NYT Article announcing Dataminr for News: Earlier this year, several producers at CNN received an alert from a new digital news gathering tool that they were testing: A teenager in Los Angeles had posted a tweet saying that the pop music heartthrob Justin Bieber had been arrested.
CNN’s Los Angeles bureau followed up on the tip by calling the appropriate local precinct. The police confirmed that Mr. Bieber had just been arrested on burglary charges, but wanted to know how the cable news network could possibly have known that.
The answer is Dataminr, a software tool designed specifically to analyze billions of Twitter postings for patterns that could indicate breaking news. On Tuesday, Dataminr becomes commercially available to news organizations, some of which — like CNN and Gannett — have already been testing the software.
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One of my goals when I wanted to move to NYC was to start a company. With Gesture Theory I was able to complete that unattainable goal that I dared to consider many years ago. Gesture Theory lasted two years and we worked on projects that I had previously not come close to working on.
It all started with a simple conversation a couple years ago with Roy. We had worked together for a couple years prior at Daylife. When he asked me to consider leaving Behavior to start something, the first feeling that struck me was the same gut reaction when I decided to leave everything in Canada to move here. It was basically “how could I not do it”? I would never be able to guess what might come down the road and I knew I would regret the decision if I didn’t go through with it.
Gesture Theory started in January 2011. By the end of the first year we had a decent studio space in Soho, building products for some well known and respected clients, and building both products for our selves at the same time. I wouldn’t have traded it for anything in the world. There were challenges as there always is with running a business but there was something deeply satisfying knowing that things were on our shoulders to get the work done.
Learning from the first year 2012 exploded with business. I thought nothing could go wrong. I’ve learned now that when that type of emotion comes into play things could drastically change in an instant around a blind corner. That blind corner hit in the spring. Within a couple days I was informed that a new company was taking over the studio space and that Gesture Theory had thirty days to move. A couple days after that Roy let me know that he had accepted an offer from a colleague of his to move to SF to be in Y-Combinator and that he could no longer have an active roll in Gesture Theory. It was a kick to the gut that I never saw coming nor knew how to react to. If it hadn’t been for my former wife I don’t know how I would have survived those first couple of days.
The months after that seriously questioned why on earth I wanted to start a company. It didn’t matter what I did, things just went from bad to worse. What I went through and was feeling were things I wouldn’t want my worst enemy to go through. There was no option, I had to finish up projects so I could say goodbye to Gesture Theory. I wasn’t interested at the time continuing on by myself.
The summer was pretty bad but as fall was approaching things finally started to click. I ended up finding a great company that had more potential than I had ever seen before. Dataminr had access to Twitter’s firehose which in turn was focused on building products for the financial sector. The team was like no one else I had worked with. Really smart people that could be trusted. The UI needed a lot of work which excited me a lot. I could really help with building the next version.
I wanted to finally write this post about Gesture Theory as there’s a lot of stuff being released with Dataminr. Due to the competitive nature of the financial sector along with expanding into government and news I won’t be talking much about the upcoming products.
It was awful having to say goodbye but I would never had been able to create the experiences and learning lessons any other way. I still have a couple case studies that I want to write about the work at Gesture Theory. But for now I’m enjoying the time looking forward.]]>
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 was kind of bittersweet to be leaving. I had the opportunity to work on what I would consider a dream iPad app project (that’s in it’s final stages before being released), but I also had the opportunity to start working with a business partner that I worked closely with at the startup Daylife to begin Gesture Theory. Working on an awesome project vs having the chance to do something that I’ve worked my entire life to get to.
To the credit of Chris, Jeff and everyone else at Behavior, they’ve been incredibly supportive of my move and have made my final weeks really nice. I’m sad that I’m leaving but the opportunity that I have in front of me was impossible to ignore. Of any design studio in NYC, Behavior was my top choice. If things had turned out differently and I had been working somewhere else, and the opportunity to work at Behavior had opened up to me, I would have taken that shot to work with them. I never felt the other way around. There was never a place that I wanted to go to. When I did accept the offer to work at Behavior a year ago, I knew it was probably going to be the last studio I worked at. I didn’t know what was going to happen after that to be honest. However I did know what ever happened next I was going to be prepared after working with really smart people.
I think I learned of Behavior during my first year working in NYC going through someone’s delicious links of studios. It immediately stood as place that was smart, understood design and did great work. Over time I came across the blog Graphpaper. I didn’t know who was behind it at the time but found the writing to be pretty smart. Later on some guy named askrom started following me on Twitter. Over time we’d go back and forth talking about design over on Twitter and eventually had lunch. Once we met face to face, askrom turned out to be none other than ChrisFahey. All the dots connected, he was the guy behind Graphpaper and was a partner at Behavior. I really didn’t know that at the time. We stayed in touch as people usually do after they meet up online. I’d bump into him at talks from time to time and we’d say hi.
A year later I went to a talk at SVA about the site redesign of NPR that my friend Callie Neylan was a part of. Afterwards there was a dinner that Callie invited me to, and out of a total fluke I sat beside Chris. We had an awesome convo during dinner. I think the next morning I checked out the Behavior site and noticed that they we looking to hire people. I dm’d Chris, he set up a couple meetings and I eventually found myself at the place I had wanted to work at for a pretty long time.
Probably the most difficult thing for me over the past year was not writing much about what I was doing on this blog. Even when I would dive deep into a topic it was hard to mention it because those ideas were going into proposals and for stuff that had not been released yet. When I was at Daylife I could talk about releases because already public. I don’t think I’ve even showed one thing publicly that I’ve had the opportunity to work on yet at Behavior. That will change when the app is released, but for the time being you’ll have to trust me that I’ve become a very different designer from a year ago in both knowledge and understanding of design thanks to the people that have shared their knowledge with me. For those designer’s out there that in the future find themselves trying to decide whether they should work at Behavior or a competitor, I couldn’t recommend them enough. They gave me an opportunity that I won’t forget and will try to encourage the same attitude at my firm.]]>
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 least. 2010 was the first full year that I was able to take a look back at all my shots for #walkingtoworktoday. There wasn’t much of a master plan for me except to keep my eyes open as I walked to work. By tagging it, posting it to Flickr and mentioning it on Twitter allowed me to create a stream that anyone could opt in or out at any time. People from quite a few countries have taken part which has been cool to see. I don’t plan to stop anytime soon. Just as the above quote mentions, I can not recommend try to do something consistently on a daily basis. Looking back over the last year to see how things have progressed was a really valuable learning experience.
As I was going through all my photos it was fascinating to see what trends and patterns emerged on a semi subconscious level. Going through an entire year also allowed me to see how things changed with work, changing of camera technology while walking through four seasons of cold, heat, rain, snow, sun and damn humidity. Typical street life during the morning for me consisted of shooting bikes, taxis, posters, street art & marks, people in bad weather and various reflections among other miscellaneous things that can often be taken for granted.
At the start of 2011 I used my iPhone 3Gs and the Lecia D Lux 3 occasionally. In early July I bought a Lumix GF1, using a 20mm Aspherical Lens. It was amazing to see how the type of photos I shot changed along with the image quality. I recently picked up a 14–45mm lens which will add some ability that I didn’t have before. So this time next year it will be helpful to compare where I decided to take things. Below are all my 2010 #walkingtowork images dated with caption. Above is the slideshow version.
January 4, 2010: back to #walkingtoworktoday for a couple until I head to Canada
January 5, 2010: big fuzzy hat thing near FIT #walkingtoworktoday
January 6, 2010: type coffee #walkingtoworktoday
January 18, 2010: took some time off, now it’s back to #walkingtoworktoday
January 19, 2010: retro Ducati type while #walkingtoworktoday
January 20, 2010: new closed clothes store #walkingtoworktoday
January 21, 2010: big wheatpaste shoe on the wall #walkingtoworktoday
January 22, 2010: different route #walkingtoworktoday
January 25, 2010: there’s a lake forming on Broome st #walkingtoworktoday
January 26, 2010: dudes putting up a billboard #walkingtoworktoday
January 27, 2010: xmas tree at Washington Sq Park getting chopped up and taken down #walkingtoworktoday
January 28, 2010: Flatiron snow day #walkingtoworktoday
January 29, 2010: .@jim_joe is everywhere, even mercer st. #walkingtoworktoday
February 1, 2010: interesting way to split some typography up #walkingtoworktoday
February 2, 2010: van guy parked on the crosswalk #walkingtoworktoday
February 3, 2010: snow in Washington Square Park #walkingtoworktoday
February 8, 2010: improvised walk sign #walkingtoworktoday
February 9, 2010: to set #walkingtoworktoday
February 10, 2010: yes I was #walkingtoworktoday in the snow
February 11, 2010: i pretty much only buy campers because of wet sidewalk days like today #walkingtoworktoday
February 12, 2010: window biking #walkingtoworktoday
February 15, 2010: road blocks dressed in tin foil acting as Hershey kisses #walkingtoworktoday
February 16, 2010: umbrella people #walkingtoworktoday in soho
February 17, 2010: random Houston St pics #walkingtoworktoday
February 18, 2010: thanks for the well wishes today, you know who you are #walkingtoworktoday
February 19, 2010: city bakery coffee action #walkingtoworktoday
February 22, 2010: NYC Hieroglyphics #walkingtoworktoday
February 23, 2010: I’d like to think my M.O. is like this someday #walkingtoworktoday
February 24, 2010: cool robots at Paul Smith #walkingtoworktoday
February 25, 2010: gray skies are going to be turning sunny soon #walkingtoworktoday
February 26, 2010: all this snow is making me think of Canada #walkingtoworktoday
March 2, 2010: a truck went through some barriers at washington sq park and almost hit the monument #walkingtoworktoday
March 4, 2010: I think we’re pushing the big metaphor a bit too hard here #walkingtoworktoday
March 5, 2010: park type #walkingtoworktoday
March 8, 2010: truck that is closed #walkingtoworktoday
March 9, 2010: one of my fav. buildings in soho #walkingtoworktoday
March 10, 2010: last Wednesday #walkingtoworktoday to @Daylife before new adventures
March 11, 2010: last Thursday #walkingtoworktoday on Crosby St
March 12, 2010: last Friday #walkingtoworktoday looking across the street at Daylife hq (5flr)
March 18, 2010: car trying to run over me while #walkingtoworktoday
March 19, 2010: in Dumbo #walkingtoworktoday
March 22, 2010: pylons and an unmasked wall #walkingtoworktoday
March 23, 2010: corner of 31st and 6th #walkingtoworktoday
March 24, 2010: not enough sleep, let’s try again. Leafs spotted for the first time #walkingtoworktoday
March 25, 2010: bear with a smile coffee lid looking at me #walkingtoworktoday
March 26, 2010: lost cat poster #walkingtoworktoday
March 29, 2010: redesigned lost cat poster #walkingtoworktoday
March 30, 2010: need some coffee asap #walkingtoworktoday
March 31, 2010: I go by this place everyday and wonder who shops here #walkingtoworktoday
April 1, 2010: more from the series who shops here #walkingtoworktoday
April 2, 2010: nothing but blue sky #walkingtoworktoday
April 5, 2010: bike guy about to run over me #walkingtoworktoday
April 6, 2010: looking up on 31st #walkingtoworktoday
April 7, 2010: fancy nokia display #walkingtoworktoday
April 8, 2010: ooooo going down the elevator #walkingtoworktoday
April 9, 2010: off registered bitmap side ad #walkingtoworktoday
April 12, 2010: infinite number of fancy watches #walkingtoworktoday
April 13, 2010: lunchtime #walkingtoworktoday
April 14, 2010: bubble wraped elephanted chained to a door #walkingtoworktoday
April 15, 2010: corner of 28th st sans coffee, line stupid long at stumptown this morning #walkingtoworktoday
April 16, 2010: the no parking sign wasn’t working so they added some spray paint #walkingtoworktoday
April 19, 2010: four twenty day #walkingtoworktoday
April 20, 2010: parkway near Behavior #walkingtoworktoday
April 21, 2010: behind the exit door #walkingtoworktoday
April 22, 2010: heavy traffic with Obama in town #walkingtoworktoday
April 23, 2010: out the apt door this morning #walkingtoworktoday
April 27, 2010: in front of the dollar store #walkingtoworktoday
April 28, 2010: sign at Eisenberg’s #walkingtoworktoday
April 29, 2010: D. B. Foot Presses #walkingtoworktoday
April 30, 2010: Shepard Fairey mural beside the ace hotel on 29th st #walkingtoworktoday
May 3, 2010: umbrella guy #walkingtoworktoday
May 4, 2010: wig people #walkingtoworktoday
May 5, 2010: required reading for the day of design #walkingtoworktoday
May 6, 2010: street furniture chair I doubt will be highlighted during ICFF #walkingtoworktoday
May 7, 2010: Dieuf Dieul #walkingtoworktoday
May 10, 2010: speeding boxes #walkingtoworktoday
May 11, 2010: it’s faster to use the bike lane #walkingtoworktoday
May 12, 2010: umbrella in the drizzle #walkingtoworktoday
May 13, 2010: fancy glove time #walkingtoworktoday
May 14, 2010: is there a name for this kind of distressed address van typography #walkingtoworktoday
May 17, 2010: Edy’s Barbershop, $10 and up #walkingtoworktoday
May 18, 2010: beige people #walkingtoworktoday
May 19, 2010: buonaiudrnata #walkingtoworktoday
May 20, 2010: there’s still a couple posters floating around town #walkingtoworktoday
May 21, 2010: marketing people are so creative #walkingtoworktoday
May 24, 2010: analogue weather signage at the ace hotel #walkingtoworktoday
May 25, 2010: the stuff that people can buy wholesale is mind blowing #walkingtoworktoday
May 26, 2010: what a street ATM looks like open and probably robbed #walkingtoworktoday
May 27, 2010: I’ve been passing this sign for a week now #walkingtoworktoday
May 28, 2010: newspapers still exist, they’re just in different languages #walkingtoworktoday
June 1, 2010: more questions in retailing, who buys this stuff #walkingtoworktoday
June 2, 2010: dodging traffic on 23rd & 5th #walkingtoworktoday
June 3, 2010: head down #walkingtoworktoday
June 4, 2010: More van type: Mouride Touba #walkingtoworktoday
June 7, 2010: sunny taxi action #walkingtoworktoday
June 8, 2010: the asterix is the new voice bubble #walkingtoworktoday
June 9, 2010: ups zipping by #walkingtoworktoday
June 10, 2010: back when tech was simpler #walkingtoworktoday
June 11, 2010: my view is a bit sideways today #walkingtoworktoday
June 14, 2010: adding a bit of black to my orange #walkingtoworktoday
June 15, 2010: crossing the street #walkingtoworktoday
June 16, 2010: red bull cars everywhere #walkingtoworktoday
June 17, 2010: on bleeker #walkingtoworktoday
June 18, 2010: enjoying the morning #walkingtoworktoday triptych after a great @creativemorning at @moma
June 21, 2010: out front of Behavior this morning #walkingtoworktoday
June 22, 2010: backside of the Flatiron Building #walkingtoworktoday
June 23, 2010: bike courier waiting for the call #walkingtoworktoday
June 24, 2010: back in soho #walkingtoworktoday
June 25, 2010: back at grumpy on 20th this morning #walkingtoworktoday
June 28, 2010: heat vs patience, decided to suffer in line at Starbucks rather than the heat #walkingtoworktoday
June 29, 2010: because I was carrying two iced coffees, this was all I could shoot #walkingtoworktoday
June 30, 2010: I like this type #walkingtoworktoday
July 1, 2010: street washer action shot #walkingtoworktoday
July 2, 2010: heading back on 5th #walkingtoworktoday
July 6, 2010: required drinking while #walkingtoworktoday
July 8, 2010: bike & dollies docked at a subway entrance #walkingtoworktoday
July 9, 2010: Newsstand #walkingtoworktoday
Madison Square Garden at 8:25 am #walkingtoworktoday
July 12, 2010: park near where I work #walkingtoworktoday
July 14, 2010: Phone Repair on Broadway #walkingtoworktoday
July 15, 2010: beat the rain to sNice on Sullivan & was checking out some bottle art #walkingtoworktoday
July 15, 2010: Funky Letter A #walkingtoworktoday
July 16, 2010: Couldn’t decide on which pic to use of moi for #walkingtoworktoday, so here’s 4
July 20, 2010: Guy in Yellow Rain Bag #walkingtoworktoday
July 21, 2010: Cash Only ~atm in the lobby~ #walkingtoworktoday
July 21, 2010: Corner of 30th st & Broadway (I think) #walkingtoworktoday
July 22, 2010: Looking up down the block #walkingtoworktoday
July 23, 2010: bike wrapped around a pole #walkingtoworktoday
July 26, 2010: Help a Stranger Today sticker on Marky Mark’s Head #walkingtoworktoday
July 27, 2010: A message on the side of a street cleaner in NYC #walkingtoworktoday
July 28, 2010: when Twitter and tagging meet in the subway #walkingtoworktoday
July 29, 2010: Open with flair #walkingtoworktoday
July 30, 2010: Awesome morning sans humidity #walkingtoworktoday on 5th ave
August 2, 2010: Looking up on the street #walkingtoworktoday
August 3, 2010: I’m on the LIRR #walkingtoworktoday
August 4, 2010: skateboard & lines in parallel #walkingtoworktoday
August 5, 2010: I wonder if this brings people into the stores #walkingtoworktoday
August 6, 2010: waiting for my iced coffee outside #walkingtoworktoday
August 9, 2010: Police escort in front of the McDonalds #walkingtoworktoday
August 10, 2010: Modern day phone listings by a power outlet #walkingtoworktoday
August 11, 2010: I’m a type fan—I’ve always liked these blocky numbers & letters on the side of cabs #walkingtoworktoday
August 12, 2010: Special Parfumes, 3 for $10 #walkingtoworktoday
August 13, 2010: 100% Human Hair #walkingtoworktoday
August 17, 2010: an arrow that is trying too hard #walkingtoworktoday
August 18, 2010: 29 in spokes #walkingtoworktoday
August 19, 2010: Yellow caution tape #walkingtoworktoday
August 20, 2010: ce n’est pas un vélo #walkingtoworktoday
August 23, 2010: looking down #walkingtoworktoday
August 24, 2010: looking above Madison Square Garden from a different angle #walkingtoworktoday
August 25, 2010: NYC sidewalk water fountain #walkingtoworktoday
August 26, 2010: silver foil key to the city #walkingtoworktoday
August 27, 2010: On Sale $20.00 #walkingtoworktoday
August 30, 2010: a couple layers of type #walkingtoworktoday
August 31, 2010: accidental uphill minimalist #walkingtoworktoday
September 1, 2010: noticed NYC TV Life using QR Code on bus stop billboard #walkingtoworktoday
September 2, 2010: biker flying by #walkingtoworktoday
September 3, 2010: unfocused triangle flags flying by #walkingtoworktoday
September 7, 2010: Took a trip to Brooklyn this morning to shoot something for Salon.com #walkingtoworktoday (Fulton & S Portland)
September 8, 2010: quick tagged heart seen #walkingtoworktoday
September 9, 2010: free for all #walkingtoworktoday on 6th
September 10, 2010: 5 layers of black (plus b/w image) in the apt elevator before #walkingtoworktoday
September 13, 2010: cropped repetitive type poster #walkingtoworktoday
September 14, 2010: the outside urban office #walkingtoworktoday
September 15, 2010: a real drop shadow #walkingtoworktoday
September 16, 2010: “think the gym is bad and boring…” poster #walkingtoworktoday
September 17, 2010: Subtle Empire State Building Inside a Mack Truck #walkingtoworktoday
September 20, 2010: bulk hats & people heads inside the window #walkingtoworktoday
September 21, 2010: Lots of free going on #walkingtoworktoday
September 22, 2010: #walkingtoworktoday through the flower jungle
September 23, 2010: drive by bus wheel #walkingtoworktoday
September 24, 2010: wfh on a cloudy day outside my window as I’m #walkingtoworktoday
September 27, 2010: no parking in the rain #walkingtoworktoday
September 28, 2010: #walkingtoworktoday by the dollar store
September 29, 2010: ribbon + pylon + construction = my birthday #walkingtoworktoday
September 30, 2010: remnants of the “think the gym is bad and boring…” poster #walkingtoworktoday
October 1, 2010: Not #walkingtoworktoday, at #productfall10
October 4, 2010: 3 people behind the sign #walkingtoworktoday
October 5, 2010: Nice type from the John Dory Oyster Bar #walkingtoworktoday
October 6, 2010: underground ST tile #walkingtoworktoday
October 7, 2010: digital or analog arrow system? #walkingtoworktoday
October 8, 2010: staycation 001 view vs #walkingtoworktoday
October 11, 2010: staycation 002 view vs #walkingtoworktoday
October 12, 2010: staycation 003 view vs #walkingtoworktoday
October 13, 2010: staycation 004 view vs #walkingtoworktoday
October 14, 2010: staycation 005 view vs #walkingtoworktoday
October 15, 2010: staycation 006 view vs #walkingtoworktoday
October 18, 2010: About to get hit by a UPS truck this morning #walkingtoworktoday
October 19, 2010: Tips are good karma #walkingtoworktoday
October 20, 2010: indestructible arrow #walkingtoworktoday
October 21, 2010: outside of Manhattan #walkingtoworktoday, clock at LIRR Hicksville NY stop
October 22, 2010: construction worker overhead #walkingtoworktoday
October 25, 2010: I can get so much further using this lane for #walkingtoworktoday
October 27, 2010: back to iced cofffee #walkingtoworktoday
November 1, 2010: a wig for the rest of the year #walkingtoworktoday
November 2, 2010: JOA Type in the House #Walkingtoworktoday
November 3, 2010: looking at my elevator door #walkingtoworktoday
November 4, 2010: my umbrella just before it self destructed #walkingtoworktoday
November 5, 2010: inside doors of the front entrance of my apt #walkingtoworktoday
November 8, 2010: looking at the new 11” MacBook Air on the LIRR #walkingtoworktoday
November 9, 2010: tagging colour study #walkingtoworktoday
November 10, 2010: Madison wanting to be in today’s #walkingtoworktoday
November 11, 2010: standing #walkingtoworktoday
November 12, 2010: Listening to Andrew Zuckerman at Creative Mornings before #walkingtoworktoday
November 15, 2010: simplifying home and life #walkingtoworktoday
November 16, 2010: kind of still like billboards in this context high in the sky #walkingtoworktoday
November 17, 2010: News on the Coffee Cart #walkingtoworktoday
November 18, 2010: I have a hard time resetting the stopwatch on my iPhone #walkingtoworktoday
November 19, 2010: it was hard to say no to everything #walkingtoworktoday
November 22, 2010: grill of a rig #walkingtoworktoday
November 23, 2010: vehicles coming at me in all directions #walkingtoworktoday
November 24, 2010: pylon with a sense of humour #walkingtoworktoday
November 29, 2010: inside the back of a Con Edison van #walkingtoworktoday
November 30, 2010: guy on scooter going the wrong way in the bike lane #walkingtoworktoday
December 1, 2010: bad umbrella day #walkingtoworktoday
December 2, 2010: blue skies #walkingtoworktoday
December 3, 2010: sidewalk director on an early morning #walkingtoworktoday
December 6, 2010: this is some of the worst type I’ve seen on the side of a building #walkingtoworktoday
December 7, 2010: 839 #walkingtoworktoday
December 8, 2010: going down the sketchy part of Broadway #walkingtoworktoday
December 9, 2010: I like the grittyness of this bicycle’s front system #walkingtoworktoday
December 10, 2010: this is probably a metaphor for something… #walkingtoworktoday
December 13, 2010: abstract crosswalk #walkingtoworktoday
December 14, 2010: I don’t understand why No Borders is written on his face, but I like the additional tag #walkingtoworktoday
December 15, 2010: this was the first sticker I saw on the street #walkingtoworktoday
December 16, 2010: Jim Joe over Free Daily #walkingtoworktoday
December 17, 2010: layering brown, blue & black before #walkingtoworktoday
December 20, 2010: four cup press with three mugs at ACE Hotel #walkingtoworktoday
December 21, 2010: Up close with the letter B #walkingtoworktoday
December 22, 2010: looking out my window waiting for the cable guy to fix my internet #walkingtoworktoday
December 23, 2010: Upgraded Design Notes HQ #walkingtoworktoday
December 24, 2010: the Madison stare down I get when I sit at my desk at home #walkingtoworktoday
December 27, 2010: Blizzageddon in SoHo #walkingtoworktoday
December 28, 2010: yellow & pink Vespa’s caught in a snow drift on Crosby St while not #walkingtoworktoday
December 30, 2010: not #walkingtoworktoday down Mercer st. meeting up with @grokstar for lunch
December 31, 2010: looking up at 100 Eleventh Ave while not #walkingtoworktoday
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 New Year. This year was my second visit. What it allows me to do be thankful what I was able to accomplish, reflect on lessons learned and focus on the upcoming year. Plus it allows me to shoot some great images of the city. Last year the photos I took off the top of the Empire State Building set the tone for 2010. This year was no exception. The shot that I was looking to take again was looking south on Manhattan. I got that image but there was one other that serendipitously made my day. After walking around both observation decks I was looking southward when I red ballon drifted by. I’m going to take that as a positive sign of what’s to come this year.
I made a lot of changes in 2010. I moved on from Daylife to Behavior, travelled a bit to talk about design, tried moving Design Notes to Design Noted and came back to Design Notes. I also blogged a bit less and meet more new people face to face (usually in the early morning—shoot me an email if you want to do the same thing). I changed cameras from a Leica D Lux 3 to a Lumix GF1. I kept up with #walkingworktoday and tried shoot Madison when I could. 2010 was a strange year for the blog.
A couple months into the year my rss feed got infected with a spam. Every time I would post something, the headline in the rss feed got swapped in pharma spam. For a while I had no idea how to fix it so I started a new blog. I kept that up for a couple months until I finally was able to kill the pharma spam. That’s why I’m back to posting here. Looking back I didn’t think I had any other options though I wish I had been able to find a solution faster.
I had the opportunity to travel sharing some of the design thinking and ideas that I felt were worth mentioning. Some talks went better than others but each was such a great learning experience for me. I also was fortunate enough to talk with some great people about different technologies and even Madison. The bonous at the end of the year was being filmed showing how I would design a weather app. I’ve always had a lot of people helping me out though in 2010 it was taken to the next level.
In my next post I’m going show all my #walkingtoworktoday photos in chronlogical order for 2010. It was interesting to see the difference between using my iPhone 3GS, my D Lux 3 and half way through the year the switch to a Lumix GF1. I’ll be talking more about some of the unexpected themes that emerged during that project but one thing to point out is how each camera influenced the type of images I took.
I’ve got a lot planned for 2011. I’m going to take what I’ve learned and experienced to push it to the next stage. There’s a lot of unknowns but it’s going to be worth shooting for. This time next year will be truly fascinating to look back upon. It’s both scary and funny to realize that anything I’ve written down has provided itself as an opportunity. If there’s anything that I can share, it would be that—write down what you want because those opportunities will present itself. Thanks for taking the time to read a post or two over the last year and good luck with getting what you want.]]>
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 talk and share some of my experiences inside the group. Plus I got to hear and learn from all of them.
Ty Ahmad–Taylor and Kevin Kearney did a great job of planning and organizing the event. While the event was only one day the prior evening there was a dinner to get to know some of the speakers. I had a lot of great conversations though the one that stood out for me personally was Charles Adler of Kickstarter. I can’t think of a better product that is using design & technology to make a successful movement.
During the event I was on a Q & A panel with Kevin & Cindy Alvarez with Ty asking the questions. To be honest I had no idea what was going to be asked. Usually I think better on the fly when I’m in front of a computer but I think I was able to hold my own up there. The second part of the day didn’t go exactly as planned. I was part of an ignite style presentation where I had to go through 20 slides in five minutes. Because each slide was automatically forwarded my original pdf was converted to a ppt. I didn’t know that was going to happen and the ppt inadvertently bitmapped most of the slides. So instead of seeing my illustration in orange there was a lot of gray pixels. Not to make excuses but it did throw me off. I ended up basically reading each of the slides with little interjection. Next time I do a similar presentation I’ll practice with the intention that anything can happen and how to power through it. Either way it was a great learning experience.
As for the substance of my talk which I’ve embedded below, it was a combination of tech, design, process and my experience at Daylife. It was sort of strange talking about something that I’m no longer working on but figured it was a great opportunity to take a fresh look at what I had been a part of. I’m always mindful that there are a lot of companies that would like to have the success that Daylife has had so I never divulge anything that isn’t already already in the public realm. Looking back it was fun to see how things evolved as a platform and system and what products spun out of there. That experience has really helped me over at Behavior when we work on apps for the iPad and system designs.
The overall experience of going through the pre planning of writing my talk, meeting a ton of new people that I’ve respected from afar and hearing what they had to say was unique experience for me. There was a lot of takeaways but the one thing that stood out for my implicitly is to keep moving. Everyone was observing, measuring, iterating and working towards something even better than what they had started with. When things didn’t work out they just kept moving forward anyways.
Scaling Personalities (Adaption, White Labels And the Digital Ecosystem)]]>
Testing out the streaming Smart Galleries from Daylife with Streaming Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Photos happening in NYC.]]>
#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 image on flickr.
I’ve been testing a slightly updated idea of distributing content. While it’s not unique and the tools are available to almost everyone, there’s a number of intermediary connections that rely on each other to make it work. The underlying concept is that people have unique relationships depending on the different web tools they connect with their friends and peers. For example a person might have some good connections on twitter, yet that relationship isn’t the same on Flickr. They’re interested in reading some quotes but not trading photos. Another scenario might be that people are connected via Facebook and Friendfeed. Because Facebook has become full of people they’ve chosen to see what stuff they’re looking at by what’s posted to FriendFeed, yet for another person status updates keep them in touch. It’s all fragmented.
Now consider another scene. Last year I was part of a group of people that ran a site that asked people to take photos at 10:15 am local time. Once they had shot the image they needed to download it from their camera and email it to the general email address. From there one of four people would manually upload the photo, copy+paste the title information and tag the location. It was a fun project but the manual labor for one photo was quite a lot. The second part of the equation was that the images were hosted on the site and a viewer actually had to visit the site to see the images. Pretty basic stuff that most people take for granted.
When I think of Fragmented Medias as an idea, I see it as one piece of content being pushed out in as many different directions as possible, allowing for different meanings depending on how the content is pushed through a channel while finding ways to be connected in other media spaces. My latest photo experiment is called #walkingtoworktoday. The rules are simple and open to anyone—while walking to work take a photo from a mobile device. From there the photo needs to be pushed to twitter via flickr while containing the hashtag #walkingtoworktoday somewhere in the tile. With a simple push of the button via email from a phone, a number of different automated triggers happen that eases the burden of labor unlike the other photo project. The responsibility is left to the photographer. While I like using a mobile device, a person could take the time to upload an image with a better camera as long as the hashtag is in the title and is connected to flickr.
A typical walking to work today process would be as follows for me. I’m walking to work through Manhattan and come across something memorable in Soho. I pull out my iPhone, take the photo and email the photo to flickr with a special email address that will also connect with Twitter. In the subject line of the email I’ll try to keep my message to less than 140 characters and use #walkingtoworktoday somehow. Once the photo has been uploaded and the message readable on Twitter and number of other things happen. My tweets are connected to my Facebook status, so the photo link is announced there, I also have Twitter and Flickr connected to Friendfeed which in turn is connected to Facebook. So a number of different ways people stay in touch with me have all seen my #walkingtoworktoday photo. It’s possible that the friends from Twitter aren’t connected to me in Facebook and vice versa so I’ve been able to cover a couple unique mediums with a simple push of send via email.
What I haven’t mentioned yet is that the process is great for a one to many push, but how does it become a group thing? I use Tweetdeck and have a search for #walkingtoworktoday so I can see who’s posting what and seeing the images from there. But there isn’t one dedicated space outside of Flickr to see the photos, and even then it’s only seeing it through one medium—I don’t get to see the tweets. So that’s why I decided there needed to be a site. Because I have a lot of knowledge in taming the fire hose of information from working at Daylife, I decided to create a site http://walkingtoworktoday.designnotes.info/ using Daylife tools that contained Flickr and Twitter moduals. The main modual streams photos from Flickr while the right rail shows the tweets. It’s an interesting redundancy that works. On one side there’s the large photos, the people’s avatars and tweets put the photos in context on the right, plus at time the photos and tweets won’t be in the same order. Because I have the full set of Daylife tools at my disposal I thought it would be interesting to pull quotes from general news about walking to work, and headlines of walking stories. Just for good measure I selected a number of topics that people might also be interested in. From there if any quote, headline or topic is selected there’s a ton of info available, but if people are interested i looking at the photos of people walking to work, they’re available and hosted on Flickr.
I really like the potential of this, everyone has a certain entry point to push the content in the manner that they want, but also allow for hooks that can be pushed into other content areas while leaving a trail where it originally started. Another remarkable thing is that at all times I know who the creator of the digital piece is. The name is connected on Flickr, Twitter and any other content distributing medium. It’s also amazing to consider that once the system is set up and the nodes are connected that with one push of a button a number of different conversations can start. Someone might read the tweet, like the photo and re-tweet what I just said, or maybe just reply with a simple mention. On Flickr someone might favourite the image or comment just like a person could do on FriendFeed or Facebook too. Now consider the number of eyes that have seen or read that one photo that was pushed to them in comparison of having to hope that someone visits a website. The odds and clicks are infinitely higher with a number of Fragmented Medias as opposed to one static site. Lots to explore with a concept like this.
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 see it as part of the natural part of design, but I’ll save that discussion for a different post. Essentially I worked with Nooka to see what could be improved in terms of people finding products, creating systems for Nooka to talk about their story and facilitating an even better sense of community between Nooka and the fans that celebrate their designs.
I started with these six topics to focus on the redesign:
1. Audit Site
· What is in the site, what are the major categories?
· What is working?
· What doesn’t work?
2. Who is visiting this site
· Who are the people (what are their goals)?
· Gather feedback via blog, Twitter & Facebook (what do you like, what don’t you like)
3. What are the priorities
· When a person comes to the site, what roles does they play?
· What do we want them to do?
4. What is the story we’re trying to present
· What does Nooka want to express?
· What is the typical media release?
5. What is the strategy for growth and evolution?
6. What are the types of pages and the roles?
From there it was a matter of listening, asking questions and collecting the data. From that it was a matter of sitting down with the Nooka team to set a plan of attack. The main people on the redesign team was Yumi who did the visual design and the lead developer was Leslie. Providing feedback during the meetings and development were marketing and sales.
There’s a lot of details but to keep it on a high level I’ll mention a couple themes that focused on the redesign. As a huge fan of Nooka I’m asked quite often which watch someone should get. There’s a couple basic questions that I’ll start with that focus on the idea of telling time. From there it is a matter of deciding on a band and color. If we could design a home page that allowed people to get a broader sense of what Nooka has to offer we felt that people would be more willing to explore and focus on options. Another important aspect of the redesign was taking the different roles that someone might play in coming to the site. We used the product detail page as the core element and built a foundation around that. Each page shows a number of related products. Each section and category gives an overview to compare. Some fans know the product inside out and just want to see the new stuff—so there’s a section for that.
Being online is extremely important. I look at Matthew and the amount of time he spends on Nooka’s Facebook Fan page and Twitter account and wonder if there’s anyone else that spends that much time engaged with the people that enjoy his products. We wanted to take that spirit, include marketing and news information into one section. Nooka 360 was a section to create a system that allows marketing to be released in a timely manner yet not loose those personal connections. As with any site launch there’s going to be some adjustment in the next couple of weeks. Part of the plan was to release the site, gather feedback for a month and make any adjustments as needed. With that said if something feels kind of strange with the site as you explore, please let me know and I’ll pass it on to Nooka.
There’s a lot of reasons why I wanted to work with Nooka on this. I think it might have been five or six years ago I was complaining about their older website before I even knew Matthew. I was introduced to him via Tina to interview him for a blog post. From there we’ve been friends ever since so when the opportunity to help a brand that I truly respect, I wasn’t going to say no. It was also perfect timing as I was about to leave Daylife and could do a lot of the work before starting at Behavior. I had been on the old site so much that I had a pretty good idea what some of the pain points were. After spending a lot of time going through the site and looking at the issues with fresh eyes along with the team and listening to fans, a lot of the grid and systems designed itself.]]>
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 Design Notes and my name. What I learned from those exercises is that I don’t have enough time to publish two sites and that Design Notes does have some brand equity. Unfortunately when I started five years ago with that name, I was the only using both design + notes. I can now think of a handful of sites that use a similar combination. Believe it or not, the blog name has evolved every couple years. When I originally started five years ago it was d*notes and over time it changed to DesignNotes and Design Notes. With a shift in focus I wanted Design Notes to be about my own ideas and use Link Drop Today as a venue to show and discuss other people’s stuff. With Link Drop Today I was able to experiment with a couple other ways to push content through posts, pages and rail items. What I learned as I was working with that site is that it takes a lot of time to publish two sites.
While that was all going on I also evolved my work environment. I left Daylife and am now enjoying my time at Behavior. Changing my pace of work has affected when and how I publish. Because of that change I’ve been trying to figure out the best way for me to continue writing and observing.
I’ve decided once again to evolve the name. Design Notes is now Design Noted. It’s a subtle change in direction that reflects a maturing of what I want to explore about design, experience and observation. Design Noted has a new beta site that I will use as my main outlet to publish now. Over time I will migrate posts from Design Notes to Design Noted. I will also be implementing a blog roll this week.
I’ve modified the template that I’m using for Design Noted quite a bit. I’m aware of a couple elements that aren’t completely lined up but if anything seems really funky on your browser, please let me know. I’m also hoping that any RSS issues that have plagued my old site will be fixed. So if RSS was your main way of visiting my site, thank you for your patience.
In a couple weeks I’ll throw out a new post asking for feedback. I’m using a new template and format so things will def. evolve in this next quarter. I’m not really sure what to expect, but I like the idea of moving forward in this direction.]]>
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 for the class. On Monday night James A. Reeves asked if I’d like to come in to his Wednesday class to talk about Design Notes and Agile Design. What is interesting today is that a lot of people that are now in school have grown up through Facebook and don’t even consider the potential of publishing online and how that communication can help them.
The first section is about publishing, why I do it, the type of content that I write about and the benefits of keeping an active mind. The second section which was somewhat titled differently from my previous talk was called Repeat, Repeat, Repeat. In that space I talked about a couple projects that I continued day after day for a lengthy period of time. By trying something day in and day out it has allowed my to experiment, edit and take the pressure of trying to be perfect. By taking a step back over time it’s helped my to see patterns emerge that I wouldn’t have seen and in turn allowed me to self analyze to improve. The last part of the talk was a high level idea about Agile Design and using my experience at the successful start up Daylife as my case study.
Through all my examples I hopped that they remembered to:
· Learn through experimentation
· Experiment with technology
· Repeat and edit
Afterwards we as a class talked about their projects that were using a bodega as a starting point to gather data and visualize information in a meaningful way. It was a fun conversation and I appreciated the chance that James gave me to share some of what I’ve been working at.]]>
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 record one photo a day for a week. The kicker was that I couldn’t put it up on Flickr or show it publicly until he posted it. It’s a bit strange I realize but I like throwing things up online. In any case the week I chose to document was my last normal week at Daylife before I decided to give notice. It had a bit more meaning than an average working week because after I let the start up know I was moving on, things wouldn’t be the same. And afterwards it was a bit uncomfortable experience at times—but I digress. In any case I wanted to show a typical week, starting off with a morning view, a couple different work views, some walking home from hanging out with friend’s images and the crazy snowstorm weather that hit New York. And the water shot was from Toronto as I flew there to update my visa. You can view my contribution to Weeklies at http://documentmagazine.ca/weeklies/?p=157 It was a great project to be a part of and I highly recommend people taking the time every once in a while to stop and shoot a typical week to see what their environment is. I’ll probably do that from time to time myself.]]>
After blogging about my time at Daylife for the past couple of years, this will probably be one of my last posts about it. Today I’m graduating from Daylife and will start a new adventure with Behavior tomorrow. I thought it would be worth while to look back at some of the invaluable experiences of working at a start up in NYC is like.
I think in the mid to late nineties there was a mantra from the design community that it was important to understand business talk. What are CEO focusing on, what are C level executives talking about, how do the management teams function? While understanding that is still important, there’s a new skill that a lot designers are coming late to the game with. That is knowing how to work with engineers, building digital products and the idea of constant iteration.
Living and working in NYC has been one of my goals since I was in school in Canada. I also realized that the path along that way is never straight nor predictable. So when the opportunity to work for Daylife but something that wasn’t a traditional design place like a studio or agency—it wasn’t that hard of a choice. There were a couple reasons why I wanted to see what I could do there. It was the chance to build up some unique skills that not every designer would have, I didn’t totally understand the concept of aggregation—thinking that if I could make it more understandable while there, others using our system would benefit too, and there was an article that I had read many years ago from the NYT. That article was It Pays to Have Pals in Silicon Valley. That article is where I read about the PayPal Mafia where it lists off a number of successful people that started their own companies after once working all at PayPal. Back in 2006 when that article was published I filed it in the back of my mind—if the opportunity to work at a start up became available I should at least try it. It would give me a unique network of people that I might not otherwise have known about. There’s a lot of hype right now about the start up scene in NYC, a couple years ago I don’t think that was the case. So it was a huge risk for me to just do something that really was new territory for me. But now that I can look back it was really worth me trying. I also look at those that were at Daylife ahead of me and how successful they’ve become with their design work, so I have a lot to live up to post Daylife.
Working at a start up made me reconsider everything I knew about design, and business in this economic and technology climate. In bullet form here some of the things that come to mind for me.
· Building a product out of data
· Understanding product road maps
· Developing features, incubating ideas that can become a feature that in turn with time become a product
· Going through stages of product development
· The everyday all hands meetings and post mortems of launches
· Just enough design, agile development
· Info flow, UX and fragmenting content to create new meanings
· Working with engineers*
I really enjoyed launching new features and blogging about it. It gave me a chance to show what was going on, but more importantly gather feedback in a public space. Here’s a couple of those posts from newest to oldest:
A @Daylife Update: SmartSections and SmartTopics Launch
Working on Getty Images SmartGalleries by Daylife
Latest news from Le Tour de France 2009
Daylife Beta Topic Page: Kate Moss
Latest Daylife Select Release
Daylife Select Release
Check out Select.Daylife.com
Daylife Photo Matrix
Daylife Redesign Part One
It would be hard to distill one favourite moment at Daylife. It was the continous cycle of iteration that I was really proud to be a part of. We reworked every section of the site and content type that later on would become the basis for new products. It was cool to see what NPR, ABC News and Dallas Morning News did when they implemented it. In turn taking one of the most popular sections (photo galleries) and turning that into a successful product was invaluable to learn about in terms of product development. This is great gallery from Time Warner about Pandas…
But after two plus years I think I’ve done as much as I could and now it’s time to move on. I would def. work with/for/ or create my own start up in time, but for now I just want take what I’ve learned and see what I can do with it. And for those that were at Daylife with me along the way—thanks for your help.]]>
While my time at Daylife is almost up I thought I’d share a lighthearted look at some of the signs floating around the start–up. The above door sign was made by Roy who got tired of delivery people ringing the door bell. Did it help—not really, but it’s the thought that counts. All other signs were written by Stavo, office manager extraordinaire.
The big news this week for me is that I did a quick announcement that I’m going to be leaving Daylife in a couple weeks. I’ve been given an awesome opportunity at Behavior that I’m pretty excited about. As that was being finalized below are the sites and posts that made me think this week for Link Drop.
Books in the Age of the iPad
While I recognize that it is still too soon to talk about the influence of the iPad when it has yet to come out, the post Books in the Age of the iPad is worth spending a lot more time with than the conspiracy theories of whether the iPad will ship with a camera or not.
There’s so much I could block quote, but that would be a disservice to not actually reading the whole post. But I will post this bit…
When people lament the loss of the printed book, this — comfort — is usually what they’re talking about. My eyes tire more easily, they say. The batteries run out, the screen is tough to read in sunlight. It doesn’t like bath tubs.
Important to note is that these aren’t complaints about the text losing meaning. Books don’t become harder to understand, or confusing just because they’re digital. It’s mainly issues concerning quality. One inevitable property of the quality argument is that technology is closing the gap (through advancements in screens and batteries) and because of additional features (note taking, bookmarking, searching), will inevitably surpass the comfort level of reading on paper.
The convenience of digital text — on demand, lightweight (in file size and physicality), searchable — already far trumps that of traditional printed matter.
The formula used to be simple:
stop printing Formless Content; only print well-considered Definite Content.
The iPad changes this.
Time to Rewrite the Brand Playbook for Digital
I don’t usually point to anything from Ad Age because their links becomes useless after the article goes behind their pay wall as time passes. That aside I liked how Ana Andjelic’s article Time to Rewrite the Brand Playbook for Digital made me think about what digital is. She makes some convincing arguments about the wrong questions to ask are in terms of “digital” branding, but I’m also wondering if there are any new methods of calculating success aside from serendipity? Most people still measure success from growth which is a pretty old ideal. While the value of branding (as assumed as just slapping on a logo) is up in the air as an outdated model from the print world, I don’t think you can discontinue it while new measurements for success are still in their infancy.
Do marketers have any idea how to influence behavior?
What I like about this post from Matt Daniels is passes along some hilarious info about guys and credit card interest rates and fees. Apparently a women’s photo had as much impact in response as dropping the interest rate by five points. As sad as that seems the post also goes into behavioral economics. Sometimes when I read about a more scientific method for planning I want to put my head through a wall. Irrational humans can’t predict things they’ve never encountered before but I also flip to looking at my stats to see what grabs people attention. So what’s the happy balance between tipping your hand to overwhelming evidence for something obvious and possibly crass and doing the opposite of what is expected an reap bigger rewards?
I really like the idea behind Inkgredient’s proposed design by Mattias Mackler for his friends print/apparel shop. What printer wouldn’t want an ink based octopus that has CMYK control? Actually check out his entire blog, there’s tons of great examples of things he’s worked on…
Everything about this Qantas flight timeline found via Feltron is perfect. The icons, the type, the actual experience that someone was able to design it for people… I recommend clicking on the image to see it at full size.
Close Your Eyes and Open Your Mind Poster
This poster might have already made the blog runs, but it’s still new to me…
Earthquake Data, Feb 27th
Earthquake data from data.gov for Feb27th during the Chile earthquake put on display by nickbilton.
Music to work to tonight: CLOUD NOTHINGS MIXTAPE | VICE MUSIC BLOG
As I move pieces around tonight I’m finding CLOUD NOTHINGS MIXTAPE | VICE MUSIC BLOG to be a contrast from last night’s mention of Javelin.
Crowdsourcing: Art vs Model
I’m not sure if there was any single example that made crowdsourcing in vogue aside from cheap tech, people that had time on their hands, there were no budgets to pay people to come up with ideas and/or the misguided idea of following a crowd is never a mistake (think focus groups). But with that said in the post Crowdsourcing: Art vs Model there’s a lot to consider. Who actually benefits from such an exercise, the people organizing the system or those participating? And down the road what does it mean for those creating the system…
Emergent Branding at the Olympics
What I like about this post is that Young & Brilliant has contrasted the more typical sports athlete (with an old management team) and contrasted her with another athlete in the same field that by the looks of it has grown her voice and image with the same social media tools everyone has.
Crossbreeding Ducati’s and Harley’s
Looking at these Confederate Motorcycles via Popwuping are amazing. I can almost hear them now. They’re striking a nice balance between Ducati and Harley—though I don’t claim to be a bike aficionado. So hopefully that comment doesn’t come off to badly to the other motorcycle experts out there…
Crazy Looking Rapid Manufactured Headphones
Found via MoCo Loco, these cool looking headphones are a thesis project (PDF) from Brian Garret Schuur. Great idea
Watch the Oscar Nominated Short Logorama
Many thanks to Debbie Milllman for mentioning where a person could view the entire Oscar Nominated Short Logorama. It better win!
Trippy Music Site from Javelin
Sure there’s a lot of talk about the new Gorillaz album, but the trippy award for site music design has to go to Javelin. But how does it actually sound—I’m only into song three as I post this, but so far so good…
Interview with Hiroyuki Hamada
Happy to see the interview on Booooooom with Hiroyuki Hamada reposted. I wasn’t familiar with his artwork before today.
A Map that Just Exists
Sure maps inherent value is their functionality, though the blog Cartogrammar makes a great point about how nice a map can look by stripping all the elements except for one core visual. Be sure to click HERE to see a large version that shows thing in detail.
An awesome sort of nsfw typeface
I’m not entirely sure what the story is behind the Effing Typeface, though on Alex Merto’s website the description is as follows: “Fan Letter:Twenty-six local, national, and internationally-based designers and artists give a two-minute ode to an alphabet letter or typographic character.” In any case it’s fun to look at.]]>
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 me. I’ve attached the deck and made note below of all the posts that were covered in the talk.
1. STORY LINES
Walking to work in 60 Seconds, my 20/20 at #makethink AIGA Design Conference 2009
Watching the sun interact with design
New York City Colour Study Before the Crop
36 days of New York Sky: January 16th 2008 – February 20th 2008
New York City Colour Study Timeline
New York City Colour Study – Time when photo was taken graph
A Couple More New York City Colour Study Experiments – the old school animated .gif and weekly view
Starting the #walkingtoworktoday photo project
Experimenting with Fragmented Medias while #walkingtoworktoday
Unexpected Narratives and Creating the Right Conditions
Five reasons why I blog
Deborah Adler ClearRx Interview
An interview with John Gargiulo, owner of Swich in NYC
The Person behind Nooka: an interview with Matthew Waldman
Alissia Melka-Teichroew (@alissiamt) Interview: designer, founder of byAMT, curator, and maker
QuadCamera and ToyCamera Interview with Takayuki Fukatsu, creator of iPhone Apps
A great conversation with Swissmiss (Tina Roth Eisenberg)
REVIEW COPY: Look Both Ways by Debbie Millman
REVIEW COPY: I Miss My Pencil by Martin Bone and Kara Johnson
Banksy at work in NYC: Broadway & Howard St.
My walking experience with the AIGA NY ALPHABET/CITY: A WALKING TOUR WITH TOBIAS FRERE-JONES
The Flo in Florent
My Link Drop Process
Link Drop Today Release Notes
Video on Agile Design from my Creative Mornings talk is up
Working on Getty Images SmartGalleries by Daylife
3. HYBRID GRAPHIC DESIGN
What is the logo worth?
Face pics are the new logo
Company Deal Announcements
Branding Issues: Flickr + Yahoo + Microsoft
Lean Pocket Info Fail
Confusing MTA Subway Turnstiles
the Locksmith’s Business Card
Flexing scale, marks and other consistent things that brands could be
Branding abstraction in the real world (at least in NoLita)
Quotes to remember as a designer
4. CONTENT IS THE NEW UI
My News Flow on Flight 1549
Web actions du’jour
What Graphic Designers need to understand
How my iPhone evolved how I tell stories
Sketching out a blog post loop
Thinking about twitter feeding facebook status
More buy and vote on demand, and distributing things in digital
Podcasts are now magazines, magazines are what newspapers used to be, and music files are now…
24hr music app for the iPhone
Showing Competitors on a Product Site
Inside Out with Invader in NYC
Still photography and video evolution
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 sites and posts for the past week. Connecting those dots helps make connections to patterns I might not have seen with out stepping back.
Looking back now there were two distinct periods, the time before the iPad hype and afterwards. A lot of the early week finds were somewhat related to senses whether it be food or wine and technology of devices that only allow for one type of content. While its been fun to speculate whether the iPad will change things or not, it’s really hard to take much of it seriously until they’re distributed in the wild. So while I did mention it quite predimonantly this week, I probably won’t be talking too much about the iPad until one is in my hands (or so that’s my assumption).
A Season in Deleted iPhone Photos
Considering how much time our mobile devices are with us, it’s not much of a surprise that over time the photos taken with it show a visual timeline of experiences. The above film taken by Christine Whuang shows each image from last summer disappearing as they’re deleted. She described it as “a weird catharsis in watching all these photos fly by and disappear into nothing.”
Process for the World’s ‘most expensive’ ham leg on sale in London
If you’re a vegetarian you might want to skip this post, but if you’re a food lover you might find the process for the World’s ‘most expensive’ ham leg on sale in London interesting. 50 pigs were feed “on a diet of acorns and roots to give the ham a distinctive flavour and and cured for three years”. Apparently the experience has a “melt-in-the-mouth texture”…
Navigating Your Wine
Candy Chang’s above photos shows a great implementation of paring food and wine together. The icons are informative, distinctive and have a sense of humour. As Candy noted in her post that the duck icon has holes in it, probably because it’s a game bird.
Streaming Beach House’s New Album
NPR’s First Listen is streaming the new Beach House’s album until its upcoming release on January 26th. It’s def. worth a listen, and a contender to be on my list of top music for 2010. Will that hold out for the whole year, it’s hard to say…
Trade School in NYC
Trade School might be on to something really smart. For thirty days people can take a class, the only fee is a student exchange of basic items and services for the person teaching the class. I expect that this type of model of trade to spread quite quickly.
Souvenir of Breath, Heartbeat and Goodnight
While I’m not entirely sure what the translation of Alice Wang’s post about Souvenir’s is about, I was drawn into the three images she displayed. There’s a great monotone value to them. Thinking about what next to say about the images as I was looking at them, the file names of the jpgs gave some clues as to what they might be about. The bottle was titled Breath, the second image Heartbeat and the lamp is Goodnight.
Mike Laurie of Made by Many has a recorded a good description of a Persuasive signup experience he went through using Facebook Connect and other dialogue boxes. Posts like this are helpful as sites and business become more comfortable exploring social features of connecting people to their services.
The Art & Science of Evidence-Based Design
David Gillis in his post The Art & Science of Evidence-Based Design talks about how Teehan+Lax comes to design decisions. There’s a number of good definitions to check out about how they go back and forth to determine refinement and ultimately the design.
Bombardment at Plunder Corp
There’s an assortment of these image over at Plunder Corp.
The Right Printhead
BLDGBLOG’s post on the Right Printhead piqued my interest. It’s about Icon’s latest issue on fiction being used to explore architectural ideas. Thinking about that me considering the broader idea of design fiction. While those idea weren’t covered in Icon maybe someone else should. In any case there’s a good break down of the actual stories written in Icon by China Miéville, Bruce Sterling, and Cory Doctorow to Ned Beauman, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg & Oron Catts, and Will Self among others. It’s been a while since I was compelled to actually buy a magazine, this might be one of those times…
I’ve got to say this. The UK web design scene is often just self serving, indulgent bullshit perptuated by friend…
While Brendan Dawes does bring up an obvious point of the online world, it’s not just in the UK. The sometimes unwarranted work that is described as “rocking” or “awesome” happens everywhere and before the web it was happening in most of the western print world. Most people can see for what it is, especially on blog posts now—so at this point I’m not really sure if there was ever an honest time when it came to promoting work. People need to filter for themselves because people can’t really trust what they read nor should they.
13 video player UIs in 24 hours
37signals has a collection of UI video players. Good to keep for reference…
Platform + Apps = News Consumption
There’s a lot of quotable ideas in the HuffPost article In the App Economy, Newspapers are Apps by Maya Baratz. “In Media, If You’re Not a Platform, You’re an App” is a core concept that people might miss because people aren’t apps, but the way one person passes along info is unique to how someone else shares info. Another mental shift is that everyone wants to be the Platform when it’s probably better to be considered an app. Rarely do enterprise goals work out…
Getting Past Viral: Stop Spreading Viruses & Start Giving Gifts
Big Spaceship’s post about Getting Past Viral breaks down a couple reasons people send info out. For me if I find the information valuable I’m pretty sure someone else “out there” will likely benefit from reading it too. Big Spaceship mentions a couple reasons that I hadn’t really considered but can’t fault: Contributing (1-to-Many), Broadcasting (1-to-World), Gifting (1-to-1/Few).
The ability to take away our books is a current reality, not a future prospect.
A post like this is great to read before the actual canvas thing is released tomorrow. It reminded me of how surprised I was that apple tv locked my ability to surf the net from my tv. In my mind they basically distributed a bricked iTunes box. Hopefully this new canvas allows for more freedom but what’s brought up by Matthew Burton in Should we let Apple decide what we read? makes you kind of wonder about a monopoly.
Airport Apps: Mobile Utility for Those Traveling Up In The Air
If you’re about to spend some living time inside an airport you might want to check out MobileBehavior’s post about Airport Apps: Mobile Utility for Those Traveling Up In The Air. There’s a lot of iPhone apps for flying that you might not have been aware of or had the time to search out.
iPad Photos from Daylife
Undecided whether I want to buy one or not, and if I do, would I go with the low fi or 3G enabled one. Until that moment arrives here’s some of the photos of the iPad from Daylife.
Spaces for Ideas: The Beginning
A blog post about designing the perfect sketchbook titled Spaces for Ideas: The Beginning.
If it could cover these points the designer might be able to make it:
1. A sketchbook that highlights the work and not itself
2. Well constructed and affordable
3. No spines getting in the way of cross page sketching
4. Just the right size but with enough space or room to play with
5. “Boundary-less” pages
6. Flexible enough to do what you will
7. Decent quality paper that takes all non-wet mediums like ink, pencil or markers.
8. Appeals to everyone, not just designers
It’s a Lonely World Out There
Ever the realist, he built his table for one.
This and other gems of reacting to Dwell photos can be found at http://unhappyhipsters.tumblr.com
How to Frame the Internet II: Entertainment and Culture Post iPad
Interesting post from Tomorrow Museum about how the no multitasking aspect of the iPad could be seen as a benefit as opposed to what a lot of other people are saying.
Canada Finally Gets Something Apple Related Before Everyone Else
When it comes to Apple products (or hulu, or any internet media…) Canada usually gets the short end of the deal. For whatever reason they’re always the last to get new products which is insane considering the proximity to the US. In any case this Incase Maple Leaf Slider that Popwuping mentioned is pretty sweet. Next time I’m in Toronto I’m going to pick one up.
Maggie Nesciur: The Walker
This photo series has been going on for a long time but I only came across it today when it was passed along by a friend. There’s very few weeks that go by that I won’t have a walking related post of some sort. Everything that Maggie Nesciur describes on her walking experience was relatable—even if you don’t walk it’s def. worth hearing and watching. It will at the least make you more aware of your surroundings.]]>
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 disappointing. There’s no reason to simulate paper books on a new tool. And for creating content with an iPad it’s really hard to predict without having one in my hands, but my experience so far with the iPhone is that it’s great for a lot of things but not long posts. The keyboard dock looks painfully old and makes me wonder if Jonathan Ives has ever blogged in his life at a conference? Again I haven’t even tried one of these things yet but it looks like the whole could have come out five years ago. I also understand how product development works, that they need to actually ship something worthy and iterate after that but maybe invest some time in unique metaphors as opposed to giving us a “what we know is best” dumbed down paper page.
Everyone has an opinion about the iPad online and it’s impossible to even try to read them all. However with that said there’s a couple unique points that I haven’t seen a lot of that are worth noting. While I was left disappointed with the NYT demo on the iPad (it didn’t seem to take advantage of being mobile), PSFK’s reaction to how they might change their publishing was interesting. Daring Fireball making a connection with speed as he’s actually held and used one is worth reading too. The fact that Apple controls their chip is a huge advantage. And there’s Nina’s window’s UI metaphor response taking into her account of using the iPhone to read content.]]>
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 the content in an old (actually really old) version of Word Press. There were weeks with just headlines, other periods of time with images + headlines above and below each other, excerpted text and ultimately my own reaction to the sites. At first it was a quick exercise only taking a couple hours a week but as the design’s became more complicated the time line was taking two or three times I had originally started out with. Eventually it was taking two weeks to post one week’s worth of Link Drops.
Working at start up will teach a designer a thing or two. One of those things is knowing when something has been incubating long enough that it needs to be it’s own thing. While I liked the attention that my Link Drops were getting for Design Notes, if I was going to make something really pop with it, Link Drop had to be it’s own site. Not knowing exactly how it was going to go the first thing I did was start a twitter account to test things a bit further, plus expand on the name recognition of Link Drop. For about six weeks all I did was tweet stuff that if I had Link Drop Today already up and running would be the content. By giving it some time I could get an understanding of the type of content I was likely to publish and in turn understand how the design of the site would work. As that was happening Roy Yang who’s a very talented colleague of mine helped me develop V1 of the site, working on the css and other backend fun that I wanted to execute on. That brings us to today…
For Link Drop Today’s V1 coming out party has all the basics that I need to test. Each post contains the basic amount of information I want to display. Comments have been turned off but will be implemented once some of the other issues are sorted out. On the left rail I’ve started a source list, most of those sites have been used in the past for my Link Drops, as I publish more sites will be added to the sources. The right rail has a couple things that I haven’t implemented on Design Notes before but are pretty common on Daylife sites. When I see a cool video out there, it’s going to be viewable on the right rail. Tweets will also be viewable, it’s an easy way to create an extended conversation.
In the Not so Distant Future
Because this is V1 of the product there’s a still a lot of work to be done. The first priority aside from CSS issues is the post page. There’s a lot of functionality that I’ve specked in, it’s just a matter of taking the time to implement it. At the moment the screen capture, beige box and excerpted text are all one image. That will be converted to text. A mobile version will be coming and contributors are likely in phase two.
I’m curious to know once you’ve visited it once if you’d go back to view it again. Are you more likely to read it from an RSS feed reader or bookmark it? If you saw a link that you wanted to share with someone else—is it easy to do? Anything I’m missing. All that information is incredibly valuable to me as I grow this site.
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. But at the end of the day a lot of the time they’re just numbers. That’s why it was really cool to see on twitter that ABC World News picked up a story of a family that found their missing daughter in Haiti through Daylife. It’s one of those rare cases that there’s an awesome story behind the numbers. You can watch the video clip of the news story at http://abcnews.go.com. The specifics of the story are around the last 45 seconds of the clip.]]>