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May 27 2011


The Hotlist: Edition 9


Mountains by UGMONK


An awesome print from the always talented Ugmonk. (Jeff Sheldon) The majesty of mountains – Ugmonk style.


Redesign, Wanderlists, and Facebook power Wanderfly 2.0


A half-year after our official launch we have overhauled the entire destination page on Wanderfly to help you get going on your next Wanderfly adventure. It is now easier and more fun to browse destinations, share trips, and connect with friends. Powering the redesign is the ability to create and share awesome lists (Wanderlists) of destinations and the option to connect and chat with friends to get advice, offer travel tips, and chat about your favorite places. At Wanderfly, we’ve always wanted you to find inspiration from our recommendations, and now with these improvements, there are plenty of new ways to do just that – make lists and join the conversation at Wanderfly now.

LucidChart Launches Any-Time, Any-Where Access to Web-based Visual Communication App With Full Offline Version


LucidChart, the top paid app in the Chrome App Store, announced full offline functionality of their web-based visual communication and diagramming app, and I’d like to work with you on a story about this news.

LucidChart offers users a quick and easy way to organize and communication information through attractive and easy-to-understand visual aids, and the new offline functionality allows users to stay productive even when they don’t have web access.

This release is significant in that they’re among the first to offer such a powerful product in full version format that keeps users connected even when they’re not online  - LucidChart is part of the general trend of improvements in web apps that are now outperforming desktop software.


4 Things we’d LOVE to see in the next iOS

When we have an idea about something we really like, we simply can’t keep our hands off it. The iPhone is great, but that doesn’t mean it can’t get a little better…..right?

VinylLove™ for iPad
Play it, Feel it, LOVE it!​vinyllove

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iOS 5 Lion-Style Dashboard Concept

Another concept of widgets — this time to mirror the dashboard setup in Mac OS X. The implementation is similar to my other widget video. However, in this concept, widgets and apps are separated.

Basically, you can consider this layout as having two sides. You have your apps and folders where they have been. But when you slide over to the old Spotlight Search screen, the wallpaper shifts and you’re taken into a Dashboard screen similar to the kind found in Mac OS X. You can have many pages of widgets (exactly the same way as the app home screens, but in the opposite direction). Widgets can come with downloaded applications and can be different sizes. Shown are my designed widgets for Facebook and Twitter.

What 9,000 TV Channel Logos Looks Like


There are thousands upon thousands of TV channels available to watch worldwide.

Unfortunately it’s nearly impossible to fully grasp the absolutely massive number of television channels out there today because we only ever see them on our TV guides or randomly around the internet. For each channel, there’s a logo design that is easily recognizable and often memorable. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are more than 9,000 TV channel logos.

Of course, because some channels use identical logos across different stations and countries, some duplication has occurred (so we’re just going to round down to 9,000 even). You can even see a high resolution version of these logos starting here, but be warned: the large versions will take some time to load.


Long Live the Redesign by iamFinch


In a nutshell, the concept he put forward is: Great designers adjust an existing work with little disruption of the foundational design for a goal or purpose. The end result is a modification to the design that improves the user experience. Good designers, on the other hand, recreate existing work focusing on the aesthetic, with a misunderstood notion that it will always improve it. However they end up disrupting and/or damaging the user’s experience making no real impact with the effort.

Design Professionalism by Andy Rutledge

The designer’s guide to taking back your profession.

Each year enthusiastic and passionate design students enter the industry they’ve long admired—one that they’ve worked hard to prepare for and have strived to be worthy of—in time only to meet with disillusionment. Why?…

Sustainable, Not Pixel Perfect


We were approached by Zappos (read our case study) to reskin their “Zeta” site (basically a living wireframe). Our brief was to redesign the pages without bringing new thinking to the structure of the page, functionality, or interaction. Our job was to interpret what they had already built and to align the design with the Zappos brand; it is something they had struggled to do for several years.

Don’t redesign on spec by Yaron Schoen

Art, by nature, is not utilitarian. It does not concern itself with descriptions but leaves its viewer with the option to develop his/her own interpretation of what he/she sees. Art is its own means to an end, it does not solve problems for its viewer and it is without a specific goal. It is a reaction to an observation made by the artist that is sometimes processed through an emotional filter and sometimes remains in pure documentation form.


Office Productivity


Nice little setup that you could come in daily and grind out some work. I like it.


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The Hotlist: Edition 9

March 25 2011


The Hotlist – Edition 7


Stadler Form – Q Fan

Stadler Form Q Fan
If you’re a typography nut, this one is for you. You’ve got 12 type posters on your wall and letterforms on your desk but, do you have a fan? Q is an object and it is a fan! Unmistakably, Q bears the hallmark of the well known Swiss designer and artist, Carlo Borer.

  • Q is a work of art, since it was developed over many years until it became possible to combine the stylistic requirements of the designer with the quality requirements of technology.
  • Intensive research was also required before the complex manufacturing steps were ready for production.


Bassano Hard Soda – Lovely Package


A new, vodka-based refreshment beverage inspired by classic Italian sodas of the 1920s, Bassano Hard Soda was developed to evoke the feel of Prohibition within a contemporary context. dossier created the name, proposition and look to communicate an integrated story that would be disruptive on shelf. The identity pays homage to the classic script logotypes of the era, while the closed 4-pack has a small window to reveal the bottles, alluding to something illicit and underground.

La Bubbly – by Fuzzco

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A labor of love that answers to the name La Bubbly. Working on the La Bubbly project was a blast. We developed the brand, collateral, packaging, tone and copywriting, website and created a series of videos to help launch the venture. The future of La Bubbly is great; look for more where this came from. In the meantime, look out for La Bubbly in watering holes near you, watch the videos and seek out the Sparkle-Goat in you. Special thanks to Ben Jack for cinemato-graphing our moving pictures and to Hello Telescope for collaborating on the moving sounds.


The Virtual Designer

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While watching the show a few weeks ago, I was thinking that it would be super neat if in 150 years my great great grandson would get one of my designs appraised. But after giving it another moment of thought, I realized that this could never really happen. I can count on one hand the number of site designs that have lived more than 10 years without a re-design (which usually completely overwrites the original.) A 150 year old design for the web just seems impossible.

Are you Making Something?

Simple but bold: Only use your computer for work. Real work. The work of making something.

Webbys Go Live on MLB

“If you’re not a big baseball fan you probably don’t know that they have close to a half-billion dollar business enabling people to watch baseball games all year long from anywhere in the country on practically any device,” says IADAS Executive Director David-Michel Davies. “You can watch a game on your iPhone without the streams skipping, which you don’t see anywhere else.”


LetterMPress: A Virtual Letterpress for  your iPad

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LetterMpress™ will be a virtual letterpress environment—released first on the iPad—that will allow anyone to create authentic-looking letterpress designs and prints. The design process is the same as the letterpress process—you place and arrange type and cuts on a press bed, lock the type, ink the type, and print. You will be able to create unlimited designs, with multiple colors, using authentic vintage wood type and art cuts. And you can print your design directly from LetterMpress or save it as an image for import it into other applications.


Upstairs Workspace

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This is a pretty slick picture, the grid and composition are amazing. I know it’s not very usable in it’s current state but, the photo screams to me.


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The Hotlist – Edition 7

March 24 2011


Create Your Dream Workstation: Popular Computers And Gadgets For Designers (PC/Mac)

I spent several hours scouring the internet for designers’ workplaces and their specifications. Now, this will seem biased towards Apple products since almost everything I have seen on Flickr, Dribble, and other communities for designers indeed favor Apple products. But don’t worry here you’ll see all the most popular alternatives and everything else you need to build your dream workspace!

From what I have noticed the number of displays needed for a designer is always one more. You have two? Add another one. A good combination I have seen is a laptop and a cinematic display from 24” to 27”. Wireless mouse and keyboards are also favored.

Popular Displays

Dell UltraSharp U2711 27”–  Best Choice


According to CNET this is one of the best monitors to use today. If you’re considering buying it you can read CNET’s official review and the user’s reviews.

It boasts amazing color accuracy, 2560 x 1440 resolution, 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Not to mention the price, okay, it’s a bit expensive at $987.00 but surely this is worth every single buck.

Best Alternatives:

1. ViewSonic VX2250WM-LED 22–Inch

2. NEC MultiSync PA271W

3. Samsung PX2370 23”Apple LED Cinema Display 27–Inch

4. ASUS VH198T 19–Inch

5. Apple LED Cinema Display 27–Inch

6. HP 2710m 27–Inch Diagonal HD Ready LCD Monitor

7. ASUS VW193TR 19–Inch Wide LCD Monitor

8. ViewSonic VA2431WM 24–Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor with Speakers

9. Acer V223W EJBD 22–Inch Wide LCD Display

10. Asus VH236H 23–Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor – Black

Sample Workspaces:

Popular Laptops

Apple MacBook Pro 15.4” Laptop –  Best Choice

Apple MacBook Pro 15.4” Laptop

Good choice for gamers and designers who love hopping from one place to another. With 15.4” display I’m pretty sure you won’t miss anything that should be in sight. Surely, this won’t make Steve Jobs blush of embarrassment.

It also now comes with Intel Core i5 or Core i7, giving near-flawless processing power. Something that even non-gamers and non-designers want to have.

Best Alternatives:

1. Samsung RF510-S02 15.6-Inch HD LED

2. HP G62-340us 15.6-Inch

3. Acer AS5253-BZ684 15.6-Inch

ASUS N53JQ-XV1 15.6-Inch

4. ASUS N53JQ-XV1 15.6-Inch

5. Lenovo G560 Series 067999U

6. Alienware m15x 15” Gaming Laptop (Cosmic Black)

7. Sony VAIO VPC-F133FX/B 16.4”

8. Toshiba Satellite M645-S4065 14.0-Inch LED

9. ASUS G73JW-ROG Limited Edition Republic of Gamers 17.3-Inch Gaming Laptop

10. Dell Inspiron Mini Duo 3487FNT Convertible Laptop/Tablet

Sample Workspaces:

Popular Desktops

Apple iMac 27” Desktop – Best Choice

There is all this talk about gigahertz, cores, RAM, HD, and relevant technical things. Knowing these will help you choose your dream computer. My take on all of these in six words: “the higher the number, the better.” Note: pricing is a different matter. There are products that closely resemble each other in terms of features but greatly differ in price. Is it about quality or the name? In the end we’ll just have to trust people’s reviews and ratings. What comes to mind? Apple iMac. 27 inches!

Best Alternatives:

1. Acer AspireRevo AR3700-U3002

2. Apple Mac Mini MC270LL/A Desktop

3. Sony VAIO VPC-J11BFX/B 21.5-Inch Desktop

4. HP TouchSmart 600 23”

5. Dell Studio XPS 7100(Piano Black)

6. Gateway DX4831–05 Desktop (Black)

7. Lenovo Ideacentre H405 77231AU

8. iBUYPOWER Gamer Extreme A537SLC

9. HP Pavilion p6720f PC

10. Apple Mac Pro MC561LL/A

Sample Workspaces:

Best Mouses

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse (Black)

“BlueTrack Technology ensures that the Arc Touch Mouse works wherever you need it to, on a range of difficult surfaces – be it a rough wood bench, glossy granite countertop, or soft carpet.”

And hey, if you are thinking that the “curve” stops it from being easily portable then you are wrong.


1. Apple Magic Mouse

2. Logitech Wireless Trackball M570

3. Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX for PC and Mac

4. Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000

5. HP Wireless 3 Button Mouse

Sample Workspaces:

Best Keyboards

Apple Wireless Keyboard

Technical Details:

  • Anodized aluminum enclosure
  • Extended layout with document navigation controls, a numeric keypad, and special function keys
  • Low profile keys
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Ultra-thin design


1. Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Pro Ergonomic

2. Microsoft Sidewinder X6 Gaming Keyboard

3. Logitech G19 Programmable Gaming Keyboard

4. Logitech Keyboard K120

5. Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000

Sample Workspaces:

Best Selling Graphics Tablets

Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch

It takes time to get used to using a tablet but it sure will help for illustrators, graphic artists and designers out there. If you have a fat wallet and can afford a much better version of this, you might want to go for Intuos4 or Cintiq 21UX.


1. Wacom Intuos4 Medium Pen Tablet

A great example using graphics tablet!

2. Wacom Cintiq 21UX

3. Genius MousePen 8 x 6-Inch Graphic Tablet

4. VT 12-Inch Touch Screen Graphic Pen Tablet

5. Wacom Intuos4 Small Pen Tablet

Sample Workspace:

Best Tablet PC

Apple iPad – Best Choice

Touchscreen computers and smartphones have taken over the world today. Wherever you look there are always people fiddling with their touchscreen devices (except poor me). Is there a tight competition in the market or is a certain brand the definite leader? Can’t really say which product is leading because it all depends on how good advertising and PR is. Anyway, here’s a short list of fantastic tablet PCs to complete your workspace.


1. Motorola XOOM

2. Dell Streak 7

3. Coby Kyros MID7015 7-Inch

4. Archos 70 – 8 GB Internet Tablet (Black)

Sample Workspaces:

Popular Books in Web Design

1. Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML

2. CSS: The Missing Manual

3. The Web Designer’s Idea Book: The Ultimate Guide To Themes, Trends & Styles In Website Design

4. Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

5. Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 on Demand

6. Serif WebPlus X4

7. Introducing HTML5 (Voices That Matter)

8. Convert!: Designing Web Sites to Increase Traffic and Conversion

9. The Web Guru Guide

10. Website Design and Development: 100 Questions to Ask Before Building a Website

Anything you would like to add on this article? Would love to hear your feedback!

January 28 2011


The Hotlist – Edition 4


The Internet’s Top 5 Challenges In The Next 5 Years: IADAS


As the Internet enters its fourth decade, the IADAS believes the next five years must see improvements in privacy protection, copyright law, net neutrality, the open web and Internet security.

Take a look through our slideshow (below) explaining each of these challenges, their implications, and directions that some have already taken on the road to constructive solutions that promote a vibrant Web. Vote for the issue you find the most pressing, and share your thoughts for creative solutions in the comments.


Adios LA


You can slip out the back Jack or you can put up five 10 x 23 foot billboards in your neighborhood. Adios LA is a visual goodbye to the city Jon Jackson has called home for years as the artist heads east making New York his new home. Not wanting to string LA along, he has decided to firmly break it off through a graphic billboard series posted on the famous streets of his first love. Most take Mr. Simon’s advice when leaving town, but if you want a city with benefits you better do more than make a new plan Stan.


Stranger & Stranger Christmas Absinthe


Whats better than ornate lettering? Ornate lettering, stamped in gold and letterpress on an alcohol bottle that’s what. This bottle is a beautiful piece of design work…


The Art of the Design Critique


“…Despite its value to the outcome of the design process, it’s far too often avoided like a trip to the dentist because we subconsciously feel criticism of our work is not just a reflection on our design, but is a spotlight upon our personal shortcomings. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Proper design criticism focus on goals, outcomes, and the needs of the users. …”


Garrett Murray


Garrett Murray’s ultra clean temporary setup in New Jersey. We need to get our hands on some Herman Miller stuff, STAT!


Cool Font Pairings – Fontfuse

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Choosing the right font pairing is an art that requires passion and skill. Introducing FontFuse, the font pairing design resource driven by quality fonts from the best type foundries and your limitless creativity. Take the plunge into FontFuse!



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Apple made some site tweaks this week which made came with some oohs, aahs, and GASPS. I would wager that in a few weeks they’ll turn to loves & inspirations.


Foo Fighters Tease

Screen shot 2011-01-28 at 1.28.02 AMThe Foo Fighters have been on our radar for a while with their new album but, they released this fantastic tease that already has 500K plays on soundcloud… This album is going to be on repeat for a long time when it comes out.


House Industries Trailer

Screen shot 2011-01-28 at 1.31.56 AMHouse Industries showcases their amazing work archive, that show why, they rock as much as they do. Watch it over and over.


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The Hotlist – Edition 4

January 21 2011


The Hotlist – Edition 3


W3C Rocks a new logo

Screen shot 2011-01-21 at 12.32.05 AMThe W3C hopes to rally HTML5 & CSS3 and other things behind the new HTML5 shield.


Neve Inspired

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Neve Inspired, an online boutique for innovative children’s clothing by Charleston, S.C. based design team Kris and Bob Galmarini. Each piece is born from their passion to create, do what they love, while working together, and dressing their kids and yours in clothes as fun and hip as they are.


On the Scene… Military Shirts, Florence & Milano


Military shirts are in this year. An awesome photo from The Sartorialist. This guys glasses rock.


The Personal Page


This simple one-page website from Naz Hamid (weightshift)is a way for people to have a very quick and easy personable website that aggregates your activity and positions a simple logo, a portrait and some description text in a nicely-formatted manner. This is licensed under the MIT and GPL licenses.


The Heads of State – From the desk of…


An awesome inside look a the workspace of The Heads of State. “Our office is on the second floor of an old storefront building in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia. We’re surrounded by Ben Franklin impersonators giving walking tours of the Betsy Ross house and Independence Hall. The studio is pretty jammed packed with our books and paper scraps and ephemera. We have all sorts of design objects around including presidential busts, globes, old books, and a vintage blue collar thermos collection. We also run our online store from this space so our poster and print archive is stored here as well as our mail room. It gets pretty chaotic at times but it has the great organized chaos of a workshop.”


Should I Work For Free? Jessica Hische

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An awesome little way to know if you should work for free or not on your next project from the wonderful Jessica Hische.


IWC Schaffhausen

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The site marks another excellent partnership with our friends at Undercurrent and has resulted in a beautiful experience that aims to set a new standard for luxury online. With rich interactive features, editorial content presented in clean, concise layouts and extraordinary attention to each watch, offers fans everything they expect from the brand. Further details on the project are available on here.


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The Hotlist – Edition 3

December 30 2010


The Hotlist Edition #1

You’re meant to coast through Friday’s, in other words-enjoy them. Are you thinking about work? No, of course not, just don’t tell your boss you’re focusing on the weekend. (*We know it’s not Friday but it’s almost the New Year so we’re starting today).

So instead of fighting the urge, we’re going with the flow and you should too. Enter, ‘The Hotlist’. A weekly showcase of only the hottest gear, events, apps, websites and maybe even some music. If it’s ‘hot’ that week, it will show up here. After-all we have to ‘Fuel Your Creativity’ and we think this is a great way to jumpstart you and your weekend.


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State of (cloud) sync – Things/Cultured Code

State of (cloud) sync, a blog post from Cultured Code discusses the progress of adding cloud sync to the much beloved Things platform. The article addresses several things the team has worked through to try and make a true solution for cloud syncing. It even touts that Things has a userbase of about 1 million. Pretty big numbers from our friends at CC.



ISO50 50 songs of 2010: 25-1

Scott Hansen musician and artist has composed several posts that list his top songs of 2010. This has a wide range of music from alternative, electronic and experimental. There are several stellar tracks to listen to in the top 25. If your music is starting to bore you, hop over and check it out.


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Lacie Starck Mobile USB Drive

What’s better than a 500GB traveling harddrive that’s priced around $100 bucks? A sleek, beautifully designed harddrive around $100. The Starck model from Lacie makes a great travel backup buddy. It’s now available in the faster 3.0 USB (opposed to 2.0) and has a larger desktop counter part that’s available in 1TB and 2TB.



EMI by Helm Handmade

If you’re needing some new leather hotness, look no further than Helm Handmade. With exceptional craftsmanship, beautiful attention to detail and a simple, pleasing online experience you’ll be bound to order from them several times. Plus, you can never go wrong with people who are extremely passionate about making exceptional products.


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MotoCMS – Flash Content Management System

MotoCMS is a great way to create flash websites that are flexible, rearrangeable, and most of all: easy for clients and others to change, update and delete. MotoCMS allows you to use any font and the CMS converts fonts to make them work fast and effectively.



New Workspace – Supagroova


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The pounding tribal rhythms of Afrobeat music is expressed through this psychedelic brand new font, Afrobeat. Every letter becomes art as every letter is elegantly placed side by side, like music notes, creating music for the eyes

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December 21 2010


Workspace: 40 Ultimately Creative Offices for Inspiration

Having a good workplace can make an employee work effectively, productively and inspired. Instead of being in a square cubicle that feels like a jail where you lock yourself daily making your work days stressful.

A workplace should be fun to make you feel motivated to work, It should be unique to so as not to bore you and keep you inspired. Making a workplace fun can make an employee enjoy his/her time during work, lessening stress from work and yet producing good outputs.

Here are 40 great creative office designs for you to get inspired for designing your own workspace.

1. Candy Black Studio


2. BrandBase


3. Spotlight on Power and Money


4. Google

5. Pixar


6. Syzygy Agency


7. Konstruplus Studio


8. Vodafone Head Office – Portugal


9. Moving Pictures Co.

10. Dentsu London


11. Macquarie Investment Bank


12. Fornari Group Offices


13. Oktavilla Graphic Design


14. Red Bull HQ – London


15. Michon Creative


16. Selgas Cano


17. Dobla Chocolate Offices


18. Parliament


19. Dtac Headquarters


20. Facebook


21. South and Browse


22. Sputnik Agency Office


23. Twitter

24. Kult Offices


25. Elwood Clothing


26. Group 8


27. Raw Design Studio


28. Fernlund + Logan Architects


29. Technology Center Medical Science


30. ANZ Breakout and Learning Centre


31. Uppercut Offices


32. Post Panic – Amsterdam


33. United Tannery and Boot Factory


34. 37 Signals Office

35. Atelier Exquise


36. Escada Head Office


37. Lijubljana City Administration


38. Ogilvy & Mather Guangzhou Office


39. GHD Headquarters


40. Form Us With Love Studio


There’s a big impact in the performance of the employees when they work in a very lively place, they won’t feel restrained with the space or feel annoyed because of the clutters around.

Do you have an office with a creative design? or perhaps know a place with those kind of offices? Share it here!

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