notes.husk.org. scribblings by Paul Mison.

2014-05-06

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Speaking of Vox, what do you think that little arrow does?
If you thought it would go to the BBC’s original article, win an idealism point.
If you thought it would just load the raw image in a new window, win a correct but depressing point.

Speaking of Vox, what do you think that little arrow does?

If you thought it would go to the BBC’s original article, win an idealism point.

If you thought it would just load the raw image in a new window, win a correct but depressing point.

2014-05-02

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photo 07:52:31
A spread from Manual 1 by Unit Editions, featuring the British Airports Authority Sign manual.

A spread from Manual 1 by Unit Editions, featuring the British Airports Authority Sign manual.

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“ It is time that we cast aside the theory that excellence of design is a luxury. Let us see it instead as a necessity for answering real human needs. ”
President Richard Nixon, in 1973, quoted by Michael Silverberg in his piece on identity design, How New York’s Subway Signs Came To Be.

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quote 01:48:53
“ British Steel’s 1969 manual gave the angles of its logo so that it could be re-created with compasses and a ruler. The instructions in what appears to be Walmart’s 2009 brand guidelines, posted on various design Web sites, were, simply, “Never redraw or alter the logo.” ”
Michael Silverberg in How New York Subway’s Signs Came To Be for the New Yorker. The article is really more of an introduction to Manual 1 by Unit Editions, “the first comprehensive study of corporate identity design manuals, and features 20 examples from the 1960s to early 1980s – the golden era of identity design.”

2014-04-29

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(Source: unena, via toffeemilkshake)

2014-04-23

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transitmaps:

The majority of the changes dilute and harm the very strong and graphic design themes of Michael’s original map. 


It seems to me that there’s a battle on this final map between Michael’s original diagrammatic approach and a desire from someone at the MBTA for something more like a “real map”, and it’s these competing interests that harm the end result so much.


That approach has been compromised by this final map, which really can’t decide what it wants to be — the old map or the new one.

Shame.

transitmaps:

The majority of the changes dilute and harm the very strong and graphic design themes of Michael’s original map. 

It seems to me that there’s a battle on this final map between Michael’s original diagrammatic approach and a desire from someone at the MBTA for something more like a “real map”, and it’s these competing interests that harm the end result so much.

That approach has been compromised by this final map, which really can’t decide what it wants to be — the old map or the new one.

Shame.

2014-04-14

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photo 00:49:00
Byte, April 1981 (via migurski, kenyatta)

"Future Computers" is our cover theme this month and the subject of the editorial. Before you write to comment on our cover’s "unusual" design approach (created by artist Robert Tinney), keep in mind the proximity of April 1.

Elsewhere in the issue, A Closer Look at the TI Speak & Spell by Peter Vernon: “The author expands on Michael Rigsby’s September 1980 BYTE article.” You can read the issue in full at archive.org.

Byte, April 1981 (via migurski, kenyatta)

"Future Computers" is our cover theme this month and the subject of the editorial. Before you write to comment on our cover’s "unusual" design approach (created by artist Robert Tinney), keep in mind the proximity of April 1.

Elsewhere in the issue, A Closer Look at the TI Speak & Spell by Peter Vernon: “The author expands on Michael Rigsby’s September 1980 BYTE article.” You can read the issue in full at archive.org.

2014-04-08

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photo 18:32:29
joshuanguyen:

fastcompany:

After months of teasing, Twitter officially confirmed that its new redesign is nigh. And—brace yourselves—it looks a lot like Facebook.

Wow. First reaction; Twitter could have been a new communications protocol. But now it’s a portal, like the rest.

I’m so glad I use a third party app, and so worried it’ll eventually get completely shut down. (It’s also interesting that the timeline view is apparently not a priority. What?)

joshuanguyen:

fastcompany:

After months of teasing, Twitter officially confirmed that its new redesign is nigh. And—brace yourselves—it looks a lot like Facebook.

Wow. First reaction; Twitter could have been a new communications protocol. But now it’s a portal, like the rest.

I’m so glad I use a third party app, and so worried it’ll eventually get completely shut down. (It’s also interesting that the timeline view is apparently not a priority. What?)

2014-04-07

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Poster, ca. 1954 from the Cooper-Hewitt collection (via migurski, stml)

Poster, ca. 1954 from the Cooper-Hewitt collection (via migurski, stml)

2014-03-26

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The London Octopus identity, Peter McCabe:

Put your brand on the skyline of London. The building represents a unique oportunity for international brands to own the site (as a HQ for example) or for advertisers to put their message across to an estimated 100 million hits per year.

The London Octopus identity, Peter McCabe:

Put your brand on the skyline of London. The building represents a unique oportunity for international brands to own the site (as a HQ for example) or for advertisers to put their message across to an estimated 100 million hits per year.

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