A couple posters seen on Sunday








Heading through Chelsea on my way to the Hudson river for a Sunday walk I came across a decent number of posters in a series that I thought were worth shooting. Considering how bright the colours were nor were they torn I’m guessing the cinemax series haven’t been up for that long. I haven’t seen them anywhere else yet, kind of wonder if they will be placed in any other areas. EDIT. Saw the series on Lafayette in SoHo… Def. not something a person would come across everyday. On the flip side I have seen the Children’s Festival and Sephora floating around elsewhere…

Shepard Fairey Roundup


With all the “hoopla”, news going around these days, and me discovering the above image from Shepard Fairey, I thought I’d collect some of the more interesting links that I came across in the last couple weeks. It’s far from a complete story but adds some more substance to an artist/designer that is doing some interesting stuff. I’m sure that’s there’s a million other posts that I could refer to, so if you think there’s something I should add to this list please let me know. (I’ll be adding new links to the top as they come in)

 Was Shepard Fairey Arrested To Embarrass The Mayor Of Boston
Was Shepard Fairey Arrested To Embarrass The Mayor Of Boston? – A First Hand Account
from Wooster Collective

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Milton Glaser on Shepard Fairey and Plagiarism
from Print magazine, my post in response to the interview here

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Obey Plagiarist Shepard Fairey
A critique by artist Mark Vallen

 The AP Has No Case Against Shepard Fairey_1234187862070clear_001
The AP Has No Case Against Shepard Fairey
by Jonathan Melber

Fair Use Or Infringement? Obama Image In Spat
from NPR (4 min 49 sec podcast)

by Marjorie Heins

Tomorrow Museum » Archive » The Problem with Shepard Fairey_1234179588046
The Problem with Shepard Fairey
from Tomorrow Museum

from SuperTouch

 Does Associated Press Deserve Money for Appropriated Obama Image
Does Associated Press Deserve Money for Appropriated Obama Image?
from State of the Art

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06/29/07 – Season Four Finale: Shepard Fairey
from Design Matters (1 hr podcast)

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ICA Boston’s photostream
from flickr

A conversation with artist Shepard Fairey
with Charlie Rose

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 30th (January 2009)

What technology has taught us at dizzying speed - International Herald Tribune_1233267140015Welcome._1233267169050Fullscreen Gigapan Viewer_1233267178615adaptive path » blog » Brandon Schauer » Dopplr’s moment of long wow_1233267191357 My Dopplr Annual Report_1233267219800 Influxinsights_1233267233310Drumming Gorillas and Techno Eyebrows « eyecube_1233267243753 Bond yield makeover_1233267251873beard·revue_1233267267802GOOD » Text-pocalypse NowTomorrow Museum » Archive » Cell Phone Cameras Forever_1233267581893Monster-Munch How To Behave_1233267594677UPPERCASE - About the magazine_1233267614944adaptive path » mx_1233267630060 Obama Art Report_1233267641777_1233267649857 A New York Venture Capital Fund Focused on Early Stage & Startup Investing_1233267660632Pics from the design mind Motion Event | Blog | design mind_1233267676188A Photo Editor - The Obama Hope Poster, Shepard Fairey and photographer Mannie Garcia_1233267685339What Will Save the Suburbs Love_1233267709579Hope In The White House_1233267717333 Home_1233267799040Matt Owens says GOOD-bye to 2008 — School of Visual Arts — MFA in Interaction Design_1233267725418ARTRAFFLE » Blog Archive » TIEDAY 1.23.2009_1233267735845 Urban Design Tetris | Serial Consign_1233267747319CR Blog » Blog Archive » The Designers Republic Remembered_1233267762514 Super Bowl Ad Live-Blog. - Graphicology Blog - Graphicology_1233267792283Propagation Planning_1233268509530Winterhouse_1233330164103

This week I thought I go with quantity and quality for Link Drop Contextd and leave the commentary short and sweet and let the site titles speak for themselves. Considering how much I enjoy football and that it’s the super bowl this weekend, I’m surprised that I didn’t come across that many related links. I’m also surprised that I didn’t mention one related link about Twitter. Till next week or blog post, ciao…

– m

What technology has taught us at dizzying speed - International Herald Tribune_1233267140015

Do you press the doorbell with your finger or your thumb? It’s kind of telling of your age apparently.


After watching this video I kind of want to buy a pair of these shoes, too bad they’re not campers though.

Fullscreen Gigapan Viewer_1233267178615

The zoom in this is crazy clean

adaptive path » blog » Brandon Schauer » Dopplr’s moment of long wow_1233267191357

If only every service could provide this kind of feeling in their users

 My Dopplr Annual Report_1233267219800

My Dopplr Annual Report
Another take from someone else talking about Dopplr


Never been a huge fan of this campaign, but it’s hard to argue with the reasoning why it works

Drumming Gorillas and Techno Eyebrows « eyecube_1233267243753

Drumming Gorillas and Techno Eyebrows
Another pov of the campaign

 Bond yield makeover_1233267251873

Interesting what happens when you remove elements


I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that there’s a site just on beards – but I kind of am. There’s also a pretty cool poster on the site for sale.

GOOD » Text-pocalypse Now

Good article, really interesting image via txt…

Tomorrow Museum » Archive » Cell Phone Cameras Forever_1233267581893

Amazing image of the night, very telling

Monster-Munch How To Behave_1233267594677

I really like these diagrams and colour combo

UPPERCASE - About the magazine_1233267614944

UPPERCASE – About the magazine
I’m kind of curious to see how this magazine turns out

adaptive path » mx_1233267630060

adaptive path » mx
I haven’t watched all these video yet, but they’re a great resource for their upcoming conference

 Obama Art Report_1233267641777

Obama Art Report
Surprise, surprise – more Obama related stuff


Deconstructing Dumbo
I’m thinking of buying this – surprised that they’re not charging more.

 A New York Venture Capital Fund Focused on Early Stage & Startup Investing_1233267660632

Arguing From First Principles
Good reference material, has a link to Charlie Rose worth watching

Pics from the design mind Motion Event | Blog | design mind_1233267676188

Pics from the design mind Motion Event
I have the latest issue of this in my hands, good as their previous print mag. Here’s some images from the launch.

A Photo Editor - The Obama Hope Poster, Shepard Fairey and photographer Mannie Garcia_1233267685339

The Obama Hope Poster, Shepard Fairey and photographer Mannie Garcia
Luv this iconic poster, interesting conversation about it

What Will Save the Suburbs

What Will Save the Suburbs?
I haven’t been that interested in this column until today – good observations on the suburbs


Great concept with rubber gloves

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Hope In The White House
Like the idea behind the shirt though I think more then one dollar should be the donation


Small Can Be Big
A lot of charity sites could learn a thing or two from the design and concept behind this site

Matt Owens says GOOD-bye to 2008 — School of Visual Arts — MFA in Interaction Design_1233267725418

Matt Owens says GOOD-bye to 2008
Info design goodness about 2008

ARTRAFFLE » Blog Archive » TIEDAY 1.23.2009_1233267735845

How times have changed

 Urban Design Tetris | Serial Consign_1233267747319

City Rain: Urban Design Tetris
Great post as per usual from Greg

CR Blog » Blog Archive » The Designers Republic Remembered_1233267762514

The Designers Republic Remembered
No one’s immune these days, there’s a lesson to be learned for sure if you’re a graphic designer

 Super Bowl Ad Live-Blog. - Graphicology Blog - Graphicology_1233267792283

QuickPost 2: Super Bowl Ad Live-Blog.
Interesting concept, kind of interested to read the commentary once things get to the fourth quarter and many beers have been drank. Too bad it’s not open to anyone commenting…

Propagation Planning_1233268509530

Propagation Planning
Haven’t had a chance to read all of this info, but it looks like a great reference none the less


Design For Social Impact & Innovation
Very curious to see how this whole year plays out with this – could be quite interesting


Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 23rd (January 2009)

Worldwide Inauguration via Twitter_1232665074222McSweeney's Internet Tendency- I Am the King of Household Design._1232665126995Redesigning A User Interface In The Open_1232665168263Swedish Television launches a great online television site but where’s the social interactionThe Last Days of W (printfetish)_1232665234317Robert L. Peters » Shigeo Fukuda | 1932-2009_1232665297061 Nominations | Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum_1232665346100 A revolution quietly begins in Washington state - Publishing 2.0_1232665382325 Blog_1232665414852Wisconsin Cheese Cupid_1232665437344I Love You More Than Blank_1232665501628 Keyword Clouds. | PurpleCar_1232665606459CNN.com - Special Reports - The 44th President - The Moment_1232665663306 Can Obama Really Reboot the White House100 Blogs That Will Make You Smarter | Online Universities.com_1232665747589Link by Link - Historical Photos in Web Archives Gain New Lives - NYTimes.com_1232665796701 Inside Obama's Social Media Toolkit_1232665841934The Faces of Mechanical Turk - Waxy.org_1232665874232

As I’m focusing more on quality vs quantity it’s interesting to see how smaller patterns emerge after a weeks worth of filtering. This week seemed to be a combo of ux, tech and ideas – not a huge departure from most of my Link Drop Contextd’s I realize. What is different again is the format. Still tweaking it a bit. Aside from the size of images and format the colour is also slightly different. I’ll be posting about that later today. Until then happy Friday clicking.

– m

Worldwide Inauguration via Twitter
Flowing Data | 22 JAN 2009

Worldwide Inauguration via Twitter_1232665074222

Flowing Data put together a visualization of tweets around the time of Obama’s inauguration. Really fascinating to watch the spikes leading up to and after 12 noon on the 20th of January 2009.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency | JAN 2009

McSweeney's Internet Tendency- I Am the King of Household Design._1232665126995

I wish I had written this myself, kind of an apt commentary to read after Murray Moss’ remarks in Design Observer.

Redesigning A User Interface In The Open
A VC | 17 JAN 2009

Redesigning A User Interface In The Open_1232665168263

I really like the idea behind the modules of Bug Labs, this post is a good starting point to click off a bunch of links that look at opening up the user experience as they move forward.

Swedish Television launches a great online television site but where’s the social interaction?
ronnestam.com | 20 JAN 2009

Swedish Television launches a great online television site but where’s the social interaction

The site was working for me when I originally grabbed the info, hopefully it’s back up by the time you read this…

The Last Days of W
Printfetish | 15 JAN 2009

The Last Days of W (printfetish)_1232665234317

A review of the latest Alec Soth book and commentary about one person’s observation in today’s climate.

Shigeo Fukuda | 1932-2009
Robert L Peters | 16 JAN 2009

Robert L. Peters » Shigeo Fukuda | 1932-2009_1232665297061

I was sad to read this.

National Design Triennial: Nominations
Cooper Hewitt | JAN 2009

 Nominations | Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum_1232665346100

I was underwhelmed by the options at the last Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt among many other things (like no cameras to photograph design stuff – it’s not art after all). I’m not sure how the vetting process happened last time, this time they’ve opened up the nominations which makes me very happy. If you think something should be nominated you now have the opportunity. You can also view what has already been nominated and by who. Great transparency, let’s just hope when the open the exhibition a person can take photos for their own private use…

Networked link journalism: A revolution quietly begins in Washington state
Publishing 2.0 | 9 JAN 2009

 A revolution quietly begins in Washington state - Publishing 2.0_1232665382325

News being passed on via twitter isn’t new now, but this gives an overview on how easy and fast things can move when the conditions are right.

Koolhaas’ Exodus and Thomson’s Divided Kingdom
Maud Newton | 22 JAN 2009


I’ve walked through this exhibition at the MoMA a couple times though I haven’t paid that much attention to it aside from photographing it. Next time I’ll be taking a closer look.

Wisconsin Cheese Cupid
JAN 2009

Wisconsin Cheese Cupid_1232665437344

I’m not a huge fan of micro sites (or flash), this one maybe shouldn’t even be categorized as such anyways – but, it’s a really informative site on what to pair cheese with. Next time I buy some cheese I’ll be keeping this site in mind with what I want to drink with it.

I Love You More Than Blank
JAN 2009

I Love You More Than Blank_1232665501628

Interesting social experiment.

Conversation Mapping in Twitter: Keyword Clouds.
PurpleCar | 15 JAN 2009

 Keyword Clouds. | PurpleCar_1232665606459

I liked how they broke down how forum discussions tend to flow. But the better info they present is in the form of a question about how to follow a twitter discussion.

Inauguration » The Moment
CNN | 20 JAN 2009

CNN.com - Special Reports - The 44th President - The Moment_1232665663306

I was kind of skeptical if people would even submit photos to cnn to have them stitched together. Looks like some people are and the visuals is kind of cool. I think the ui is slightly jittery but as a first attempt it’s pretty cool.

The Wired Presidency: Can Obama Really Reboot the White House?
Wired | 19 JAN 2009

 Can Obama Really Reboot the White House

I’d like to see the author to revisit their article once a year for the next four years to track how things evolve.

100 Blogs That Will Make You Smarter
Online Universities | 18 NOV 2008

100 Blogs That Will Make You Smarter | Online Universities.com_1232665747589

I haven’t checked out all the sites in this list, but surely there’s at least one that everyone will find that they like.

Historical Photos in Web Archives Gain Vivid New Lives
NYT | 18 JAN 2009

Link by Link - Historical Photos in Web Archives Gain New Lives - NYTimes.com_1232665796701

A nice primer to see the connection between photos and history/stories.

Inside Obama’s Social Media Toolkit
Micro Persuasion | 17 JAN 2009

 Inside Obama's Social Media Toolkit_1232665841934

Good breakdown when consider a strategic operation.

The Faces of Mechanical Turk
Waxy | 20 NOV 2008

The Faces of Mechanical Turk - Waxy.org_1232665874232

If you’ve ever had to use mechanical turk as i have, you’re probably curious to know who’s actually doing the work.

Songs that influenced the musician poster series



I’ve been walking by the above Grammy poster for a week or two every morning as I take my weim Madison for a stroll. The poster is simple enough, type + person face = music poster. Nothing boundry pushing but nice none the less. Then I started coming across a bunch of different posts about the concept online which seemed kind of interesting. At the end of the post I’ve linked to all the stories I’ve seen so far. Each of the titles that make up his face are songs that influenced him – I’m not sure if there’s any way to verify if those were actual songs that he passed on or his publicist thought would look good on paper. I also noticed that some of the song titles are duplicated… But, either way I think it’s a nice way to make some meaning towards him and the other artists included in the series.

Thom Yorke: Grammy Spokesman Extraordinaire
Pitchfork | 13 Jan 2009

The story of the music told with just titles, lyrics, and type
Titanium | 16 JAN 2009

Grammys sign up Lil Wayne, Thom Yorke for new campaign
Los Angeles Times | 12 JAN 2009

Grammys: Lil Wayne
Creativity Online | 15 JAN 2009

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 16th (January 2009)

 meet the new schtick_1232066125310 meet the new schtick (2)_1232066156475w Citizen Journalism, Twitter At Work_1232066190087
Sneaker Freaker Magazine_123206620114910 Most Common Misconceptions About User Experience Design_1232066211110 A DESIGNER AND HIS PROBLEMS_1232066220590
 Here's what you could've won | Media | guardian.co.uk_1232066233316You Talkin’ to MeThe Secrets of Marketing in a Web 2.0 World - WSJ.com_1232066258681
 Social media's hidden bubble | The Social - CNET News_1232066278374 Think » The Brooklyn Museum Monetizes a Twitter Feed_1232066285695An Animated History of the Internet | PSFK_1232066293468
A User's Guide to 21st Century Economics - Umair Haque_1232066300381Problem, Set, Match « Choicelessness_1232066315772An answer to David Carr's question on "how to build an iTunes for newspapers." - By Jack Shafer - Slate Magazine_1232066322863Who Leaked to The Guardian, and WhyChina plans media splurge to win global voice | Lifestyle | Reuters_1232066340887 your password's in the dictionary


So, it’s time for Link Drop Contextd once again. B/c of the finite amount of time this week I decided to go w/ quality over quantity. There was at least ten to fifteen more sites I would have added to this list but there’s only so much time in the day to add them up. If you’re curious about what else I thought was worth saving feel free to check my delicious site. As always I’m interating on the format, let me know what works and doesn’t as that’s what the comment field is for.

stay warm,

– m

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meet the new schtick & meet the new schtick (2)
If you only have time to read two posts today, I’d spend a couple minutes getting acquainted what Russell Davies put together for a talk with the Guardian. Fairly apt. about what to do after the screen. Personally I don’t think the screen is going anywhere anytime soon, but his insights about the post screen are something to consider…

 Citizen Journalism, Twitter At Work_1232066190087
U.S. Airways Crash Rescue Picture: Citizen Journalism, Twitter At Work

I’ve got a ton of thoughts about the plane that crashed into the Hudson river but I need to a couple days to digest how I took in info and passed it out before I can put forward more than how some of the old news outlets were out of step once again with timely info…

Sneaker Freaker Magazine_1232066201149
Custom sneakers are ART
A nice “how to” for customizing shoes. If only I knew about this back in the day when I was in high school…

10 Most Common Misconceptions About User Experience Design_1232066211110
10 Most Common Misconceptions About User Experience Design
I’m kind of tired of hearing about how UX people are going to save the world (that’s what designer’s are for) but the above article is a decent reference point to save.

Luv the poster for this event, wish the talk wasn’t so expensive considering the time we’re in.

 Here's what you could've won | Media | guardian.co.uk_1232066233316
Flickr’s Stock marketplace: Here’s what you could’ve won
Remember when those flickr pros were going to make money selling their images via an intermediary? Here’s the low down of the UI that never saw the light of day. Very interesting leak…

You Talkin’ to Me
You Talkin’ to Me?
If you’re reading this Link Drop you’re probably fairly versed in the language syntax that’s going on today, but jst incas you’r nt…

The Secrets of Marketing in a Web 2.0 World - WSJ.com_1232066258681 Social media's hidden bubble | The Social - CNET News_1232066278374
The Secrets of Marketing in a Web 2.0 World vs Marketing: Social media’s hidden bubble
Strategy is either going to pull us out of what’s going on or it’s going to crash like everything else…

 Think » The Brooklyn Museum Monetizes a Twitter Feed_1232066285695
The Brooklyn Museum Monetizes a Twitter Feed
Using the private mode of twitter as something to be exclusive of. This is the first of many ideas that will be spun off – remember where you read about it first…

An Animated History of the Internet | PSFK_1232066293468
An Animated History of the Internet
Just in case you forgot what the interwebs “was about”

A User's Guide to 21st Century Economics - Umair Haque_1232066300381
A User’s Guide to 21st Century Economics
Any old school graphic designer’s that are content with waiting things out by sitting on their hands should probably read this…

Problem, Set, Match « Choicelessness_1232066315772
Problem, Set, Match
Reading this post hurt my head, maybe you can help them out…

An answer to David Carr's question on "how to build an iTunes for newspapers." - By Jack Shafer - Slate Magazine_1232066322863
Building an iTunes for Newspapers
I doubt this is the answer that’s going to save the newspaper industry, but it’s fodder to consider…

Who Leaked to The Guardian, and WhyChina plans media splurge to win global voice | Lifestyle | Reuters_1232066340887
Who Leaked to The Guardian, and Why? and China plans media splurge to win global voice
So much for the local paper, here’s two articles about how politics and the media are going to be played out for the next couple years.

 your password's in the dictionary
your password’s in the dictionary? anybody can look it up
Remember last week when twitter got hacked into? If you’re using a password that’s a normal word for any other online service you might want to remind yourself to change that up…

Coffee as Inspiration


Starbucks series of “the way i see it ”

Coffee inspires me – its true. It’s why I get up in the morning and pretty much powers the blog in the early hours of the day. On a different note Starbucks used to print “the way i see it quotes”. I don’t think they do this anymore as I don’t recall trying to read the back of my paper cup the last time I had coffee from Starbucks. And if they actually did kill that thing (someone please confirm this as I’m not going to be in a Starbucks today – City Bakery yes, SBUX no), all I can do is be amazed at how stupid decisions are made. Either way I came across a nice collection of real photos of people taking pictures of their cups from the series. I know this b/c I’ve done this myself as the big image illustrates. The second image is from a grid that someone started collecting as favourites in their flickr account with mine included.

I’m going to link to each of those images b/c I think it’s a good idea: cup 01, cup 02, cup 03, cup 04, cup 05, cup 06, cup 07, cup 08, cup 09, cup 10, cup 11, cup 12, cup 13, cup 14, cup 15, cup 16, cup 17, and cup 18.

The reason why all those of images are great is not b/c of the photos quality but b/c each of those people felt the need to do it. Everyone had different reasons for taking their pic and tagging the photo so someone could find it, yet as a complete set becomes something even better to go through and go hmm, maybe there’s something to those words. They’re not going to save the world but maybe today I’ll try to have some patience as I walk behind someone slow on my way to work…

Outside posters in NYC over the weekend




Over the weekend walking around I came across a couple pretty smart posters side by side. It’s encouraging to see that in light of how the economy has tanked that there’s still some creative stuff being allowed out there. Each of the posters highlight a different method to get the same point across – retention/memorability and action. My fave. of the three is the first one where the word kijuju is repeated over and over again in a really cool way that’s sure to stop anyone in their tracks. That poster is also relying on anyone that’s interested in learning more by searching “kijuju” in google. The second poster is much more literal with the fact that it wants you the viewer to check out their website movie info. The unexpectedness comes from the fact that they’ve done a double run on the poster so they could throw out the url. It’s not super edgy by any means but is much more successful than the traditional action movie poster. The last poster is one in a series about different areas of NY that a moving company works in. For a lot of copy-writing it does a decent job of taking moving posters up a notch from the posters people are used to seeing on a pole.



blog post coming

A couple months ago I came across a fairly familiar mascot that pops up from time to time in New York. It’s a large inflatable rat that parks itself in front of establishments that are using non union people for union jobs (that’s my assumption at least). But for this particular time I didn’t see the rat in person, but inside an ad for HSBC. Like a lot of others I’m confused as to why they would want to use such a controversial image for part of it’s marketing campaign? I’m also wondering if there was any litigation involved? I’m also wondering how that was approved b/c I could certainly learn a thing or two about how that concept was sold…

Perfect application for those red tourist buses: Nike hype on Lebron James

nike hype on lebron james

Walking to work on Fifth Ave. this morning, I saw the perfect typographical application for those red tourist buses. The white type just jumped out to hype the game where Lebron James returned to Madison Square Gardens that happened in late November. I’m not much of a basketball fan but the hype surrounding what could happen in 2010 when James becomes a free agent is hard to ignore.

In Respect to Snowboarding

magic flashlights

Magic Flashlights from Mike Benson on Vimeo.

I was going to save this for next week’s Link Drop but decided that it was too good to wait till next Friday to post. I’m not sure if it’s b/c it’s fall, but thoughts that snow might be coming soon and what a person could do start visualizing. It might be natural to think since I’m from Canada that I know a thing or two about snowboarding, but nope – nothing. I luv to ski but have never tried it on a board. The above video from Knife Show titled Magic Flashlights is simply amazing. After watching it once I had to put it up on my tv, something I’ve never done before. Usually online vids are fine at just monitor size, not this time. I needed to see it full screen. Simple concept, take some good snowboarders, give’m flashlights and put a bouncy song together. What makes it genius are some of the subtle shifting of lights, timing and picking a great song. I still have not gotten tired of hearing MGMT’s “kids”. The choice of picking a blue flashlight over a red one in the beginning sequence was a nice political statement that fit within the context of the video. The outtake video is worth checking out too http://vimeo.com/1615354 And more talk about the video on the JSHAW blog.


The second snowboarding entry comes from the way of TITANIUM’s blog talking about Burton stands by un-pc designs. There’s some great pov’s from both sides of the debate of on how appropriate those designs are. For the record this is Burton’s take on the news controversy “the Burton Coalition line and the Playboy limited edition snowboards were created at the request of two of Burton’s professional snowboarders. Both Burton and Playboy were founded on the principles of individual freedom and the collaboration has resulted in boards that reflect this attitude.”

And if you’re interested in reading more quotes about burton + snowboards + playboy, read them HERE.

What kind of skin type are you?

What kind of skin type are you?

I came across this timely window display from (MALIN+GOETZ) walking through Chelsea this morning. It’s pretty tough from my photo to make out the top of the window that asks what kind of skin type are you? What is quite easy to see is how they took a lot of popular political people categories and made it unique for their shop.

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 10th (October 2008)

At this point in the news cycle it would be hard not to be influenced by what’s going on in US politics and the economy. Interestingly enough a lot of the sites that I found useful this week had a nod to those issues. There’s tons of statistical data out there that should make things easier but is that really the case? Behind that information are the stories – is it easy to find a truthful pov on the news that reflect those stories? I dunno if we’re at the end or the beginning stages where things get clearer but I do know that there’s a lot to have an opinion on. Till next week…

– m

Picture 16Pollster.com
About: “The maps that now appear on the front page of Pollster.com and other parts of the site allow you to quickly scan the latest trend poll trend estimates for every state in the Presidential race, as well as races for Senate and Governor (with U.S. House coming soon). The maps also allow you to navigate to our poll charts by clicking on the state.”

eismann-sf » Pollster.com’s Charting Widget_1223592985179Pollster.com’s Charting Widget
eismann-sf wrote: “I’ve seen these Pollster.com widgets popping up on various political blogs around town, and think they are fairly well designed. It’s tough to cram as much information as they do into such a small space, but they succeed by practicing the right approach to information design: content is king.”

graphpaper.com - Graphing the Debates_1223592991242Graphing the Debates
Graph Paper wrote: “One thing that’s been fun about watching the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates on CNN is that you get to also watch a scrolling EKG-like graph of how viewers are actually responding to what is being shown.”

Picture 15Minor Landscapes and the Geography of American Political Campaigns
bldgblog wrote: “If you’ll excuse a quick bit of landscape-inspired political speculation, I was reminded this morning of something I read last year on Boing Boing and which has stuck with me ever since – and that’s that there are more World of Warcraft players in the United States today than there are farmers.”

Google Reconsiders Its Aversion to Advertising - WSJ.com_1223592739856Google Reconsiders Its Aversion to Advertising
WSJ wrote: “Since its earliest days, Google Inc. has largely promoted its search engine and search-advertising products through word of mouth and partnerships. But in recent months some of the Internet company’s executives have been pushing for the company to overcome its aversion to paid advertising. That has created some conflict within Google, which is maturing and looking to reinvigorate its slowing growth.”

The Contrarian_1223592761284The Contrarian
About: “The Contrarian is a tool that brings into focus disparate facts and views in today’s media narrative. Taking content entirely from published articles and photos, The Contrarian seeks to sharpen the edges of the hazy world view presented by internet media. The product of this effort seeks not to discredit any particular source, but to encourage users to seek out other sources for information.”

Bagpipes_1223592800504Joel C. Robinson Historical Woodwinds
About: “While the first instrument I played was the modern oboe, the first instruments I made were harpsichords and organs. A talent for metal and woodworking as well as an attraction to early music led me to recreating woodwinds of the past. It was 1973 and I bought a metal lathe and designed and made my first instruments: cornamuse and bagpipes.”

 Accessible Data Visualization with Web Standards_1223592810046Accessible Data Visualization with Web Standards
A List Apart wrote: “We’ve been talking about Web 2.0 for so long now it’s already passé to argue about what it means and what it doesn’t. But one thing’s for sure, there’s a lot of data out there on the web these days. And as web designers, we’re designing a lot of data-driven sites.”

Meat & Cheese Combo Proves Edible | Jason Santa Maria_1223592854579Meat & Cheese Combo Proves Edible
Jason Santa Maria wrote: “Armed with empty stomachs and discerning taste buds, we descended upon New York City determined to find a cheesesteak of quality. I’m happy to say, we succeeded.”

Creative Edward de Bono quotes | David Airey » graphic designer, logo designer_1223592927674Creative Edward de Bono quotes
David Airey wrote: “Edward de Bono is one of the very few people in history who can be said to have had a major impact on the way we think. He has written numerous books with translations into 34 languages (all main languages plus Hebrew, Arabic, Bahasa, Urdu, Slovene, Turkish etc).”

 Muji Chronotebook — jackcheng.com_1223592967949Stuff I love: Muji Chronotebook
Jack Cheng wrote: “Start with the simplest thing imaginable: a blank sheet of paper. Add a rows of lines and it becomes a notebook. Add a grid instead and it becomes an drawing pad for architects. Add a few tiny boxes and it turns into a to-do list. Put in dates and you’ve got a calendar. But as they teach you in your high-school econ class, everything has a cost. For each function or feature you add, you lose a purpose.”

 12 Year Old McDonald's Hamburger_122359297970312 Year Old McDonald’s Hamburger
the Sherman Foundation wrote: “What does a 12 year old McDonald’s Hamburger stored in tupperware look like? It looks exactly like it did 12 years ago. A woman named Karen Hanrahan who teaches a workshop titled Healthy Choices for Children uses this to show parents the true nature of what children are eating when they eat fast food.”

Life_1223593003469Book Mining: Work/Life
pica-n-pixel wote: “I thought I’d share a peek into some of my most recent book acquisitions. First up is the Uppercase Gallery directory of Canadian illustration and photography Work/Life. I don’t know what they feed those folks north of the border but it makes them crazy talented!”

3rings » Could outdoor LED walls have saved Wall StreetCould outdoor LED walls have saved Wall Street?
3rings wrote: “Just this past Friday, both Congress and our President all signed off on a $700B rescue package. Personally, I am in favor of this legislation as it effectively aims to help both the wealthy and the poor, but I often question how we might have prevented this crisis sooner.”

Tina Brown’s Daily Beast Starts With A Growl, Not A Roar | paidContent.org_1223593031669Tina Brown’s Daily Beast Starts With A Growl, Not A Roar
paidContent wrote: “By now, anyone who’s been paying attention knows that Tina Brown’s online project with Barry Diller’s backing is called The Daily Beast after the paper in Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop. Brown’s high-profile move to the web from glossy print is scheduled to go live Monday at 7 a.m. eastern, in the softest of launches, scant months after a team was assembled in the Gehry-designed IAC headquarters.”

‘the village pet store and charcoal grill’ by banksy_1223593054880‘the village pet store and charcoal grill’ by banksy
designboom wrote: “the infamous UK street artist banksy has been overseas in new york. last week, he was spotted painting a large mural that touched on the US economic situation. now he has opened a pet store in the west village. as you would expect from banksy, ‘the village pet store and charcoal grill’ isn’t your typical pet store; there are definitely no gold fish for sale here.”

 Blog_1223593065347Photo Essay: The Denim Factory
DFP:Blog wrote: “I shot these photos at a denim factory in Kentucky that specializes in distressing high-end jeans for a few top designers. I used to scoff at paying a premium for jeans that come with holes in them already.”

What's New York ReadingWhat’s New York Reading?
About: “Books people are reading on New York City subways. Send your photos (along with the book title and train) to whatsnyreading [at] gmail.com”

 I will do one thing today._1223593013513I will do one thing today.
swissmiss wrote: “No more of this multitasking business. I need to focus more. Right after I finish blogging this.”

[command save]_1223592958223[command save]
About: “Portland State Graphic Design! Keeping PSU Graphic Design Grads, Students, Faculty & Friends in Touch”

The Money Meltdown_1223592997815The Money Meltdown
About: “Everything you need to know about the global money crisis of 2007-?.”


Turning Six Shows from Showetime into a House in Gramercy




As the ICFF was getting underway last year I was so burned out before it even started that I didn’t want to write anything about it. I think part of the unappeal was that after a while everything starts looking the same, feels like everything else and are shown in the same showrooms. Contrast that to a week ago when I received an email mentioning the Showtime House with Metropolitan Home which took six Showetime shows and created a room inspired by the show. I thought it was a cool idea to combine a number of shows into a living environment and wanted to see it for myself. On Friday I visited the house in Gramercy got the tour from Samantha Nestor who’s the Special Projects Editor for Metropolitan Home. Above are the photos I took from the tour.

Inside the house, the chosen shows were The Tudors, Dexter, Californication, Weeds, United States of Tara and The L Word. My favourite room and probably a lot of other people’s was Dexter’s Dining Room by Amy Lau. The attention to detail was meticulous. Details like etched thumbprints on the blood infused wine glass caught my attention. And then there was just the idea of turning a white room into a bloodbath which was fitting to the show.

The Tudors by Laura Kirar room felt up to date if we were still back in the day. Californication from Jamie Drake had a number of fascinating elements. There was a floor to ceiling book column all laid out by hand – to the jar of condoms beside the couch. The Weeds room had a very zen like feel from White Webb. Tori Golub managed to pull off a room for a person w/ six differing personalities. Vicente Wolf created a complementary feel to the L Word Boudoir. On the top floor there were two completely different rooms that had the same shape and space – a bright pink Lounge by Kirsten Brant and the angular Media Room by Luca Andrisani.

As far as product placement tie-in’s go – I really liked the concept. They took a bunch of shows that had strong characters and played w/ the living environment. Combine that w/ a number of designer’s giving tips to those looking for ideas on how to make their living environment better – it seemed like a good fit for me.

Walking down lafayette this morning

Lafayette 1

Lafayette 2

Nothing too extreme going on w/ the above images that I took this morning, but I did think that the formats in it’s wide scale were ironically similar. While one message is not sanctioned and the other is, the fact that they both broke out of the normal format w/ long typography that you see on billboards was worth mentioning.

Looking at Bell Canada

bell new ads

bell canada old and new

design maven quote

It’s been quite a while since I’ve talked about any corporate identity work here on designNotes. I’m always slightly uncomfortable mentioning that a logo is great or that it sucks b/c I have no idea what went into the design. Maybe the time line was insanely stupid or way too many hands had to be in it. Maybe the brief was to make something simple b/c it’s going to be updated in a year – I just don’t know. Plus a logo never lives on it’s own – there’s the management of how it will be implemented which is the less sexy side of corporate identity but probably the more important aspect – how is it going to relate to the tone and voice of the company.

It wasn’t until I visited Toronto a couple weeks ago that I noticed some fairly blank billboards that were emphasizing the word “er.” What the hell is up with that I asked a friend? He mentioned that Bell was going to be bought up and the marketing people inside wanted to show that they still were needed within the company and decided to change things up. While there’s no possibly way to confirm if that was the actual case – what’s more interesting is to hear what a regular Canadian thought about the reasoning for the update. So much for my theory of managing the corporate identity – Bell Canada’s logo had been reduced to a simple word from the character it once had and the first touch points didn’t even mention who it was from. Sure the argument could be made that I would eventually find out that it was from Bell – but coming to it with fresh eyes I was pretty confused and not the least inspired which I think is a bigger issue w/ the overall relaunch.

It wasn’t until yesterday when I was floated a couple emails that I thought it might be interesting to re look at my first observations and the reaction that I got from the billboards and to a less extent the new logo. If there’s one biggie about Canadian design it’s probably that it relies too heavily on white space and a whisper of text – as though the words are so powerful that it doesn’t need to be image intensive. In theory that’s a great idea, in practice at least w/ what I saw above it felt really cold and uncommunicative. What doesn’t help is that there’s some serious anger from the public w/ all the telecom companies in Canada. The service and rates are expensive for what is given, the tech. is behind the rest of the world and there’s a sense that there’s a couple monopolies that are wanting to keep it that way. Until companies like Bell listen to why people hate their company campaigns and identity revamps aren’t really going to help.

Bonous Sites w/ more info…

+ Identityworks: Bell Canada
+ Brand New: Putting the er in After

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 29th (August 2008)

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Where did August go, it seems like only a week or two ago it was July and I was complaining about how I wasn’t doing too well under the NYC humidity. I’m now back from vacation, walking to work and didn’t feel any effects of the summer weather I’m still trying to get used to. Not sure if it was subconscious or not but there’s a lot of architecture influenced stuff that caught my attention this week w/ the Link Drop. Advertising and tech play supporting roles. I think summer unofficially comes to a close after this weekend, so make the most of it as you chill.

– m

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“We need a daily dose of typography. Typography that speaks, reminds, connects and dwells in our lives. They are looking for a place to live in your life.”

The One TrainThe One Train
“Daniella Zalcman is an insufferable shutterbug who can always be found carrying at least one and sometimes as many as four cameras simultaneously, depending on her spirits. Sometimes, she thinks she sees the world more clearly through a lens than she does through her own eyes, which are terribly nearsighted and not very useful anyway.”

 Our Fave 20 Design BlogsOur Fave 20 Design Blogs
[east coast Architecture review] EXCERPT: “Earlier this year we set out to promote our favorite Top 10 Urbanism Blogs that we feature in our sidebars. In the spirit of our first review, our second centers on Design blogs. So what where our metrics for selection? The blogs are ranked in the order in which our editor finds them to be most relevant to design, their visual appeal, and by the frequency in which they are updated. In the event of a tie, we selected our favorite reads first. Some of the blogs will be easily recognizable, while others may be a bit more obscure but well worth your exploration. Of course, this is a highly subjective list and we welcome any comments or suggestions for blogs that are not featured here or elsewhere on our site.”

 designer's workstationdesigner’s workstation
[Bunnehmunches] EXCERPT: “Nice concept of a designer’s workstation from International Designer’s Workstation Competition 2008. I actually like work tables minimal and wide like this.”

weather pattern » Blog Archive » How Ethical is EthicalHow Ethical is Ethical?
[Weatherpattern] EXCERPT: “Even though I haven’t posted much recently (sorry for that, especially when I got some nice links, Thanks Noah. Frontstudio.) I have been thinking a lot about the ethics of design. One post from Rob Walker’s murketing blog that has kept with me, which I’m finally able to post. Walker mentions luggage companies trying to design an airport security friendly laptop bag. Anyone who travels with a laptop knows the pain of having to take out the computer to be x-rayed. What was most interesting was an aside he made:”

 Top 10 Architects who are not Architects_Top 10 Architects who are not Architects
[(incli)NATION] EXCERPT: “Got this email this morning; ‘Arthur Erickson…Canada’s most famous architect and the first to put Canadian architecture on the world map.’ is no longer allowed to call himself an architect because he will not take the 18 required hours of continuing ed. every year to certify him as such. Hilarious, if it wasn’t so absurd and it made me think of all the influential ‘architects’ in modern history who had no formal architectural training. Here is my first-pass at a top ten list. I’m sure I missed many more so shout-out your favorite non-architects and we’ll get a top 100 list going…”

 80 percent of Facebook users still using old site design80 percent of Facebook users still using old site design
[Valleywag] EXCERPT: “Four out of five Facebook users have yet to move to a redesigned version of the site which launched earlier this summer. It’s an overwhelming rejection of a project that was said to be Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s “baby.” A Facebook flack tried to put a positive spin on the stat: “Around 20 percent of our users have now migrated to the new platform and it has been received well after people get used to it.””

 Starting with the UniverseBuckminster Fuller Symposium
Visionary designer, philosopher, poet, inventor, engineer, and advocate of sustainability, Buckminster Fuller was one of the great transdisciplinary thinkers of the last century with a legacy that extends to nearly every field of the arts and sciences. This symposium takes its cue from Fuller’s dictum, “I always say to myself, what is the most important thing we can think about at this extraordinary moment,” and explores the diverse ways in which contemporary scholars and practitioners are pushing Fuller’s ideas and projects into the 21st century.

'Gossip Girl' Creator Josh Schwartz Doesn't Like the Show's Ads -- New York Magazine‘Gossip’ Guy Hates Snotty Billboards
[New York Magazine] EXCERPT: “The CW has been promoting the second season of Gossip Girl, which begins on September 1, with irony-laden ads quoting outraged reviews of the show. (“‘Very bad for you’ —The San Diego Union-Tribune”; “‘Mind-blowingly inappropriate’ —Parents Television Council.”) But the show’s creator, Josh Schwartz, doesn’t like how the ads come across, “using other people’s displeasure as a compliment.” In fact, it makes him feel “weird.””

AMC Asks Twitter to Remove 'Mad Men' Accounts » AdrantsAMC Asks Twitter to Remove ‘Mad Men’ Accounts
[Adrants] EXCERPT: “AMC didn’t take too kindly to the onslaught of Mad Men characters appearing on Twitter and sent a Digital Millenium Copyright Act take down notice asking Twitter to remove @Don_Draper and @PeggyOlsen. The accounts are currently suspended. There are other accounts on Twitter for the Mad Men characters Roger Sterling, Pete Campbell, Joan Holloway, Paul Kinsey, Sal Romano, Bertram Cooper and Bobbie Barrett. Many are still active though @joan_halloway has recently been suspended as well.”

 The Irony of The Mad Men Tweet Scandal (Three Minds On Digital Marketing @ Organic)Around The Twitterverse: The Irony of The Mad Men Tweet Scandal
[three minds organic] EXCERPT: “The Twitterverse was a-twitter yesterday due to AMC issuing take down notices to a series of fan-created accounts for the characters of their hit series Mad Men. When the accounts went up a few months ago, the characters were embraced by Twitter users, who probably skew on the side of an advertising/marketing/consulting tech-savvy audience. They didn’t care whether they represented AMC or not. No, this was a new and exciting form of fan-fiction.”

Lebbeus Woods Remains an Architect Unbounded by the Status Quo - NYTimes.comAn Architect Unshackled by Limits of the Real World
[NYT] EXCERPT: “These are lonely times for Lebbeus Woods. In the early 1990s this irreverent New York architect produced a series of dark and moody renderings that made him a cult figure among students and academics. Foreboding images of bombed-out cities populated by strange, parasitic structures, they seemed to portray a world in a perpetual state of war, one in which the architect’s task was to create safe houses for society’s outcasts.”

“Opentape is a free, open-source package that lets you make and host your own mixtapes on the web. Upload songs (via web or FTP), reorder, rename, customize the style, and share what you like on other sites with an embeddable player.”

 Density, via the Weaire-Phelan structure, the Holbæk Kasba and the Monaco HouseDensity, via the Weaire-Phelan structure, the Holbæk Kasba and the Monaco House
[City of Sound] EXCERPT: “Many of you will have enjoyed the work of the Bjarke Ingels Group aka BIG, and their indefatigable leader, Bjarke Ingels. On a recent trip to Melbourne, for the International Design Festival, Ingels was interviewed on Triple R’s The Architects recently and was a breath of fresh Danish air.”

Complément d'objet indirect — From graphic subject to graphic objectFROM GRAPHIC SUBJECT TO GRAPHIC OBJECT
“This exhibition shows contemporary practices of graphic design around a common theme, object. When graphic design is released by the command and starts evolving by itself, the issue is the relationship they have with private space (at home) and public space (at everyone). The graphical object is not a design object. It doesn’t serve a purpose but offers multiple uses.”

 Stefanie PosavecWriting Without Words
“Writing Without Words is a project that explores methods of visually representing text and visualises the differences in writing styles of various authors.”

 Axiotron Modbook - the first Mac-based Tablet ComputerArchinect Reviews: Axiotron Modbook – the first Mac-based Tablet Computer
[Archinect] EXCERPT:“We architects love toys, too. Obviously. How much luckier can we be when the latest electronic gadgets happen to be our daily design tools! Images and review of the Axiotron Modbook – through the eyes of an architect – after the jump…”

 The Myth of the Undecided VoterThe Myth of the Undecided Voter
[The Frontal Cortex] EXCERPT: “I’ve often suspected (based on a highly unsystematic series of conversations with classic New Hampshire independents) that most undecided voters are really just low-information voters, who have actually made a decision but don’t quite know how to explain their decision. If you prod, you’ll typically find that they’re “leaning” in one direction or another, or that they “like” one candidate a little bit more, but they can’t articulate the reasons behind their choice. As a result, the bias remains mostly subterranean: they don’t know what they really believe.”

 David Byrne Bike Racks Go From Sketch to RealityDavid Byrne Bike Racks Go From Sketch to Reality
[Gothamist] EXCERPT: “Is there anything this city won’t do for renaissance man David Byrne? The former Talking Head has been helping out with the DOT’s search for new bike rack designs, and recently got inspired to sketch some imaginary bike racks named for New York neighborhoods and locations. Then, voila; David’s dream is manifest, as he explains on his blog: “To my surprise, [the DOT] responded by saying, ‘If you make these we’ll put them up.’ Holy Moses! I was over the moon — what happened to the legendary red tape and years of bureaucratic haggling I was supposed to go through?””

Presentation of Competation for the Architecture Design of National Stadium (2008 olympic Main Stadium)Presentation of Competation for the Architecture Design of National Stadium (2008 olympic Main Stadium)
Key scheme recommended by evaluation panel:B11
Superexcellent scheme:B11. B12. B08

Super Colossal » Birds NestsBirds Nests
[super colossal] EXCERPT: “Human Birdsnest, Bamboo Birdsnest, Lego Birdsnest…”

Untitled12 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!_1219961095138the decapitator’s photostream


Crowdsourcing Salon With Wired Author Jeff Howe

Crowdsourcing Salon With Wired Author Jeff Howe

Crowdsourcing Salon With Wired Author Jeff Howe

After hearing the authour of Crowdsourcing Jeff Howe speak at Electric Artists last night it was easy to make comparisons with some other quasi anthro/sociology books that you might find in the business or marketing section of a bookstore this year. The first would be Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky and to a lesser extent Buying In by Rob Walker. For me personally the most basic of the comparisons is that I’ve now seen all three of them speak. Clay talked by himself at Daylife where I work, Rob was interviewed by Fast Company with PSFK and Jeff spoke at Electric Artists and was interviewed by Marc Schiller. In all three cases the Q & A afterwards was fairly flat. No one would dispute that Clay’s a passionate speaker but for the Rob and Jeff events it became interesting to see where the dialogue was going to be directed with the interviewer. By the time each of the books has been written, printed and delivered a lot of the themes aren’t exactly new. After hearing Rob talk I didn’t really feel that I had heard anything that new while last night I did end up leaving Jeff’s talk with feeling smarter then I walked in.

For the talk last night, some of the main business’s that Jeff referenced were Threadless, iStock photo and Dell. I’ve never bought a Dell nor follow anything that they do so I wasn’t really able to relate to that part of the discussion. I have used iStock photo and as a creative I’ve always hated the idea that people send in free illustration work that a shirt company is making money off of. I’ve always seen it as spec work but these days you rarely hear anyone complain about that – so maybe I’m in the minority that has an issue. In any case, the “crowd” is looking for a task to do and those companies all found a way to bring people into the fold.

Keep in mind that crowd is not some mindless mob – in the case of Doritos and their contest to give airtime for a Superbowl commercial, a majority of the entries came from other professionals. In essence a hybrid of pro-am people that were taking their work in a different direction. You may have also heard of Crowdsourcing b/c of the book contest to design the cover. You can check out the finalists from the UK at www.coversourcing.co.uk/top. What was interesting to hear is that the American version did not publish a cover from outsiders but the publisher decided what was going to work while in the UK an entry was selected. Which was right? Hard to say until the number of books that were sold can be figured out. One thing that became clear is that it’s hard to replicate a successful crowd interaction w/ a business if the conditions aren’t there. Walmart tried to fake it for a while and was called out on it. It seemed like for things to work companies weren’t following a scripted plan and had the confidence to let things open up in unique manner and have a dialogue.

Comparing messages from Toronto and New York

i am...

Shit is coming


While I didn’t spend my entire trip to Toronto walking around nor when did I do walk get off the main roads, from where I was I didn’t see that much street art that made me stop and go “nice” compared to what I’ve seen in NYC. With that said I’m always impressed w/ the more guerilla art that subverts advertising for it’s own purposes in Canada. Typically I’ve felt that in NYC it’s more about taking a marker and knocking out teeth or changing the face up a bit for laughs. In Toronto I’ve always found some really good examples that take a knife to social issues that advertising alone really couldn’t tell on it’s own. It’s also perhaps telling from my pov that those created on the street could never be entered in an awards show, so the creators aren’t already thinking awards entry like some of the more generic stuff that is submitted as such.

With the four images that I’ve posted, the first two were taken in Toronto while the third and fourth were taken in SoHo yesterday. I really thought the first one was a great use of paint w/ a couple key words. I like how after the first poster they switched up the position of the red X’s and straight lines to cross out things. The second image has great impact w/ a minimal amount of ink. Aside from some of the more trivial subversive marker work on ads in NYC, you can also find some gems that tell it like it is. I luv the fact that “shit is coming” stickers is nothing more than a couple words that kind of say what they mean with out any embellishment.

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 18th (July 2008)


By the end of the week I’m always curious to see how my Link Drop is going to shape up w/ telling me what I found interesting. This week there was a combo of culture between photography, radio, music, architecture, advertising and some stuff that would fall into the category of misc. A lot of it was forward thinking – like what’s next. It’s kind of obvious that there’s a shake up going on and those that have a pov are trying to shape the next stage.

– Michael Surtees

SR-1154+TH+2008+Maker+Map-4Future of Making Map [The Institute For The Future]
EXCERPT: “Two future forces, one mostly social, one mostly technological, are intersecting to transform how goods, services, and experiences—the “stuff” of our world—will be designed, manufactured, and distributed over the next decade. An emerging do-it-yourself culture of “makers” is boldly voiding warranties to tweak, hack, and customize the products they buy. And what they can’t purchase, they build from scratch. Meanwhile, flexible manufacturing technologies on the horizon will change fabrication from massive and centralized to lightweight and ad hoc. These trends sit atop a platform of grassroots economics—new market structures developing online that embody a shift from stores and sales to communities and connections.”

The Coalition for Daring Behaviour_1216343298864The Coalition for Daring Behaviour
EXCERPT: “Launched in January 2008, The Coalition for Daring Behaviour is an on-line artist project that strives to facilitate a global exchange of dares, double dares, and possibly triple dog dares. An ever-expanding network of international artists/daredevils, the CFBD promotes creative collaborations of a spontaneous, non-traditional and, most importantly, daring nature.”

Picture 2Prototype Packaging using Photoshop Smart Objects [creativetechs]
EXCERPT: “Are you working on a product packaging job? Here’s a way to combine digital product photography with Adobe Photoshop Smart Objects in CS2 or CS3 to create quick virtual prototypes. The process is fairly easy once you understand the technique, and can be used for some pretty remarkable results.”

On the death of BPP | Gravity Medium_1216343338131On the death of BPP [gravity medium]
EXCERPT: “Well, the Bryant Park Project has less than a month left. Literally. Was it too beautiful to live, perhaps? Hardly. I mean, can anyone really feign shock that well? Let’s recount the strikes against this endeavor:”

The Facebooker Who Friended Obama - NYTimes.com_1216343352764The Facebooker Who Friended Obama [NYT]
EXCERPT: “Last November, Mark Penn, then the chief strategist for Hillary Rodham Clinton, derisively said Barack Obama’s supporters “look like Facebook.” Chris Hughes takes that as a compliment. Mr. Hughes, 24, was one of four founders of Facebook. In early 2007, he left the company to work in Chicago on Senator Obama’s new-media campaign.”

Design Observer_1216343365301I Was A Mad Man Design Observer
EXCERPT: “In the winter of 1976, while still a student, I worked lunches at a Greek restaurant on Madison Avenue in New York City. Three or four days a week, a well-dressed gentleman in his 50s would come to lunch — strangely alone — and sit at the bar and order a martini. (And ultimately two more, but never three.) He managed to read the Wall Street Journal and eat a little lunch. I was his waiter and his bartender.”

 Secrets of book publishing I wish I had known_1216343375722Secrets of book publishing I wish I had known [Good Experience]
EXCERPT: “Following up on these overviews of the book industry, I thought I’d share some lessons I learned from publishing Bit Literacy. I originally tried to go through mainstream publishers but eventually self-published it, because of what I learned in the process. I wish I had known everything below before I wrote my book.”

Orbicule | Undercover_1216343382368Undercover
EXCERPT: “Because laptops are increasingly popular, and desktops are becoming smaller and more portable, computer theft has reached huge proportions worldwide: there were about 600,000 laptops stolen in the USA in the year 2004. According to a recent FBI report, 97% of all stolen computers are never recovered. Many people we know have had their Macs stolen, often in ‘safe’ situations. That’s why we developed Undercover: a unique theft-recovery application designed from the ground up for Mac OS X.”

design mind | business. technology. design._1216343400362design mind | business. technology. design.

 News, Coverage, and Commentary_1216343408466NPR cancel Bryant Park Project – Can a hybrid work? [fast forward blog]
EXCERPT: “It was announced this weekend that NPR will have to cancel their new News program The Bryant Park Project for cost reasons. The NYT story is here. The BPP site with comments on the closing of the show is here. You can see that I was not the only fan nor am I the only one who is upset!”

 Soldering, Guerilla Knitting, & Bomb Shelters - O'Reilly Radar_1216343415111Ignite NYC: Soldering, Guerilla Knitting, & Bomb Shelters [radar oreilly]
EXCERPT: “The first Ignite NYC is going to happen 7/29 at M1-5. We are going to feature 16 speakers. Each speaker will get 20 slides that auto-advance after 15 seconds for a total of five-minutes. Ignite is free and open to the public — you’re on your own for drinks. We’re also going to be joined by Ignite co-creator, Bre Pettis. Bre is going to lead us in a creative soldering contest. RSVP at Upcoming or Facebook to let us know you are coming.”

Barbarian Group Adds Strategist_1216343424741Barbarian Group Adds Strategist [adweek]
EXCERPT: “The Barbarian Group is beefing up its strategic offering by adding Noah Brier from Naked Communications.”

 Coffee shop chalkboard signs_1216343430820Coffee shop chalkboard signs [cellar door]
EXCERPT: “In the past several months, I have been taking photos of chalkboard signs outside of coffee shops. Very specifically: Sweet Farm and El Beit in Williamsburg. These two shops started out being next to each other, and I wasn’t sure how each one would do, competition-wise.”

EXCERPT: “A visual listing of redesigns, design refreshes/updates, and overhauls.”

Sandra’s Sources | Leffot - The Moment Blog - NYTimes.com_1216343447626Sandra’s Sources | Leffot [NYT]
EXCERPT: “Steven Taffel, a self-proclaimed shoe hound, was tired of having to hoof it all the way uptown for quality footwear, so he decided to open the ultimate boot-ique in the heart of the West Village. The tightly curated selection includes labels like Edward Green, Pierre Corthay, Artioli, Aubercy and Gaziano & Girling, a young English cobbler.”

 Three Glimpses of Photography's Future_1216343452814Three Glimpses of Photography’s Future [pop photo]
EXCERPT: “By now I’m guessing that most people who read blogs (or email) have read Vincent Laforet’s insightful, tough-love opus at Sports Shooter about the state of photography today (and tomorrow), The Cloud is Falling. It’s a long piece, so there’s a chance you might not have gotten to this late paragraph:”

Shake it Like a Metaphorical Picture | Jason Santa Maria_1216343461251Shake it Like a Metaphorical Picture [Jason Santa Maria]
EXCERPT: “Sometime next year, Polaroid will stop producing instant film. There have been lots of people jumping in to help save the format, and others writing some striking eulogies, as the rest of us start mourning the oncoming loss. But one thing I can’t quite shake is what Polaroid represents to me, something that will likely be on its way out the door too: the visual metaphor of a photograph.”

 prince of the gift economy_1216375597296Lil Wayne: prince of the gift economy [This Blog Sits at the: Culture By]
EXCERPT: “Since his last LP, Lil Wayne has been working the gift economy. In the words of Jonah Weiner, [T]he New Orleans MC struck upon a music-distribution model so radical it made Radiohead look like Thomas Edison shipping wax cylinders by Pony Express. Step 1: Rap about whatever pops into your head, over any beat you please–copyright laws be damned. Step 2: Flood the Internet with material, compiled on mix tapes or leaked a la carte. Step 3: Say yes to anyone who invites you to guest star on a track (anyone: meaning Enrique Iglesias and Gym Class Heroes). Step 4: Repeat at an inhuman clip, not merely keeping pace with the relentless blog cycle–in which MP3s ping from studios to iPods to trash cans in a matter of days, but leaving the blog cycle face down on the racetrack, turf in its teeth, gasping for air.”

 NYC Window Display Series continues..._1216375058930NYC Window Display Series continues… [Copyranter]
EXCERPT” “Last time, years ago, I went inside The Apartment at 101 Crosby St., they were an offbeat furniture store. But now, apparently, they offer “fully integrated branding, marketing, architecture, and interior design services.” Here, in their ever-changing window display, they present six people (employees?) artfully faking taking a dump.”

Images for Blog Posts

Images for a Blog Post

When I came across the above quote “I really appreciate that they create original photographs to accompany each of their posts, rather than simply copying images from elsewhere” from the blog Uppercase a couple days ago, it put something into words that I had been thinking about for a while. A lot of design blogs are kind of the same in part b/c people are 1. talking about the same stuff, but 2. using the same images. Some of those design blog issues I’ve mentioned before at DesignNotes but within the context of blogs and photos it’s worth exploring more. For the most part I agree with the Uppercase quote – I try to do the same thing here. Whenever I can take the opportunity to make my own image I will. But it’s not a black and white issue. Any time I do a Friday Link Drop I try to always give a screen capture of what someone is going to see if they click on the link. It wouldn’t be appropriate otherwise. Other times it just makes sense to show what is already out there. The other big issue for me is where to host the images I use for a post – whether I’ve taken it or not. A couple years ago I just uploaded the files via the blog upload tool – but one day I accidentally deleted that folder and my images were gone. If you go deep into the DesignNotes archives and see an image missing – that’s why. Soon after that to safeguard a mass delete I started hosting all my images on flickr. It’s a tricky balancing act b/c I want to make clear what I’ve taken and what is someone else’s work, and in almost every case I’m using that image to send it to the said person’s site. If anything, I would encourage people to shoot their own images if they can which in turn will make their blog more about their own POV as opposed to a coming off as a pr memo. Any thoughts?

What are you doing today?

You Should Do It Now .com

I’ve always been a sucker for those motivational type of communications, whether it’s something from Nike like the Michael Jordan-Nike Failure Commercial to books like Paul Arden’s It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be. The above offering from Converse at www.youshoulddoitnow.com falls into that same genre. I won’t give a play by play account but it’s a nice move on the “-” idea. It was kind of fitting to have found it yesterday (June 21st) during summer solstice. When I was living up in Canada I was always a bit sad the next day b/c I knew the sun was going to be up just a little bit less than the last day and so on. It meant that in a couple months it would be a lot darker and colder. In NYC it isn’t nearly as bad with the sun and weather. I also really looked forward to December 21 b/c the reverse was about to happen – more sun and the seasons were rolling forward once again. While I was in Minneapolis for a couple UX Intensive courses last week, one of the evening’s after workshop events was hosted by the agency Space150. They’ve got a great idea where they “evolve” every 150 days. I’m not entirely sure if that just means changing the face of their web site or how they do business – but either way I like the idea. While I’m always tweaking my blog DesignNotes, my homepage rarely changes. I think I might have to borrow the evolution idea and change my homepage though not every 150 days but twice a year. If I had been really thinking I would have moved the updated design up for June 21st. And have the process again be updated December 21st. Practically speaking I’ll take a couple days to replace my current site (pretend I did it on June 21st) and then change things again December 21st and continue twice a year. It’s worth a try – I have nothing to loose.

I haven’t read the book yet, but…

Danielle Sacks of Fast Company magazine and Rob Walker of Buying In

Who would have thought that the thing to do on a Friday night was to head over to the Art Directors club to hear a writer talking about a book. That writer was Rob Walker and he was talking about his just released book event was organized by Buying In. The event was organized by PSFK who did a nice job of keeping things organized and running on time. Before starting Rob took a picture of the audience with everyone’s hand over their face. After that he spent a couple minutes talking about why he wrote the book. Soon after that he invited Danielle Sacks of Fast Company for a collaborative talk.

I’m not sure if it was b/c I had read most of Rob’s articles for the New York Times or something else, but the actual conversation between the two of them seemed familiar and slightly old. It was like the conversation could have happened two years ago. There weren’t a lot of new pivot points to grab onto. I also heard the phrase “I haven’t read the book yet, but…” w/ both friends I talked w/ before the event started and the Q/A affterwards. But again people were very familiar w/ the ideas that Rob written about. In part that’s b/c a lot of the stories have been blogged about once they were first published from NYT. It was a good night, just not a new night of hearing about what those murketers are up to.

No Pantone, No Photoshop

no Pantone

Like all absolutes, there are none – though I was struck by two recent things I read on the web recently. From the Barbarian Group website I was in a section called barbaripedia where they “talk” to potential people. One such person is the outside Art Director. What was fascinating about the conversation was that they’re trying to talk to a lot of different skill sets, both the young hotshot and the old person that still design web stuff in illustrator in cmyk mode. I just liked the candor of how they go about letting people know how some aspects of web work should be produced. Read the full conversation at http://tinyurl.com/62sxdj

no Photoshop

The other post that made sense to some degree was from 37 Signals in which they talk about Why They Skip Photoshop. Both the points they make and all the comments for and against that idea are worth considering. While I don’t think Photoshop is going away anytime soon I’ve yet to read something that really throws out the practical reasons why sometimes Photoshop isn’t the best way to show comps. Read it for yourself at http://tinyurl.com/6fl5ot

Yes advertising is in trouble, but by this much?

madison ave broke

I typically walk Maddie down a route that loops from Madison Avenue to Park Avenue and back. One of the things that I pay semi regular attention to are the small ad-spaces that line the street on bus shelters and phone booths. It isn’t unusual to see a blank ad from time to time which means the the space wasn’t sold. What is surprising is when the spot is on 42nd Street and Madison Avenue. If you look at the middle of the image I took last night you’ll notice the empty bus shelter ad. If in a prime spot like that can stay blank in the busiest city in the word, it makes me wonder about the state of advertising. It’s an apt symbol showing how hard it is for people to buy into the classic model of advertising. If there’s something good about what that blank canvas shows – there’s a lot of room to try new things, at this point there’s nothing to loose.

Two in One NBA Videos

I’m not a huge bball fan but I do have to tip my hat to how the NBA markets the playoffs (as opposed to the NHL which does a lackluster job). Instead of falling for the typical glitz the NBA just places two players together, looking straight into the camera describing what it means to be in the playoffs. Simple and effective. What makes the narrative even more compelling is that it’s relatable – good motivational stuff to get you through your day. Of course in the YouTube age there’s also a video explaining the process for the filming.

Looking at help





When I first held the two prototypes for help in my hands a number of weeks ago I wasn’t blown away with the packaging. I was instantly comparing it in my head w/ Target ClearRx. It was probably not a fair comparison as there’s a lot more information considerations and systems at play with Target then with help. I also thought that there wasn’t enough of a unique visual on the typographic side. If someone else stole/knocked off the idea with a me too product I wondered if help looked unique enough. Could they sustain a number of competitors going with a similar clean aesthetic. A simple branding exercise I like to refer back to is if you were to place your thumb over the logo – could you still tell what brand it is? This is always a challenge with new companies as no one knows who they are – but you also need to hope that at some point the visual points will help trigger that memory. While the shape of the packaging is unique and one of the best features that’s bit hard to transfer to other media types.

But when I came across two different sites that mentioned help I decided to challenge some of my first branding assumptions. PSFK interviewed the founder while the blog i am bella mentions help too. The one thing I didn’t originally do was go to the help website www.helpineedhelp.com. The conversational tone and soft pitch reminded me of another extremely successful business called Swich. Both brands come off as human while smart and not constrained which helps make them different. The idea and language create as an interesting brand. I luv their idea on selling shirts. Make your own message with help. They also have some smart ideas on the issue of being bored. So the question I ask myself is that if I place my thumb over the logo and can’t tell where it came from, yet on the flip side I’m now likely more to remember the brand b/c of the site’s conversational tone is it going to be a success? I hope so – there’s a lot of potential with other packaged product that could use a tonal adjustment.

Noticed today (04/12/2008) that MoCo Loco has a post too

Noticed tonight (04/12/2008) that Cool Hunting has a post too

One post, three pieces from other blogs

This post is more for myself as a reminder, but it’s good content that you might be interested in too… I also wanted to test if I could do a post w/ minimal images to see what it would look like.

Monocle update from magCulture.com
Tyler Brulé’s 10-point business plan from Monocle launch:
01. Be a complete media brand with print, web and broadcast components
02. Deliver across all these areas in new formats
03. Focus on global affairs, business, culture, design and the best products/services on the market
04. Be an oasis from celebrities and low production values
05. Champion fresh talent for both words and pictures
06. Look ahead, not chase the ambulance
07. Accept no freebies
08. Likewise, not be given away for free
09. Open bureaux, so we have our own people on the ground
10. Do our bit to raise the bar

15 Coolest Firefox Tricks Ever from Lifehack
Speed up Firefox
If you have a broadband connection (and most of us do), you can use pipelining to speed up your page loads. This allows Firefox to load multiple things on a page at once, instead of one at a time (by default, it’s optimized for dialup connections). Here’s how:

· Type “about:config” into the address bar and hit return. Type “network.http” in the filter field, and change the following settings (double-click on them to change them):
· Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”
· Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”
· Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to a number like 30. This will allow it to make 30 requests at once.
· Also, right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its value to “0″. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.

10 Social Networking Trends via PSFK

Fallon strategic planner Aki Spicer, explores 10 Trends Marketers Should Know About Social Networking.

01. Social graphs
02. Social shopping
03. Portability
04. Lifestreaming
05. Crowdsourcing
06. Continuous partial attention
07. Privacy protection
08. Open social
09. Virtuality
10. Measurement 2.0


adidas and DIESEL

no logo

Walking down Wooster St. this morning I noticed in the window of an adidas store that it had a combo logo mark. It’s not too unique to see two companies cohabitating together to create a merger of styles like adidas and DIESEL. The thing that caught my attention was that before I even knew read the companies logos i saw the branded colours. Again that’s not a significant thing in itself but the fact that the blue and red are so common did surprise me as I considered it.


I tend to notice things in two’s and lately there’s been a couple billboard posters that I’ve walked by and haven’t been bored of. It’s been a while since that’s been the case. What I like about the patterns that the two ads make is that they can be placed up in pieces randomly and they still work. The vans poster is really one long printed piece while the E one is a number of sheets put together. What’s surprising is that these are from two brands that can’t get any more main stream yet are visually kind of cool. But maybe it’s not as much of a surprise as this Creativity Online article Advertising Got Better suggests.

Orange Bicycles in New York

There’s a lot of things things one can take for granted living in New York as there’s so many new places to check out. One area that I try to visit once every six weeks is Central Park. My favourite area is the line that makes up the mall. Walking towards Central Park I passed Bryant Park which is in the midst of Fashion Week with all the tents on the grounds. Aside from all the fashion people floating around outside the gates the other thing that caught my eyes was a bright orange bike with the simple url dkny.com. The uptight designer in me wants to laugh it off as a silly stunt, though the civilian in me was still caught by the bright colors and I still remember the url today.

As a way to drive people to a fashion website I think this works really well – as part of a brand maybe not, but even what a brand “is” is really being challenged. Part of recognizing a brand is through the ability of not seeing the logo yet recognize what the company is. Why the orange bicycle actually works is not b/c of the bright stunt but it’s part of an abstraction of the actual web campaign (I suspect print too) with the orange color and New York and has less to do with the actual logo. Fashion is all about emotion, not tight logo constraints. Isn’t it more fun to flaunt in the face of practicality? I’ve also seen the orange bike on 23rd and 9th ave and I imagine when I walk to work on Monday to SoHo I’ll see one or two pop up there. In the end I did end up visiting the site and appreciated the tie in – smart art direction as opposed to oppressive design police.

Copywronged w/ Michael Surtees

Copywronged w/ Michael Surtees

I started a new mobile blog called Copywronged yesterday to capture some of the more interesting phrases that are out there that I see as I walk by. You can check it out at www.copywronged.tumblr.com I’m not sure what this blog will lead to, but it should be fun to document how people try to get people’s attention.

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