Do, Doing, Done
A few random bits, facts, meanderings, and other delusions from the sleep-deprived.
This past Friday we went to settlement on our house, and 101 signatures or initialings later, it was ours. The weekend was spent tearing up carpets and ripping up thousands upon thousands of staples. My hands are still twitching as I type this. We managed to funnel all of our anger in effigy towards the previous owner, a less than handy man who cut every corner he could find. Thankfully, all of our friends don’t seem to mind working for pizza and beer. There is still a lot to do before we can move next week, but we are now officially homeowners.
A new social bookmarking service called Ma.gnolia launched last week. Ma.gnolia enters into a crowded space, though has some great features to help set them apart, my favorite being the page cache for each bookmark you add. The attractive people at Happy Cog were asked to create the site: Tanya Rabourn (information architecture), Erin Kissane (brand direction), Greg Storey (interface design), Eric Meyer (CSS and markup), Jeffrey Zeldman (creative direction), and me (logo/brand design). As for my part, I’m not usually big on things replacing an “o” in a logo, but this one worked well enough to hold up. Logos really aren’t my strongest suit, but I thought the three rough logo options we presented the client with (one, two, and the third being the one that eventually got picked) all came out nicely. The site is pretty sexy and has some good community/group features as well. Make sure you check it out!
South By Southwest is just over two weeks away and I am shaking with excitement. I had such a blast last year between meeting everyone and raiding the free hotel breakfast each morning that I knew I would be coming back. Somehow this year I ended up on two panels. So they will at least have two tries to get my name right. My first panel is called “Traditional Design and New Technology” and is on Saturday, March 11th from 10:00am-11:00am. I will be joining some very attractive people including Mark Boulton, Khoi Vinh, Toni Greaves, and Liz Danzico. We will discuss traditional design and culture from the past and its place online.
My second panel is called “Holistic Web Design: Finding the Creative Balance in Multi-Disciplined Teams” and is on Sunday, March 12th from 5:00pm-6:00pm. I really lucked out and will once again be joining more attractive people like Garrett Dimon, Shaun Inman, Carl Sieber, and Eris Stassi. We will reveal our process as we redesign a site before your eyes. Ok, it won’t be a live redesign since we only have an hour, but we will show you what we did from start to finish.
Feel free to attend either, or better yet, both. Regardless, make sure you come say hi. I usually don’t scream too loud or punch too hard when I first meet people. That special treatment is reserved for old friends. The SXSW schedule just went online today, so plan accordingly.