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Harlan Ellison on Getting Paid

Transcribed from this video, taken from an upcoming documentary called Dreams with Sharp Teeth. Harlan Ellison is a well-known science fiction and fantasy author—you’ll have seen his work on SyFy. His anger about being paid to work kinda echos our own industry’s frustration. Just replace the word “writer” with “designer.” Same difference. I got...

The T-Shaped Designer

Marissa Chen writes an interesting essay at DesignTaxi today; a look at attitudes of young graduating designers versus market realities. According to this piece, the design student has quite a few romanticized ideas that don’t necessarily hold up to the reality of current market burdens. There’s a small piece in this which is actually...

Different Tech Mindsets

David Ramos makes an interesting comment in this post about Adobe Muse from a few weeks ago: The quality of Muse’s code is not particularly relevant. Good code, bad code, no matter. Muse and other visual layout tools promote the idea that it’s possible to lay out a website exactly as one would lay...

Updates from Adobe, Errors from Apple

Couple of quick things today. Firstly, Adobe’s released beta version 3 of Muse, their site builder for designers. The download is here, and as stated previously, it’s free until its official 1.0 release. There are significant fixes in how the application renders code, so anything you build will be more readily accepted on a...

From A to B

Malcolm Sutherland’s made an awesome little animated journey from point A to point B, laboriously performed by a cacaphony of idiotic little creatures and contraptions who are having a really hard time dealing with it. It’s an adorable exploration of futility. The animation itself is fantastically rendered in its simplicity (created in Toon Boom...

Your Personal Slavery Footprint

There are a couple of things worrying me pretty intensely about this state of the U.S. economy address from the Fed. Firstly, there seems to still be an unreasonable hope that our economy, which we all remember was propped up by speculative, fake wealth, is going to “make a full recovery.” Does that phrase...

Obscured Identity

Uh, the world just got creepier with this fascinating tech/art mashup. These videos are proofs of concept for a real-time facial tracking and masking software. The basic idea is that using this software hooked up to your typical webcam/laptop setup, you can match a still image of a face onto your own. The facetracker...

Wish You Were Here

Based upon the fact that I am apparently scaring the pants off designers by thundering down to them that they have to deal with the web: okay, fair. Maybe I’m beating the drum a little hard. Lemme list out the reasons why i keep yelling about this. The web sucks because designers have had...

Tiny, But Frightening

Over the weekend, Monsieur Heller pointed out the weird, possibly-OCD world of miniature food and its fans. Huge surprise, this happens a lot in Japan, and I follow a spooky YouTube channel that assembles microfoods in deathly silence. This particular channel highlights the bizarre microfoods (some edible, some not) that are all made of...

My Vote for Best Redesign of 2011

Armin and Bryony have posted a fantastic look at what is my current favorite redesign of the year, at Brand New. They’re looking at the Chester Zoo, which Music just redid, showing off some genius, genius typography. What’s not so evident without using the typography first-hand is the bananas amount of OpenType scripting being...