Innovation can come from anywhere and any age. This braille printer is pretty fantastic, and its inventor is even more fantastic.
Some color for your Wednesday
I’ve recently stumbled on 3 neat links related to color.
For the bookworm: colors in 10 famous books
For the person whose friends frequently point out that their clothes don’t match: a test called How well do you see color?
For the architect or designer or retired Lite-Brite master: Tangeez
How many slaves work for you? There are 27 million slaves in the world today. Many of them contribute to the supply chains that end up in the products we use every day. Find out how many slaves work for you, and take action.
This provocative site was shared by a design consultant in a meeting this week. Yes, the design of the site is quite interesting, but the content of the site is what stood out most to me. Spend 10 minutes taking the survey; it’s very illuminating.
Logos define brands and they create corporate images because logos are what sticks in people’s mind and creates associations. Think Coca-Cola, Nike, or McDonald’s – what do you instantly picture in mind? Right, their logos. Great logos will never allow their consumers forget about the brand – it’s what prompts them choose one product over alternative: people tend to stick to something familiar, something that brings up positive associations.
These are really difficult to look at (also, hilarious) because the design mistakes are so glaringly obvious. New business owners: take note! Don’t skimp on your brand identity, and make sure you test it out with many people before you go live.
This is a well-selected bunch of TEDs. Watch one a day for a reenergizing prescription!
Johnathan Lopes, a Brooklyn native, built a LEGO replica of Brooklyn, complete with the Fairway in Red Hook, the historic Williamsburg Savings Bank, and the rickety A train. It’s amazing. Check out the story and gallery. I can’t believe he’ll be eventually disassembling it!
This* is this year’s softball team. We work hard, play hard, and cheer hard. It’s a fun bunch. Matt (one of our front row fans) started to make pretty awesome player cards. He tested out the design and feel on mine, and it made my week; this is the type of fun “professionals” don’t get to indulge in enough. It’s good for morale and a smile**, and some day, this card could be worth big money when I make it to the big leagues.
*click the photo or card to enlarge
**to my grandparents who read this, “Jewish grandma” means I encourage people to eat food, stay hydrated, and stay safe on the base path.
Typographer’s Glossary by Playtype: Click through to view letterform anatomy, type classification, information on kerning, and other vital facts for typographers.
This is a lot of information that I’ve always been curious about packaged neatly and comprehensively.
Brooklyn Magazine Relaunches Website!
If you haven’t already experienced the joy of Brooklyn Magazine, you’re in for a treat. They relaunched their website today and are offering a 50% discount on a year-long subscription to the (really beautifully arranged and printed) magazine by clicking here and entering the promo code “IHALFBRO.”
I posted this to neighborhoodr-prospectheights yesterday and wanted to share it here, too, because I really do love this magazine. The aesthetics are really great; the profiles of local people and businesses are spot-on; the flow charts and neighborhood rankings are ‘so Brooklyn’ but certainly entertaining. It gives a strong sense of time and place, and both covers the trendy and calls trends before they are big. I learn a few new things each issue, and many articles become topics of conversation among my friends. It also looks very nice on a coffee table, for whatever that’s worth! With print phasing out (unfortunately), I think a well-curated, pithy-and-informative-and-engrossing quarterly magazine is the perfect fix. Support it!