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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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I really like the idea of living in a well-designed, smaller space, so this is really interesting to me (not for all I’m sure).

I just like how smaller living spaces force you to edit the number of things you own. This may have been brought about by my former obsession with Hoarders. (Now I’m all up on Long Island Medium — doesn’t Theresa Caputo’s head remind you of the Lulu Lemon logo?)

Anyway — it’s quality over quantity, non? Now, if the rent would just be proportionate to the size ….

(via Doobybrain)

 

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I’m a little late to this …  but when I left New York over a year ago, my friend E sent me a link to “New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” by LCD Soundsystem. I love the song, but it still brings me the super sads when I hear it.

This viral YouTube duet uploaded by Alessandro Grespan features LCD and Miles Davis and has seemingly been around for a bit, but has been blowing up this week.

You’ll notice in the description that there’s “no editing or other tricks, just 2 youtube videos played at the same time,” which makes it kind of mind blowing. How did this even happen??? Amazing.

 

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#HaircutDay is probably my favorite day of the month. When I’m walking to my barber, I actually try to listen to this song.

Because I’m in New York this week and because Robert at King’s on 14th Street NYC is the best barber in the world, “Hairdresser On Fire” is this week’s Friday Song.

Happy Friday!

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One of the best things I’ve heard during the last two 99% Conferences:

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.”—Fred Wilson

Off to this year’s conference at The New York Times Center and psyched as hell. Above is a video of Behance founder, Scott Belsky, on How to Avoid the Idea Generation Trap.

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Back to Brooklyn it is (for a week and a half)! Headed back for the 99% Conference, chase down some freelance stuff, and pour two pints of Yeungling out for my homeboy AIW.

For these next few posts, that little highlight to the right should really say “Bolt Bus” instead of “Boston”. Buuuuuut, travel is travel, so I should be grateful — really looking forward to waking up in Brooklyn.

PS — the video is by Fifty People, One Question.

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I’m not really into skateboarding, that’s more my brother’s thing, but this relates to my obsession with New York City in the 80’s. I love seeing 1980’s NYC in any capacity.

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I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am for this year’s 99% Conference in New York City. The past two years, I’ve been lucky enough to work the conference as a volunteer and am looking forward to having another great year learning tons of stuff while getting a behind-the-scenes view.

Not sure how long this has been out, but Behance has released a list of this year’s speakers! A few highlights:

  • Paula Scher, Partner at Pentagram Design (and fellow Temple U. Alum, pish-posh!);
  • Jason Goldberg, Founder and CEO of Fab.com (owner of my time and my soul since I waste so much of both on that GD site buying god knows what); and
  • Charlie Todd, Founder of Improve Everywhere (aka the man that will always one-up you and is more clever that you’ll ever be).

If you get a chance, check out the speaker videos from past 99% Conferences here. They’re pretty outstanding and super-motivating. I fully credit the conference for giving me the nuts to travel and design in 2012 and also launch my first product for retail.

If you happen to go to the conference this year, look for me! I’m much less portly than I appear in the above video due to traveler’s trots.

Full list of 2012’s 99% Conference speakers is available here.

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High Line Phase 3

High Line Phase 3-2

I’m a fan of High Line Park. I kind of wish it was open all night and that you were allowed to bring boxes of Franzia without having to hide it on the DL, but that’s kind of an issue with any NYC park. Renderings of the third phase of the High Line have been released and it looks pretty great!

The peel-away see saw and the rubber-coated beams are two features intended for kids, but I can’t help but think that they’d be super fun if they were sponsored by late night Franzia, a playlist, and some portable speakers.

The third phase is due to open in 2014. Check out the full post for more images over on Co.Design.

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Photos by Steven Siegel

Steven Siegel

I have a complete and utter obsession with New York City in the 1980’s. I would constantly ask my friend Andrew what it was like to live in New York back then when it all seemed so gritty and raw.

Photographer Steven Siegel has a great set of 80’s New York shots over on Flickr. There are some really interesting ones in there that show just how much the city has changed. Color me fascinated. Check them out here.

 

PS — This past summer, Third Streaming had a great photo exhibit of the 80’s cruising scene down on the piers by Alvin Baltrop. I have to find some shots from that show and post them. Also, any further suggestions as to where I can get my 80’s New York fix would be greatly appreciated!

 

 

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I just finished watching the hour-and-a-half-long anxiety attack that is Black Swan. I actually watched it the first time in a theater covering my eyes, holding my breath, and giving the death grip to the arm rests on either side of me (pretty much everything short of popping in a Tampax Sport). I’m a baby when it comes to anything remotely gory, but I did really, really like this film.

Now, I’m in no way saying that what I do qualifies me as an artist (or anywhere in the realm of a tight-cheeked ballerino), but working in a creative industry, I can see myself going batshit crazy. Maybe this is an extension to my It Gets Better (for Creatives) post — I give respect to people who work in the arts. It ain’t easy giving creative birth to an idea, let alone having to let people tear it apart and put tacky-ass sparkles all over it. Hmm, I sound really bitter …. Anyway, this is in no way an endorsement for anyone to go all Nina Sayers on their job it’s just a post stress-fest rant. Someone needs to make Man Midol to calm my ish down.

By the way, these Black Swan photos (the actual substance of this post) are from photographer Ray Lewis. He took these great set photos during the filming of Black Swan. Being an on-film-set photographer sounds like a pretty neat job. Link to his Behance project page is here.

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