Saturday, October 4, 2008

RainbowMermaid Etsy experience

and she has rainbow bright!!! I am in childhood heaven!

Web 2.0 logos

was reading an article on The Font Feed about typefaces that are used in Web 2.0 logo design. 

I thought it was really interesting because it identified the typefaces that some of the most commonly used social networking sites, and online programs use in their logos, and I pretty much recognized all of the names, and some of the typefaces.

For instance: 
MySpace's logo fonts are Arial Rounded Bold and Bell Gothic Black
Flickr is just Frutiger Black uses a typeface called Alternative Gothic No. 2
Wikipedia uses Hoefler Text
Skype uses Helvetica Rounded Bold....

I think I can do this!

Emigre Magazine

Just realized--or discovered--that Emigre used to have a magazine when I was reading about Non-Format. 

looks like they had a really nice run -- from 1984-2005. Just falling short of my entry into the design world (rats!). Some of their magazine editions are available for purchase from Emigre's website...though seems that most of them have been claimed throughout the design community.

Reason I got there was Non-Format design firm mentioned that their name is derived from an Emigre magazine (Emigre 57), which read as follows:

In an age when the boundaries of geography, gender, vocation, style, art and politics continue to bend and blur, no area has gone through as rigorous a transformation as the physical storage of data, leaving in its track a slew of obsolete formats.
Designed and edited by Amsterdam's Experimental Jetset, Emigre 57 is an homage to lost formats—a celebration of customized mixtapes, obscure computer discs, and forgotten standards. The issue, while questioning its own physical manifestation as a magazine, reminds us how once each format used to contain its own specific data, while today the CD/DVD format is capable of containing ALL data, setting the stage for the final step, the mythical non-format.

was thinking about this with respect to my linguistic expression class...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Stop & Shop

they did change the Stop & Shop logo - and I really don't know why. Seems to me that the original identity makes more sense. The new one seems like a tropical something or other....although according to many seems that most like the new one. Also found some history on Stop & Shop, which only made it to Long Island 8 years ago when it bought out Grand Union. Weird thing is....Stop & Shop has a supermarket called "Big G" (Grand Union I think)....just keep our old name!

Anywho. Stop & Shop has seen it's fair share of logo treatments.

reminder to self 

teach self dreamweaver


to continue my musical education, I recently found a website called SongKick - currently still in Beta - that you can link to your itunes to help locate local shows with bands you may like, and find new artists. 

I quite like their purple interface, and it seems to be very user friendly. Unfortunately, I realized that two bands I really want to see are touring to ever city around Atlanta....but not to Atlanta....why?

Seeqpod, Ourstage and Linguistic Experience

Another quarter, new projects.

First class - called Linguistic Experience. Seems that the focus will be on how to communicate ideas to a client. And as always, it begins with us making up a company to communicate about, both visually and verbally.

I decided to go the route of music this time. I haven't done that one in a while....I have bicycles, Bible, made up band, 9/11, magical realism, Marat/ it is time for internet and music.

Unfortunately, it seems that every company I try to make-up already exists!! I guess I am going to have to create a competitor instead!!!

In the meantime, I am discovering a lot about music filesharing online, and how new independent artists are using the web to DIY their way to success...and I got to find out a little about Sub Pop's History

The website that is closest to what I was proposing on creating is called Though, a Wired Blog article  had a response about Ourstage back in 2007 that said: is on the right direction, but at present, it lacks the necessary audience to become a site that reflects a general consensus on good music.Any band can tell members and members can tell friends to go judge and offset the balance between quality and poor quality music.
At merely 500K unique visitors per month, is nowhere near the almost 50 million unique visitors commands.But, it's precisely that number of audience that this site would need in order to become the relevant site and music source it aspires to be.
One need to check on each music category the song positions to discover that it makes no sense whatsoever.
Beautiful or great music can be found at the bottom of each chart while real garbage can be found on the top 40.
The reason again is not enough audience and too many musicians and band members and friends of band members, tampering with the judging process.
One possible solution to eliminate this, is to offer no money or prizes and thus, only people with real interest in the judging process would be interested in participating.Most songs after entered, move usually 9 positions at a time depending on a 3 level voting scheme: "I Like it (1) slightly, (2) more and (3) by far".Songs move also, by virtue that others are being judged and displaced from their previous positions.In the end, the computation is erratic at best and even chaotic, but one thing they got to quickly correct was, not allowing musicians to enter 2 songs on the same music category.
This presented the problem that the songs would occasionally show up competing one against the other.It maybe a great way to promote, but by far absolutely inaccurate at ranking good music.Let's hope this catches one because only millions of users could make judging a more balanced process.Otherwise, as a user, I really don't take offense in seeing my tunes ranking at 1000 on the site, so you shouldn't either.Don't upload anything here if you have a big ego.Thanks for reading.

I was also looking at Platform One Entertainment which led me to a filesharing site called SeeqPod which led me to the ability to embed songs here I think, like so:

it has been a fun internet day. Glory to web browsing

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Palin and SNL

you need to look at this...
o wait... here it is...

How can you vote for that?

the best part is, they didn't even need a script. Taking her words verbatim was funny enough!!!