Link Drop for the Week Ending Friday the 13th (June 2008)


How fitting that it is a Friday the 13th that I offer up my Link Drop for the past week. If you’ve been coming back to DesignNotes you’ll have seen an interesting progression of posts that I do on Fridays. This week is no exception that I’ve evolved the links even more. Each of the past Fridays I’ve been playing with how to best show some of the links that I found interesting. As the weeks have gone by I’ve kept the form of things that read well, and added to those that didn’t. This week I try to balance the links with small thumbnails so you can get a better idea of what you’re going to click on. Please interact and let me know what works and what doesn’t. Did you click on the headline, image or visit link button – I’d be curious to hear what choices you made and why. Till next week – have a happy Friday.

horse-animation.gifHorses for courses wemakeitbetter
More fun with animation today kids! This time we made a horsey. We won on the Grand National last weekend with this fella. Well done Dobbin! (Visit Link)

Amazon Just Lost $1.8 Million in an Hour - Advertising Age - Digital_1213306304543.pngAmazon Just Lost $1.8 Million in an Hour Advertising Age
You expect it to happen to fund-strapped start-ups such as Twitter. But Amazon? The e-commerce site went down this afternoon around 1:30 EDT and stayed down for at least an hour. Attempts to access were met with the following message: “Http/1.1 Service Unavailable.” (Visit Link)

Picture 4.pngShe Dresses to Win
WHILE it’s not often that Michelle Obama and Barbara Bush appear in the same sentence, there are those who think that, as Barack Obama’s historic candidacy powers along, his wife seems to be borrowing from the playbook of the wife of Bush 41 and mother of Bush 43. We are talking here in terms of image and style. (Visit Link)

A Peculiar Relationship With Water - Jason Bishop_1213307109033.pngA Peculiar Relationship With Water jasonbishop
This was a project called “What Happened” for Scott Stowell’s class. It had to be a non-illustrated information graphic, the size was a fixed 22″ x 17″ poster, and had to be a personal subject or data of some sort. (Visit Link)

This Blog Sits at the- Branding intelligence at Google_1213307309150.pngBranding intelligence at Google cultureby
Google has a great experiment going in the domain of branding. As everyone will have noticed by this time, the name “Google” now sometimes appears with a fanciful image, as if “Google” has been communing with Clio and the other gods of history, and comes away from these excursions with small bits of data still attached. (Visit Link)

Picture 2.pngWhat Newspapers Still Don’t
Understand About The Web
Why is Google making more money everyday while newspapers are making less? I’m going to pick on The Washington Post again only because it’s my local paper and this is a local example. (Visit Link)

swissmiss- destroy flickr_1213307821494.pngDestroyFlickr swissmiss
One of the projects, Destroy Flickr, that I was judging at the 2008 Adobe Achievement Awards last friday, had all of us interactive judges jump up and say “Fantastic! Where can I download it?!” I had to keep telling myself hat this was STUDENT work! Wow!
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The Implications of 256 Pixels (Three Minds On Digital Marketing @ Organic)_1213308994806.pngThe Implications of 256 Pixels
It’s one of those things that shouldn’t really matter, but it does. Google changed their favicon, a 16 pixel by 16 pixel image that appears in various places on your browser (tabs, url field, bookmarks), and I just don’t like it. (Visit Link)

Eye-Fi Wireless Camera SD Memory at The Photojojo Store_1213309078944.pngEye-Fi Gives any Camera Wi-Fi and Geo-Location! photojojo
First your phone went wireless, then your laptop, now finally, your camera!(Visit Link)

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Subtraction- Investing Strategies for iPhone Customers_1213309252726.pngInvesting Strategies for iPhone Customers subtraction
Hurray for the iPhone 3G! Really, I’m not mad. I’m kind of excited that 3G is finally coming to the iPhone, and I harbor sufficiently little ill will against Apple for so dramatically lowering the cost of entry to their iPhone platform that I may even go ahead and buy one for myself when it’s released next month. (Visit Link)

A List Apart- Articles- Writing an Interface Style Guide_1213309462185.png Writing an Interface Style Guide alistapart
Take a look at any CSS-based website design gallery, and you’ll see it’s obvious that beautiful interfaces are being designed and developed in amazing quantities. I frequently look to these sites for inspiration and, beyond a nice design and beautiful code, there’s usually something common about these sites: they’re new. (Visit Link)

Vignelli spaghetti. (Soulellis Studio)_1213309619254.pngVignelli spaghetti. soulellis
It’s here in our office — the new Massimo Vignelli map. (Official title: “New York Subway Diagram.”) (Visit Link)

Urban Prankster_1213309705636.pngurbanprankster
Urban Prankster covers pranks, hacks, participatory art, flash mobs, and other creative endeavors that take place in public places in cities across the world. It is edited by Charlie Todd. (Visit Link)

Picture 1They Rule
They Rule aims to provide a glimpse of some of the relationships of the US ruling class. It takes as its focus the boards of some of the most powerful U.S. companies, which share many of the same directors. Some individuals sit on 5, 6 or 7 of the top 500 companies. It allows users to browse through these interlocking directories and run searches on the boards and companies. A user can save a map of connections complete with their annotations and email links to these maps to others. They Rule is a starting point for research about these powerful individuals and corporations. (Visit Link)

CIPB Jurors Opening Night - a set on Flickr_1213309890558.pngChicago International Poster Biennial
A collection of photos from behind the scenes and at the opening jurors night of the Chicago International Poster Biennial. (Visit Link)

AdrianDL_1213310038246.pngAdrian Shaughnessy / The Essential Attributes of the Graphic Designer design-event
Whether you’re new in the game or have been running your design studio for years – in today’s unsteady climate, what does it take to be a successful graphic designer? (Visit Link)

The Sartorialist- On the Street.....Best Use of Vintage, Soho_1213310057429.pngOn the Street…..Best Use of Vintage, Soho thesartorialist
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Marcus Batey Design+Art Direction_1213310127036.pngNews/Blog marcus batey
Marcus Batey likes listening, thinking, talking and doodling. He also likes, amongst other things, pencils, the smell of fresh print, tea and baked goods. He dislikes talking in the third person. (Visit Link)

Bobulate » Announcing New MFA in Interaction Design_1213310306959.pngAnnouncing New MFA in Interaction Design bobulate
Today, the School of Visual Arts in New York City is unveiling a project we’ve been working on for some time: a new Master of Fine Arts in Interaction Design, a program to launch in Fall of 2009. The program was jointly concepted by Steven Heller, founder of the renowned Designer as Author program, and me over the last several months. I’ll be charting a new path of sorts in coming months, taking on the position as Chair of the program, while continuing to foster my own information architecture and user research practice in parallel. (Visit Link)

VANITY FAIR Blogopticon | vanityfair.com_1213310345926.pngVANITY FAIR Blogopticon VANITY FAIR
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+KN | Kitsune Noir » Wooster Collective Interview with Dan Witz_1213323591567.pngWooster Collective Interview with Dan Witz kitsunenoir
One of the very first things I ever posted about here on Kitsune Noir were the paintings of Dan Witz. I didn’t know much about him or what the hell I was doing for that matter, but his paintings totally stood out to me and proved in my mind that if I shared what I felt passionate about, this silly blog thing might work out. Well a year later I’ve posted over 1000 times and had way over a million page views, so things worked out by me just doing what I enjoyed. (Visit Link)

It's Nice That_1213324342498.pngSAM WINSTON itsnicethat
Typography extraordinaire Sam Winston has updated his site. His work is truly original and well worth a look not only on his site but try and see it in person. The ‘dictionary story print’ is a personal favorite along with this piece he did for the second If You Could book last year. (Visit Link)

‘Top Chef’ Runner-up- “When I'm Cooking, I'm Happy” - Grub Street - New York Magazine_1213325200541.png‘Top Chef’ Runner-up: “When I’m Cooking, I’m Happy” nymag
What was your biggest mistake? My $100,000 mistake? I would have cooked the beef more. (Visit Link)

writing | ben fry » Paola Antonelli on Charlie Rose_1213325446241.pngPaola Antonelli on Charlie Rose Ben Fry
The full transcript doesn’t seem to be available freely, however some excerpts: And I believe that design is one of the highest forms of human creative expression. ¶ I would never dare say that! But I’ll secretly root for her making her case. ¶ And also, I believe that designers, when they’re good, take revolutions in science and in technology, and they transform them into objects that people like us can use. ¶ Doesn’t that make you want to be a designer when you grow up? (Visit Link)

simplicity.jpg (JPEG Image, 1457x799 pixels) - Scaled (79%)_1213326200154.pngInformed simplicity politecalab
Matthew Frederick in 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School (The MIT Press, 2007) after saying how to draw a line, also says that there are three levels of knowing:
-simplicity, is the world view of the child or uninformed adult, fully engaged in his own experience and happily unaware of what lies beneath the surface of immediate reality.
-complexity, characterizes the ordinary adult world view. It is characterized by an awareness of complex system in nature and society but an inability to discern clarifyng patterns and connection.
-informed simplicity, is an enlightened view of reality. It is founded upon an ability to dicern or create clarifying patterns within complex mixtures.
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SHANE LAVALETTE - JOURNAL » J.K. Rowling on Failure and Imagination_1213326357537.pngJ.K. Rowling on Failure and Imagination Shane Lavalette
J.K. Rowling, author of the best-selling Harry Potter book series, delivered a great commencement address last week at Harvard University entitled, “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination.” (Visit Link)

Picture 11.pngBands that Sound Okay and Look Cute are typically destined for big things hipsterrunoff
Has any one heard of this band THOSE DANCING DAYS ? They look like an all-alt-girl band that was assembled by a coalition of alternative retail executives. (Visit Link)

periodic table of architecture | serial consign_1213352710720periodic table of architecture serialconsign
Having connections to web development and architectural practice (I’ve developed sites for two architecture studios), I’m rather opinionated about the manner in which firms archive and market themselves online. In general, I think the presence of most architecture firms on the web is tremendously underwhelming and the organization of an online portfolio almost always boils down to the “timeline vs. project typology” binary. That said, I was pleasantly surprised to stumble across the web site for LOHA: Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects this past weekend. (Visit Link)

Search & Destroy » Blog Archive » Rainbow In Your Hand by Masashi Kawamura_1213360552301 Rainbow In Your Hand by Masashi Kawamura sad-blog
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  • Decent

    Thanks for the link drop! -SAD blog

  • Kim

    I love your Friday link lists — you find the best sites! And, I click on the headline. Have a great weekend.