patric king

Today's Obsession: The Digital Earth

Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation displayed this pretty pretty thing—it’s the world’s first spherical organic LED display, made by Mitsubishi Electric. The sphere itself is made up of about 10,000 little OLEDs. (My boyfriend’s first remark upon seeing it was, “that’s expensive.”) The display of information is the cool thing, though....

Today's Obsession: Don't Believe a Crowd

Do you remember a couple of years ago how everyone in the world was flipping out about crowdsourcing, like it was going to make labor costs drop to nothing and give tons of useful data like pots of gold from over the rainbow? Well, wrong. Here’s an interesting study at The Big Think that...

Today's Obsession: Web Fonts + Desktop Fonts?

Here’s an answer to something I’ve been wondering for a long time: how am I supposed to deal with webfonts while I’m designing in InDesign? The question’s pretty basic, if you think about it: the average designer is probably not going to be working in Firefox with Firebug installed, or even Coda. They’re gonna...

Today's Obsession: You Don't Know Jack

A couple of unrelated, yet related posts I’ve found: Adrian Shaughnessy lists ten things he observes most commonly in current design students and graduates. There are three things that give me chills. He says in point five: It is getting harder to tell the difference between the work of students studying illustration and those...

Today's Obsession: Why Can't I Control Anything?

Here’s an irritating article from Thomas Baekdal, reminding publishers that they don’t control the formatting of their content any more, due to third-party display tools like Flipboard, and so on. He offers a solution which I find completely infuriating (as a designer) and completely incorrect (as a developer). His solution offers a way to...

Today's Obsession: Kind of Screwed

Basically all of Twitter is talking about this piece from Andy Baio, who is better known to all y’all as “one the guys who started Kickstarter.” Last year, he put out a cute lil’ one-off album called Kind of Bloop, which is a tribute to Miles Davis’ classic Kind of Blue, dressed in High...

Today's Obsession: Making a Living

Interesting article looking at the nature of this recession and the resulting work over at Mother Jones, which naturally has a bit of a left-lean to it. Essentially, the recession in other countries has allowed rehiring, but not in the United States. There’s a matching article at the Atlantic as of yesterday which posits...

Today's Obsession: Reading the News about the News

At Reuters, there’s an article that outlines a lot of the troubles the publishing industry is having. There is not enough digital expertise in mainstream journalism yet, and still too rudimentary an understanding of online business models. There is a distinct difference between what the journalism industry knows how to do—create content, some of...

Today's Obsession: Instagram as Meta

While it can debated the usefulness or destructiveness of Instagram, we’ve been down that road already. I think we’re stuck with it for a little while, regardless of its real usefulness or any lasting effect upon our photography. What’s interesting is that now it’s turning into a reference point in an of itself. That’s...

Today's Obsession: So You're Coming to Chicago

Sooooooooo, rumor has it a lot of you are coming to our own City of the Big Shoulders next week for… whatever it is designers do together in a big room. I’ve had a few people ask where they should go when they visit, from a native perspective. Here’s my list of favorites.