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

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

– m

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

eismann-sf »’s Charting’s Charting Widget
eismann-sf wrote: “I’ve seen these widgets popping up on various political blogs around town, and think they are fairly well designed. It’s tough to cram as much information as they do into such a small space, but they succeed by practicing the right approach to information design: content is king.” - Graphing the Debates_1223592991242Graphing the Debates
Graph Paper wrote: “One thing that’s been fun about watching the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates on CNN is that you get to also watch a scrolling EKG-like graph of how viewers are actually responding to what is being shown.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


One more person you should bookmark from ffffound

FFFFOUND! from (Caren) Litherland

I kind of have a luv hate relationship with ffffound – there’s cool stuff to look at, but after a while it all looks the same. But every once in a while you can find a person that’s got a great curatorial eye for design and typography. That’s why I’m pointing you to check out collection. Caren Litherland is the person behind those finds and is also a friend. It wasn’t until recently that she mentioned casually that she had stuff up. I think a site like ffffound is a great venue for her as she’s not a blogger yet can display really cool finds.

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 3rd (October 2008)


One of the things that I take for granted each week as I post my collection that I’ve called Link Drop is that people are coming to my site to read this. If you’re following this post from a rss reader you have my apologies – the code to get Link Drop is a bit of a hack to say the least. It probably doesn’t look that nice – keep in mind that this site is still a work in progress. So if you are reading this post from your fav. rss reader today, before you close it down maybe check out the links via the blog – you might be surprised.

This week has a bit of everything, between seeing people’s awesome places, learning how to make a lot of cash via the blog (nope – no advertising for me just yet), maps and just smart observations there’s an eclectic mix. Did the last week seem to guy by quicker than last week’s or was it just me?

– m

GJ_1222977242234Latest Thought for the Week
GJ wrote: “Johnson Banks’ latest Thought for the Week explores copyright and “inspiration” as it relates to logos and brands and is a really interesting article. The hedgehog balloon-dog (yes…) is awesome.”

theselby - photos in your space_1222977005955theselby – photos in your space
About: “I am looking for people with amazing spaces in london and in new york.”

 Help A College Student!_1222976091093Help A College Student!
The One Train wrote: “I’m in an architecture seminar focused on product sustainability and recycling paths, and I need your help. I’ve been gathering data on recycling legislation and regulations in a dozen or so countries around the world for a comprehensive Flash website — which is surprisingly fascinating in and of itself — but I’d like to collect some graphical data as well.”

PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » Tokyo Topographies_1222976103364Tokyo Topographies
PingMag wrote: “When Hajime Ishikawa isn’t working as a landscape architect in Akasaka, he follows his passion for Tokyo’s topography. Sometimes you’ll find him developing concepts for a future city in an altered landscape (think of the rising sea levels) for the Fibre City project, and other times he’ll be depicting Tokyo in all kinds of visualisations: He calls himself a map evangelist and GPS is just one of his tools. Hajime spoke to PingMag about his unique interests.”

 the internet cupboard_1222976383935the internet cupboard
Russell Davie wrote: “It occurred to us later on on Friday that more of the internet could benefit from being preserved in this way. Wikipedia should be kept in a ring-binder, flickr should be in a shoe-box. Just in case. Haha. You know. Funny.”

 Location Made Simple | PSFK - Trends, Ideas & Inspiration_1222976393241MetropoliPhone: Location Made Simple
PSFK wrote: “Location-based services are on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days, and iPhone apps that leverage GPS are coming from left and right. As promising as it is, though, location is still a bit complicated. Even if the technology is there, the culture still needs to catch up. iPhone owners are no longer the early adopters, but their friends and family. America is learning that you don’t need to be a magician to use an iPhone, in fact, it’s like a smartphone for dummies.”

The credit crunch is feeding LinkedIn | Media | credit crunch is feeding LinkedIn
Guardian wrote: “The credit crunch. It might be bad news for investors, the housing industry, the government, tax payers and home owners – but LinkedIn would like us to know that they are doing rather well as a result of international economic meltdown. Every cloud.”

Obsessions | The Ministry of Type_1222976493196Obsessions
Ministry of Type wrote: “I came across this remarkable piece of work earlier today. It’s a design created with 250,000 euro cents in a public square with the intention that people would interact with it, presumably by taking (or rearranging?) the coins. Even though it’s €2500 lying there, it would take a fair bit of determination to take the lot and get it to (at least) a coin-changing machine, a level of hard work a casual thief is unlikely to want to do I think.”

Why do you dislike conferencesWhy do you hate conferences?
Michael Karnjanaprakorn wrote: “As I’m putting together and curating The Feast Conference, I’ve started to generate some new ideas to make the experience unique and different. As someone that goes to a lot of conferences, I have developed a personal list of things I would like to see that I’m incorporating…”

 The New Yorker_1222976551898Warm-Up
From the New Yorker: “If you have not entered the dance-party contest, please do. If you’ve already bought tickets, thank you. And for everyone—this Friday’s guests, Montreal’s own Megasoid, have given us their new mixtape, “Remix Runners,” which will be available here exclusively this week. We also have the new “Turbo Crunk” mixtape, by associates of Megasoid named Hovatron. As they explain, “Hovatron is part of Mofomatronix, which is part of the Turbo Crunk family/ monthly party in Montreal, Canada.””

Sign of the times - Design Week_1222976573320Sign of the times
Design Week wrote: “My favourite door sign is on the south side of Long Acre in Covent Garden. About halfway down one of London’s busiest thoroughfares, there is a brown door that has written on it: ‘The brown door between Replay and Jane Norman’.”

We make it better » Blog Archive » Chomp_1222976660250Chomp
We make it better wrote: “Been meaning to post this for awhile, I keep seeing these images coming up on ffffound. Theyre by tebe_interesno, who I gather is a Russian illustrator. His site here is full of beautiful, funny work, and like all the best things I see on ffffound make me think ” I wish I’d done that”…”

werenothipGuido Daniele’s Hand Painting Used To Sell AT&T’s Roaming Capabilities
If It’s Hip, It’s Here wrote: “Most of us ‘creative types’ and net surfers have seen Milan-based artist Guido Daniele’s amazing hand painting before, but its latest incarnation is in a new AT&T International Roaming ad campaign by BBDO Atlanta, shot by Toronto based photographer Andric (who happens to speak Italian so he could converse easily with Daniele). The animals and imagery painted on the hands are to symbolize the countries in which you have ‘roaming’ capabilities with AT&T.”

Richard Phillips Unveiled on ‘Gossip Girl’ - The Moment Blog - NYTimes.com_1222976790845Richard Phillips Unveiled on ‘Gossip Girl’
NYT wrote: “Not since Andy Warhol had a cameo on “The Love Boat” in 1985 have contemporary art fans had this great an excuse to watch prime time television. As the Van der Woodsens — Lily (Kelly Rutherford) and Serena (Blake Lively) — moved back into their renovated loft on “Gossip Girl” this week, viewers got a taste of some splashy new editions to the space, namely a Ryan McGinley photograph, a piece by Kiki Smith and a scaled-down version of Richard Phillips’s 1998 painting “Spectrum.” A licensing deal to use his imagery was brokered by Art Production Fund, which even managed to angle a walk-on part for Mr. Phillips in a future episode where the painting is formally unveiled.”

 WaMu Changes Stance On Grey_1222976798570WaMu Changes Stance On Grey
Gawker wrote: “”Most banks are grey,” read the colorful little tagline on Washington Mutual’s website last week. “That’s just not our style.” Then WaMu catastrophically collapsed, ha. After the jump, their new homepage ad now, which is just so perfect that I demand you click through to see it:”

 Album Covers Map_1222976899921Word Magazine’s World: Album Covers
About: “Word Magazine readers have been busy building this map showing where iconic album cover photographs were taken. You can zoom in by double-clicking an area of the map or by using the slider on the left hand side. Click on a blue marker to see full details of that album.”

How do bloggers make moneyBlogging for Dollars – How do bloggers make money?
Slate wrote: “Last week, the blog search engine Technorati released its 2008 State of the Blogosphere report with the slightly menacing promise to “deliver even deeper insights into the blogging mind.” Bloggers create 900,000 blog posts a day worldwide, and some of them are actually making money. Blogs with 100,000 or more unique visitors a month earn an average of $75,000 annually—though that figure is skewed by the small percentage of blogs that make more than $200,000 a year. The estimates from a 2007 Business Week article are older but juicier: The LOLcat empire rakes in $5,600 per month; Overheard in New York gets $8,100 per month; and Perez Hilton, gossip king, scoops up $111,000 per month.”

Neil Barrett And Zaha Hadid Create Retail Bliss | JC Report_1222977249842Neil Barrett And Zaha Hadid Create Retail Bliss
JC Report wrote: “Neil Barrett’s new flagship store opened in Tokyo with the help of a mighty collaborator—none other than Zaha Hadid. Though the world-renowned architect has recently experimented in fashion design, this is her first retail space project.”

Election 2008 | powered by Twitter_1222976059646Election 2008 | powered by Twitter
About: “We’re filtering hundreds of Twitter updates per minute to create a new source for gathering public opinion about the presidential election and a new way for you to share your thoughts.”

 space invader_1222976400145space invader
Hovering Cat wrote: “This comes from Lucy Pringle’s Crop Circle Photographs.”

Steak Club 7_1222976522790Steak Club 7
About: “7 Guys who live in the New York City area who can’t agree on anything, save how much they love steak.”

About: “The Best of International Visual Communications”

8 Days a Week * New York City Design Events_1222976083322New York City Design Events
About: “for those who work, think and dream design 8 days a week”


Banksy at work in NYC: Broadway & Howard St.

banksy in nyc

banksy in nyc

banksy in nyc

There are some benefits to working in SoHo aside from dodging tourists. I just saw Banksy in action on Broadway & Howard St. I caught the tail end of the the piece going up just before it started to pour rain which was kind of fitting considering the subject matter.

banksy in nyc

Looks like some additional marks and words were added before lunch today

No Cents

no cents

With the economy as it is at the moment, I thought the above poster was quite topical that I saw last night as I walked to the Lazarides Gallery New York (ok show btw). It’s a strange time, having dinner in the Meatpacking district, some restaurants were full while others were dead on a Sunday night. More noticeable for me inside my 60 floor apartment is the speed of the elevators. They’re faster, fewer people inside the elevator, and stop at less floors. My guess that people have been moving out and heading back to their original cities. The people that have a number of contingency plans will survive and probably find themselves in a better spot, however those that freeze up might not do so well.

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 26th (September 2008)

Picture 6

You know the week has gone by quickly when Thursday feels like Tuesday – that’s sort of how this week’s Link Drop feels. It’s got a bit of photography, technology and the usual nod to other stuff going on outside and inside. On a personal note I almost get to say good bye to one of the craziest years I’ve had this weekend – both for the lows and highs. When I was twenty nine I had no fears about turning thirty – now I can celebrate the fact that I survived the year and get to look forward to being thirty one. Cheers to moi ( :

– m

Is 190 Bowery the Greatest Real-Estate Coup of All TimeThe 72-Room Bohemian Dream House
From New York Magazine: “The building at 190 Bowery is a mystery: a graffiti-covered Gilded Age relic, with a beat-up wooden door that looks like it hasn’t been opened since La Guardia was mayor. A few years ago, that described a lot of the neighborhood, but with the Bowery Hotel and the New Museum, the Rogan and John Varvatos boutiques, 190 is now an anomaly, not the norm. Why isn’t some developer turning it into luxury condos?”

How Many Web Services Can One Person UseHow Many Web Services Can One Person Use?
From NYT: “How many more new social networking or micro-blogging or video-sharing site can one person use? Most of us don’t have time to respond to voice mail and e-mail every day, let alone check our Twitter updates and Facebook accounts and Flickr friends. And even if we have the time, do we need another site that helps us share and connect and network?”

eismann-sf » CS4 is Here_1222393128184CS4 is Here
From eismann-sf: “Adobe released CS4 yesterday. Congratulations to all those involved. From the XD perspective, this is an incredibly important release for one main reason: the CS application framework has become more unified across the point-products. In CS3, Flash, Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator all adopted the similar workspace design patterns, but Fireworks and Dreamweaver retained their former Macromedia pattern. But now, in CS4, all the apps have adopted the a common workspace design pattern, which itself is updated. ”

Lazarides descends on New York City with “The Outsiders - New York”_1222392953687Lazarides descends on New York City with “The Outsiders – New York”
From ukstreetart: “Lazarides are currently dominating the UK street art gallery scene and they’ve decided it’s about time they head over the Atlantic and start owning stateside. They’re going to be opening a pop-up show in New York’s Bowery and will be bringing together their artists in a unique show of some very lively work.”

_1222392960372The Balloon Project
From Process: “I wanted to take aerial shots over the streets New York so I spent the last few months designing, building, and rethinking of ways to not only get my camera up in the air, but to make it fire some shots when it was up there.”

 11.05_1222392966866Design Observer’s Fifth Aniversary Party: 11.05
From Design Observer: “Design Observer will celebrate five years with a party in New York City on Wednesday, November 5. The party will take place at Element (the beautiful 19th century bank building that became the Jasper Johns studio), located at 225 East Houston Street.”

+KN | Kitsune Noir » Sarah Kahn_1222392973032Sarah Kahn
From Kitsune Noir: “One of my favorite things to see in a student’s portfolio of work is a really cool book. For Sarah Kahn, a recent graduate of Pennighen Easg in Paris, this meant creating a book around “the emotional intellect delivered by some computing tool and functions.” That sounds pretty ominous and slightly vague to me, but what she created was a book that takes the digital world and makes it physical.”

lindex_1222392980588New York Designs 2008 Threshold
From The Architectural League of New York: “The Architectural League created the New York Designs juried lecture series in 2003 to provide a forum for the presentation of innovative and accomplished work built in New York City. This year’s theme, ‘threshold,’ focuses on projects whose design mediates distinct conditions.”

Vancouver 2010 Graphic Identity - Vancouver 2010 Graphic Identity - Vancouver 2010_1222393037072Vancouver 2010 Graphic Identity
From vancouver2010: “The Host Country of every Olympic and Paralympic Games tells a unique story of culture and imagination through design and artistry. The Vancouver 2010 graphic identity seeks to unify and beautify the Games with a consistent look and feel throughout all its environments and communications. It will also allow VANOC to leave a mark in memories and in photos. Seen on the design of, brochures and publications, merchandise and uniforms, the graphic identity elements will eventually appear on buildings, street signs, banners and venues, dressing the city and venues in colour during Games time.”

Inside Google's Design Process - BusinessWeek_1222393051383Inside Google’s Design Process
From Businessweek: “While many eyes are trained on Mountain View for the official release of the new G1/Android phone from Google and T-Mobile, I got an insight into Google’s design process from the company’s VP of Product Management, Sundar Pichai, and Group Product Manager, Brian Rakowski. These two spearheaded the launch of Chrome, a browser I’m truthfully still getting used to, but whose design certainly adheres to the company’s overarching philosophy of superficial simplicity disguising sophisticated functionality (for an indepth look at Chrome’s development, check out this really fine Wired article by Steven Levy.)”

DIY KYOTO_1222393057671Wattson
About: “I was designed by the nice people at DIY Kyoto to help you do more for the environment. And to do it in style. Of course, they also know you won’t mind saving yourself 5% to 20% on your annual electricity bills, either. With my friend holmes, I look at the energy your home is using, show you usage in graphs and charts, and help you figure out ways to save electricity.”

Michael Moore's SLACKER UPRISING_1222393067999Slacker Uprising
About: “”Slacker Uprising” takes place in the wake of “Fahrenheit 9/11,” during the run-up to the 2004 election, as I traveled for 42 days across America, visiting 62 cities in a failed attempt to remove George W. Bush from office. My goal was to help turn out a record number of young voters and others who had never voted before.”

One Lonesome Cowboy | Creativity Online_1222393088019One Lonesome Cowboy
From Creativity Online: “It was a scene to make counterfeit cops and Midwestern Moms twitch—a spectacular display of so-called limited edition Louis Vuitton bags strewn about vendor tables outside the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Turns out these babies—dolled up in the multicolored imprints created by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami—were not fakes, but the real thing. The stunt was all part of the institution’s N.Y. spin on its launch of ©Murakami, a retrospective of the artist’s work that first opened last year at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, curated by MOCA’s Paul Schimmel.”

Aaron Koblin - The Sheep Market_1222393094461Aaron Koblin – The Sheep Market
About: “ is a collection of 10,000 sheep made by workers on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. Workers were paid 0.02 ($USD) to “draw a sheep facing to the left.” Animations of each sheep’s creation may be viewed at”

 Poster Boy NYC's Photostream_1222393100837Poster Boy NYC’s photostream
About: “Eventually I will stop this art form. By that time I hope that I’ve inspired enough people where I don’t have to participate in order to see the change that is “needed”. I always encourage people to take matters into their own hands. So pick up a razor and reclaim your visual territory.”

FOX Launches ‘Terminator’-themed, location-based MMORPG | Touch Arcade_1222393107780FOX Launches ‘Terminator’-themed, location-based MMORPG
From touch arcade: “FOX Broadcasting has launched a web and iPhone-based game called Ambush [App Store] that ties to its TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Ambush is a simplistic MMORPG that places the player in a virtual city and relies upon real-time iPhone GPS location information to track players within the game world.”

Muxtape_1222393113368Muxtape – relaunching soon, in the service of bands
UPDATE: “I love music. I believe that for people who love music, the desire to share it is innate and crucial for music itself. When we find a song we love, we beckon our friends over to the turntable, we loan them the CD, we turn up the car stereo, we put it on a mixtape. We do this because music makes us feel and we want someone else to feel it, too.”

Designing the UI of Things for iPhone_1222393121351Designing the UI of Things for iPhone
From Culture Code: “We recently shared some early interface sketches of Things for a presentation on iPhone User Interface Design.”

 When Did We Start Trusting Strangers_1222392916924When Did We Start Trusting Strangers
From chroma: “Impressive presentation summarizing a massive worldwide study of Social Media and Influence, from the folks at Universal McCann. Nothing too surprising, but the figures are staggering, and the visuals are awfully purty.”

Welcome to 4mations_12223929874064mations
About: We like animation and games so much we thought we’d make this site.


What to link to with Jill Greenberg?

jill greenberg search

When it comes to the topic of Jill Greenberg on her action w/ the Atlantic Monthly I have no idea what to link to. There are so many posts and comments that it would take me a month to read everything and post the relevant stuff. Up until now it’s been pretty easy for me to find something about a topic and link back to a “source”. With her actions there’s been so much commentary about it that it’s not easy to figure out one encompassing site. If you’ve been following her actions what would you have linked to?

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 12th (September 2008)



This weeks Link Drop is kind of interesting for me b/c there’s a lot of people w/ links that I’m friends with. I didn’t start off the week w/ a strategy of collecting stuff from everyone I know – it’s just that there’s a lot of people doing interesting stuff at the moment. If there’s one common theme among all of them is that even if I didn’t know them I’d still be throwing them all up. Kind of motivating to say the least.

– m


 Columns_1221166412126Brand Tags’ Noah Brier: How My Website Took Off
From Advertising Age: Now, it should be noted that I’m no programming wizard. Only a few weeks before, I had started to teach myself PHP, a not-quite-programming language that allows you to build web applications, and MySQL, an open-source database software. What I did not have is years of building websites and apps, though that didn’t matter much, as I quickly discovered through the rapid growth of Brand Tags, as this site would be called.

From SND- Rethinking yourself as a motion designer - Visual Editors_1221166545431Jody Sugrue’s SND Vegas Talk – Rethinking yourself as a motion designer
By Allison Ghaman […] Hillary Ruffe next to me whispers, “I think I want to be her!” in reference to Sugrue and that is DEFINITELY a sentiment I share. “Being more conscious and less automatic gives you power” — Jody Sugrue’s mom’s horoscope. Jody Sugrue’s gateway piece into motion design was a series of voicemails from her mother. She calls Aftereffects “Photoshop on crack” and recommends it as a bridge between Photoshop and Flash. Her first professional challenge was a tribute to 9-11 commissioners. Even in this, she emphasizes the importance of collaboration. Instead of using too much video, she wanted to also incorporate photographs. […]

The Curious Blog » Handmade Flipbooks_1221166202943Handmade Flipbooks
From the The Curious Blog […] As a heavy After Effects user, I wanted to create a project template that would input video from my camera and quickly export out a sequence of frames for print. I didn’t have a decent office printer at the time, plus I like the quality of a professionally developed print, so my output would need to be in a format that a photography shop could handle. I usually send my digi-pics to Ritz Photo, but any photo shop will work. […]

Confections for the Healthful Gourmand_1221166315354Confections for the Healthful Gourmand
ABOUT: […] My name is Jessica Levine and I LOVE to bake. You’re probably thinking, yeah so do a lot of people. So I’ve created this blog to ignite my passion for healthy baking in all of you. This blog will teach you to appreciate the fine art of baking and the joy in eating it afterwards, without feeling bad about it. […]

The Oldest Living Things in the World_1221166276525The Oldest Living Things in the World
ABOUT: […] a vital part of the experience of being in greenland is a true disconnection from civilization…which is increasingly harder to come by anywhere on the planet. i did my best to embrace that distance while there, including writing the old fashioned way…and so i am transmitting out to the blogosphere now from the comfort and safety of my own digs in brooklyn. […]

From Debbie Millman […] Corpoetics is a collection of ‘found’ poetry from the websites of well-known brands and corporations created by the fabulous Asbury & Asbury. They visited various company websites, found the closest thing to a Corporate Overview, and then set about rearranging the words into poetry. […]

Torino World Design Capital - Designing Connected Places Summer School - Complexity Maps | DensityDesign | Communication Design & Complexity_1221166334680Torino World Design Capital – Designing Connected Places Summer School – Complexity Maps
[…] Designing Connected Places is the slogan of the International Summer School, an initiative of great interest in the calendar of Torino 2008 World Design Capital, which led students and teachers to look at the territory of Piemonte understood as a complex network of social co-existence and production processes.[…]

 New York Magazine at 40 - Speaker Series - SPD.ORG - Speaker Series_1221166586538Adam Moss: ‘Sales Don’t Matter’ When Choosing Cover
From FishbowlNY […] Moss opined that “sales don’t matter” when picking his magazine covers. “Sales fluctuate within a tiny little margin,” the EIC said. “It represents under five percent of the readership. It’s very much a subscription magazine.” He did remark that since sales were a hard number, it was easy to get competitive about how well different covers sold, but thought that a cover should ultimately be chosen by the “heat” it would generate and the “clarity” with which it told the story. […]

Esquire's E Ink-infused magazine cover shown on video - Engadget_1221166344672Esquire’s E Ink-infused magazine cover shown on video
From Engadget […] Extra! Extra! Read all about it! (Sorry, but where else were we gonna use that line?) For those unaware, Esquire’s October issue is on newsstands now, and for 100,000 99,999 lucky souls out there, they’ll receive one with a flashing E Ink display. Just in case you aren’t quite lucky enough to apprehend one of your own, however, The Dastardly Report’s Ryan Joseph was kind enough to snap a few photographs and even host a video of the exclusive mag before tearing it down for hacking purposes. Head on past the break for the clip, and tap that read link to have a gander at the stills. Oh, and dart out right this instant to snag your own. […]

 A deeper dive into definitions « Adam Greenfield’s Speedbird_1221166354942More songs about context and mood: A deeper dive into definitions
From Adam Greenfield’s Speedbird […] Let me be the first to assure you that it rapidly becomes obvious, at least to me, when I’ve opened a can of worms: my post last week on the distinction between “location-based services” and “context-aware applications” has generated some really tasty pushback from readers, including a rather pointed missive from someone who we’ve agreed shall remain nameless here, and who felt my definition was unduly reductionist. […]

 So that was.. uh, interesting_1221166366070So that was.. uh, interesting
From The Divine Miss N […] One my most beloved professors ever, prof Paul Hoftijzer, once told me ‘Everything is interesting if you’re interested’. And you know what? He’s right (well, of course he would be, he is one of the smartest guys I’ve ever met and one of the best bookhistorians). Totally right. Everything IS interesting if you take an interest. […]

Content Networks, Utility, and Supporting Content Creation « Upendra Shardanand_1221166375050Content Networks, Utility, and Supporting Content Creation
From Upendra Shardanand […] Fred perceives a key aspect of a content network like Daylife: the super-distribution of content, and the audience it brings. Or put another way, increasing the economic utility of content. If a piece of content is used in more places, more easily, then its value increases and it’s easier to financially rationalize its creation. Now, for Daylife or any other content network to make a dent in the economics of original content creation will require Google-esque scale, and likely a value-capture model richer than just “driving traffic.” Not quite there yet. […]

Graphic Design Everyday_1221166396797Graphic Design Everyday
[…] I think design is a lifetime experience, it’s an everyday labour. It’s like brushing your teeth every morning, but harder. […]

Words They Used - 2008 Political Conventions - Interactive Graphic - NYTimes.com_1221166404295The Words They Used
From NYT […] The words that speakers used at the two political conventions show the themes that the parties have highlighted. Republican speakers have talked about reform and character far more frequently than the Democrats. And Republicans were more likely to talk about businesses and taxes, while Democrats were more likely to mention jobs or the economy. […]

Speak Up › Jenny Beorkrem Speaks Up_1221166424130Jenny Beorkrem Speaks Up
From SpeakUp: […] Jenny Beorkrem left a cushy nine to five design job after her typographic city posters became an online phenomenon by showcasing her work at Ork Posters. Her designs, sold to the rich and famous, are intricate studies in type, texture, and information design. She fielded my questions about inspiration, screen printing, and how she arrived at the name Ork. […]

 The Palin Nerve_1221166444983Reading The Pictures: The Palin Nerve
From Huffington Post […] Even without the larger media sensationalizing and the echoing of GOP spin about Sarah Palin, this would still represent a very fine cover. You don’t get this kind of portrait without a photographer daring to look at a not-so-passive subject — and requiring the subject to have to deal with it. […]

 La Banquise vs. Patati Patata | Serious Eats_1221166558313Poutines Deathmatch: La Banquise vs. Patati Patata
From Serious Eats […] Words and Photographs by Kathy Park and Rob Price | After a seven-hour road trip from New York City with only one food stop for breakfast, we were ravenous when we arrived in Montreal for Labor Day weekend (it was Canada’s Labor Day, too!). For the drive, we had printed out pages of Montreal food chatter from Serious Eats and Chowhound, and learned about poutine. After many jokes about the word poutine, we decided that the dish Montreal is famous for, made of fries, gravy, and cheese curds, was the equivalent of chili cheese fries in the U.S. […]

photographer sanggil kim at PKM trinity gallery, seoul_1221166575205photographer sanggil kim at PKM trinity gallery, seoul
from Designboom […] ‘layer’ is a solo exhibition of photographic works by artist sanggil kim. on show will be pieces from two series including work from kim’s ‘mode’ series. the collection of photographs shows the appearance of various buildings which trace the structures to their most modern element. construction components are layered repetitively within each photograph, capturing architectural patterns in each photo taken. […]

 Kings of Cyan_1221166604265Tim Davis: Kings of Cyan
From /J […] Tim Davis has a show coming up in Zurich, Switzerland at mitterrand+sanz that features some interesting new photographs of his from a project entitled Kings of Cyan, a body of work that is not even on his website yet. Since Tim is a rare breed of photographer – that is, one who is equally great at putting ideas into words – I’ll leave it to him to describe the work […]

 Jeff Koons Opens at Versailles_1221166612849Jeff Koons Opens at Versailles
From Dog Art Today […] Jeff Koons’s Let Them See Kitsch exhibition opens today at Versailles. The installation of his works in the historic palace created controversy when it was announced this summer, and continues to offend. […]

code turn Snark into Sport | Creativity Online_1221166647027MTV, area/code turn Snark into Sport
From Creativity Online […] The cable network debuts Backchannel, for its show The Hills, which may prove once and for all who’s the king (or queen) of posting cutting remarks online. […]

iTunes 9 to Take on Pandora and Subscription ServicesiTunes 9 to Take on Pandora and Subscription Services?
From Frog Blog […] At the moment these are only available with the usual 30 second preview, but it seems like just a short hop to get to a full streaming, subscription-based approach, probably living in parallel with the pay-per-song approach Apple has successfully used so far. Rumors have been around for ages that Apple will introduce a subscription service, and the Genius Sidebar seems like a simple way to step into that approach. […]

 The future of search_1221166676729The future of search
From the Google Blog […] I am a search addict. I’m naturally inquisitive – I’ve always liked finding things out. Plus, I’ve worked at Google on search for the past 9 years and 3 months. Of course I search – a lot. Yet I would guess that on any given day, I only do about 20% of the searches that I could. This past Saturday, I kept track of the things that came up in conversation that I wanted to search for right then but couldn’t: […]

From scott goodson […] I think the best places to think up ideas are: 1. Boring meetings, 2. Bedrooms, 3. Bars, 4. Bathrooms, 5. Buses […]

Yay! Monday! — Issue #36_1221166180528Yay! Monday!
EXCERPT “A weekly collection of Design, Art, and Photography that I like and want everyone to know about.”

art » Blog Archive » Nerd-Graffiti_1221166383801Nerd-Graffiti
From rebel:art […] “What happens if some IT comes into our real life?” Mehr Bilder von Paul The Wine Guy hier! Vgl. auch “Train Spamming“, “Nerd-Intervention” und “Nerd-Demo“! […]

Florence Montmare_1221166481822Florence Montmare
About: […] Floressence Studios differs from traditional photo studios, in that the location and ambience are central aspects of the process. […]
About […] Neste site você encontra uma seleção de desenhos digitais feitos desde 2004 […]

 sharpness is such a bourgeois concept_1221166567420sharpness is such a bourgeois concept
[…] Do think of a rich story on photos submitted to this group: for example, a blurry “decisive moment” photo is always a favorite. […]


Music, Illustration and France

Orouni - Jump Out The Window

A couple days ago I was passed on an email from the musician Orouni mentioning his album Jump Out The Window. The music is pretty good but what I found even more interesting was that he was wanting to tell me about the illustrator that did the cover art for the album. The cover comes from Natsko Seki who’s got a great feel for things. I really like the style and feel – check it out for yourself at

When I asked Orouni about how the project and collaboration worked – this was his reply “basically, I’m a big fan of design blogs and one day, I discovered Natsko’s work on one of them and found it really amazing. I hadn’t finished my album (Jump Out The Window) at all but I knew I wanted her to design its cover. I thought there were many similarities between her visual style and my music, and it’s important for me that an artwork have some interaction with the sound of the album.

I didn’t really dream about her accepting, though. When she said yes, I really got crazy, I was so happy! Then I told her how I imagined the cover (subject, colors, etc.), and she started to draw a rough sketch. Then she made the whole artwork (CD, booklet…) and I’d like to say it was great to work with her because whenever I asked her to make some changes, she was ok with it, and it helped a lot to have a cover that we both liked. So I’m very happy that we worked together, I love the cover and people seem to do too. Natsko is really one of my favorite illustrators!”

Walking around NYC finding the David Byrne Bike Racks

David Byrne Bike Rack on 39th street

David Byrne Bike Rack on 25th street

David Byrne Bike Rack on 44th street

David Byrne Bike Rack on 58th street

David Byrne Bike Rack on Wall Street

David Byrne Bike Rack on 54th street

David Byrne Bike Rack on LaGuardia Pl

David Byrne Bike Rack on Bedford Street

David Byrne Bike Rack on 110th street

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On my last Link Drop post I posted a link to the Gothamist about David Bryne’s bike racks. I thought it was an interesting idea but didn’t give it too much attention about seeing them in person. However being asked about it on twitter I thought that maybe I should. So over the long weekend I mapped out my best route of attack for seeing all of the bike rack designs. I thought it would be a great way to see different parts of the city that I probably wouldn’t have made a destination of seeing. Plus I was hoping that I’d come across some interesting stuff along the way to photograph.

I think a really motivated person could see all of the bike racks in one day – either on foot, bike or subway. For me though I didn’t want to dedicate one whole day, but put in a couple hours for three days. While I knew how to get to all of the locations it still felt like a scavenger hunt. There was a destination yet it still had the fun of discovering something new. One the first day I took Maddie w/ me for the walk. We went to the Olde Times Square (44th Street & 7th Avenue), the Jersey (9th Avenue and 39th Street) and the Chelsea (25th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues). Having never walked Maddie through Times Square nor something I like doing myself on a weekend it was an interesting experience. Maddie barked at a skateboarder and I got mad at the slow tourists. In any case we both did enjoy the walk.

The next day I took the train up to 110th street where I found the the first bike rack of the day. It was the Coffee Cup at Amsterdam Avenue between 110th and 111th Street. It was also the first bike rack that I saw being used as such which was good. So far all the racks where cool to look at, but I wasn’t sure how they actually worked. I also liked the location b/c it allowed me to walk the entire west side of Central Park to my next destination. I’d never taken the time to walk an entire side so I was curious to know how long that would take (40 minutes btw). After walking past Central Park I was headed to see the Ladies’ Mile (5th Avenue between 57th and 58th Streets). Once I took the image of the shoe I was headed towards MoMA (54th Street between 5th and 6th). What I thought would be the easiest bike rack to find ironically became the most difficult. On David Bryne’s map and website the location says it’s on 53rd street when it’s actually 54th street. After doing an entire lap around MoMA I felt pretty dumb – how could I have possibly not seen the Ear? It wasn’t until I started a loop the other way that I actually saw the rack. A street vendor was beside it and was blocking the view when I walked by it the first time. Having covered a lot of ground I decided to keep walking south past Washington Square park to find the fourth bike rack called the Villager (LaGuardia Place between Bleecker and West 3rd).

The goal nn the final day was to walk to Wall Street (Wall Street (North Side) between Pearl and Water Streets) and then take the train Williamsburg. Those two areas aren’t places that I visit often though I do find them fascinating whenever I end up there. The only catch w/ Wall St. is that I feel like I’m being watched b/c I’m carrying a camera. Almost every time I start going down the side streets I get mixed up and inevitabely get lost. That happened once again after I found the bike rack. I thought I was headed west back to Broadway but ended up get looped around a couple times. Of course I did end up back on track but it was kind of funny how some old habits are hard to shake off. If there was one place that needs more bike racks, it’s definitely where the Hipster(s) reside (Bedford & North 6th Street). There were so many bikes over there that any new poles or guitars acting as racks I think would be a welcome edition. After finding the bike rack and the last photo taken I had managed to cover a lot of miles on foot and my legs were happy to take the train back to Manhattan.

I thought the whole idea for the bike racks was a great idea. It seems a bit weird to read that they’re only going to be up for a year though. I’m sure the idea of customized bike racks isn’t new and I hope that more cities do stuff to encourage people to bike and give them space to park. I also noticed that each of the bike racks was close to the curb – maybe a foot or two from the road. What’s good about this is that the poles aren’t in front of anyone’s store or blocking any windows. You can read more info on the bike racks above at and more about the NYC competition at

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

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

– m

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Crowdsourcing Salon With Wired Author Jeff Howe

Crowdsourcing Salon With Wired Author Jeff Howe

Crowdsourcing Salon With Wired Author Jeff Howe

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

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

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

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 8th (August 2008)

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Every Friday for what now seems like a long time, I’ve been posting direct links to posts w/ their excepts of stuff that I’ve found interesting filtered through the eyes of a designer called Link Drop. On this 080808 below are some of the ideas that kind made me stop and think. TTTNW (till this time next week) – make the most of your weekend.

– Michael

YOUNG GALLERY_1218157580753Jeffrey Milstein
EXCERPT: “Flying an airplane was one of my earliest dreams. Building and flying all the model planes I could afford, I became intimately familiar with aircraft design, and at the age of 17, I received my pilot’s license. Heavy metal, as the wide body jets are known, is the ultimate achievement in engineering and design.”

 The Dead End of Western Civilization | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters_1218158893746Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization
[Adbusters] EXCERPT: “We’ve reached a point in our civilization where counterculture has mutated into a self-obsessed aesthetic vacuum. So while hipsterdom is the end product…”

 This is map #6_1218157473446Handmaps
EXCERPT: “an ongoing archive of maps and other interesting diagrams drawn by hand”

Behind Nike's Lawsuit Lies a Branding Story - Advertising Age - Digital_1218157487759Behind Nike’s Lawsuit Lies a Branding Story
[adage] EXCERPT: “There’s a fight brewing over the lightweight, wicking apparel technology known as Dri-Fit — but the battle is about search marketing and the right to bid on trademarked terms.”

 Sony BMG Sells Photos from its Archive, Ineptly_1218157524494Sony BMG Sells Photos from its Archive, Ineptly
[Pop Photo] EXCERPT: “We just saw on that music company Sony BMG is selling prints of images from its archive. With CD sales in the dumper, the company is looking for alternative sources of revenue—what we in the digital content business call leveraging one’s assets.”

 HOW TO Solve The New York Times Crossword Puzzle - New York Times_1218157535171HOW TO; Solve The New York Times Crossword Puzzle
[NYT] EXCERPT: “A crossword puzzle is a battle between the puzzle maker and editor on one side and the solver on the other. But unlike most battles, both sides…”

radicalcartography_1218158087454RADICAL CARTOGRAPHY
EXCERPT: “If we were able to take as the finest allegory of simulation the Borges tale where the cartographers of the Empire draw up a map so detailed that it ends up exactly covering the territory…”

What I Learned Today - 14 Ways Starbucks Has Tried to Revitalize its Brand_121815754813414 Ways Starbucks Has Tried to Revitalize its Brand
[What I Learned Today] EXCERPT: ““We’re not this young, beloved, entrepreneurial enterprise anymore… We have to do business in a different way.” – Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz”

 The "Endless Accident Events" of Los Angeles_1218157567200The “Endless Accident Events” of Los Angeles
[BLDGBLOG] EXCERPT: “Artist Luther Thie’s proposed project LA Interchange would install a “gigantic public water fountain” at the intersection of L.A.’s Harbor and Santa Monica Freeways – and then use the fountain’s water supply…”

A video game inspired craft weblog — Sprite Stitch_1218157594551Sprite Stitch
EXCERPT: “I started this web log as a place to post cross stitch patterns that I have created. Most are video game (pixel) inspired, but not all. I will occasionally also post work by other crafters (with permission of course).”

 A Dutch Town Gone Graphic Design Crazy_1218157609164Breda: A Dutch Town Gone Graphic Design Crazy
[Ping Mag] EXCERPT: “A cryptic slash and a splash of copy-shop pastels announced Breda’s first-ever Graphic Design Festival in best DIY style. Design by Rob van Hoesel. Hands down, Dutch design is definitely a bit famous. From: Wim Crouwel to…”

 Advice for authors_1218157618956Advice for authors
[Seth Godin] EXCERPT: “Always beware free advice. It is worth what it costs! That said, I get a fair number of notes from well respected, intelligent people who are embarking on their…”

 The construct of loneliness & emotional bonds =The construct of loneliness & emotional bonds = ?
[Cellar Door] EXCERPT: “Let’s say a guy (we’ll call him Alex) goes on a business trip to a far away place and he misses his wife (let’s call her Jenny). Alex emails Jenny a photo of himself…”

 The Dead End of Western Civilization | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters_1218157422186Greyhound pulls ‘bus rage’ ads
[] EXCERPT: “Greyhound Canada said Tuesday that it is in the process of pulling a series of ads in an extensive, cross-country campaign featuring the slogan, “There’s a reason you’ve never heard of bus rage.””

 Daniel Eatock thumbprints every copy of IMPRINT_1218157646704Daniel Eatock thumbprints every copy of IMPRINT
[papressblog] EXCERPT: “UK-based graphic designer Daniel Eatock visited our warehouse in Indiana and thumbprinted the spines of each and every copy of his amazing…”

Keeping Up Nintendo's Momentum - WSJ.com_1218191203014Keeping Up Nintendo’s Momentum
[WSJ] EXCERPT: “After overseeing several years of rapid growth at Nintendo Co., President Satoru Iwata faces new challenges: how to keep players of the company’s videogames interested, and how to cultivate a new wave of customers.”

Kurve Designer Karim Rashid Thinks New York Has Some Catching Up to Do - Grub Street - New York Magazine_1218192173887Kurve Designer Karim Rashid Thinks New York Has Some Catching Up to Do
[Grub Street] EXCEPT: “When Andy Yang’s mysterious Thai venture, Kurve, finally went into soft-opening mode a…”

Fecal Face - Buff Monster Interview_1218192507302Buff Monster Interview
[Fecal Face] EXCERPT: “This LA based street artist is about to open his second solo show “The Sweetest Thing” at the LA based Corey Helford August 23rd. We got a chance to ask him about his upcoming show, what it’s like to date a porn star…”

Picture 2dog poo bags


REVIEW PART ONE: Design Mind from Frog Design

designmind frogdesign Numbers - Issue 08 Numbers - Issue 08

If you’ve spent any amount of time on your favourite design blogs lately, you’ve probably read a post or two mentioning the latest issue of Design Minds from Frog Design. Typically the blog post will point to the Design Mind’s website. Number 8 is the first print version while the previous seven issues have just been on the web. I could be mistaken but I’m suspecting this issue has received a lot of attention because it became a print magazine. But isn’t print dying? While I have been thinking about that question for some time – it became a bit more tangible after I received the actual print copy from Mai who is spending the summer at Frog in San Francisco. A couple days before that she sent me a message asking if I would be interested in a copy (more info about getting your own copy HERE), and of course I said yes! Back to the question at hand for me. For the first part of my design career I spent one foot on the print side while the other foot on the digital side. For the last two years almost all the design that I’ve designed has been displayed on a screen of some sort. Having the nicely designed magazine in hand I thought it would be interesting to talk about the print and website in parallel and to see what I could learn from it.

This review is more about the function of each medium as opposed to the actual content – that post will come at a later date. As ugly and frustrating as many websites can be, the reach to people is hard to ignore. For example if I were to send any of my content from DesignNotes to a person via print it would be an enormous expense. The same content on the blog can be published fast and reach a world wide audience very inexpensively. The drawback is that I’m somewhat unhappy w/ the design template (expect a redesign). It’s also hard for me not to focus more on the communication side of the web since people can add comments. The advantage that print carries is that it’s tangible and typically tells a story in an understandable linear narrative while a site is more of a grab bag of content that expects the person to understand what they want to get from the site.

So w/ Design Minds – what’s better, the magazine or site? The cop out response is that it depends on what you’re looking for. If the content was just a magazine with out digital presence, a lot fewer people would have known about it. If the content was just like the other seven issues that were just digital – some people would have covered and read it. But maybe w/ slightly less attention. It’s really a circular argument that ends w/ the response of it depends.


Numbers - Issue 08 | design mind_1217499339629

On the functional side I pulled a couple examples to look at. The first is the table of contents and how each is represented in it’s format. For me the website does a slightly better job because each article is reflected w/ an image of the content while the reader is expected to read or skim the print version via words. You also only need to click once while the fingers need to flip through – not a big deal of course.



The second example is a bit of a surprise on who does a better job. It’s a city guide – in this example it happens to be San Francisco. Between the listings and potential for interactivity the web site should have been better. But it was just a listing w/ no links or visual map to show distance between each of the locations. The printed version on the other hand has a pretty simple map that shows where everything is.


Erik Spiekermann | design mind_1217499581461

In the final example that I’ll mention I compare one of the main stories w/ Erik Spiekermann. An obvious question is if you’re going to spend ten quality minutes reading the above article what’s your choice going to be? Almost everyone is going to pick the magazine for both the tangibles and intangibles. You can hold it, and to some degree have the luxury of reading something not on screen. But what would be faster? I find that I can read something two or three times faster on screen, plus if I have a point to make – I can post a comment. It all comes down to a person’s preference and what is important to them. Of course this review didn’t mention content too much. Like I mentioned previously that will come once I’ve spent some quality time with the magazine.


Early Articles – Issue 0

Fall – Issue 01

Winter – Issue 02

Spring – Issue 03

Summer – Issue 04

Green – Issue 05

Identity – Issue 06

Health – Issue 07

Numbers – Issue 08
Read REVIEW PART TWO: Design Mind from Frog Design (Issue 08, Numbers): Design Mind from Frog Design at

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 1st (August 2008)


This week came and went in the blink of the eye for me and I’m not too sure why. In any case my Link Drop this week has been influenced quite a bit by technology and copywriting. As with every week so far w/ the Link Drop I’ve made some tweaks to the format. Sometimes it’s more subtle than other times. If you’ve been following from week to week and months and have a suggestion to make it better, please let me know. Ciao until next week.
– Michael

[scott goodson] EXCERPT: “bout ten years ago, I wrote the first businessplan for a new kind of company. I hadn’t really figured out everything, but I had a pretty good idea what this company wasn’t going to be about.”'s’s photostream
[Flickr] EXCERPT: “Nervo is a multi-disciplinary design studio based on Portland, OR USA. Led by founder and Creative Director Nando Costa, the diverse collective of digital artists create filmed and animated artwork for a variety of applications. The studio’s wide-range of styles and techniques…”

The blueness of Heat_1217550799866The blueness of Heat
[noisydecentgraphics] EXCERPT: “I reckon there are only four films I’ve seen more than once, properly, all the way through, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Lion King, Lord of the Rings and Heat. Breakfast at Tiffany’s used to be my favourite…”

3rings » The Cootie Catcher_1217550810207The Cootie Catcher
[3rings] EXCERPT: “Uh, Oh, I spy a theme emerging. Fresh off a look at 3Fold, in which George Rice both critiques and invigorates the aesthetic of the boardroom, comes another example of modern minimalism in glass and steel.”

In the creative world, the only constant is change - International Herald Tribune_1217550861548In the creative world, the only constant is change
[IHT] EXCERPT: “Design is all about change. It can help us to understand the changes in the world around us, and turn them to our advantage by translating them into things that make our lives more efficient or enjoyable, sometimes both.”

Literacy Debate - Online, R U Really ReadingLiteracy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?
[NYT] EXCERPT: “Books are not Nadia Konyk’s thing. Her mother, hoping to entice her, brings them home from the library, but Nadia rarely shows an interest. Instead, like so many other teenagers, Nadia, 15, is addicted to the Internet…”

Pussies in Beaverton_1217550903627Nike pulls Hyperdunk ads amid criticism
[the sherman foundation] EXCERPT: “Nike said Friday it would pull its ads for its Hyperdunk basketball shoes, responding to criticism that they fed homophobic views.”

Creative Review Monograph_1217551074894Creative Review Monograph
[bantjes] EXCERPT: “This is a really important piece for me. Patrick Burgoyne at Creative Review offered me one of these “Monograph” pieces they send out with subscription…”

Photographers » Blog Archive » Let there be light | Blogs | Reuters.com_1217551117844Let there be light
[blogs.reuters] EXCERPT: “It’s after 9:00 pm on a Sunday night, Centre Court, Wimbledon. I am up on platform B with about 15 other photographers. This position often produces the best celebration photos as players turn and face their family and coaches seated above us upon match point…”

Untitled Document_1217551126512WallKandy
EXCERPT: “WallKandy is an art forum for people who have a passion for the ‘Urban Art’ movement. It covers artist news, releases, street sites & gallery updates and…”

Chet Chat with Chet_1217558853532Columbia Records AdSense LOL
[Chet Chat with Chet] EXCERPT: “As of yesterday they actually had a major piece of real estate on their corporate site…”

Ask H&FJ | Hoefler & Frere-Jones_1217551138888Objectified: A New Film by Gary Hustwit
[Hoefler & Frere-Jones (H&FJ)] EXCERPT: “Ever since director Gary Hustwit invited us to appear in his film Helvetica, life has changed for me and Tobias in two ways. First, we get recognized on the street from time to time (always with the implied aren’t you those type dorks) — but second, and more rewardingly…”

Tap Tap Revenge Approaches 1 Million Users, Music Industry Takes Notice_1217555088351Tap Tap Revenge Approaches 1 Million Users, Music Industry Takes Notice
[tech crunch] EXCERPT: “Tapulous, the company behind Tap Tap Revenge, has announced that the popular iPhone app will hit 1 million installs some time this weekend…”

Nookalookbook08_FIN_03noo look for nooka
[Nooka Blog] EXCERPT: “our noo look book [notice all the lovely double o’s there] went to press this week and we updated the website with the noo photos as well. fashion week is for androids, and it’s no different for the catwalk…”

modernnixiesA Modern Take On Nixie Tube Clocks from BDDW, Chronotronix, Puhlmann and Peter J. Jensen
[if its hip its here] EXCERPT: “Most Nixie tube clocks ordinarily look a little steam punk and a little scientific a la Thomas Dolby. But I found a few companies that make nixie clocks pretty enough for almost anyone’s taste…”

 Communciate With Charm_1217590207418Communciate With Charm
[charlie gower] EXCERPT: “It’s the simple things that make us smile. Good lateral thinking. This is what we need to think about when designing communication services. Keeping it in the here and now. Focus on the the stuff people actually see…”

» Calgary’s scrambling too! • Spacing Toronto • understanding the urban landscape_1217590469869Calgary’s scrambling too!
[Spacing Toronto] EXCERPT: “I’m in Calgary at the moment, en route to Hong Kong. This is a fast-growing, fast-changing city, and there are a couple of interesting changes that I noticed while I was here. One of them is the introduction of two new scramble…”


People interpreting news events and information

Search terms after Earthquake Rattles Southern California Jul 29, 2008

For a couple hours yesterday when people were wondering about news about the earthquake in California, Google Hot Trends showed a list of their top searches. Click HERE for a larger version of the image. Less than 6 or 7 search terms out of 100 didn’t relate to the earthquake which meant that over 90% of what people wanted more info about at the same time was related to the earthquake. I don’t follow search terms that much but from time to time I’ll see small clusters on trends that relate – but nothing like that. If anything a listing like that shows how people interpret news for themselves – no single keyword, but how the events relate to their own personal motivation. In some respects it’s an information architects worst nightmare, but tons of opportunities for interaction design to deliver how people want more info on a topic.

Non flashy flash like muzka video w/ no embedding powers

R.E.M. – Man-Sized Wreath - Directed by Crush

R.E.M. – Man-Sized Wreath - Directed by Crush

R.E.M. – Man-Sized Wreath - Directed by Crush

At the point in the reblogging game if a tech savy band band puts out a video, why not make it easy to share, send or embed? As much as I’m a fan of REM’s new video from Crush called Man-Sized Wreath I’m scratching my head for a flawed strategy to distribute the video. I can only see it on their respective sites – this isn’t 2001 anymore.

In any case – the video is a very satisfying visual watch. I’ve never played the role of motion designer but can still appreciate some of the details w/ out getting lost in the quick transitions or spinning things that usually accompany “flashy” videos. I also appreciated the fact that REM didn’t feel like they needed to be in every shot so they allowed designers to create a story. I’d recommend reading the video notes explaining the concept at

Take your pic on where you want to watch the vid…



Stuff to check out from the last week


It’s a rainy Friday morning over here, I’ve had way too much coffee already and I’m just reviewing stuff that I’ve done over the last week. I thought it might be interesting to try something new and see if it sticks. Every Friday I’ll post some of the more interesting links that have been passed on to me or I’ve just found through other means that I haven’t already blogged about. Most of the sites are already on my delicious site, but making them a bit more readable seems like a good idea.

+ This — more than any other time — is the age of personal expression, for good or bad. Facebook, MySpace, blogging, camera phones, reality tv, etc., etc., etc., have created a worldwide generation of shrewd and shameless self marketers. The internet has become a far reaching and cheap forum for personal projects, visions, and ideas. The niche genre of personal magazines, existing outside the realm of the commercial hoard, has been experimenting with this ethic for years. But, can it, or does it, still have a place in our ever more electronic world? I chat (ironically, via email) with a couple of magazine mavericks, Neil Feineman (original editor of RayGun) in LA and Brit magazine guruJeremy Leslie in the uk, about the state of the personal magazine, and other things too…

Pixel Perfect
+ For a charity auction a few years back, the photographer Patrick Demarchelier donated a private portrait session. The lot sold, for a hundred and fifty thousand dollars, to the wife of a very rich man. It was her wish to pose on the couple’s yacht. “I call her, I say, ‘I come to your yacht at sunset, I take your picture,’ ” Demarchelier recalled not long ago…

Can You Become a Creature of New Habits?
+ HABITS are a funny thing. We reach for them mindlessly, setting our brains on auto-pilot and relaxing into the unconscious comfort of familiar routine. “Not choice, but habit rules the unreflecting herd,” William Wordsworth said in the 19th century. In the ever-changing 21st century, even the word “habit” carries a negative connotation…

Reason Magazine

Why Dell will not bounce back
+ I love Charles Cooper of CNET and I respect the fact that he’s got to print so many column inches per week in order to earn his paycheck but I have to take issue with his latest effort…

110 best books: The perfect library
+ From classics and sci-fi to poetry, biographies and books that changed the world… we present the ultimate reading list…

The Content Manifesto
+ The Content Manifesto is a collection of posts, a conversations and thoughts about the future of content, brands communications and agencies. I’ve started to put a series of posts together…

Love on Girls’ Side of the Saudi Divide
+ RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The dance party in Atheer Jassem al-Othman’s living room was in full swing. The guests — about two dozen girls in their late teens — had arrived, and Ms. Othman and her mother were passing around cups of sweet tea and dishes of dates.

Society of Publication Designers : Pub 43 Winners

Color Project
+ As I mentioned the other day, I’m doing a color project for a lovely couple who are about to get married. They own a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in Mountain View, CA.

Eisenman’s six point plan
+ Peter Eisenman set out his thoughts on architecture at RIAS 2008

A couple notes from Pecha Kucha New York 5 last night


Before anyone got on stage last night for PKNY5 I said to myself that I feel for the presenters. I don’t think any of them were expecting two solid floors of people. I had been to one other Pecha Kucha in Brooklyn last year which was smaller in scale. Comparing the two events I’ve come to some simple conclusions. Presenters should come with three talks prepared. One in their ideal environmental condition (perfect sound, visuals work – everyone sitting and able to see), one that relies more on their auditory (no one can see anything, everyone is standing and moving around), and one where you throw out what you had prepared and react to the audience in front of you. Of all the six minute presenters there was probably three that I can really remember along with a couple phrases here and there thrown in for good measure. I’m not sure if I remember Andrew Andrew’s talk b/c I’ve seen stickers w/ that name on the street or that they seemed best suited for the venue. My favourite acronym mentioned by another speaker was BBT – bombs, blood and tits, and I really don’t think I agree that the periodic chart is the most important piece of graphic design as was suggested by the last speaker of the night, though I might be quoting that wrong. The event wasn’t bad by any means but I actually got more out of just bumping into people that I didn’t know and hearing what they’re up to. It’s too bad some of them weren’t on stage b/c it would have been interesting for them to talk about what they’re finding is interesting today.

It’s now the weekend, you could do something interesting or be stuck in an elevator for almost two days

Up and Then Down - The lives of elevators. from the New Yorker

I was never a patient person and that has only been accelerated since moving to NYC a couple years ago. I hate waiting more than a couple minutes for an elevator. Imagine being stuck in an elevator for a couple minutes, maybe twenty or thirty minutes. What would you do – I’m pretty sure I’d go crazy. Well the above video shows what happens when one man gets stuck in an elevator. Aside from waiting pains I’ve also been in an elevator that dropped a bunch of floors quite quickly. I can’t remember the exact number of floors but I think it may have been at least ten – for more stories like that and the above video there’s a related article from the New Yorker HERE.

via The Strange Attractor

Playing with Twitter’s Character Count and Discovering How Easy it Would be to Turn Flickr into a Blog Platform



flickr as a blog platform

Yesterday I posted a bit of a strange post mentioning the video I saw via eating sandwiches. My original intention was just to mention it on twitter and leave it at that. But when I started typing away I wondered how i could reduce the character count as much as possible. By deleting the space in between words and other symbols I squeezed the line a bit. I also used tinyurl with the via link. So in the end I was able to reduce the character count a bit though the second test was how would it look? By comparing a before and after, the normal spaced version reads and looks better, however the one that reads easier is also a lot easier to ignore. The one long line is different, there’s enough contrast and an understandable system to read the line of text.

I was also curious to see how that twitter post would play out on flickr which is where I originally hosted the images and how it would transfer to an actual blog post. I was actually surprised how well it worked on flickr and not surprised that it was just ok as a real blog post. Before I had thought of doing this test I would never had guessed that flickr could work out as well as it did as a publishing tool, not just a place to upload and share images.

I Want You To Want Me Video by Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar

Design and the Elastic Mind

While I have seen I Want You To Want Me project at MoMA I haven’t actually interacted with it. However after watching the above video and seeing a similar presentation about the installation via AIGA NY Designers Remixed series a couple thoughts come to mind. I would luv to know how long the project took and how they sustained their energy though out. The amount of work that it would have taken to pull it off was quite amazing.

youtube video via information aesthetics

A Black and White Issue?

Image from Poster

While I strongly disagree with some of the sentiment from PSFK’s post Olympics: Do We Burn The Nikes First, Or The Cool Blogs? it also made me consider some other questions in regards to the Olympic Games in Beijing. That question is that if you plan to watch a moment of the Olympics, purchase anything from a corporate sponsor of the games or even follow who wins and looses are you implicitly supporting what a number of protesters are trying to bring to the attention of the world? If you are protesting the Olympics in Beijing yet choose to do any of the following that I mention above is it somewhat hypocritical to criticize others? Is it possible to have it both ways or is everyone responsible to some degree? All comments are welcome as I’m having a hard time balancing the pros and cons myself.

Designing a better system for fire alarms in SoHo…

Fire alarm in our building

Fire alarm in our building

Over at Daylife HQ’s this morning in SoHo (444 Broadway for anyone wanting to visit) the building had a fire alarm. At the time I was listening to Portishead in Portishead quite loudly so for the first couple of seconds I thought the siren was part of a song. Once I realized that wasn’t quite the case I said my goodbye’s on IM and proceeded from the top floor to go outside. Hanging out on the street with a couple other people from Daylife I noticed something interesting. Neither of the buildings that were connected to us had to evacuate. More to the point there was a shoe store that was half in our building and half in another. The even bigger picture was that the entire block was essentially connected. If there had been an actual fire I wonder how the other interconnected buildings would have known that there was a fire? I know absolutely nothing about fire alarm systems but I would have hoped that if one alarm had tripped the buildings connected would have sounded the same alarm.

While I do mention my iPhone a lot on DesignNotes I was happy to see that once again I could take some pictures and upload them to flickr ASAP. Along that same line if there had been some sort of real disaster and people were indeed wondering if I was ok and the cell/wifi towers were working I could send some information both visually and wordy via email, sms that would end up in email, flickr, twitter, facebook and friendfeed in a matter of seconds. Small comfort now if I look back and think that only a couple years ago would have been difficult to do w/ out a laptop and a digital camera.

Attending MIND08: The Design and the Elastic Mind Symposium


Blog posts will be kind of slow tomorrow b/c I’ll be hanging out at MIND08: The Design and the Elastic Mind Symposium. However as long as I have a decent cell connection and my iPhone battery lasts I will be sending quick txt bursts to my twitter account at I’m not too sure what to expect but I’m pretty interested to see how it turns out.

My review of the symposium can now be viewed at

Gardens on the front lawn?

EDIBLE ESTATES: Attack on the Front Lawn

With the likelihood of me planting a garden being slim to none as I live in apartment, I wasn’t entirely sure why I would spend a Friday night listening to a talk at the NYPL about Edible Estates. What I didn’t realize was of all the green or sustainable talks that I’ve been to that were somehow related to design, this one came closest to presenting how unsustainable some of our living patterns currently are. The talk was framed around the book EDIBLE ESTATES: Attack on the Front Lawn by Fritz Haeg who talked about the book while Peter Sellars, Dolores Hayden, Frederick Kaufman and Shamim Momin all presented examples along that theme.

What seemed to be different about this talk compared to other lectures that I’ve been to was in the social role and how that could impact things. I’ve always taken the front yard for granted and if you actually were going to have a garden it would be in the backyard. But my reversing the yard to have the garden in the front, the public interaction is much more of a possibility. Of course growing your own food also reduces the energy needed to live. But with every action is a reaction and gardening is no different. One unpopular idea brought up by Frederick Kaufman was that for these gardens to really not leave any type of footprint without using pesticides or lots of water – they might need to use genetically modified seeds which the crowed hissed at. Another myth that I enjoyed hearing dispelled was about Jane Jacobs and her idealistic 19th century ideals of community by Dolores Hayden.

As with an open mic at the end of the discussion, the audience’s first couple of questions were a bit off topic to the talk at hand. Probably the best question as I was leaving and unfortunately did not hear the entire response to was about laws and if any had been broken by having a garden in a front yard. It sounded like none had been up to this point. Bringing it back to an urban dweller like myself I still did have a hard time thinking that the concept would take off considerably, but as a starting point for further discussion I thought it did a good job.

Love Me, next come the t-shirts – maybe on Etsy?


loveme 2

Shortly after Valentines Day I noticed an interesting scribe of Love Me on a friends flickr site. A couple days after that I saw a different one in SoHo on Mercer St. Since it wasn’t that many days after that luv holiday I thought the person may have just been in a festive mood a left it at that. But last night I saw a new one or at least new to me and while it’s no longer February it still seems fitting. Who doesn’t enjoy the words “Love Me”? That question also got me thinking, what if shirts with the same mark started popping up. I made the above image for illustrative purposes. It wouldn’t be that hard to sell them through a site like Etsy and the shirts would have a decent back story to go along with the creative script. From that scenario I jumped around a bit – what if the person selling the shirts wasn’t the actual artist that was the one making the words outside – would there be any recourse? What if the person outside was the person selling the shirt – they’ve just admitted to a small and lovely crime. Not a huge deal but those kinds of questions got me thinking. Anyhow – I don’t have any background story aside from what I see when I walk through SoHo. If anyone else can help me with more story on the Love Me thing, please drop a line in the comments.

Hanging w/ Nooka

Nooka Zot Aluminum Black

Hanging w/ Nooka

Publishing DesignNotes on a near daily basis over the last couple of years has helped me consider design in a manner that you can’t learn from just reading about it. By being proactive it forces you to always keep your eyes open. When you happen to flip a page and realize that you have no idea what you just read that’s way tougher to do when it’s you writing. Publishing DesignNotes also allows me to talk to interesting people that I otherwise would never had met either through email or actually meeting them in person.

Last night I met w/ Matthew Waldman who’s the founder of Nooka (see watch above). I could go on and on about what I think about the watches but if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you already know that. We had been exchanging emails every once in a while and since his office is pretty close to where I live it seemed weird not meet face to face. It was interesting to see the studio where everyone works (hi Yumi) and see the collection of watches, products and other characters that are being created. One of the things that I learned about UPS that I had never considered was that the trucks at dusk are kind of invisible – or at least that’s what Matthew thinks as he’s almost been hit by a couple. It was also interesting to hear the development of the company and how things have evolved. I saw a really cool wallet that they’re developing that fits in pretty nicely with some of the other watches. We also talked about perhaps doing a joint thing with DesignNotes. Nothing extreme of course and way too soon to mention anything more then that – but stay tuned.

Politcs, Design and Printing?


Hotcards Blog

As mentioned in a previous post or two that I’m watching the US Primaries from the sidelines (ok – so are independents, but…) b/c I’m from Canada I no less find the visual communications of both parties and candidates to be fascinating. Between posters, logos, typefaces and branding there’s a lot to look at. But there’s one thing that until now hasn’t been talked about. There’s the design of all the collateral but what’s the printing side of this? Anne Stewart has started a blog at the printing company that she works at. While the blog is quite new it still has some interesting insights into printing and politics though that isn’t the only thing that is covered. I asked Anne if she’s ever concerned about what to post since it’s part of a business. Her response was kind of refreshing. “One of the great things about the blog I write for Hotcards is that I have pretty much total freedom in terms of my content choices. They don’t want the blog to just shamelessly promote the business, they want it to be a place for people to come together and talk about print and design. So, I can’t be wildly obscene or anything, but they don’t mind stuff like political conspiracy theories or criticism of the oft-times monstrous nature of advertising.” Check it out for yourself at

One more thing (podcast) you should check out

The Age of Persuasion

Over the last couple of years people in Canada have asked me if I’ve ever heard of the CBC Radio One program The Age of Persuasion. I would respond with yes I’ve heard of it, but no I haven’t listened to it. I’ve some how always been doing something around 11:30 Saturday morning without a radio within earshot. I’ve even emailed them asking when their going to podcast their show like most of the other programs on the CBC. At the moment they still aren’t podcasting the program but they’re doing the next best thing. They’re streaming it from the website – so it’s sort of archived and available to listen to when people choose to. I find it amusing that if you still want to listen to the show you have to be connected to a machine and not a portable listening to device.

The reason why I haven’t actually described the program yet is that I had known about the show by reputation but not by the actual content until I started listening to the program this week. The simplest way to describe it is if you’re in a creative field you’ll appreciate how Terry O’Reilly spins his narrative of advertising that is typically rooted in some sort of historical context. Thankfully it doesn’t go into a preechy Canadian way that some radio programs do that seem to come out of the same school of thought as Naomi Klein’s book No Logo. If you’re curious you can listen to this year’s shows so far at

3 Sites That Had Me Thinking

Street fashion photos from street style blogsStreet fashion photos from street style blogs

There were a couple new sites this week that piqued my interest that I hadn’t seen before. How I actually came across the three also speaks to the miscellaneous ways I’m finding information. One site was passed on to me directly through delicious, one site came up at a discussion group that I participated in and the third came from a subscribed mail list. I didn’t get any of this stuff from mainstream media outlets or magazines which is kind of interesting in itself. While the three sites all serve different tasks they all kind of make scanning a lot of information quite quickly. If you’ve read the book Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger you’ll know what I mean – if you haven’t read the book be sure to check it out.

Street fashion photos from street style blogs is exactly what the title claims to be. It’s feeding a number of fashion blogs and the images are collected by tags and cities. You can go visit New York to Vancouver to Oslo extremely fast. Once you click on a photo is sends you to the original blog post from their site.

Instapaper for some reason doesn’t work on my mac firefox browser – so keep that in mind when I talk about this site, if you’re on a pc it probably does work. The simple idea is that while you’re jumping around from one to site to the next you might not have time to read the entire post. Instapaper has a button that you are supposed to be able to drag and drop on to your toolbar. Once you see something you want to save you click on the button that saves it to your own Instapaper page. Once you visit that page you have a couple options, you can read the story, skip the story or delete the story. The log in is incredible simple too – you’ll see what I mean when you try for yourself.

Photos in 10001 | EveryBlock NYC
Photos in 10001 | EveryBlock NYCPhotos in 10001 | EveryBlock NYC
EveryBlock pulls public data to a new level. Depending on where you live there’s a lot of information that can be turned into some interesting facts. On top of that there’s a layer that maps things geographically. There’s a number of interesting categories that you may not think that has public data though apparently they do – like graffiti cleaned, building violations issued, restaurant inspections and fun things like Missed connections from craig’s list and photos being feed from flickr. There’s a bunch more though the restaurant inspections interested me the most.

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