Sunday Print Inspiration

Sunday Print Inspiration

Jan 24, 2010

Having a mellow Sunday with lots of new design magazines and some homemade broccoli and roasted red pepper soup.

Red Pixelate: iPhone Adhesive Design

Red Pixelate: iPhone Adhesive Design

Nov 8, 2009

Red Pixelate is the second design in my pixelate series. This time, it’s specifically designed to scale for an iPhone.  I’m still working on the design scaled for a laptop. Just got work that Red Pixelate is now up for voting at Infectious for the next 12 days. Products are made based on votes and […]

Thirty Conversations on Design

Thirty Conversations on Design

Nov 6, 2009

Thirty Conversations on Design 30 of the world’s most inspired creatives answer two straightforward yet incredibly complex questions: “What single example of design inspires you most?” and “What problem should design solve next?” Via Brain Pickings on PicoCool

Citrus Pixelate: Vote for My Design at Infectious

Citrus Pixelate: Vote for My Design at Infectious

Oct 27, 2009

Citrus Pixelate, my laptop adhesive design for Infectious I first heard about Infectious when I went to an event at IDEO in 2008 when my company, Ideacodes, had just started working with them on their new website. Infectious had a car displayed out front covered with decals by Dalek, one of my favorite artists. I […]

Honda U3-X Personal Mobility Concept

Oct 1, 2009

Honda is literally reinventing the wheel with its new concept, the U3-X Personal Mobility Concept, an experimental personal mobility device that provides 360 degree movement. The concept relies on technologies derived while working on the ASIMO humanoid robot, which I’ve mentioned before. When walking, we perform forward, backward, side-to-side, and diagonal movements, the latter of […]

Origami Tea Packaging

Origami Tea Packaging

Sep 23, 2009

Directed by artist Natalia Ponomareva from Russia, here is an amazing project with packaging of tea bags produced under the principles of origami. The bird forms and unfolds gradually while the tea infuses. Elegant and subtle. Via PicoCool

The Browsable Grid

The Browsable Grid

Sep 16, 2009

Several sites, including my own PicoCool, are taking advantage of the grid view as a fast way for users to browse content. Designers have been relying on the grid for generations as a layout technique. Lots of data-driven sites (eg. product comparisons or search results), web 2.0 services and blogs let users toggle their view […]

Helveticize Your Web

Helveticize Your Web

Sep 14, 2009

It’s been fun to see new scripts and themes developed to “Helveticize” the web, starting with Google Reader, then Google Calendar, Gmail, and now Twitter.  If you’re a Helvetica lover, you’re in luck.  Get rid of multiple fonts and cluttered interfaces and give your apps a minimalist makeover.  It is just a visual makeover, though, […]

Ideacodes and MTV International

Apr 22, 2009

Ideacodes had the pleasure of working with the social responsibility division of MTV Networks International on the launch of the microsite for Cherry Girl, their newest global talent. At MTVCherryGirl.com, visitors can find out more about her intriguing philosophy of life. The MTV audience will be able to check out this exciting new discovery on-air, […]

The Color Palette of Noodles
Eye vs. Eye and Kern: iPhone Games for Designers

Eye vs. Eye and Kern: iPhone Games for Designers

Feb 13, 2009

As much as I love iPhone apps, I haven’t really gotten into games as much as other types of apps (social networking, productivity, photography, music, search, etc.), but these two games from FORMation Alliance might change my mind. Both are perfect for designers and visual people. EYE vs. EYE EYE vs. EYE Is an intense […]

WhatTheFont for iPhone

WhatTheFont for iPhone

Feb 11, 2009

If you’re a designer, you’ve probably used WhatTheFont, the service that can identify a font from a photo, web graphic or scanned image. Now you can get those same features on your iPhone just by taking a photo with the WhatTheFont for iPhone app. You’ll need to have internet access on your phone so the […]

Adobe Max

Adobe Max

Nov 17, 2008

It was great to see Simone Legno (aka Tokidoki) speak about his work and process. That’s his laptop shown above.

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Working 073108

Jul 31, 2008
Adobe Design Achievement Awards

Adobe Design Achievement Awards

Jun 6, 2008

In Hell’s Kitchen, NYC to judge the 2008 Adobe Design Achievement Awards. It was great to meet Tina Roth Eisenberg in person after following each other online, Joshua Davis, Armin Vit, Michael Lebowitz, Rebeca Mendez and David Gensler. UPDATE: Award winners announced and written up by CreativePro here.

Young Women Driving the Social Web

Feb 24, 2008

In an article at the NY Times last week, the writer states that “research shows that among the youngest Internet users, the primary creators of Web content (blogs, graphics, photographs, Web sites) are not misfits resembling the Lone Gunmen of “The X Files.” On the contrary, the cyberpioneers of the moment are digitally effusive teenage […]

Social Design Strategies Panel at SXSW 2008

Oct 21, 2007

I’m pleased to let you know that Max Kiesler and my proposed SXSW panel, Social Design Strategies, has been selected for SXSW 2008. Thanks to everyone who voted using the panel picker. Our Social Design Strategies panel description: Now that social networking is quickly becoming a regular feature set, designers need to understand the dynamics […]

PicoCool: Cool Content from Real People

PicoCool: Cool Content from Real People

Sep 10, 2007

After spending the last two years as eHub, obsessively profiling and trying out almost every web application that’s come out, I’ve decided to try something different from a new perspective. I just launched PicoCool, a site that’s dedicated to bringing you tiny and obscure content from the world of peer media, social networks and subcultures. […]

SXSW Interactive Panel

Feb 12, 2007

A few months ago I was asked by Tom Markiewicz, CEO of EvolvePoint, to be on a panel about “Using RSS for Marketing” for the SXSW Interactive Conference coming up March 9-13 and I gladly accepted. The other panelists include Bill Flitter of Pheedo, Greg Reinacker of NewsGator, and John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing. […]

Social Visualization, Looking Inside Out

Feb 9, 2007

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking about different aspects of data visualization (see an earlier post). Patterns in the Ecosystem Since my first job on the web as a graduate assistant information designer, I’ve been interested in web metrics, thanks in large part to my friend and mentor, Rebecca Bernstein, the founder […]

The Impact of One Visualization

Feb 6, 2007

In an excellent article at the Adobe Design Center site, David Womack describes the significance of one visualization in “Seeing is believing: Information visualization and the debate over global warming.” Womack describes the considerations around presenting visualizations of global warming in Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth. There are lessons here for us as both […]

Capturing the Flow of Design

Feb 4, 2007

The best way to present or analyze a design would be to record the desktop of an entire design cycle so that people (users, clients, developers, customers, etc.) can see the entire process that led up to the final prototype. Today’s designer works in a varied environment between screengrabs, layout, code, browser, chat: a hybrid […]

Internal Elegance

Jan 19, 2007

In mathematics, the highest measure of a mathematical forumal is to have internal elegance. I think the same is true for web apps and design.

Pouf

Pouf

Dec 31, 2006

I first saw a pink pouf in the window of Friend SF.  When I got closer, I loved the idea even more: a waterproof, all weather, durable but lightweight stool/bench/table made with foam.  Solid but light.  Precious but durable.  Thanks to m+d for the amazing gift that’s now in my living room – a perfect […]

The Shift

Nov 22, 2006

Many of the trends we’ve been seeing in Web 2.0 aren’t limited to the internet, as much the Valley likes to think so :) Ideas that arise from subcultures do so for a reason. Sometimes because one person rises up to claim it, but more often because a collective group of people are feeling and […]

The Cloud

The Cloud

Nov 10, 2006

This combines so many elements that I’m drawn to into one functional environment – beyond object.  It’s meditative, ethereal, and draws from camping technology (rip-stop nylon, portable).  Camping in my tent has always been highly meditative and creative for me.  At one point many years ago, we even had our tent set up in our […]

Stylehive Launch: Party and New Features

Stylehive Launch: Party and New Features

Oct 23, 2006

Last Thursday night was the official launch party for Stylehive, the social shopping community focused on new trends, products, designers, stores and experts. The launch party was fabulous. Thanks to everyone that came! As Styehive editor, Stephanie Wong, writes in the Stylehive blog post: “Hivers, bloggers, friends and fashion fiends from San Francisco, Los Angeles […]

Damien Hirst Manolo Blahniks

Damien Hirst Manolo Blahniks

Oct 9, 2006

We were strolling through Union Square and I caught this great display of Manolo Blahnik shoes by Damien Hirst at the San Francisco Neiman Marcus Manolo Blahnik retrospective.

Why I Use Social Software

Aug 31, 2006

Recent posts have been expressing why people don’t like using social software, or believe it’s just a passing fad. Since I disagree, I’ve made a short list of why I do use social software, and why I think the social aspects of our digital interactions will only increase not decrease. Nick Carr writes that “The […]

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Aug 9, 2006

“Most people spend their lives living in dreary, beige conformity, mortally afraid of using colors. The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination and make their surroundings more exciting.” -Verner Panton