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The Art Assignment #3: Intimate, Indispensable GIF

In which The Art Assignment visits New York-based artist Toyin Odutola and receives the challenge to create a GIF! But not just any GIF–it must articulate something intimate that is indispensable to you. My Entry: My (current) favorite words EPISODE 03 INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Think of something intimate that is indispensable to you. (It doesn’t have

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Amor Fati – New Shirt Design

A new addition to my Redbubble t-shirt shop – Amor Fati. The three Moirai, the Fates, Clotho (the spinner), Lachesis (the allotter) and Atropos (the inexorable). This is one I didn’t draw myself, but found an old wood carving image (copyright free, of course) and scanned and cleaned it up in Illustrator. I’ve had it

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Kinsey 6 Shirt

In time for pride, my new shirt design. You can buy yours here… If you were curious about what it means, here’s some information on the Kinsey Scale.

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Cat Tower Brainstorming

Some ideas I have for a project I’d like to do – a cat tower piece of furniture for the cats to have someplace to sit. The first was an idea I got from a cartoon. The other idea I’ve been knocking around is a combo clock/cat bed tower. Not sure whether to combine these

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Prototyping Responsive Typography

By viljamis.com: Prototyping Responsive Typography: Basically, a typography prototype is a single web page that consists of the project’s actual content. It’s designed in the browser using real web fonts and tools like Typecast. A typography prototype includes font choices, styles for the basic text content and a typographic scale, but nothing else. All our

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Team Pie and Team Cake Shirts

I’ve been meaning to make these shirts since the first Twilight movie came out, because I never cared much for Edward or Jacob, but I do care a lot about dessert. I also have a vague recollection of having a (semi-sober) discussion (argument) with someone about whether cake or pie was better, which was quite

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Unreliable Narrator Shirt

I was reading The Story Within the other day, and in the middle of the chapter about points of view, they have a section on the concept of The Unreliable Narrator [An unreliable narrator is a narrator, whether in literature, film, or theatre, whose credibility has been seriously compromised.] which is concept I’ve always loved.

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Online Housecleaning

I’ve been doing a lot of housecleaning, site-wise over the past several weeks. I’m in the process of converting over some of my older blog sites to wordpress, shuttering others, and putting up fresh new “coming eventually” pages at all of the URLs I own. I’ve been playing with Foundation by Zurb as a CSS

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Aesthetics Department T-Shirt

I saw some sweatshirts like this years ago in a catalog when I was too poor to buy one. Now that I’m older and have more disposable income, I haven’t found one like it – at least not a nicely designed one. So I made one for me. For sale on Redbubble.com. Aesthetics Department Shirt

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Nancy Drew “Girl Detective” T-shirt

I’ve loved Nancy Drew since I was a kid, and I had a cool shirt with Pamela Sue Martin’s face on in when I was in elementary school. I always wished I had one with the silhouette on it, so I made one for myself. And you, if you want to buy one. They’re for

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Style Tiles

via Style Tiles. Style Tiles are a design deliverable consisting of fonts, colors and interface elements that communicate the essence of a visual brand for the web. They help form a common visual language between the designers and the stakeholders and provide a catalyst for discussions around the preferences and goals of the client.

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Welcome to Brighton, Iowa Shirt

Brighton, Iowa is the small town my dad’s family is from – my grandparents owned a family farm there for over 80 years and many of my extended family members still live there. Until a few years ago, there was a painted sign when you entered town that said “Welcome to Brighton, Home of Lake

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Typography, believability, and what literacy means

Via the NYTimes.com – Hear, All Ye People; Hearken, O Earth. The first part of this two-part series from The New York Times discusses the impact of different fonts on people’s opinions – the font used in a document appears to have an impact on whether people believe the content to be true and/or take

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Captain Marvel T-Shirt

I added my first Marvel Comics title to my comic book pull list today – Captain Marvel. The “new” Captain Marvel is the former “Ms. Marvel” — Carol Danvers the female adjunct to Captain Marvel from the old comics, before he died. She’s had a comic for years, but Marvel has reworked her costume and

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Arty Bollocks Generator

via Instant artist statement: Arty Bollocks Generator. Wanna sound like a pretentious ass? Generate your own artist statement for free, and if you don’t like it, generate another one. Feel free to use the statements with funding applications, exhibitions, curriculum vitae, websites…

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Cabins

Free Cabin Porn – A photo blog of cool cabins. “Inspiration for your quiet place somewhere.” All safe for work; feel free to browse. 🙂

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Produce as much as you consume project

In the spirit of this article I linked to the other day on Jimiyo, And a challenge from the unmarketing blog on twitter: “For one day this week, stop consuming info and create something.” I’m going to try to set aside at least one day a week, (Saturdays) and possibly two (Wednesdays) in which I

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I like

Nice colors. I especially love them because they would get rid of a whole bunch of clutter in our cupboards. Alas, I don’t think I can talk Stephanie into it.

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Things I totally did not do at work

“The Tiger could be riding atop a firebolt that is dripping blood, while holding a scotch in one hand and a snickers in the other.” The results of a far-ranging discussion about what our team name and t-shirt design should be for the Global Corporate Challenge that our company is participating in at work. UPDATE:

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Do you have the right kind of wife for it?

Ad Copy: Can your wife bake her own bread? Can she get a kid’s leg stitched and not phone you at the office until it’s all over? Find something to talk about when the TV set goes on the blink? Does she worry about the Bomb? Make your neighbor’s children wish she were their mother?

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Fashion timeline

Courtesy of Wikipedia: Laver’s Law was an attempt to compress the complex cycle of fashion change and the general attitude towards any certain style or period into a simple timeline. It first appeared in Taste and Fashion (1937) Indecent 10 years before its time Shameless 5 years before its time Outré (Daring) 1 year before

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Fit to print, but unreadable

I realize that it is sacrilege to critique the holy of holies in website design, but I cannot read this. I just can’t. My eyes go blurry trying to separate and read these headlines, and eventually I go off and look for news on msnbc.

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links for 2010-04-23

So You Need A Typeface? Try Julian Hansen’s Font Flowchart | The FontFeed a big fat flowchart defining how to pick one out. Funny. (and useful.) (tags: flowchart typography fonts inspiration) Equal At Birth But Not At Work : Ms Magazine Blog Stats show that the tradition explanations for why there is still a pay gap

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links for 2010-04-15

LOST Artwork « Mattson Creative Really beautiful poster designs. (tags: retro lost poster graphicdesign illustration television) Hyperbole and a Half this is a cute blog with many cute illustrations. You will probably like it. Take a look! (tags: illustration funny blog cartoon comics) Not Just Boys: Catholic Church Abuse of Women + Girls : Ms

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links for 2010-04-14

D.C. Police Trying to Explain Lack of Gun With Slain Teen – washingtonpost.com sounds a lot like the Indianapolis teen who "shot himself" while handcuffed in the back of a police car. (tags: police fraud crime coverup death racism) Girl Scouts of the USA: Research The goals of the Girl Scout Research Institute are to

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links for 2010-03-25

United States and Russia reach nuclear-arms deal – washingtonpost.com The United States and Russia have reached a deal on their most extensive nuclear arms-control agreement in nearly two decades, the Kremlin announced Wednesday. The pact appeared to represent President Obama's first victory in his ambitious agenda to move toward a nuclear-free world. (tags: news nuclear

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SxSW 2010 – Saturday Recap

Web Content Management Systems from a Designer’s Perspective The Right Way to Wireframe, Part 1 4 different interaction designers took four different tools to prototype with. A number of things stood out for me: 1) Balsamiq is probably the wireframing tool we should be using. 2) They have a longer research/prototyping phase and peer reviews

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SXsW 2010 – Friday Recap

Two panels that we were able to make it to after flying in today… Getting Stoked about Web Typography Samantha Warren Went over a lot of stuff I knew already about finding inspiration in typography – but it was refreshing since we really back-burner our typography in our designs, partly because of the technology concerns.

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SXSW 2010 Prep

I’m taking off on Friday for SXSW in Austin, Texas. I’ve been there a couple times in the past in 2007 and 2008. I’m having a bit of anxiety about the trip after the doozy of a time we had in 2008 (stuck on a plane on the tarmac for 6 hours in Dallas, then

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links for 2010-02-18

Economic Perspectives from Kansas City: Wall Street Still Doesn’t Get It An interesting perspective. Dunno what I think about it yet — "A Wall Streeter buys the life insurance policies of individuals with terminal illnesses, packages them into securities, and profits when the underlying collateral dies. In his most recent movie, Michael Moore documented the

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links for 2010-02-02

The U.S. National Archives' collections on Flickr Awesome. (tags: photography history government flickr) 10 Americans Arrested In Haiti, Accused Of Child Trafficking Idaho Baptist group tried to smuggle 33 kids out of Haiti through the Dominican Republic. Some of the children knew their parents were alive, and just hadn't been reunited with them yet. (tags:

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links for 2010-01-30

IMA bets with NOMA over Superbowl – a masterpiece is the bet Wow – that's better than the Mayor's rinky-dink shrimp bet. Way to raise the stakes, IMA. (tags: superbowl museum sports IMA) Cameras Roll As Obama Schools GOP I cannot WAIT to see the video of this. (tags: Obama republicans funny) 30 Stylish jQuery

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Knitting and Design and Flow

It struck me on the way in to work this morning that the reason I love knitting so much is because it’s design in almost pure form. With web design, there are so many hurdles you have to jump through to get your design into a working state – css attributes to learn, scripting languages

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links for 2010-01-16

Of Rats and Jen » From Childhood Toy to Fiber Art Ploy A yarn swift from tinker toys. That rocks. (tags: knitting howto tinkertoys) Progress Trackers in Web Design: Examples and Best Practices – Smashing Magazine Sweet – I'm in the middle of redesigning one, so this is quite a dandy help. (tags: webdesign navigation

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links for 2009-12-10

Essay – When Bad Covers Happen to Good Books – NYTimes.com (tags: design books arts) The Noughtie List: the 2000s in Review (kottke.org) List of "Best of the Decades" lists from all over the web. (tags: bestof2000s bestof2009) How to Make Romance Last – MSN Relationships – article According to the article — "Men and

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links for 2008-04-24

Color + Design Blog / All 120 Crayon Names, Color Codes and Fun Facts by COLOURlovers Very cool – Crayon names and their corresponding hex colors for web design. Now I can make stuff with Burnt Sienna. (tags: color crayons awesome webdesign inspiration) École Polytechnique massacre – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 1989 Mass killing of

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I heart Franklin Gothic

I really do. Here it’s a lot more apparently why Franklin Gothic is better – the fanciful lowercase g, the Sturdy uppercase M. In Century Gothic and Futura, the M looks like it’s about to do the splits. In Century Gothic, the lowercase g is so round your eye bounces right off of it. Blech.

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Design is Dead says Phillippe Starck

The hilarity of this recent news item is only enhanced by my having just finished watching the movie Art School Confidential mere moments before I read it: BERLIN (AFP) — Renowned French designer Philippe Starck says he is fed up with his job and plans to retire in two years, in an interview published in

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SXSWi 2008 post game analysis

I made it home from Austin last night rather late and went to work this morning. Unlike the trip out, the flight home was rather uneventful. Thank goodness. We didn’t get our luggage until late Saturday night, so I basically had two nights without my CPAP machine, which the Airlines had told me to pack

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On the Tarmac for 6 hours for SXSWi

Yesterday we had one of those nightmarish plane trips you hear about on the news every so often. Our American Airlines flight to Austin, Texas had a (supposed to be) short stop in Dallas/Fort Worth airport. The first leg from Indianapolis to Dallas went smoothly, and we got on the plane 1717 for the 36ish

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SXSW Interactive 2008

I’m getting final stuff prepped to take off for SXSW Interactive 2008 in Austin, Texas tomorrow. I’m going with three of my design team co-workers; one from here in Indianapolis and two from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. We’re staying in the Courtyard Marriott right next to the Austin Convention Center, so we’re in the

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links for 2008-01-26

Flickr: The Commons Flickr teamed with the Library of Congress to tag photos that have no known copyright restrictions – awesome pictures that everyone can share. (tags: awesome copyright free flickr photos) Fox News’ John Gibson backs down over Ledger mockery – The Carpetbagger Report 1. I don’t believe he’s “sorry” at all. 2. I

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SXSWi 2008

I’m going to SXSWi this year. Yay! The trick is, though, that we have a big corporate conference in Boston March 2-4th, and then I’m leaving for Austin on March 6th – March 11th. So I’ll be home one day in between two trips. Fortunately, Boston will still probably be cold; Austin will be warm.

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links for 2007-12-29

NUVO.net | The Goldsmith Myth The dirt on former Republican Mayor Steve Goldsmith, whom the new mayor is hell-bent on imitating. (tags: politics local Indianapolis) 50 Most Loathsome People in America, 2007 Very funny. (tags: lists 2007 culture society politics) 10 Signs of Intelligent Life at YouTube (Smart Video Collections) | Open Culture (tags: video

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All in a day’s work

One of the best things about working for a big corporation is that you get to see real life examples of the Peter Principle in action. For example, I actually really received this as a note on a design I’m working on for a couple people very high up in our company: Add a search

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Design Aesthetic of the Indie Developer Panel Notes (SXSWi 2007)

Design Aesthetic of the Indie Developer Moderator: Michael Lopp, Sr Engineering Mgr – Apple Nick Bradbury, Architect of Client Prods – NewsGator Technologies Inc John Gruber, Raconteur – Daring Fireball Shaun Inman, Designer/Dev – haveamint.com Michael Lopp, Sr Engineering Mgr – Apple Rough Notes: The panel ended up being more about how independent designer/developers work,

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SXSW 2007 thoughts

One of the first things I plan to do is take a closer look at Microformats and see where I can mark up my site appropriately. While I was sitting in the panel, I downloaded the firefox operator extension, and I’ve been playing with it. I also want to get OpenID set up on this

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1:30AM – The Future of the Online Magazine Panel Notes (SXSWi 2007)

1:30AM The Future of the Online Magazine (19AB) Moderator: Rufus Griscom CEO, Nerve Media Rufus Griscom CEO, Nerve Media Sean Mills The Onion Ricky Van Veen Editor, CollegeHumor.com Laurel Touby CEO & Founder, mediabistro.com Joan Walsh Editor in Chief, Salon.com Rough Panel Notes collective average age of their sites – 9.5 years. Online magazines have

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Panels I Plan to see today and tomorrow

Some of these overlap, so I’ll have to pick one over the other. But a rough idea. Monday, 12 March 2007 10:00AM Get Unstuck: Moving From 1.0 to 2.0 (18ABCD) 11:30AM The Future of the Online Magazine (19AB) 02:00PM The Growth and Evolution of Microformats (18ABCD) 03:30PM Bullet Tooth Web Design: Plan Your Web Site

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Me, giving a testimonial on Firefox

Oh, and while surfing YouTube looking at other’s SXSW videos, I found a video of me shot yesterday by the firefox browser people, giving testimonial on the browser from the trade show space. I got a discount on a Firefox T-shirt in exchange. Which just goes to show — I can talk your damn ear

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links for 2007-03-12

Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design by Andy Clarke one of our authors. (tags: books webdev webstandards css sxswi) Soylent Green Stickers Download them and stick them on food at the grocery store. (tags: funny subversive)

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4:05p.m. – Fictional Blogging Panel Notes (SXSWi 2007)

4:05p.m. – Fictional Blogging Panel Liz Henry, Developer Advocate – Socialtext Odin Soli, Dir Business Dev – Aveso Inc Rough Panel Notes: Very interesting panel on fictional blogging as an art form, and the ethics of it. Again, my rough, not cleaned up notes because I don’t have time. Fictional blogging: art form vs. lying/hoaxes?

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10:00a.m. – Every Breath You Take: Identity, Attention, Presence and Reputation Panel Notes (SXSWi 2007)

Moderator: Christian Crumlish Pattern Detective, Yahoo! Christian Crumlish Pattern Detective, Yahoo! Kaliya Hamlin Super Hero, Identity Woman Mary Hodder CEO, Dabble George Kelly Contra Costa Newspapers Ted Nadeau Founder, Dot Line Inc No real notes – too busy listening to take them. Look up internet identity workshop may 14-16, 2007 openid inames.net

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Panel Notes Bad, Food Tasty (SXSWi 2007)

The notes I took for the last three panels are pretty bad, so I don’t know that they’re worth uploading. The grids panel was pretty visual, and there’s a website that covers it. I also went to “ruining the user experience” which wasn’t particularly great, and a panel on “tags to riches” that was completely

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11:30a.m. – Influence of Art in Design Panel (SXSWi 2007)

Influence of Art in Design Moderator: Dan Rubin, Creative Dir – Webgraph Inc (Superfulous Banter) Dan Rubin, Creative Dir – Webgraph Inc Patrick Haney – Not a Sausage Anton Peck, Web Designer – MultiAd Inc Erik Sagen – Erik Sagen Designs Glenda Sims, Sr Systems Analyst – UT Austin Dave Shea – mezzoblue.com Rough Panel

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10:00a.m. – Emerging Social and Technology Trends (SXSWi 2007)

10:00a.m. – Emerging Social and Technology Trends (SXSWi 2007) Moderator: Laura Moorhead, Sr Editor Culture – Wired Laura Moorhead Sr Editor Culture, Wired Andrew Blum Contributing Editor, Wired Robert Fabricant Exec Creative Dir, Frog Design Eliot Van Buskirk Columnist/Blogger, Wired News Peter Rojas Engadget Daniel Raffel Product Mgr, Yahoo!

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SXSW Friday

The plane trip wasn’t bad, aside from the fact that I forgot gum on the first leg and thus had a headache from my ears popping, and I managed to spill Starbucks on myself because the cup lid was borked. Nice. We got in around lunch, checked into the hotel, went to the Irowworks BBQ

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SXSW anticipation

I’ve been busy getting prepared for the South by Southwest conference, and the closer it gets, the more excited I am. I am hugely lucky that we’re being sent by work – our whole web design team from both Indianapolis and New Jersey is going – which means I don’t have to foot the bill

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My Superhero Logo Shirt

Because our team of designers at work is headed to the SXSW Conference in March, I decided I needed a reworked and updated shirt with my URL on it to wear to Austin. So I redesigned my lightning bolt logo and put together a newer t-shirt design with it for my Cafe Press Redbubble store,

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John Edwards is using Act Blue for Fundraising

That’s pretty cool that John Edward’s campaign website collects contributions by connecting to ActBlue, the website that raises money for democratic candidates. I used Act Blue to solicit campaign contributions during the last election, and found them to be well organized and easy to set up. I like Edward’s website as well; very nicely done.

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Hey, that’s my name!

I was perusing a 37 signals blog post from last week on some changes they made to backpack, and noticed in some of the screenshots, the designer Ryan Singer used my name in the mock-up of his new sharing information object. Hee! Apparently, I’m sharing some documents with some folks.

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More Designy Goodness

I’ve tweaked my new design here and there, made some color use more consistent and added some extra flair. There are still some css layout changes that I need to make to fix a couple of pages, and I have a one-off template or two that need some work here and there. I must say,

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links for 2006-05-13

FALL OUT BOY // FROM UNDER THE CORK TREE (tags: designCool bands blog) Google Co-op (tags: google social) VOLKSWAGEN’s NEW CAR EXPERIENCE (tags: garage vw beetle cool) Google Trends (tags: google trends Statistics) The Movie Clapper Board Generator (tags: generator movies) Strong Bad Emails DVDs and NEW “Everything Else” DVD! (tags: DVD wishlist shopping) PATCHES

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Weekend Update 2006-04-09

On the design front, I’ve been restructuring my cascading style sheets for this site; separating layout markup into a separate style sheet than the one for design (color, font face, size etc.) and doing a bit of testing on that. That will help when I finally get my new design in order and start building.

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37 Signals “Getting Real” Workshop

37 Signals is a web application development company based in Chicago, consisting of 7 guys who produce some very successful products. The day-long workshop called “Getting Real” that we attended was all about how they do that — what methods they have that help them achieve that success with the products they build. [link deprecated:

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Gleacher Center

I’m logged into the wireless in the Gleacher Center for the conference, so of course, I have to test by blog. I should have brought the prescription Ibuprofen. Other than that, the hotel rocks, and we had fun knocking around Chicago last night. We went to Navy Pier and ate dinner, then went to The

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Chicago

I’m heading up to Chicago for the 37 Signals Getting Real Workshop with my co-worker Mike. We’re heading out this afternoon, because the workshop is all day tomorrow. Should be really interesting. I love the 37 Signals guys; their blog is one of my daily reads.

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Rethinking things

I’ve been re-working my new prototypes for this site quite a bit lately, and rethinking the design, as well. I realized the other day that my dissatisfacting with some of my new direction is due to the quirkiness of the content and how long it’s been around, and how I use the site differently now

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Five Things That Inspire Me Creatively

From keith, five several things that inspire me creatively: Clocks Compasses Weather vanes Secret Passageways Wind mills Public Games Subversive Art Graph Paper lightning rods glass eyes ephemera antique medical equipment very well sculptured gardens Phrenology heads anatomical models zeppelins and hot air balloons

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At the feet of the masters

I didn’t get to go to the SXSW conference, but many of my favorite designers were there, including Jason Santa Maria, who did a great post-conference round-up on his site. One of the more interesting panels he was on was Holistic Web Design, for which you can find in overview here, along with the PDF

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Indianapolis Police are big drama queens about uniform design

According to today’s IndyStar, the newly merged IPD has arrived at a badge design, but is still deciding on what color their new uniforms will be. Members of a merger subcommittee endorsed a proposed patch design Friday and indicated they are close to agreeing on a new badge for the combined Indianapolis Police and Marion

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Rough Cut: My New Site Design

[/my_design_work/prototypes/commonplacebook/homepage.gif] Here’s what I’ve been working on all weekend. It’s quite rough, still, and needs a lot of refinement. I haven’t picked the correct font for my new logo, and there’s a lot missing and lots of little stuff that still needs cleaned up. But you get the general idea of where I’m headed. [/my_design_work/prototypes/commonplacebook/homepage.gif]

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PARODY of the "Citizens Concerned for the Constitution" Logo

Eric Miller’s right-wing anti-LGBTQ+ hate group “Advance America” used to be called “Citizens Concerned for the Constitution.” This group has spent years lobbying in the Indiana State legislature on anti-LGBTQ+ legal issues intended to marginalize and eliminate LGBTQ+ folks from Indiana’s population. These are the folks that introduced legislation in the 1990s to get LGBTQ+

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Wabi Sabi

Japanese Aesthetic principle: Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is the beauty of things modest and humble. It is the beauty of things unconventional. Material characteristics of wabi-sabi: suggestion of natural process, irregular, intimate, unpretentious, earthy,simple. From UTNE Reader: According to Japanese legend, in the sixteenth century Sen no Rikyu

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redesigning

Cool sites I’d love to redesign, if they’d only let me [and if I had the time]: Fark.com and roadsideamerica.com. Both of them have site designs that are on the unpolished side…

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