a little bit of something - not shit web design. →
“ You are not a web designer. I am the web designer. You wouldn’t tell Mr. Marks of Spencer how to make slacks or Mrs. Audrey Audi how to build motor cars, would you? So please, Sir, don’t tell me I should “bevel” things. Get back to doing what you do best and let me do the web designing. If you take control, you’ll end up with a huge lump of dog muck, and people...
User-Led Innovation Can’t Create Breakthroughs;... →
“One evening, well into the night, we asked some of our friends on the Apple design team about their view of user-centric design. Their answer? “It’s all bullshit and hot air created to sell consulting projects and to give insecure managers a false sense of security. At Apple, we don’t waste our time asking users, we build our brand through creating great products we believe people will...
(via Letting The Light In - The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - The Daily Beast)
Free Icons →
A visualization of US debt stacked in 100 dollar... →
Very good but, it boils down to each U.S. citizen owing about $32,000 in federal debt. If I am not mistaken. Not good at all but, somewhat more “tangible” than showing the entire pile of money as a giant sky scrapper.
Exploding Type →
The Design MFA Grad Life →
“Students at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan agreed to address their graduate school experience in an infographic for the (NYTimes) Education Life. All of the students whose work is featured here are in the Master of Fine Arts program.”
Trailer: Finding Vivian Maier (by John Maloof)
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: the Ars Technica review →
“Most computer users aren’t conscious of such subtleties, but their combined effects are profound. Long-time Mac users might remember a time when scroll thumbs were perfectly square regardless of the total size of a window’s content. When I think back to my time using those scroll bars, I don’t recall any problems. But just try using these so-called “non-proportional”...
The End of Client Services →
“However, it’s very hard for a design studio to create digital products on a contract basis because the messy timelines and continual course corrections that are required to launch a truly effective software product are anathema to the way clients like to be billed. No matter what a design studio promises, it’s very likely that in its first iteration a digital product will take longer to complete,...
Apple’s giant pile of cash →
Apple has $76.2 billion in cash. “That’s more than the gross domestic product of 126 countries, including nations such as Ecuador, Bulgaria, Sri Lanka and Costa Rica, according to data from the World Bank.”
Borders bankruptcy: Done in by its own stupidity,... →
Annie Lowrey writes in Slate Magazine But in my opinion, the aging baby boomers killed it (demographic change) and it was simply over capacity in the book selling industry. Amazon had convenience advantages. I used to be a regular Borders customer but, the past five years, I have not been in one. Partly because I already have too many books (mostly design and type) and Amazon is more convenient. ...
There is no evidence that we are on the verge of a great new glittering cultural...– Why you are the future of photography On photography, Sean O’Hagan guardian.co.uk (via APhotoEditor)
80 Beautiful Typefaces For Professional Design →
Happy to see can’t-get-no-respect Myriad at 6 and often- forgotten Syntax at 8. Also nice Scala at 19 and Rockwell at 20. I think rather than a numbered list, it should be a couple of lists. Akzidenz-Grotesk is at 28 but could be next to Helvetica as another option. But really, just the top 30 are in the running. Missing are classic options like Garamonds. Adobe Garamond family probably the...
Send a sparkler message →
Very cool! From hand made font
“I stayed in Misurata for the rest of the week after that day against everyone’s wishes, hunkering down in the care of the other journalists still there and watching over Guy Martin and Michael Christopher Brown who were injured. I didn’t sleep or eat, not because I wasn’t hungry or tired, but because it helped to keep everything surreal. The hospital in Misurata was a living nightmare; I can’t...
Rare Book School →
“Rare Book School (RBS) provides continuing-education opportunities for students from all disciplines and levels to study the history of written, printed, and born digital materials with leading scholars and professionals in the field. Founded in 1983, RBS moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992.”
A Few Euros per Day Keeps Drivers Off Roads →
“A daily reward of 3 euros was effective in encouraging drivers to stay off a highway in the Netherlands during rush hour…” via Harvard Business Review
from In Other Words - Words Without Borders →
Phrases in other languages and their meaning.
Why We Need the Arts in Medicine →
Dr. Gary Christenson of UMinn weighs in.
Google+ interface design →
Oliver Reichenstein comments on it.
Paul Rand’s Maternal Grandfather’s 1938 murder →
Sad. Be sure to read the news clipping. They knew how to write back then.
Report-IT Live →
Interesting app for an iPhone that reporters can use to report audio news/interviews via Wi-Fi, 3G, or FTP. NPR has already been using it for some months.
Power-Hungry Devices →
Shocking, the cable/satellite/telco industries don’t care about the customer spending billions and wasting tremendous amounts of energy to keep DVRs on 24 hours a day. Shocking.