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I Wrote Something Somewhere Else

Did a little Roundarch Blog Post:

At Roundarch we often work behind the firewall – which for people not familiar with our terminology, means we work on projects we’re not allowed to discuss, much less show publicly. As designers, not having a public audience/forum for our work can be both liberating and frustrating. So when Sam Lessin and Chad Stoller from drop.io contacted us to assist them in redesigning their simple yet powerful service, our ears perked up. Not only would we have an opportunity to creatively contribute to a product we all believed in, but we could do so publicly without risking the ire of valued but secret clients.

I can’t stress enough how useful their tool really is. I use it all the time. I have used it for an internal Roundarch presentation on Cloud Computing as well as for other personal things like picture drops and quick file transfers (when my IM craps-out). The ways in which to use their service seem to grow with each user’s imagination.

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This Aesthetic is Why I Got Into Design

This aesthretic is why I got into design in the first place. I fell in love with the TDR style in college through club-flyer design (TDR knockoffs), 12″ sleeves (Satoshi Tomiie, “Love in Traffic” was my all-time favorite) and then later when I knew what was going on, through TDR work directly for Warp and their work for Funkstrorung.

If I could encapsulate the “reason I got into design in the first place” into one motion piece it would be the following:

Ahhhh this brings me back…;

Framing The Issue

With all of the Obama economic plan-talk, how come no one is framing these issues as the failures of Friedmanite economic theory vs. the benefits of Keynsian economic theory? We have already argued Keynes vs. Friedman in the public sphere and we seem to have to come to agree to disagree – split along party lines of course. Only now there are quite a few Republicans that seem to see the light of Obama’s plan. Will they now renounce Friedman?

It seems like everyone in the media is dissecting Obama’s plan and wondering if we’ll be able to pay it back. Haven’t democrats proved by now that investing in public works and stimulating the economy by funding government programs is a successful formula for jump-starting the economy?

Watching the Sunday talking heads and I’m being reminded of just how severely our Fourth Estate has failed us. Back to reading Krugman and Klien…

Why Does This Site Exist?

Now before anyone jumps down my throat here I will say that this site is very pretty and the overall experience is enjoyable to use – but honestly – why does this site exist? Nikon consumers are really supposed to create a drawing with a ray of light and connect to users across the world? Why? Why spend my time? Am I coming back to this site frequently to connect to more people? To see who is connected to me? If so, then is this platform and execution the best to facilitate these connections? What is the service this site is providing me – or to put it another way – what’s in it for me (other than a way to waste 10 minutes of my day)?

I see this over and over with microsites and I just can’t understand why they exist. Now some will say that a brand is an experience and creating an immersive, enjoyable digital experience is essential to fully formed brand. And I agree that interaction patterns and digital experiences are brand-elements. But in order to justify the amount of commitment on the user’s part to engage and use this brand-experience, in this case (and in most cases), I think the payoff needs to be much greater. I think standing apart more from other digital experiences (whether they’re transactional, funcitonal, or whatever) is essential. And unfortunately over and over again, the medium of the mictosite just falls down in accomplishing this task.

Cool Twitter Friend Visualizer

Twiter Friends Browser is a fun, simple and light application (5k according to the author) that allows you to browse through all your twitter friends. You can start by typing a particular twitter username to immediately see all their connections and latest updates. You can then continue clicking and dragging in an endless friend-of-a-friend network.

Destroying Value

(via Krugman and the NYT)

The financial services industry has claimed an ever-growing share of the nation’s income over the past generation, making the people who run the industry incredibly rich. Yet, at this point, it looks as if much of the industry has been destroying value, not creating it. And it’s not just a matter of money: the vast riches achieved by those who managed other people’s money have had a corrupting effect on our society as a whole. Read More

My friends in the financial sector call me a hater. Liz get’s dirty looks for echoing these exact sentiments on a regular basis. It might take someone like Krugman to get this notion accepted by the main stream…

Go Play With Drop.Io

I had the opportunity to team up with the folks over at Drop.Io over the summer for a redesign and brand-study of their entire application and I can’t say enough good things about Chad, Sam and the entire Drop.io team. They’re a super-smart, super-passionate bunch of geeks and they deserve all the good things that will, I’m sure, flow their way as a result of their simple, private sharing platform. Check it out.