This Big Ass Pinata had me almost fall of my chair. This is hilarious.
Made me look: The Designer’s Toolkit, 1000 Colors by Graham Davis. I can definitely see this coming in handy if I am looking for color-inspiration I must say though, that the ‘pretend’ layouts they are using are seriously painful. The book comes with a cd that includes thousands of ready-to-use swatches and palettes in multiple file formats for both print and digital applications.
Tell us about your books. What has the process of writing them been? Has it been different for each one?
I’m happiest about MTIV. That one was written at a wonderful time in my design career. I had recently moved to NYC and started my company. Business was booming and I was discovering the NYC design community — which is supportive and generous and populated with my heroes. I was completely caught up in the craft. I was also relatively new to the wonders of New York. All of that found it’s way into the book and, to be honest, the only thing I remember about writing that one is getting up really early, walking to my office as the city woke up, drinking four shots of espresso, and writing like a fiend.
“People in the industry foresee a time in which for many people, the only thing they’ll need on a computer is a browser,” said Mitch Kapor, the software pioneer who now sits on the board of the Mozilla Foundation and has created a start-up, FoxMarks, that is developing a tool to synchronize bookmarks between computers. “The browser is just extraordinarily strategic.”
Browsers Are a Battleground Once Again, by Brad Stone
Jodie from Bholu emailed me to let me know that they are now offering rugs. BEAUTIFUL rugs. Wheee!
We spent part of this fabulous memorial day weekend with Jenna, Mark, Mia and Claudine from Sweet fine day. Mark, a pastry chef, made a rhubarb pie which was out of this world! I am so delighted to see that he is sharing the recipe. A hint to my friends: I’ll do almost anything for a slice of warm rhubarb pie!
It’s a big day over here at swissmiss. Three years ago, today, I started this blog with this quote and it could not have been any more adequate for what was ahead. Little did I know that blogging would become such a big part of my life and that I would meet talented, fabulous people from all around the world because of it.
Thank you Internet! Time to put my party hat on! “Happy my blog birthday to you”!
“ There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter — the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something. […] Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion.
– E.B. White, Here is New York
Ella and I had a little LookyBook moment last night and we got hooked on the Tribal Alphabet. It’s written by Nancy Richardson and illustrated by Claudia Pearson, a Brooklyn-based graphic designer, typographer, and painter. In Tribal Alphabet Claudia created a dazzling group portrait of the world of indigenous peoples.
Flipping through the pages (over and over) I realized, it’s books like this one, that I want to read to Ella. I want her to understand how beautifully diverse this world is. She’s lucky enough to grow up in two differents cultures already, being a frequent traveler to the swiss alps. But that’s not enough. I want her to know about the Garinagu and the Māori. It’s books like this one that help raise open-minded kids.
You might want to know that a percentage of the profits of this book will be given to the not-for-profit foundation Cultural Survival, to aid in its efforts to defend the rights of indigenous people around the world.
Just added it to my shopping cart on amazon. Oh, I love you internet!
“We’ve spent years talking about the value of the water-cooler conversations,” he says. “Now we have the ability to actually understand what these relationships are, how information and decision-making migrate. We see how people really work.” Why does this matter? The company can spot teams that form organically, and then can place them on targeted projects. It can pinpoint the people who transmit ideas. These folks are golden. “A new class of supercommunicators has emerged,” he says.
Beyond Blogs, a Business Week Cover Story by Stephen Baker and Heather Green
(thank you Peter)
MyBox is based on a simple idea, a lockable desk that you can shut at the end of your working day and perhaps move next to the wall until you need it again. Designed by Iiro Viljanen.
Tomorrow (May 24, 2008) is Adrian Frutiger’s 80th birthday. Send him a birthday message here. Frutiger is one of the most influential type designers of the 20th century; his Univers and Frutiger typefaces are still ranking amongst the most commonly used fonts today. His types include Meridien, Egyptienne, Serifa, OCR-B, Centennial and Avenir.
(image via magtypo.cz)
(thank you jeff!)