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Links worth checking out from the last week | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Links worth checking out from the last week

mos

Now in my third week of experimenting with link flow I offer some of the more interesting sites that I visted via friends, surfing and luck.

MOS
http://tinyurl.com/6cge8c
MOS is an interdisciplinary practice focusing on architecture and design through research and the production of multivalent architectural objects. The work engages issues ranging from typology, digital methodologies, the physical context of structure, fabrication, materiality, tactility, and use; to the larger networks of social, cultural, and environmental. This process of radical inclusion and experimentation allows MOS to participate in design at a multiplicity of scales.

ONE CITY LEFT
http://tinyurl.com/6mqlj6
“One City Left” started simply as a project examining how individuals capture “their city” using only a disposable camera. When keeping equipment minimal and uniform, personal perspective becomes paramount, creating different interpretations of similar subject matter.

Rise of the Switch Control
Losing Context: http://tinyurl.com/6afhd7
One of the interesting user interface elements which Apple introduced with the iPhone was the switch control. It has a unique place on the iPhone due to its user’s primary method of interaction–a blunt index finger.

Creative tension
The Guardian: http://tinyurl.com/68w9hs
In the hit series Mad Men, chain-smoking and sexism are allowed in the office. Just a quaint period drama – or a wry commentary on today’s adland culture?

Back to Basics: Creative Problem Solving
paul isakson: http://tinyurl.com/66ed8l
Kotchka: don’t take a designer and tell them to build a bridge. Bring them to the canyon and see what they come up with. The above “tweet” from David Armano this past Friday has been sitting in the back of my mind the past couple of days. It was from Claudia Kotchka’s presentation at the Institute of Design Strategy Conference.

OFFF Video
Molecular Voices: http://tinyurl.com/59mcb9
Yet another post from the OFFF festival. Please excuse the very jumpy camera work especially in the beginning(big time amateur move on my part). I mostly just wanted to be able to give people a sense for what the whole experience was like with this. There are some Lisbon street scenes as well as a bunch of footage from the presentations. Enjoy!

Ask 37signals: How do you say no?
37signals: http://tinyurl.com/6dz9bv
We say no to a lot of ideas — including most of our own ideas. But it’s important to remember that no can be temporary. No now may be yes later. Or it may be no forever. The trick is to figure out which camp a certain no falls into and then respond appropriately.

OK/Cancel or Cancel/OK
eismann-sf: http://tinyurl.com/5tobm9
In the past, I’ve worked in corporate design organizations where relatively small-scale issues like OK/Cancel seem to be on the top of everyone’s mind. IMO, this is a symptom of 1) design inexperience and/or 2) a design organization guided by analytics.

Emily Gould
The Boston Globe: http://tinyurl.com/6daem3
I was hoping to find something defensible in Emily Gould’s New York Times Magazine cover story, which hit the stands this past Sunday. Why was this my hope? Because — as I noted in an update to a December 07 Brainiac post about Gould’s decision to quit her job as poster girl for Gawker, the snarky Manhattan publishing/celebrity gossip blog — she’s dating novelist and n+1 editor Keith Gessen, whom I consider a friend. And whenever possible, you ought to defend a friend’s significant other. Right? I think so, anyway.

New Mcginley Inspired Sigur Ros Video for Gobbledigook
Kitsune Noir: http://tinyurl.com/5bqxfb
Holy crap. Out of nowhere Sigur Ros just released this new single and video for a song called Gobbledigook, an Animal Collective-esque song that makes me really frigging excited for their new album, Með suð i eyrum við spilum endalaust (With A Buzz In Our Ears We Play Endlessly). Yeah, seriously, that’s what it’s called.

Behind Starbucks’ Cup Cleanup
Advertising Age: http://tinyurl.com/462zce
“Are you kiddin’ me? This is a mythological creature,” said Stanley Hainsworth, former VP-global creative at Starbucks, when asked whether Starbucks was trying to nab headlines by reintroducing its original logo, which features a topless mermaid. “We wanted to be invisible. We wanted the conversation to be about coffee, not about anatomy.”

Portion Size, Then and Now
divine caroline: http://tinyurl.com/56c5tf
Over the past few decades, portion sizes of everything from muffins to sandwiches have grown considerably. Unfortunately, America’s waistbands have reacted accordingly. In the 1970s, around 47 percent of Americans were overweight or obese; now 66 percent of us are. In addition, the number of just obese people has doubled, from 15 percent of our population to 30 percent.

Upendra Shardanand
http://upendra.shardanand.com/
When I visit a news company I occasionally ask, “If you completely eliminated your offline operations – the revenues, yes, but also the costs of paper, printing presses, delivery, etc. – could you support the same level of journalism purely as an online brand?” The answers range from “no” with zero hesitation to “no” after some deliberation. But so far, always “no.”

Do I Detect a Hint of … Joe?
The New York Times: http://tinyurl.com/543wg8
THOUGH wine tastings seem to have become less pretentious in recent years, it’s still rare to hear a top varietal compared to Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. But at coffee tastings — known to aficionados as cuppings — there is no prescribed lexicon, and a lot more room for whimsy.

Fight Club in Union Square: Wack Emo Hipsters, Berzerker Fury and Real Street Combat
And I Am Not Lying: http://tinyurl.com/5m7ur9
I got another cryptic text from a friend last Friday afternoon: “Fight Club in Union Square. GET HERE.”
For those who don’t live in New York, Union Square has historically been a giant meeting place for political protesters, social activists, and merchants of all sizes. In the days following September 11th, it was a meeting place for rescuers and mourners alike. Now it’s home to a multiplex, Ann Taylor Loft, a Whole Foods, and a Diesel store.
So really, it makes perfect sense that in the inner chamber of Manhattan’s consumer culture, right there in Union Square, there would be a massive, public fight club.

Paper Wars
http://tinyurl.com/3kz6yk
The Death Machines paper kits bring the contradictory experience of weapons into the home; admirably designed and aesthetically fascinating and simultaneously terrifyingly in their lethality. Each handmade part becomes a medium for the maker’s reaction to the subject.

Banished Cheftestant Should Have Kept His Hat On
Grub Street: http://tinyurl.com/54frls
Last night’s Top Chef determined which four cheftestants would make the journey to Puerto Rico for a two-part season finale. New Yorker Spike Mendelsohn took off his hat for once and, in spite of a Quickfire win, was sent home for his failed frozen scallops. New York’s Michael Alan Connelly spoke with Spike today about his “controversial” dismissal and why Richard is the contestant to beat.

Object Obituary: My Flickr Meta-Content
All This ChittahChattah: http://tinyurl.com/4r7aos
Back in January I posted my sad story about the loss of my Flickr account. The next issue of Ambidextrous Magazine features my Object Obituary (PDF link) for My Flickr Meta-Content.

The Art Gallery of Many Typefaces
Brand New: http://tinyurl.com/6bkdcq
The Art Gallery of Ontario (or, “the AGO” to friends) has been undergoing a revitalization since 2002 that will culminate in a Frank Gehry-designed building and thousands of new works of art sometime in the Fall of 2008, when the AGO reopens its doors, which have been closed since October of last year. In the meantime, and gearing up for the momentous event, the AGO unveiled last week a new logo designed by Bruce Mau Design, who also designed the previous iteration of the logo in 1997.

Wiimbledon Sign-up
http://tinyurl.com/43bwyh
Sign-ups will open Sunday, June 1st at 12 noon ET. The sign up form will be on this page. Sign ups will be open for a few minutes until we receive the first 40 or so emails. Then sign ups close, and will reopen Monday, June 2nd, at 12 noon, and again Tuesday, June 3rd, at noon. Capice? Questions, hit us up at brooklyn dot wiimbledon at gmail dot com.

Editing’s a drag
BuzzMachine: http://tinyurl.com/546y6e
I’m not saying editing is bad. But as news becomes a process rather than a product, editing can affect that process.

Kristine Nyborg
http://www.kristinenyborg.com/

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