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DIY Love:Hate Posters

Wall Art Posters | Modern Wall Art | DIY Design: Love/Hate Posters by Ben Dodgson | Design Supremo

I liked this poster set. You get a love poster and a hate poster. And 3 sheets of Letraset based words and phrases.

Without wanting to be a wanker about it, I like the fact that it forces you to make a simple binary decision about a bunch of things and commit your opinions to paper via the act of rubbing.

Below is 1 of the 3 sheets. I already know I like Stanton Warriors and Sheds, but some of the other things are harder to figure out.

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And another thing that’s nice. If you actually complete one, photograph it and send a photo back they’ll give you a free t-shirt from their catalogue. That sounds to me very much like a circle getting completed. Hooray.

This and lots more nice stuff at Design Supremo.

Love’s Powerpoint Website

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I’m gutted. But impressed. And glad.

Love have made their new website in Powerpoint: http://www.lovecreative.com/

I’m gutted because I’ve been whanging on about doing a website in PowerPoint for the last couple of years. But impressed because I couldn’t figure out how to do it, or to be arsed with the task of actually getting it done. And I’m glad it’s the Love guys who did it, because i like them.

I’m especially loving their use of the standard PPT sound effects. Brilliant.

And thanks to Jono for posting a comment about the site, nice one.

EDIT: By the way I’m not saying that I think it’s a good way to build a site, or even that I like the site as it is, I think it’s an intereresting thing though making a site in Powerpoint – it gives it talkability even if you don’t like it…

14tracks.com – A New Boomkat Offering

I’ve whanged on about Boomkat before. They’re a great example of a niche e-commerce player – although I’m guessing they’re a pretty big niche player now. They sell music online – mainly electronic stuff – they started selling CDs and Vinyl and now their download site is getting pretty awesome too.

Their real strength has always been in their reviews and descriptions of the tracks – if I’d trust anyone in the world to get something right about a bit of electronic music it’d be these guys. It’s not easy writing fresh content around minimal-dub records that are all 12 minutes long and basically sound the same ;-)

They’ve just launched a new site which I really like. It’s called 14tracks.com and each week they editorially pick 14 tracks on a theme and batch them all up together and send out an email and update the site. You can then go and buy the playlist (or bits of it).

Why I like it:

What I don’t like:

  • It’s too expensive and there’s no discounts for buying lots.
  • There’s a couple of tricksy interfacey bits that are a bit yukky.

But what I really like is that it’s like going into a record shop full of really cool muso-DJ types and having them not treat you like a leper. Imagine that!

This time on 14 tracks: “14 tracks of narcotic House”
We just love the kind of slow and sultry House Music that’s been oozing out of the Berlin club scene in recent months. With its origin in the paralysed shuffle of Detroit’s Theo Parrish and Moodymann, this is the kind of music that’s in no rush to draw you in, often making use of deep basslines and crushed percussion to play tricks on the senses. There are direct parallels between these tracks and the more robust patterns that typify Dubstep, and with a woozy aesthetic that makes much of this music sound like it’s about to fall apart there are also direct links with the Wonky hip hop that’s making waves in 2008. Even if you’ve never been into club music, we reckon this is just about as evocative and heady as it gets…

The interesting bit

What’s interesting to me is that they’ve effectively created their own affiliate store. One that feels and behaves totally different from their main store.

I like the fact they’ve taken a bit of a punt on it. But it seems like a pretty logical thing to do. If you’ve got a bunch of people who understand their stock better than anyone else, why not let them repackage it and reformat it in a way that’s right for them and their friends/audience?

  • Why shouldn’t Amazon encourage their Rock buyers set up a site that sells tracks on a black background with lots of fire and frizzy hair on it.
  • Why shouldn’t TopShop encourage their Style Advisors to go and set up their own ‘rival’ sites that editorialise stuff in their own way?

What’s the worst that could happen? I suppose the sites could be shit and make the brand look stupid.

Interestingly 14 Tracks is getting a very mixed response in the comments. But people who like it will use it, and those who don’t won’t. It’d have to be really bloody awful to ever be damaging enough to put people off the Boomkat master brand.

My New Favourite Quote

By Michael Beiruit (in conversation with Peter Merholz):

It’s a dirty secret that much of what we admire in the design world is a byproduct not of “strategy” but of common sense, taste and luck. Some clients are too unnerved by ambiguity to accept this, and create garganuan superstructures of bullshit to provide a sense of security.

I’d never considered of PowerPoint as being a tool used by the architects and builders of ‘superstructures of bullshit’ before.

All hail common sense, taste and luck!

Quote ripped from the excellent book: Mental Models: Aligning Design Strategy With Human Behaviour, recommended to me by the equally excellent Knotty.

Is It Just Me…

Or has the language of dots next to something taken on a meaning that perhaps it didn’t have before…

Gym Graphics

When I spotted this in the window of a hotel I thought to myself: “How odd that they’re promoting the fact that their facilities are only 1/3 as good as they should be”. In my head when I see coloured-in blobs next to words I assume that they’re some kind of rating.

Damn you internet, damn you! You’ve made meaningless graphical circle-noodling into something more.

O2 Bad Web Page

The new O2, we’re out of stock of the 3G iPhone, page is bad. For a number of reasons. The whole upgrade/ordering thing was a farce, but more on that elsewhere

But worst of all is the padlock in the top right hand corner.

In my book a padlock on web pages means something. Normally that the page is secure. The page in question, is not secure:

A big company like O2 should know better than to mess about with the sanctity of the padlock.

Email From A Hero

I just got an email out of the blue from Don Norman. He’s a dude. He wrote a great book called the Design of Everyday Things, a book that I love dearly.

Apparently he’s been using the above photo that I took years ago at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas in presentations and wanted to give me credit for the photo. I’ve no idea how he tracked the photo back to me. But he did.

What a nice man.

I love the internet.

I’m going to get back to posting again soon. I’ve just been a little busy with some stuff recently. More to follow.

Hooray For The Design Police

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I’ve been banging on to a couple of designers about how they need to start up something like this. They need to hunt down and bring to justice all of the horrible design that keeps creeping into some of our documents. Now someone’s done all the hard work. All we need to do is print out the stickers.

And it’s not just design crimes. There’s also stickers to highlight conceptual and stylistic crimes too…

Thank you design police.

Roller Coaster Mini Game

This little Roller Coaster flash game from the University of Cambridge teaches you how to get the balance right in the design of big dippers. Too much thrill and people pass out, not enough and you can’t progress.

Although it’s incredibly simple on the surface there’s something stupidly addictive about the physics in this thing. Science is cool.

via: Metafilter