Geos print

Geos print

Apr 19, 2014

A series of elegant and simple geometric studies via geos Digital Print BW 11 x 17 by onomatopoeic on Etsy.

Life creates conditions conducive to life

Feb 16, 2014

Synergy and discovery at the fourth annual design science symposium at RISD: Baumeister shared the brilliant work of designers who have embraced the notion of biomimicry, “consciously emulating nature’s genius” to solve a wide range of problems. Reflective fibers inspired by spider webs and all but invisible to the human eye are now being embedded […]

Doodle and Scratch Placemats

Oct 9, 2013

At MoMA: Naoki Ono and Yuuki Yamamoto’s silicone coasters and placemats mimic the scribbles that are often the starting point of great ideas. Ono and Yamamoto make up YOY, a Tokyo-based design unit that creates products that spark conversations and encourage storytelling.

Supercomputer built from Raspberry Pis and Lego

Supercomputer built from Raspberry Pis and Lego

Sep 14, 2012

Brilliant, inexpensive technology: Supercomputer built from Raspberry Pis and Lego A team of computer scientists at the University of Southampton in the UK created a supercomputer out of 64 Raspberry Pi matchbox Linux-on-a-chip computers and Lego. The team included six year old James Cox, the son of project lead Professor Simon Cox, “who provided specialist […]

Forces

May 27, 2012

“Don’t fight forces, use them.” – Buckminster Fuller

Great Things

Mar 15, 2012

Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. – Jack Kerouac Via explore

SOPA Strike

SOPA Strike

Jan 18, 2012

Today was the internet’s SOPA strike day. Netizens, websites and tech companies rallied to stop the internet censorship bills, SOPA and PIPA. From the EFF‘s post, Thank You, Internet! And the Fight Continues: The numbers are pretty amazing.  More than 1 million messages (and counting!) were sent to Congress today via the EFF action center. More […]

Photo Locations

Photo Locations

Dec 17, 2011

On the iPhone you can see locations of places you’ve taken photos. Here’s a screenshot of the map showing where I’ve been this very West coast year.

Real-time Recommendations

Real-time Recommendations

Dec 16, 2011

Love that Foursquare is using smartphone geolocation features to provide you with real-time recommendations through the app.

Billabong Donations to SurfAid Through Instagram Photos

Billabong Donations to SurfAid Through Instagram Photos

Dec 12, 2011

Send Instagram photos to Billabong to donate $1 to SurfAid for each photo. You can see six of my photos in the first two rows. Get involved at the Life is Better site.

An Urban Emoticon that Measures the Happiness of Cities

An Urban Emoticon that Measures the Happiness of Cities

Dec 12, 2011

This is emoji writ large. The Fühl-o-meter/Public Face is an interactive art installation that calibrates the mood of the city in which it has been erected with a monumental illuminated Smiley. The work of artists Richard Wilhelmer, Julius von Bismarck, and Benjamin Maus, the urban emoticon accurately communicates its host city’s gefühlszustand according to “mood data” obtained using integrated software which […]

A $25 Handheld Computer for Education

A $25 Handheld Computer for Education

Nov 29, 2011

Raspberry Pi is a new credit card-sized computer designed specifically to teach computer programming to students. The device is the brainchild of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a U.K. charity that “exists to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level” and wants “to put the fun back into learning computing.” […]

Twine

Twine

Nov 26, 2011

Connect real life tasks/objects to the internet. Like IRL @ifttt. Want to hook up things to the Web? Maybe you want to get a tweet when your laundry’s done, or get an email when the basement floods while you’re on vacation. Even if you’re good with electronics and programming, these are involved projects. Instead of […]

The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face

The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face

Nov 22, 2011

Kare’s work gave the Mac a visual lexicon that was universally inviting and intuitive. Instead of thinking of each image as a tiny illustration of a real object, she aimed to design icons that were as instantly comprehensible as traffic signs. There was an ineffably disarming and safe quality about her designs. Like their self-effacing […]

Location Recommendations

Location Recommendations

Nov 17, 2011

While I still use the app, I haven’t visited the Foursquare site recently. They’ve made some changes and one that works well is the logged-in view of the home page which shows you locations near you that friends have visited and recommended.

Lookwork Visual RSS

Nov 9, 2011

Checking out @lookwork, a visual rss reader with solid features (tags, dropbox backups, following): http://lookwork.com/

Stop-Motion Music Video Shot Over Two Years with 288,000 Jelly Beans

Nov 5, 2011

Amazing dedication and creativity: Want to see what pure dedication looks like? This music video for the song “In Your Arms” by Kina Grannis is a stop-motion animation done with a background composed of jelly beans. It’s a crazy project that required 22 months, 1,357 hours, 30 people, and 288,000 jelly beans. They could have […]

The Fierce Imagination of Haruki Murakami

Oct 25, 2011

You could even say that translation is the organizing principle of Murakami’s work: that his stories are not only translated but about translation. The signature pleasure of a Murakami plot is watching a very ordinary situation (riding an elevator, boiling spaghetti, ironing a shirt) turn suddenly extraordinary (a mysterious phone call, a trip down a magical well, […]

On Creativity

Oct 25, 2011

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they […]

Visual Grub, an Instagram Mac Client

Visual Grub, an Instagram Mac Client

Oct 10, 2011

If you’re a fan of Instagram, you’re going to want to try out Visual Grub, a free Mac desktop client made by Ryan Grimm. Download it from the Mac App Store here. It’s full of features, including: View your Instagram friend feed A feed of the photos you’ve liked View what’s popular right now See […]

Thank You, Steve

Thank You, Steve

Oct 5, 2011

I got my first Mac when I was thirteen (thanks to my progressive parents) and my life hasn’t been the same since. Steve Jobs inspired me beyond the physical products that he helped make at Apple, but through his ideas and his relentless pursuit of his own vision to change the world. He elevated design […]

ifttt

ifttt

Sep 16, 2011

Trying out ifttt (if this then that), a web service that lets you create your own automated tasks, triggers and actions from various social media and digital channels (email, sms, instagram, twitter, dropbox, etc). For example, you can create a task to save every new photo you take in instagram to dropbox. Love the idea.

On Perfection

Sep 6, 2011

“It was like perfection was the thing that was destroying me — being totally focused on making it perfect,” she says. “And I found that when I would improvise, I didnt care about the technique. I would just put my mind outside of where I was, and just be in the music.” via Zoe Keating: […]

Wacom Inkling

Aug 30, 2011

Wacom Inkling is the easiest way yet to go from hand-drawn to vector: With the Inkling, digital drawing feels like traditional drawing because it is. The Inkling is basically an A4-sized clipboard that works with any old piece of paper you have lying around, complete with a pressure-sensitive drawing stylus that’s actually a pen. You […]

MOVE

Aug 8, 2011

Eleven countries in one minute. Via dooce

Happy 20 Years of WWW

Aug 6, 2011

Today is a significant day in the history of the Internet. On 6 August 1991, exactly twenty years ago, the World Wide Web became publicly available. Its creator, the now internationally known Tim Berners-Lee, posted a short summary of the project on the alt.hypertext newsgroup and gave birth to a new technology which would fundamentally […]

OLO

OLO

Aug 5, 2011

Enjoyed playing OLO just now, a game/experiment using latest features of CSS3 and HTML5. Found it to be mellow, minimal and with some simple constraints to make it interesting. OLO is a free game developed for finger-flicking fun on touch devices. Play it straight in the browser or offline and full-screen… no internet required! To […]

Code for America's Iconathon

Code for America’s Iconathon

Jul 25, 2011

Earlier this year, Jen Pahlka asked me if I wanted to be a mentor for Code for America, and of course I said yes. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with Karla Macedo, one of this year’s fellows. They’ve put together a great idea: Code for America, in partnership with the Noun Project, is pleased […]

Mobile Design Patterns

Jul 23, 2011

Good collection of mobile patterns: http://mobile-patterns.com/

Lion Released

Lion Released

Jul 21, 2011

In case you didn’t hear, Mac OSX Lion was released today publicly with over 250 new features. It’s also the first Mac OS to be sold through the Mac Store.