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Link Drop (4·17·09) | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Link Drop (4·17·09)

Link Drop Themes

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As I keep evolving Link Drop, I thought I’d change it up a bit with how I display the intro. I’m listing themes that I notice weeks to week and dropping the small square thumbnails. Those take a crazy amount of time to do and I’m not sure how useful they really were. If that happened to be your fav. thing about Link Drop please let me know. Not sure how the week was for you but it seemed like it was Friday just a couple days ago. Spring is almost here (aside from all the rain that NYC’s been having), but patios are just around the corner now. Thanks for checking this week’s stuff that I thought was kind of interesting as I clicked around.


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Goodbye, Speak Up
And the site that allowed for a broader discussion from the bottom up has decided to stop posting. When it first started I really enjoyed the fact that it didn’t matter who you were as a designer, people wanted to discuss stuff that wasn’t really being covered anywhere else. When I was still living in Canada the site exposed me to a bunch of people. In turn that allowed me to invite a few to talk in Edmonton when I was the President of my chapter of the GDC. But as the years went by the site started to take itself too seriously, was more concerned about what the establishment thought (catered too), less about sharing and more about bragging. I’m thankful that the site was there because I certainly got a lot out of it in the beginning, it’s just too bad they never considered a succession plan to keep it going and would rather the community down.

 From Online to On-the-Ground Response « NY ♥ NY_1239959201515

L’Aquila Earthquake: From Online to On-the-Ground Response
I thought this round up of how news and information was collected and acted upon with the earthquake in Italy was pretty good. The only thing that I think she may have missed was on the #hastags. From what I was seeing in the early stages was that people didn’t know exactly know where the earthquake was in Italy—so I was getting most of my twitter info via #earthquake. It would be interesting to see the different stages of a news event and how twitter and mainstream news evolve during the a certain time period.

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Spectrum of Online Friendship
Mike’s made a spectrum of stages that is pretty accurate if I use myself as the model. The only thing that I was wondering about was how location or proximity influences such interactions. If you’ve never meet someone but gone through most of those stages, is it easier meeting that person if they live in the same city or somewhere different?


I really like how they took Mike’s diagram above and added to it—great addition that made the diagram even better.

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The H&FJ Institute for Unapplied Mathematics
I’ve never had to consider such a typographic issue—but it’s kind of fascinating to see how space collects.

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Toyota Venza Takeover
I thought it was kind of telling that in his quick overview he mentioned “I have to start posting more online creative on this site.” Another tell–tale sign that prints kind of dead?

Don’t Be A Dickhead, Get Your Thyroid Checked - ANIMAL_1239959286157

Don’t Be A Dickhead, Get Your Thyroid Checked
Ok, maybe print isn’t dead. I thought this breakdown and concept was kind of smart if not jolting.

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I love this map showing where people are buying stuff. It displays items that a person might not otherwise have seen or noticed. It also indicates which cities have really bad taste too though.

Advertising - Web Marketing That Hopes to Learn What Attracts a Click - NYTimes.com_1239959310380

Web Marketing That Hopes to Learn What Attracts a Click
This is agile design in a hybrid kind of way, which brings me too the next post about…

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4/10 Andy Bonventre
…Creative Mornings—here’s Andy’s talk from Google. He was nice enough to tour us around the place which was really cool. The talk was pretty good though it took a bit of time afterwards for me to realize that. He actually covered a lot of ground with concrete examples of how he has worked with design people, both good and bad. If you’re still reading this text—hopefully next week the news will go out that I’m the next speaker for Creative Mornings. I’ll be talking about Agile Design in both the context of where I work at Daylife, the blog here and throw out some questions about how regular graphic design and advertising should consider it as part of their process.

Amazon's Silent Mistake in the Face of a Social-Media Firestorm - Advertising Age - DigitalNext_1239959316246

Amazon’s Silent Mistake in the Face of a Social-Media Firestorm
Interesting story of how twitter and #hashtags can get a company’s attention. Though I think there were some special circumstances that might not be replicated if someone else tried getting a company’s attention. 1. They were seen as banning books (huge no, no), 2. they were seen as being discriminate, 3. people are concerned about what a company can do to push their ethics out there (perceived or not). What is surprising is that it took Amazon a bit of time to fix the situation—but people also have to realize that it takes time to actually make sure they can check the situation before a snap response from one employee. It’s public pr on steroids—which means everyone is going to learn how to react as time goes by.

Another great post about it: The Failure of #amazonfail from Clay Shirky

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Realtime disease detection for your city – SickCity
Fascinating visualization on twitter about people’s illness’ and what seems to be spiking in real–time.

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Variations on a theme
If you’re a fan (or not) of type, there’s a great collection of stuff.

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Webcam to the Rescue
They’re all around us, now they’ll start talking back.

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15 entries categorized “Postopolis LA”
I haven’t had a chance to go through all of this yet, but I want to.

Rasmus Snabb « Fleuron - The British Journal of Typography and Design_1239959380787

Rasmus Snabb
I like the pattern. I don’t usually like patterns.


Stop reading this post and follow the instructions—très cool.

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How To Think Under Pressure
Interesting way to visualize what you want to accomplish.

 Broadcast | BOXED_1239959421011

Any post that uses a phrase like “i like my context deconstructed so that i can gleefully boast that my “process” is one that does not allow acceptance without thorough observation and judgment” should be noted.

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“tokyo jogging”
Really cool concept though the video fails to deliver. By this time next year I suspect that people trying to do this kind of thing will be a lot better with a seamless experience.

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Youtube Symphony
Interesting pov. Kind of wish I had been there to experience the visual as much as the auditory aspect of it.

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Madvillain Cubeecraft Toy by RBST – Free Download
Here’s one way to spread the word. The albums not too bad, though I find it way too pitchy at some points. It’s also not as good as Madvillain.


There’s a couple reasons why I’m not a huge fan of tumblr sites. One reason is when people make it really hard to find a permalink—the other is that there’s a lack of a title field. What am I supposed to name this post? Aside from getting that off my chest, what I really like is the question that’s posed at the end of this post. “instead of starting my questions with why, they now tend to start with why not…” Exactly!

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You got three minutes…to destroy your brand
Slightly ironic that the Landor Blog is picking up steam while others are closing. The issue with Dominoes reminds me of a post I did a while back about Face pics are the new logo. When people think of that pizza company they’re not thinking of the logo, they’re going to be thinking about that YouTube video…

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