Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 21st (November 2008)

Maxing out your Triangle — jackcheng.com_1227219560218

The week started fast, then it dragged and then suddenly it became Friday – just like every other unexpected week at DesignNotes. Just looking at what I have for this week’s Link Drop, there seems to be a slight bias towards info design and typography. Perhaps b/c of foosball, perhaps not. I don’t think there’s much else for me to say except to take a look and hopefully you find something interesting and make the most of your late fall weekend.

– m

Maxing out your Triangle — jackcheng.com_1227219560218Maxing out your Triangle
Jack Cheng wrote “I find that most people take on new jobs, projects and hobbies for three reasons: 1. To learn something new, 2. To pay the bills, 3. Because they love doing it. These three things fulfill some of our very basic needs—they give us stability, excitement, ways to contribute and opportunities to grow. If you’re with me so far, then allow me to present exhibit A, the love-growth-cash triangle:…”

Design Observer_1227219739230Dogs and Their Designers
Design Observer wrote “I love our dogs, Ruby Eleanor and Maude Beatrix. Ruby is the mother, age 6, and Maude is one of her six puppies. (Jessica delivered them all.) Each of our children is linked at the soul to one of these dogs, and they sleep together. Our dogs do tricks: they can open doors. (Regrettably, they have never been able to shut them…”

DIN for Typographic City Posters | The FontFeed_1227219930503DIN for Typographic City Posters
FontFeed wrote “Show how much you love your city with an Ork Poster, designed by Jenny Beorkrem. With the help of DIN (1451 Engschrift) these clever prints sidestep traditional maps and bring forth top-notch typographic design, simplicity, and a modern edge. Out with small type and in with DIN’s strong letter forms and bold personality.”

Mr. Bowyer’s Fantastic Machine by Giles Turnbull - The Morning News_1227219458981Mr. Bowyer’s Fantastic Machine
The Morning News wrote “You have come to interview a man about his replicating machine. You hope it might make a good article for a magazine. You park your car and observe your surroundings. The University of Bath sits on top of a hill, high above the city. It is a grubby collection of gloomy architectural horrors, all gathered in one place for mutual support…”

Titanium - A coffee bar instead of reception desk_1227219465500A coffee bar instead of reception desk
Titanium wrote “In recent years I’ve learned that I am more productive in cafes than behind a desk. So I was interested to see that the Vancouver outpost of Taxi has turned their reception area into a coffee bar. CoffeeVancouver says: “they wanted to open up the front space of the offices…”

Crayon Physics Deluxe_1227219471881Crayon Physics Deluxe
About: “Crayon Physics is a freeware puzzle game designed by Petri Purho and released on June 1, 2007. Its object is to guide a ball to a goal point marked by a star or, in the final level, multiple stars. The player does not have direct control over the ball, but can interact with it by drawing shapes…”

330 - From Pickin’ Cotton to Pickin’ Presidents « Strange Maps_1227219498551330 – From Pickin’ Cotton to Pickin’ Presidents
Strange Maps wrote “Both these maps show the same segment of the southern United States, and demonstrate a similar pattern. Yet each describes a wholly other era and a completely different process. The bottom map dates from 1860 (i.e. the eve of the Civil War), and indicates where cotton…”

 Signal vs. Noise (by 37signals)_1227219508056Now that Jerry Yang is out as Yahoo CEO, what would you do if you became the next Yahoo CEO? How would you turn Yahoo around?
37 Signals asks their audience to reply

Flavorwire » Blog Archive » Abstract Art or a New York City-Provided Bike RackAbstract Art or a New York City-Provided Bike Rack?
Flavvorwire wrote “A sleek and modern cast-metal design from Denmark’s Ian Mahaffy and Maarten De Greeve (Bettlelab) has been selected from over 200 entries as the first-place winner in the New York City Department of Transportation’s CityRacks Design Competition. Along with a $10,000 prize, Mahaffy and De Greeve will have the thrill of seeing their bike racks…”

 The First 100 Days»_1227219525242GOOD Sheet: The First 100 Days
Good wrote ““I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people,” Franklin D. Roosevelt told supporters in 1932 while accepting the presidential nomination. When he took office the following year, he spent his first 100 days enacting a dizzying number of reforms designed to stabilize an economically depressed nation. Since then, a president’s first 100 days have been an indicator of what he is able to accomplish…”

 Using the design process_1227219537291Using the design process
Make Blog wrote “In engineering, programming, web design and most other creative work, many people consciously use The Design Process. The PBS show Design Squad provides some great examples of how people can work with this system. There are also plenty of resources for working with students and other learners on their site. The Android G1 is pretty much ready for the public to use, but it is still not done. One of the reasons I wanted the G1 was to follow the process…”

Kelso’s Corner » Blog Archive » Google Earth helps yet worries government (USA Today)_1227219544207Google Earth helps yet worries government (USA Today)
Kelso’s Corner wrote “Republished from USA Today, Nov. 6, 2008. By Peter Eisler.
WASHINGTON — The secretive National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is rushing to get the latest, high-definition satellite photos of Afghanistan into the hands of U.S. ground troops as they ramp up operations in the country’s tangled terrain. The NGA analysts aren’t tapping the government’s huge network…”

Designers Review of Books_1227219553728Designers Review of Books
About: “Although there are several good design websites that occasionally have book reviews, there didn’t seem to be a single place online where you could get constant updates and reviews of new (and sometimes old) design books. Design books are often expensive and contrary – sometimes the book is worth having for the physical production values alone…”

 AIGA_1227219575032The (Mostly) True Story of Helvetica and the New York City Subway
Voice: AIGA Journal of Design wrote “There is a commonly held belief that Helvetica is the signage typeface of the New York City subway system, a belief reinforced by Helvetica, Gary Hustwit’s popular 2007 documentary about the typeface. But it is not true—or rather, it is only somewhat true. Helvetica is the official typeface of the MTA today, but it was not the typeface…”

Online onpaper - that’s HOT! « Designing everyday joy_1227219582171Online onpaper – that’s HOT!
Designing Everyday Joy wrote “About a month ago, I wrote something on reading (online vs. paper). Saying I prefer Internet (mostly blogs) to paper (newspapers, magazines) almost always, save for the few occasions when I would like to read, but cannot go online (in the tub, in bed, on the train, on the sofa).”

Herman Miller Tie-In, Provoking Thoughts and Innovation | Marktd_1227219588619Herman Miller Tie-In, Provoking Thoughts and Innovation
Marktd wrote “Herman Miller’s heir apparent to the Aeron Chair, the Embody series, is a design that promises to promote clear-minded thinking by lowering the stress placed upon the body while sitting. With that in mind, they’ve created a microsite called Thought Pile that invites users to participate in an ideas forum by answering weekly questions that are meant to provoke conversation and innovation. The results are displayed…”

Based on what ppl wear, I try to guess his or her occupation._1227219716509Based on what ppl wear, I try to guess his or her occupation.
Hipster Runoff wrote “Isn’t it kinda weird how a personal brand tells basically everything about a person. Based on what u wear/do/say/eat/miss/h8/<3/etc., u r basically giving away ur social security number+credit information. People can tell a lot about u. (btw I have suuuch bad credit) Most people want 2 look like they are in bands / are artists / are designers / work at a coffee shop bc those jobs seem interesting...'”  Talks by Gregory Crewdson and Philip-Lorca diCorcia_1227219728772Lo-fi: Talks by Gregory Crewdson and Philip-Lorca diCorcia
SHANE LAVALETTE wrote “Here are two lo-fi audio recordings that I made of recent talks delivered by noted photographers Gregory Crewdson and Philip-Lorca diCorcia. These recordings are not very professional and the one of Crewdson doesn’t include the Q&A, but hopefully some of you will enjoy them…”

Disney Career Guarantees Nudity » Adrants_1227219749435Disney Career Guarantees Nudity
Adrants wrote “So what does an “aging” Disney star do when she gets too old for Mickey? She gets nude, takes pictures, puts them on her laptop, loses the laptop at JFK, reports it stolen and then attempts to twist the whole thing into a career-shifting media frenzy. But unlike her younger Disney brethren, Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens who accidentally…”

Picture 2Piracy, Live at Sea
BLDGBLOG wrote “With all the talk of piracy at sea, it was only a matter of time before the Live Piracy Map was developed. According to its creators, the map “shows all the piracy and armed robbery incidents reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre during 2008.” It’s the geography of aquatic crime, mapping realtime adventures in buoyant larceny.”

 Illustrated Guide to the Stamps of the World_1227219971664Illustrated Guide to the Stamps of the World
San Francisco Art & Design Lover wrote “The third installment of the Tiny Showcase Learning Press Illustrated Guide Series became available tonight. Gavin Potenza’s Illustrated Guide to the Stamps of the World is now available for sale online. Here’s what the artist has to say about it: “These stamps were inspired by various elements surrounding the culture…””

 Wi-fi structures and people shapes_1227219964154Wi-fi structures and people shapes
City of Sound wrote “Following on from my recent ‘post-occupancy evaulation’ of the State Library of Queensland’s wi-fi (see previous post), I thought I’d share a couple of outputs. (Thanks to Tory Jones of the State Library of Queensland for permission). One of the ideas I’ve been exploring relates to how urban industry – in the widest sense of the word…”

writing | ben fry » Did Forbes just write an article about a fontDid Forbes just write an article about a font?
Ben Fry wrote “Via this Slate article from Farhad Manjoo (writer of tech-hype articles with Salon and now Slate), I just read about Droid, the typeface used in Google’s new Android phones. More specifically, he references this Forbes article, describing the background of the font, and its creator, Steve Matteson of Ascender Corporation in Elk Grove, Illinois.”

A Photo Editor - Jeff Riedel’s Massive GQ Photo Essay_1227219937705Jeff Riedel’s Massive GQ Photo Essay
A Photo Editor wrote “I was floored when I picked up the November issue of GQ and saw in it a 32 page photo essay (online here) shot by one photographer. That’s major. There are very few photographers getting 32 pages in magazines all to themselves these days (anytime actually) and a photo…”

 Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis design for Ordos at The Urban Center_1227219921386Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis design for Ordos at The Urban Center
papressblog wrote “An exhibition of projects by New York-based architects participating in the Ordos 100, a new residential development in the city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. Gallery hours: Monday Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed Thursdays). Admission is free. For more…”

Do not seek praise. Seek criticism. | David Airey » graphic designer, logo designer_1227219907756Do not seek praise. Seek criticism.
David Airey wrote “Paul Howard Arden, advertising creative and successful writer, was born on April 7th, 1940, and died on April 2nd, 2008. This short blog post can, in no way, do justice to his creative influence. What it can do, however, is serve as an introduction to those who are unfamiliar, and as a brief reminder to the rest of us.”

Iranian 'Blogfather' Hossein Derakhshan is arrested on charge of spying for Israel - Times Online_1227219900889Iranian ‘Blogfather’ Hossein Derakhshan is arrested on charge of spying for Israel
Times Online wrote “A prominent Iranian blogger, nicknamed the Blogfather for spawning Iran’s spectacular blogging revolution, has been arrested in Tehran and accused of spying for Israel.Hossein Derakhshan, who was last based in London after spending several years in Canada, returned to live in his homeland a few weeks ago.”

Obama poised to rebrand America, experts say - CNN.com_1227219892470Obama poised to rebrand America, experts say
CNN wrote “President-elect Barack Obama is poised to restore the United States’ image in the international community, but experts say the president-elect must…”

 Hannah's Story_1227219884388Adaptive Design Association
About: “The Adaptive Design Association works to ensure that children with disabilities get the customized equipment they need to participate fully in home, school, and community life.”

What next for information architectsWhat next for information architects?
Three Minds wrote “Richard Saul Wurman, who coined the phrase “information architect” in 1976, said that IAs are people who have a passion to make the complex clear. It’s a very concise, simple description. But many information architects working in interactive media now constantly struggle with how to describe what they do, and where to set the boundaries of their expertise.”

Science News_1227219449738Science News
About: “Science News has been published since 1922. This award-winning biweekly news magazine covers important and emerging research in all fields of science. It publishes concise, accurate, timely articles that appeal to both general readers and scientists, reaching nearly 130,000 subscribers and more than one million readers. distributes an audio edition of Science News. News from the Science News…”

The Obama Dog Blog_1227219411936The Obama Dog Blog
About: “Here you’ll find breaking Obama family dog news. Puppy watch. Political analysis of the First Dog. Breed speculation. Press coverage. Controversy. Humor. Presidential dog art. Photography. And a look at the history of dogs in the White House.”

UI Highlights from Ffffound on Vimeo_1227219954878UI Highlights from Ffffound
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  • Pedro

    Are you aware of how disjointed your link drops look through your feed?

  • mxaxm

    Michael – Thanks for the link to The Obama Dog Blog. It was featured on CNN last night too. I am thriled!

  • michaelsurtees

    yes, I'm aware that it looks like crap in rss feed readers. once the redesign is ready in the new year hopefully things will look better. In the meantime I'm hopping people will check out the DesignNotes the site on Fridays instead of just from rss.

  • games

    This article I so true, keep on writing like this, enjoyment to read 🙂 168

  • Andy Polaine

    Thanks for the link drop Michael – hope you enjoy what is to come on the Designer's Review of Books