70 Amazing Business Cards

Some of these look well done but is it really necessary to be so flamboyant?

70 Amazing Business Cards - Fubiz™

Published: Jun. 5th, 2008. Categorized: Visual. Tagged: Business, Design

Liebig's law of the minimum

It states that growth is controlled not by the total of resources available, but by the scarcest resource (limiting factor). This concept was originally applied to plant or crop growth, where it was found that increasing the amount of plentiful nutrients did not increase plant growth. Only by increasing the amount of the limiting nutrient (the one most scarce in relation to "need") was the growth of a plant or crop improved.


Published: May. 30th, 2008. Categorized: Text. Tagged: Productivity, Theory

Theory of Constraints

According to TOC, every organization has - at any given point in time - at least one constraint which limits the system's performance relative to its goal (see Liebig's law of the minimum). These constraints can be broadly classified as either an internal constraint or a market constraint. In order to manage the performance of the system, the constraint must be identified and managed correctly (according to the Five Focusing Steps below). Over time the constraint may change (e.g., because the previous constraint was managed successfully, or because of a changing environment) and the analysis starts anew.


Published: May. 30th, 2008. Categorized: Text. Tagged: Productivity, Theory

Uncanny valley definition

... as a robot is made more humanlike in its appearance and motion, the emotional response from a human being to the robot will become increasingly positive and empathic, until a point is reached beyond which the response quickly becomes that of strong repulsion. However, as the appearance and motion continue to become less distinguishable from a human being, the emotional response becomes positive once more and approaches human-to-human empathy levels.

This area of repulsive response aroused by a robot with appearance and motion between a "barely-human" and "fully human" entity is called the uncanny valley. The name captures the idea that a robot which is "almost human" will seem overly "strange" to a human being and thus will fail to evoke the empathetic response required for productive human-robot interaction.

Uncanny valley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Published: May. 29th, 2008. Categorized: Text. Tagged: Robots

The difference between a fifty-year-old carpenter and a novice

The difference between the novice and the master is simply that the novice has not learnt, yet, how to do things in such a way that he can afford to make small mistakes. The master knows that the sequence of his actions will always allow him to cover his mistakes a little further down the line. It is this simple but essential knowledge which gives the work of a master carpenter its wonderful, smooth, relaxed, and almost unconcerned simplicity.

Via 37signals and quoted from 'A Pattern Language'.

Published: May. 29th, 2008. Categorized: Text. Tagged: Craftsman, Expertise, Simplicity

Jonathan Ive on Apple’s Industrial Design Strategy

A rare interview.

For many people working in the creative industries, the bedrock of Mac believers, Ive is a hero, a creative genius: the man who transformed computers from grey boxes to objects of desire, design statements.

That's what D&AD has recognised and rewarded. But you don't have to be a creative purist to appreciate what Ive does. For everyone who loves Macs and iPods and iPhones for their intuition, for their clean aesthetics, for their leading edge, elegant functionality, Ive is the man who made technology both beautiful and accessible.

Read more.

Published: May. 25th, 2008. Categorized: Text. Tagged: Apple, Design, Ives

The function of art

Art is the most complex, vitalizing and civilizing of human actions. Thus it is of biological necessity. Art sensitizes man to the best that is immanent in him through an intensified expression involving many layers of experience. Out of them art forms a unified manifestation, like dreams which are composed of the most diverse source material subconsciously crystallized. It tries to produce a balance of the social, intellectual and emotional existence; a synthesis of attitudes and opinions, fears and hopes. Art has two faces, the biological and the social, the one toward the individual and the other toward the group. By expressing fundamental validities and common problems, art can produce a feeling of coherence. This is its social function which leads to a cultural synthesis as well as to a continuation of human civilization. Today, lacking the patterning and refinement of emotional impulses through the arts, uncontrolled, inarticulate and brutally destructive ways of release have become commonplace. Unused energies, subconscious frustrations, create the psychopathic borderline cases of neurosis. Art as expression of the individual can be a remedy of sublimation of aggressive impulses. Art educates the receptive faculties and it revitalises the creative abilities. In this way art is rehabilitation therapy through which confidence in one’s creative abilities can be restored.
László Moholy-Nagy, Vision in Motion, Chicago 1947, p.28.

Published: May. 14th, 2008. Categorized: Text. Tagged: Art

Luc Melanson Illustration



Luc Melanson Illustration

Published: May. 14th, 2008. Categorized: Visual. Tagged: Illustration, Portfolio

Typeface Connection Visualization


Typeface connection visualization tool by So, Won-young

Published: May. 14th, 2008. Categorized: Visual. Tagged: Typography

New Work magazine 1



Link. Via FFF.

Published: Apr. 29th, 2008. Categorized: Visual. Tagged: Magazine, Typography

Robots made from sans-serif fonts


Via BoingBoing and Monoscope.

Published: Apr. 29th, 2008. Categorized: Visual. Tagged: Typography

Vintage Logos


Collection of vintage logos from a mid-70's edition of the book World of Logotypes

Vintage Logos - a set on Flickr

Published: Apr. 28th, 2008. Categorized: Visual. Tagged: Logo, Vintage

David Byun Photography


More great work at his site

Published: Apr. 28th, 2008. Categorized: Visual. Tagged: Photography, Portraits

A Primer in Social Media

Although definitions vary, a few key characteristics are common amongst social media platforms. Most of these properties thrive on the notion of participation and making connections. Part of this is informed by the notion of a flat community, in which all parties engage in open dialogue. Influence and credibility are prized in this arena, as the user’s reputation can often be a key motivator for one to remain active in the dialogue.

Published: Apr. 22nd, 2008. Categorized: Text. Tagged: Social media, Social networking

Kohler Karbon Faucet

With its clean, crisp lines, the Karbon articulating faucet introduces a new geometry of versatile functionality to the kitchen. Intelligently engineered to hold any pose for hands-free operation, Karbon allows you to streamline your work surfaces and workflow. You can extend the faucet fully to fill large pots, lower it into the sink for food preparation and cleanup, fold it compactly out of the way when not in use, or position it anywhere in between.

Published: Apr. 20th, 2008. Categorized: Objects. Tagged: Home

Dance of the Angels

Published: Apr. 19th, 2008. Categorized: Auditory. Tagged: Laos, Music, Thailand

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