A recent design project by Pentagram for the Achievement First Endeavor Middle School in Brooklyn caught my attention. Paula Scher calls the Achievement First project “an opportunity to correct the beige mistake of my childhood,” as she “always thought that schools, libraries, medical clinics, and other public institutions I inhabited were mean.” Why did this […]
Having a mellow Sunday with lots of new design magazines and some homemade broccoli and roasted red pepper soup.
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 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, 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 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 […]
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
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 […]
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 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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
It was great to see Simone Legno (aka Tokidoki) speak about his work and process. That’s his laptop shown above.
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.
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. […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.