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"Bring art, technology and philosophy together" they did it. beautifully.

A general — and now obvious — rule for the digitization of any medium is that analog will always have a place, however niche. There is an undeniable warmth of listening to vinyl, just as there is a paper-aware rhythm to sentences pulled from a typewriter, just as reading a beautifully produced physical book will — as a pure reading experience — beat out a glaring iPad screen, just as, of course, taking pictures with mechanical cameras or printing in a darkroom will be meditative in ways a networked lens will never be.

(Source: craigmod.com)

Isn’t that a delightful way to find out about the holiday?


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is this a learned “gesture” from mobile interaction pattern? #spotify #web_player

Hold to Preview

is this a learned “gesture” from mobile interaction pattern? #spotify #web_player

(Source: spotify)

To see if you are a human. Muahaha. #letterbox

To see if you are a human. Muahaha. #letterbox

Like Gmail’s tag fading out detail.

New application installed effect. Shiny. Fancy. lol #MissionControl #MacbookPro

New application installed effect. Shiny. Fancy. lol #MissionControl #MacbookPro

Now you know which tab is making sound when you have multiple open. Thanks, Chrome.

Now you know which tab is making sound when you have multiple open. Thanks, Chrome.


Rarely has a nonfunctional design beguiled me as thoroughly as has Eric Thrall’s Buddha Board, a playful expression of the Zen idea that manages to be evocative, amusing and elegant, all at the same time.
Judith Arango - San Francisco Chronicle

It’s quite a beautiful idea, actually.

Rarely has a nonfunctional design beguiled me as thoroughly as has Eric Thrall’s Buddha Board, a playful expression of the Zen idea that manages to be evocative, amusing and elegant, all at the same time.

Judith Arango - San Francisco Chronicle

It’s quite a beautiful idea, actually.

Packed with great insights to great storytelling. I love Stanton’s explanation on the important role of great stories. Among all the golden guidelines, the one that struck me, resonated with me, and affirmed what I’ve been feeling, is the last part of the speech what he learned from when he was a four-year old,

"Use what you know. Draw from it. It doesn’t always mean plot or fact. It means capturing a truth from your experiencing it, expressing values you personally feel deep down in your core."

There was a time when the writer’s job included understanding how many words fit on a page, how many characters could fit into a headline, or how to revise a paragraph to remove a widow. On the web, those concerns have faded, and a new set of constraints — a diverse and distributed publishing system, screens of all sizes, new ways of sharing and collaborating on our work — are ascendant. This makes it an exciting time to be a writer: we’re learning how our words go out into the world, and fortifying them for the journey ahead.

(Source: stet.editorially.com)

"In some ways a firm’s design principle is a reflection of the personalities of the partners that are running the firm. And there are some revolutions that’s self exploration that you go through the years of working in the profession, and you begin to find yourself what works for you. You can do, you can draw beautiful designs, you can do beautiful renderings on paper. But every line has a meaning, and a beautiful design takes advantage of that as much as merely putting things together. But how do you elegantly put them together, how the joints meet, how the corners meet, how the windows meet the walls, and all those things, they can be articulated in a very graceful manner. It’s more than just being pragmatic, in some ways ditto residential is like that. Ditto residential is into the big idea, we got to give the home owner or the client, something more than just a place to live in, what’s the big idea, what are they moving into, what are they getting at that no one else is getting them? That’s the big idea, and we embrace that as a designer, and I think that makes the design process very exciting to me. "

— Chuong Cao, Architect

Anniversaries: Mac(30) and AIGA(100)

Both beautifully crafted. 

Inspiration comes from the unlikliest places. I sometimes think that those of us who work in the digital world are a little too insular — we focus on too much on what we already know, what we have in common, assuming the direction we’re going in is the right one, even the only one. Often this is amplified in the echo chambers we’ve created for ourselves on Twitter, Medium, and the extended blogosphere. It’s not that we’re sheep; it’s that patterns of thinking become habits, and once we get into the habit of a certain way of thinking, it can be difficult to break free — even more so if we’re not aware of it. Our logic may be perfectly sound, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best logic for the situation to hand. Louisa Heinrich