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Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 5th (December 2008) | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 5th (December 2008)


I feel that every couple of weeks I need to apologize in advance if you’re reading my Friday Link Drop via rss. Yes I know it looks bad inside a feed. In previous months I’ve recognized that – hopefully we all can move past that and if you’re ok with it, maybe just check out the post on a browser like it was meant to be? And since I’m already mentioning past thing concerning Link Drop, here’s why I bother doing it. I go through a ton of sites in a week, there’s no way to possibly read everything. So I filter posts that look interesting fairly subjectively. Would I want to spend more than a couple minutes reading the entire thing? If so those sites will find themselves into my delicious. Once there I take a look Thursday night and grab the most interesting sites to me and make my Link Drop. That way over the weekend when I want something interesting to read I’ve got a pretty decent list. It also acts as a pattern recognizer – it shows me in quick glance at what I was interested in and hence I post it to DesignNotes.

This week started off pretty well w/ a bit of a bang for me – I started sending some links to Coudal as a guest editor for the month of December. If there was something I sent there, how would it fit into Link Drop? The quick answer is that I’m going to keep those links separated, once my month is over I’ll post one uber Link Drop that’s just the Coudal stuff. Aside from that, top lists for 2008 started cropping up a bit on my collection, as did my experiment w/ only showing images of type for the post. I don’t know if I like that visual for every single link but I figure I’d try it out once.

Ydnar wrote “I like to forget
I’d Rather Remember”

Do You MatterDo You Matter? by Robert Brunner and Stewart Emery
About: “Today, if someone took a poll of your customers, constituents, followers—whatever, and asked if you matter to them, how do you think you would come out? If you ceased to exist tomorrow, do you think anyone would really care? In other words, has your product, service, or brand…”

 gorilla vs. bear's albums of 2008_1228444115057gorilla vs. bear’s albums of 2008
gorilla vs bear wrote “Here are my favorite albums of 2008. Leave your favorites in the comments if you’d like, we’d love to see them. Make sure to check David’s list at the bottom of the post. Thanks for reading the blog this year, guys.”

Design For Mankind » i can’t afford to love ny._1228444277932i can’t afford to love ny.
Design for Mankind wrote “In honor of the upcoming ‘Consumption Issue’ release of Mankind Mag [THIS WEDNESDAY!], I’d encourage you to help Clinton love NYC. Or don’t, depending on your own consuming habits…”

 aerial photos + swimming pool = genius_1228444306120aerial photos + swimming pool = genius
hovering cat wrote “Saw this over at the fabulous Neatorama – a stunning ad to raise awareness of the effects of global warming, by Indian advertising agency Ogilvy and Mather.”

Laurent Perbos - BOOOOOOOM! - CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS_1228444333528Laurent Perbos
booooooom wrote “Came across some work by Laurent Perbos that I thought was pretty funny. I remember back at artschool my friend Dave installed a ping pong table in the concourse gallery. The great thing about it was he made the table incredibly skinny to fit a tiny gap (only a few inches) between the wall and the hand rail for the staircase. Had a net, paddles, everything – this instantly reminded me of that.”

Design Observer_1228444342787A Design-Oriented National Endowment for the Arts
Design Observer wrote “An Open Letter to the Obama Administration: The National Endowment for the Arts should embrace design and innovation as a means to fulfill the larger agendas and programs of the Obama Administration. The choice of the NEA Chairman is an important opportunity to shape the contribution of the NEA in coming years…”

Meet Your Printmaker_1228444351848Meet Your Printmaker
About: “Meet Your Printmaker is a growing directory of print/printmaking shops around the world with a focus on the independent, the non-profit, the handmade and the unique.’

The Grid System_1228444364618The Grid System
About: “Made popular by the International Typographic Style movement and pioneered by legends like Josef Müller-Brockmann and Wim Crouwel, the grid is the foundation of any solid design. The Grid System is an ever-growing resource where graphic designers can learn about grid systems…”

Cityscapes of the Displaced_1228444430269Cityscapes of the Displaced
About: “Dsplaced is an exploration of the human belonging – to a city, a country or even oneself. Through voluntary submissions, Displaced illuminates a universal palette of emotions that individuals often spend a lifetime trying to decipher. But most importantly, Dsplaced is an experiment in collective storytelling – and it is our fervent…”

BBC - Blast - Street Art_1228444445334BBC – Blast – Street Art
About: “Street Art was born outside of the ‘established’ art world, and outside in general. By utilising spaces where work can be enjoyed by everyone some artists have attracted huge popularity. Watch the Blast videos below with some of the artists who make the scene tick, and check out the related links for more on street art.”

Why you should take reports from the scene of a massacre with a grain of salt. - By Jack Shafer - Slate Magazine_1228444469762The Fog of Breaking News
Slate wrote “Why you should take reports from the scene of a massacre with a grain of salt. Fast-breaking news is usually served broken. I offer that insight as an observation, not a criticism. As one who has scribbled conflicting eyewitness accounts from a fast-moving story…”

 AgencySpy_1228444477785Did R/GA’s Siloed Structure Push Rob Rasmussen Back to Traditional?
AgencySpy wrote “On November 18th, R/GA ECD Rob Rasmussen e-mailed his coworkers to say he’d be moving on to Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) to “help them evolve their creative product.” But the subtext of a recent AdWeek profile of the once-befauxhawked creative and recently…”

If You Could Print Series « Thinking for a Living™_1228444484497If You Could Print Series
Thinking for a Living™ wrote “Each year, for the past three years, design studio HudsonBec has invited contemporary image makers to respond to the question – ‘If you could do anything tomorrow, what would it be?’ The latest responses to this enigmatic question – which sounds as if it’s the title of a work by Damien Hirst – can be seen in this catalogue…”

The art of Keys Arrangement « Gems Sty_1228444507529The art of Keys Arrangement
Gems Sty wrote “If you’ve ever wondered how they transited from rotary dialing to button-press on the telephone, here’s an interesting background story. Before it became a standard that every phone now follows, human factor specialists (or the equivalent in those time) actually tested 18 different possible key layouts:”

Forbes.com - Magazine Article_1228444515346‘Games Are The Convergence Of Everything’
Forbes wrote “t is unfair to give Ken Levine all the credit for “Bioshock’s” success. A team of some 70 people built the game about an underwater haven unhinged by its own unwavering objectivism. But Levine, creative director of game developer 2K Boston (owned by Take-Two Interactive), is the puppet master behind the 2007 critical hit, which was recently released for the PlayStation 3. He also worked on some of gaming’s…”

Design Innovations for Canadian Settlements | Inkbase | Jason Landry_1228444529194Design Innovations for Canadian Settlements
Inkbase wrote “This interesting NFB film from 1976 shows that the notion of sustainable building is not new. However, a quick glance in almost any Canadian community will tell you that sustainable building is relatively rare.”

New Stuff from D.Billy at Urban Prankster_1228444212661New Stuff from D.Billy
Urban Prankster wrote “Brooklyn street artist D.Billy recently executed two new “conversions” in Bushwick, Brooklyn.”

The 10 Best Books of 2008 - NYTimes.com_1228444454029The 10 Best Books of 2008
NYT wrote “The editors of the Book Review have selected these titles from the list of 100 Notable Books of 2008.”

About: “Ftrain.com is the website of Paul Ford and his pseudonyms.”


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  • http://joeclark.org/weblogs/ Joe Clark

    It would look better in RSS if you used no inline CSS and better semantics, like OL LI.

  • http://designnotes.info/ michaelsurtees

    fair comment, will have to make sure that's part of the next serious rev. that i do w/ this blog