Friends, Colleagues & Fine Folks
- Abel Rios » Flash mixmaster and Yahoo!-er.
- Chris Merritt » Dallas-based freelance designer and very tall fellow.
- Garrett Dimon » Proprietor of Next Update, home of fine software products such as Sifter.
- Hand Coding » Alex Bischoff, Senior Front End Developer at EMC.
- Jeremy Johnson Online » Jeremy Johnson, crazy talented UX designer. CRAZY.
- LuisGarcia.com » Luis Garcia, Project Manager at EMC with the maddest flava.
- Mark-Up » Mark Kraemer, Senior Information Architect and Lego enthusiast.
- Oak Tree Creative » Dallas-area designer and stand-up guy Chuck Mallott.
- poetpainter » Stephen P. Anderson; critical thinker, speaker, and designer.
- Re-Run » Bryan Busch, accomplished lipdubber.
- Rob Weychert » THE MIGHTY WINDHAMMER.
- smallTransport » smallWebsite of Jeremy Koempel.
- SonSpring » Nathan Smith, Front-End Developer extraordinaire.
- SuitedCowboys » David Jimenez.
- T. Scott Stromberg » Information Architect and prolific local artiste.
- Tinyfly » Jeff Adams, Front End Developer at EMC and el jeffe of Refresh Dallas.
- Travis Isaacs »
Plugged In: The Extended Mix
- The Vignelli Canon
AisleOne points us towards "an amazing 96 page book on better understanding typography in graphic design, according to him. The book gives specific details on Vignelli’s methodology and approach as well as how he decides on paper sizes, typefaces and other tangibles. There is also a nice section of grids."
- Masked Input Plugin
This is a really cool jQuery plugin that "allows a user to more easily enter fixed width input where you would like them to enter the data in a certain format (dates,phone numbers, etc)." Watch a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMaTiGKykl8">video demonstration</a>.
- The Grid System
The ultimate resource in grid systems.
- Common Visual Design Misconceptions
Another straight-talker from Luke W. This should be required reading for anyone who purchases design services.
- Return of Terry Tate
"I’m number 56, and I’m the meanest, baddest, and downright prettiest Office Linebacker around. Not to brag or nothing, but even the good folks at OSPN (that’s the Office Sports Programming Network for you newbies) named me the Office Athlete of the Century. But I don’t let none of that go to my head. And I know ya’ll ain’t heard from Triple T lately, but I’ve been working on some big things. Believe that, baby."
- Palin as President.
This is just too funny, whatever your political affiliation. But probably funnier if you're a Democrat.
- I've been tumbling.
I'll still be linking things up here, but also things over there. I have a process, I swear.
- Aaron Martin is freelancing again.
We'll miss having his eyeballs on Viewzi full-time, but our loss is your gain. Put this dude in your Rolodex and feel confident in referring anyone you know who has need of great design work to his capable hands.
- The NO!SPEC campaign vs. crowdSPRING
This baloney sandwich is getting harder to chew. Sigh.
- Urban Terror.
Really effective teambuilding software for Mac, PC and even Linux.
- Massive police raids on suspected protesters in Minneapolis
Americans should be outraged and frightened by the police action that has been taken against peaceful protestors in Minneapolis lately. But mostly outraged.
- Typeface != Font
A gentle reminder from Jon Tan on the difference between a typeface and a font. I mess this up all the time, so it's a good refresher for me.
Reaching for the sublime in music design.
- Rob Weychert - Kiss
Best. Breakdown. Ever.
- The Internet Is Ruining America's Movies and Music
Another gem of an article from the WSJ. Did the editor quit or something? One of many nuggets: "no one knows how to listen to a complete album anymore. Everything is slanted toward the hit single." Welcome to 1980, Elizabeth Lee Wurtzel. We've known this for quite a while now.
- North Temple redesigns.
The affable folks at North Temple launched a sweet new design. Now with comments!
- Sigur Rós @ MoMA
"Shot live at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Icelandic Independence Day, Sigur Rós @ MoMA is a unique concert film highlighting new material from the band's latest album, "Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust", as well as classic Sigur Rós songs."
- Legoland's Miniland USA
Friend and photographer Jeremy Johnson has some amazing photos of the also-amazing Lego landscape located in Carlsbad, California. Wow.
- Lego Olympics.
Wow. That's amazing.
- Font Conference
I'm embarrassed that I laughed at this. Several times.
- Photoshop vs Fireworks
It didn't come to tridents and hand grenades, but it was fun to participate nonetheless.
- Protest the Orphan Works Bills
Sign it. Sent it. Do you really have to think about it?
- Fred & Friends
There is only one thing wrong with Fred products, and that is that some of them are only prototypes. Awesome, teasing prototypes that I desperately want. I'm talking to you, <a href="http://www.worldwidefred.com/500xl.htm">500XL</a> earbud speakers.
- British Auto Poster Campaign
I love these. Cheeky copy, great photography and a nice mashup of modern and vintage styles. Plus, it's chock full of wicked worn-ness.
- Hallelujah! A Viewzi Conversion Story.
Wherein I talk a bit about why I'm at Viewzi.
- Physical value of sound.
Too cool: "[Suzuki]'s most compelling work is completely off the turntable. Dubbed the Sound Chaser, it is some thing like a toy train running on a small track, except this train has a record needle and the tracks are made from records that have been cut into train track-like segments. The sounds played by the Sound Chaser can be modified by swapping segments of the vinyl track out, mixing and matching for an endless variety of possible songs."
- Buy n Large.
The fictional megacorp in Wall-e has a very real and very creepy website.
- Watch a Bjork and Sigur Ros Concert Live on the Internets.
Both performances will be streamed live on Saturday, June 28 from 3-8 p.m. EST.
Rumplo may be the greatest thing to happen to t-shirt shopping. I already have a couple dozen new finds lined up for purchase.
- Optima Won't be Running for President
John McCain: Now with more NASCAR.
- Spacing Is Everything
"Here’s my contention: while changing nothing about the color or the typography, it’s possible, in my opinion, to dramatically improve Gmail’s overall elegance." AMEN TO THAT.
- Torn Lights.
That is too cool.
- 37signals is looking for a designer.
I'm betting that Photoshop will be used somewhere in this process. :D
- Viva Calaca!
I love the detailed patterns and Beetlejuice-esque look and spirit of this Dia de los Muertos-themed video.
- Video: Weezer - Pork and Beans
The Weez enlist the help of internet stars/train wrecks, like Tay Zonday, and the girlyman who begged us to leave Britney alone. I am without speech.
- Camera FAIL.
I know it's just a concept, but WOW. This is just way out in left field getting hot dog wrappers thrown at it.
- Small Cool 2008 International Winners
I'm apparently fascinated by what people are able to do with small living spaces. These finalists have gorgeous homes!
Heavy metal font, free for a limited time. Me likey.
- 404 User Experience Design.
<a href="http://www.geniantsandbox.com/">The Geniant Blog</a> is dead. This new site frees us from the "Geniant" name and allows us to forge our own identity. Check it out, yo.
- Tivo Alert - The Duke Spirit Tonight On Conan
Now that the UK group The Duke Spirit has wrapped up their North American tour with BRMC, they have one stop remaining: a performance on Late Night With Conan O'Brien. Liela Moss and her bandmates will be on the program tonight, so don't forget to set those Tivos just in case your peepers just can't stay open that late.
- The Most Important Skill
"The one skill that I would identify as the most important, and the one that can make the most positive impact on your profession, is that of mastering your capacity and ability to learn."
- Beck 8-Bit.
Experimental packaging by <a href="http://www.dhnn.com.ar/">Design has no name</a>. Love it.
- Portishead. Live. Coachella.
You're still reading? PORTISHEAD LIVE COACHELLA FREE DOWNLOAD NOW MKAY?
- Sony Corporation of America to Acquire Gracenote
Sony, please don't break this like you break so many other things.
- The Business
I'm going to have to read this a few times to fully absorb it, but it looks like fantastic career path advice.
- It was the freshest move I've ever seen... it was like he was floating on air.
Linked for the billionth time. Don't forget to kiss the pinky ring.
- Meet Johnny Bunko.
A career guide... in manga graphic novel style? Do want.
- Stefanie Posavec's "On the Map"
Oh. Em. Gee. These are -- hands down -- the most beautiful infographics I've ever seen.
- This Is What Happens When You Wander Last.fm When You Should Be Sleeping.
Incredible. The Members Only jacket. The pants. The Freddie Mercury-meets-Borat stage hair and 'stache. The hot traxx. Rock on, strange man. Rock. On.
- ISO50 vs. Bjork
Wow. Scott Hansen's work for Stereogum's Bjork cover songs project is awesome.
- Timewaste - Rage Fan Vs. Hipster Record Store Clerk
"Dear Hipster Record Store Clerk,
Thank you for judging me on the CD I bought yesterday. Our passive-aggressive altercation made me realize how conformist I am for buying an old Rage Against The Machine album. Your condescension was just the intellectual wake-up call I needed..." And the lulz keep coming.
- Enjoyed: A Tribute To Björk's Post
Dirty Projectors, Bell, Final Fantasy & more cover Björk.
- Showreel: Conrad Ostwald (Video)
This reel is seriously hot. Extra points for the soundtrack, which sounds like Stephen Hawking doing an 8-bit cover version of "I Just Called To Say I Love You."
- Kaki King - "Bone Chaos In The Castle" (Video)
Jaw-dropping fretwork. Wow.
- She & Him.
"She & Him is a story of musical serendipity: Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, each renowned in their own creative fields, meet and recognize a certain shared nostalgia." Me likey!
- Threadless - Pulsars And Dying Stars.
Clearly, I do not frequent Threadless often enough. Be a dear and request a reprinting of Men's L & XL sizes for me.
- The New VW Website (Video)
Now <em>that's</em> how you announce a redesign.
- Portishead - Machine Gun (Video)
The video isn't much to look at, but hey -- it's a new Portishead song! I have no idea why you have to log in to see it. That's just weird.
Probably old news, but I LOLed.
- WALL•E Promo Postcards
Pixar, I love you. These are so cool.
- POP MATTERS
"Vinyl record sleeves with 2-sided insert featuring faux-academic material on pop music and the state of the record industry, seeded with promotional material for indie radio stations."
- Song Charts.
Just what it sounds like. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dreamalynn/2316780481/in/pool-songchart/">Fave.</a>
- Declare Independence.
This Bjork video totally kicks. And is that string-machine a real instrument? Because that would be awesome.
- Nailed It.
Jason Fried on why many web panels are so weak. I like seeing people on panels get ruffled and heated with one another. It's called passion, and there's not enough of it sitting behind those long draped tables.
"Bloxes are building blocks made of interlocking pieces of corrugated cardboard, folded together.. Their unique shape and structure make them exceptionally strong and lightweight — you could build yourself a platform to stand on, and then pick it up and move it wherever you need to." By Aza Razkin. WANT.
- Heima Screening On YouTube Tomorrow
Shot in Iceland, Heima follows Sigur Ros as they play small towns and other beautiful, unusual locations. If you have not seen this film, this is your chance to redeem yourself. Hopefully the YouTube version isn't too compressed. View <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpQ6m2Qf918">the trailer</a> in preparation for tomorrow.
- Dreaming of Revenge
<a href="http://www.kakiking.com/">Kaki King's</a> new album is just lurvely.
- Watch the Helvetica documentary.
It appears that Gary Huswit's "Helvetica" is now available, in full, on Google video. If you've never seen it, now's your chance.
- The Question: Audiences
I'm not sure how old this is, but Ze Frank solicited answers from various people (including perennial Jaredigital fave Imogen Heap) regarding how their audience affects their work. Interesting stuff.
- A List Apart: Issue 254
Two great articles by Andy Rutledge and Naz Hamid. Very thoughtful and well-written pieces.
- Time Loop Theory.
It's a little difficult to wrap my head around it, but this LOST theory seems pretty plausible.
- NewsFire is now free.
I used this as my main reader till a few years back. Not sure why I stopped; it's a very slick interface.
I've been using this for about a week, and it's a lot of fun. I only wish that the service was a bit faster!
- A&E (video)
As long as I'm gushing about Goldfrapp today, I may as well go ahead and point you to this fetching video for "A&E." Dancing leaf-people? Always a good decision.
- A Texas Designer's Map of the World
It's true; y'all Yankees be stealin' our oils.
- Dear Colleagues
Generally good advice for all kinds of designers. I'm totally guilty of the 'not responding to email' thing, and assure you that it is due to a horrible lack of self-management and <em>not</em> snobbery. [<a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/unbeige/ideas/ten_thousand_things_asks_designers_to_stop_acing_like_divas_78565.asp">via</a>]
- Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree
I am really liking what I'm hearing. Going to have to pick up this album ASAP.
- TED | Talks | Roy Gould: WorldWide Telescope (video)
Wow. This looks like it's going to be an amazing tool for bringing the universe to the masses.
- NSA leaks 'Cloverfield' defense plan
"If tactical assault weaponry is incapable of pacifying the hostile megamorph, possible solutions are ... breeding and unleashing a similar-sized megamorph, although our one should have wings and breathe magical flames or something." AWESOME.
- Design is thinking made visual.
I love this quote by Saul Bass (and the poster it's attached to). <a href="http://veerle.duoh.com/blog/comments/winners_of_the_what_is_graphic_design_poster_competition/">via</a>
I loves me some technology concepts, and this one from Nokia is a doozie.
- New MacBook Pro.
Bigger hard drive, faster video card and -- gasp -- multitouch trackpad. WANT.
- The Roaring Mouse
"I haven't expressed sheer effusiveness about a logo on Brand New before, but I think this warrants it: I love it. I would even call it "brilliantly executed" and stand behind it 100%."
I agree; this logo is awesome.
- What Video Game System Should I Own?
Whew, I'm glad I made the right decision!
My apologies for the RSS spam. I'm attempting to rejigger my RSS feeds and apparently I am a huge noob. Please bear with me as I figure it out.
- Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes to Plugged In links.
I'm moving my link list to del.icio.us, so I apologize for any annoying feedreader hoopla that may result from my tinkering with Feedburner et all in the next little while. Gracias.
- Be my Netflix friend.
I just signed up for Netflix, so if you're there too it'd be great if you added me as a friend.
- Free Prototypes EP
Record label Minty Fresh is offering a free download of The Prototypes' Je Ne Te Connais Pas EP. Nice.
- Apple's Resolution-Independent Interface Patent
"Have an Apple High-DPI MegaCinema Display? No problem. Just scale the user interface to twice its regular size. Every single button, title bar, piece of text and scroll widget draws itself at a new size. The result is silky smooth — beautiful buttons, beautifully clickable, and beautifully high-resolution. That's the idea, anyway. It just needs to, you know, be programmed."
- Beware the Backlash: A rising tide of disaffection towards design
"Design is now used so widely and loosely, it has been stripped of much of it's meaning." Interesting.
- The Dumbness of Crowds.
"Great design isn't made by consensus." Frankendog.
- 15 tips to choose a good text type
Good tips on choosing an appropriate typeface.
- Packaging Design for Web-based Products
"Thinking in terms of an unpacking experience can help turn a typical web application registration process into an engaging event." Amen.
- Warner Music CEO Admits His Kids "Stole" Music, Didn't Get Sued
If only his thieving kids' iPods had been taxed, this would never have happened...
- How can our spaces improve creativity?
"I truly believe if there were more environments that fostered and encouraged innovative and creative thinking...we'd be a different place."
- The (Dutch) Music Industry Proposes "iPod Tax."
Another dumb idea. What I really want to know is what's up with Wired's choice of article graphic: Buzz Lightyear covered up by an archaic U.S. stamp on an iPod screen? Is that the Dutch symbol for taxes? I don't get it.
- Stephen King Would Ruin LOST.
I know the guy was just having a conversation with buddies, but this is probably the worst ending you could suggest for LOST. Seriously, that's it? Weak!
- Firefox 2 Tip: Stop Automatic Image Resizing
Good to know. That was driving me nuts!
- Windows OSX, (cough), Vista.
Spotlight, Widgets, glossiness level set to 11. Yeah, Vista wants to be a Mac in the worst possible way.
- Steve Ballmer explains the value of the Zune.
"I want to squirt you a picture of my kids. You want to squirt me back a video of your vacation. That's a software experience." Gross, dude. Sounds more like an STD experience to me.
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