Core Memory

Digital Equipment Corporation PDP8/F

Can’t stop looking at images from Mark Richards’ Core Memory: A Visual Survey of Vintage Computers.

I’m trying to be more budget-conscious this year, but I feel compelled to purchase this book—much like I would feel compelled to flip every single one of those switches. Take that touchscreens.

And that color palette rocks. It was a good era. See the 150-in-one electronic kit.

An inspiring way to start the Monday, with a hat tip to Coudal for pointing it out. (Related props: Have you seen the archived coin flips for Layer Tennis?)

Current music: Mapstation “Watching Paik’s Video Buddha”

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Burlington Coat Factory

Not affiliated with Burlington Industries

I’m thankful this is not my new logo.

But in all seriousness, it’s been jam-packed whacky-busy leading up to this holiday break.

Man am I looking forward to being let down by the big parade and then making it up by stuffing myself silly tomorrow.

Be well, all.

Current music: The Soft Pink Truth “I Want To Thank You”

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hot

It was either a quick snapshot of the stove burner or some gas station I passed tonight

Couple o links inspire this post, somewhat disjointed:

Enough with the lists – looking at the list-ification of info, and how it becomes numbing. I agree wholeheartedly and yet bookmark with abandon.

What’s over? iMomus looks at what’s retro. His list is refreshingly pointed, including rock music, cars, and democracy to name a few. He spreads each item out with enough argument to move beyond bullet points.

Developing websites and designs, I’m always running over a list in my mind. It’s loose and changes on whim, but the premise is to discount elements that are played out:

– Skulls
– Owls, unicorns, birds, bears
– Vector swirly clip art
– Hand-drawn lettering
– Type with counters filled
The 80s
– Distressed treatments
– Shiny reflections
– Minimalism
– Whitespace

Personally, I’m not a fan of merchandise in which the design is solely comprised of a logo or brand. I’ve seen entire stores built upon this principle, and to that I say, give me something more.

Note, I’m going to be abusing a few of the items on this list in the near future.

Current music: Chavez “You Faded”

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Behind the scenes

A week later

Folks have asked how things went down last Friday, so I’ve put together a really long, long-winded page about what was going through my head for each volley.

PhotosBehind the Scenes: My Experience with Layer Tennis.

Me? I’ll be happy to be an observer watching today’s special Halloween Edition match between Brian “Candykiller” Taylor and Jason Santa Maria — two folks whose work is as much an art as it is design in my mind.

The gore starts at 2pm CST, and today’s match is rated M for mature.

Current music: Pavement “Fight This Generation”

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This afternoon? It went down.

They call me Bunyan [ + zoom ]

Ever heard of Photoshop Tennis? It’s this thing where designers hit a file back and forth, adding, subtracting, and mixing it up. There’s commentary along the way and at the end, a winner is declared.

It’s called Layer Tennis now, because it’s not limited to Photoshop. I figure that’ll make more sense as the tournaments go on and we see different types of matches being played out.

Like tomorrow, it might be a little more twisted than usual—I’m pitted against Naz (see his post about the match) and we’re going to be using photos instead of graphics to throw down on the virtual court.

Read a preview of the match written by Rosecrans Baldwin (he lies) and watch the mayhem.

We got 15 minutes between volleys and man did Spike throw me some curve balls. I threw back. Oh, and you gotta check out the coin toss.

Current music: Animal Collective “Fireworks”

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Ham & Turkey Dinner

Roadside handlettering on the way to work

I’ve mentioned my typography teacher back at Ohio State once or twice.

She used to get migraines whenever she walked down the street and encountered bad letter-spacing.

I think the sign above might very well give her a full blown aneurysm.

Me? I like it when all the rules are broken. I particularly like the margins employed. [ VIEW WHOLE SIGN ]

Current music: Radiohead “Nude”

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43 Folders

and a bunch of index cards

The first words Merlin Mann said to me were, “I don’t want to keep sucking your cock,” and for a brief second I thought there was no reason to continue our breakfast meeting…

“But I love everything you do.” he continued, after pregnant pause.

This man has genius comic timing.

Backstory: Merlin and I met years ago when we were teenage girls on LiveJournal. He caught glimpses of his hometown through my photos and I lapped up every stream of content he poured online. He’s since opened the floodgates and it’s hard to keep up with the fella.

We finally met-for-reals-yo at a greasy spoon when I was in San Francisco a while back. I would link to a vacation gallery but sorting through 10 days of photos is a lot more involved than sorting through 36 hours of photos.

Spent the meal chatting it up about lenses and gadgets, notecards and notebooks, binderclips and people, our personal process and the general whoa over this technology that is hookin us up.

Once the bill was paid, Merlin had some time to kill between meetings so we walked around The City (which I should mention, I like to pronounce with Thurston Howell III clenched teeth – MP3).

We talked a bit about 43 Folders. For those that don’t know, Time Magazine has called this one of the top 10 websites in the universe, or something to that effect. In their words, the site “offers tips for organizing both your digital life and your analog one.”

One thing led to another, and when I got home I worked up some visual concepts. Some evolutions and a team of ninjas from RoopleTheme deftly translated the sketches into real, working stuff with Drupal. Without their help the whole process would not have been near as fast or as painless.

Refinement continues, but that’s just part of the neat thing about what Merlin does; he keeps adding, subtracting, experimenting, and most importantly, sharing.

It’s good stuff, and I’m super happy to lend a hand.

No idea where to start? Inbox Zero is a trove of info if you wrestle with managing email. And I’m not just saying that because Merlin’s wearing a Tii-shirt in the video.

Postnote: Thanks to M’s colorful language, I’m fully prepared to be banned from Panera WiFi.

Current music: Western State Hurricanes “Unsalted Butter”

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CBS, 2007

Branding the CSI Network

If I am to believe the wikipedia, and I usually do, William Golden was inspired by Shaker design when he crafted the CBS eye symbol back in 1951.

It’s nice to see how well this ol Eyemark has held up over the years.

Of mild interest is to see the call letters becoming more important. With web addresses and the tiny real estate of onscreen menus, this makes fine sense.

Also interesting is how the treatment reflects the design style (or software) of any given period. If that’s any indicator, it appears we’re getting back to the excess of the 80’s. Gnarly.

Me? I’ll be happy when this treatment is filed away and replaced by something with a less heinous “S.”

Current music: Tegan & Sara “Are You Ten Years Ago”

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Helvetica

The Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit

Screening of the Helvetica flick down in Cincinnati tonight—made all the more special with an introduction by DAAP grad Michael Bierut (wiki, Design Observer, a snapshot from the night).

The movie? Most excellent. Just the right amount of history, real world examples, well chosen music, and a slew of design luminaries that describe their experiences with the ubiquitous font—pro and con.

Got me to thinking about my relationship with type. I’ve no real allegiance, though I’ve a fond spot in my heart for Univers. I fall in that category where I don’t like to fret too much about fonts—there are always other things to worry about (like content for instance.) Then the web throws in that wrench of what’s installed on machines.

A dozen fonts you’d always found installed on my computer? (in no order)

Univers, Thesis (serif and sans), Trade Gothic (Naz inspired this addition), Helvetica (the whole family), Lubalin Graph (or some such slab serif), Futura, Interstate, Avenir, Bookman (complete, love the swash, seldom use it), Silkscreen, and sometimes but not-so-much – VAG rounded.

Man, I’m boring. I need to branch out.

Current music: Say Hi To Your Mom “Poor Pete Is A Bit Self Conscious”

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Nice package

with fake plastic tree

I keep buying shampoos and liquid soap thinking that some magic will happen and my hair will shine and my skin will become awesome, yet manly. I’m also waiting for magic SPF that I can apply in the shower with body wash.

None of that happens, but that hasn’t stopped me from creating stockpiles of this stuff. Somehow the shampoo or soap runs out and I have to fill the bottles with water to make it last until I get around to buying more—yet I have like 5 full things of conditioner always on hand.

Anyway, I saw this Every Man Jack stuff at Target and was taken aback by the design of the bottle. I’d go so far as to say it’s the most masculine bottle of perfumed body wash I have ever seen.

It’s too pricey, much like that Choxie brand of chocolates. The bottle is awkward, stingy, and hard to use. The signature fragrance needs more punch or tingle — maybe some caffeine. But man that faux wood plastic cap and clean type treatment is nice.

Current music: Earlimart “Color Bars”

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