Monday, October 31, 2005

Architecture: Lollipop Building To Be Revamped

Lollipop BuildingFrom the October 4th New York Times:
Scaffolding is expected to start going up late this week at 2 Columbus Circle, opening the way for a controversial transformation of Edward Durell Stone's building into a new home for the Museum of Arts and Design.
View the photo gallery on Save 2 Columbus Circle.

[via guinn9]

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Art: Found Photos

This is a fascinating photo gallery:
The pages below show prints I made from processing film I found in old cameras. In many cases the exposed films were over fifty years old. You are seeing them for the first time as they were lost by the photographers that took these images.
[via Design Weblog]

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Friday, October 28, 2005

Web: Join Refresh Dallas

Refresh Dallas is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical and professional aspects of new media endeavors in the Dallas area.
The first meeting is November 10th with Garrett Dimon and Stephen P. Anderson speaking about Information Architecture. Head over to the new website for more information or jump into the Refresh Dallas Forum.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Art: Action Painting

From Wikipedia:
Action painting, sometimes called "gestural abstraction", is a style of painting in which paint is spontaneously dribbled, splashed or smeared onto the canvas, rather than being carefully applied. The resulting work emphasizes the physical act of painting itself.
The preceding art of Kandinsky and Mondrian had attempted to detract itself from the portrayal of objects and instead tried to tingle and tantalize the emotions of the viewer. Action Art took this a step further, using Freud’s ideas of the subconscious as its underlying foundations.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Art: Hotel Fox

Browse the rooms of Hotel FOX:
...International artists from the fields of graphic design, urban art and illustration turned Hotel Fox in central Copenhagen into the world’s most exciting and creative lifestyle hotel.

61 rooms, 21 artist, 1,000 ideas
Each room is an individual piece of art.
[via Sparkplug]

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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Web: Treehouse Magazine

The first issue of Treehouse, a PDF magazine dedicated to web development, is now available. To celebrate the creation of something new and good, the Particletree team is giving away the inaugural issue for free.
Looks like Treehouse is trying to pick up the PDF magazine baton from Design In-Flight. Here are a few of the article titles:
  • The Brief History of Javascript
  • Inheriting Expectations
  • The Enterprise Mentality
  • The Hows and Whys of Degradable Ajax
  • An Argument for Small Business Blogging
  • How to Stop Talking About the Future

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Friday, October 07, 2005

Misc: New Coke

I know this is old news and not the point of Luke's article, but I had not heard this explanation before.
Coke invested in “New Coke” on the results of one form of research: blind, small sample size taste tests which Pepsi repeatedly won. They did not consider the results of “home-use” tests, the associations of their brand, or what cola consumers prefer after drinking a whole can (a more realistic user scenario). As a result, they based their new product on its performance within a very small portion of the complete user experience. The first sip of cola, after all, is just one part of buying and enjoying Coke.

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Monday, October 03, 2005

Web: The Label Tag

I definitely need to start using the label tag in my HTML forms. Garrett states his case for the label tag over on YourTotalSite.com:
With forms, there seems to be one basic tag that is either overlooked or not common knowledge. That would be the label tag. Unfortunately, there are still many major sites that don't use this simple and powerful tag.

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