After many years of lusting after these, I pulled the trigger and bought the 2013 Feltron Annual Report. Data visualization is more and more what my job is about, and this is a leading example of the discipline.

Date posted: September 22, 2014 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

I high school, I was a huge Frank Miller fan–based not only on the Dark Knight, but Elektra and Ronin, weird books that weren’t like any of the other ‘comic books’ I saw out there. Miller has gotten strange in the last 15 years or so, and Grantland did a great retrospective of his career which explores where he’s been and why he’s so uncompromising.

The thing Miller admires about his heroes isn’t their power — he’s yanked that away from them, over and over. He worships their certainty. Their moral clarity, their willingness to judge and mete out the punishment that society can’t or won’t, their refusal to back down or equivocate.

via Frank Miller’s Dark Night.

Date posted: September 1, 2014 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

There is little in the way of mental rest. Being a freelancer means never turning down work when offered. You don’t skip a gig because of vacation or anything like that, because you know that’s leaving money on the table. You can see the money burning in your head.

–Drew Magary, one of my favorite bloggity authors, on Deadspin

Date posted: August 7, 2014 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

It occurs to me I’ve forgotten to share something I had a large hand in developing–an introductory video for WRI, built by a firm in London called Nice & Serious.

Date posted: June 19, 2014 | Filed under art/design, WRI | Leave a Comment »

I’ve seen some inexplicable graphics in my short time at WRI, but at least I don’t work for the government. Here’s a short review of Amazing Military Infographics.

Date posted: May 15, 2014 | Filed under art/design, humor, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Bike EXIF shows up in my Flipboard feed, and I occasionally browse through it to look at pretty motorcycles. Imagine my surprise when I recognized the name of the owner of this very pretty ride: the Loaded Gun Customs Triton, owned by an old acquaintance from back in the day.

Date posted: May 8, 2014 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Though Hoefler and Frere-Jones were renowned among font enthusiasts, their popular name recognition was limited. Their abrupt, confusing split has drawn a surge of attention that has surprised their peers.

Inside the Design World’s $20 Million Divorce, from Businessweek.

Date posted: April 11, 2014 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

I’ve spent the last week or two reviewing resumes for a new position at work, and I’m exhausted with the whole process. On one hand, the software we are using feels like it was written by trolls in 1998 specifically to abuse my carpal tunnel issues. Clearly the company responsible for it has never hired a UX or interface designer; every simple operation takes at least five clicks and a roadmap to get to.

On the other hand, the applicants we’ve been getting have been underwhelming. There have been standouts in the group, and we’ve contacted them, but the vast majority have clearly never read one of the thousands of How To Apply For A Job articles that litter the internet. So after reviewing 50 resumes this morning, here’s my unscientific list, in no order:

  • This is a design position. You should list your portfolio URL at the top of your resume, somewhere in close proximity to your name. It should be in your cover letter too. Don’t make me Google your name, because I won’t—you’ve already been dumped in the “NO” pile.
  • Buy a domain name and host your own portfolio. www.college.edu/portfolio/spanky57 is not a professional URL to pass out. You fail, because it shows me you’re not taking yourself seriously.
  • Along those same lines, your email address should be something professional.
  • This kind of goes without saying, but…don’t copy and paste the cover letter you wrote to that other job into the form field for this job. That’s just embarrassing. Check your work.
  • The position I posted is clearly described as a print design job. Show me print design, or don’t apply.
  • Something they don’t teach you in college is that good writers make good designers. If your cover letter doesn’t show me you’ve even done even a little research on my organization, you won’t get far. One sentence can go a long way.
  • When you proudly point out that you coded and designed your portfolio website, be sure to change the <title> to something other than PORTFOLIO TEMPLATE.
  • Speaking of portfolios, please keep the fancy navigation to a minimum. Your work had better be damned good if I’m going to fight your website to see it.
  • If you insist on using PDFs to showcase your work, make them web-ready, please. It won’t disqualify you, but it’s goddamned annoying.
  • If the job description clearly says Graphic Designer, don’t list your title as Desktop Publisher. That’s a bit like saying you’re qualified to fly a plane because you play Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Date posted: March 3, 2014 | Filed under art/design, humor, Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

I don’t know that this actually explains what it says on the tin, but How QuarkXPress became a mere afterthought in publishing goes through some of the history of design workflows and outlines the differences between Quark and early versions of InDesign. As usual, MetaFilter comments do a better job of explaining things.

Date posted: January 19, 2014 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

My belief is is much simpler: craft inhabits whatever medium or tool you work with, if you let it.

via Photography, hello — by Craig Mod.

Date posted: January 11, 2014 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »