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Let's try again shall we?
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Part of the Summer Of Design Books series.
The internet is like razor blades. At the moment we're on 2.0 blades, soon there will be 3.0 blades and someone somewhere is working on 4.0 blades.
Which reminds me, if you work at Gilette or something and you're the 4 blades guy, how bad would it feel when you meet the 5 blades guy at the Christmas party. And if the 6 blades guy is there as well?
So this balloon thing, good or annoying?
I've wasted a decent amount of time playing it today and I've had fun. I was even 5th at one point! But I can totally understand that it's very annoying seeing all those balloons when you arrive at this site.
On the internet some people seem a little confused by it (I was at first) and some people seem very annoyed with it all. What do you think?
I've made a list of what I think are good and bad points.
It's genuinely fun when you start playing. It takes a while to get into it but once you do it's quite addictive. And I've never seen anything like it before.
It doesn't seem impossible. A lot of online competitions feel like you've got absolutely no chance of winning, this one doesn't feel like that.
The techie stuff is very, very clever. If you stop and think - what they're doing is pretty amazing and it's being done well and pretty slickly too.
It looks gorgeous. By that I mean the craft, the edges of the balloons, the little balloon loading bar, the detail on the strings - all fantastically well done.
There's no getting round the fact that basically it's annoying when you visit a site you love and all these balloons are there. I know you can click it off and I like it when I'm playing the game, but it's not hard to envisage people getting annoyed at this.
It's a little clunky. I mean a teeny, weeny, weeny bit clunky. Because what they're trying to pull off is so complex I can forgive a bit of clunkyness. But still, the clunk is there.
Sometimes it repeats that "your balloon has left this site" thing twice. I refer to my point above.
I'd just like to know whether you, my beloved listeners, find the balloons annoying on this site. Should I take them off?
I'm terribly sorry but the Museum visit on Wednesday is canceled. Well, I'm not going, you of course can go without me. The was always one meeting that I'd have to cancel this for and that one meeting is on Wednesday morning.
I'll try and arrange for another time.
I went to the brand new St Pancras station the other day. It really is a lovely place. What struck me most was the graphic design of the station clock.
The original St Pancras clock was made by a company called Dent who also made the clock for Big Ben. This was sold to an American for £250 in the 1970s. Workmen dropped it
during its removal and an engine driver bagged up the
bits, which were crucial in making an exact replica for the new station.
The clock itself is a lovely thing, all slate and gold leaf. It's quite dynamic and graphic with all those diamond shapes. But what I really liked was how they've used the clock, digitally, throughout the station.
Here it is on the interactive information boards. They didn't have to do that, but it's a nice stylish little touch. It also adds a slight classy feel to those otherwise fairly soulless interactive boards. It helps to slow down the feel of the constantly changing information.
And here it is again on the announcement board thing. Good stuff.
That my friends is what we call Tangible Digital. Sort of.
I've got loads of design books that I ought to read. Like, properly read. Not just skim through them or leave them by the side of the bed or in the bathroom. Actually read them.
So I'm going to do that this summer. And then I'm going to give a brief report on this blog. It won't be a review, it's just be a few notes on what I've garnered from the book.
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UPDATE: I think Typepad have changed it so that guest authors have to log in with an email address and not a neat username. But hold on a minute, I'm on the case.
This is a good thing.
Yesterday I saw an ad on the Underground, with a picture of a whale, made from the Tube map promoting whale saving. More specifically promoting the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
There are three animals on a series of posters.
That's just a good thing, isn't it? Pictures of whales made from Tube maps, whale saving charity, Underground media sites. Cheap, clever, good, nice. Good.
I've always wanted to go here, and so have loads of other people. But I (we) never quite get round to it. So how d'you fancy a group visit?
I was thinking Wednesday 25th June at 10am. Who's up for that? We'll all just meet outside, have a look around and then maybe go for a coffee or sommits afterwards? If you're interested drop your name in the comments.
Already the suggestions for Unofficial Official Interesting 2008 Branded Item ideas are flooding in.
You could, for example, get your Moleskine engraved with the logo. They even do the spine. And they look fucking amazing.
You could also rework the logo like Alistair has just done. Great stuff.