The culmination of a lot of conversation I've had with fellow artists, designers, and writers. How do we effectively sell Leftist ideology ? How did we get here? What does a new left art look like? What should it's goals be? What's the best way to achieve them?
A couple decades ago -- 1996, to be exact -- I tried to design some fonts. I've finally gotten around to recovering them and converting them to modern font formats. So for the enjoyment or abuse of your next print or onscreen project, here are some totally free typeface downloads. [more inside]
It's here! After a year, a new release of the free computational design development environment PUPPICAD. Almost 4000 visual programming modules available, with new advanced computational geometry modules added such as splines, contour cutting and convex hull generation. The full Windows Media3D namespace and the Helix 3D Toolkit have been converted into visual programming modules, so that you can do pretty much anything you can imagine. New mathematical modules for expression evaluation and matrix algebra are also available. Lots of example programs, and a quick-build menu for common geometry objects make it easier then ever to get started. This version can generate visual programming modules on the fly from .NET DLL files, so that users can expand features without having to write any code.
I have a dog named Louie and he's pretty disdainful of human horror movies. He doesn't get what the big deal is about vampires (not scary OR sexy), werewolves (friends!), or skeletons (yahm!). So he's making horror movies for dogs now, about things that are REALLY scary, like BATHS and VACUUMS and THUNDER. Louie hired me to design his movie posters. Unfortunately he pays me in kibble, but other than that he's a great (decent) client!
I've worn a lot of different hats over the years, in my pursuit of my family's financial security and mine and others' creative ambitions. Now it's raining, and I'm getting soaked. So I made a simple, interactive online resume and work portfolio in the spirit of Wooly Willy to get a little help finding a new hat to cover my bald head in the rain. [more inside]
As major podcast and design nerds, my developer partner, seldomfun, and I were super excited to work with the wonderful podcast 99% Invisible on their recent website redesign. Talk about a dream project! How did this thang get made you ask? We also just posted a detailed post on our site on the process.
A year ago, in the course of taking a writing course from the inimitable Shira E, I found myself assigned with making music as well as writing poetry. I bought a MIDI keyboard and some software and taught myself how to use Ableton Live, Logic, and a host of iOS music apps. The assignment included posting the music I made, and I felt shy about posting under my name, so I created a musical alter-ego, Reverend Honeybeard. After the class ended, the Good Reverend seemed to want to live on and soon was making an experimental/electronic/ambient album, posting in his oblique way to Twitter and Tumblr and now composing/recording and uploading 1 song a day every day for the month of March 2016.
I've just launched my first foray into doing a large annual update for my t-shirt project Hirsute History, where I illustrate famous thinkers, artists, entertainers, activists, and the occasional fictional character using just their hair (well, I cheat and use their glasses, and occasional other affectation from time to time). For the class of 2015 I just added over 30 new designs in one fell swoop, leaning heavily on the women and men that helped shape the 20th century. I hope you like 'em!
This year I participated in my first Open Studios event. It was the culmination of nearly four years of learning stained glass and the first time I've ever shown my work publically. In preparation for the event, I put together a website and my brother, a graphic designer, created a logo for my studio. In addition to glass, I brought along several pieces of my bicycle taxidermy. I created a couple of these years ago after seeing Picasso's Cabeza de Toro, but received quite a bit of encouragement to produce more for show. [more inside]
So, a couple of friends and I read a blog called The Toast, and we love it an awful lot. But its web site was janky and slow, so we redesigned it. The new version of the site went live today, and we wrote a bunch of blog posts about how we did it. It was fun.
Let users reply to questions and record video feedback with audio from their microphone in your product without installing software. Watch your visitors get stuck in your product and hear them explain why. [more inside]
I've been drawing and posting comics for a while, and I finally had enough decent material to make a book out of it. It's 26 pages worth of autobiography, dreams, and musings on the culture I live in. You can download the book (a pdf) for a buck fifty from my Gumroad page, or you can go to my Tumblr and poke around in my archive to see most of the stories included.
Seven years ago I asked about blogging solutions on AskMe. A year after that, I had the site up and running. But times (and best practices) change, so I've completely rewritten, redesigned, rebranded and relaunched my web development site. [more inside]
Egon was wrong. Print isn't dead and we intend to prove it. London Reconnections, London's premier source of transport geekery, is now available in print. And we think it looks rather good. [more inside]
Annotated transcripts of presentations on media, art, and design, made freely available on the web. [more inside]
Style your webpage like Edward Tufte's handouts! [more inside]
People in upscale San Francisco neighborhoods love home renovation but feel compelled to disguise the portable toilets their contractors put out front of the house. This is a celebration of those architectural curiosities.
Play an 80s synth in your browser with 106.js, a MIDI-enabled emulation of the Roland Juno-106 synthesizer. Chrome/Desktop only. Github repo here.
I just launched the 2nd edition of my book about customer experience and strategy. It has a bunch of case studies - from Apple, Google, Netflix, Walmart, an African hand pump, a New York City park, and the B-17 bomber - showing what happens when organizations fail to include the customer/user/recipient when they make big decisions. [more inside]
I'm working on a project in which I use maps of Brooklyn as the basis of t-shirt designs. My current shirts feature walking paths of Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery, the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek, and the Coney Island Rail Yard. There'll be a bunch more to come. Oh, and all proceeds will be donated to various relevant nonprofits.
Each month, a public domain work is offered, and anyone who wants to enter takes the first chapter and designs / typesets it. The winner then gets to pick the following month's title. It's low-key, and fun. To kick it off: Dracula! [more inside]
A simple quiz: Guess whether the text is from a subject in my spam folder or a news headline. Or: 21 scandalous true uncensored answers no one wants you to know, but everyone — including your future life partner — is talking about. [more inside]
I've finally released an iPhone app I've been working on for four years: The Fridge. It's made to help you remember about your perishable foods so they don't go to waste. It has some unique UI elements that (I hope) are interesting. And of course, it comes with a demo video, but not a usual one (absolutely no soft ukulele music). [more inside]
Calling all young creatives (18-25)! This competition is your chance to learn the art of the client pitch from an industry rock star and see your work go live in support of a great cause, Road Recovery Foundation. Best of all, it's free to enter! But time is running out—entries are due March 18... [more inside]
Hello! UX Launchpad is a one day design course in Seattle. The event is built with non-designers in mind, and so far we've had a great blend of developers, PMs, fine artists, and interaction designers looking to learn more. Classes are designed to be small and hands-on.
An in-browser toolbar that helps you browse the archives of your favorite website. Includes hotkeys, a random page key, a title bar to quickly cycle through random titles, and more. Try it with Metafilter, Ask Mefi, or Mefi Projects. You can also browse a number of comics, some popular Tumblrs, several interesting wikipedia collections, and more. Additional websites (including The Onion) are listed on the main page. Use the hotkeys for maximal enjoyment. [more inside]
For the last few months I've been helping a group of Artists/Engineers/puppet makers called Rusty Squid to design, make and install the Book Hive in Bristol Central Library, UK. There's more info on MyModernMet. [more inside]
A collection of great first lines. Just launched this week. If you want to recommend a first line, please comment! Excited to share my first project with you, I've been an AskMeFi lurker for years.
In conjunction with its upcoming exhibition “Gustave Doré (1832-1883): Master of Imagination”, the National Gallery of Canada is seeking black and white illustrations, inspired by Gustave Doré’s graphic artwork, for the tale of Bluebeard. The deadline for submissions is February 28th, 2014. Send your Bluebeards to email@example.com! [more inside]
Billionaires have libraries named after them. Presidents get airports with their names. And now you can have the honor of your name on a can of corn at a homeless shelter in Durham, North Carolina. [more inside]
I'm a thesis year graduate student in graphic design at The Rhode Island School of Design. From my perspective, it is important for me to establish a personal critical methodology that generates the thesis context itself. I am beginning to do so with my 5 Theses for a Thesis project. In an effort to thematize distribution channels (which is part of my thesis) and gather feedback, I have posted these five theses in a variety of platforms. [more inside]
I have finished a book, Customers Included, which explores the question, "Why do companies so often fail to give customers what they want?" The book includes case studies ranging from Apple, Netflix, and Google to African water pumps and Brooklyn's Prospect Park. [more inside]
Infinity's Kitchen is a journal of experimental literature and conceptual writing. The new issue is published partially in print and partially online and includes constrained writing, antonymic poetry, visual poetry, literary criticism, an essay about word squares and a poem composed of redacted hip hop lyrics, all from 13 international contributors in print and 26 international contributors online. A full table of contents for the new issue is available on the publication’s website at http://infinityskitchen.com/news/infinitys-kitchen-6/
My misguided, confident cartoon character is back with some invaluable advice for the romantic traveler... in his trademark, confident style seemingly informed by the infinite wisdom of men's magazines. [more inside]
A photo layout algorithm side project made into an app! Works best with Instagram currently. Would love any feedback you might have. Here's an example collage.
A lot of conferences are overwhelming, so I'm putting together a gathering for 20 people. It will be next summer in Seattle. Creative folks of all kinds are welcome; we have a lot more than 20 people who have expressed interest but I'm looking for as much of a range as possible. [more inside]
I was bored one day and started sketching out some old computer/video games screen shots in MS Paint. Somebody suggested I put them on a tumblr, which I did, then promptly forgot about it again until now.
An animated data visualization I designed in association with CNNMoney went live this morning. It shows and compares salaries for different people (Kobe Bryant, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, a minimum wage worker, a physician, etc), accumulating in real-time for 1 minute. Watch the disparity grow second by second!
A while ago I became minorly obsessed with the aesthetics of digital camouflage. After some initial failures playing around with photoshop, I started exploring ways to replicate these sorts of patterns algorithmically. This eventually turned into PATLAB, an app that generates a colour palette from a user photograph, and uses that to generate an easily-editable camo pattern. Some examples.
ManyLittleApps aggregates seven (and counting) web apps for website design, graphics design, and wordplay. [more inside]
A freezing cat seeks the warmth of a woman, but ends up having to rely on city infrastructure. Along the way, there's a bit of Gangnam Style, a hot-tub scene of sorts, and a very brief bedroom dalliance. [more inside]
A database and visual search engine of over 200,000 Japanese woodblock prints. Starting in the early 1700s and exploding in popularity throughout the 1800s, Japanese woodblock prints depicted the fantastic world of Kabuki actors, courtesans, warriors, and nature. The style of the prints feels particularly modern and vibrant, even today a couple hundred years later. This project aggregates prints from a number of museums, dealers, and auction houses into a single searchable resource. [more inside]
I finished an animated comedy short this summer, about a lovesick cat, which I am now turning into a YouTube series. Franklin the Ladies' Cat combines animation with live action, and episode 1 is up! Hope you'll help me spread the word if you like it. [more inside]
ONOPO is a reimagining of an iconic American board game. I attempted to simplify and clarify the game system, removing any thematic metaphors and other non-essential elements. Inspired by abstract strategy games, I designed a minimal iconographic system which uses as little language as possible. [more inside]
I started this project as way to get people interested in voting while at the same time offering a satirical approach to the typically bland ways people are implored to vote.
I'm tired of the spin and the half-truths. While politicians jockey for position and influence, Americans are suffering. I'm taking my Chamomile Tea Party posters to the public! I've rented ad space in Washington, DC's Metro and I've posted the first of two ads on their back-lit signs. [more inside]
MobChalk is a simple tool for anonymous communication in public spaces using your smartphone. You can leave messages, chat, or meet people. It's like invisible graffiti for every place you go. [more inside]
For the last two weeks I have been creating desktop wallpapers based on book covers. The idea was sparked by a very old reddit post where one user asked why there weren't any high resolution images of book covers. I saw that and figured, "Why not high resolution, wallpaper ready versions of book covers?" And since they didn't exist, I started to make them. [more inside]
I stay in a lot of hotels for work, and have become fascinated with the bizzarre carpet patterns often found in the hallways. I have collected them here for your viewing pleasure.
It feels like our world is spinning out of control. We see poverty, disease, and destruction all around us, and as we search for ways to make sense of the chaos, we're turning to new disciplines for answers and solutions. New, creative innovations are needed, and these new approaches demand different methods and different theories. This book is presented as a handbook for teaching and learning how to design for impact. In it, you'll learn how to apply the process of design to large, wicked problems, and how to gain control over complexity by acting as a social entrepreneur. You'll learn an argument for why design is a powerful agent of change, and you'll read practical methods for engaging with large-scale social problems. [more inside]
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