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Pazgaz at Sha’ar Hagai Olympus C5050 Judean Hills, Israel Sunday, June 27th, 2004.

Stand by Your Man
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Stand by Your Man iPhone 6S Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017.

Rest from Grandchildren
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Rest from Grandchildren iPhone 6S Marbella, Spain Saturday, August 26th, 2017.

Clay Decoration
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Clay Decoration iPhone 6S Surrey, England Tuesday, May 30th, 2017.

Nature’s Confetti
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Nature’s Confetti iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Wednesday, December 7th, 2016.

Lobby by Armani
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Lobby by Armani iPhone 6S Tel Aviv, Israel Friday, September 30th, 2016.

Green Tea
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Green Tea iPhone 6S Herzlia, Israel Thursday, September 29th, 2016.

Drunk on Media
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Drunk on Media iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, September 12th, 2016.

Mini’s Buxom Rear with #69’s Mad Roof
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Mini’s Buxom Rear with #69’s Mad Roof iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Saturday, July 30th, 2016.

I’m Too Sexy for My Tiles
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I’m Too Sexy for My Tiles iPhone 4S Brighton, East Sussex, England Sunday, January 20th, 2013.

That’s Satoyama Life, Folks
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That’s Satoyama Life, Folks iPhone 4S London, England Friday, May 25th, 2012.

Jolly Bannister of Atomium
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Jolly Bannister of Atomium iPhone 4S Brussels, Belgium Tuesday, May 15th, 2012.

Tree and Tubes
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Tree and Tubes iPhone 4S Brussels, Belgium Monday, May 14th, 2012.

God Morgen
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God Morgen iPhone 4S Brighton, East Sussex, England Tuesday, April 24th, 2012.

We Made This
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We Made This iPhone 4S Brighton, East Sussex, England Tuesday, April 17th, 2012.

Mensch Bench
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Mensch Bench iPhone 4S Herzlia, Israel Saturday, November 19th, 2011.

Furry Balcony
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Furry Balcony Olympus C5050 Helsinki, Finland Friday, January 8th, 2010.

Good People on the Way
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Good People on the Way Olympus C5050 Brighton, East Sussex, England Tuesday, June 30th, 2009.

Who Do You Think You are Kidding, Mr Finjan?
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Who Do You Think You are Kidding, Mr Finjan? iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Sunday, May 24th, 2009.

Brighton Life
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Brighton Life Olympus C5050 Brighton, East Sussex, England Tuesday, March 31st, 2009.

Glib Glug
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Glib Glug Nokia N95 8GB Brighton, East Sussex, England Saturday, February 21st, 2009.

Signs of the Old Times
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Signs of the Old Times Nokia N95 8GB Strathclyde, Scotland Monday, December 8th, 2008.

A Favorite Spot of Mine, Too
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A Favorite Spot of Mine, Too Nokia N95 8GB Ein Bokek, Israel Tuesday, November 18th, 2008.

Gay Day at the Park
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Gay Day at the Park Olympus C5050 London, England Thursday, June 12th, 2008.

Hot Pipes
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Hot Pipes Olympus C5050 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Sunday, May 18th, 2008.

Indiana Jones and the Krispies of Coco
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Indiana Jones and the Krispies of Coco Nokia N95 8GB Fort Lauderdale, Florida Sunday, May 11th, 2008.

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Design

Briefs

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products

Leander Kahney

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In what seems a common pattern, Jony Ive started early, eschewing the liberal education of say Oxbridge, instead selecting the most renowned college in the field in which he was already winning prizes: industrial design. And this great achiever of our times grew up under the happy and mighty influence of his father, an educator who rose to prominence due to character and a drive to bring design literacy to British education.

The bulk of this book about Ive constitutes one of the stronger, more detailed histories we have of Apple itself, told mainly from the perspective of the IDg, the internal design group he leads. We learn for instance that in order to meet Steve Jobs’ deadline for creating the iMac — the first product upon Jobs’ return and which revived the company — they needed to streamline the product process by making the files of the design software interoperable with those of the manufacturing software.

Someone says Ive is even less replaceable at Apple than Jobs. This isn’t quite fair because Jobs worked to make himself replaceable. Let’s hope Ive does as well.

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Inside Apple

Adam Lashinsky

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Engagingly written albeit disappointingly somewhat thin, the useful angle here is how Apple differs from conventional wisdom.

Secrecy, even internally, is paramount; it helps alleviate internal politics and keep people focused. There is little internal promotion, taking seriously the Peter Principle. Unlike the rest of Silicon Valley, perks are minimal; working at Apple is the perk.

A product of its time (2012) and of the author’s lack of access, the book is marred at the end by pessimistic obsession with Apple’s viability post-Jobs, but is nonetheless ultimately worth reading because it does convey an impression of what Apple is like.

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

City Journal has a nice new design by Goodfolk of Chicago. Dig the topics list, both the titles and their order. And on mobile at least the article titling over the imagery is intense.

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Monday, July 17th, 2017

I appreciate this nicely laid out summary of wisdom reminders for the working life by Studio Lovelock, This Much We Know.

 

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

What an internet treasure. Standard Ebooks is — according to their web site — “a volunteer driven, not-for-profit project that produces lovingly formatted, open source, and free public domain ebooks.” These are some beautiful, consistently-designed ebooks. The epub version works a charm in iBooks.

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Nicely presented on Vimeo, Jen Simmons of The Web Ahead podcast gives a 1-hour talk on web design at a 2016 An Event Apart conference entitled Modern Layouts: Getting Out of Our Ruts. Lots of nice slides of magazine layouts, where she suggests web designers should be returning for inspiration.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Anyone who goes to [Beethoven’s] Ninth Symphony then sits down and designs a wallpaper pattern is either a confidence trickster or a degenerate.

Adolf Loos, Ornament and Crime

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Regarding these great pithy quotes typographically set by London-based graphic designer Kyle Robertson, they all look very different but most use the same font: Archer!

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Looking for a way in to a responsive refresh, and because Engaging has a paid-up account at cloud.typography.com, I switched the main font at my personal site adamkhan.net from Georgia to Archer. However, this AIGA article, “Is Archer’s Use on Target?”, points to the font’s role in our larger socio-economic situation, and that I’m about 7 years behind the curve. There are also the Archer Alert and Archer Beat blogs. Turns out it’s everywhere, from US postal stamps to One Direction albums. Nonetheless I feel slightly redeemed by the conclusion at “The Devil Uses Archer”.

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Goodbye, grids, I at least hardly knew ye. Ethan Marcotte, coiner of the very term responsive design, argues that a web design today should “algorithmically generate a responsive layout that best reflects the importance of the information within it.”. Yes! Another choice quote: “The breakpoints we introduce to our responsive designs aren’t tied to the shape of a device’s screen. Instead, our media queries defend the integrity of the content we’re designing.”

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Interesting, easy-to-understand breakdown of colors used in iOS app icons in 2015. Reds are most popular, then blues. By Hwee-Boon Yar. [via MacStories]

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

I’m not sure that I agree with the author’s criticism of the Apple Watch screen, and unlike him I like how small the thing is, but his comparison—that Apple Watch leather is to leather as the pink chicken sludge of chicken nuggets is to chicken is insightful and in retrospect obvious. Article is complete with apt photo illustrations. [via Daring Fireball]

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Anyone noted the similarity between an Apple Watch and a NASA astronaut? I think we should be sold.

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson

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Simplistic, kind of repetitive, engrossing, not too much I didn’t already know I don’t think, but necessary reading. Nice last paragraph even if redundant last chapter.

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Stand up for your work! Or as The New York Times puts it, “Taking a Stand for Office Ergonomics”.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Andy Ihnatko, MacTech Conference attendee, on the group tour of Disney Animation, an advance screening of Wreck-It Ralph, and John Lasseter’s desk. [via TidBits]

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

The Frank Lloyd Wright archives are moving to New York, reports Arch Daily; paper to Columbia University’s Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library , models and prototypes to MoMA.

Monday, August 20th, 2012

The Making of The Spy Who Loved Me by the BBC for the Open University, 1977. Episode #1: Cubby Brocolli, Producer. #2: Ken Adam, Production Designer (“not indispensible”, “preferable”, “unique”, “important”). #3, Barbara Bach, Bond Girl.

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Fascinating, that Apple’s Sony-inspired designs for the iPhone back in 2005 were more like the iPhone 4 than what was subsequently initially released. Had they been leading up to the 4 style all along?

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

“in casa un espresso come al bar”: On the marriage of coffee and aluminum, icons of modernity, in Bialetti’s Moka Express.

Monday, June 18th, 2012

An interview at frocktalk.com with Being There costume designer May Routh. “Rene Magritte: I think that this came after shooting of the film and can be seen in the advertising and posters, but I never heard it discussed.”

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Designs from the 2012 International Contemporary Furniture Fair brought to the rest of us by the estimable and venerable The New York Times. I really should subscribe and support it.

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

On Windows 8, and an illustrated history of Windows itself, by Steven Sinofsky. Long and juicy. [via daringfireball]

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

“Nation on the Move” is the magnificent second episode of the America Revealed PBS series. Interestingly, the show is British-made.

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Photos by Paul Ringstrom of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Muirhead Farmhouse which I had not heard of until this moment. I just love it. Beautiful brickwork that seems to be just the same as unbeautiful brickwork. Perfect shapes. The slightly outcropping wooden ziggurat on top. Oooh. Also the Sims House.

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Taking his time, Morozov asks the right questions about Steve Jobs, comparing him first to the Bauhaus movement, then to Henry Ford. Many quotable quotes, and good comments, especially the long one from JakeH at 02/27/2012 – 7:46pm EDT.

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

The new $100,000 Fisker Karma, The World’s Most Interesting Car, reviewed in The Wall Street Journal. James May in Top Gear Loves it too. Interior has been described as mid-century modern. Oh yes and made in Flinland.

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Ohio-based identity designer Adam Ladd asked his 5-year-old daughter her impressions on some popular logos.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Design: the marriage of ergonomics and aesthetics.

ASK

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Toca Boca: ingenious iOS games for kids and not such.

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

John Malkovich on Charlie Rose.

John Malkovich: The world is in fact, well, if you’re anywhere near as lucky as I have been, but even if you’re just moderately lucky, the world is in fact an exquisitely beautiful, endlessly fascinating place filled often with spectacular people.

Charlie Rose: That’s exactly the way I feel.

JM: You know…

CR: Exactly!

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Irit and I were discussing this regarding ET, which still feels contemporary: in arts, entertainment and style, it’s been Groundhog Day for 20 years. “Now that we have instant universal access to every old image and recorded sound, the future has arrived and it’s all about dreaming of the past.”

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

We need to go back to nature in order to move forward. Amazing futuristic ways to be smart about energy in your own house by Philips at Dutch Design Week.

Friday, October 14th, 2011

 
 

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