Thursday, February 25, 2010

Teach Your Unorganized Life Who's Boss With Teux Deux. #in

The last thing I need in my life is another app or web service. But, I gave Teux Deux a try because it was designed by my old friend Tina (swissmiss) from NYC.

I seriously can't live without it now. It's so perfectly simple. Check it out.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thursday=Nerdsday - Real Foursquare Merit Badges

I have a love/hate relationship with Foursquare. Actually "love" may be an overstatement. It's more like intrigue. I do get sucked into the routine of checking in, but the competitive part of service doesn't interest me. Seriously, if you get fired up by trying to check in at more places/more times than your friends, you need a sport.

Honestly, I'm not really sure why I use Foursquare. I'm not at all interested in where my "friends" are and am sure they don't care where I am. Let's chalk it up to "see where it's going."

Anyway, a company called Nerd Merit Badges is planning on making the dreams of socially needy nerds come true. Soon backpacks and jean jackets from Washington Square Park to Venice Beach will be littered with Foursquare badges. You can also get their Laptop Sash if that's more your style.

The badges aren't available yet, but you can follow @nerdmeritbadges on Twitter for updates. Stay strong.

(via Mashable)


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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Secrets of 20 Famous Fonts

Check out the fonts and designers of some of the world's most recognizable logos.


(via PSFK)

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Friday, February 12, 2010

App Makes Buying Local a Breeze #in

Found this App while riding the "Food, Inc." bandwagon. Toot Toot.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Snickers Satisfied at the Super Bowl

Awesome game. Lame spots.

My wife and friends got incredibly tired of me saying, "What the hell was that?" at the end of most every commercial. There were a few highlights.

A few thoughts:

1. The Doritos crowdsourcing concept worked, as the "bark collar"
spot rated 2nd on the USA Today Ad Meter. Was it only funny because
the other ads sucked? Too easy for my taste.

2. The Snickers spot was an incredible rebound after getting
bashed a few years ago for the "mechanics making out" spot. Who
doesn't love Betty White?

3. Sex still sells with Megan Fox, Beyonce and Danica Patrick. And it's still
really boring, easy and creatively sad.

4. I wanted to like the Coca-Cola/Simpsons spot but was totally let down at
the end. What happened, again?

5. Budweiser needs to retire the Clydesdale spots. The warm and fuzzies
have worn off.

6. Loved the simplicity and clear utility of Google's "Parisian Love Ad." Who
knew typing on TV could be so romantic?

7. The movie trailers were awesome for the most part. Can't wait to see
Alice in Wonderland, Robin Hood and Wolfman.

Check all the spots out here:

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Oldspice's Manmercials - Not Your Dad's Humor

Over the past few years, Old Spice has been doing everything they can to get us to forget that our dads used their products. And it's working. Really funny stuff and great production.

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The Right Way to Wireframe #in

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thursday = Nerdsday. The Force is with your feet. Or not. #in

The new Star Wars influenced line of sneakers from Adidas has me confused. On one hand, I appreciate the subtle design cues that connect each shoe to its Star Wars element/character. On the other, I wonder if the designs go far enough - so that you "get it" at first glance? If you forget for a second that they're based on Star Wars, are you just left with an ugly pair of shoes? Some remind me of British Knights of the 80's.

What do you think?

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