Link Drop from May 15th to 21st, 2010

Comparing my behavior from last week to this week, I didn’t copy + paste a lot of links from my iPad. I think it had to do with the fact that I wasn’t home that much as opposed to not liking the experience of placing content that I was reading into wordpress for this week’s Link Drop. Other things I noticed was a lack of anything from Twitter worth mentioning like I did with some of the other interweb places out there. While I like the pipe companies it’s those that take the api and turn it upside down that really make me rethink things. This week it was Assisted Serendipity that made me go “nice”.


While I won’t hold it against Stefan for writing no descriptive post titles I sort of wish this time next year he does when ICFF comes around again. I can’t disagree too much with what he’s saying though if design shows want to get serious about displaying their stuff—have a press opening. Trying to take photos with a couple hundred other people drinking isn’t going to get a designer much coverage.

On Turning The Page

This metaphor better die soon. It’s not fooling anyone and is kind of insulting. Fake page folding is not going to save books, publicizing good books will do that.


I don’t cover much on wayfinding but these examples are really smart. They’ve integrated the bike in a number of creative ways and their rational is worth reading.

Barbara Kruger: London tube map

This was quite popular on Twitter when I mentioned it. To be honest it’s sort of fun but I could easily replicate the text on any subway map—or could I?

Did M.I.A. ‘eff up’ by giving her album an un-google-able name?

While it’s not coming up on search terms I also wonder if the same is true for limewire. If not it sort of makes you wonder how adaptable Google is to new language.

graffyard is visual embed tags for the city

This is funny as it is cool. Imagine a world of barcodes in the shape of a square. Which one would a person point to first? All sorts of new possibilities.

Hey Facebook! Here’s your privacy redesign

Usually I hate when people try to redesign something and talk about it in a magazine. This time I don’t—all the people interviewed have pretty good ideas. Some go for an overhaul while others try to work within the constraints of what they all have. Even better is that people can vote for which adaptation is best.

Google Is Leapfrogging Apple

Just a couple weeks ago Apple seemed like it was unbeatable, now maybe it’s not the case. Both Google and Apple still have a long ways in figuring out how to treat users like people so I’m waiting for the third party to really take help people with what they want.

Local Globe

How cool of an idea is this?

Emily Pilloton – Project H

While I’m going to take it for granted that most people know about Project H, if you’re a designer and have no idea what it is—watch the short video. Next step is to figure out a project that you’d want to do, after that visit Ideas that Matter Grant Applications:

Assisted Serendipity

Very interesting use of Foursquare. Set up a male to female or female to male ratio at a place that you’ve visited. When that ration happens with people checking in you’ll get an alert. I can attest that it does actual work.

Barnsley: future lies in hands of consumers

This was possibly the most ridiculous thing I read all week. If this is the way publishers think their going to succeed all I can say is good luck.

Photo ::: A modern Marie Antoinette

Crazy hair, enough said?

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