Wayfinding: Real world signage system & its implications for online design

February 27, 2008 § Leave a comment

Speaker: Sylvia Harris
Topic: Wayfinding – a real world signage system & its implications for online design
Sponsor: UPA / New York Chapter
Rating: Sylvia’s presentation was darn good.

Notes:
Last night she focused on four projects ranging from the early 1970s to the present: CitiBank, 2000 National Census, ACLU and the New York Presbyterian Hospital.

She also shared some things she has learned along the way…
1) Be Humble
2) Never make assumptions about what users understand
3) Always test your assumptions with real people under real circumstances
4) Understanding is the responsibility of the sender not the receiver.
5) Users prefer straight talk
6) Build on what users already know

Innovation has a time and a place. Not every client is ready. It is essential to have political and financial will for a successful innovation process.

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Evan Hecox at Kinsey/Desforges

February 26, 2008 § Leave a comment

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Nice write up of Hecox’s show by Kitsune Noir

red hook

February 17, 2008 § Leave a comment

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spent the afternoon in red hook. rz got some dandy snaps.

stefan sagmeister show

February 16, 2008 § Leave a comment

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STEPHAN SAGMEISTER
THINGS I HAVE LEARNED IN MY LIFE SO FAR.
Deitch projects
January 31 – February 23, 2008
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So happy I saw the show towards the end – when the bananas were nice and ripe, ahh the smell of good art. This exhibit coincides with the book release of the same title. Enjoyed the exhibit and looking forward to Tuesday’s AIGA event of the same title.

20 maxims:
1. Helping other people helps me.
2. Having guts always works out for me.
3. Thinking that life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now.
4. Organising a charity group is surprisingly easy.
5. Being not truthful always works against me.
6. Everything I do always comes back to me.
7. Assuming is stifling.
8. Drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on.
9. Over time I get used to everything and start taking for granted.
10. Money does not make me happy.
11. My dreams have no meaning.
12. Keeping a diary supports personal development.
13. Trying to look good limits my life.
14. Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.
15. Worrying solves nothing.
16. Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.
17. Everybody thinks they are right.
18. If I want to explore a new direction professionally, it is helpful to try it out for myself first.
19. Low expectations are a good strategy.
20. Everybody who is honest is interesting.

Nextcity: The Art of the Possible

February 8, 2008 § Leave a comment

Don’t you just love this?
Cabspotting, Eric Rodenbeck
Image: Eric Rodenbeck Cabspotting

Topic: Look at the ways digital technologies have fundamentally altered our lives and experiences of urban space.
Panelists: Eric Rodenbeck of Stamen Design, J. Meejin Yoon, Christian Nold
Moderator: Everyware author Adam Greenfield.
Sponsor: New Museum
Rating: This rocked my world.
Notes: sleepy- maybe later – lame, i know.

but i do have a really bad shot from the last row…
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