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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.

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.

Eames: The Architect and The Painter

No question, Charles and Ray Eames are two of the most important designers of the 20th Century. I remember seeing Powers of Ten when I was in elementary school…it blew me away even before I knew what design was. Not only did they blend art and industry,  they blended curiosity with productivity. As someone who has shared a design studio with her husband for over 30 years (can it be?), they have always been the standard for a creative partnership. Can’t wait to see the new documentary of their lives and work.

lifecycle | the holstee manifesto redux

Last March I posted the Holstee Manifesto. Today Holstee released a fantastic video, celebrating the manifesto through bicycling.

Here’s what the fine Holstee folks say about it on their blog:

“The Holstee Manifesto is a call to action to live a life full of intention, creativity, passion, and community. We are amazed to see how rapidly these words have spread across the globe, and are honored by the countless people who have experienced these words to be a source of realization and inspiration in their own lives. We want the Manifesto to hold us accountable to living each day as fully as we can and are so encouraged by the amazing community of people joining us in that journey…. The wonderful team at Demonstrous Productions has done a brilliant job of bringing this to life on the screen by capturing the beautiful bikers who came out for the shoot, and we are so proud of this film.”
My favorite line is this: Life is about the people we meet, and the things we create with them.
Take a moment to check out the video, and then take another moment to check out the Holstee site for lifestyle goods, designed with a conscience. And then park the car and pull out your bike.

all things ampersand

I can never get enough punctuation in my life. Of course, I am fond of the exclamation point (and try to contain myself and not use multiples) and the question mark (and questions in general). But ever since my daughter, Kate, got her ampersand tattoo (in Bodoni, mind you), the all inclusive, always intriguing “and” has been my favorite.  Here’s a little more for you…

Graphic sourced from http://sixrevisions.com

from the studio