Archives for January 2007

Social Web Hits The Election Cycle

Great post over at Bokardo Social Web Design, altering us that Hillary Clinton is using Yahoo answers to gather the prol’s thoughts on health-care reform. One, Clinton is actually asking the American people what they think, rather than assuming or generalizing from the party she’s a part of. (this doesn’t mean she’ll listen, but it’s […]

Results of Thinking Systemically

Finally found the quote I’ve been looking for: “He’s the only guy who has applied systems thinking to media,” said Paul Saffo, a consumer electronics industry consultant who is a director at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, Calif. Paul is referring to Steve Jobs. Bonus: This is an interesting Google search.

True Stories

Sometimes, you can’t make this stuff up.

The Speech

For my money, Andrew Sullivan sums it up perfectly. What we will discover in the next few months, therefore, is simply whether the entire premise of this strategy is actually true. The president is asking us to find this out one more time. He seems to disbelieve the overwhelming evidence on the ground – that […]

Ryu at Dartmouth

Wow, I had no idea this was a local person. Excerpt from And then Pogue introduced us to an 18-year-old Dartmouth student named Phillip Ryu. The kid ran a competition called, where amateurs competed to design their fantasy Mac application. The winner, a product Atmosphere (“an ambient way to see your weather”) is […]

Completely Redefining What You Can Do

I will be one of approximately 143,215,697 people to mention this today or tomorrow, but this is as close as it gets to product-orgasm. Cell phones have sucked forever, and this is a whole new game. iPhone combines three products — a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet […]

Black Tie Optional

Current students at Hannah and Sherry‘s alma mater are getting awfully hip…. The Pundits, founded in 1884 as a society of “campus wits,” have a history of rebelling against Yale tradition, often through elaborate pranks. They organize six to eight covert naked parties a year, which attract anywhere from 30 to 300 people to off-campus […]

Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

Periodic Table of Visualization Methods. Mouse over each cell to get an example.

Design Is Good For Business

DETROIT, Jan. 3 — The Chrysler Group was the only Detroit carmaker to report a sales increase for December, while the Japanese carmakers Toyota and Honda both saw their sales grow last month, figures from the auto companies showed today. I assert Chrysler gained sales because of design, with a capital-D. Of the US automakers, […]


How to cut through the marketing gimmicks. The secret to mattress shopping is that the product is basically a commodity. The mattress biz is 99-percent marketing. So just buy the cheapest thing you can stand and be done with it, because they’re pretty much all the same. And that’s all you need to know. Not […]

Billionaire Divorce

A couple in their ’50s, worth about $2 billion, settled their divorce in a few hours over a bottle of wine. When they decided to divorce, they spent a single afternoon in the Beverly Hills Hotel, dividing it all up. With just two notebooks and a bottle of wine, the Blixseths — California real-estate tycoons […]

Typographic Pinups

Taking the cake, so to speak, in the ‘adult weird’ category, is a calendar of (female) pinups, created entirely with typographic characters.

Happy New Year

2006 was a forest fire. 2007 is the re-seeding. Welcome to the future.