in having stuff passed on that can be placed in other web sites. Sad thing, this is a concept that’s almost ten years old yet people that have never really published anything by hand or experienced that metaphor themselves are kind of out of the loop at the moment. OK–this post really didn’t have much to do with anything I just said, but that’s what I was thinking about as I read it…

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Design made you do it.
This was probably my fav. post of the week though the argument is completely wrong. Designers with heavy ties to the old world of academics hold on to the holy grail of design that can change behaviour. It’s a nice concept on paper yet what is never talked about is ethics, personal righteousness and agendas. There’s a place to make the world a better place, and there’s a time to consider personal rights that leave people alone. Her post ignores all of this in responding to what I wrote about a couple d. students from Stanford last week.

ARTRAFFLE » Blog Archive » MOVING ON UP_1244168325676

MOVING ON UP
Who wouldn’t want a treehouse in their office?

Jason Salavon - Figure 1. (Every Playboy Centerfold, 1988-1997)_1244168344361

Every Playboy Centerfold, 1988-1997 and Letterman still
Really fascinating morph of imagery.

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Microsoft Bing: It’s cherry-licious
Aside from the horrible, horrible logo—there’s some good stuff underneath the hood with Bing. One person talks about their experience.

Cartogrammar.com | Blog » Don’t make me search!_1244168366727

Don’t make me search!
I’m glad someone is asking this question—seems kind of obvious to me.

MediaShift . Laid Off Sportswriters Find New Life Online | PBS_1244168375813

Laid Off Sportswriters Find New Life Online
Interesting concept though I wonder how long they can last for…

 Dynamic Data Visualization for the iPhone - information aesthetics_1244168387575

RoamBi: Dynamic Data Visualization for the iPhone
I started playing around with this free app yesterday. I haven’t had time to upload my own data yet. It’s a cleaner faster version of visualizing stuff as opposed to using a traditional desktop tool to make pie charts. Real benefit aside from getting data on an iPhone, not sure just yet.

 Tank Man of Tiananmen - Lens Blog - NYTimes.com_1244168400871

Behind the Scenes: Tank Man of Tiananmen
By far one of the most popular links that I passed on from Twitter a couple days ago. Interesting to read different perspectives of the same image through different lenses.

Just how dimensional are our senses

Just how dimensional are our senses?
I learned some stuff about synaesthesia via this post.

Why NPR is the Future of Mainstream Media_1244168419694

Why NPR is the Future of Mainstream Media
I kind of alluded to this last week in my post about the future of radio.

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Metropolitan/municipal design, Part 2: Bicycle racks
I have no idea why I find posts about Bicycle rack design interesting, but I do.

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HALL OF FRAGMENT
Another project from someone I know on this blog…

Triangular buttons key to touchscreen typing success - inventor • Register Hardware_1244168448364

Triangular buttons key to touchscreen typing success – inventor
It’s an interesting idea though I wonder if the designer realizes that there’s supposedly an invisible T shape over each key as it’s pressed. I think the bigger problem is that the T analyzer is too slow to predict what key will next be pressed.

Will technologie save the American Economie

Will technologie save the American Economie?
Who doesn’t want to read about vending machines, the future of industrial automation that sells stuff sans person.

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Link Drop (5·22·09) http://designnotes.info/?p=1791 http://designnotes.info/?p=1791#comments Fri, 22 May 2009 12:30:22 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1791 Link Drop Themes

Summer is just about here. It’s getting nice n’hot, the humidity is about to get a lot worse and there’s a long weekend coming up asap. Things are good in NYC at the moment for me which I’m really grateful for because there’s a lot of slowness going on around North America. Who knows when it will end, but hopefully it will make people stronger and smarter going forward. This week’s version of Link Drop is a bit smaller than usual. I was pretty busy and people had ICFF on their minds I think. The themes are similar in some cases as there’s tons of tech, typography and other artforms, but there’s also stuff about parks, maps and of course NYC. Again, if the weather is nice where you are—get outside and save these links for a rainy day…

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UpNext iPhone
I found this app via swissmiss yesterday—really great way to explore NYC via a map. It’s not perfect as it can’t do routes but more then makes up by allowing someone to see what business’ are in any building in the city. I was always curious to know who was behind where I work in SoHo, now I know.

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Twitter Map
Another great mashup using twitter and maps. I think the ui could be slightly tweaked but as a concept that works it’s quite amazing. The center of the screen locates the latest tweets from the geography. By moving the screen to different parts of the world you can see what people are talking about. The more you zoom in or out, the info changes according to area.

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PostSpectacular: Social Collider
Cool explanation of Social Collider.

 Broadcast | GOOD MORNING_1242985462256

Good Morning
An interesting pov about the state of crappy design, perfect timing for ICFF.

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Shigeru Ban – Artek 10 Unit System- 05.18.09
While this idea isn’t entirely new it was one of the designed things that I thought was interesting.

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Design Glut: Candlestrip
Walking around one of the off site design shows timed for ICFF, these candles were one of the things that made me stop for a moment. (I can’t believe I just blogged about candles btw…)

What is Graphic Design

What is Graphic Design?
While on vacation last week Andy was cool enough to have coffee with me. We talked about what graphic design is and was… Nice to see something online that I can pass on now about the idea.

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Alan Clarke
I don’t usually post portfolios because there’s enough sites out there that already do that. But I thought I’d make an exception for the speculative Olympic poster work he has on the site. Really nice ideas. Too bad the Olympics don’t pay designers for work like they used too.

Magic hour behavior at Washington Square Mall « Beth’s blog_1242985528557

Magic hour behavior at Washington Square Mall
Washington Square Park is finally open again, it was great walking through it for the first time earlier this week. Here’s a write up from one person about the renovations.

i am the weather » » we left this side blank so you can help_1242985536525

“we left this side blank so you can help”
Great idea about sticking it to “the man”.

What “American Idol” Can Teach Us About Stats_1242985547626

What “American Idol” Can Teach Us About Stats
I never really thought about this issue until it was mentioned in this post. Makes sense for all those voting like shows.

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Jump Into The Stream
This is how info is flowing these days, kind of like what Daylife is doing.

em>. We call this land "Internet" | Boing Boing Gadgets_1242985578115

Welcome, Wired. We call this land “Internet”
Really interesting post from someone that worked at Wired, and even more interesting are the subsequent comments afterwards.

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respondr
1997 must have been a crazy year, I can’t imagine how things were back then interweb wise—and perhaps going through the shock every following year that it was impossible to keep up.

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Sony Pictures CEO: “I’m A Guy Who Doesn’t See Anything Good Having Come From The Internet. Period.”
Quite the statement if true.

the joy of slow photography - collapse and delight_1242985585703

the joy of slow photography
A rebuttal to super fast photo shots.

Robert L. Peters » A valuable primer (not only) for legal beagles…_1242985520235

A valuable primer (not only) for legal beagles…
Interesting to see what some lawyers are reading about typography. And no more small print for credit card companies too.

Searching for Value in Ludicrous Ideas - Allison Arieff Blog - NYTimes.com_1242985595099

Searching for Value in Ludicrous Ideas
I’ve been thinking about the fact that there might be some great ideas out there at the moment but we have no idea if they’re any good as they’re being thrown against a two sided wall of the good ol’days way of thinking and the other side that is still unknown.

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

I’m hopping that publishing Link Drops on a Sunday as opposed to a Friday will stop after this week. I took the last week off hoping to get a lot of writing done, but life got in the way and I took the time to talk with a lot of people face to face. No complaints of course but I’m now weeks behind with what I wanted to have completed. Anyhow, I did still mange to find some ideas worth sharing.

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Eliss – for iPhone and iPod touch
I’ve only played this game a handful of times so will it have a longevity—I don’t know. But after seeing this tweet I’ve said it before but Eliss on the iPhone is a milestone in multi-touch design and interaction: http://www.toucheliss.com/ You must buy it brendandawes I can’t really disagree. I’m only on stage three but I’m curious to see how my thinking with my hands and mind evolve.

 Wooster In The White House - An Explanation_1242570005948

Wooster In The White House – An Explanation
This post is worth pointing out for a number of reasons. First and foremost there’s a conversation that is going on that really hasn’t happened yet. Different channels have been created via the interwebs that are spreading info differently than people have time to recognize. Now that there’s a pause there’s some great conversations starting. The response post is worth a read too thoughts

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no title thanks to tumblr
This is an amazing photo—reminds me a bit of HBO’s Voyeur stuff that was being projected on apartments last year. Scary thing is that it’s real, happening right now and probably just a couple blocks away from me.

 A New Business Model for Digital Agencies_1242570032019

A New Business Model for Digital Agencies
This was a great thing for me to read after my talk because I have a lot of questions how any agency can survive these days inside it’s current format. I really wanted to have a conversation afterwards about agile which didn’t really happen, my fault I don’t know. But I was happy to see others are asking the same thing.

Marissa Mayer, Larry Page on journalism’s future | SiliconBeat_1242570041554

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

 The Woman Who Can't Forget_1242570061123

Total Recall: The Woman Who Can’t Forget
Haven’t read this yet, but I saw a couple people reference it out there that I know, so I might as well take a look too once I get a chance to catch my breath from running around.

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Music to design to
Good question to ask every once in awhile. Maybe there’s a new fav. undiscovered group within those listings you haven’t seen before.

swissmiss | Triptrop_1242570097244

Triptrop
Nice find about the typical mta ride time around NYC. I’ve played with the idea of doing something similar for walking, but I’m not sure if it would really be that helpful.

Fighting Talk | The Ministry of Type_1242570115038

Fighting Talk
This looks really cool.

Blueprint Magazine - Architecture & Design_1242570129151

TCHO: Graphics and Chocolate
Great process explanation of typography.

 Study Ball . » noquedanblogs.com_1242570139107

NQB WTF: Study Ball
This could be more helpful than one thinks. I’d like to give it a try to see if it’s helpful or not.

SIEGE Audio Company » The Stealth_1242570148307

SIEGE Audio Company—The Stealth
Taking an old school idea for wires and making it contemporary. For some reason the product photo reminds me of boxing gloves.

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

Mies van der Rohe: demolish or not?
I think stuff like this should stay around if for no other reason then to give designers hope that you can do regular stuff and make extraordinary buildings when the right opportunity comes around.

KinoSport | Tilt Shifting Tokyo_1242570174973

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

New Cartographer - Future Trends in Mobile and Attention Data_1242570186640


Here and There in Manhattan 2

This is a continuation of two week’s worth of Link Drop’s looking at Manhattan. I really like the split screen that show things similar and dissimilar at the same speed.

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

F.A.Q. for Y.O.U.
Scott asks a great question that allows others to share their POV on “how aspiring writers find aspiring artists to collaborate with these days.”

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

 FOR 2009, IDEA SUBSCRIPTION__ - collaborative open source conceptual art_1242570220734

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

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iStat: Find out what’s going on inside your Mac
I’m sure there’s other apps out there, but it was nice to be reminded how I can make my MBP run better via info that shouldn’t be that hard to see in the first place.

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

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

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Amazon Turns Publisher
Sure people talk about google and apple, but I think Amazon is the thing to keep an eye on at the moment. They’re selling stuff but their also making a move on editorial that could influence things in a way that a traditional publisher could never pull off.

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Will barcodes cease to exist? http://designnotes.info/?p=1631 http://designnotes.info/?p=1631#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2009 11:58:05 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1631 SnapTell

SnapTell

SnapTell

Shazam

Shazam

After my less than great experience trying to create and decode some QR codes from a past post on my iPhone I had all but given up on grabbing info via a lens and converting that into meaningful information. Sure there was Shazam that could identify music but I’ve never felt the need to use it much. I figured if there was a song on tv I probably didn’t want to know who sang it anyways and most of my music is streamed online so I tend to know who it is. But it’s still cool app. And then I was tipped off to an even cooler app from Callie Neylan when she visited NYC over the weekend. She mentioned SnapTell which allows an iPhone user to take a picture of book, dvd or video game cover and convert that info into something you can save and if you want – purchase online. The fact that there’s an app that can do just that is pretty convenient, but the online info about prices and searches it can do afterwards is pretty dangerous. It’s insanely easy to buy stuff.

I don’t know if there’s already a term out there for those type of ambient search grabs – but if there is please let me know. While I was shooting books I wondered that if an app can grab that type of info, what’s the need for barcodes? Now if only there was a wine app to grab detailed label info we’d be set.

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