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Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 27th (June 2008) | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 27th (June 2008)

Kick ass N and T lig.

Going for two months now, the latest edition of Link Drop contains bigger thumbnails as an easier target to click to the sites you want to see. Below are a list of sites and posts that got my attention this week. Unexpected stuff like the kindle made a mark while a followup to the Obama seal follows from last week. In between that there’s some pretty cool stuff that you’ll probably want to sit back and check out.

Picture 1R.E.M. – Hollow Man Shot, designed and animated by Crush, Toronto.

PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » RFID Aesthetics_1214522767803RFID Aesthetics pingmag
EXCERPT: “RFID — or radio-frequency identification… we’ve heard of that before. Now, while strolling the booths at the RFID Expo that just took place at Tokyo’s Big Sight, we began wondering what RFID is used for best: as a button on a chef’s uniform to let him open the kitchen door; as an infant’s bracelet for a motion detector; embedded in boxes to trace its contents on their way across the globe or inside price tags in department stores to calculate the sales. Ah, well, if you just keep standing in front of the chip displays, you start to make out figures and characters of their shapes, wondering who came up with these fascinating structures… Instead of delving into new technology, this time PingMag takes a closer look at the appearance of RFID transponders.”

Picture 4Facebook overtakes MySpace worldwide sfgate
EXCERPT: “Worldwide, Facebook has surpassed MySpace in monthly users. Nearly 124 million people dropped by Facebook in May, compared with more than 114.6 million people checking out MySpace in May, comScore said. The statistics are drastically different from last year.”

Picture 3Blue Bottle Coffee Making nbrier’s photostream

EXCERPT: “Why bother with a paper newspaper when you can get is all on the new Amazon Kindle. And in such bright and easy to read typography. It’s light and easy to carry. You download all your content via wireless like a snap. The Kindle does a remarkable job of being my daily newspaper, favorite book, and all those magazines I love reading over the summer vacation like the New Yorker. The only big problem is where did all the ads go? Oh, jeez there aren’t any. It’s a subscription based business model. Dang that’s another nail in the old traditional advertising model. Pretty cool technology though. I’m a fan.”

 a guide to today's news_1214522825099Daylife: a guide to today’s news Christa In New York
EXCERPT: “Jon Fine’s article in this week’s issue of Business Week discusses a new news provider, Daylife. As a devoted fan of the news and someone who believes that the plethora of new media channels can help to reinvent traditional media, I am intrigued by Daylife’s business model.”

 muxtape madness_1214568211392muxtape madness a clock with out hands
EXCERPT: “Some are sloppy and some are neat (if you are into yé-yé, I might recommend some samplings proffered in muxtape ten and eleven, respectively). I really just want muxtape to let me upload “Nous Tous” by Françoise Hardy- it’s my current jive, a tune I’ve gotta share.”

 It Ain't Easy Being Supreme_1214522856417It Ain’t Easy Being Supreme charlie gower
EXCERPT: “A friend of mine brought this back for me from the Supreme store in LA. I expect most people have seen the Kermit ads here and there but this little dude is the icing on the cake.”

 Focus on Results, Not Time from Behance Magazine_1214522992266 Tip: Focus on Results, Not Time behance mag
EXCERPT: “We often assume that the number of hours spent at work are an indication of one’s effort, interest, and accomplishment. However, in reality, the greatest ideas and the execution of these ideas happen in spurts. The best ideas often do not require a lengthy conception, and the most productive days are seldom the longest. But still, managers instinctually measure employees with an eye on the clock. Working hours remain rigid, and morale suffers when the rules fail to support the ultimate goal: a productive creative workplace. What working conditions are ideal for maximum creativity and productivity?”

Picture 5The Brilliant George Carlin “Passes Away” debbie millman
EXCERPT: “George Carlin died yesterday. The world is a much sadder place today.”

 Whitney Biennial for Kids ( of all ages )_1214523074474 Whitney Biennial for Kids (of all ages) bigsecretpizzaparty
EXCERPT: “I went to the Whitney Biennial awhile back, and while most of the stuff there was marginally close to the cliche idea of contemporary art being things like piles of trash, and chunks of wood with hot fudge dripping from them, they had a fantastic activity-oriented brochure to get kids involved in the exhibits, and thinking about what the art meant ( or didn’t mean, as the case may be).”

 All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Obama’s presidential seal gone after one use « - Blogs from CNN.com_1214524524309Obama’s presidential seal gone after one use politicalticker.blogs.cnn
EXCERPT: “Barack Obama’s communications director said Monday that the presidential seal the campaign unveiled last week at a meeting with Democratic governors won’t be seen again.”

swissmiss_1214543553548 Fanette Mellier swissmiss
EXCERPT: “Love this font by Fanette Mellier. (the navigation of the portfolio site is slightly painful though) (via whatmademelook)”

Universal Edit Button | urlgreyhot_1214524550915Universal Edit Button urlgreyhot

EXCERPT: “There is a group of people getting around the idea of having a Universal Edit Button in browser bars to indicate when a page is editable. The green pencil icon is similar to the orange “broadcast” RSS icon that indicates there is an RSS feed available.”

 research_1214570841078data-driven parenting serial consign
EXCERPT: “Last week, Kevin Kelly wrote about a web service right on point with some of the recent projects examined here on Serial Consign. Trixie Tracker is a parental database and scheduling application developed by interface designer Ben MacNeill. The service is designed for parents to track the daily rhythms of their infant(s) and over time, build up a body of data pertaining to sleep schedules, diaper changes, breast feeding, milk inventory and diet development.”

Interactive Hug » 5 Keys to Becoming a Successful Interactive Designer_12145245753325 Keys to Becoming a Successful Interactive Designer interactive hug
EXCERPT: “Here’s a list of what I consider to be the fundamental skills needed to make it as a designer in the interactive advertising world.”

Leica D-Lux 3 | Dog Pixel_1214524604521Leica D-Lux 3 | Dog Pixel comunicadores
EXCERPT: “Para demonstrar que você pode ter muito mais detalhes usando a câmera digital Leica D-Lux 3, o pessoal da agência Philipp und Keuntje GmbH, desenvolveu essa ação de ambiente utilizando objetos 3D fabricados com pequenos.”

Concrete Washbasin from HighTech - Ammonite washbasin shaped as a fossil | Trendir_1214524630073 Concrete Washbasin from HighTech trendir
EXCERPT: “Introducing new concrete washbasin shaped as a fossil, the Ammonite washbasin from HighTech. Inspired by the archaic beauty of ammonites, this unique design showcases the organic qualities of concrete. The washbasin can be produced in widths between 90 cm and 330 cm with a standard depth of 56 cm, and is available in several colors. It can be installed either with a table-mounted or wall-mounted tap. “Ammonites are an extinct species of cephalopods which lived in the sea about 400 million years ago. Their shells are found all over the world and they are very much sought-after by fossil-hunters, their collector’s value depending on size and the state of preservation. The fascinating shape of ammonite fossils – which resembles a rolled up helix – is the basic design element in the new HighTech washbasin. The association of water and fossil design is a clear allusion to the prehistoric inspiration for the Ammonite washbasin.” HighTech”

The Dashboard_1214524660689The Dashboard
EXCERPT: “The Dashboard is a physical manifestation of a design theory. Created at the Institute Without Boundaries to negotiate complex real-world projects, it is both a theoretical framework and a practical tool for the creation of design.”

Cracking the Code - The New York Times > Home & Garden > Slide Show > Slide 13 of 15_1214524815031Mystery on Fifth Avenue NYT
EXCERPT: “THINGS are not as they seem in the 14th-floor apartment on upper Fifth Avenue. At first blush the family that occupies it looks to be very much of a type. The father, Steven B. Klinsky, 52, runs a private equity company; the mother, Maureen Sherry, 44, left her job as a managing director for Bear Stearns to raise their four young children (two boys and two girls); and the dog, LuLu, is a soulful Lab mix rescued from a pound in Louisiana.”

 A Design Fellowship Is Like a Box of Chocolates_1214524857045From the Design Desk: A Design Fellowship Is Like a Box of Chocolates chronicle books
EXCERPT: “As our six-month design fellowships come to an end, we wanted to share a few thoughts on our experience. Each of us came up with our own colorful analogy for what the design fellowship was like for us followed by some examples of our work here at Chronicle.”

Picture 6inhibitionxhibition
EXCERPT: “This site contains a collection
of work produced by graduate Graphic Design students from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth. We specialise in a range of mediums through print and screen.”

 good or annoyingBalloon thing: good or annoying? noisy decent graphics
EXCERPT: “So this balloon thing, good or annoying? I’ve wasted a decent amount of time playing it today and I’ve had fun. I was even 5th at one point! But I can totally understand that it’s very annoying seeing all those balloons when you arrive at this site. On the internet some people seem a little confused by it (I was at first) and some people seem very annoyed with it all. What do you think?”

 Army Wives poster suicide bombed._1214525126975Army Wives poster suicide bombed. copyranter
EXCERPT: “NYC subway pranksters, who recently remixed The Happening into The Crapening and The Penis and turned Get Smart into Wet Fart, have graduated from 8th grade and moved on to high school poli sci class. I give him a B+. Army Wives just started its second season on Lifetime.”

The Decoder Ring Design Concern_1214525171543The Decoder Ring : Testy Typographer Tee
EXCERPT: “A favorite of design educators, this one pretty much speaks for itself. Impress design bloggers with your commitment to geekery! Printed on American Apparel sweat shop-free super awesome t-shirts.”

Un-Boxing and Getting Started with Amazon's Kindle | Common Craft - Explanations In Plain English_1214525218702Un-Boxing and Getting Started with Amazon’s Kindle commoncraft
EXCERPT: “About a month ago, I got a Kindle as an early birthday present (Thanks Sachi’s Mom!) Since that time, I’ve become consumed by not only the device, but the potential for it to become a foundation for Amazon to disrupt the publishing industry.”

 Richard Serra and experience design_1214525242418 Richard Serra and experience design good experience
EXCERPT: “Serra is best known as a sculptor and artist, but what struck me most about the exhibit, and the Charlie Rose interview, was Serra’s explicit focus on creating an experience, rather an object to be revered, in his art.”

SamFlores-12Grain_1214525271832Sunday, June 22, 2008 samflores
EXCERPT: “they also had gifts one of them consisted of a little Nike box, with a bumble bee dunk that is a hard drive.”

Picture 3NY Governor Breaks the Tape awearness blog
EXCERPT: “This image is a testament to the power of something as basic as running to bring people together in a spirit of good will — not to mention that exuberant feeling everyone feels at the end of a race.”

 Cannes 2008_1214525798762HBO ‘Voyeur’ Collaborator Calls Cannes Prizes Unfair ad age
EXCERPT:“In an interview, Michael Lebowitz, co-founder and CEO of Big Spaceship, one of the shops instrumental in executing “Voyeur,” criticized both BBDO and the awards system for not giving due credit to his firm for its role in a campaign that crossed from outdoor to digital to film. The campaign picked UP a number of awards at festivals this year, and in Cannes it earned two Grand Prix trophies in the outdoor and promotion categories, five Golds, a Silver and a Bronze in media, cyber, design promotion and film, with the bulk of the credit attributed to BBDO, New York.”

 Top Ten Compared_1214525838352Exhibitions: Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition: What’s in the Gallery
EXCERPT: “You are viewing the photographs installed at the Brooklyn Museum in Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition.”

 Mark Boulton_1214525875211Design isn’t about tools mark boulton
EXCERPT: “The other day, 37Signals wrote about Why they skip Photoshop. Fine. I think that suits them and their workflow, considering they don’t do client work and have an established UI style on which to draw. Jeff does a much better job of summarising my thoughts on the subject that I could. As does Jon. So, yesterday, we see this post on SVN, presumably as a follow up. Is it an inflammatory post? Or, do they have a point?”

Search Engine | CBC Radio | The future of Search Engine_1214525904539 The future of Search Engine CBC
EXCERPT: “Todd Maffin, who writes the Inside the CBC blog, asked me to clarify what’s happening with Search Engine this fall. He also asked for my thoughts on the exuberant online reaction to the changes.”

Photographers » Blog Archive » Caught in a rebel offensive in eastern Chad | Blogs | Reuters.com_1214525947766Caught in a rebel offensive in eastern Chad blogs.reuters
EXCERPT: “GOZ-BEIDA, Chad – Harsh light and shifting shadows in the windblown desert of eastern Chad can conjure strange images, but this was no mirage. Lurking in the shade of a thorn tree was the dark outline of a pick-up truck carrying a dozen men brandishing weapons. Ruled by the gun, this lawless corner of Africa borders Sudan and has inherited the violent power struggles from neighbouring Darfur. The shapes under the tree spelled trouble. I quickly ordered the driver of our battered Suzuki Samurai to U-turn, but as we accelerated away, kicking up sand, the sharp “crack-crack-crack” of gunshots split the air.”

Corporate Information - Google User Experience_1214525989474Google User Experience
EXCERPT: “The Google User Experience team aims to create designs that are useful, fast, simple, engaging, innovative, universal, profitable, beautiful, trustworthy, and personable. Achieving a harmonious balance of these ten principles is a constant challenge. A product that gets the balance right is “Googley”…”


Picture 8I C U: Los Angeles Connections – Map LA TIMES
Where the boys/girls are

Picture 1NewTalk
EXCERPT: “NewTalk presents focused discussions by experts on the most important domestic topics shaping American society today. We bring together experts in theory, policy and practice—from academics and lawmakers to admired practitioners—to share their diverse perspectives on pressing domestic issues.”

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