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DesignNotes by Michael Surtees | Testing & Sprinting

Fog this morning

Looking out the window this morning I kind of wished I had shot something from street level. As fast as this fog was here it was gone as I was […]

Collecting all my images from #walkingtoworktoday in 2010

Looking back to see when I first tagged a photo with #walkingtoworktoday was October 19, 2009. It was the start of a project that was a continuation of a talk […]

Welcome to 2011

After reading about this tradition a couple years ago, I decided to start my own New Years tradition by visiting the Empire State Building during the first day of the […]

It’s been a good year for creative people to make the best of a bad weather situation

It’s been a good year for creative people to make the best of a bad weather situation. First there were the stories of people being stranded because of Eyjafjallajökull volcano […]

Trying to Design the Perfect Remote Control for TV

Over the past year I’ve spent a ton of time working & thinking about an option to experience TV on the iPad. There’s a lot of great things that can […]

Blizzageddon 2010

Last year there was Snowpocalypse 2009, this year it was Blizzageddon 2010. The storm came on the 26th of December and didn’t really stop till the next day. The first […]

Why Flash should not be used for support pages

Over the weekend I discovered why Flash shouldn’t be used for support pages. I’ve been having brutal issues with Time Warner as an internet service provider. My connection is insanely […]

Recording my design process for an all encompassing multi platform app for @SWITCHED

Because I’m a hybrid designer of sorts, it has always been a long conversation for me to convey what I do. As I explain parts of the process, people nod […]

Looking at Independent Art Books and Fashion Magazines Online

Going through No Layout is sort of like visiting Printed Matter in NYC. Both have a ton of visual things to look at and flip through though the biggest difference […]

Looking at FlickStackr for the iPad & New York Times on Chrome

I’ve started studying apps like FlickStackr for the iPad & newyorktimes.com/chrome among among others. This is a really exciting time to be a designer because it seems like every couple […]

Stuff That I Liked In 2010 (Links from other Sites)

Clicking around my blog last night I started to notice that I was clicking on some of my favourite Link Drop links. As I was doing that I figured it […]

Almost Unfair to Bash Magazines on iPads at this Point…

After buying Project from Virgin (see above image) I’ve almost bought the first issue of most blog worthy iPad magazine apps. I bought Wired, Glamor, New York Magazine, the New […]

Stuff that I liked in 2010 (the Music Edition–Top Albums)

This year I thought I change up my reviews a bit. In the past I’ve diagramed the top ten in terms of release dates and the type of music it […]

Stuff that I liked in 2010 (the Product Edition)

The years is almost up so I figured I’d take a look at some of the things that I actually bought and list them. I decided to list it alphabetically […]

Looking at the @Nooka Zub Zayu & Interview with Matthew Waldman

Publisher’s Note: Anyone that’s visited this blog knows that I try to mention Nooka as much as possible without over killing it. They’ll also note that there’s an ad from […]

Billy Joel On Howard Stern

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 I’ve never been a huge fan of musician’s interviews back in the day when it was forced. For […]

Streaming Music to my iPhone

To be honest I thought hyping the Beatles landing on iTunes was not really a big deal—though it looks like the sales would suggest otherwise. In the iTunes top twenty […]

LINK DROP: November 6th through Today (November, 13th 2010)

Another busy week flew by, managed to do a couple new things to keep life interesting. I found a lot of product related stuff with a slight nod to tech. […]

Today in “Process: Obstructed” for @Switched

A couple of days ago Chad Mumm, a producer for The Engadget Show emailed me asking if I would be interested in being part of the filming of “Process: Obstructed” […]

Comparing, Reviewing and Talking about Product Experiences

Anyone that visits this blog once in a while or follows me on Twitter finds out pretty quickly that I’m a big fan of my iPad. I actually want a […]

This week #walkingtoworktoday from my POV

November 1, 2010 at 9.32am EDT: A wig for the rest of the year #walkingtoworktoday November 2, 2010 at 9.30am EDT: JOA Type in the House #Walkingtoworktoday November 3, 2010 […]

LINK DROP from October 31st through Today (November 5th, 2010)

This was one of those weeks where I’ve been thinking about the language of digital, screens, surfaces and everything else that is doing stuff connected to a larger network. It’s […]

It Only Takes One Great Question (or maybe 21) to Follow that Makes Quora Valuable

Why is mobile the future? What can we learn about the failure (for now) of Google Wave? Design: What things do you do to challenge yourself to be a better […]

A Couple Notes from Marian Bantjes talk for the AIGANY

For the majority of people in attendance last night, Marian gave the perfect talk. It was effortlessly paced, she balanced personal observations with real work and inspired a lot of […]

This week #walkingtoworktoday from my POV

October 25, 2010 at 9.32am EDT: I can get so much further using this lane for #walkingtoworktoday October 26, 2010 at 9.10am EDT: urban pumpkin patch #walkingtoworktoday October 27, 2010 […]

LINK DROP from October 23rd through Today (October 30th, 2010)

Gotta keep the editor notes quick this week—need to run soon. Every once in a while I’ll make note about time though this week and month seriously went by so […]

Blackboard vs Whiteboard

Anyone that does a lot of design work will find themselves in front of a whiteboard from time to time. I even have a mini Muji version with me by […]

I’m just going to embed this because I can

Embarrassed to say how many times I’ve watched/listened to this since last night…

Bending Music Borders Through Simple Technologies like Gift Cards & Air Balloons

Spotify Worldwide SWITCHED: Weather Balloon Servers Could Take Pirate Party to the Air A couple unrelated posts if combined showed an interesting pattern of circumventing the traditional ways of listening […]

Opportunity through Constraint, Looking at iA Writer’s Keyboard

I kind of tried avoiding the iPad app iA Writer right after the release as I read tons of blog posts about it. At the time I wasn’t sure if […]

REVIEW COPY: One Million by Hendrik Hertzberg

I was recently contacted by John Clifford of Think Studio in NYC who designed the cover of the book Graphic that I reviewed a couple weeks ago. He and Herb […]

This Week’s #walkingtoworktoday from My POV (October 18th through October 22nd, 2010)

October 18, 2010 at 8.48am EDT: About to get hit by a UPS truck this morning #walkingtoworktoday October 19, 2010 at 9.37am EDT: Tips are good karma #walkingtoworktoday October 20, […]

LINK DROP from October 18th through 22nd 2010

I can’t believe it’s already been a week since my staycation was over and had to change gears with what’s going on outside the blogosphere. And October is almost over […]

Using Flickr as a Blog

Recently I noticed a couple friends using Flickr essentially as a blog where there’s a decent amount of text corresponding to the images. James added a playlist (which is worth […]

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