Saturday, November 29, 2008

A URL With Cajones

The copy reads, "Power Gen Italia, Italian Power Company Isn't it awful when things get crowded together? Renault Logan, the roomiest car in its category."

I knew the Itailans were a little crazy but now I can see they're nuts...

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Thanks to AdPulp and Exclam Comunicação, Curitiba, Brazil.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Design & Type Inspiration

If you're like me and you simply can't get enough inspirational eye candy focusing on all things typography and design then you'll truly dig the following links from fellow Flickr freaks David Airey and Vandelay Design.

Dig: 30 Inspiring Flickr Groups On Typography and 99 Flickr Groups for Design Inspiration.


And while we're at it, here's some of my previous That's Right posts from the last 4 years regarding type and inspiration: That's Right: Type Inspiration.

Oh, and don't forget these! SignPaintr, Typeface Identification and International Typographic Style.


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Monday, November 24, 2008

Benefits Of Slowing Down

Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there's a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.

Right on Carl. We're all speeding and racing through each day usually because there's was no time to methodically plan in the first place and so we've got no choice but to hit the ground running each day, all in an effort to simply catch up! All this Go! Go! Go! and Now! Now! Now! mentality does is perpetuate exhaustion, frustration and fatigue while producing sloppy, half-ass and less than stellar results.

I truly believe we could all benefit from simply slowing things down a bit and focusing on the nuance and details of this beautiful thing we call life.

It's like eating slow and enjoying every bite. Or taking a walk and appreciating the way the light comes through the trees. The result of all this perpetual multi-tasking, more times than not, really means doing several things at the same time - all of them half-ass! Crossing another something off of your to-do list might imply "done", but is it truly finished - i.e. really done well or was it done so quickly that you'll have to go back and "really" finish it later?

"Multi-tasking is going to slow you down, increasing the chances of mistakes," David E. Meyer, a cognitive scientist and director of the Brain, Cognition and Action Laboratory at the University of Michigan, told the New York Times. "Disruptions and interruptions are a bad deal from the standpoint of our ability to process information."

That's not to say that people who have trouble walking and chewing gum at the same time are more enlightened, but most people who have juggled a number of tasks at the same time won't need scientific research to confirm that by doing many things at once, you're less likely to do any of them well.

Like I tell the idiots that sometimes race down our quite little street in an effort to beat the traffic -"Slow Down!"

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Thanks to Swiss Miss, Dean Irvine, Carl Honore and all the world's greatest thinkers and doers at Ted.

Friday, November 21, 2008

A Message For The Big Three

Absolutely no sympathy from me for the Big Three auto industry executives who flew to Washington on their private jets to ask Congress for tons of money to save their industry.

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Thanks to the New York Public Library for the awesome and thought provoking Aesop's Fables cigarette card.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Marmite Cheddar Bites

Smart fun stuff from DDB London for Marmite Snacks. The cool Illustrations are by Al Murphy.

This obviously works much better in it's original form as a print concept.

Nice, love it.

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Thanks to the keen-eyed folks at Ad Hunt.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Financial Practices

Awesome shot by Graeme Nicol.

Here's the first in a short series: How 20 Designers Charge Their Clients Part 1.

Designer David Airey begins his series with 3 simple yet complex questions:

How do you charge clients?

How do you accept payment?

Why do you recommend working this way?

A helpful and insightful read, offering valuable insight into the mystery of how graphic designers manage their finances.

Thank you sir!

How 20 Designers Charge Their Clients - Part 1.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Coffee Fantastico!: HMK Mystery Stream Episode 059

Coffee Fantastico HMK Mystery Stream 059
Tune in!

Grab yourself a big fresh cup of java, relax or get to work and enjoy the hand selected audio gems on the latest HMK Mystery Stream: Irregular Frequency: Coffee Fantastico!


Launch in iTunes: HMK Mystery Streams


Click Hear:

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Retro Portability

So, how much are you digging your iPod and iPhone now?

Ah, the good old days...

Have a great weekend!

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Thanks to the keen eyed folks over at Dark Roasted Blend.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Amazing Ocarina!

Yeah, I know, another iPhone App post - but this one is truly amazing and just in time for sitting around by the campfire.

Ocarina is the first true musical instrument created for the iPhone. Both experts and beginners will be amazed by this innovative player. Ocarina is sensitive to your breath, touch and movements, making it even more versatile than the original. Unlike other musical applications, there are no pre-compiled riffs so musicians will find unlimited opportunities for self-expression.

Check it out: Ocarina!

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Thanks Marcus!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Perpetual Eye Candy

Photo Flip Clock
I'm totally digging the wicked cool and customizable Photo Flip Clock! This sweet new iPhone app is from Larva Labs, the same smart creative folks that brought us the Flip Clock for the iPhone/Touch.

The only bummer is they beat me to the iPhone with basically the same idea as my HMK Perpetually Dayzed Calendar.

But Hot-Dang! I truly gotta say - they did one heck of a fine job, it's a very intuitive app and also, well, thanks! This really puts a fire under my butt to get jumping on some of my other iPhone ideas before some other genius beats me to it!

I hope they make a boatload for Christmas!

Meanwhile, back in the Tiki Room... I shot this this morning at exactly 10:53 on Friday, November 6th using a few of the cards I developed for my HMK Perpetually Dayzed Calendar available at Esty. Think of it as the tangible version of the app... And hey, it really makes great gift for all the hip retro loving kids on your list!

Get The Calendar: HMK Perpetually Dayzed Calendar

Get The App: Photo Flip Clock

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Smart Solutions In The Haus!

I'm helping my friends Tish and Bryan with research options for adding a small guest house on their property here in San Antonio. One of everyone's favorites so far is the awesomely smart KitHaus.

Earlier this year, DWR introduced KitHaus, a smart solution that redefines conventional prefab. Designed by Tom Sandonato and Martin Wehmann, Kithaus is an innovative aluminum structure that's assembled onsite using a proprietary clamping system that makes installation quick, economic and practically waste-free.

More Info: KitHaus.

And although their property is near the San Antonio river (you can't have house boats on the water - yet!) we're all digging this little gem:

The Schwimmhaus by German architects Confused-Direction is a green house boat designed to float around or just stay put on the shore. Its modern pre-fab aesthetic sets it aside from most maritime-y houseboats, and a green roof adds freshness and sustainable cred. Still under construction, Schwimmhaus is being built from wood salvaged from an old farm house in addition to other sustainable building materials.

Check out the progress: Das Schwimmhaus

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Muchas Gracias to the smart folks over at Inhabitat.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

I Voted Today!

I voted today!

Did you?

If you don't vote - don't bitch!

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