Archive for July, 2013

Mark Bloom published a book of his design work and it is fabulous

Graphic designer Mark Bloom (aka Mash Creative) has a new book that’s worthy of being on top of the coffee table book pile. It’s called 15/115 and it’s a collection of posters, logos, and other design projects he worked on from 1998 to 2013. He kindly sent over a copy, which I flipped through briefly before stopping to get a snack (yogurt with three fruit flavors) for double enjoyment. Each project is presented beautifully. Each project is awesome. Each project fills me with design envy. Please check it out.

15/115 by Mark Bloom

Look at that fluorescent orange!

15/115 by Mark Bloom

The Really Useful London Tube Poster is a part of the Really Useful poster series. To check out the other ones, get the book!

15/115 by Mark Bloom

One of my favorite designs featured in the posters section.

15/115 by Mark Bloom

Logos for years (no really, Mark Bloom designed a lot of logos).

15/115 by Mark Bloom

The State of the Obvious is a collection of objects that (not to state the obvious) simply state the obvious.

Talking Tech with Scott Berkun

Management blog hypertextual called him an idea trafficker. We dig that. Idea trafficking.


For those of you who don’t know Scott Berkun, he’s a writer and speaker who talks about ideas and how they work. His chops have been featured in numerous blogs like The Economist, The Guardian, and NPR (to name a few). He’s also written 4 books. They’re all pretty excellent.

The other day I emailed Scott out of the blue to talk tech. I hadn’t talked to him in a few months, but I love his perspective and heard he’s got a new book coming out. I thought it’d be a good opportunity to get an insight into how an author gets stuff done nowadays.

Without further ado, Scott Berkun’s tech thoughts on tech, etc.

What’s your current tech set-up?

Mac Air, Cinema display, iPhone 4S, Moleskine. [See below]


What’s your go-to mobile app? Top 5?

I don’t use apps much on my iPhone. Google Maps is easily #1. Mail, Twitter and Facebook follow. Notes too.

Favorite place to consume content?

My brain is my favorite place for content consumption. I tried other body parts, but they didn’t work so well.

Tablet or physical book for reading?

Both. I primarily read on an iPad, but I’m not picky. Both have their advantages. Kindle books are amazingly convenient. Print books feel and smell amazing.

With all your writing and tweeting, how do you manage your daily workflow? Got any cool life hacks?

I keep all systems as simple as possible. If I feel lost or overwhelmed I make a prioritized list of tasks for the day on an index card and get to work, and repeat the next day. I try to post once or twice a week but I’m not religious about it. my blogging process is described here. If I’m actively writing a book or working on a new lecture that takes top priority. Twitter just falls in naturally and I explain how I use it here.

What’s your one tech-related guilty pleasure? 

I don’t really have one. Abusing Infinite scroll on twitter might count. I don’t do much trash. Occasionally I’ll watch garbage TVlike People’s Court or Hell’s Kitchen, but I don’t watch much TV. My guilty pleasures are far more carnal.

Browser wars – where’s your loyalty and why?

I have little loyalty for software. I switched to Firefox in 2003. And to Chrome in 2009. I still use Chrome and sometimes Safari. Whatever is simple, reliable and fast usually wins for me for any kind of tool.

What tech product are you most excited about?

No tech products excite me. Well, I wouldn’t mind an iPad Mini but I don’t think about it much. None of my ambitions depend on technological progress.

To end, how about a haiku about how you feel about technology.

Moths fly near the flame

People consume whatever’s new

There’s no difference

You can find details on Scott’s new book, The Year Without Pants, out in September on Amazon. Start following Scott’s inspiring writing on his website.

La Casa artist residency looks like heaven

Yesterday I stumbled upon La Casa artist residency in Australia. I don’t know if you feel the same way, but “a welcoming house in an idyllic beachfront location, unparalleled natural beauty, a space where artists can escape, be inspired, collaborate and create” sounds freakin’ amazing. The blog features some awesome videos by Taylor Steele and others documenting different artist/surfer/skater/musician residencies. It’s an interesting look into the the creative processes of these talented individuals unencumbered by the daily grind. I especially enjoyed hearing about how some of their interests (surfing/skating) led them to other creative pursuits like photography or music. Here’s a small sampling below.


More videos here.

Holiday Matinee’s July Mixtape!

July is that glorious month when it’s officially summer the entire time and no one can bother us about back to school or end of summer reminders. We BBQ, vacation, surf, cannonball and spend hot summer nights kicking back cold ones until 3AM with our friends. Knowing that, this month’s mix has plenty of summer jams from the past up until, well, new releases from a couple days ago. Now put those headphones on and press play.


Famous shoes

“Throughout popular culture, we have come to associate specific looks and styles with certain people. One example of such ‘trademarks’ is shoes.” Being obsessed, this roundup of Famous Shoes is near to our heart. We posted a few of our favorites below but definitely kick the heels over to FD to view the full lineup.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jordan

Clint Eastwood

Famous Shoes

Famous Shoes

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