History of the Button
, a weblog devoted to 'tracing the history of interaction design through the history of the button, from flashlights to websites and beyond'. This presentation [4.5MB .pdf] provides a quick-fire pictorial history of the things we push to do stuff.
posted by jack_mo
on Sep 22, 2006 -
An open letter to John Warnock.
"Please consider releasing eight to twelve core fonts into the public domain. The amount of revenue lost from a small core set of fonts surely can’t have a significant impact on Adobe’s bottom line."
posted by DrJohnEvans
on Aug 30, 2006 -
Design Times Square: The Urban Forest Project
"brings 185 banners
created by the world’s most celebrated designers, artists, photographers and illustrators to New York’s Times Square. Each banner uses the form of the tree, or a metaphor for the tree, to make a powerful visual statement. Together they create a forest of thought-provoking images at one of the world’s busiest, most energetic, and emphatically urban intersections
." Including work by Milton Glaser
, the Walker Art Center
, and many, many others. Via Speak Up
posted by tpl1212
on Aug 29, 2006 -
— best known for their work on... well not much
really — recently had the opportunity to bid on the interactive account for Subway
Restaurants. Their idea was to create a pitch video (embedded youtube)
showing them brainstorming for ideas for the pitch video. They posted it online hoping to make it go viral, but the only viral thing about it really was that it used the word viral
in it as many times as possible and tried to show how hip
— best known for sponsoring matches of Photoshop Tennis
... although the archives of past matches are currently down... they spawned legions of copycats
, — decided to post their own Unsolicited Response video (embedded quicktime)
which in turn is much funnier than the original.
So what makes a lame attempt at viral video
actually GO viral
? With so much discussion on advertising forums
saying it isn't, all the attention it has been getting is ensuring that it is.
posted by skrike
on Aug 3, 2006 -
) is a man of many talents. His own site
(flash/sound) is fun (often funny) and chock full of agreeably wacky sounds, but can take some time to navigate. Reichel hasn't made it easy for you if you happen to be in a hurry. You may well get stuck somewhere and just give up. That'd be a shame, though, cause you'd miss getting acquainted with the guitars
he makes and plays. Or how he designs fonts
. The mixing board
shenanigans are not to be missed (once you get past those curious little fellows in the brown hats), plus you can sorta kinda play his daxophone
yourself. And of course conduct your own little ensemble of meercats
when one of them finally comes out of hiding and says "Hallo! Play with me".
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Aug 3, 2006 -
the man who once said, "there is nothing more aerodynamic than a wiener," created the iconic Wienermobile ,
but was also responsible for many other innovations in industrial design. He put the first window in a clothes dryer
, built a land-yacht and streamlined train
, developed an important precursor to the SUV
, and designed the wide-mouth peanut butter jar
and an aerodynamic vacuum cleaner
. More lastingly, he also created the idea of planned obsolescence
, the "desire to own something a little newer, a little better, a little sooner than is necessary."
posted by blahblahblah
on Aug 2, 2006 -
The Jackie Robinson of architecture.
An orphaned African American boy from downtown Los Angeles, Paul Revere Williams
wanted to be an architect, and when he mentioned his career goal the high school guidance counselor ”stared at me with as much astonishment as he would have had I proposed a rocket flight to Mars... Whoever heard of a Negro being an architect?
”. Therefore, Williams learned to read and draw upside down -- he knew that white clients would not sit next to him -- graduated from USC
and in 1924 became the first certified African American architect west of the Mississippi. In a 50-year long extraordinary career,
he designed landmarks like the Theme restaurant
at Los Angeles International Airport
(with Welton Becket
), the LA County Courthouse
, the Hollywood YMCA
, Saks Fifth Avenue
in Beverly Hills
, restored the Beverly Hills Hotel. Some of his most interesting buildings, like the La Concha Motel
in Las Vegas
have either been razed
to the ground
or, like the "Batman house
", aka 160 S San Rafael mansion
in Pasadena, have been destroyed by fire. Now, Williams' historic Morris Landau House
has been cut into 21 separate pieces
and sits in a Santa Clarita storage yard, rotting away
. More inside.
posted by matteo
on Jul 2, 2006 -
Meet the new New York Times.
After five years
, the most popular newspaper on the web has gotten a facelift. Joining a recent web design trend towards optimizing for wider screens
, they've gone for no fewer than six columns on the front page. And while I wouldn't look for a wiki any time soon, they seem to be giving a nod to the web 2.0 crowd with javascipty scrollable image bars and prominent links to recent video
(hello, YouTube) and current rankings of their most popular, most emailed and most blogged articles
(hello, Technorati). The new Times Topics
aggregate articles (and multimedia) from across the site, along with background info (hello, Wikipedia). All the more impressive, considering the head of their design team (who also redid The Onion!
) was hired just three months ago
. Of course, Mickey Kaus will still see this as proof that Sulzburger should be fired.
posted by gsteff
on Apr 3, 2006 -
The Vinyl Enthusiast. The Poet. The Dinner Guest. The Bass Player. The Showman. The Search Party. The Grandfather. The Tourist. ... The Regulars.
posted by dobbs
on Mar 14, 2006 -
50% of all product returns are due to poor design. Well color me surprised, kids.
It seems as though we always take for granted the products we use on a regular basis. But most things I use just plain suck due to the design and resultant user experience. How often do you find yourself fighting with your mobile phone, DVD player, 80-button AV receiver and 15 component TV systems? Which products are paragons of good design, and which should be thrown away with the dishwater? What's the most infuriating product you've ever used? My choices for bad design: BMW's iDrive. Good design: iPod.
posted by tgrundke
on Mar 7, 2006 -
: A sketching interface for 3D freeform design (in Java). Noodle around with the online applet
(see the tutorial
for instructions; there's also a demo
in .avi format), or download the program so you can save your creations. An even niftier upgrade is available, SmoothTeddy
), but SmoothTeddy doesn't have an online version to play with.
posted by Gator
on Feb 22, 2006 -