Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Always Inspiring: Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 9

Monday, November 27, 2006

Highly Recommended: Running With Scissors

Friday, November 24, 2006

Found Imagery : Dog In The Womb

CGI Image from the BBC website.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Algorithm 2006 Posters Loop

London Subway Map Redesign By Time

Oskar Karlin, a student at Stockholm University did a redesign (2005) of the London Underground map with an emphasis on time rather than distance.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Remember Why It's Such A Great Show...

Tough week for one of it's stars, but I still love the show, here's why.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Just Added : Shotgun For Royalty Poster

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Launches Today: Wiil It Change Everything?

Friday, November 17, 2006

Just Added : Massive Content Update At TigerFly.com

Well worth a visit, Algorithm's collaboration with Mary Kamphausen over at Tiger Fly has just added a whole new set of music photography. Look for more images from Mary in the near future.

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Web Designer Rock Charts Countdown

Thursday, November 16, 2006

This Morning At The Sony Building, NYC

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

In Line Already...

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Zune Screen Of Death

Monday, November 13, 2006

Pythagoras Switch 060329

PythagoraSwitch (From Wikipedia)

PythagoraSwitch (ピタゴラスイッチ, Pitagora Suitchi), airing on NHK since 2002, is a Japanese educational television program where children's "way of thinking" is augmented under the supervision of Masahiko Satō (佐藤雅彦, Masahiko Satō?) and Masumi Uchino (内野真澄, Masumi Uchino?).

The Rube Goldberg devices that appear during the beginning, ending, and between each corner (segment) are called Pythagorean Device (ピタゴラ装置, Pitagora Souchi?) in the program. The main focus of the program is a puppet show, but the subject is mainly advanced by the small corners. World phenomena, principles, characteristics, and the like are introduced in an entertaining way. As a feature of the show "Pitagora Suitchi" is sung as an eye catch for each important point.

Dankichi Kuruma (車だん吉, Dankichi Kuruma?), Jun Inoue (井上順, Jun Inoue?), Tsuyoshi Kusanagi (草彅剛, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi?), et al are voice actors who perform and call out the topics.

Often Switch (スイッチ, Suitchi?) and Shikumi (しくみ, Shikumi?) appear on the show to mainly form new interests and learn new information.

At the 30th Japan Prize International Educational Program Contest, episode 25 Let's Look at It Another Way, won top prize (the Prime Minister's award) of the Early Education category. At Prix Jeunesse 2004 in Munich it won top prize in the age 6 and below non-fiction category.

Outside Japan, NHK World Premium broadcasts PythagoraSwitch Mini. In Brazil, TV Cultura is broadcasting it with the title Viva Pitágoras.

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The Algorithm March (Japan)

Taken from Pythagoras Switch. The moves are from "Algorithm Taiso" which is a segment on kids TV programming from NHK in Japan.

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Worth Visiting: Jake Davis' Blog

A colleague from the Music Choice days, Jake has a great eye and wonderful sense of editing composition. Well worth checking out his work samples and blog posts.

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Can't Wait: Spiderman 3

Friday, November 10, 2006

Websites face four-second cut-off

A slow-loading site can mean web shoppers give up. Shoppers are likely to abandon a website if it takes longer than four seconds to load, a survey suggests.

The research by Akamai revealed users' dwindling patience with websites that take time to show up.

It found 75% of the 1,058 people asked would not return to websites that took longer than four seconds to load.

The time it took a site to appear on screen came second to high prices and shipping costs in the list of shoppers' pet-hates, the research revealed.

Akamai consulted those who shop regularly online to find out what they like and dislike about e-tailing sites. About half of mature net-shoppers - who have been buying online for more than two years or who spend more than $1,500 (£788) a year online - ranked page-loading time as a priority.

It found that one-third of those questioned abandon sites that take time to load, are hard to navigate or take too long to handle the checkout process.

The four-second threshold is half the time previous research, conducted during the early days of the web-shopping boom, suggested that shoppers would wait for a site to finish loading.

To make matters worse, the research found that the experience shoppers have on a retail site colours their entire view of the company behind it.

About 30% of those responding said they formed a "negative perception" of a company with a badly put-together site or would tell their family and friends about their experiences.

Further research by Akamai found that almost half of the online stores in the list of the top 500 US shopping sites take longer than the four-second threshold to finish loading.

The survey questioned 1,058 net shoppers during the first six months of 2006. Consultants Jupiter Research did the survey for Akamai.

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History of Typography 2007 Calendar

History of Typography Is Celebrated in Pentagram-Designed 2007 Classic Calendar

An extraordinary history of typeface development, reflecting prevailing limitations or technological advances, lies behind apparently ordinary letters or numbers found on familiar objects. Very few of us are aware of the rich cultural history behind what we read. The 2007 Pentagram Classic Typographic Calendar, designed by Kit Hinrichs, partner of the legendary international multi-disciplinary design consultancy Pentagram, captures the essence of typeface development.

Each calendar month is distinguished by a unique typeface selected by Hinrichs, which is accompanied by a short synopsis of its genesis. His selections include popular and obscure typefaces, whose origins span contemporary (created digitally) to 15th century roots (created using hand-drawn characters) by some of the industry’s acclaimed typographers, as well as those lesser-known. All characters and digits appearing in the calendar have been redrawn digitally.

For instance, “Whitney” (July), designed by Tobias Frere-Jones for the Whitney Museum in New York, was created for the institution in a multitude of applications. The result is a typeface, which successfully tackles the often-conflicting demands across multiple forms of media, from catalogs, directory listings to signage.

“Requiem” (April), designed by Jonathan Hoefler, was eventually developed for Travel and Leisure magazine. Its origins are based on inscriptional capitals appearing in Ludovico Vicentinodegli Arrighi’s 1523 writing manual, “Il Modo de Temperare le Penne.” He added ornaments, italic ligatures and other elements.

“Janson” (February), designed by Nicholas Kis (1650 to 1702) was the forerunner to many 20th century fonts. This classic typeface was named after the Dutch letter founder Anton Janson. Kis’s career as a type designer began when he was a theology student from Transylvania. He was sent to Holland to supervise the printing of a bible. He became fascinated with type design and continued his life as a type designer.

“I wanted to bring a new awareness of typographic design through this calendar,” says Kit Hinrichs. “Typefaces are pervasive in our daily lives in everything we read and see around us and yet most people are oblivious of them or the circumstances in which they were created. We can gain a new perspective on our world by studying the origin of typefaces. I hope the calendar will encourage a new sensitivity to the importance of typeface usage.”

Past calendar months have a new lease of life as gift-wrapping paper. By selecting the appropriate month, circling the day with a marker pen and writing a personal greeting, each calendar month is transformed into a unique gift-wrap, offering a creative way of conveying your message and saving a few trees along the way. The calendar ultimately provides up to 12 different types of wrapping paper.

This collectible calendar is designed in both wall and desk formats and includes U.S. and U.K. national and public holidays. The design challenge was to create a classic, clear and simple calendar, for home and office use. The calendar is designed in two sizes; a super size 33-by-22 inch version, which is packaged in a tube and suitable for wall hanging and a smaller 18-by-12 inch version for wall and desk-use, which is packaged in shrink wrap.

The graphic look, application and typographically sensitive style of Pentagram’s calendar echoes the firm’s core design values: simple, clean and timeless design and a rigorous, strategic, ideas-based approach to the design process, always celebrating the craft of the individual designer.

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Just Added : Denville Township Halloween Logo

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Just Added : Grinner At The Note Poster

Monday, November 06, 2006

Just Added : Dialogue At The Double Door

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Inspiring: Flags Of Our Fathers

Go to the movies and see this classic from Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg.

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Friday, November 03, 2006

New Super Smash Brothers Brawl Trailer

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Just Added : Les Savy Fav At MoMA NYC