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- IKEA goes with Verdana | Typophile
the space-time continuum folds in on itself as IKEA switches from everyone's favorite typeface Futura to the ridiculously ugly made-for-small-text-on-monitors Verdana, in the name of style consistency across all countries including asia. Big mistake. This is like IKEA's version of "New Coke". stunningly dumb.
- three frames
my new favorite site [via @bigspaceship]
- Art & Copy Film
A documentary film about the truth in advertising. A film by Doug Pray, the Director of Surf Wise, Scratch and Hype!
- YouTube – Tarantino's Top 20 Movies Since 1992
interesting choices with explanation. Wong Kar- Wai's "In The Mood for Love" is not on the list. major oversight. I really like that "Unbreakable" is on it. I loved that movie and still do. incidentally, is it me or is Tarantino looking a bit like a hot tranny mess?
- Good Hair ft. Chris Rock- Official Trailer
now this is.a film i can get behind, hilarious.
- Giant Waterslide Jump
I know this is ridiculously old. my links are a bit stale from my trip up north yonder. but… reason 1023 for why the internet is better than tv: so that i can watch beautiful, priceless short clips like this without having to sit the drudgery of an hour long dumb home movie video show hosted by an unfunny stand-up comic and packed with commercials for environmentally insensitive products i don't need. watch the clip. hilarious, yet stunning in its accuracy.
- Core CMS
super easy to use content management system for photographers and designers "Core is a Content Management System (CMS) made with the designer in mind, someone who want to show off all their work with an easy updateable and customizable website without having to deal with databases, scripting and extensive php."
- Nick Drake – River Man
your inspiration for today. beautiful video by Tim Pope.
- Apple: Secrecy Does Not Scale – Anil Dash
is Apple slowly self-immolating when it screws over iphone developers with all this secrecy garbage? maven indie iphone devs are fleeing the platform in packs. is the iphone's golden years over?
- Custom Letter — LetterCult
holy crapola. so much juicy good typography here. loving it. inspiration for days. [via @Nybe]
- Scientists Are Concerned About Cancer in Animals
new nasty, virulent forms of cancer are being discovered in wild animals, that are the result of heavy carcinogenic environmental contamination. are human beings really the top of the evolutionary chain? How did cheap crap from Wal Mart become the thing we collectively care about most? [via @jimmoriarty]
my new favorite app. when you need to concentrate on something your doing in a particular application (like writing a blog post in Safari or designing something out in photoshop) just hit the command keys for this app and it hides all your other app windows and the dock and presents your current working window on a black background. hit it again to return the windows. should be built into Mac OS X.
- Minimal Mac
one my new favorite blogs. tons of tips on reducing the visual clutter on your desktop (both the virtual and analog ones). less is more.
- Ayalon on speech: The new "axis of pragmatic forces" | Israel Policy Forum
amazing analysis of Obama's middel east speech by Isreal's Mahjor General Ami Ayalon. a great read. – Ayalon: We are witnessing the beginning of new American diplomacy in the Middle East whereby it will no longer appear to be very, very pro-Israel, but, as was obvious in the speech, it will be more balanced. Israel has to now understand that this president really believes that there is a common denominator of moderate Arabs, Americans and Israelis. It is a new phenomenon in Middle East diplomacy because we have long believed that the US and Israel represented one side of the conflict and the Arab world and Muslims the other side. But unlike previous administrations where the world was divided by an axis of evil, particularly that of President Bush, Mr. Obama divides the world by an axis of pragmatic forces. [ via TPM]
- Castles In L.A. | SurfingMagazine.com
oh snaps! new movie from Taylor Steele and Dustin Humphrey: "“This is my passion project,” said Taylor Steele who was sporting a solid gash in the head from stitches he picked up during a recent trip to India. “These trips and these movies [Sipping Jetstreams and Castles in the Sky] are the films that we get to see the world in a whole new way. We take risks in making them. Travel long distances on a whim. Say yes when strangers invite us over for tea. That’s what makes them so special."
- YouTube – Bookcast: Author Don Thompson and his new book
Author Don Thompson in an interview with National Post talks about his book "$12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art" – if you don't catch the shark reference, about Damien Hirst. [via @longdrivesouth]
- View Master: Diorama Photography by Lori Nix, Jonah Samson and Grace Weston
very cheeky sex-driven diorama photography from Jonah Samson. Love the top one, of the swimming pool.
- Seth Godin's Blog
Amazing reading on entrepenurship, marketing yourself and generally how to navigate the choppy waters of transitioning business to the internet. Godin's blog posts are prescient, witty and full of good advice. on publishing: "Mark this down as another job for the new economy: someone who can collate, amplify and leverage the work of writers and turn it into cash. I don't believe that there's one solution, not this time. But I'm confident that around the edges and deep into niches, there's money being made."
- How to: Make a Hand-Drawn Font | BittBox
good little tutorial on getting your hand-drawn type into the computer. for all you hand-written script surf logotype peoples. hint hint.
- Ryan Alaia Sequence | Nathan Oldfield
how dope is this Alaia sequence? i haven't seen much Alaia sequences (film or video) so this is the first time I've seen what it takes to turn these finless wooden boards. You can see the wood flexing in his backside turn. amazing. I would love a 20×30 inch print of this sequence image from this post
Muji has some amazing products both residential and commercial (clothing, interior design, furniture, etc..). they seem to be all about dope, minimal user experience. beautiful stuff. and very playful. Marcia says the dresses look like extras from the compound on "Big Love".
- Teehan+Lax UX Fund
this is very interesting. these guys set up a fund of 50k and pick stocks whose companies excel at "user experience". Companies like Apple, Google, Nike and Jet Blue. I'm gonna plug these picks into google/finance and see what the charts say. Very interesting.
- paul isakson: Hitting Reset
"In this video, Emily Haines touches on one of the major themes felt around the world right now – a large cloud of uncertainty and doubt hangs over many people's heads. I know that on a personal level, I've never talked with so many people asking the "what do I want to do with my life" question before. People are questioning much of what they felt good about before. They are considering giving up on things they've been doing for years. They're not sure where to go or what to do next. They are searching for answers and help."
- Wildlife thrives at Chernobyl – Telegraph
Awesome photo series with nice, short descriptions. Synopsis: major nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl. Everyone evacuates. 20 years later, wildlife is thriving and returning back to their normal hunter/prey routines. Go nature!
- How To Develop A Facebook Page That Attracts Millions of Fans
if you're a small business that sells a product or service directly to consumers Facebook should definitely be one of your major focus points along with Twitter. This articles helps you understand the why and how.
- Product Planner – View and Create User Flows, Viral Loops, and More.
ok, so you have a great idea for a website or web application and you have to organize it out so other people can understand your genius. Your now in the area of flow charts and site maps. This is called "Information Architecture" and it's language, unfortunately, you don't speak this language, and the tools are confusing. Product Planner is a site that not only helps you create these things, but they show examples of popular services you probably use every day. amazing! [via Konigi – the ux mastah]
- userfly — instant web usability testing
amazing web app that records your users' movements. simply by cut n pasting their js call into your page header. super simple. and the user playback is smooth fast and insanely addictive. This is a great tool for larger sites. for blogs like mine, it's painful watching a bunch of people come in to the site, scroll up and down and then close the page in 10 seconds or less. But still, very addictive. and you get 10 free captures. great way to hook you into the paying service.
- WHAT THE FUCK HAVE YOU DONE?
iconic photographer/artist/writer/documentarian Glen E. Friedman started a blog not too long ago. and as to be expected, it's an awesome read. time to go to school, kids.
- Seahuggers: Wood is Good
Seahuggers has collected all 4 parts of the Tom Wegener / Patagonia film on one page. If you don't know who Tom Wegener is, he makes sustainable wood surfboards and he specializes in making finless surfboards called Alaias, which were the first surfboard planks used by Polynesians to surf waves. Wegener is partly responsible for the Alaia's strong comeback and surfing's renewed interest in alternative materials and shapes.
- Patagonia – The Tin Shed
Amazing website documenting all the cool things going on, over at Patagonia. really nicely executed flash website with a ton of video and other goodies. I wonder who created this site. definitely worthy of some heavy time wasting. plus there is a hidden discount code in the site, so keep your eyes peeled.
- Puerto Escondido Beach Cam Show From Hotel Santa Fe
did you know that there is a live web cam in Puerto Escondido? file this under: things I did not know.
- Mark Batty Publisher
This book imprint publishes some really nice titles. I was turned on to them by the "Mexican Blackletter" book and pleasantly surprised to find all of their titles are just as interesting. a heavy slant towards design, typography and street art. and all of their titles are moderately priced. definitely worth a look.
- A Photo Editor – PDN 30 Photographers To Watch- 2009
all the photographs linked up. some insane photography here. prepare to lose valuable work time.