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L.A. Time: The Porsche Kitchen for Men

22/08/2008 @ 21:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : L.A. Time: The Porsche Kitchen for Men - Slideshow look at an aggressively sleek, modernist kitchen designed through a collaboration between the sports car manufacturer and the cabinetry manufacturer Poggenpohl.

Mycrocosm from M.I.T. Media Lab

22/08/2008 @ 21:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : Mycrocosm from M.I.T. Media Lab - “A Web service that allows you to share snippets of information from the minutiae of daily life in the form of simple statistical graphs.”

Andy Baio : Mycrocosm - very, very similar to Daytum, but supports OpenID and a mobile/email interface

philgyford : Mycrocosm - "A web service that allows you to share snippets of information from the minutiae of daily life in the form of simple statistical graphs." Like Daytum? Love it. (via Haddock)

Illustrated Typography on Dark Backgrounds

22/08/2008 @ 14:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : Illustrated Typography on Dark Backgrounds - Seemingly odd criteria for collecting design samples, but the result is surprisingly coherent. And frequently gorgeous. A caveat to anyone who would get carried away with this technique: it’s pretty much the founding principle behind black velve

New York Mag: First Look Inside JetBlue’s New Food Court at JFK

22/08/2008 @ 05:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : New York Mag: First Look Inside JetBlue’s New Food Court at JFK - The airline has been busy renovating the iconic Eero Saarinen-designed terminal at JFK and plans to open it later this fall. The food promises to be very good… or at least, it won’t give you air sickness before you even leave the ground. Which

Greg Storey : The new JFK Terminal 5. - I'm going to need a reason to fly to NYC soon.

Dear Adobe

22/08/2008 @ 04:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : Dear Adobe - Clever tool for submitting and perusing short gripes penned to the graphics software company we all love to hate.

Adobe: Peter Hall on Architecture as Interface

22/08/2008 @ 04:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : Adobe: Peter Hall on Architecture as Interface - Examples of interface displays on the huge scale of real buildings. “What if the building could respond, in real time, to the movement of people, the weather, or the whims of bystanders or behind-the-scenes artists?”

Assistance in the Procurement of Bachelor Party Services

21/08/2008 @ 23:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : Assistance in the Procurement of Bachelor Party Services - Todd Levin hilariously ponders the difficulty of finding ‘entertainment’ for a friend’s bachelor party. “In an effort to do proper diligence in researching this kind of specialty service, I decided to draft a questionnaire to help

GQ: Interview with Aaron Sorkin

21/08/2008 @ 03:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : GQ: Interview with Aaron Sorkin - The screenwriter is out to promote the forthcoming, 10th anniversary re-issue of his fantastic, under-appreciated “Sports Night” series on DVD. Regarding his more recent, failed series “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” he says:

Speak Up: Dear Lulu

20/08/2008 @ 18:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : Speak Up: Dear Lulu - Armin Vit reports on a student-produced test book for the online, print-on-demand system Lulu. Its pages include photographs in CMYK, RGB, grayscale and half-tone, line and pattern tests, type specimens at varying sizes, and even crop marks — all so

Cameron Moll : Dear Lulu - Dear Lulu. "My plan for the workshop is to investigate the visible and tangible parameters of graphic design — type specimens, halftone screens and, in particular, colour tests and calibration charts — and make a book of our own self-produced tests wh

Andy Baio : Dear Lulu, sample book for testing digital printing on Lulu.com - pushing the edges of color, type, patterns, weights, and cuts; download the PDF  [via]

What Makes for a Good Blog?

20/08/2008 @ 17:00 UTC

Jeremy Zawodny : What Makes for a Good Blog? - What Makes for a Good Blog?: a good list of attributes

Khoi Vinh : Merlin Mann: What Makes for a Good Blog? - A list of nine best practices. One of the smartest: “Good blogs are the product of attention times interest.”

NYT: Palm, Once a Leader, Seeks Path in Smartphone Jungle

20/08/2008 @ 14:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : NYT: Palm, Once a Leader, Seeks Path in Smartphone Jungle - Jon Rubinstein, a veteran of Steve Jobs’ current reign at Apple, is trying to reinvigorate the former leader in PDA’s and smart phones, notably with today’s release of the Treo Pro.

Tru Blood: Synthetic Blood Nourishment Beverage

19/08/2008 @ 21:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : Tru Blood: Synthetic Blood Nourishment Beverage - Mildly clever marketing campaign for HBO’s forthcoming “Tru Blood” vampire drama.

Anti-Populism and Indie Antiquity: Whit Stillman

19/08/2008 @ 18:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : Anti-Populism and Indie Antiquity: Whit Stillman - An excellent interview over at the Spout blog with the director of two of my favorite films. One of them, “Metropolitan,” became available for viewing at Hulu.com as of last week. The other, “Barcelona,” is well worth queuing up at [via]

Typographic Research

18/08/2008 @ 21:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : Typographic Research - My friend Rob Giampietro, formerly of Giampietro + Smith, teaches a class at Parsons called “Typographic Research.” Each student publishes at least three times a week to a a blog of the same name, resulting in many posts full of beautiful stuf

Washington Post: Why NBC’s Olympic Coverage Doesn’t Mention Who Designed the Bird...

18/08/2008 @ 18:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : Washington Post: Why NBC’s Olympic Coverage Doesn’t Mention Who Designed the Bird’s Nest - “During the fantastic opening ceremonies, as well as many hours of broadcasting this week, I never heard NBC mention the stadium’s architects, the Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron… If a story concerns a building but not its design per s

Radiohead’s “House of Cards” Video Translated into Lego

18/08/2008 @ 18:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : Radiohead’s “House of Cards” Video Translated into Lego - In case you had missed it, the band released the source code to their unconventionally animated music video some weeks ago. This rendition uses that source code as physical choreography for Lego blocks, animated via stop-motion photography. Really beautif

National Geographic Map of the Day

15/08/2008 @ 22:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : National Geographic Map of the Day - Once a day, a zoomable map from their archives depicting an historical news event or milestone, accompanied by a short article and a related trivia question.

Hands-on Review of New BlackBerry Bold Phone

15/08/2008 @ 18:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : Hands-on Review of New BlackBerry Bold Phone - BlackBerry’s 3G response to the iPhone looks much nicer, but I’m not sure it breaks any paradigms.

SimpleBits: Use the Best Available Ampersand

14/08/2008 @ 19:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : SimpleBits: Use the Best Available Ampersand - Dan Cederholm proposes a simple and clever solution for specifying ampersands in CSS. Also includes visual chart of some of the “more interesting italic ampersands available as default fonts on Mac and Windows.”

Cameron Moll : Use the Best Available Ampersand - Dan Cederholm: Use the Best Available Ampersand. A little late linking to this, but a good primer on using elegant ampersands in HTML text. "We can use CSS to cleverly specify a list of our favorite ampersands, with the reader getting the best one availab

Why Apple Doesn’t Create ‘Concept’ Products

14/08/2008 @ 18:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : Why Apple Doesn’t Create ‘Concept’ Products - “Although Nokia and Microsoft gave us an endless supply of concept products over the years, they haven’t produced, for example, anything like the TiVo, the iPod, the iPhone, OS X, the iTunes App Store, or created brand new user experience para

Cameron Moll : Why Apple doesn't do "Concept Products" - The first of three must-reads: Why Apple doesn't do "Concept Products". "It turns out that when capable designers are given real constraints for real products they can end up creating great results. In Apple’s case, groundbreaking products like the iMac

Boing Boing: How to Buy a New Car without Getting Screwed

13/08/2008 @ 22:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : Boing Boing: How to Buy a New Car without Getting Screwed - A six-minute primer on avoiding dealer treachery. I may actually be in the market for a new car soon.

Edward Tufte’s Critique of iPhone Interfaces

12/08/2008 @ 23:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : Edward Tufte’s Critique of iPhone Interfaces - In which the authority on information visualization discusses “computer administration debris” and his maxim “to clarify, add detail.”

NYT: Rolling Stone to Switch to Smaller, Rack-Friendly Format

12/08/2008 @ 20:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : NYT: <em>Rolling Stone</em> to Switch to Smaller, Rack-Friendly Format - “Gary Armstrong, chief marketing officer for Wenner Media, pointed to Vanity Fair, which has lower overall circulation than Rolling Stone, but nearly three times the single-copy sales. With a standard format, he said, it should be possible to raise

Otl Archer and the 1972 Munich Olympics

12/08/2008 @ 20:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : Otl Archer and the 1972 Munich Olympics - Holy moley, a treasure trove of iconic, exquisitely designed posters, tickets, stationery, pamphlets and more Games-related collateral from a modernist master.

Jean-Louis Gasée on MobileMe, Synchronization and “Launchpad Chicken”

12/08/2008 @ 18:01 UTC

Khoi Vinh : Jean-Louis Gasée on MobileMe, Synchronization and “Launchpad Chicken” - Insightful if not conclusive commentary on what went wrong with Apple’s shaky launch of the MobileMe service, from a veteran of Apple. He accurately characterizes seamless synchronization as an underestimated problem, but lets Apple off too easily.

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