Archive for January, 2012

the best focus group…

Every designer (or at least this one) knows it is smart to share your logo presentations with your kids before your clients. Our daughters have been giving us advice for years, and they are usually spot on.  They just see stuff…like Adam Ladd’s five-year old daughter does in this video. In fact, she sees stuff I haven’t seen (and am a little embarrassed to admit). The McDonald’s logo as an M made out of french fries? Very cool and pretty darned cute.

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get your geek on

The Insanely Great History of Apple. Not that we’re biased or anything. Take the time to double click and enlarge, and be prepared to be impressed.

The world’s most comprehensive mapping of Apple products, this print shows every computer released by Apple in the last thirty years, from the original Mac through the MacBook Air. Products are sorted according to type, including the connections between various form factors which have arisen as Apple has invented—and reinvented—insanely great products.

Sourced from Cool Infographics. The poster is available for sale from PopChartLabs.com.

AND….Fast Company did a piece on the making of the poster…check that out here.

Insanely great.


the earth observatory

Funny thing happens when one begins wandering around the world wide web…one becomes distracted, lost and forgets what she might have been looking for in the first place. Today I stumbled upon a NASA website that took my breath away, http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov. I’ve known that NASA was a resource for space visuals, but I’ve never explored past the moon pictures. I dare you to go in there and find your way out within an hour.

Seeing the forest for the trees (mapping the world’s forests in three dimensions)

The World Of Change (The Antarctic Ozone Layer from 1979-2011)

Global Temperatures (click through this one and then tell me you aren’t frightened just a little bit).

Winter Storm in the Pacific Northwest (image of the day)

You can subscribe here (which I did, of course). But I recommend once a week, rather than daily, if you value the concept of productive and billable time.