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UI influences Identity Design

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

microsoft logo

New Microsoft Logo

Microsoft has a new logo. Gone is the wavy window like squares and 80′s italicized font. Now there are four 2D coloured squares. It is like its Metro UI which they say is “Modern UI design.” Lets see if this new identity helps Microsoft with its shrinking market share.

Modern Home Tour Austin

Monday, January 30th, 2012

This coming Saturday February 4, 2012 from 11am-6pm is the Modern Home Tour. The homes are designed by local Architects and Designers. The tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day. We will see how it compares with the AIA Austin Homes Tour.

Own a colour and feed the World

Friday, January 27th, 2012


You can now love colour and support a worthy cause. Gildden Paint is auctioning off shades of colour for charity. A $2 donation to UNICEF gives you the ability to own a colour! There are also some nice real-time info graphics that show shades by gender etc. Watch out Tiffanys your blue looks like it might be infringing on Agave Blue!

Ghostbusters 3D

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011


A shout out to Eric over there at Sony for getting us the “Real 3D.” It is not often that you find a 3D version of logo made into an action figure!

Bauhaus for your Batcave

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011


French Illustrator Greg-Guillemin has taken a modernist slant to the comics. They are quite good. Check them out.

Prints at the LeonStore

Today in Design History

Friday, August 26th, 2011

On August 26, 1957 the first Edsel rolled off the production line. Unfortunately, the Edsel was a huge disaster for Ford. It was definitely pushing the envelope from a design and styling standpoint. Wouldn’t you prefer to have an Edsel than a “Mediocrity?”

Sad Day for the Design World

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

As I sat in the Apple Store waiting for my appointment at the Genius Bar, I observed the throngs of people buying and playing with all things Apple. The shopping mall was empty but this store must have had 200 people in it. These people were not technology elitists but kids, grandparents and even people that looked like extras from Jersey Shore. This was a Tuesday at 3PM! For years I had “fought for the mac” and bemoaned Apple’s slide in market share or the Wintel lock on the computer industry. Now Apple had arrived and was a household name. Brilliant, visionary design was accessible to the masses. William Morris’ dream of affordable design for the common man had become a reality. I grumbled slightly because I was 10 minutes past my scheduled appointment and my elite club as a Mac user was not so elite any more. Success has brought some drawbacks that I needed to live with.


Then I got the news. There is a song by Baz Luhrmann called Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen). A line in the song says…”The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.” Well it was a Wednesday not a Tuesday. Steve Jobs was stepping down as CEO of Apple. Whatever Steve has, has taken its toll and he can no longer perform his duties of CEO. The guy that brought us the Mac, ipod, iphone, ipad and brilliant, visionary, revolutionary design is sick and can no longer perform his duties. This after he just recently announced his plan for a fantastic new headquarters in Cupertino. Get well Mr. Jobs. The design world misses you already.

Free (To Wear Sunscreen) by Baz Luhrmann

Steve Jobs presentation to Cupertino City Council

Today in History

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

On August 24, 1456, the Bible was printed for the first time in Johann Gutenberg’s shop in Mainz, Germany. Where this date came from no one knows. Most scholars agree that it was completed in 1455 and it took several years to produce. 180 copies of the book were created and the University of Texas has one of five that are in the United States. Regardless of when the book was actually created it should be celebrated. How about today!


Do not pass go do not collect $200

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Welcome to the itunes store. Now go home.

The music industry is funny. Apple’s itunes store is not so. There is a great deal of music that is not offered in the itunes store in the US but is available from itunes stores in other countries. Apple lets you go to itunes stores in other countries but doesn’t let you buy anything. They give you a dialog box that forces you to go back to the US store. Not very user friendly.

We’re not into Intuit

Friday, June 18th, 2010

We'll be back soon with more shenanigans.

Quickbooks has a nice little feature where they route emails through their servers if you want to send an invoice. They use this to force you to upgrade to the latest version of their software. If you don’t upgrade, they turn it off. Yesterday their servers went down and as a result all their users could not send out invoices yesterday. Nice work intuit. Having a monopoly must good.