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Design Inspiration: Products I Love

So here are a series of products I love for either their design aesthetics, or how clever they are. (If anyone can tell me how to make slideshows again I’d really appreciate it because this whole gallery thing is just ridiculous!)

The Facebook Copyright Hoax

I don’t know about any of you, but I saw this on one of my dear friends facebook statuses today and it caused me to get a little nervous:

In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention).
For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!
(Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place
them under protection of copyright laws.

By the present communiqué, I notify Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The aforementioned prohibited actions also apply to employees, students, agents and/or any staff under Facebook’s direction or control. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of my privacy is punished by law (UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).

Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are recommended to publish a notice like this, or if you prefer, you may copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status updates.

Being an artists, graphic designer, and photographer, I know better than to post any of my most personal info and artistic content on Facebook. Having a healthy caution of putting things on the internet is the first step to being a responsible patron of the online community (and respect of yourself). However, whenever I heard of things like this I always tend to get a little paranoid. So, I do what I do best, and take a little peek at the online news to see if I can find enough reliable resources to validate or refute the statements. Turns out this whole thing is a hoax and honestly, you cannot refute the contract via facebook status. That’s not how the law and copyright works friends (and if anyone seriously thought that it did then you’ve been seriously uneducated). Also how can you refute facebook’s ownership with a status when they own the statuses you put up?
If you are interested in legally putting your work under Copyright then please visit the U.S. Copyright Office website for more information on going through the proper channels. For more info on the Hoax and facebook policies read your Facebook Terms of Agreement, and view these helpful articles:

3D Printing: How it works.

This visual below by the folks at HighTable.com gives an excellent understanding of 3D printing technology. Though you’d like to see it.


Mac Users Pay More?

If you’re a Mac user you know some of the connotations that go along with Macs. Yes, they’re expensive. Yes, many wealthy schools and people have Macs. Yes, Apple is a large company that has made quite a bit of money on their flashy (aka beautiful) products and unique marketing scheme. But, is that really cause for making people pay more online?

Yes, you heard me correctly.

Being a Mac user I can’t say that I’ve come across this problem. Mostly because the site found to have done this kind of marketing was Orbiz, which is a site I don’t particularly use, because I’ve not needed to book hotels before. But several articles from US News, CNN, and CNet have given information about this type of business practice, one that I find personally to be unethical. The CEO of Orbitz comments on the matter (From CNNs report):

“CEO Barney Harford told CNN that Orbitz recommendation results are part of an attempt to pair customers with the hotel they’d probably pick. In this case, Orbitz will offer recommendations based on what other PC or other Mac users selected as their final hotel, on the assumption that spending habits are the same, he said.

“What we have found is … that Mac users are 40% more likely to book four- or five-star hotels than PC users,” Harford said. “That lines up with (the fact that) Mac users are typically more willing to spend more money on higher-end computers.”

Now when one reads this 40% is a pretty high number. But, what if you consider that 40% of students are the purchasers of Mac computers? According to SeattlePi reports, Microsoft hasn’t been very attractive to this new generation. Though the information is almost 2 years old the trend is apparent on college campuses, coffee shops, and cyber cafes across the nation. Students are a fairly large sum of mac users, and I ask why should they pay more? Aren’t loans enough to pay off?

Of course this is all here-say as well, there is still a lot of information that isn’t accounted for. There is still that 60% of Mac users to take into account. There is still the fact that some people receive Macs as gifts like I did with mine (I’d like to know what % that is). But, regardless of that information, it causes a kind of socioeconomic profiling that I simply cannot reconcile, even if it’s for the sake of marketing. It’s almost as bad as The Nations report on how women pay more for everyday items (even medical insurance) than men do. It’s simply unreasonable. If  The United States is a nation that stands for equality, then why are we being reduced  to stereotypes based off something as small as the kind of computers we use? Why do human lives and choices have dollar signs all over them at all? All I know from this information is I won’t be using Orbitz anytime soon…or later in my life.

BioLite: a Light in Dark Times

Since Hurricane Sandy relief efforts simply cannot roll in fast enough, but thankfully there are some local groups that have been more than helpful in maintaining balance in little ways…literally little ways. Recently I saw a report on the news (I think it was CNN or something like that) on an up and coming company known as Biolite who has been doing its part to use this revolutionary stove to help better mankind.

This little stove is probably one of the coolest little devices I’ve ever seen. As a person who enjoys being outdoors often, I can see how much such a simple device can have such a big impact on emergency situations. This little stove not only uses a small amount of wooden materials and twigs to power the perfect kettle sized stove for cooking, but it also has an electrical outlet on one side for plugging in small appliances…which is electrically powered by the burning of the fire in the stove.

Biolite played an active roll in help relieve some of the minor electrical problems during Hurricane Sandy, and has donated and sold many small stoves to persons in need . Their efforts not only helped us here at home, but in third world nations across the world (for more info about their world impact click here).

I find it encouraging that there are companies using their technological advancements for the betterment of humanity. More over, it’s good to see technological advances that can provide lasting change in nations where basic things we use in the USA can be taken for granted. Something as simple as a single electrical outlet on a practical stove, can cut the time it takes not only to boil water to clean it in nations where water contamination is prevalent, but also give access to things that those in need never had before. This stove can save lives by properly cooking food and reducing health risks in Africa, as well as provide power to a sewing machine to help a young woman make clothing to sell. Or provide heat in the cold as well as to charge a cellphone or radio in a desperate town in Costal New York.

Design Resources: Tutorial Sites

So…I know it has been quite a long time and…I have no good excuse except…you know…I have a life. I’ve sold my soul to Graphic Design for good…so expect a lot more gaps in my posts.

So I’ve come to a decision. I like designing. I like it very much. So much that I think everyone ought to become a Graphic Designer. Now I know many of you aren’t able to go to school and build resources and networks (because it’s far too expensive and I feel for/with those of you who have loans). So I offer you a little thing I like to call “free stuff” (why, yes that is a technical term). So to help you out (because I’m a nice person and Thanksgiving has put me in a giving mood) here are a few resources to help you find out how to do whatever the heck it is you wanna get designed.

Here you go…be thankful:

Method and Craft Tutorials

VectorTuts-  For All Your Illustrating Needs

NetTuts- Web Tutorials for Web Design

Adobe Tutorials

PSD Tuts- Free Graphic Design Theory Lessons (some of you need this more than others)



Summer Wars: Impact of Dependency

First off, apologies for not posting much. Summer is crazy between work and well…work. Oh, the joys of being the intern.

Second, if you love computer ethics, never really thought about your imprint on a technological scale,  and/or love anime…you may want to see this film. One of the most thought provoking films I’ve seen concerning the possible impacts that large internet powers (like Google and Facebook) can actually have on society that is totally dependent on them. Especially when things go terribly wrong.

**Warning: Watching this film may give you warm fuzzy feelings you may not feel comfortable with. Not recommended for children due to strong language and mild adult humor.**

Hope you’re all having an awesome summer. Peace!

Brown is Nothing but Dark Beige

Brown is Nothing but Dark Beige

Let’s combine nerdiness and design! Marketing departments always have long discussions about color, and Dungeons & Dragons is no exception. Check out Jon Schindehette’s article about the color design of the franchise and the difficulties of dealing with period items.

Design Inspiration: iPad Style

The iPad has become more and more popular in the design field. Its versatility, portability and variety of services, help designers keep track of their schedules, stay in touch with clients, and help keep inspiration at their fingertips. But, what does one do when looking for iPad covers? Look for the best and sweetest designs of course.

These are some of my favorite iPad covers.

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Pinterest Users Beware

Found this article about Pinterest recently, that you may want to look at if you’re a Pinterest user.  Click here.


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