Archive for the ‘design’ tag
This site got linked from everywhere this week, and that’s because it’s amazing.
Planet Money is a great and approachable podcast about the American economy from NPR, and their long project to make a t-shirt has culminated in an amazing multimedia experiences of a site, with a story that reminds me of I, Pencil (on Link Banana). Truly great.
99% Invisible is a great podcast about design. If you don’t regularly listen, you really should. This episode was so great I couldn’t let it go by unnoted: a musical exploration of the way we relate to nature, based on a book I’d not heard of but feel I really must read now. Roman Mars explains the episode:
So, when I read Jon Mooallem’s brilliant book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America, I didn’t think we’d ever do an episode of 99% Invisible about it. I just read it for fun.
But then I saw Jon perform stories from the book live with musical accompaniment from the band Black Prairie. And that changed everything. I accosted Jon and the band in the dressing room and told them they had to let me share it with the 99% Invisible audience.
This is a great wide-ranging piece about parking, urban design, and the appeal to visitors of those methods used in various southern California cities. But it’s better that that kind of dry sentence, I swear. It starts with an interesting anecdote about the rather famous Disney Hall:
Yet before an auditorium could be raised, a six-floor subterranean garage capable of holding 2,188 cars needed to be sunk below it at a cost of $110 million—money raised from county bonds. Parking spaces can be amazingly expensive to fabricate. In aboveground structures they cost as much as $40,000 apiece. Belowground, all that excavating and shoring may run a developer $140,000 per space. The debt on Disney Hall’s garage would have to be paid off for decades to come, and as it turned out, a minimum schedule of 128 annual shows would be enough to cover the bill. The figure “128” was even written into the L.A. Philharmonic’s lease.
The Dieline has some interesting photos of old Crayola crayon packaging. I think the prominent marking of them as “school crayons” is notable.
Made manifest in the number of ways we can get on and off roads that don’t slow down.
As an IE hater, I’m a fan of the globe metaphor theory.
(via Gems Sty)
While they obviously have their nontrivial problems, unplanned urban development has some characteristic that unlikely people are praising:
Prince Charles of [Wales], who founded an organization called the Foundation for the Built Environment, praised Dharavi (which he visited in 2003) for its “underlying, intuitive ‘grammar of design’ ” and “the timeless quality and resilience of vernacular settlements.” He predicted that “in a few years’ time such communities will be perceived as best equipped to face the challenges that confront us because they have built-in resilience and genuinely durable ways of living.”
I was just thinking that all webpages should have a reading view — the way Hulu or YouTube allow you to dim light — and today everyone is talking about this superb-looking bookmarklet.
It has choked on a number of sites I’ve tried it with — spitting out a sidebar, the comments, or in at least one case, the header instead — but when it works it’s pretty good.
In the most recent A List Apart, Mandy Brown says many of the things I’ve been thinking about reading on the internet over the last few months. If you’re interested in design, or the problems of reading on the internet, I’d strongly recommend it.
There are many dogged readers who will make this commitment whether or not the design of the page makes it easy on them, but as designers, there are a number of ways we can assist readers in the transition. Consider all of the elements that accompany an article and organize those that are most useful for gauging interest at the top. Summaries or pull quotes, as well as illustrations, allow the reader to quickly assess what the article is about. Categories and links to related content provide context. The name and affiliation of the author communicate the authority of a text. All of these elements combine to create an entryway into reading.
Until I saw this Flickr set of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s sign shop, I’d never stopped to think about where exactly those road signs come from.
Also, the Washington State Department of Transportation has a Flickr account?
(via BB Gadgets)