Do not pass go do not collect $200

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

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.

Nuclear Security Summit Logo

April 19th, 2010

Fox News has discovered that the latest Nuclear Security Summit logo has a secret Muslim agenda. John Stewart does a pretty good review of the issue on the Daily Show.

Heinz Edelmann, Illustrator Dies

July 24th, 2009
Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine

Heinz Edelmann was the chief designer for the Beatles animated film Yellow Submarine. He died on Tuesday. He was a great illustrator and graphic designer.

Read more about him on the New York Times.

Designer Hans Ledwinka and the Tatra

June 16th, 2009
Tatra T87

Tatra T87

We have become enamored with Hans Ledwinka and his Tatra T 87. Hans was the chief designer at the Czech car company Tatra from 1921 to 1937. He designed some very beautiful streamlined cars that were technologically advanced. Jay Leno did a great video about his Tatra. Check it out.

Hans Ledwinka

Tatra 600

Hatch Show Print Still Going Strong

June 10th, 2009
Hatch Show Print in Nashville

Hatch Show Print in Nashville

We just got back from Nashville where we visited the Hatch Show Print letterpress. They have been in business since 1879 printing a wide variety of very cool stuff. Interestingly enough there is an article in Forbes magazine about the revival of letterpress printing.

Forbes – Print Isn’t Dead

Hatch Show Print Exhibit

Font Fun

May 11th, 2009

I came across this and thought it quite amusing. You don’t often get videos about fonts. I prefer to hang with the Helvetica gang. This brings a whole new meaning to tagging.

Texas License an Embarrassment

April 23rd, 2009
New design for Texas drivers license

New design for Texas drivers license

The Texas drivers license just got a makeover. It is uglier than the last. If Texas wants to improve its standing in the design world then they need to get a good Texas design firm to design their drivers license and safety inspection sticker. They have been poor for years and reflect badly on the great state of Texas. If they can get outside firms to do advertisements why can’t they do the same for graphic design?

SXSW Poster

March 17th, 2009
One Night Only by Ward Sutton

One Night Only by Ward Sutton

The film and interactive part of SXSW are winding down today. The Music part is on the way! Ward Sutton is a poster artist who did a SXSW poster 10 years ago. I think it is brilliant! Be sure to check out the Flatstock show

Ward Sutton

Objectified Documentary Film Premier at SXSW

March 16th, 2009
Marc Newson in the documentary Objectified.

Marc Newson in the documentary Objectified.

I went to see the premier of the documentary film Objectified by Gary Hustwit. Gary Hustwit directed Helvetica a couple of years back. It was an interesting look at industrial design and our relationship with objects. I recommend it to anyone interested in industrial design, consumerism and sustainability. I have been interested in the work of Marc Newson for some time and it was good to see an interview with him. The interviews with Jonathan Ive were quite good as well. The film is showing again on Tuesday during SXSW.