Archive for July, 2007

Quote, “One should not increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything.” I’m working on a site, the next proverbial jewel in the Virb Inc. crown, and I’ve found that Occam’s Razor is an invaluable line of thinking when building a site you expect anyone to actually use.

Despite all the pro-innovation rhetoric that one encounters in annual reports and CEO speeches, most still hold the view that innovation is a rather dangerous diversion from the real work of wringing the last ounce of efficiency out of core business processes. Innovation is fine so long as it does not disrupt a company’s finely-honed operating model…As change becomes ever less predictable, companies will pay an ever-escalating price for their lopsided love of incrementalism.
Gary Hamel, author

Sleevage is a blog all about music cover art, from the LP’s of the 60’s to modern album art. They’re off to a great start and are on the lookout for writers/contributers.

Typography-based graphic design from Andrew Townsend. The NTU Art & Design notebook is especially solid.

Great story about a New York couple who renovated their own Lower East Side loft, turning it from a “demolition site” into a 2,400-square-foot live/work space. This does something good for my soul.

My good friends at Armchair Media in Atlanta are hiring. Check out some of their fabulous client work. They have open positions for a Designer, Brand Programs Manager, and Resource Manager.

I’ve had the good fortune to work with Armchair on a few projects for great clients, and it was an absolute pleasure. They’re one the of the best companies I’ve ever done business with, so if you’ve got what it takes and you’re up for an Atlanta gig, go say hi.

I was thought to be stuck up. I wasn’t. I was just sure of myself. This is and always has been an unforgivable quality to the unsure.
Bette Davis, actress

THE THING is an object based quarterly publication. Each issue is conceived of by an artist (Miranda July, Anne Walsh, Kota Ezawa, and Trisha Donnelly), packaged by the editors, and sent to the subscribers.

Dotcomrade and photographer friend extraordinaire Jeremy Cowart will be launching a new version of his website on Wednesday, August 1. If I were to have hypothetically seen this website, I might be inclined to say that it has A LOT of work on it and it is presented well and it is all pretty incredible. Hypothetically.

We were taking a walk down internet memory lane this morning in the Virb Inc. office with the G.I.Joe Public Service Announcements. I’ve been crying for the last ten minutes.

I recommend picking up the new Beastie Boys album The Mix-Up, an all-instrumental funk fest. Also, check out some candid tour tomfoolery on this Flickr stream. (And let it be known that Yauch has transparent bass cabinet to match Mike D’s transparent drums.)

IconBase has tons of free desktop icons for Mac and PC. How can you not love the little Chinese to-go box? HOW?

Anyone Safari 3 users having trouble uploading to Flickr? As of Friday, I get this error message: “Safari can’t open the page The error was: “POSIX error: Invalid argument” (NSPOSIXErrorDomain:22)”

1. A pair of slightly-faded Strawberry Shortcake shoelaces
2. A fake tooth
3. A half roll of 32¢ stamps
4. A bag of Whole Foods granola
5. A skinny tie

My new favorite typefaces are Guardian Egyptian (not available until ’08?) and Omnes. Also, Aaron tipped me off to the 50% off sale on DS typefaces at TheTypeTrust. I agree that Ezzo is hot stuff.

Today is my lovely wife’s birthday, so please head over to her Virbº page and leave her well-wishes because she is awesome.

Also, you should hit up her Flickr page to see some of the fantastical handmade cards she’s been making lately. My lady’s got skills.

The Joker asks why so serious?

Quote, “The buyer spent about half an hour looking at [the $1.9 million dime]…which worked out to 15 minutes for heads and 15 minutes for tails. He…bought it strictly as an investment and did not intend to spend it, as there is no longer anything to buy in New York for 10 cents.” The 1894-S dime traveled from San Fran to NYC in low-key style.

Twitter just got some more venture capital from a few sources and investors “to grow our resources and focus on the important tasks ahead.” That’s an extremely detailed model for growth, thanks.

So, I love Twitter and all, I really do, but I have to ask: what’s the business model exactly? Union Square Ventures, the primary investor, says the same thing they said about their investment in, “To be completely and totally honest, we don’t yet know.” They’re just going to focus on “making Twitter a better, more reliable and robust service” and hope that somewhere in there a sustainable business model (with a substantial return on investment) poofs into existence.

I wonder what it’s like to have enough extra capital that it seems perfectly logical to throw it (gladly) at a popular, business-model-free web start-up in hopes that they will someday turn into profitable a venture before all the (fickle) users leave for the next thing?

It’s like the dot com bubble all over again.

If you are privy to living somewhere JetBlue flies, you might want to follow them on Twitter where they post deals and special fares. (Boston to Austin for $129 one way!)

Fred & Friends has all sorts of fun products like Coat Check (stainless steel deer antlers for your jackets), Skeleton Keys (glow in the dark skullcaps for your keys), and Luckey (a key-shaped bottleopener for your keyring). Pretty wonderful stuff, though they certainly make it hard to navigate to new products. (via Paul)