Category Archives: Design

Wind Map

There is a mesmerizing new web page that animates wind flow across the United States based on hourly updated data. It is really fun to watch. This is a project of Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg who lead Google’s “Big Picture” … Continue reading

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Ephemeral Art

I recently learned about two artists who draw huge designs on the ground. I love these geometric designs, their size, the effort that goes into them, and the fact that they only last a little while. Simon Beck walks in … Continue reading

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Exposure 4 User Interface Updates

If you have upgraded from an earlier version of Exposure to version 4, you have probably noticed that the user interface (UI) has changed quite a bit. We spent a lot of time thinking (and arguing) about how we can … Continue reading

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The opposite of putting effort into it.

I just found a big envelope in my mailbox with the following messages on the outside. Yawn. Those messages make it 95% likely that I did not request the information and that it is unimportant. Spammy marketers like this make … Continue reading

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Put some effort into it.

Today I received a package. The card is pretty fancy, similar to a real wedding invitation. Inside is a sales pitch to advertise in a magazine, but it is written as a romantic proposal. Inside the box is a ring … Continue reading

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Keep Drawing (or shooting, painting, writing, running, digging…)

Whatever your creative outlet, immerse yourself in it.

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Jeff’s favorite blogs and podcasts

If you enjoy podcasts and blogs then you might like these. I do! Podcasts Radiolab: Science made fun, interesting, and beautiful. Here are some related videos. This American Life: Fascinating stories. The Dinner Party Download: Hilarious bite size segments that help you … Continue reading

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Texture Fun

Nature is based on a small set of rules. Everything around us is made of pretty much the same stuff, but arranged in an infinite number of different combinations that nature has had the patience of putting together. Enter the … Continue reading

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You just have to remember to…

The following is an offshoot of the Simplify article. Oh man, I know we are in trouble when I hear a sentence of the form, “It’s easy. You just have to remember to push button A every time B happens.” People … Continue reading

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Simplify!

By far, the most important lesson I have learned over the years is that simplicity is crucial. You might ask, “What part of the business are you talking about?” Every part! Fight hard for simplicity in your products, web site, … Continue reading

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