Last Friday I attended the CreativeMornings talk with Allegra Burnette, Creative Director of Digital Media at MoMA. After entering MoMA where the talk was being held I was greeted at the door, not by security but by a welcoming person that politely asked for my name to sign off the list. After giving me a pass she shook my hand and thanked me for coming. I’ve been to a lot of design talks and I’ve never had quite the welcome like that before, so I did the polite Canadian thing to do which was to thank her back and ask her how she was connected to MoMA. She didn’t really come across as a security person so I had to ask. She was happy to reply that she was Allegra Burnette and that she was the one giving the talk. To be honest I was really impressed that she took it upon herself to essentially meet every person coming to her talk ahead of time. It’s something that I’ve never seen before but will stay with me for quite some time.
I’m always fascinated to see how people communicate to each other publicly. Since I am in the communications business it makes sense to understand how conversations go back and forth and spread. Up until recently the standard two way talk between blog post and reader was with a comments field. The writer publishes something, a reader comments. Of course a blogger can turn comments off or have a set time limit. Pretty standard stuff…
I’m not a huge fan of Tumblr for the simple fact that I’ve tried using it three or four different times but always went back to WordPress for better that control I wanted. But what I find fascinating none the less is that Tumblr has created some unique and easy ways to publish content of others—“the reblog”. The word reblog probably scares a lot in the traditional media mindset. Their first reaction is that someone’s stealing my content. Maybe, but the reblog is also pushing ideas to a larger audience that would not otherwise see/read an idea. It’s also a vote that the writer has something of value. Stuff that isn’t interesting doesn’t travel on the interwebs. This background info is important because a recent post from Jason Calacanis about Apple’s business practices titled The Case Against Apple–in Five Parts. At the time of writing this post there was over 190 comments. Not an insane number of people talking, but enough to suggest that any additional comment on that post is going to be lost in the river.
The smarter move is to respond with a blog post of your own. That way a writer can control their own content while building on the broader discussion. It’s only a guess but I suspect that’s why this post Planet Calacanis was published on his own site. The catch was that there wasn’t any way to respond to that post—but there actually was a way to talk back. More akin to a nudge though. If you were part of the same Tumblr publishing system you could respond by reblogging the post and adding commentary. Sure it’s not as easy as dropping a comment box but the message of the post spreads. But if you’re the original person of the Tumblr post, people are spreading the traffic around and passing it on to others. Of course if you’re not part of Tumblr you’re left out of the conversation. Maybe it will motivate you to use Tumblr, maybe not…
However that two way, one way reblog commentary wasn’t the only thing I was noticing with the conversation started by Jason Calacanis. I tweeted his original post after seeing it mentioned by someone else I follow on Twitter. This was what I said from my iPhone “RT @iboy: Hey @JasonCalacanis, Your “Case Against Apple” is one solid post. http://bit.ly/14LOBU”. A number of people that followed me retweeted the link and it continued to spread in every imaginable direction.
One way to get people’s attention via twitter is tweeting the simple @ to the user’s name that you want to talk to. Let’s say that you have a post that’s in reaction to the original Case Against Apple post and you want to attract the attention of other people thinking about the conversation. An easy way to find those people would be to do a twitter search on anyone that’s mentioned “Case Against Apple” http://search.twitter.com/search?q=Case+Against+Apple The next step is to start replying to each of those tweets like this “@michaelSurtees Why Calacanis is way off base http://bit.ly/scJy1”. I’m not a huge fan of that type of practice but it got me to click on the link.
What’s happening is that there’s discussions, posts, reblogs, tweets and retweets and even more interjection. While I’m not going to comment on the original Apple post, I’m really intrigued by how tumblr enables/disables the conversation afterwards. To comment you have to post the original post and build on top of that. In a weird way it extends the loop while keeping everything loosely together no matter how many sites talk about it. I do realize that a tumblr user could add a third party commenting service, but why bother when you can keep everything in house?
It’s been a bit of an up and down week over here at DesignNotes. I’ve been under the weather of most of the week which is highly unusual, and on the flip side the weather outside has been actually pretty decent. In more relatable Link Drop news, I found that the sites I spent time with has a lot of personal expressing in them. There’s a bunch of interviews, process and visualization. Intermixed with all that are the normal tech., Apple and Twitter issues.
President Barack Obama for BusinessWeek
Brad has to be my favourite photographer that I like to share my doom and gloom predictions about the print industry with. He’s also old school but in a good way. Recently he visited the White House for BusinessWeek to shoot a cover story on Barack Obama. This is his post about the experience, something that more photographers should do once their images are published.
Advertising’s revenge of the nerds
This was by far the most popular of the sites I passed along this week via Twitter. It’s hard to say if this really is a new concept or one that’s being reported on. Non creatives will always be more attentive to stats that show graphs going up. Designer’s just need to understand that and use it to their advantage.
Why Does the Best Design of 2009 Still Look Like 2000?
This was probably one of the more important articles that could warrant some more in depth consideration. Comparing some of the best in industrial design today to the past, there hasn’t been a huge leap in the design. Minor tweaks aside there isn’t much new. I think this also could be a bigger issue of business culture in general. Look at what others have done and replicate.
On the inequities of design competitions
I really like this quote so I’m copy + pasting it here “…Designers who win awards for edgy design they did for a friend’s business– with a print run of one hundred or something like that? They’ve got no art director, no creative director, no client’s representative, no agency person. Where’s the obstacle to good design there? But take something like a cheese. When I see a really good package for a cheese– I know what that designer went through to get there. It makes me want to fall on my knees and kiss that designer’s feet, that cheese. —Ernesto Aparicio”
There’s a lot of takeaways from this practical statement. Can design that is collaborative, ie working closely with those that are not as passionate about doing something new be celebrated as much as the artist that does design on the side? This example also illustrates why I don’t show a lot of images from designers web sites. For me to truly appreciate a design I need to see it in the real world. Design magazines don’t barely reflect the real world that real design flows into. If I’m going to suggest a poster is pretty good, I better be able to see it against a real wall with other posters surrounding it.
This tries to end the mysticism of art trying to be design. Good design takes time, but it doesn’t mean that we have to be having an outer body experience to do appropriate work.
JK Wedding Entrance Dance
This post pretty much sums up how media, design and marketing need to be. It’s amazing how distinct the age gap between those in online that are old that treat sites like print material, and those online today who understand it’s an ongoing conversation that can’t be predicted six months in advance. With that said I do have some doubts that the JK Wedding dance wasn’t an elaborate pr stunt by Chris Brown’s handler’s, but maybe that’s just me…
Co-opting Viral Hits to Sell More Music
PSFK reflects on the practical nature of having a copyrighted song in a YouTube video being in a video, and how that can be profitable.
Heating Up the Charts
There’s some unusual candor about the process of selecting and working with a design firm for the redesign of Billboard’s site. Interesting pov’s and observations.
how blogging really works: random acts of traction
This isn’t the only reason I blog, but it’s true that a publisher will never know what ideas take off. For me, if I post five or six random design ideas a week, over a period of months some of them will evolve into something really special. If I hadn’t started where would those ideas come from?
Can We Please Kill This Meme Now
This is why I collect stuff for this Link Drop. There’s so much good stuff out there that I need a place to filter it after seven days.
Q & A with Ingsu Liu, W.W. Norton
I like talking about the demise of print, but I don’t have any allusions that digital can be as conceptual as a well designed book cover. The above interview is with the current V.P. art director at W.W. Norton, the talk is about their process.
Building an Army of Hyper-Local, Mobile-Connected Advocates
There’s a couple interesting angles for me on this story. I first read this story from Advertising Age, but since they wall their content after a week I thought it made more sense to pass it along to the original source. A lot of people use foursquare, I can’t argue that point as I see them all talking on Twitter. I’ve never tried it for personal reasons. In any case this article does a good job a breaking down the mobile app.
Digitized Stalking Is the New World Order
Just when you thought it was safe to be online.
Designers and Citizens as Critical Media Artists
As a concept I thought yellow arrow was a pretty cool idea. The designer’s of that and other cool things talk about it.
Easy Meat Cheat Sheet
What can I say, I’m a sucker for meat charts. There’s something freakishly interesting about them.
Retail Cuts of Art from GG
A second meat like chart I came across…
The App Store and Apple’s Recent Behavior
Apple has always been a corporation though sometimes people forget this. With the iPhone and the partnership with ATT, a lot of their business strategies are being questioned.
Is Apple More Evil Than Microsoft?
Could an article like this have been written three years ago?
Detroit Book : MITCH COPE
These are images worth taking a look at. They speak volumes to those that think that what ever industry they are in is not susceptible to change.
The meaning’s behind the short phrases are great.
what brands can learn from mission street food
A different type of look at my fav. SF food place.
Design Club: Why young American designers are ganging up
Interesting concept but it’s not new like is suggested. MADE in Edmonton is doing something similar and has been going strong for over ten years.
Making sense of health care
I nice big chart about health care…
Delightful error pages
The start of a collection of error pages.
Five steps to a better design brief
Here’s a couple steps that any designer can take heed to.
Good background info about how Good magazine does it’s thing.
Friend of DesignNotes, Rob Peters looks back at Hiroshima.
Link Drops by DesignNotes
It was interesting for me to read through the eyes of someone else about my Link Drop.
I’ve been thinking about how I wanted to describe how ugly the Flatiron building has gotten since Toyota invaded the area with their plastic Prius flowers. I guess part of me is surprised I haven’t come across anyone mentioning them yet as a story in itself. I could lament how this kind of corporate ownership of public space is ridiculous, but I suspect we all know that money talks these days. Especially when taxes aren’t about to be raised and the city is willing to do anything to squeeze an extra dollar into their pockets. So what I will mention instead is that if you look towards the back of the photo on the left side, there’s a billboard—but empty. It’s a telling sign in more ways then one. Why bother advertising a manufactured message on a two dimensional board when advertising today can be interactive and provide a “service”. I mention the word service because those plastic Prius flowers are enabling free wifi. I’ve never actually used it but I wouldn’t be surprised that before I log in I’m bombarded with a couple messages about how responsible Toyota is with the environment. My only question is are there plug in’s for my computer? Am I making a big deal out of nothing—maybe, but appears that the 2d world of advertising is about to be ignored when a message can be slammed together with a service.
While it may be a cliche to suggest that every building in NYC has a story behind it, I can’t help but wonder about the Affinia Hotel near Madison Square Gardens. With a quick glance it becomes apparent that there’s a lot of weird stuff going on. The entire shape is a combination of slicing and dicing, starts and stops and brick work that takes a life of its own. I also wonder about the architects original intentions and how much it got messed around while it was being built. Were there tons of battles before the building even got started?
Looking at the building now I wonder how the main protagonists of the building’s history took to its rise. Not knowing any of the history I can only interject my own theories. It seems to me that the architect was incredibly into details while the contractor and builders had other priorities. Maybe the building owner was two faced—liked the details but was willing to save a dollar at all costs. Were people laxed to details, the architect realizing this and possibly slipped in details that were never approved, only to be foiled by the builders who ignored the blueprints the next day?
There’s a number of brick related elements that seem kind of strange. There’s columns of different coloured brick that finish off a couple window with flourishes. A nice but slightly ugly detail. However it looks like they had spare dark brick so they just continued upwards until they ran out. On a slightly different note, there looks like a different beige brick that got thrown into the building haphazardly. Can you imagine the conversation that was going on between the architect, builder and owner of the building. I’m sure it wasn’t pretty.
Those building elements are quite old now and give it a bit of charm that we would never see today with the glass veneers that wrap most buildings. While the brick work was one stage of the building process, there’s other things to look at. There’s the worn typography advertising the hotel when it was in other hands. Again I can only speculate how many businesses have tried to make a go of having a hotel right beside Madison Square Garden. The final element that I was able to capture was the hand made heart outside of one window. I’m assuming it was from a couple on their honeymoon. A simple gesture that maybe was preplanned while the guests first wanted to visit NYC. What makes it more remarkable that the heart probably would never had been viewable if a chain of events hadn’t happened. Crazy brick workers, architects trying to go into great detail, and someone booking the room oblivious to the outside.
First there was the architecture of Bowery, then came the typeface of Bowery, the extension of that is the dingbats of Bowery. A dingbat is not to be confused with those that are walking on Bowery to the New Museum, but “is an ornament, character or spacer used in typesetting”. There’s a lot to classify so I picked a handful that Madison and I saw on our walk this morning on our favourite walking street—Bowery. There’s the cryptic stencil sticker, the fancy liquor poster pattern, the where things get done icon (not to be confused with you’re only allowed one phone call), this is where you can plug in your radio icon, love can be found on this street icon, close box, water in case there’s fire image, the number of feet away one should stand away from sign, this way up mattress box, and the decorative cage on window image. There’s probably a couple that I missed so I’ll have to keep my eyes open tomorrow when I go back.
This week’s version of Link Drop has a healthy does of me at the beginning. When I read about other bloggers and their exploits, sometimes I think it’s cool to see, other times perhaps not. So if you’re in the perhaps not camp, please scroll quickly to link #4. Overall I came across a bit of everything, there’s lot’s of publishing stuff, both online and print. I think I keep coming back to that topic because it’s how people are broadcasting messages today, something we should all be in the business of. I also found it interesting how Armstrong integrated his message into a number of different outlets that again I think we can all learn from. Did I miss anything worth reading?
Video Notes from the Field
Being asked to pass along a quick thought about digital & design to potential students headed to that field, I choose to mention how digital is different than print. “Digital isn’t a one-time shot, but a constant upgrade”. For me to be included with a lot of people that I try to learn from myself on the post was quite cool to see.
The Aggregator That Newspapers Like
Some days I find it harder to explain what Daylife is then others, especially when I start mentioning Select. This article did a pretty good job explaining things on a high level and about some of the history behind the news service I work with.
Three New Foodists
I like food, I like to write—what better reason then that to start contributing to this food blog when the urge hits?
I wish I had come up with this idea first. Marking off blocks on NYC and documenting what’s around the street. Photos and google map included.
visualizing MLB hit locations on a Google Map
Really interesting post that started off with looking at data from a no hitter baseball game that morphs into something else.
MaxFunCon: Merlin Mann on Doing Creative Work; The Sound of Young America
A great podcast that I listened to a couple times. Everything he says is true and I’ve told myself with various words for a while now. After listening to the twenty eight minute podcast you might try some creative work that you’ve been stalling on.
Gawker Media revenues up 45% in first half
A positive sign that online publishing is moving forward and might be worth getting in the game sooner than later.
This American Life’s Ira Glass Points Toward the “Wide-Open” Future of Journalism
I kind of wish this article went a bit further instead of enlisting a couple traditional pull quotes and reaction from someone that heard the talk. Maybe traditional journalism still has a way to go.
A New Page
I haven’t had time to read this yet but seemed very appropriate considering how people are starting to read more and more on screen.
Interview: NPR’s Dick Meyer Discusses NPR.org Redesign, Visual Vocabulary
I pulled a various articles about the NPR.org redesign, interesting to read a couple people’s take from the inside.
NPR Moves to Rewire Its Approach to the Web
Article number deux on the the NPR.org redesign.
Making Books, 21st-Century Style: An Interview with Rick Smolan
I couldn’t help but wish there was an online version of the book they were talking about. What does that say about me?
Total Insanity: Commerce Restaurant to go Cashless
Interesting idea, not sure why they wouldn’t keep both options of cash or plastic available. The comments in reaction are fascinating.
5 live sketching tips every designer should know
Makes sense to keep up on this kind of thing.
STAGES: Art for the Lance Armstrong Foundation
This looks very cool and is on view in NYC.
Bike Porn 3 – Trek’s “Stages” Bikes
A cross section of the bikes Armstrong rode in the tour.
NEWS///LANCE ARMSTRONG SURGES BACK TO ACTION IN THE TOUR DE FRANCE ON A MARC NEWSON TREK TTX ART BIKE
Sorry for the allcaps—that was how it was in the post. The bike in view feels like a cross between a tank and some carbon fiber weaponry.
Amazon Acquisitions infographic
A timely info graphic on all things Amazon.
I really like the concept of this flat piece of material morphing into something else usable with some cut lines.
Lessons from a failed meeting with a Social Media Guru
This is quite the post, I have my guesses who it’s about but I have no way to verify. Either way there seems to have been a communication break down.
I wanted to post this because the bike and digital outlines looked cool.
James Perse surfboards
Same for these surfboards. These are works of art. I’d put them on my wall if I had the space, and cash…
Things go better with persistent branding
This diagram is kind of telling. Actions (or non actions) speak quite loudly.
Top ten problems in file prep for print
This is for the print people out there that can’t figure out why their printer hates them.
I’d like to put all my top secret digital files on this. Too bad twitter didn’t do the same thing.
Where Goldman Sachs screwed up (understanding the anti-$GS populist rage)
Another article that I haven’t had time to read just yet, but am going to over the weekend.
iPhone Apps Design Mistakes: Over-Blown Visuals
Interesting starting point for those thinking of designing apps.
Unofficial Rules of the App Store
The potential for this site is quite important. If people regularily contribute it could give a good indication of what mistakes not to make. It could also be said that Apple should keep things open, but that’s a different debate altogether.
Chris Anderson’s Free adds much to The Long Tail, but falls short
Another review on the book Free.
9 kinds of coffee (infographic)
I’ve never seen a diagram comparing all the different types of coffee goodness in relation to each other before.
World’s Top Ten Identity Firms
While this list probably still holds true I couldn’t help but wonder if they all seem a bit “old”.
Poll Results: The Best Music Of 2009 (So Far)
I’m not a big fan of this list but it gives a good idea of what NPR thinks is worth listening to this year.
Yale Grad Designs Nooka Pop-Up Shop in NYC
Interesting background story on the Nooka pop up shop that I didn’t know about while visiting.
Barcelona at UBPA at Expo 2010
Tons of great architectural photos.
How Twitter Actually Hurts Street Vendors
This reminds me a bit about flash mobs, but with mobile food.
With only a couple weeks left I thought it was time to visit a friend to DesignNotes blog, the Nooka pop up shop. When Matthew told me about the idea a while ago I was intrigued to see some of his new products that he had been mentioning for a while. There was a new wallet, a vegetarian friendly belt (sans leather) and a fragrance. What I didn’t expect to see was all the collaborative watch projects he has done to be on display too.
Often I talk about the benefits of digital. Online is great for this, that and everything else. But what it doesn’t do well is show jpgs of things in real life. That’s why a seeing products in person gives an entirely different experience and why a pop up shop that can display designs in person is helpful. Sure you’re reading about this online, and hopefully my photos convey scale, but to walk around enjoying everything in person is much more fun.
Nooka has a unique cult following that transcends a lot of logic. People are always mentioning it on twitter and shooting pics on flickr. Matthew probably interacts with his fans on a level that I haven’t seen anyone else attempt. His blog allows him to pass on info about the culture around Nooka which I think is cool. So to see all of that extended to a store for a limited time was nice. Now if there was a way to connect all that digital stuff to the outside world what an experience that would be.
If you’re curious to see the Nooka pop up shop and you’re in NYC, it’s located at 330 east 11th street for a limited time.
Walking a dog in NYC isn’t like a dog anywhere else in the world. In the sleepy suburbs it’s repetitive, in other urban areas it tends to get predictable. For me almost every morning presents something slightly different—usually a good slightly different though once in a while you’ll run into a not so pretty scene. Weekends I tend to extend the normal walk with Madison to Bowery. I’ve documented that a couple times both talking about architecture and typography. This week I was going to talk about posters (which I will probably post about soon), but something more interesting happened. One of the things I look forward to after walking on Bowery is turning around and going back on Elizabeth St. It’s one of my favourite streets in NYC because I tends to be a lot quieter then a lot of the streets west of Broadway and the shops still seem real and less likely to be found everywhere else.
For a couple months I’ve been watching one shop slowly grow. Yesterday (Saturday Morning) I stopped in my tracks when I noticed a giant sculptural dog. Having Madison beside me it made sense to photograph it. It was dark inside so I didn’t think it would be a big deal. After shooting away a guy inside appeared from no where which slightly startled me. He opened the door and invited me in to shoot from the inside. I was happy to come in to see the dog from different angles. Talking with Bradley Theodore who was the guy who invited me in and created the art piece I found out that he’s had quite the adventure so far, and found out the dog was part of the Little-Brooklyn series. Digging around afterwards I came across this Notcot post about the dog.
As we talked further the conversation turned to denim and some of his designs that are slowly going to make their way to his shop for friends and family. We schooled me about the different types of material and how he’s using selvage denim which peaked my attention. I was finding the whole talk interesting, and as things progressed he kept pulling things out from closets, drawers and briefcases. It was something I wasn’t expecting fifthteen minutes earlier when I thought it would be cool to shoot a dog.
Walking home thinking about some of the photos and things Brad mentioned my thoughts turned to branding and his evolution. My introduction came via a dog, something that is probably common experience for people. Becoming more interested as I’ve become familiar with an image I noticed how it was integrated into other items. There was the miniaturization of the dog, the abstraction with the larger denim dog and further as part of the label of his designed jeans. They were all tied together nicely yet didn’t feel sterile which tends to happen when you combine the words fashion + brand these days. If there’s a takeaway it might be that a brand can be visualized in a lot of slightly different ways to create a cohesive whole, not just a static stamp that’s burnished everywhere without consideration of what is on it.
This week’s Link Drop is a double issue as I was preoccupied with being in SF last Friday. For this post I combined the best of what I found in the last 14 days. The biggest surprise for me was that I didn’t mention the iPhone, Apple or Google once. In their corporate place was Amazon and Zappos—no big surprise considering their news this week. There were quite a few times this morning as I was typing away with the links that I said to myself that this could be a best of year post. What I mean by that is there’s some really good content from others that I might want to save for my year end post. Maybe the summer brings out the best in us all?
The New York Review of Ideas
This site came out of no where (at least to me). The design and content match each other. I hate to say it, but I hope they publish their best content yearly.
A conversation with The Publisher & Editors of Politico
There’s a lot of observations a viewer could take from this round table talk. There’s the predictable print vs online aspect, but what perked up my ears was their strategy talk of wanting to own their sector in terms of being the “ESPN” of politics. Combine that attitude and energy with unique personalities and the hour went by very quickly. Afterwards I had to wonder how soon it will be till Charlie himself makes a couple appearances on Politico…
Walmart Announces a Sustainable Product Index
This gives an overview of what Walmart will be asking it’s retailers in terms of environmental impact of their products. I think this is a big deal as up until now most companies that have power to change things haven’t really stepped up to the plate.
Oh Snap! Our Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Shot By The Sartorialist
Smart info design of everyone’s favourite street fashion photographer….
Zappos Review Incites Reproach From Agency Creative
FYI, this link doesn’t work anymore if you don’t subscribe to Ad Age. I kept it because I wanted to use this as a perfect example of why a paid content wall doesn’t work. I thought this article was one of the best that has come out of Ad Age for quite some time because there was a great debate between the merits of the pitch and measuring how long a client actually looks at a pitch. The post that instigated the discussion
didn’t bother turning on the comments which made it a one way discussion—not a great thing for online content. With the above link there was a lot of info being added to the article which I appreciated. Now behind a wall no one is going to subscribe for one article. Now that I know there’s a time limit on Ad Age articles I’m probably not going to include them in my Link Drop anymore.
Zappos’ culture evident in their design
There’s going to be a lot of posts like this now that Amazon is going to purchase Zappos. I thought it would be funny to have this post beside the above issue of companies working with outside vendors for communication.
Amazon Buys Zappos, Gives Press the Boot
The press release in the internet age.
It’s amazing how a publisher’s branding can be transferred to well known album art in a visual way. The initial idea is still intact with the popular designs, yet the low saturation and paper crinkles also tell a story.
I liked Chris Anderson’s book Free. It’s a good business 101 in the digital age kind of refresher. Nothing really new being mentioned. What I liked even more though was how this post put those type of ideas into a larger context that I hadn’t really been thinking about.
100 Years of Design Manifestos
If I had a couple days of free time (which I don’t), I’d read all of these a couple times and try to pull out all the common themes, take those themes and look at them in the frame of today. With that info compare each of the ideas to the other time periods in the timeline and see what’s universal applicable and what’s just naive.
Blind Photographers Use Gadgets to Realize Artistic Vision
Any story that talks about the blind in a visual context is something I’m interested in. It helps me understand how communication can be done in a non visual way. It becomes more about the interaction.
WK GETS HAND JOBBED
Fun tag line to read about one authour’s adventure to a studio.
STVLAH: Things That Fall Over
This might be one of my fav. posts of the year in terms of making unrelated designs fit really well together. Especially in the economic period that we’re all in.
When You Put Data In, You Should Be Able to Get It Out
Did you know that if you tweet over 3,200 times, the 3,201 isn’t available unless you know how to use their api. Within that context this post talks about some of the ethical issues that digital services need to think about.
ZEVS’ Chanel Store Liquidation Could Cost A Million Dollars
This is one way to slow down unauthorized street art.
The Psychology of Cyberspace
I haven’t read this yet but it seems kind of interesting.
Volkswagen Golf 1974-2009
The irony of this diagram is quite telling. The nature of the compact car growing…
The fall from the top is far and fast
A post that will probably make you stop and pause for a myriad of reasons.
Mom-and-Pop Operators Turn to Social Media
Go figure—everyone is finding a reason to tweet.
From New York to Amsterdam: A Tale of Two Hotels
I’ve never been to a pod hotel before so I was interested in reading about that type of experience.
Every time you type a two-word Captcha, you’re helping to digitize the world’s printed archives.
Did you realize that you’re doing a service by filling in Captcha—I didn’t.
Dean + Deluca.
One of the benefits of living in NYC is that when people from other cities shoot Manhattan they capture moments that quite possibly could be taken for granted with resident. With fresh eyes it reminds me of all the cool everyday stuff floating around.
Smart Insight: Design Was Born In The Great Depression. Will It Be Reborn Out Of The Great Recession?
Great concept though I’m not so sure about the execution of it.
The technology, entertainment and design conference known as Ted has been starting to feel predictable as the years go by. For some reason having it overseas has invigorated it. I’m seeing and reading a lot more about the people presenting that seem kind of worth while. This site is pulling a lot of that content together in a great format for those like myself that aren’t there.
Metropolis Magazine reflects on the photographer Julius Shulman.
The Books of Oxford
I haven’t had time to read this yet, I’m going to after I publish this Link Drop…
Audio from the Web Fonts Panel at TypeCon2009
Litherland passed this on to me just before I was going to hit the publish button for this Link Drop so I haven’t had the chance to listen it yet. It’s hard to comment about what’s been said with this discussion about issue of licensing fonts for the web before I’ve actually heard what they have to say. But since this is my site I can say what I want. My take is that this discussion should have happened like fifteen years ago. Type designers used to be ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and distributing their typefaces. At this point I don’t know if there’s anything those same type people can say that is actually meaningful. As a collective they’ve ignored technology, ie 6 and now I’m pretty much using Arial and Georgie too much. I blame you type designers for ignoring the fact that times change. And since we’re on it, why do I have to use bitmap like typefaces for super small points? Can we please move past type being designed for paper?
Today is one of those small reminder days that I look forward to. Three years ago I woke for the first time in NYC for work. One of my many goals in Canada for NYC was to be able to walk to work. My first job actually influenced where I wanted to live. It also helped because I had no idea about any of the boroughs of NY. So far I’ve managed to keep up the walking mantra for now. I think for most people if they were to look back for the past three years they’d notice it’s been pretty crazy for them too. Between career and life evolutions this period has been rapid.
For me there was the pre NYC days, and the NYC days. This time period also was when I left my late twenties and moved onto my early thirties which was an interesting age graduation in itself. So as I keep learning I’m balancing geography and age. Pre NYC was a lot about perseverance and patience at striving for my goals while learning along the way. Now it’s more about adapting and exploring the unknowns to strive for my goals.
The biggest difference between now and then is that I understand the grid of Manhattan. It’s a lot harder to get lost. What has maybe stayed consistent in a surprising way is the friends and company I’ve kept. The cliche that everyone is out for themselves and will stab you in the back is not as true as you might think. Sure there’s a lot of chatter but I’ve kept a fairly consistent group of trusted people that slowly grows over time. That’s probably the thing that would have surprised me the most of the “had I known then what I know now”.
While currently the economy is kind of crazy, NYC still feels like the right place to be for me. Just like the print era that’s winding down, online is in a growth period that while today looks small will probably rival the industrial revolution when the dust has settled and people look back. Who wouldn’t want to ride that train around NYC for the time being?
Of course I’m going to knock on wood because the city will kick your arse without a moments notice…
When it comes to visual culture kind of stuff I’m a big fan of the bluechips like Banksy, Shepard Fairey and Invader. Living in NYC for the last couple of years has been great to see all of them in action both outside and inside. Banksy was flying around on walls marking up rats and presented a great pet store. Shepard Fairey had a show that I missed (though there used to be a lot of stuff outside) but saw him in action trying to defend what had happened in Boston. So it was only fitting to see Invader selling some of his work inside since there’s a bunch of it floating around outside.
I’ve never been a person to look badly at how people/artists want to distribute their work. If they want to go inside and have representation—great for them. The more people that can see something the better. But after seeing Invader’s Top Ten show I couldn’t help but feel a bit disappointed. I think it was a combination him trying to hard with the rubik’s cube to make a replica of something of meaningful to older generation (album art), and turning what he’s know for (invader characters) into cheap disco ball replicas.
On the flip side, I’ve noticed a couple new pieces of his outside (and one that’s been cleaned up) that I think are great. I came across a rainbow character on Bowery and a QR code on Greene St. Having seen those pop up and knowing that Invader had a show on, only added to my enthusiasm. Unfortunately that energy never really got off the ground inside. I have no doubt that everything that he has up for sale will be sold and to an extent that will be seen as a success. But over time when that stuff is compared en masse it might seem a bit out of context and possibly tacky.
July is here and with that comes the Tour de France. I’ve found a number of bike and tour related stuff that is shows the sport in perhaps a slightly different light then most people are used to reading about. There were a number of process pieces that I didn’t connect directly though on a second look might warrant it. There’s behaviour process, big question process and the big idea process along with emotional process. And as usual there’s a number of photo and type related things. I’m heading off to SF for a couple days next week, so I’m not sure what the format for next week’s Link Drop will look like. Stay tuned…
where to get off the subway
Now that I have this app I’m hope it will be easier to find my exit on Canal St or 34th St a lot easier. Up until now I’ve been choosing my train car haphazardly. Now I’ll pick it by design.
beauty made from ugly
There’s something really cool about making architectural forms out of metal shipping containers.
Lost in Translation
I really like how the abstraction on the left carries a lot of visual resonance to Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to the right.
“there are 4 phone booths in NYC, this is one of them”
If this fact is true that’s quite amazing. When I think about how NYC was shown in film many years ago before mobile phones were out, phone booths played a role in the set. How times change.
Michael Jackson Turning Points
This post was one of the best collection of ideas relating to MJ and the way old media was.
New York Times Considers Charging $5 Per Month For Access To NYT.com (NYT)
Interesting developments going on about a paywall. It would be interesting to see how this plays on in terms of people passing on links to articles read from that site. The reason why I don’t pass that many links from WSJ—because it’s behind a paywall…
Why are Cheap Airlines so cheap?
There’s a side by side comparison of how some airlines can be cheaper then others.
jetBlue’s award system is broken #jetBlows
A point by point breakdown on why JetBlue’s point system isn’t working.
Photo of the day: Insert hands to dry
Would you put your hand inside this box?
Desperate-to-leave LinkedIn users rename accounts “delete delete delete”
I’m sure LinkedIn has a reason for not allowing people to delete their accounts, however people are going to always come up with a solution no matter what a service wants to do with other people’s data.
George Pitts: Notes On Vibe Magazine
Vibe’s founding Photography Director goes back and talks about a lot of the people he worked with and what he got from the experience.
Surry Hills Library Signage by Collider
The typography of this wayfinding system is quite special. I love how the type is angled. I want to be able to do that for something in the not so distant future.
dbcounter – quick visual database stats
I’m putting this info in my things to remember pile.
how @CarinBerger changed my twitter process
This process worked for her, maybe it will for you.
When’s the last time you saw a building get up and go for a walk?
Letter from AIGA’s incoming president
It’s amazing to me that more incoming design organization presidents don’t write a simple letter explaining what they want to accomplish. It should be mandatory to have an outline like this.
Innovative Airless Tires by Michelin | Toxel.com
The tire that doesn’t run on air. I wonder of we really gain much from a design like this though?
Emotional Design Delivers Intangible Value
I’m not a Pottery Barn shopper so I can’t vouch for their emotional design. But it does seem like an interesting process to consider.
Tools of Engagement: The New Practice of User-Centered Design, by Robert Fabricant
Asking big questions, hard to know if the authour is right or not when we look back in a couple years.
Advertising Could Do With More of Bernbach’s Genius
I wonder if someone under thirty would write something like this?
‘Le Tour’ Rolls into Austin
I hope this show makes it’s way up to NYC. Looks fascinating.
My other pair of eyes and hands
One photographer’s experience shooting bike racing.
Italian Federation calls for redesign of Pozzato’s jersey
Maybe they should have hired a real designer instead of having the cyclist design the shirt.
JerkStrong How Lance Armstrong is like Sarah Palin.
Interesting connection between Lance and Sarah. There’s also some brand advice to be found in the post.
A lesson on (im)personal brand management from “LeVideotape” James
If this happens to be true—crazy…
I love our president. (image via Yahoo News)
This photo could turn iconic.
Black Sun, Closet Plus
I’m sure there’s a logically explanation for all these settings—but would you even want to guess?
Walking Madison down the Bowery Saturday (and Sunday) morning I started shooting some type. The tip off photo was on the side of a delivery truck. If you’re a fan of typography and typefaces how could you walk past old faded white letters like my first image? As I continued walking other examples popped up. The only thing that I sort of skipped over were when shooting was the standard marks of tagging. It wasn’t that interesting to me and for the most part could be seen anywhere. What I was looking for was examples that if I said “this is something from the Bowery” it might have more resonance.
I guess the bigger question is there a Bowery typeface style? Could those type examples been seen elsewhere and have the same level of meaning. Does the history of the Bowery place itself on the type or is it the other way around? I think those are bigger questions that I want to further explore in an upcoming post.
Ok, this image wasn’t on Bowery but I did see it on the same morning walk with Madison… I wonder what the history is behind it.
A couple other links that are relatable to this post are my architecture adventures on the Bowery titled Our New Architecture Tradition and some other design stuff I noticed while walking around NYC Just another Saturday morning walking Madison.
Ok, this Link Drop is even too late for my liking… But it’s better to publish it three days late as opposed to not posting it all or doing a double issue this week. With the amount of rain NYC has been getting in June, if there’s a day of sun it’s worth trying to make the most of it. This weekend there was a lot of it—hence this post is coming out on a Monday. I’ve got UX on my mind and it seemed like that came across with a lot of the posts that I thought were worth saving. But isn’t everything about some sort of experience?
Chris Anderson Interview
There’s a lot of ideas about publishing and passing on info in a world of free and not so free content. Whether you’re in publishing or not I think a lot of people can get something from listening to the podcast.
Powers of Ten x Katsu
There’s a great scale to Katsu’s work. The last clip is of him painting on a roof in nyc. I’m pretty sure it’s on a building that viewer can see from the end of the High Line.
Issac Mizrahi on Metro North
Advertising that has more than meets the eye.
the problem with the big idea
Some thoughts about how advertising’s one big idea doesn’t really work these days in the digital world.
Dot Dot Dot “The Service Designers” Lecture Videos
I was at this series a couple weeks ago. Of all the people in the series I thought this one had the most take away from. I’d probably watch Jennifer Bove first, followed by Sylvia Harris.
A Feed Apart, an unofficial feed aggregator for An Event Apart: Sessions
This is a great idea created on the grassroot’s level. A couple people created a site that would collect all tweets related to the conference. I think this kind of stuff will be a must for conferences as twitter becomes a popular way of mentioning stuff that speakers give importance to.
The True Love Project
A photographer took a series of images of people under a hypnotic state. The subjects were to visualize true love.
Dog and Pony Show Design
Ever ask yourself how many design comps to show to present to a client. This post goes in depth about that.
Jeff Goodby: ‘We are Becoming Irrelevant Award-Chasers’
Best quote of the week comes from this article. “We are becoming irrelevant award-chasers.”
Today Barclays-Atlantic Avenue, Tomorrow Disney-Times Square? MTA “Very Open” To Selling Subway Naming Rights
More things to come as the MTA starts selling names of their routes…
Designing the Palm Pre: An interview with Michelle Koh
This is the second process related post about the Palm Pre that I’ve added in the last couple of weeks. I’m not a huge fan of the product but I’m always curious to read how others are designing things.
iPhone GUI PSD 3.0
If you’re going to design something for mobile, this iphone pattern might be of help. The psd takes into account the new upgrades to the phone.
Tea + Coffee Tower by Wiel Arets
A friend suggested this to me after my coffee post last week. Really cool shapes…
Flyer Planter Boxes
This is by far the best idea I’ve seen so far for all those out of date newspaper boxes.
Bringing the social web into your bricks and mortar space
I’m surprised more businesses aren’t bringing in this kind of live data. Of course there’s always a fear that someone will write something derogatory though with appropriate filters those don’t have to be seen.
David Pogue’s Personal Database
I thought there was some helpful info about how to work smarter and more efficient in there.
How My 6-Year-Old Became a Citizen Journalist
Anybody and everybody is a journalist these days.
20 User Experience Books you should own
Another source of good UX books to check out.
10 UI Design Patterns You Should Be Paying Attention To
I’m not a huge fan of top ten design lists but this one seems like it’s worth reading a couple times.
First it was polaroid, now Kodachrome—film is stopping to exist.
The natural evolution from side project to full-time business
This is a good post for anyone considering a business on their own.
tattoo location chart – what a tattoo’s location means
Sometimes diagramming location isn’t just for maps. It’s also for explaining what the location of a tattoo might mean.
A post about the Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food. I think I’ll have to read those books at some point
Mobile Uploads to YouTube Increase Exponentially
I don’t think this info about mobile uploads will surprise anyone that it’s increased a lot since the new iPhone video capabilities came out. It just shows the power of one button click that makes things easy can be of great benefit.
Tonight I slipped out of work for a bit and walked across the street to meet up with AMT and Jan. We were heading over to IDEO to see the launch of the book I Miss My Pencil, by Martin Bone and Kara Johnson. While I can’t really review the book in any depth because I only thumbed through it, I did get to experience a number of the objects in the book. Martin Bone was nice enough to walk me through a couple of the themes and objects that were on display in their office. The booked was based on three sections: Aisthetika, Punk Manufacturing, and Love+Fetish. While I don’t want to directly quote him, I think he described it as ideas that feel into senses, materials and emotions.
My favourite object wasn’t an actual piece but a mold for an object. It was the casing for a cork wine bottle. It looked like a bottle in cased in a block of ice. I’d be happy to put it on my desk and stare at it for a while. The other concept design that I thought was memorable had to do with music. It was a vinyl player that from the top looked like a square record. To play music a RFID card would be thrown onto the player to indict the song. As more cards are tossed on to the player, they would be played sequentially.
For first time users of the subway, the experience can be quite stressful. There’s a lot of unknowns and questions that can easily pile up in one’s head. Am I going the right way, will I get off at the right stop, am I even going in the right direction? And then there’s the turnstile. As easy as it is to buy a ticket that entire experience can be unpleasant. The ticket machine isn’t hard to use but I’ve watched plenty of people fight with those machines.
The MTA has now added another level of complexity and confusion by allowing advertising on the actual turnstile. In theory it’s not a awful idea to try to raise money selling the space. However H&M kind of pushed the boundaries in a bad way. A quick glance made me think of warning because of the red and the $5 number as price. For a moment it even confused me. I was like what “I now have to pay five bucks to use the subway?!?” It wasn’t until I took a closer look that I realized it was an ad. But how many people that don’t speak english or know what H&M is will be completely confused. Is the subway $2 or $5? It’s a really poor implementation and while I’m not surprised there aren’t any guidelines for this type of advertising perhaps there should be. A good place to start would be that the advertising shouldn’t suggest that it’s actually more money to ride the subway (no pricing) nor feel like a harzard (red color).
It’s been a crazy blog week for me and because of that my Link Drop is three days overdue. The High Line opened which I was happy to experience first hand early in the week. Quite a few interesting blogs passed some nice traffic to me because of it, so I thought in return I’d compile those sites near the top of this post. I also got a lot of interesting response from my AIGA post, a significant amount coming via twitter which I thought was interesting. On top of all that, there was a lot of great stuff on the net. So adding that all up I finally can present last weeks Link Drop. See you back in a couple days…
If you get the opportunity to walk the High Line at night, these are the people responsible for the great lighting design. It was one of my favourite parts of the experience walking around that first night.
When the High Line Was for Lowlifes
I can only imagine all the stories like this that abound from people and the High Line back in the day.
The High Line is Open!
There’s some good links about the High Line during it’s conception phase.
The High Line
There’s a great opening quote talking about the High Line and nice use of my photos that they asked about using before they published.
Bahntrasse mit neuer Funktion
This has to be my new fav. site that passed on traffic to my site. My unique visits went through the roof after their post.
Happy to see a non design post associated with quips coming to my High Line post.
High Line open
Quick post with reference links to some of the first High Line reviews, cool to be included.
High Line Opening Roundup
Nice to be included in the PSFK round up,
too bad they spelled my last name incorrectly. Oh well, better than not being mentioned at all.
SVA Service Design Lecture: Recap
Interesting observations about the talk I was at last week. They’ve included a couple people’s audio clips of the talk.
Design for Service
Digging around the site of reading the review I found a good collection of books for anyone wanting to get more knowledge about Service Design.
Post TYPO Berlin 2009 – Making Amends With Mrs Eaves
I’m not sure how I missed this video the first time around, but there’s some great footage and recap of a designer that is known for drawing type all over herself.
Hype for Type
The person behind this site did all the right things to get the word out to the design blog sites out there. I might do an interview with them as they mentioned something kind of interesting about why they wanted to start the site in the email I got. They were “frustrated with the lack of quality and original typefaces within the design community.” I’d like to hear more about that from them.
I thought the image was a nice extension of those blocky letter forms out there at the moment.
Promax|BDA North America 2009 Conference
I’m hopefully going to be covering a couple of the talks for this conference next week. Are you planning to be there?
New Mingering Mike exhibition in Washington, DC opens this Saturday, 6/13
I’d love to see this somewhere in New York at some point in the not so distant future.
he sees, he’s a seer
The idea has a lot of potential though I wish it did more then just use the Amazon api for suggestions. If only there was a real person behind this—or better yet a group of librarians to offer suggestions.
Kindle’s Not Working
I don’t have a Kindle and I’ve often wondered if it’s a bit overpriced considering a netbook doesn’t have any of the same limitations that Amazon has put on their machine.
I thought the video was quite amazing, and better yet I don’t think it was staged.
The New Negroponte Switch
Good presentation to look at about stuff moving away from academic discourse and application of interactive ideas in the real world.
In One City, Two Soirees Ages Apart
A contrast of a couple worlds inside NYC.
More iPhone Apps for the Home Cook
If you’re into cooking and have an iPhone, you might want to give a couple of these apps a testing.
Are you kidding me?
I thought the modularity and the unlimited number of sitting combinations to be kind of interesting. Too bad the price is kind of crazy.
The National Openings Through the Years
This was quite a blast from the past for me. I remember seeing all of these from the CBC with the exception of the first video they show.
IAC’s Diller: The iPhone is our crystal ball
Kind of telling about what one media person see’s the digital market heading…
In Tough Economy, New Survey Shows Design Professionals Use More Stock Photography to Cut Costs
Interesting survey that I was emailed.
Apple stuns WWDC crowd with pulsating App Store hyperwall
This is a pretty cool visualization of the apps being sold. Too bad itunes is a really bad experience in finding new apps. I think I’m going to do a blog post about that soon.
I discovered this neat site via twitter. Cool observations on what he does.
Fun with flash—something I don’t normally say…
I haven’t actually had time to read this, but it’s next on my hit list once I have five minutes to sit down.
Can Computer Nerds Save Journalism?
Another perspective on what needs to be done with journalism. Everyone has an opinion these days it seems. I wonder if anyone aside from journalists are actually reading these things.
Microsoft Biffs the Bing Logotype
I liked this first person account of working at Microsoft as an intern and how there was actually good design going on, and how it kept getting killed. Relates to that awful Bing logo.
Data Center Overload
The whole magazine issue is quite strong content wise, the redesign looks like it came from New York Magazine. Here’s one article from the Infrastructure issue.
My friend has a great eye and mind for picking stuff to talk about.
Banksy’s Bristol show
Banksy’s got a new show, would be interested to get my hands on the book if there was one. From some of the clips it looks like a lot of his stuff from NYC is on display from the pet store.
One of the more popular posts on twitter that I mentioned this week. Fun—no?
design mind magazine the theme of POWER
Happy to say that I have my hands on the paper version of this, looking forward to reading what it has to say about Power.
Interview with Anne Helmond
Good interview about blogging if you’re into that kind of thing.
Last night I made my way to White Rabbit one last time to hear the Dot Dot Dot SVA MFA in Interaction Design talk: The Service Designers. In the preamble we learned that the series will pick up in the fall every Wednesday evening at SVA. As a way to build community around a new program and share knowledge I really enjoyed the entire series—I think I missed one talk, maybe two over the course of its start last winter. Comparing all the talks, I think the Service Designers group was probably the most informative of all the Dot Dot Dot’s in my opinion. They all had a lot of points to consider as a designer and I would recommend any of them as speakers for events to anyone that is looking for people on the brainier side of things.
Chenda Fruchter, Assistant Commissioner, Director of Content & Agency Relations, Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication, New York City
It probably shouldn’t have come as a surprise that with a title the length that Chenda has it would take some time to explain what she does. She talked a bit about NYC 311 as a whole and briefly about the newly launched www.nyc.gov/apps/311. Unfortunately the ten minutes went by really quickly so there wasn’t a lot of time to go in depth. Hopefully as the new 311 site get’s used, more information about it’s design and evolution will be published.
Jun Lee, Partner, ReD Associates, New York
On one level the talk was fascinating to hear about the role of play in children’s lives, and in theory even more so when combined with doing work with Lego as a case study. However I suspect there was an NDA signed with Lego. None of the implementation nor suggestions of what Lego should do came out except some generic points that could have been associated with a lot of toy brands that are in competition with video games.
Jennifer Bove, Principal, Kicker Studio
This presentation played well to the time limit of ten minutes. I hope that Jennifer’s slides become available online because this morning I can’t remember all of the five points she mentioned—but for what it’s worth I thought they all seemed pretty sound. The only thing that struck me as a bit strange was the questions afterwards. I couldn’t tell if it was staged or not. Something about the question of designing for failure seemed a bit expected, though on the role of iteration I didn’t think she gave a strong answer…
Sylvia Harris, Information Design Strategist
I always have a fear of hearing a speaker that I’ve already heard before. Are they going to talk about the same thing as the last time or something completely new? Thankfully her talk about her fixing the experience of the Hospital that she’s been to with her child was new to me and worth the listen. The questions afterwards were really good about how the project actually came to be as it wasn’t explained by Sylvia in the beginning.
Three of the four talks were streamed live at the time of the event at www.theuxworkshop.tv/the-service-designers. It looks like that url will also host the archived presentations which I would highly recommend watching once they go live.
Like a lot of fans of the High Line, the opening of the first section a day early was a welcome surprise. It surpassed any hype that I had put on it myself. But to be honest I would have been happy with just about anything that gives a walking path with a new view of New York City that hasn’t existed before. I’ve also been following the construction for the past three years when I moved here. Back when they had limited public tours of one of the more northern sections I jumped all over that experience. I was also fortunate some time back to hear Diller Scofidio + Renfro talk about the High Line in the IAC building. That culmination of background experiences made the walk that much more fun for me.
After hearing about people being allowed on the High Line a day early all over Twitter I made the trek from Soho to the Meat Packing district around 7.30 pm which in hindsight was the perfect time to visit. There’s still a lot of daylight to take in the whole first section. As the sun slowly sets the lights around the High Line and city, new views appear. Colours pop in a different way and the tone is a different kind of chill from the regular day time experience.
As I was walking and taking pictures every couple feet there was a couple themes I was looking for and came across a couple unexpected contrasts. First and foremost I was looking to see how the High Line integrated a pathway with constructed foliage that was there as a nod to the natural habitat that had grown from years of neglect and the steel rail road. In some parts of the walkway there’s a really great balance of all three elements while elsewhere it does feel a bit concrete heavy. This is especially true walking south to north through the Chelsea Market building, though there’s a great view of the IAC building clustered with a couple other buildings the to the north west. One of the unexpected themes was the contrast between complicated angles and very clean simple lines.
An almost too obvious thing to consider but worth bringing up is how does the city look from the view on the High Line? Depending where a person is standing or sitting there’s a lot of clusters of area that become unique blocks—no kidding when considering the size of New York but when a person considers that the High Line that’s open only runs a couple blocks is quite a visual feast. There’s the gritty side, there’s the flashy architecture side, there’s the historic side, there’s the the Empire State Building side and then there’s the Jersey side (which isn’t too bad either). Something that shouldn’t have come up as a surprise yet was, was all the construction cranes jetting up. For a moment it was easy to forget that there was an economic melt down and that progress via construction was still going strong.
While the High Line is meant to be walked, it’s also meant to be a place to sit and relax. There were a ton of places that I was scoping out to visit again with a book. A person would be hard pressed to find a bad spot to sit down though I suspect one of the most popular sports will be where people can put up their feet on the long wooden chaise’s. I enjoyed sitting there for a while. The theatre seating is another stroke of genius. In it’s current state I would be surprised if I saw more then die hard runners moving by quickly on the pathway. It seems like it would be more effort then warranted to run a short distance on the High Line though once the entire route is open that will probably change. As some people have mentioned, dogs aren’t welcome up there. I have a dog and to be honest I don’t really mind that much. My opinion on that could change but at the moment it wasn’t the first thing I was thinking about as I was walking.
As other sections of the High Line open up, I’m really looking forward to seeing how the pathway changes my perspective of the city. As the news hype over the next couple of days grows I’ve created a page powered by Daylife that has all the High Line articles out there. That can be viewed at http://topics.designnotes.info/page/highline. I also have more photos of my first walk through on flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsurtees/sets/72157619404502549.
This has been one of those strange weeks where everything on the outside looks the same, though on the inside there’s a lot going on. It’s been a cool week though there’s nothing I can really report on at this point. I realize that’s this is a lame way to start this week’s Link Drop, but that’s what’s been going on and typically those events around me mirror what I find interesting web wise over the week. So stay tuned and please enjoy some of the stuff that I thought was worth saving for a second read.
Paula Scher on Failure
For some reason when ever the press covers Pentagram, it’s pretty fluffy coverage with predictable results. Personally I blame the writers for being lazy. However this week I did come across an interview that I was actually able to gain some insight into. Maybe some of those design writers can learn a thing or two from a non design magazine covering a designer?
Flickr Group: Look, I taped my iPhone!
So far I’ve been lucky to escape dropping or destroying my iPhone (knock on wood). Some people haven’t unfortunately. They’ve dropped their iPhone and the screen has cracked in all sorts of weird ways. Strange thing is, if a person were to tape up their iPhone screen together it still functions. A flickr group has popped up to show what all those phones look like.
Designer Q&A with Craig Nottage
I’m not much of a pool player—but how cool would it be to have a table like this? I think this is one of those times when a design has broken out of it’s traditional form to be something even more interesting.
On the Street and On Facebook: The Homeless Stay Wired
This is one of those strange dichotomies of living and technology. If you’re a person that donates to a homeless person on the street—are you less likely to give if you noticed that they had a cell phone? That’s not covered in the article but that’s what it triggered in my head. Tech. is even more persuasive then we thought.
Movies to See Alone
Something for reference in case one is feeling like thinking about a film in
being by themselves for the evening the morning.
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
I’m not a film person, but I saved this site in case I did have a couple extra hours and wanted to see something that wasn’t too hyped but was worth seeing.
A point to consider about the complexity of communication with Wave, I wonder if he’ll have the same feelings a year from now.
Went Walkabout. Brought back Google Wave.
I talk a lot about Google in my Link Drops week after week but what might be surprising is that I don’t use a lot of their products. I don’t use Google News because Daylife does a better job imho, I don’t use Gmail that much because I like having hard copies of my data (though I do have a couple accounts). Google also caters to the non mac crowd first so they also tend to not be using all the creative juice that’s out there. Sure engineers are creative and smart, but their missing a huge sector of digital spectrum by releasing PC based products first like Chrome. With all that said I’m kind of curious to see how Google Wave morphs into the future. Cool insight from a blog post about how Wave came to be. These are the kind of posts that are why corporate blogs are supposed to be. Talk about the product, share a bit of the process and publicize some of the benefits.
If The Message Is Important, It Will Find Me
Nice play on something I’ve mentioned before about how important news will find people.
The embeddable newspaper
What’s strange to me as I read this is that most publishers and content creators are still gun shy about letting their content be embeddable. While YouTube might not be as profitable as it seems, what people fail to learn is that there’s a huge value in having stuff passed on that can be placed in other web sites. Sad thing, this is a concept that’s almost ten years old yet people that have never really published anything by hand or experienced that metaphor themselves are kind of out of the loop at the moment. OK–this post really didn’t have much to do with anything I just said, but that’s what I was thinking about as I read it…
Design made you do it.
This was probably my fav. post of the week though the argument is completely wrong. Designers with heavy ties to the old world of academics hold on to the holy grail of design that can change behaviour. It’s a nice concept on paper yet what is never talked about is ethics, personal righteousness and agendas. There’s a place to make the world a better place, and there’s a time to consider personal rights that leave people alone. Her post ignores all of this in responding to what I wrote about a couple d. students from Stanford last week.
MOVING ON UP
Who wouldn’t want a treehouse in their office?
Microsoft Bing: It’s cherry-licious
Aside from the horrible, horrible logo—there’s some good stuff underneath the hood with Bing. One person talks about their experience.
Don’t make me search!
I’m glad someone is asking this question—seems kind of obvious to me.
Laid Off Sportswriters Find New Life Online
Interesting concept though I wonder how long they can last for…
RoamBi: Dynamic Data Visualization for the iPhone
I started playing around with this free app yesterday. I haven’t had time to upload my own data yet. It’s a cleaner faster version of visualizing stuff as opposed to using a traditional desktop tool to make pie charts. Real benefit aside from getting data on an iPhone, not sure just yet.
Behind the Scenes: Tank Man of Tiananmen
By far one of the most popular links that I passed on from Twitter a couple days ago. Interesting to read different perspectives of the same image through different lenses.
Just how dimensional are our senses?
I learned some stuff about synaesthesia via this post.
Metropolitan/municipal design, Part 2: Bicycle racks
I have no idea why I find posts about Bicycle rack design interesting, but I do.
HALL OF FRAGMENT
Another project from someone I know on this blog…
Triangular buttons key to touchscreen typing success – inventor
It’s an interesting idea though I wonder if the designer realizes that there’s supposedly an invisible T shape over each key as it’s pressed. I think the bigger problem is that the T analyzer is too slow to predict what key will next be pressed.
Will technologie save the American Economie?
Who doesn’t want to read about vending machines, the future of industrial automation that sells stuff sans person.
Saturday night was Manhattanhenge in NYC. Named by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, there’s a brief period when the sun while setting will line up directly with the streets of NYC. This year it was May 30th, around 8:17. pm After watching this phenomena for the past couple years I had a pretty good idea where I wanted to take my photo this year. In years past I’ve tried to get the Flatiron Building in with the sun. This year it was going to be the Empire State Building, it was just a matter of deciding what street to be on. 34th Street was the obvious choice—but it became clear to me that a lot of other people were thinking the same thing, and that the street was going to be pretty busy with car traffic. So I went one street south which was a smart idea. There was almost no traffic and I had the street to myself (and image) which isn’t exactly that common in Manhattan.
From time to time people will mention the grid of Manhattan as a great system. For me, the island is laid out in such a way that a person can find where they need to go sans map if they know how streets and avenues work. So to be able to see the grid and nature fall in line in such a manner once a year, it’s something to take note of. You can find more info about it on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattanhenge, Neil DeGrasse Tyson http://research.amnh.org/users/tyson/, the explanation from Natural History and my post from a couple years ago http://designnotes.info/?p=1021
I’m not entirely sure why but I’m pretty happy how this week turned out for Link Drop. Lots of Design process, typography, NYC, social and business stuff. Art doesn’t usually get mentioned that much, but there’s a couple mentions of it. Usually by Wednesday I’m wondering if I’m going to have enough stuff that keep me interested, and it was the same this week. Yet I managed to find more then I’ve been able to post for a couple weeks—go figure.
This is one of my new favourite reading sites. While they don’t have a ton of free books to choose from, the option of having small chunks of the story emailed on a daily basis is nice. Through a five or ten minute read on a daily basis the chances of completing the book grow exponentially. There’s also a really nice UI that goes along with the options when a person chooses a book.
Focusing Design Solutions on Social Problems
Happy to read about design in a non flashy way once in a while. Using process to get to a better understanding and changing behavior is what it’s all about.
One of the most interesting aspects is the first comment suggesting that volunteering isn’t just a thing of socialists but also of religion—I just found that interesting in a non obvious way. And by my suggesting this, probably way too much of a generalization but, I’m pretty sure most people that are on the digital side have never considered how closely those two ideals in sharing knowledge are. I know I didn’t.
Making Policy Public: Predatory Equity
Every once in a while I get email from Urban Omnibus mentioning posts that they’ve put up. What I appreciate about the info is that the posts really dig into using design for improvement and talk about how they did it.
Great post for anyone that’s motivated about their career. If you’re successful you’ve probably already been in the same mindset, but it’s good to remember those ideals once in a while.
Web Visions 2009 Presentation
These pdfs are a really great source of information for people in the business of design. Like REALLY helpful—go there now and download them!
A collection of information on Agile Process—happy to see my presentation included.
The New New Economy: More Startups, Fewer Giants, Infinite Opportunity
This is why I wanted to go to a startup to learn what big business couldn’t teach.
How David Beats Goliath
I haven’t had time to read this, but I think I’m going to like it…
Not by Links Alone
Smart post that anyone interested in news, search or google should read.
Advice For NYT’s Social Media Editor: Don’t Fix What Isn’t Broken—And Do A Lot Of Listening
Advice that anyone working on the interwebs should probably take a look at.
Nice simple search results page combining google and twitter.
Some tips from Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt
A collection of quotes.
Ebon Heath and his visual poetry
Really novel way of using letters in art.
Typography in China
Fascinating breakdown of type design in China.
OFFF 2009 | Sponsor Titles
I’m not usually a fan of motion design, but this is really smart though it does get a bit long. Great concept and well worth taking the time to watch the whole thing.
way shape form
Nice illustration/art thing.
Saddam’s Palaces: An Interview with Richard Mosse
I find it actually quite amazing that I can read something like this on a blog and probably wouldn’t expect to see it in a mainstream magazine. Kind of telling for the state of publishing.
Apple Pie Charts
Info design that is actually kind of meaningful and interesting. And can’t really be created on the computer the same way everything else seems to be being pumped out these days.
37 Data-ish Blogs You Should Know About
I found a couple new blogs in this list that I haven’t seen before.
2009 Indy 500 Car Tracker
Really fascinating way to watch the race within a couple minutes. There’s some interesting patterns that happen, and some that don’t emerge at all.
Interesting concept that I think can be built on.
I really like this combo of real life imagery and arrows juxtoposed together. It tells a story and then shows the actions afterwards. I don’t think I’ve come across this kind of visualization before.
This clock both makes me feel smarter and hurts my head at the same time.
Self Control App
Who couldn’t use a little help in terms of time management.
I’d like to hang out in a room drinking fancy drinks while this dj table was bouncing around. A couple super model would be an added bonous…
The book is here
Great idea from a talented illustrator, order his book from him and he’ll add one more illustration by hand. I also noticed that he was giving shout outs to people via twitter that were buying it.
Cover Story: Finger Painting
I think by now we’ve all seen the cover of the year from the New Yorker. What you may not have known is that I mentioned him in early March, which I found via twitter a couple days before that…
If you’re in Manhattan this weekend, be sure to be facing west around Saturday, May 30 — 8:17 P.M. It’s when you can see the sun fall directly down the streets of NYC.
Mannahatta in Miniature
I love looking at anything that has to do with Manhattan, especially with this project. I think I’m going to have to check out the exhibition this weekend, can’t wait to get my hands on the book at some point soon either.
Helsinki x New York
Sometimes I think NYC is small and then I read a post like this and it shrinks even more. Nice write up from a couple friends on different sides of the pond at the moment.
Heralding the Latest Street Closures
Hopefully you’re not tired of me talking about NYC because what is going on in Manhattan with the streets is very special. Super cool to see what in my backyard. I’m so looking forward to not bumping into so many people at rush hour once the roads have been taken back to pedestrians.
I’m really happy to mention that my Agile Design talk at Creative Mornings can now be seen on Vimeo at http://www.vimeo.com/4831538. The entire video is about half an hour with the Q & A—I guess I went over my ten minute slot, ha. I just want to thank Tina and the entire Creative Mornings team for giving me the opportunity to talk, setting up the event and producing a great video that ties my talk together. I also wanted to thank James A. Reeves who was hanging out in Finland and was the virtual skype guest, and Core Industries for sponsoring the talk.
And please let me know what you thought of the talk. I’m kind of curious to hear from designers who are working in a more traditional framework of waterfall. Does agile seem like a good idea or something that should be left to engineers? And to save some time, here’s the links from the last slide…
The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It
by Joshua Cooper Ramo
Is incremental design the wave of the future?
Ethan Eismann (Look for the Designing for Agile: Seven Practices)
Twelve emerging best practices for adding UX work to Agile development
Design as an Iterative Process
Is Your Agile Software Process Handcuffing the User Experience Design?
Kanban Development Oversimplified
Summer is just about here. It’s getting nice n’hot, the humidity is about to get a lot worse and there’s a long weekend coming up asap. Things are good in NYC at the moment for me which I’m really grateful for because there’s a lot of slowness going on around North America. Who knows when it will end, but hopefully it will make people stronger and smarter going forward. This week’s version of Link Drop is a bit smaller than usual. I was pretty busy and people had ICFF on their minds I think. The themes are similar in some cases as there’s tons of tech, typography and other artforms, but there’s also stuff about parks, maps and of course NYC. Again, if the weather is nice where you are—get outside and save these links for a rainy day…
I found this app via swissmiss yesterday—really great way to explore NYC via a map. It’s not perfect as it can’t do routes but more then makes up by allowing someone to see what business’ are in any building in the city. I was always curious to know who was behind where I work in SoHo, now I know.
Another great mashup using twitter and maps. I think the ui could be slightly tweaked but as a concept that works it’s quite amazing. The center of the screen locates the latest tweets from the geography. By moving the screen to different parts of the world you can see what people are talking about. The more you zoom in or out, the info changes according to area.
PostSpectacular: Social Collider
Cool explanation of Social Collider.
An interesting pov about the state of crappy design, perfect timing for ICFF.
Shigeru Ban – Artek 10 Unit System- 05.18.09
While this idea isn’t entirely new it was one of the designed things that I thought was interesting.
Design Glut: Candlestrip
Walking around one of the off site design shows timed for ICFF, these candles were one of the things that made me stop for a moment. (I can’t believe I just blogged about candles btw…)
What is Graphic Design?
While on vacation last week Andy was cool enough to have coffee with me. We talked about what graphic design is and was… Nice to see something online that I can pass on now about the idea.
I don’t usually post portfolios because there’s enough sites out there that already do that. But I thought I’d make an exception for the speculative Olympic poster work he has on the site. Really nice ideas. Too bad the Olympics don’t pay designers for work like they used too.
Magic hour behavior at Washington Square Mall
Washington Square Park is finally open again, it was great walking through it for the first time earlier this week. Here’s a write up from one person about the renovations.
“we left this side blank so you can help”
Great idea about sticking it to “the man”.
What “American Idol” Can Teach Us About Stats
I never really thought about this issue until it was mentioned in this post. Makes sense for all those voting like shows.
Jump Into The Stream
This is how info is flowing these days, kind of like what Daylife is doing.
Welcome, Wired. We call this land “Internet”
Really interesting post from someone that worked at Wired, and even more interesting are the subsequent comments afterwards.
1997 must have been a crazy year, I can’t imagine how things were back then interweb wise—and perhaps going through the shock every following year that it was impossible to keep up.
Sony Pictures CEO: “I’m A Guy Who Doesn’t See Anything Good Having Come From The Internet. Period.”
Quite the statement if true.
the joy of slow photography
A rebuttal to super fast photo shots.
A valuable primer (not only) for legal beagles…
Interesting to see what some lawyers are reading about typography. And no more small print for credit card companies too.
Searching for Value in Ludicrous Ideas
I’ve been thinking about the fact that there might be some great ideas out there at the moment but we have no idea if they’re any good as they’re being thrown against a two sided wall of the good ol’days way of thinking and the other side that is still unknown.
The Empire State Building is easily my favourite building of all time. I can’t rationalize it—it just is. I reminded of how it is on a daily basis. Just like my NYC sky series where I explored how each day is slightly different, I can never take enough photos of the building just slightly east of me every morning as I wake up. This morning the top image is what greeted me. So as I mention the awesomeness of that building I was overjoyed to find out the Lego has an entire architecture series that includes the Empire State Building. I’m pretty sure what I want for next birthday. If you’re curious to know more about that Lego series you should visit www.brickstructures.com/LAEmpireStateBuilding.html
Instead of just talking about ICFF this year, I thought I should actually go to the Javits Center and see everything for myself. Thanks to my friends at Metropolis Magazine they passed me on a pass. Before I started walking around I made a couple guidelines. I didn’t want to be there for more than an hour, I was only going to walk through the aisles and when I got home I’d check the listings of the sites to see what I actually remembered seeing and liking. Sure that’s kind of a strange process but for me to be objective I really felt that the designs had to stand out for themselves. By going through so much stuff the best natural filter for me would be trying to remember afterwards what I thought was worth talking about. Below are the things that I remembered and thought were worth taking a second look at. Did I miss anything?
A lot of the booths were kind of predictable. Some people had a decent budget while others didn’t. Personally I think an overwhelming budget for a booth is a bit strange to me. Pretty much the only stand out for me was from Kikkerland. I’ve seen can’s used to create stuff before but this was a nice evolution. Great use of an iconic brand, the booth had a lot of life and at the end of the show nothing will be wasted.
I’m not familiar with Deadgood, but I was immediately struck by their great use of typography and memorable name. It again stood out for me because they were unique and had some life to what they were showing.
It’s kind of surprising that I think this was the only site that actually showed where they’re located. I saw a ton of tweets about how I should visit booth numberwhatever, but I literally had no context for numbers, and I don’t recall seeing any numbers listed anywhere on booths.
This was possibly one of the worst logos I came across for ICFF. However the energy that all the designers brought to their sections of their design booths was cool. I noticed that there were a lot of people hanging out in this area.
Bouncing around Greene St last night in Soho I took in a couple openings that were close in proximity. Droog was by far the best suited for holding an evening event of the three with their large bottom floor available to pack in a lot of people. Up until yesterday I hadn’t actually been inside droog so I took the opportunity to take some pics of stuff that grabbed my attention. One of my fav. things was the Lucky Cat table. Just like a pinball machine you shoot a metal ball. Sounds are made once the glass kittens are hit. I did notice that the ball didn’t randomize as much as one would expect though. Moss’ party was again full and while it seemed like a cool place there was literally no space to walk around nor real opportunity to look at anything. Ya it’s a party but it still would have been nice to have a glass of wine, shoot some pics, have a convo and move on. Last of the three on my list was Cite. I’d already been to a preview that I thought quite highly of already so I wasn’t really expecting much more. Unfortunately I got there about twenty minutes before eight and they had stopped serving drinks which was too bad. But on the bright side I saw a couple other objects that hadn’t arrived the day before.
Walking around taking in the work I def. was asking myself about the object as design or art question. Part of the issue is the scalability of it—simple production methods that could be replicated quite easily versus those one of a kind things that aren’t really easy to produce en masse. What’s better? I think that’s an open question that is replied with “it depends on the context”. So while I don’t have a definitive answer I was happy to see a bunch of stuff that I hope I don’t see in Target anytime soon.
I’m hopping that publishing Link Drops on a Sunday as opposed to a Friday will stop after this week. I took the last week off hoping to get a lot of writing done, but life got in the way and I took the time to talk with a lot of people face to face. No complaints of course but I’m now weeks behind with what I wanted to have completed. Anyhow, I did still mange to find some ideas worth sharing.
Eliss – for iPhone and iPod touch
I’ve only played this game a handful of times so will it have a longevity—I don’t know. But after seeing this tweet I’ve said it before but Eliss on the iPhone is a milestone in multi-touch design and interaction: http://www.toucheliss.com/ You must buy it brendandawes I can’t really disagree. I’m only on stage three but I’m curious to see how my thinking with my hands and mind evolve.
Wooster In The White House – An Explanation
This post is worth pointing out for a number of reasons. First and foremost there’s a conversation that is going on that really hasn’t happened yet. Different channels have been created via the interwebs that are spreading info differently than people have time to recognize. Now that there’s a pause there’s some great conversations starting. The response post is worth a read too thoughts
no title thanks to tumblr
This is an amazing photo—reminds me a bit of HBO’s Voyeur stuff that was being projected on apartments last year. Scary thing is that it’s real, happening right now and probably just a couple blocks away from me.
A New Business Model for Digital Agencies
This was a great thing for me to read after my talk because I have a lot of questions how any agency can survive these days inside it’s current format. I really wanted to have a conversation afterwards about agile which didn’t really happen, my fault I don’t know. But I was happy to see others are asking the same thing.
Marissa Mayer, Larry Page on Journalism’s Future
Again, I like reading about Daylife via the lens of other people’s perspectives.
Total Recall: The Woman Who Can’t Forget
Haven’t read this yet, but I saw a couple people reference it out there that I know, so I might as well take a look too once I get a chance to catch my breath from running around.
Music to design to
Good question to ask every once in awhile. Maybe there’s a new fav. undiscovered group within those listings you haven’t seen before.
Nice find about the typical mta ride time around NYC. I’ve played with the idea of doing something similar for walking, but I’m not sure if it would really be that helpful.
This looks really cool.
TCHO: Graphics and Chocolate
Great process explanation of typography.
NQB WTF: Study Ball
This could be more helpful than one thinks. I’d like to give it a try to see if it’s helpful or not.
SIEGE Audio Company—The Stealth
Taking an old school idea for wires and making it contemporary. For some reason the product photo reminds me of boxing gloves.
Mies van der Rohe: demolish or not?
I think stuff like this should stay around if for no other reason then to give designers hope that you can do regular stuff and make extraordinary buildings when the right opportunity comes around.
Tilt Shifting Tokyo
Nice mix of photos and music for the tilt shift app floating around.
Here and There in Manhattan 2
This is a continuation of two week’s worth of Link Drop’s looking at Manhattan. I really like the split screen that show things similar and dissimilar at the same speed.
F.A.Q. for Y.O.U.
Scott asks a great question that allows others to share their POV on “how aspiring writers find aspiring artists to collaborate with these days.”
Cards of Change
Interesting idea with the cards you still have.
David Horvitz: FOR 2009, IDEA SUBSCRIPTION__ – collaborative open source conceptual art
Reminds me of time, energy and the ability to pass things on.
iStat: Find out what’s going on inside your Mac
I’m sure there’s other apps out there, but it was nice to be reminded how I can make my MBP run better via info that shouldn’t be that hard to see in the first place.
Big Brand 1080px Design
Seeing past the 960px grid.
Philips de Pury: Photographs
Good addition to that image above of the apartments getting their face torn off.
Amazon Turns Publisher
Sure people talk about google and apple, but I think Amazon is the thing to keep an eye on at the moment. They’re selling stuff but their also making a move on editorial that could influence things in a way that a traditional publisher could never pull off.
If you’re a fan of design it’s really hard not to luv the Dutch. This morning I got to walk around and view a lot of design pieces that until know I’ve only seen as jpgs at 400 Years Later—CITE Goes Dutch. As much as online is the future it will be impossible to replicate the experience of seeing objects in person. To me it was nice to finally see some of this stuff in person, though for a media preview I’m not sure why they had to in case anything. Aside from that hmm there were a couple stand out’s for me that I was wanting to buy on the spot. The first was a natural glass blown water filter called Primal Water desinged by Anouk Omlo. It was the first thing that curator Alissia Melka-Teichroew talked about. It was a smart start as the sound of the water descending through the talk echoed the parallel to the water visuals dripping off the walls and floor it represented.
Other things that made me stop was the Knitted Vase from Ilona Huvenaars & Willem Derks, Yoga Chairs by Lucas Maassen and the book PIG 05049—Christien Meindertsma. I’ve never seen an expandable vase before, I thought the different scales of the chairs was smart (though I’m not sure why there wasn’t a light in this one), and the book was an interesting idea to elevate a pig. That reminded me of what others think about the buffalo.
There’s only so much one can take in during ICFF this week. I’ll probably float around the Javits over the weekend but as a start I’m not going to be so sad if I don’t see every single design show as I got a pretty good blast today.
It’s a simple question, there’s an event going on and there’s lots of media coverage from both news sources and blogs but how am I going to get all of it in one place? I’m a bit of a design geek plus I work with Daylife so I thought it would be interesting to combine those two things and pull in everything that is going on with ICFF. I’ve built a custom page http://topics.designnotes.info/page/icff with a couple different headline modules that are based both on being the latest headlines and others that capture the older but more in depth articles. The thing is though, a lot of info is going to be passed along different media channels, so I’ve also included people talking via twitter about ICFF—that way a I can get the latest listings asap and not have to worry about searching twitter for that. There’s also a ton of people that will be uploading their pics to flickr about ICFF, so I’ve put that module in too. The last thing I wanted to include was a lot of jumping points to other topics that are related to Design Week so I can go deeper on their news.
To save you the time here’s all the topics I’ve chosen to cover:
Please let me know if I’m missing something
What’s great for me is that I’ll be able to find info that doesn’t rely on any one source, so the design world and blogs can’t slant things in just one perspective—plus I’ll still be walking around to a lot of openings and be heading inside the ICFF. So I can blog about the things that grab me and allow others to talk about what’s important to them. And—if there’s something missing on the page that you wished was there, please let me know.
This was a pretty good week for me overall. I got some great coverage from Slate and CNN, and from the feedback so far, I gave a good talk for CreativeMornings. But it wasn’t entirely perfect. I ended being a part of ten15am which was probably the best for everyone involved. Sometime in the not so distant future I’ll do a post on some of the more interesting things I discovered being part of that group. Theme wise it was a bit all over the place. For some strange reason air was a big theme, along with typography. There’s also a couple follow up links from last week’s Link Drop.
Kill Your RSS Reader
Slate’s technology columnist Farhad Manjoo tests out my tab system for finding good stuff on the web
Tech Trends: time to ditch RSS?
CNN’s SciTechBlog bulds off of the Slate post about my tab system. Lots of interesting comments ensue after it’s published.
Another interesting-smart-fruitful-amazing-creative morning
A nice summation of my CreativeMornings talk that I did on Friday morning (and hence no Link Drop till Sunday).
Making Policy Public: Vendor Power!
This is a follow up link from my mention last week. Probably one of my favourite projects that I’ve come across this year, designer Candy Chang goes through the process designing something to demystify the rules and regulations of street vending in New York City.
Here & There influences
Another follow up link, this time about those crazy maps of Manhattan. Lots of interesting influences that I didn’t realize at first glance.
London Sign Fonts Tell Their Own Stories
Every city tells this story in a unique way, for this post Scott Burnham walks around London to see what they type is telling him.
Letters and bars
Taking a look at the typography of some bars around Amsterdam.
Cool to see that Verlag is now available for anyone to buy. There’s some good blurbs in this annoucement about designer and typographer working together to create something that has staying power.
15 Years of the Public Theater in 45 seconds
Amazing video showing the eclectic nature of visually recognizable theatre in design circles.
I was happy to read this post from a friend as I was curious to hear her take on the unrebranding of Tropicana.
Cool collection of design images.
My Favorite Day Of The Year
I don’t think I’ve ever read a post from a designer talking about horses—now I can say I have.
Super Views of Super Cells by Stormchaser Jim Reed
It’s the start of crazy weather season—here’s some images to kick that off.
Anti-Development Street Art Spotted in Nolita, Greenpoint
Street art with a message. Interesting take on development going on.
Islands at the Top of the World – Airships Revisited
Cool images of futuristic blimps. My favourite one pictured above looks like a while. Great visual metaphor.
Aerial Virtual tour of New York
Amazing views of New York with the ability to circle around. It would be even cooler if I could fly around the whole city aside from just a fixed point—yet it’s still quite amazing to interact with.
Twitter’s Real Power = Influence
My obligatory post about twitter doing something.
Data, Not Design, Is King in the Age of Google
I’m not entirely sure what the point of this article is getting across, but it’s still interesting to read how twitter and google are being compared in the media.
The publishers dilemma
There’s a couple options for publishers as they try to figure out the digital world that is now changing the typical value chain in publishing: authors –> agents –> publishers –> whole-sellers –> retailers –> consumers that could be turned into authors –> retailers –> consumers.
How to Save Media
More ideas about how old media should try to figure out how to survive in today’s world.
The Xerox Star UI
Fascinating description of digital dirt and how the shift of one pixel made it disappear. I also just like looking at the collection of icons for the UI as well.
The 100 Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time
This collection is fascinating for a bunch of different reasons, and not just for the list itself. When something akin to a best of list, there’s a lot of editorial consideration which Amazon in my mind hasn’t been known for in the past. Usually they’d put up a ranking that is compiled entirely of data of numbers that represent what people are buying. With this list, that has changed. A person compiled that which adds all sorts of subjectiveness into play. The second thing that struck me is that there isn’t a simple buy all button. What if I were rich and could actually afford all 100 of those albums. There’s no easy way to do that which is kind of surprising to me. Additionally I thought the comments afterwards was helpful too—other people could chime in to what they considered to be the best albums. A good counter balance to the amazon official list.
I am an Uncertain Bro.
Good collection of “no’s” a bro goes through.
I was happy to read the latest tweet from my fav. app designer (Takayuki Fukatsu) that he’s released something new for the desktop. It’s a really easy to use TiltShift Generator. Above are a couple pics that I took this morning around 10:15. It’s a great tool to explore with your camera after you’ve taken an image.
This morning Tina and the CreativeMornings team gave me the opportunity to talk about agile design. I really liked the vibe in the room which made it pretty easy for me to talk about a design process that is going to be used more often in non traditional areas of design. To make things easier, here’s the links from my resources slide. For those that came out—thanks so much for taking some time out of your day.
The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It
by Joshua Cooper Ramo
Is incremental design the wave of the future?
Ethan Eismann (Look for the Designing for Agile: Seven Practices)
Twelve emerging best practices for adding UX work to Agile development
Design as an Iterative Process
Is Your Agile Software Process Handcuffing the User Experience Design?
Kanban Development Oversimplified