September 2007 Archives

Links For Today 9.28.2007

By Michael Mulvey on September 28, 2007 9:45 AM

If you look hard, there's actually a lot of amazing things happening in the world besides celebrities wiping their asses and speculation on non-existent gadgets.

MS to sell XP until June 2008 after Vista backlash - Imagine you release a product update that is so good that consumers opt for the older version. Well done Microsoft. Let me know how that 'Silverlight' experiment goes too.

Blast from the Past: The Apple Store Online - Andy Rutledge thinks the new online store sucks? Rutledge is spot on with most of his critiques, but in this one he's wrong (unless he's being facetious and I'm not catching it).

Amazon MP3 Store - iTunes rocks, but competition is healthy. Amazon has taken a great step in a great direction for digital music.

Palm Centro - A day late and a dollar short.

Fast Company - Masters of Design
- This issue is all about design, I mean Design. As in the big picture Design (thanks Jory).

Rita Hazan

By Michael Mulvey on September 26, 2007 9:07 AM

photo: ritahazan.com

Analogue launches the new Rita Hazan website in collaboration with Kate Schelter. I think they make a good team, this site is beautiful and easy to use.

Great photography can really elevate a project, can't it?

Of course, so can great design and development.

Alright, I guess you need it all.

Inspiration

By Michael Mulvey on September 25, 2007 9:44 AM

These are from the QBN Sessions (via NewsToday)


Michael Muller - "And that is Batman smoking crack."


Joshua Davis - "I'm somewhat responsible for what you're seeing on screen ...but there's a lot of loss of control."

Influences

By Michael Mulvey on September 21, 2007 9:48 AM

When we make decisions in our lives, we all carry with us tons of opinions, ideas, memories and associations. Some of these we're aware of, and some are subconscious.

A phenomenon that I always find interesting is cryptomnesia:

It refers to cases where (apparently) a person believes that he or she is creating or inventing something new, such as a story, poem, artwork, or joke, but is actually recalling a similar or identical work which he or she has previously encountered.

I don't know if the creators of Absolut Brasil were aware of their influences, but they are apparent:

Absolut Brasil
screengrab: Absolut Brasil

iTunes (showing Coverflow view)
itunes_coverflow.jpg

It's important to note that the CoverFlow technology not developed by Apple, but by Jonathan del Strother. I'd be curious to find out what del Strother's inspiration was for CoverFlow.

Links For Today 9.14.2007

By Michael Mulvey on September 14, 2007 9:30 AM

WindowShade X - It's not that the 'genie' minimize effect isn't effective in OS X, it's just not my style. Call me old-fashioned, but I still like the window shade 'snap' of the old OS 9. I've been using WindowShade X for years now.

Paths of Resistance in the East Village - As someone who's fascinated with the history of New York in general including the Beat Generation and also lived in the East Village for almost 5 years, I could relate to a lot of the points made in this article. Its sad to see landmarks get replaced by premium condos and banks.

Here's the accompanying video, Art and Unrest in the East Village


vintage matchbook covers

Matchbook Museum - amazing little gems (found via Monoscope)

Mac truck comes along... and they're both killed.

By Michael Mulvey on September 14, 2007 12:22 AM

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Hot Thing

By Michael Mulvey on September 10, 2007 4:04 PM

Man, what a great video:

Welcome to the Family

By Michael Mulvey on September 10, 2007 10:30 AM

Our CEO at Schematic, Trevor Kaufman, just sent out an email this morning announcing that Schematic was acquired by WWP.

All in all it sounds like a win-win. Obviously being part of a publicly-traded company brings with it some responsibilities, like meeting financial expectations every year, but how is that a bad thing? We just have to focus on continuing to produce amazing work (that's why we were acquired in the first place).

Some of you out there who work at creative/ad/interactive agencies might not even know you're owned by WWP as well. Here's all the companies under the WWP umbrella. Ogilvy, Addison, Y&R, Grey Worldwide, JWT, Landor... the list goes on. Damn.

The NY Times Gets the Web

By Michael Mulvey on September 9, 2007 7:57 AM

I spend a lot of time online. Even as I work during the day in my design applications, I'm constantly checking my NewsFire RSS application for news. Despite great simplicity of RSS feeds, the NYTimes.com has many features that you can only take advantage of by going to the actual site.

The NYTimes.com really seems to 'get' the internet way better than most other news and newspaper sites. The site is well-designed, and by this I mean the underlying structure of the site, where things are positioned, image/text relationships, proportions and information heirarchy.

The style of the site is equally beautiful. The style of the site includes the color palette, grid treatment (the Times chose to expose most of their grid), fonts and photography.

Here's a few gems I came across this morning:

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Making the Cover


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Records From a History of Hardship


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Behind the Facades

Once Upon a Time Up in Jersey, YO!

By Michael Mulvey on September 6, 2007 2:29 PM

I'm heading back to school this fall.

Starting next week I'll be teaching the Motion Design course with Brenda McManus at Rutgers University - Newark campus.

I'm excited because it focuses on storyboarding and concepting as well as execution within Adobe Flash. Learning an application is important, but its the conceptual skills that will get you jobs in the creative field.

Brick City, here I come.

Schematic relaunch

By Michael Mulvey on September 6, 2007 1:58 PM

A big round of applause to Schematic LA for their great work on the new Schematic website.

It's in Flash 9, written in AS3, supports browser history (and back button), its friendly with mobile browsers, and search engine optimized. We even have a new showreel included. It's got a few kinks in it, so if you see something funky, let them know by clicking on the BETA button on the homepage.

Go team!

screengrab: Schematic.com

I want you all over me.

By Michael Mulvey on September 6, 2007 10:44 AM

Wet woman. Fluids splashing all over ...and she tells me she wants me all over her.

Man, advertising is funny.

advertisement: Lamb Fragrance, Gwen Stefani

Light up the web?

By Michael Mulvey on September 5, 2007 9:29 AM

Microsoft Officially Launches Silverlight

Microsoft has also announced that a number of content providers will be providing Silverlight enabled content online, including Entertainment Tonight, HSN and World Wrestling Entertainment.

What this TechCrunch article doesn't mention is that Microsoft has paid these companies, or has paid for the deveopment of some of these video players. I know this because the company I work for, Schematic, is in the process of developing some RIAs using Silverlight.

The second thing I'd like to point out is that so far, as of today, I have yet to see any 'rich internet applications' built with the Silverlight technology. I have seen a bunch of mediocre video players.

Silverlight is going to try to go head to head with Adobe Flash. If you'd like to see what real rich applications look like on the web, go browse through the featured sites on theFWA.

See the official Silverlight website

Funny like a clown.

By Michael Mulvey on September 5, 2007 9:15 AM

There's been some good ha-ha's this last month:

iTunes Store To Stop Selling NBC Television Shows - hahaha!

so NBC responds:
NBC 'DISAPPOINTED' IN NOT NEGOTIATING NEW ITUNES PACT - hahaha!

and NBC reacts:
After ditching Apple, NBC opts for flex pricing and more DRM with Amazon - HAHAHA! Stop, NBC, you're killing me!

And on the Sony front:
Sony pulls the plug on Connect, refocuses on PlayStation - Now this is sad. I was really digging that Sony ATRAC music format. Wait, no I wasn't, and I also wasn't digging the mini disc format.

A Design is Worth...

By Michael Mulvey on September 3, 2007 10:15 AM

NY Times: Google light through MS clouds

Number 1: This image is an example of outstanding art direction.

Number 2: This image echoes the opinion of a lot of people.

It's funny, because the image doesn't quite sync up with the point of the article. The point of the article is about how Microsoft is entering the realm of 'cloud computing'. This refers to services like Google Docs - applications available over the internet, not locked down in your operating system. The article goes on to explain how MS is going to give Google a run for their money by offering similar online tools.

I didn't read the image that way. I read it as Google shedding light on an otherwise cloudly, gloomy Microsoft-filled world. Whether he intended it or not, the art director of this image has put MS in a bad light (no pun intended).

Great design starts conversation, and I'm sure I'd hear a dozen different interpretations of this image ...and that's a good thing.

Simple, direct and elegant. Great job James C. Best Jr., whoever you are.

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