June 2007 Archives

What was it you said, Ed?

By Michael Mulvey on June 29, 2007 8:47 AM

Palm's chief Ed Colligan back in November (I wrote about this in my entry from 21 Nov 2007):

"We've learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone,'' he said. "PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They're not going to just walk in.''

You can learn a lot about what someone is really thinking by the language they use. Looking at this quote again, I like how he says they're working to make a decent phone. If you're mindset is 'decent', then don't expect to produce anything exceptional.

So it has come to be. You were very wrong Ed. As a faithful Treo user for 3 years, I hope you innovate the shit out of the Treo and give Apple some competition, until then, I'll be enjoying my iPhone - next month, that is, when I actually try to buy it.

I know what some of you are thinking, and it can be summed up in this scene from Clerks:

Audio MP3:

Randal: I hope it feels good.

Customer: You hope what feels good?

Randal: I hope it feels so good to be right. There is nothing more exhilarating than pointing out the shortcomings of others, is there?

Customer: Well this is the last time I ever rent here...

Randal: You'll be missed.

Customer: Screw you!

[The customer storms out. Randal runs out into the street.]

Randal: Hey you're not allowed to rent here anymore!

Jay: Yeah!

If you're wondering, it does feel good to have known that the iPhone was going to be a hit.

This is who I picture on line for the iPhone

By Michael Mulvey on June 27, 2007 9:33 AM

from the King of Comedy

You know, someone like Rupert Pupkin, who can live at home with their mother in Jersey, wait on lines for days upon end for things, people, events. Detached from reality. Just replace his autograph book in this scene with an iPhone.

Rupert says it perfectly in the scene above:
"What's so funny about that? A man can get ANYTHING he wants as long as he's willing to pay the price! Crazier things HAVE happened..."

Why There's an iPhone Craze.

By Michael Mulvey on June 26, 2007 9:15 AM

This is real simple and doesn't require a long-winded explanation.

The iPhone is the floating car we imagined we'd be driving in the future.

The Jetsons, Star Wars, Blade Runner, Minority Report ...the iPhone is that touchscreen gadget they all used (metaphorically speaking) to communicate with. As John Gruber points out (so obvious we all didn't catch it), the iPhone is the first mobile device being promoted for its interface, not hardware.

... and like any good science fiction movie - it's about the theatrics. The experience. The motion. The transitions. The atmosphere. What the iPhone does is as important as how it does it.

365 Days

By Michael Mulvey on June 26, 2007 7:38 AM

Hey! my co-worker Paula just launched her fresh new site, 365 Days. Check it out, she crops her photos into squares. I kinda dig that.

photo: University Place at 1:24

photo credit: Paula Tsai, 365 Days

Links For Today 6.26.2007

By Michael Mulvey on June 26, 2007 7:02 AM

RealPlayer beta released: no Mac, iPod support (yet) - Does anyone still use RealPlayer?

“Maybe” is one option too many - Zeldman's right about getting rid of Maybe on sites like Evite, but I'm not down with his argument for 4 star ratings being a better alternative to 5-star ratings.

I'm also not buying his argument, E-mail is not a platform for design. What's smart is using services like (or adopting practices like) Campaign Monitor that allow you to create HTML and plain text versions of your messages.

WSJ Spittin' Out Some Exhaust

By Michael Mulvey on June 25, 2007 4:18 PM

This is only interesting to me, but it looks as though this site's feed is getting picked up by Sphere, who syndicates content for WSJ.com. I discovered this when I noticed I was getting referrals from this WSJ article. I must be an 'official' blog or something.

WSJ article footer with link to Daily Exhaust

time for some cheap beer

By Michael Mulvey on June 25, 2007 12:00 PM

photo: beer pitcher

IMG_5177.JPG, originally uploaded by combustionchamber.


By Michael Mulvey on June 25, 2007 11:49 AM

IMG_5209.JPG, originally uploaded by combustionchamber

Anything is Better Than 12-button Texting

By Michael Mulvey on June 22, 2007 7:23 PM

I know the tension in the air is so thick you could cut a knife with it regarding the iPhone launch next week (at least it is in Manhattan), but I have one more thing I have to ask:

Is typing on the iPhone's on-screen QWERTY keyboard going to be THAT much more difficult than what it takes to squeeze out a message on a standard 12-digit cell phone?

iPhone QWERTY keyboard

I don't know if its because I've had a Treo for 3 years, but I just HATE having to type out text messages on a keyboardless mobile phone like Motorola RAZR. The whole process of shuffling through three letters per number digit is torturous.

I bring this topic because of these headlines I've seen:
Will the iPhone be undone by its keyboard?
Apple iPhone: All Eyes on the Keyboard (Or Lack Thereof)
Keyboard iPhone not good enough
The iPhone will flop because of the keyboard

Ok I'm done. Enough of this speculation.

Can't Beat the Classics

By Michael Mulvey on June 22, 2007 5:15 PM


l.v.10, originally uploaded by stoptimephotos.

I've discovered a Flickr Group made just for me - Art of Classic Cars (DETAIL SHOTS ONLY!). Love it.

The Obvious News 6.21.2007

By Michael Mulvey on June 21, 2007 5:56 PM

Touch-Screen Phones Poised for Growth - Wow. Ya think? You figure Apple would have thought of something like that already.

Gates, Pace Say More Casualties Ahead in Iraq - But Bush doesn't like using stem cells. Let's em get killed fighting a bullshit war. Makes so much sense.

EMI sales climb on iTunes Plus plan - See you pea-brain, old fart, music execs?

Yang replaces Semel as Yahoo CEO - Bout time.

Microsoft claims faster patches than Apple - I hope so Microsoft, WIndows has more holes than a spaghetti strainer, and more susceptible to viruses than a whore. ... You 'win', ok?

Since we're talking about MS, this is great:

Hot Links 6.21.2007

By Michael Mulvey on June 21, 2007 9:27 AM

Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart - by Devoid of Yesterday. (via k10k)

To the People of Manhattan

By Michael Mulvey on June 21, 2007 8:59 AM

Godzilla foot

Ladies - you're not allowed to wear sandals or any other fashionable, toe-exposing footwear if you haven't had a pedicure. If you have nasty feet, keep em covered.

This holds true for the guys too. If your feet look like Godzilla's ... I don't want to see them.

Links For Today 6.20.2007

By Michael Mulvey on June 20, 2007 1:52 PM

A Really Big Show | The New York Times - "Vincent Laforet describes the process of making a series of tilt-shift photographs at sporting events. The feature allows users to view images at a significantly larger size." (thanks Larrick)

Tennis Match, Photo by Vincent Laforet

Photo by Vincent Laforet

Studio Output - nice transitions, clear, very readable.

Screengrab: Studio Output website

Screengrab: Studio Output website

Photos 6.9.2007

By Michael Mulvey on June 20, 2007 8:48 AM

After a long lapse in shooting photos, I got back out on the streets of New York with my Canon Rebel and shot some photos. I brought along with me my telephoto and 50mm lenses (like the one we used to have on our Pentax K1000's in college, damn that sounded old).

Cutlass - East Village

A beautiful, shiny Cutlass in the East Village.

iTunes Account Required for iPhone

By Michael Mulvey on June 19, 2007 1:17 PM

Most of the articles I've come across regarding AT&T's stipulation that an iTunes account is required for iPhone setup are pretty negative. People seem to be under the impression that Apple has some sort of evil intention, or trying to lock them into something.

From Engadget:

This should come as no surprise to those familiar with the practices of Apple, who regularly confines its users to fairly enclosed systems out of "ease of use" or "privacy" concerns, but anyone who was hoping to manage the iPhone and its contents with open and free (as in speech) software should probably give up hope now.

Despite all the outcries from haters, this is actually a good move, and particularly beneficial to the owner of the iPhone, regardless if they buy anything from the iTunes Store.

Decisions, Decisions

By Michael Mulvey on June 18, 2007 3:44 PM

Comment overheard between 2 Human Experience people today:
"Did you decide on radio buttons or check boxes?"

CNN Redesign

By Michael Mulvey on June 18, 2007 7:13 AM

Looks like CNN, has started posting links to its new Beta site. The new site has definitely been simplified and is much less cluttered, but doesn't seem to have eliminated those 'Latest News' short absurd news headlines, like "Tests show zilch about dead whale shark".

Guess I can't have it all.

Check out screengrabs after the jump below.

The Mill - Showreel 2007

By Michael Mulvey on June 15, 2007 4:39 PM


The Mill - Showreel 2007 (via theFWA) - Like, wow. Nice stuff.

Links For Today 6.15.2007

By Michael Mulvey on June 15, 2007 9:21 AM

iPods to blame for total eclipse of the art, says Hockney (via Engadget)

Speaking on the eve of his 70th birthday, Britain's best-loved living painter said the proliferation of iPods - Apple has sold more than 100 million worldwide - and other digital music players has combined with a decline in art education to create a "fallow period of painting".

"We are not in a very visual age," Hockney said. "I think it's all about sound. People plug in their ears and don't look much, whereas for me my eyes are the biggest pleasure.

Dude, Hockney, what are you talking about? Not a very visual age? I guess Hockney has only been watching the proliferation of iPods and hasn't been observing plasma/LCD television sales. Or computer displays, or time spent playing video games by people 13 to 40.

The reason we're in a 'fallow period of painting' is because everything has been done in visual arts. Occasionally I'll see a contemporary artist doing a good rehashing of abstract expressionism or minimalism, or something faintly resembling the collages of Robert Rauschenberg.

We might be in a fallow period of painting but I'll bet you sales from painting retrospectives are high. The great art exhibits I can recall recently are all retrospectives the most recent being Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years and Chuck Close: Self-Portraits 1967-2005 .

It's the end of an era for painting. What will be interesting is to see what comes to fill the void.

USA Networks ...Niiice.

By Michael Mulvey on June 14, 2007 4:21 PM

USA Networks - Burn Notice

USA Networks has some nice typography and design/grid consistency going on across all their sites and series. Thanks for the heads up Dalematic.

Links For Today 6.14.2007

By Michael Mulvey on June 14, 2007 11:56 AM

The New Disruptors (via Business 2.0)

The Minister of Information (via Kottke)

Microsoft’s PowerPoint software is an all-conquering monster of crumminess, a threat to life as we know it. Most of all, if you are making a presentation, you can probably say everything you need to on a single folded sheet of eleven-by-seventeen copy paper, and you ought to.

IA's are History (via Design View) - true?

Information Architects are often put on the defensive by spears flung by peers and brethren in elated disciplines. In taking the accusations seriously and accepting the truths within them, Grant Campbell reveals our greatest strengths - shallowness, insularity, and being "relegated" to history.

Everything I Know About Design I Learned from The Sopranos

On professional behavior:
"You don't think. You disrespect this place. That's the reason why you were passed the fuck over."

No Extremes

By Michael Mulvey on June 14, 2007 9:49 AM

(this is more of a stream-of-consciousness entry than it is a well-structured essay, so I apologize if I jump around a lot)

There seems to be an inverse relationship to the natural evolution of a company on a progressing path and the perception of this company by the public.

I think people are funny, what they complain about, what they react to.

No Comparison

By Michael Mulvey on June 13, 2007 4:30 PM

original Olympics logo:
original Olympics logo

London 2012 Olympics logo:
London 2012 Olympics logo

Dropping a pile of shit into an ice cream cone would make for a memorable (albeit foul and inappropriate) logo for the Olympics. Just because it's memorable and would provoke a lot of arguments doesn't mean its good.

The bottom line is a logo's responsibility is to distill a huge amount of information and ideas into ONE MARK that conveys the essence of a product, brand, company or event.

The London 2012 logo not only miscommunicates, but needs the original Olympics logo embedded INTO it in order to put it in context! I don't call that a 'design element', I call that a crutch.

End of discussion.

Thoughts on Apple 6.12.2007

By Michael Mulvey on June 12, 2007 11:31 AM

WWDC 2007 - Keynote Address (Quicktime video stream) - Like most of you, I already have all the details from the Keynote, but half the fun is watching Steve Jobs deliver the news.

Regarding Apple's announcement that iPhone apps can be developed as web applications (sites), here are 2 different POV's:

Links For Today 6.11.2007

By Michael Mulvey on June 11, 2007 2:44 PM

Agencies Behaving Badly

Why are the vast majority of agencies looking merely for people who know how to use certain tools? Why aren’t they looking for people who know how to produce modern product and truly functional results?

Adobe Launches AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime), the artist formally known as Apollo (via TechCrunch).

Adobe has also dropped Flex 3 Beta (via MacNN) - this makes sense since it kinda ties in with their whole AIR product, letting developers create cross-platform RIA's in browsers and on the desktop.

Microsoft is (read: wants to) going head-to-head with Flex/AIR with Silverlight. That's great Microsoft, we're up to version 9 of Flash and you decide to get into the RIA game. Flash has over 95% penetration and you'd like to to switch to your Silverlight plug-in why?

Video: Aero (Vista) vs. Beryl (Linux) - Ignore the crappy techno music and check out this amazing GUI for Linux. The 3-D rendering of application windows in particular blew me away.

I don't think I want to post any news items relating to the iPhone. The tension in the air is so thick you could cut it with a knife.

Be careful ...this is BAT Country

By Michael Mulvey on June 9, 2007 8:04 PM

My friend Bryan recently got back from Vegas ...and some of the Nevada deserts. What he brought back was some cool stories and some great pictures, check them out on his new photography page.

Devil's Golf Course Road, Nevada - credit: Bryan Larrick, 2007

A Lot More Gore ...And A Lot Less Verbinski

By Michael Mulvey on June 8, 2007 8:20 AM

"If you don't know Kiera Knightly, she's a slightly more mannish version of Orlando Bloom."

Classic. God that ninja has a way with words.

Links For Today 6.7.2007

By Michael Mulvey on June 7, 2007 3:40 PM

Netscape releases Navigator 9 - I just installed it. It works. It has tabs. The few sites I've checked out seem to render ok CSS-wise. Problem is I just still have that bad Netscape 4.7 aftertaste in my mouth... (Hey, cut me some slack, I started web design in the 90's, it was rough and left some scars.)

Movable Type 4.0 Beta Released - This site was built in Movable Type 3.3, I can't wait to upgrade, it looks pretty hot.


Kurt Noble ditches Flash for tight HTML Relaunch (via NT) - Maybe it's because I'm getting older, but there's something to be said for nice, clean, functional HTML site with a dash of Ajax-y loading content for flavor. I dig it.

Bill, Bill ...let me tell the story.

By Michael Mulvey on June 6, 2007 7:27 AM

How It All Comes Together

By Michael Mulvey on June 5, 2007 10:52 AM

Humans make sense of the world through pattern recognition, here's a pattern I've picked up on (and I'm definitely not the first):

August 29, 2006 Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt joins Apple's board of directors

9 October, 2006 Google Buys YouTube

9 January 2007 Apple launches Apple TV

2 April 2007 Apple and EMI Music agree to DRM-free tracks on iTunes

30 May 2007 Apple to feature YouTube video content on Apple TV

May 31, 2007 Youtube Signs Deal with EMI

Do you see where this is going? Apple (and Google (and EMI)) is no dummy. The iPod was tossed aside by initial critics.... Apple retail stores were said to go under within a year.... Apple TV is a dud says critics....

I'm not saying Apple is guaranteed success in the everything, but just keep your eye on them, before you know it, they might be in your living room (and phone, and music player and computer).

Hey Actie, Stop the Play!

By Michael Mulvey on June 4, 2007 5:57 PM

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