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Ellen’s Stock-a-Rama

Posted on 15 February, 2010 at 3:45pm with no comments

Peter pointed me to these lovely stock illustrations from Ellen Lupton. I really like the textures and whimsical treatment of subjects.


On Selling Out

Posted on 4 February, 2010 at 2:27pm with no comments

“I honestly don’t know what selling out is supposed to mean anymore, the term is leveled with such regularity. I was under the impression that it meant that your principles were for sale, that an indeterminate sum had changed hands and now you were under command. … Now it appears to involve infractions of some impossibly austere, orthodox hipster code, complete with constant play-by-play analysis by psychic forum trolls and betrayed fans who gleefully plot the coordinates of your downward trajectory.”

From 2004, but strikingly relevant in the context of the iPad. From Penny Arcade, via Meg.


Creativity is Not Design

Posted on 3 February, 2010 at 3:39pm with 1 comment »

“Creativity is not design. Creativity has nothing to do with design. Creativity is bound by no laws, rules, or strictures …which is perhaps why it’s so intoxicating. Design, on the other hand, is based entirely on math, psychology, human perception, and a host of rigid rules and laws that can be broken by only a highly skilled few. Those unfamiliar with these laws and rules, and the associated sciences are by no definition designers.”

As usual, thoughtful and informed commentary from Andy Rutledge.


Lose It!

Posted on 2 February, 2010 at 3:48pm with 4 comments

So one of my New Year’s resolutions for 2010 was to end this year at a lower weight than I started it. Not drastically, but the idea is to work maintainable weight management/maintenance habits into my routine. Calorie counting has always been a good strategy for me, and hey, there’s an app for that!

Besides being an amazingly well-executed app, Lose It! is free and has some social motivational features. So if you’re using the app too, add me at ahalsall@gmail.com… it’s always easier with friends!


Iconic icon set

Posted on 1 February, 2010 at 8:32pm with 2 comments

A beautiful free icon set from P.J. Onori. Available in both PNG and SVG formats.


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