• 3yr Old learns to Play the Piano Visually

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    This three-year old has learned how to play the piano using a new color-based visual technique developed by his mother.

    Ah, the power of innovation and design. Brilliant.

  • The Importance of Micro-copy

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    When writing for websites, small bits of information can make a huge difference. This short article serves as a good reminder to keep our wits about us and make sure we’re speaking to our audience as effectively as possible.

  • Chris Farley Baby

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    That is AWESOME!

  • AIGA Softens Its Take on Spec Work

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    Speculative work—work done without compensation in the hope of being compensated, for the client’s speculation—has long been opposed by AIGA because of the inherent risks. They outline these risks as follows:

    Clients risk compromised quality as little time, energy and thought can go into speculative work, which precludes the most important element of most design projects—the research, thoughtful consideration of alternatives, and development and testing of prototype designs.
    Designers risk being taken advantage of as some clients may see this as a way to get free work; it also diminishes the true economic value of the contribution designers make toward client’s objectives.
    There are legal risks for both parties should aspects of intellectual property, trademark and trade-dress infringements become a factor.

    All perfectly logical. It also makes logical sense that they’re now updating their stance.

    The internet has radically changed the means of soliciting and offering design, democratizing participation in creative endeavors paid and free, commissioned and speculative. This warrants a change in the approach AIGA takes toward spec work, even while holding firm to the core belief that spec work embodies inherent risks. As an institution that is a reflection of its membership, AIGA encourages designers to exercise their individual decision-making rights to engage in design as they see fit.

    In the words of Mindy Nies, ex-AIGA Colorado President, “Basically they are saying that spec work happens. They’d prefer for it not to happen, but if you choose to produce spec work, at least know what you’re getting yourself into.”

  • Any Spot Teasing Modern Dance Wins

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    With the over-the-top candy ads for Skittles and Starburst that have come out of TBWA\NY, we always thought it was the agency’s creative teams that were producing such weirdness. But it appears it was creative director Gerry Graf steering that ship. He’s moved over to Saatchi & Saatchi, New York from TBWA and, from the looks of this new Cadburys CaraMilk spot, the weirdness has followed him.

    Via Great Advertising, Clever Ads

  • Exceptional Portraiture: Christopher Vega

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    Denver-based photographer Christopher Vega was born in Oceanside, California in 1979. His lifetime achievements include defying religion, being kicked out of the Air Force, and being deported from Jolly Old England (but only once.) Most importantly, he’s achieved an incredible tact for portraiture photography.

    Christopher took up photography in January 2004, attending The Art Institute of Colorado. By his own accord, he was “pretty effen horrible” at taking pictures, until two years later in 2006 when he discovered his love for portraiture – something that deeply connected with him and made him feel as if he’d been waiting his entire life to discover it. It shows.

    Some of his inspirations derive from photographers such as Loretta Lux, Jim Fiscus, as well as Yosuf Karsh, Arnold Newman and others. Today, he’s trying to find his way – which finds him with a large percentage of his clients being Rap, Hip Hop, Neo-Jazz and R&B artists here in Denver and in Los Angeles. But by no means should his skill be reserved for that industry. Grab this dude now and rope him in on your next gig before he gets expensive.

  • "I Don’t Like this Website because its Tits Are Too Small."

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    Every day I see evidence that we are losing our ability to understand and appreciate effective design—trading our appreciation and understanding for fetish.

    Designer Andy Rutledge takes issue with the onset of design pornography.

    We can relate to his annoyance and can humbly take ownership for part of the issue. It’s always easier to post something “cool” and claim it as such, or post something crappy and laugh at it, than it is to put together a well-conceived critique of any given piece of design or advertising.

    On the other hand, ogling pretty stuff has its own merits. Everything in healthy doses, right?

  • Things That We Learn

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    Things that We Learn is an archive of that knowledge spanning my interests in design, culture, photography, problem resolution and what ever else I come across that holds my attention for more than 30 minutes.

    Between the nice format and the useful posts, (See: “Design Studio Blogs“ and “Network WiFi troubleshooting“) this gets a big Thumbs Up from us.

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