Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

5 Noteworthy Reads

in Design, Education, Great Articles, Sports, Technology

I’m back from a long road trip/vacation! I read so many articles, you guys. So many. Just thought I’d share some of the stuff that I loved the most: 1. Blunt “networking” tips. Made me laugh out loud. 2. Mindy Kaling on earning your confidence. This article has been shared a lot already on the interwebs, but it’s because it really is very good. 3. How a lacrosse program (yes, of all sports) is helping at-risk kids in Harlem stay in school. Written by Buzz Bissinger, the king of heart-warming sports stories. “Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership is living proof of why sports matter in schools, a shocking number of which are dropping athletic programs because of budgetary constraints or school districts charging student athletes exorbitant fees. It is proof of why the program should at every public school in New York City, and not just New York City but every… More

My Trip to Cali: “You’ve unlocked the Foursquare Addict badge.”

in Design, Photos, Technology, Travel, Travel Throwbacks

During my winter vacation, I got the chance to take a trip to California. I started using foursquare right before this vacation came up, so it became inextricably tied with my trip. Despite being predisposed to hate everything about foursquare, I gave it a shot, and now, like most internet thingies that I now waste entirely too much time on, I actually really enjoy foursquare. I had kind of a ball imagining up fake foursquare badges as I went along my trip. So I decided to incorporate them into my travel post. Why not?? Here goes. *Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with foursquare in any way, shape or form. Just a user. Badges made are my own and a complete parody. “You’ve unlocked the SUPER QUADS badge.” “Checking in along Powell St. and Mason St.? Roamin’ along Lombard Street? We know what’s up. Literally up. God bless your leg muscles,… More

stuff i made.

in Design, Sports

First Iteration: After a period of excessive caffeine, I made the Knicks into icons. Because why not. I’ll probably do more or turn this into a poster or graphic. Can’t wait to do Iman Shumpert (that HAIR).

Jambox Awesomeness

in Design, Technology

So I mildly hated on overusing Pinterest for inspiration last week, but it’s all okay, because I spotted something great this week. Today, Laure Joliet posted about an awesome campaign she is shooting with Jawbone on their latest product, Big Jambox speakers. Let’s take a moment to check how gorgeous these photos are: Yeaaaa that looks awesome I want one. Yves Behar made em, no big deal. This photo x maybe 30 more, all here: The point is, I love how all the images are on Pinterest rather than the main product site. That strikes me as an incredibly clever way to use Pinterest. Not only does it get people seeing the product in context, but now people who buy it will be encouraged to post their own photos of the product in their homes, giving the product more visibility, etc. Is this type of marketing going to be the new… More

The Downside of Pinterest and Inspiration

in Creativity, Design, Technology

“While inspiration certainly has its place in a process, one of the trends I feel like I’ve seen exploding on blogs (particularly tumblrs) and other platforms (Pinterest, for starters) is a total, insane excess of “inspiration.” Gathering inspiration has become the process. People are collecting it like it’s in short supply, “curating” their little hearts out, crowdsourcing the shit out of an idea, and taking images out of the context from which they came and stripping their meaning. I think that’s bad. People defining their own creativity solely by the things they can curate from others is bad. People finding 8,000 photos of perfect, beautiful rooms before they can make a decision about their own is bad. I think that total excess is incredibly stifling to actual creativity and originality, and ultimately makes people less confident in making their own decisions about their spaces.” – Dan of Manhattan-Nest I couldn’t agree… More

Steve Jobs + Design

in Design, Technology

I was just reading TIME magazine’s section honoring Steve Jobs. Reading those articles made me realize why I actually felt something when I heard he had passed away. Of course, everyone has been sad about his death. However, I feel like most people talk about his products and how those products have impacted their lives as the reason for their sadness. “I use my iMac/iPod/iPad/iPhone everyday,” everyone’s been saying. “I remember the day I bought my [insert ancient Apple product here].” I feel differently. Or, if I can so far as to generalize, designers everywhere feel differently. Steve Jobs and Apple may have changed how I maneuver through my day, but to me, his greatest contribution has been how he has elevated the importance of design. He made people realize the importance of really great user experience in a way that no one had before. In fact, even in today’s… More