Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

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Pursue art on a larger scale

February 23, 2006

For those people that have visited my home (yeah, I realize no one visits my home) you know I like my art big. I like it small also, but there is something about large scale art that really excites me.

To that end, I highly endorse this site, BetterWall. Beauty and being a good citizen.

Now, if I could only convince my wife to let me buy something.

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MIX06

February 7, 2006

I am not shilling here — MIX is really going to be a hot event. The pervasive nature of the Microsoft platform and tools cannot be easily overlooked when thinking about developing for the web.

It is not about Web 2.0, but subsumes the entire set of technologies and social phenomenon that make Web 2.0 real and valuable.

I will be there because I want to meet the people that see the value in the full range of proven technology. It is not all about the latest thing, it is about the things that might keep you employed.

Plus, I love Las Vegas!

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Web 1.8

February 7, 2006

A good deal of my time and effort right now is focused on the vast and grey area ahead that is sometimes known as Web 2.0 as well as the vast and grey area behind called SOA. Somewhere between and amongst a sea of technology and social philosophy and semantics lies a little bit of rationality and someplace new and essential called the EDGE.

I call the fluffy insides and snarky asides “Web 1.8”. Closer to tomorrow than today, but not all the way there yet.

I will be posting some of my thoughts on Web 1.8 over the next few months.

In the meantime, check this out.

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The power of the image

February 3, 2006

Check out your bookshelves or the display at the local book store. What do you see? What do you really see? How does it all make you feel.

The design of books might not be the most mainstream of topics, but it provides some real insight into marketing and culture. It is also one of the most fascinating segments of design. Books can be their own self-contained universe, and the design of a book (which goes beyond just the cover) can do so much to make that universe feel complete, project good or bad or neutral, and simply speak to the potential reader.

The most important person in contemporary book design, perhaps in book design in the entire 20th century, is Chip Kidd. If you are not familiar with the name you are highly likely to be very familiar with his work. It is so pervasive that it would be hard to own any reasonable number of books without his work appearing amongst them.

I have been an admirer of Chip for many years. He is also a noted Batman collector and has written extensively about Batman and been involved in the comic/graphic novel world as well.

I recently acquired the collection of his work:


“Chip Kidd: Book One : Work: 1986-2006 (Chip Kidd)” (Chip Kidd)

You should check it out.