Social media is abuzz with how Microsoft is (again) derivative and playing the copy cat and how much “cooler” Apple is. In all of this posturing and finger pointing a few familiar photos kept cropping up and it’s sparked a revelation from my Apple days.
In Steve’s Hands
I remember watching the presentation of the first iPad launch and thinking something was odd about the placement of Steve’s hands. Something seemed so unnatural and odd. It wasn’t until I saw photos from Sunday’s presentation that I realized what Steve was up to. Look at the placement of Steve Balmer’s hands underneath the Microsoft Surface tablet. You see it again in Steven Sinofsky’s hands in the Internet explorer demo.
Everything we need to know about these products are communicated in these pictures. Steve Jobs’ iPad seems to float in the air, suspended lightly from either side. While the Surface is light enough to hold with one hand, the weight of the product is communicated in the posture of those who hold it. Those of us with an original iPad know it’s not light as a feather but Steve Job’s posture and position seem to communicate something futuristic and etherial about the iPad. In fact the iPad 1 is heavier than the Microsoft Surface but one wouldn’t know it from Steve Jobs’ posture. If this were any other technology company I wouldn’t think to analyze such a minute detail but knowing what we know about Steve Jobs I’m sure most of us wouldn’t put it past him. Did he really think about how the photos of the iPad would appear in every article published? If so it’s a marvelous coup where Steve’s able to best his competitors even from the grave.
(via Surfing With The Alien)
“An excellent 26-minute talk by Jonathan Hoefler of the Hoefler & Frere-Jones about how they think about designing typefaces and webfonts in particular.”
I simultaneously am fascinated and frustrated by typophiles. There’s something intrinsically endearing and respectable about their OCD-like focus. At the same time I know I haven’t the patience to be one of them.
I never knew there was an end to the Parrot Sketch. If you haven’t seen it in full, you must watch the original first. If you’re like me and you’ve seen it a kagillion times then you’ll probably get as much humor as I did out of the 1989 version.
K. I know I’m a big nerd already but I think these pillows are just the bees knees! So cool looking plus inexpensive! Do want!
FOUND Magazine’s Denim and Diamonds Tour 2009! last night at ICE in lower Manhattan, was quite enjoyable. Though I had heard of the concept of Found and seen an issue here and there, I did not know quite what to expect. If you’re unfamiliar, Found is a yearly published magazine whose content is derived solely from material that is discovered almost exclusively by accident. That crumpled piece of paper blowing down the street, the receipt someone carelessly discarded, perhaps a fax sent to the wrong number. Maybe it’s a love letter, maybe it’s someone begging for forgiveness, maybe it’s a ransom note.
While the prospect of riffling through the detritus of someone’s personal life seems appealing in isolation, turning pages in a magazine, what could possibly happen in a live show? It turns out a lot. Davy Rothbart one of the geniuses behind the magazine, also has This American Life credentials and an excellent stage presence. His knack for recreating a sense of discovery while reciting, on stage, found items, really exemplifies the joy that is embodied in the magazine and is bottom-line entertaining.
To wonder about the origins and stories behind some of the lost love letters & to-do lists is part of the wonder of reading them and Davy extols that virtue. But the point isn’t only to wonder, but also create. Davy said, “I love to get the first reactions people have to found items.” Some might be one liners but Peter Rothbart writes songs. Peter is Davy’s brother and for part of the show performs some songs, on guitar, based upon found items. For the third act, The Story Pirates actually acted out — in full costume — two sketches based upon found notes.
I talked with Davy after the show and what we seemed to connect to was this idea that there is a real joy to be open to the idea of discovery, but an even greater one to create new work out of it. Though this article I’m writing is a kind of work unto itself, I think I’ll consider it more of just a gut reaction.
If you get a chance to see FOUND Magazine’s Denim and Diamonds Tour 2009! absolutely take advantage!
Jason Santa Maria lays out some very interesting queries here, but seems to lack answers. Here he speaks to why visual appeal is very much alive in print media, but lacking in online layouts. He argues some pretty compelling points about things that work for and against both mediums but seems at a loss to explain why more attention isn’t paid to design online.
Interesting discussion if you design for the web.
Kim inspired me to dig through the archive to find the oldest digital photo of myself. This one comes from Christmas Eve 2003 when I would have been 23 (still older than Kim :/ ). I don’t even believe I owned a digital camera at this point so not sure where this came from. Though I still have that shirt and wear it often.
I find this especially hilarious.
(via Married to the Sea)
Woah! That Chameleon is pretty hip … and he’s got a pair of retro sunglasses to go with each outfit! Speaking of being hip, what’s with videos of lizards being paired with trendy music?
There are just so many layers of awesomeness in this painting. Part of a collection of artifacts from Neverland ranch being auctioned off.
I’m sort of surprised by how many words on the list I recognize since they all seem to have a slant towards various subcultures. Unfortunately the article also has pointed me towards yet another podcast to subscribe to.. sigh.. information overload.