My month of Fresh Signals inside Coudal Partners (December 2008)

Coudal Partners: Fresh Signals

For the past month I’ve been adding sites (and commentary) to Coudal Partners’ Fresh Signals under the name MST. I have to admit that I did feel a bit of pressure to submit as their audience is pretty big and discerning. I tried to keep the same mantra that I use for my own Link Drops which is to present stuff that I find interesting that’s just slightly outside the norm for a design blog. The only difference being for Fresh Signals was that I put out a reason d’etre with each link so it had some context. While posting there I decided to leave those links out of my own Link Drop so I could do this post which collected them all. As always I was curious to see how the links would fit together organically afterwards. And as I mentioned with my final link, thank you Steve and Coudal Partners for the opportunity of dropping some stuff.

Wednesday December 3rd
How hard could it be to recount ballots? Apparently not as easy as it sounds as Minnesota Public radio has shown with examples. Plus you can vote for what you think the voter’s intent was. Via Graphpaper.

There’s at least 25 ways to blog, and to think I thought there was only one way.

Thursday December 4th
It’s not the first greatest hits of 2008 list and it definitely won’t be the last, but here’s a review of’s ‘Best of 2008’.

Friday December 5th
We all know where the Sea Pirates are now, but how about a real time emergency and disaster map?

Monday December 8th
From one of the most iconic photos of the Great Depression (Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange), one of the children reminisces about how her Mom felt about having the image taken. Via design:related

Pirates vs. Ninjas: Who would win? Google has figured it out.

This green light is actually a lantern.

Tuesday December 9th
This time lapse video of Antarctica is quite smooth. Via Blake Whitman.

A lot of fixed gear goodness.

Wednesday December 10th
The Evolution of Game Controllers in diagram form.

Three posts that I think should be required reading if you’re looking for some context about the death of print (or how information is flowing today, and it’s not from paper) 1. The Newspaper Industry and the Arrival of the Glaciers, 2. Content and Its Discontents, and 3. Change Happens.

Thursday December 11th
The humming blog post.

Friday December 12th
For the pet that doesn’t know how to float there’s the illuminated inflatable pet collar.

Perhaps you’re curious about physical computing – here’s the start of a site from some smart folks

Monday December 15th
If you ever visit Portland and it snows stay off the roads as this video shows real life bumper car action. The sound effects are a nice touch. Via WK

30 Ways to Die of Electrocution, the flickr set from bre pettis.

Tuesday December 16th
Is Web Design 95% Typography?

Learn how to save Grandpa’s life and more with your iPhone over the holidays with 10 iPhone Apps you might not know about.

Wednesday December 16th
Let’s get meta on 2008 – The List of Lists

Learning about Mountain Design

Thursday December 18th
There’s an amazing pdf of people’s design process’ collected by Hugh Dubberly at [Beta] How do you design? Via

Friday December 19th
Hey look, it’s the Alphabet Truck!

Tuesday December 23rd, 2008
One idea a minute for 27 minutes

Nice to see how dogs, band names and gig posters can work hand in hand as Dog Art Today proves. Via FitaCola.

December 30th, 2008
I’ll never look at ppt. in the same way after watching this. Via superlocal.

January 2nd, 2009
Sadly this is the last of my quick link drops for Fresh Signals, thanks Steve and Coudal Partners for letting me try some things out. Photo: Untitled. Via Chris Glass.

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  • Sizzle Creative Agency

    I like the idea of an idea a minute for 27 minutes, althought I can't help thinking it would be more interesting via the medium of alcohol.

  • mturro

    “There‚Äôs at least 25 ways to blog, and to think I thought there was only one way. “

    No – there is only one way to ROCK – but there are in fact many ways to blog.