100 Blogs That Will Make You Smarter

100 Blogs That Will Make You Smarter. A list compiled by Kelly Kilpatrick.

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question for my readers

We are looking for someone to help us record/film the CreativeMornings Talks to put them on the web and make them available to swissmiss readers. Are you a film student and interested in teaming up with us? Or are you a designer that knows a lot about filming, editing and would get a kick out of helping us? If so, please email us and tell us a little bit about you.

CreativeMornings: Zach Klein and Casey Pugh on Physical Computing

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Carl and I are thrilled to announce our next CreativeMorning which will take place in the *fantastic* MEET space in Soho, on December 12th, 2008.

Zach Klein, co-founder of Vimeo, and Casey Pugh, Senior Developer at Vimeo, will give a 10minute talk and introduce physical computing with simple demonstrations using Arduino, an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

The event opens up at 8:30am with the 10 minute talk starting at 9:00am, following a 20 minute disussion. Interested in attending? Make sure to r.s.v.p via email as there is only limited space available. Please tell us your name and what industry you’re in. We’re sorry but the event is full!

A big thank you to Marc and Sara Schiller of Electric Artists for hosting the event at MEET, an impressive storefront apartment-like space in the middle of Soho. When meeting with them and talking about the possiblity of hosting a CreativeMorning, Marc and Sara explained that they realized there was a need for a dedicated space in New York where creative and business executives could gather to re-imageine a business, re-invent a product or pitch potential clients. MEET was born and just recently opened their doors, and is now available to rent out for events. Check out the images on their site, the space is fantastic!

CreativeMornings? ‘CreativeMornings’ is a monthly morning gathering of creative types. Each event includes a 10 minute lecture, followed by a 20 minute group discussion. The gathering begins at 8:30am with the topic presentation starting at 9:00am. The whole thing closes down at 10am. The events are hosted at studios/gallery spaces in NYC. (We are always looking for potential hosts that are willing to accomodate 50+ people. Please email us if you’re interested in hosting or sponsoring one of our events!)

question for my readers: google results remove+promote

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Can anyone explain what the remove/promote buttons are supposed to do on the google results pages? Have they been around for a while?

AIGA SmallTalk: Lars Müller

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What a treat to have fellow swiss, Lars Müller, speak at one of the wonderful AIGA Small Talks here in NYC. Lars Müller is a well respected figure in the graphic design, architecture and photography publishing world. You might know or own the infamous Helvetica: Homage to a Typeface Book, which is definitely one of my favorites.

Michael Bierut introduced Lars Müller, pointing out how impressed he is by the fact that even though Müller is mostly his own client, he doesn’t become self-indulgent but manages to stay focused and maintain a very straight-forward, objective design sense. Bierut admires how Müller’s layouts always look precise, engaging and guide the reader right to the content.

In his presentation Lars Müller went through his impressive roster of architecture, design and photography books he’s published. He started off his presentation with the question: Why the hell do all designers want to design books? Müller tells us about his realization and fascination about a book being a graphic design medium which is meant to last. His first publishing experiment was Die gute Form, by the schweizer werkbund, a post bauhaus movement. It was his first book publishing experience and his first experience for this full responsibility for a product. “When you are your own client you really have to do this odd self-dialogue with yourself. You always have to try to anticipate the expectations of your audience.”

What became clear from his talk was that Müller always builds up a close relationship to the subject, author or the artist of the book. And that relationship is what has kept him independent so far. He explains that he does books with friends or that authors become friends. “This is the privilege of a one-man business”.

Müller points out how gathering the actual content of a book is such a huge process and part of the design of a book. And he admits that every book he publishes has a little biographical annotation or relationship to something that plays a role in his life.

Müller explained how he sees the designer as a ‘political being’. “Designers tend to escape into the niche of beauty. We give a value to what we do but somehow the political awareness disapears.” Müller started thinking about the possibilities and capacities he had to bring ‘a message across’ with his work. It’s this thinking that led him to create The Face of Human Rights.

He points out how everything we do in our life is somewhat connected to human rights. The visual idea of this book was to express normality, as the best expression of human rights is normality, every day life, freedom, normal behavior.

Another comment that I thought was interesting was his thought on ‘a rhythm of reading': “When you look through a visual book you get into rhythm and you start to breath in a certain rhythm, and reading shouldn’t stop that rhythm. That’s why in some of his books the copy is short enough to guide you on this path of ‘visual reading’.

Müller points out how editing images for a book is design work. “Never expect an editor to hand the images over to you. Involve yourself in editing process. Celebrate images you like!”

One of the guests asked what the Human Rights book means for Lars Müller Publishers going forward as it seems to have been a turning point in his career. His answer: “I made one step out of the niche but still stay there! I now simply have an expanded playground. Its not a reaction against something I’ve done before, I just expanded my territory. I still believe the aesthetic culture is a very strong engine in driving and teaching our society functions and how we relate to other societies.”

Tips to Improve Reading Comprehension when reading to your kids

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Methodologie visualized screen resolution stats. Smart.

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Tilman Faelker | Illustrator

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This illustration by Tilman Faelker had me look. Spooky!

It’s a stereo! It’s a Credenza. I love it.

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As seen onnytimes.com: For those daunted by the complexity and clutter of high-end audio systems, the GenevaSound Home Theater offers a tidy alternative. The 66-inch credenza, which is large enough to accommodate a good-size TV, has an integrated iPod dock, CD player and FM radio. Stereo speakers and a 12-inch subwoofer (specifically designed not to rattle a TV above) are hidden behind the perforated metal grill in front.

The Designers Review of Books

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The Designers Review of Books is a brand new site reviewing design books. It’s run by Andy Polaine, an interaction designer, journalist and lecturer.

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Let Me Google That For You

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Next time someone asks if you know something (for example, “what was the URL for that swissmiss blog you told me about?”) simply go to Letmegooglethatforyou.com, put in whatever it is they should’ve googled in the first place, then send them the link it spits out to show them how it’s done. Made me laugh. See the swissmiss demo here. I love you Internet!

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swiss weltwoche gets a new website…

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I rarely put on my ‘swissmiss criticism hat’ but but the redesign of the DIE WELTWOCHE website has me stunned. (Die Weltwoche is a weekly swiss newspaper) How in the world did the Weltwoche management give a sign-off on this design? I don’t even know where to start in pointing out the flaws… It feels to me as if the developers happened to have worked off an unfinished mockup.

A company called Kircher Burkhardt created it. Looking at their portfolio, I can clearly say they are pros when it comes to editorial print design, but obviously don’t have much experience with the web. What a missed opportunity. (enter sigh here)

Dear Weltwoche, In case you are considering another redesign, I would love to help.

Malcolm Gladwell | Outliers: The Story of Success

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A video of Malcolm Gladwell’s talk at the recent AIGA Gain Conference. (Dear AIGA, please add the ‘embedd video’ functionality to your videos. Yes?)

Only Malcolm Gladwell could bring Fleetwood Mac into the design discussion and make wonderful sense. In his enlightening talk about innovation and misconceptions about what it takes to become a success, Gladwell uses this unlikely metaphor for creative synthesis in an entertaining entrée into the concepts of his forthcoming book, Outliers. Genius and creativity don’t necessarily spring forth unbidden, he says; they require time and support to experiment, to try and even fail. During this time of economic crisis and eventual renewal, he hopes that the design community will be able to “rediscover the true roots of creativity and innovation.”

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Muji Cardboard House

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Muji Cardboard Dollhouse.

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Google goes historic

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Google has a new feature that allows you to search through millions of images from the archives of LIFE magazine. And the best of it all, they’re high-res! Nope, I will not get any work done today!

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Lunch Bag Art

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How incredibly cool is this dad that paints/draws on lunch bags during his lunch break for his kids every single day?

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Lisa Scheer | Photographer

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Lovely photograph by Lisa Scheer.

Leica D-LUX 4. Yes, please!

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I’ve had my Leica D-LUX 3 for a good year now and *love* it. I am happy to see that Leica came out with a the Leica DLUX 4 with some great improvements. The most analog improvement of them all is that they’ve added the camera straps loops on both sides, like with the big SLRs. See the camera’s full specs list over at dPreview.

CreativeMornings at VII

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The most recent ‘CreativeMorning‘ was a big success! (Pictures of the event can be seen here.) Thanks everyone for coming out. We had a great turn-out and enjoyed bagels and coffee sponsored by Iridesco, the creators of Harvest, a web-based time-tracking and invoicing application and Co-op. We also enjoyed water supplied by Tap’d NY. Special thanks also to our hosts and presenters, VII.
A big thumbs up to our virtual guest for the event, Pablo Puga from Mexico City

Our presenters were David Lukens (VII Archivist & independent photographer) and Alina Grosman (VII Head of Sales) who talked for a bit about how VII is not only finding new value in their work but also work to capture more material (audio and video as well as photography) when on assignment. Based on some the questions in the discussion it definitely seems that print photography is now a special assignment with digital “film” being the standard. Especially interesting was commentary that perhaps “middle of the road” professional photographers would be pushed out of business leaving only an ever expanding bottom tier and elites.

Given the discussion that came up, Comments Are Open. If you were at the presentation and have something to say, feel free to leave your remarks here.

Mark your calendars, our next CreativeMornings will be on December 12th! A more official announcement is forthcoming.

Pipilotti Rist showing at the MoMA

The Pipilotti Rist installation opened at the MoMA here in NYC today. Pipilotti Rist’s lush multimedia installations playfully and provocatively merge fantasy and reality. MoMA commissioned the Swiss artist to create a monumental site-specific installation that immerses the Museum’s Marron Atrium in twenty-five-foot-high moving images. Visitors will be able to experience the work while walking through the space or sitting upon a sculptural seating island designed by the artist.

Behind the Scenes with Pipilotti Rist:

I can NOT WAIT to see this. I *love* Pipiloti!

Cashmere 2-in-1 Gloves

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How incredibly cool are these Cashmere 2-in-1 Gloves?

‘T’ Towel

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‘T’ Towel. Great gift!

In case of emergency…

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In case of emergency BREAK DANCE, Type Tee by Miciah Anderson.

Pogue-o-Matic Gadget Finder

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Pogue-o-Matic Gadget Finder. Made me look.