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…
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.
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.
PostSpectacular: Social Collider
Cool explanation of Social Collider.
An interesting pov about the state of crappy design, perfect timing for ICFF.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
“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
I never really thought about this issue until it was mentioned in this post. Makes sense for all those voting like shows.
Jump Into The Stream
This is how info is flowing these days, kind of like what Daylife is doing.
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.
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.
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
A rebuttal to super fast photo shots.
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
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.
I’m hopping that publishing Link Drops on a Sunday as opposed to a Friday will stop after this week. I took the last week off hoping to get a lot of writing done, but life got in the way and I took the time to talk with a lot of people face to face. No complaints of course but I’m now weeks behind with what I wanted to have completed. Anyhow, I did still mange to find some ideas worth sharing.
Eliss – for iPhone and iPod touch
I’ve only played this game a handful of times so will it have a longevity—I don’t know. But after seeing this tweet I’ve said it before but Eliss on the iPhone is a milestone in multi-touch design and interaction: http://www.toucheliss.com/ You must buy it brendandawes I can’t really disagree. I’m only on stage three but I’m curious to see how my thinking with my hands and mind evolve.
Wooster In The White House – An Explanation
This post is worth pointing out for a number of reasons. First and foremost there’s a conversation that is going on that really hasn’t happened yet. Different channels have been created via the interwebs that are spreading info differently than people have time to recognize. Now that there’s a pause there’s some great conversations starting. The response post is worth a read too thoughts
no title thanks to tumblr
This is an amazing photo—reminds me a bit of HBO’s Voyeur stuff that was being projected on apartments last year. Scary thing is that it’s real, happening right now and probably just a couple blocks away from me.
A New Business Model for Digital Agencies
This was a great thing for me to read after my talk because I have a lot of questions how any agency can survive these days inside it’s current format. I really wanted to have a conversation afterwards about agile which didn’t really happen, my fault I don’t know. But I was happy to see others are asking the same thing.
Marissa Mayer, Larry Page on Journalism’s Future
Again, I like reading about Daylife via the lens of other people’s perspectives.
Total Recall: The Woman Who Can’t Forget
Haven’t read this yet, but I saw a couple people reference it out there that I know, so I might as well take a look too once I get a chance to catch my breath from running around.
Music to design to
Good question to ask every once in awhile. Maybe there’s a new fav. undiscovered group within those listings you haven’t seen before.
Nice find about the typical mta ride time around NYC. I’ve played with the idea of doing something similar for walking, but I’m not sure if it would really be that helpful.
This looks really cool.
TCHO: Graphics and Chocolate
Great process explanation of typography.
NQB WTF: Study Ball
This could be more helpful than one thinks. I’d like to give it a try to see if it’s helpful or not.
SIEGE Audio Company—The Stealth
Taking an old school idea for wires and making it contemporary. For some reason the product photo reminds me of boxing gloves.
Mies van der Rohe: demolish or not?
I think stuff like this should stay around if for no other reason then to give designers hope that you can do regular stuff and make extraordinary buildings when the right opportunity comes around.
Tilt Shifting Tokyo
Nice mix of photos and music for the tilt shift app floating around.
Here and There in Manhattan 2
This is a continuation of two week’s worth of Link Drop’s looking at Manhattan. I really like the split screen that show things similar and dissimilar at the same speed.
F.A.Q. for Y.O.U.
Scott asks a great question that allows others to share their POV on “how aspiring writers find aspiring artists to collaborate with these days.”
Cards of Change
Interesting idea with the cards you still have.
David Horvitz: FOR 2009, IDEA SUBSCRIPTION__ – collaborative open source conceptual art
Reminds me of time, energy and the ability to pass things on.
iStat: Find out what’s going on inside your Mac
I’m sure there’s other apps out there, but it was nice to be reminded how I can make my MBP run better via info that shouldn’t be that hard to see in the first place.
Big Brand 1080px Design
Seeing past the 960px grid.
Philips de Pury: Photographs
Good addition to that image above of the apartments getting their face torn off.
Amazon Turns Publisher
Sure people talk about google and apple, but I think Amazon is the thing to keep an eye on at the moment. They’re selling stuff but their also making a move on editorial that could influence things in a way that a traditional publisher could never pull off.
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The one big theme that I missed on my note above for this week’s Link Drop was politics. It’s been a couple weeks since I really mentioned that much, and perhaps not surprisingly it’s tied closely to tech. Other tech. things that people interact with on a daily basis include Google, Twitter and Facebook. Surprisingly no iPhone stuff… People are also still trying to make sense of things so it’s natural that info design pops up from time to time. The only surprise mention is from Nooka where Matthew came back from Japan with some new toys. I’ve seen his collection previously which is quite impressive so I found his rational for what he brought back to be interesting.
Till next week!
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Google design: The kids are alright
If you’ve read the much overhyped Visual Designer that left Google, you might want to read this open letter from another person that left Google a while ago. Really puts things in a better perspective imho.
And Now, The Periodic Table of Game Controllers
I liked the idea behind this periodic table much more than the typeface one that was floating around a while back on the interwebs.
Interesting idea, I’m kind of for even faster design but maybe she has a point.
Future May Be Brighter, but It’s Apocalypse Now
It was quite the read for a Monday morning. It should be noted that he has a book coming out about the response to this article.
Twitter. Twittering. Twittered.
Interesting how people are sort of coming around via experience as opposed to just reading about what they should like, or dislike.
Where Wall Street Trades in Political Currency
I really like the key part of the diagram. I’m working on something similar that’s all digital, but it’s going to take a couple iterations before it get’s to being this cool.
tokyo toy report
A man and his rational for the toys he bought on his recent trip to Tokyo.
Why Small Companies Will Win in This Economy
I’m not so sure this is a new trend, but some of the same factors that are making this possible could create new opportunities to do better design work. If things don’t have to scale as much, it could allows for a less mechanical result. Maybe?
Contrail Biking Community Tool
I really liked this idea behind leaving one’s mark on the street in an organic way. And after it rains it disappears.
I like anything that has to do with Isotype, even better when their big…
How Chris Hughes Helped Launch Facebook and the Barack Obama Campaign
Something to file away into memory.
White House Using Google Moderator For Town Hall Meeting. And AppEngine. And YouTube.
It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve mentioned tech and politics. Fascinating that the gov. is starting to take the lead and the rest of the country is playing catch-up.
Obama’s ‘open for questions’ experiment uses Digg-like layout
This is a continuation of what I started noticing with my amazon link last week.
Former WSJ.com Editor: What Papers Can—And Can’t—Charge For
Good info from someone on the inside of the pay structure that get’s referenced a lot these days.
2009 Call For Entries | Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach
If you’re into digital graffiti, this might be the thing for you.
What Matters: Mapping innovation clusters
I’m not entirely sure what I’m looking at or interacting with, but I like it. Need to experiment with it more.
Logo laws, black versus colour, tarnished brands, and a juicy fruit salad
It was a tough week for Logos, David rounds up a couple posts including one of mine to examine what’s up these days.
What’s your definition of “street art”? (We’ve struggled with this for years)
Great question from a good source, I’m still thinking about my answer… Interesting that facebook is pretty good venue for that kind of thing.
The elements of networked urbanism
I’m not sure if I even know what networked urbanism is, but here’s a listing of 14 elements of such a thing.
Yes! It does exist!
I’m not a fan of going up to someone and asking for their autograph—actually I never have. But I do want to go up to Steve Martin now.
I learned new term about design this week.
a lively debate with mark cuban
Went to the Boxee NYC meetup this week, expected a bit more info on the ui/ux release front. This post in terms of debating Mark was up for a bit of discussion during the night.
Blog/Jongerius x Maharam x Nike
Pretty cool idea, I don’t think their meant for me to wear—my guess is that they’ll be more popular with the cool girls, but as a design they look nice.
Sea Dust, pt 2
These type of images are really cool and make you see things in a different light. Throw a bit of biology into the mix and you have a pretty good post.
Fashion tends to go back and fourth, let’s hope this isn’t the case for basketball shorts.
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Design is an optimistic pursuit, but sometimes the ideals of designers can get in the way of things as they are as opposed to what things should be. Let’s take a look at the “Logo” as we’ve been trained to admire and as a further extension of the “brand” as we used to know it. Today banks and financial institutions aren’t doing so well—their reputations are tarnished, maybe beyond repair. The typical design response would be to suggest they just need to reposition themselves, design a new logo. That standard response would have worked in the not so distant past, but I don’t think that’s going help today which leads me to believe the logo really isn’t as meaningful as it used to be.
As crazy as it is, people vote with their clicks. While it’s a cold transaction there’s as much emotion in their decision as the snap reactions to brands in the technical sense of the word. People are reacting to what their friends, peers and content that means something to them with a simple yes/no or thumbs up/down to define what’s valuable. Of course if they really care they typically can add a comment. The standard argument is those clicks don’t mean much. It turns out that they actually do—in my Link Drop last week I posted a link about how Amazon created 2.7 billion dollars of worth via a simple yes/no question on their reviews. Google brought in web 2.0 with the cash cow of simple advertising links. The evolution of that is the vote economy where people have the power to have their collective say. While some people might laugh at that idea, that click gives more emotional tie in possibilities than any logo could provide. That vote emotion is what will drive commerce and designers better be willing to adjust to that reality because logos as we know them are dead.]]>