Publishing DesignNotes on a near daily basis over the last couple of years has helped me consider design in a manner that you can’t learn from just reading about it. By being proactive it forces you to always keep your eyes open. When you happen to flip a page and realize that you have no idea what you just read that’s way tougher to do when it’s you writing. Publishing DesignNotes also allows me to talk to interesting people that I otherwise would never had met either through email or actually meeting them in person.
Last night I met w/ Matthew Waldman who’s the founder of Nooka (see watch above). I could go on and on about what I think about the watches but if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you already know that. We had been exchanging emails every once in a while and since his office is pretty close to where I live it seemed weird not meet face to face. It was interesting to see the studio where everyone works (hi Yumi) and see the collection of watches, products and other characters that are being created. One of the things that I learned about UPS that I had never considered was that the trucks at dusk are kind of invisible – or at least that’s what Matthew thinks as he’s almost been hit by a couple. It was also interesting to hear the development of the company and how things have evolved. I saw a really cool wallet that they’re developing that fits in pretty nicely with some of the other watches. We also talked about perhaps doing a joint thing with DesignNotes. Nothing extreme of course and way too soon to mention anything more then that – but stay tuned.