Family finds missing Daughter in Haiti on Daylife Photo Page

Back in the day when most design wasn’t digital it wasn’t easy to see if and how people interacted with the completed work. Now that everything is just about online a person can get a decent understanding of how a person interacts with a web site if the right measuring metrics are put in place. … Continue reading Family finds missing Daughter in Haiti on Daylife Photo Page

A @Daylife Update: SmartSections and SmartTopics Launch

It’s been a while since I mentioned what was going on at Daylife where I work. Continuing with the editorial ability to manage and publish photos with SmartGalleries, we have now released SmartSections and SmartTopics to round out our SmartMedia tool set for publisher. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that publishers are being asked … Continue reading A @Daylife Update: SmartSections and SmartTopics Launch

Working on Getty Images SmartGalleries by Daylife

For the last couple of months I haven’t been mentioning much about Daylife. The main reason was we’ve been working on a new product called SmartGalleries. It’s a product that gives a lot of control to publishers to curate and manage photo galleries. They can be 100% hand curated, 100% dynamically generated or a combination … Continue reading Working on Getty Images SmartGalleries by Daylife

Daylife Beta Topic Page: Kate Moss

A couple weeks ago Daylife made some significant design and backend releases that I was quite happy to be involved with. (In reality everyone at Daylife played a significant role getting this out) I didn’t want to mention it too much until today because we just released our new Topic Beta Page. Above is what … Continue reading Daylife Beta Topic Page: Kate Moss

Latest Daylife Select Release

Very early this morning Daylife (where I work as the Design Director) released its latest version of Daylife Select at http://select.daylife.com/. As iterations go, I’m very happy with the additions that we all made. The home page, navigation bar, quote detail page all received extra attention and serve’s a lot more functionality. I was also … Continue reading Latest Daylife Select Release

REDUX: Nightlife @ Daylife: Jeff Jarvis and “What Would Google Do?

WWGD? – The PowerPoint View more presentations from jeffjarvis. (tags: buzzmachine business) Last Thursday we at Daylife presented Jeff Jarvis talking about his new book What Would Google Do? We got a bigger response than we expected so we’re holding one more event this Thursday February 12, 2009. You can get more info about the … Continue reading REDUX: Nightlife @ Daylife: Jeff Jarvis and “What Would Google Do?

Nightlife @ Daylife: Jeff Jarvis and “What Would Google Do?

I thought I would pass on this info just in case you haven’t seen this event via me or anyone else that works at Daylife in Facebook. I’m kind of curious to see how we’re going to fit everyone in as it is – but it should be interesting to hear. Hearing Clay Shirky talk … Continue reading Nightlife @ Daylife: Jeff Jarvis and “What Would Google Do?

Daylife Select Release

A couple weeks ago I mentioned the release of Daylife Select on the blog. This is an updated post following our latest release. I want to preface this a bit by mentioning that a lot of people at Daylife made the latest version at http://select.daylife.com kicks some serious ass and I’m just one person that … Continue reading Daylife Select Release

Check out Select.Daylife.com

This is a post that I could spend months writing, but to keep things manageable I’ll try to be brief. Daylife (whom I work for) launched a major release last night at http://select.daylife.com that I’m pretty hyped about. Up until last week I have barely mentioned Daylife b/c I’ve been working on the Select project … Continue reading Check out Select.Daylife.com

BusinessWeek: Redirecting the Web’s News Stream, Daylife’s online aggregation model could help drive traffic to Old Media

Thanks to the ongoing digitization of, well, everything, the economics of news has gotten onerous. But the optimistic view is that what the Web takes, it may one day give back. At least that’s what those behind news aggregator Daylife put forth. Daylife is one of many players that automatically assemble news from multiple sources … Continue reading BusinessWeek: Redirecting the Web’s News Stream, Daylife’s online aggregation model could help drive traffic to Old Media

Daylife Redesign Part One

For the last couple of months I’ve been busy at Daylife as the Design Director. I haven’t really said much here on DesignNotes about what that has entailed until now. Late last night a new version of www.Daylife.com was released. It is by no means a complete redesign and there’s a lot more releases of … Continue reading Daylife Redesign Part One

Portfolio

Michael Surtees is a product design director and practitioner of user experience design (UXD) based in NYC. He has been fortunate to work with many great companies such as Forbes, Thomson Reuters, Panasonic, AIGA National, Optimum Cable, Nooka, Daylife, Etsy and Undercurrent among many others. Currently he is the head of design at Dataminr for … Continue reading Portfolio

Thank You @Behaviordesign, I’m Grateful for the Opportunity You Gave Me

Sitting in the large conference room with Chris and Jeff a couple weeks ago, I gave them the news that I was stepping down from Behavior. I don’t think they were completely surprised as it was kind of unusual for me to ask to meet them both pretty early in the morning. I mentioned it … Continue reading Thank You @Behaviordesign, I’m Grateful for the Opportunity You Gave Me

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 that was an extension of another photo project that was born from another project. Getting to this point has been an evolution to say the … Continue reading Collecting all my images from #walkingtoworktoday in 2010

Talking about Scaling Personalities at How to Build Great Products: Insights

Even if I hadn’t been invited to How to Build Great Products: Insights I would have probably attended. There was a number of products & brands that I think are doing things better than everyone else. There was Kickstarter, Foursquare, Chartbeat, Buzzfeed and Huffingtonpost among many others. It was really exciting to be able to … Continue reading Talking about Scaling Personalities at How to Build Great Products: Insights

#walkingtoworktoday

#Walkingtoworktoday is an ongoing photo documentation project open to anyone. The guidelines are pretty simple. 1.Take an image while walking to work. 2. Post that image to flickr and tag the image with walkingtoworktoday (all one word). 3. Tweet the title of the image with the hash tag #walkingtoworktoday along with a link to the … Continue reading #walkingtoworktoday

Looking at the Redesign of the @Nooka Website

I’ve been really lucky in 2010 so far. It has also been incredibly busy. While transitioning from Daylife and before starting at Behavior I had the opportunity to work with one of my favourite brands to design their new site in terms of UX. I’m not a huge fan of the word UX as I … Continue reading Looking at the Redesign of the @Nooka Website

Why I’m evolving Design Notes to Design Noted

I’ve decided to stop publishing Design Notes as it currently is. I’ve wanted to evolve what the blog was for a while now. I’ve been testing out a couple ideas for the past couple of months. I tried a new site for Link Drop Today, and recently started asking people about a name change for … Continue reading Why I’m evolving Design Notes to Design Noted

My Parsons Design IV Presentation is Up

Parson's Design IV Presentation: Unexpected Narratives and Creating the Right Conditions View more presentations from michaelSurtees. I’ve posted my presentation that I prepared for Parson’s Design IV class. It’s quite similar to the talk that I did in Dallas for the AIGA in February though I shuffled the order up for a more appropriate context … Continue reading My Parsons Design IV Presentation is Up

Recording a Normal Week One Photograph at a Time

A couple weeks ago I received an interesting invitation out of the blue. Kevin Boothe who currently is in Paris on an exchange with Parsons and OCAD asked me if I wanted to be a part of his series titled Weeklies. While the concept manifests itself in a number of ways, Kevin asked me to … Continue reading Recording a Normal Week One Photograph at a Time

Design Notes from my AIGA Dallas talk on Unexpected Narratives and Creating the Right Conditions

Unexpected Narratives and Creating the Right Conditions Last Thursday I traveled from NYC to Dallas to Arlington to hang with the AIGA Dallas Fort Worth Chapter and present a talk I titled Unexpected Narratives and Creating the Right Conditions. Jimmy Ball and the the Chapter treated me extremely well and made the experience great for … Continue reading Design Notes from my AIGA Dallas talk on Unexpected Narratives and Creating the Right Conditions

Link Drop from 01.23.10 to 01.29.10

Listening to a couple helpful comments about what they liked from Link Drop in the past I’ve made some changes. For the time being I’ll be posting each link to http://linkdroptoday.com/ and collecting all the posts on Friday here. I’ve decided to bring back my mind mapping of topics that I came across while collecting … Continue reading Link Drop from 01.23.10 to 01.29.10

Undecided about that old iPad Thing

After watching the iPad demo yesterday I was going back and fourth yes/no/maybe about getting one. In the end I’ll probably go with the low end version because I can, and I want something mobile to read pdfs, but as a tool to publish I don’t think it’s there. Their whole book publishing/reading metaphor is … Continue reading Undecided about that old iPad Thing

Link Drop Today Release Notes

URL http://linkdroptoday.com Background For the past year and half I’ve been posting a curated set of links that I found interesting. Others eventually found that list helpful and started coming back each Friday to see what I was looking around at. I called it Link Drops. I experimented with just about every way of displaying … Continue reading Link Drop Today Release Notes

A Simple Post About Txting Donations to Haiti

I’m almost back to a normal blog posting schedule after being in Canada for the past couple of days. While I wasn’t on a digital cleanse it did feel that way at some times. In Canada I did have my laptop but wasn’t always able to use it because I didn’t know the wifi passwords … Continue reading A Simple Post About Txting Donations to Haiti

I’ve talked enough: the Best of Design Notes in 2009 Link Drop Style

JANUARY on Football and Chess (and design) A couple days ago I came across a great twitter comment from Geoff Manaugh of bldgblog in which he mentions “Football as a series of contradictory landscape strategies: analytic geometry. Competing ways of using a nd filling space.” I’m a fan of both North American football and soccer … Continue reading I’ve talked enough: the Best of Design Notes in 2009 Link Drop Style

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