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Check out this really interesting video by The Verge about Google’s improved design sensibility.

A lot, lot, lot has been made of the war between Apple and Google; iOS and Android, and I’ve definitely taken a stance, but it’s easy to overlook the fact that this whole back-and-forth is a real win for the design industry.

I know I’m not the first one by any means to highlight this trend, but I just want to reiterate how this whole thing makes me happy as both a designer and a consumer. I mean, it’s really upping our value as professional designers as companies shift from seeing design as just the pretty finishing touches to a part of the backbone of what makes a company, product, or service great.

Anyway, reeling in this rant … companies are making great strides in the area of design … that makes me excited to see what’s going to produced as a result … and that makes me happy.

(via Doobybrain, The Verge)

 

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One of the funniest around. Hilarious.

 

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Beer

If you’re a designer and your friends think you drink too much, here’s THE article.

This just made my life.

(Note: if you, by chance, work in HR — PLEASE forward this onto your creative department. It will save both you and your creatives a lot of grief.)

(via Lifehacker)

 

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I’m sure it’s much more complicated, but there’s some good design theory to apply in here.

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I really like AsapSCIENCE‘s short, explanatory videos because, like a Malcolm Gladwell book, they make you feel all kinds of Harvard-smart if you can accurately cite the tiniest bit of information in regular, everyday bar conversation.

Their latest video, The Science of Procrastination, offers a couple good techniques and mindsets for overcoming procrastination. These should be super useful because, from my experience, 95% of the designers out there (including myself) are world-class procrastinators.

Definitely worth a watch since it can be applied in the workspace, but if you can’t get around to it now, maybe watch it later — totes understandable.

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New eBay Logo

eBay on iPhone

eBay on Shopping Bags

Online auction site, eBay, has a new logo.

It’s an improvement, but — maybe it’s because I’m so used to their previous logo of seventeen years; my initial reaction was to read it as “ebb-ay” as if the four letters formed one word. I wonder if I’m in the minority here ….

Anyway, eBay has put together a cool little site with a letter from their president, as well as shots of the new logo in action. Check it out here.

Update: Isn’t it a little Benneton-y? They seem to use all caps in their branding and they’re obviously not identical, but their brands do share some common ground, no?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmELK0gpZSU

To me, the iPhone 5 unveiling means more videos of the hotness that is Jony Ive, so I’ve posted Apple’s latest promotional video accordingly.

Now, I’ll probably get the iPhone 5, but I think that someone over in Cupertino needs to take some initiative and make Siri sound more like Sir Jony. I could listen to his voice f*ck up voice commands all day long, returning shirtless pictures of “Johnny 5” instead of “Jony Ive” for example ….

Not only is he an amazing designer (who also gives iOS’ skeumorphism the stink eye), he’s also gotten 1000% hotter with age (video to support this claim is available here).

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Vogue Cover

Lady Giggles

Gaga on the cover of Vogue’s September issue. What’s with the shape of her body? Totally ridic when you look at un-doctored footage. Fail.

On another note — the documentary, The September Issue, is still available streaming on Netflix. Check it out for a great insight into the creative process behind the famous Fall issue by Vogue. Really great look into their creative process and you even get a bit of Graphic Design. Grace Coddington, Creative Director, has some great tips on how to work for a difficult boss (i.e. the devil) in there too. I highly recommend it.

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California College of the Arts has a bike building course. I’d love to take that class.

(via Co.DESIGN)

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Don’t Get Screwed Over pretty much nails this one.

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I think when anyone in the design industry tells people that they’re a designer, one of the first reactions we get get is usually “Oooo, fun!” or “That sounds so much more fun than what I do ….” Those reactions have always sort of pissed me off — reducing the essence of the design industry down to an “Ooo, fun” (i.e. “You pick out colors and fun things while we do the real work.”) while overlooking the importance of design and how it literally touches everything we come in contact with.

Maybe it’s an American thing??? I always look back on my year working in Europe and feel like design was more respected in the workplace over there. Designers seemed a little more well-respected and design departments seem to work a little more autonomously from their marketing counterparts. It just felt like the design-by-panel, you’re-just-here-to-know-Adobe-program bullshit that I got so much in New York was a little less prevalent over there.

Anyway, every now and then, a design project comes along that completely illustrates how smart, thoughtful design can actually improve life and, in turn, win us a little more respect. This project, the GiraDora, is one of those. Designed by Alex Cabunoc and Ji A You, GiraDora is a user-powered washer/dryer unit for developing nations. The washers 1) use less water than traditional hand washing, 2) relieve pain from the bending and scrubbing during hand washing, 3) partially dry the clothes reducing drying time by weeks in some cases, and 4) free the users up to do other tasks while sitting and pumping the washer. Great, effective, and innovative design.

There’s no doubt that this is another one of those damn-I-wish-I-thought-of-that projects and a lot of people are recognizing that — Cabunoc and You were given a grant of $19,500 to further develop their product. I’d love to see this product produced and made available — there’s no doubt it would have an impact but, I also have to admit that it’d be great if only for selfish reasons: 1) I’d have another case to cite when defending my industry and the professionals (we’re not hobbyists because you think it’s fun!) who work in it and 2) there’s a chance I wouldn’t have to cross the street, sack in hand to do some long-overdue laundry.

(via Co.Design)

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Short Order Designer Notepad

When I was little and I would hear “entrepreneur” on TV or in conversation, I always thought they were talking about an actual person called “André Preneur“. I would continually ask myself who this mysterious businessman was …. It took me quite a while to actually learn that they were talking about an “entrepreneur”. #LightbulbMoment

Anyway, after months of trying to get them produced while also traveling, my Short Order Designer Notepads are finally on sale! It’s taken a while to get them right, but I’m really excited about the final product (especially so for the completely unique stamped numbers on each and every page of the print run).

A special note worth mentioning — $1.00 from each notepad sold through my site is being donated to NAMI in memory of my dear friend Andrew, whose love and encouragement made this project possible.

Notepads available for purchase HERE on my website.

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