Today seems like the perfect day to post about possibly the most perfect collaborative couple, and one of their side projects. Don’t Fear the Internet is a side project put together by Jessica Hische and Russ Maschmeyer in the hopes of demystifying the internet for us feeble designers and creatives. Also little side note, as of yesterday Jessica and Russ have officially announced their engagement, check out their super cute announcement site/page here. Congrats you two lovely love birds.
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Calvetica by Mysterious Trousers is an awesome minimalist calendar app for the iPhone. The application is built on the iOS native calendaring APIs and syncs seamlessly with the iOS Calendar app. At $2.99 this calendar is a definite steal.
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I want to start off by saying, the new twitter homepage is a vast improvement. Despite their steps forward mainly simplifying and invigorating the design. Like so many other sites and services in their sphere they still fall victim to flat, lifeless, and infinitely uninspired homepage experiences.
Sites like twitter and facebook, second to second and minute to minute provide users with a platform to generate such a beautifully vast and unique amount of content. Yet are we still battling with designing homepages that balance the tasks of leveraging the sites interior content and not overwhelming the visitor upon arrival.
The NY Times website, and news sites in general are a good place to look for inspiration. Most frequently with periodicals they use the cover in print or the homepage in web to engage the viewer or catch their eye. Services like twitter owe it to themselves to offer up a more profound and enticing homepage. Arriving on their homepage and seeing a few favicons of famous people is not enough of a reason for me to signup and become a user if I were not already using their service. Lets look at Evernote for a moment. They are different because their product functions in a completely different space and purpose, however almost immediately upon arriving at their site I know what the application is, what it does, and I have pretty good understanding of it’s interface.
So one major argument that comes to mind is, how many people still access twitter through the web? Since the release of new twitter the number of users of the browser based application have definitely risen and I know I am not the only person of the opinion that new twitter is the most rich and intuitive way to access your stream. This statement goes for third party apps as well. Sorry guys.
I feel like I have been under a rock without internet for a while. Hearing about Method & Craft for the first time today makes me feel like I have truly been missing out. Now I have some catching up to do though. The interviews and approach to sharing techniques and how great designers work is not necessarily revolutionary, but I think it is a powerful resource for the younger generation of designers along with the veterans hoping to ramp up there technical skills.
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It is admirable that Google, a company whose success is a byproduct of the speed of their products and services, has the vision to release a web periodical as a place to pause and reflect. “But in a world of accelerating change, we all need time to reflect. Think Quarterly is a breathing space in a busy world. It’s a place to take time out and consider what’s happening and why it matters.” The thoughts above are from Managing Director of Google UK and Ireland, Matt Brittin.
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The new iPhone app Vimeo released at first look and first use appears to be the revolutionary piece of software that on the go video enthusiasts have been waiting for. With serious ease you can shoot, edit and upload a video to your Vimeo account in one streamlined set of intuitive actions. Flickr did the same thing for photos in the web based app where you could cover most but not all required parts of your photo editing and uploading. However their user experience falls far short of what Vimeo has created here! I am excited to start using the app regularly.
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Even today there are rather few blogs and web based editorials that truly craft unique quality content. The Brander as far as I know is the first to do such a thing for brands, their development, and the people behind them. Pairing amazing photographs with comprehensive writing they truly rise to the occasion of covering people and brands that have risen to top of their field, or in some cases created a field.
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I posted about the The Official Manufacturing Company previously here. Their work is always impressively bold and holds very specific characteristics based on each client and their brand. They also maintain a client list equally as impressive as their work, including Ace Hotel, Rudy’s Barbershop, and Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Last time I posted about them I had just encountered the new packaging Stumptown had released, which they designed. Since that post they have done more great work for Stumptown along with a slew of other great stuff.
Michael Surtees of the blog Design Notes and the new web shop Gesture Theory has recently launched a Google Chrome extension called Silence of the Celebs. The extension gives you the ability to remove headlines of celebs from CNN, Huffington Post, and TMZ. You can choose from their default list or add your own. Additional features are said to be coming soon, including the ability of the extension to function on any site.
My friend Skylar Challand of oak is the genius behind this revolutionary new bookmarking and sharing tool dropmark. Dropmark combines a lot of the features I love in Gimme Bar with a little be more focus on data ownership, which I really appreciate. They also have a handy little API so you can use your data and dropmarks in anyway you would like.
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Photo: Jason Santa Maria
A Book Apart will release the third title in their collection on March 8th. The book is titled The Elements of Content Strategy and was written by Erin Kissane who works as a project lead at Brain Traffic.
º Basic Principles
º The Craft of Content Strategy
º Tools and Techniques
º Bonus Track: How Do I Get In?
Typography Deconstructed fills such a necessary void in design education and equips us with general knowledge of something we designers use everyday and on average know very little about. Today there are very few well designed sources of good factual reference when you are truly in need of it. This site and accompanying poster provide the design community with a wealth of knowledge on the subject of typography. So on behalf of myself and designers every where I say thank you TypeDecon!
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Underheard in New York is the perfect example of a simple idea that may not change the world, but can at the least change what we know and the way we think about homelessness. Pairing the social media capabilities of twitter and four prepaid cellphones Underheard has empowered homeless New Yorkers to participate in the global dialog on homelessness. They truly deserve a seat at the table in this discussion and most certainly deserve to be called New Yorkers.
“Underheard in New York is an initiative to help homeless residents in New York City speak for themselves. We’ve provided Danny, Derrick, Albert and Carlos each with their own mobile phone, a month of unlimited text messaging and a Twitter account. They’ve found their voices by texting their thoughts, feelings and actions to Twitter. Our mission is to use their social media presence to create real interaction and make them a part of our global community.”
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Disclaimer: This post makes some broad strokes about a few different things, but it’s main intention was to recount a recent data snafu and to send some appreciation to a couple of fellow bloggers for being awesome.
As you read this I am recovering from what initially looked like catastrophic data-loss. My Lacie d2 Quadra 500GB hard-drive(sole file storage for most if not all of my work past and present. Yes I am a lazy dinosaur) refused to mount and was making that brushy clicking sound; said to be characteristic of collapsed brushes. It turned out to be the other common and infinitely more palatable scenario. A corrupted power source. Painless $30 fix from the nice helpful people over at Tekserve.
The comedy in all of this lies in the fact that earlier that day I had signed up for Backblaze and made the mental note to start putting together A Backup System. This initiative had stemmed from reading two insightful posts from some fellow design, web creatives Frank Chimero and Antonio Carusone of Aisleone. I really respect these two guys for their work and for the education and inspiration I get from their blogs on a regular basis. These posts about something that could be written off as trivial or something any body should be able to figure out on their own is a great resource. Inevitably we all need good information on a particular subject at some point. So why not get that info. from someone you have learned to trust?
It is really great that people in our field have the compulsion and platforms available to them, like never before, to share their experiences, ideas and tools for doing what it is we do.
Muncie is a strong condensed, all-caps typeface offered for free from The Lost Type Co-op. Riley Cran and Tyler Galpin collaborated on this project, which was built and launched in an awe inspiring 24 hours. After a great first release TLTC is on track towards their goal of being a “pay what you want” type foundry.
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Collections of things are always insightful, and this collection of UI button types from all over the web is fantastic. Apptly named House of Buttons, this blog is edited by Jason Long a developer and UI designer from Columbus, Ohio.
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Posting from the road for the second time. I am currently in Antigua, Guatemala on a trip around central America.
“Domestique is a historic cycling journal. You will find clippings, images, random filings and general romantic cycling non-sense filling these pages. Most likely you won’t find much about carbon, expensive modern components or the like, but once in a while we get a little self-indulgent. Think of it as a history book, but a hell of a lot less boring.”
I couldn’t really some it up better myself. This is a great blog with awesome historic cycling content and a nice minimalist design to boot.
My good friend Jessica Hische just launched a beautiful new site for her project Daily Drop Cap, which will function as a blog for the duration of the project and then as an archive and resource once the final alphabet is completed. For anyone who has followed the drop caps project at all, you know how beautiful and vast a body of work it has generated. So it stands to reason that it should be given a beautiful home. This very simple, yet refined WordPress site makes an awesome home for these alphabets.