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Archives: June 2006

But Seriously, Are They Made From Skinned Moles?


If there are two things that no designer should ever be without, it’s those squarish Lucite-rimmed glasses and a weathered, dog-eared Moleskine notebook, preferably the Plain Reporter Notebook kind, which we especially love because the pages are bound on top.

Mimi Sells waxes exceptionally poetic in her essay about the Moleskine, which has a rich European legacy that goes back a good century or two. She also directs us to the official Moleskine blog, Moleskinerie and the killer Wandering Moleskine Project.

You Can Star In Your Own Soft Core Porn Ads, Too!


If you live in NY or LA, it feels like American Apparel stores are virtually everywhere. Now they really are.

American Apparel has opened retail locations in Second Life, an online society that’s kinda like The Sims and kinda like MySpace. (And if you haven’t checked it out, prepare to waste one to two hours right now.) In this article for BW, Reena Jana explores the implications of Dov Charney’s mission to not only swaddle every man, woman and hipster in slinky cotton-Lycra blends, but every virtual man, woman and hipster, too.

Pick us up a fluorescent green tube top, will ya?

Bring Your Mess With You Wherever You Go


We spent all day yesterday on a shoot that had to do with user interfaces and getting your users or customers to get the most out of their experience. We won’t go into the specifics, but we will tell you that now we’ve got that user-awareness-idea thingie stuck in our head and it was with many happy fortunes that we came across this post on Brand Spanking New about a desktop interface currently in the works called BumpTop. According to the multiple videos they have over on Google Video and this nifty PDF explaining everything, the whole deal seems really cool. All about recreating the way people interact with real-life organization on a digital level (see: your desktop becomes the actual top of a desk). Yet while we’re blown away by the inventiveness we see here, we’re thinking we’d really have to give it a try first to be completely convinced, because our computers’ desktops seem like the only places where things aren’t arranged in disorderly piles.

The Ones We Like (And Not All Are Just Picture Books)


We mentioned Michael Surtees’ site Design*Notes yesterday in reference to it being thoroughly analyized by Design-erly, and we once again return as he pointed us to a great Flickr photoset entitled “Designers’ Books.” It follows some of that same idea we’d seen before from On My Desk, seeing as we all like to snoop around other designers’ surroundings, but the pool ofter a lot more than that, as it’s a great way to browse shelves and find out what you’ve missed, see different editions of old favorites, and remind you of something you’d long-ago, stupidly sold back to the university’s bookstore and have been meaning to re-purchase ever since. If anything, it’s just a great way to appreciate all the great design readin’ out there and also appreciate that it’s being so appreciated.

Not A Lot of Miami, But Surely Plenty of Vice


The great site, VernissageTV has a terrific batch of video up from the recent Design Miami/Basel conference (which is in Basel in June, Miami in December). The interview with Alasdhair Willis is worth it alone, given that he’s one of the founders of Wallpaper magazine and is the CEO of a pretty swanky, high profile firm, Established & Sons. The site also features short video pieces on the design galleries at the conference themselves, as well as a couple more interviews from attendees and the top brass of the event. And once you’re hooked, just spend the rest of the day browsing through the site’s archives. A veritable treasure trove, and all video none the less, for those of us with eyes too tired to handle any more reading (it is Tuesday already, after all).

Revolving Door: Kristin Ellison Rocks Out


Our very favorite acquiring editor at art, architecture and design-focused Rockport Publishing has herself been acquired. Kristin Ellison, editor of some of the loveliest graphic design books in recent memory, has taken a position at start-up Wowio.

Aspen Wrap Up…Kinda


In our coverage of the Aspen Design Summit, we last left off with the three-minute presentations given by each studio group, promising a succinct report after the town meeting on Friday morning.

But as these things often go, choosing one Aspen Action item (moving forward in the next year) and one Aspen Challenge item (the subject of the 2007 Summit and student work throughout the year) was not as easy as Summit planners planned. This, as far as we can tell, is a good thing. More details to come.

However, in lieu of a definitive statement, we have two sides to the story: Core77′s conclusion and an article from, like, the Aspen Times. We also found tons of photos posted to Flickr.

Ten Degrees Cooler Than Your Apartment, Figuratively and Literally


It’s one of five days year that the most hapless of Los Angeles residents wish they’d splurged on air conditioning, so if you’re already squirming in the heat of this balmy morning, why not make plans to head to cooler pastures come 6pm? Roughly a hundred of your new best friends will be heading to Citizen Smith tonight for a design and design writing party, which will not only have a/c, but a breezy brick patio, and icy beers to lull you from your humidity daze. That sounds good right about now, actually…

6 to 8pm
Citizen Smith

Details here, photos from last time.

With A Site Like This, They’d Better Have A Cool Logo


Thanks to Veerle’s Blog’s excellent recap of the @media conference in London a couple of weeks back, we found our way over to a site we hadn’t seen before: Denis Radenkovic’s LogoLog. It’s an aptly named destination, as it just talks about great logos found out among this spacious planet of ours. And it’s the perfect place to waste away a few hours just appreciating great design, while also sparing you from jumping out the window when you’re trying to think up some new ideas and nothing is coming. And that’s why we all subscribe to all of those magazines and read all of these sites with all their portfolio links, right? So we can get excited and inspired by the work of other designers? Truthfully, no. We know we all do it because we like the thick, heavy advertising inserts that the paper companies put in magazines, making them almost impossible to read in any comfortable way. That’s why we do it. But still, that other stuff sounds better. Makes us sound artsy and everything.

The LOOKS Fashionable and Expensive Becomes IS Fashionable and Expensive


This was an interesting bit we just caught word of. Target, the store that should win every single design and psychology award ever by not only convincing all of us that they were suddenly really cool and relevant, but also getting we major metropolis lefties to somehow love their stores but bemoan every single other big box retailer, is going the route it’s been peddling for years in magazines like Vogue and W, except this time for real. They’ve introduced a new batch of fashionable wardrobe and accessories lines that will actually cost the same as real fashionable wardrobe and accessories lines. It’s called Target Couture and will have things like $330 sweaters. So finally (finally!) you’d be able to shop at Target and not save money. It’s about damn time.