1. Destruction Unit - Icehouse - 3/21/14

     
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  6. Those who bank with Simple will be familiar with the great cardboard/rubber band wallet that comes with the card. After trying it, it’s hard to go back to a bulky leather billfold. Hence my sadness when the rubber band finally snapped a couple months ago.

    So I made a new one. Bass wood cut to 99mm x 56mm, with 12mm wide inlets centered on the sides and a #84 rubber band.

    On one side I’ve placed my ASU card, exposing the magnetic strip needed for key card access pads all over campus - studio, bike storage, etc. No need to pull out the card.

    I tried returning to a billfold, but couldn’t do it. It’s significantly slimmer, lighter, and can be placed in my front pocket - potentially reducing loss or pickpocketing.

    Have a few more ideas to add. Perhaps a v2 is down the road.

     

  7. On Squarespace Logo

    The announcement and immediate backlash of Squarespace’s new Logo feature is less about replacing the role of designers and more about the design of today, January 2014.

    Drag-and-drop logo making offends in that it ignores the needs of designers and jumps straight to the aesthetic. Bobby Solomon returns that it enables non-designers to make, but doesn’t grant them the ability to understand how design works. The carpenter isn’t replaced when someone buys a hammer.

    But I think there’s a deeper - yet unrealized - discomfort in the community as a result of tools like Squarespace. With the help of the internet and powerful technology, “good design” has finally become not only prevalent, but available. And to a non-designer, “good design” is mistaken as the aesthetic of minimalism.

    I’ll admit that Squarespace sites have irked me ever since the 10 update. Not because they’re bad - but because they’re so pretty. Those who are design aware feel shaken when what took little effort looks like something that could be lauded as good work. It’s as if Squarespace found a formula to replicate the designy internet aesthetic of the 2010’s.

    The Logo thing, as harmless as its intentions are, poked at this discomfort a little too hard - hence the backlash. And Bobby’s right; designers keep on doing what you’re doing and the thought-out work will rise above what isn’t.

    But don’t see Squarespace as an enemy, rather a reminder - or reflection - on design in 2014. If a damn circle with a sans-serif typeface in the middle hits a little too close to home, let’s rethink how we can bring design forward. Think of Squarespace Logo as a push to shake things up and invent.

     

  8. Mod does it again.

     
  9. I’ve been playing around with the concept of a design system for album covers - inspired by Sacred Bones Records style consistency. These are applied to some releases from a great local label, Common Wall, out here in AZ.

    Catalog, production notes: Futura, 12 pt

    Artist: Big Caslon Medium, 39 pt

    Album Title: Adobe Caslon Pro Italic, 39 pt

    Tracklist: Adobe Caslon Pro, 12 pt

     

  10. iA Writer Pro

    Consider his tools when Steinbeck composed The Grapes of Wrath. Or those of Capote when he crafted his masterwork, In Cold Blood. And those of Woodward and Bernstein as they exposed the most powerful man in the country.

    Typewriters.

    Not computers, nor word processors. Machines solely purposed for placing letter-shaped ink on paper. With such a basic tool, these writers crafted their medium at its finest.

    Through the passing of innovation, we’ve retired the typewriter. Now one writes within software on the computer and mobile devices. Word processors, text editors, CMS, etc.

    The result and gift of innovation is improving our tools, thus improving what we make with them. And though how we write well has changed, what is writing well hasn’t.

    But these modern tools - applications and software - have fallen away from improving the typewriter. They add functionality for the sake of features, not for the purpose of the craft. It’s one thing for technology to enable someone to do something. But what these modern writing tools lack is enabling the writer to fundamentally make their writing better.

    Today iA is releasing the next iteration of their text editor (and my personal favorite), Writer. It’s called Writer Pro; it’s double the price for double the features.

    Writer's iteration adapted to the workflow of a good writer, rather than push an iteration for a writer to adapt their workflow to. Those new features based on steps in the writing process? Unheard of. And the ability to single out the varying word types in syntax? It's as if Strunk and White built it themselves.

    I’m pretty excited for Writer Pro. It’s the first time our modern computer era justified the retirement of the typewriter. For the first time ever, I now feel living in their future has enabled us an advantage over Steinbeck, Capote, Woodward, and Bernstein. So let’s take advantage of that.