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Snomageddonopocolypse 2011 [Update 2]

So much to share with everyone!

Flickr Photos and Video:

My Vimeo Channel includes four videos right now:

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/19465885[/vimeo] [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/19465861[/vimeo] [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/19484554[/vimeo] [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/19668190[/vimeo] [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/19668070[/vimeo]

Uncondoned sign alterations

I don’t think anyone should deface signs, but if you didn’t see these subtle alterations to the “Falling Ice” signs outside the Harold Washington Library, here’s your chance.


When you spend an hour unburying your car from the Snowmageddon, you want to make sure your spot is there. So you do dibs on your space. It’s an unspoken law in Chicago and it’s a subject of some controversy. Here are some I found today. I will call them dibs props.

Apple vs The World

I have a love/hate relationship with Apple as many of you well know. I have been a card-carrying Mac user since I first used a LC II at the Canton Public Library all the way to my 15″ MacBook Pro, arguably the best laptop I have ever used.

But I am really discouraged by the news feeds today. I read about Virgin Atlantic’s decision to remove Flash on their website so that it would work better with the iPhone.


I don’t have an iPhone and it’s not because I don’t like the iPhone. It’s because I don’t like the culture that has been created around it. The fact that a company would alter their entire website to work on a phone that few people access on their mobiles is beyond me. Going so far as to suggest that Flash is “limiting” is beyond Saturn (the planet). Without it, web video sites like YouTube and Vimeo wouldn’t have taken off as much as it has.

On the other hand, moving websites away from Flash makes sense. I am encoraged by a future in which HTML5 sites replaced platform-specific apps to deliver a consistent browser experience across devices and platforms.

And that’s the reason VA should have given: design once and reuse. But let’s do it for the right reasons… Not because you want to pander to one device and manufacturer.

Virgin: Wipe the brown stuff on your nose. Steve obviously stopped too quickly.

Keeping warm, carrying on in Wicker Park

I have been seeing adaptations of the “Keep calm and carry on” posters all over the city. According to Wikipedia, these were never produced. Instead their resurgence has been as recent as 10 years ago.

It seems a fitting mantra for me as a Buddhist and for everyone these increasingly unpredictable times. I admire its message but also the timelessness of the design and the typography. A quick search on the Interwebs reveals that P22’s Underground Pro is the closest font. Gorgeous.

If this is all too serious, check out this site instead.

My visit to Critical Mass


As part of the AIGA Chicago Small Talk series, I visited Critical Mass last night and boy did I learn a lot. Here are some of the notes I took:

  • They think multi-channel distribution to all creative and they have a department that deals with that.
  • They do a lot of persona research, which is great for us creatives to visualize the audience.
  • One of the folks in the audience asked how to keep up with the latest trends and how they do it. They responded by literally keeping up on latest sites like FWA. Similarly, they suggest that folks new to social media get immersed in it by starting small and working your way up.
  • I asked about selling a challenging proposition to clients. They recommended quick prototying and clickable wireframes to get the point across. Also, you always want to continiously educate clients on what’s out there and what is the next big thing. You don’t want to wait until the presentation to show them.
  • Their distribution on teams: 5-10 creatives per team, additional 5-10 developers. And that was for a small budget. It always depends, of course.

Their space is really neat. I didn’t want to take photos inside because it would freak them out, but suffice it to say it’s very collaborative with waist-high work spaces and a big, open space for gathering (which is where the presentation was held). Be sure to check out their work.

Birthday surprise

Birthday surprise

We are taking the boys home after a beautiful night of projected, Indian movie and brownie bliss. This is the view of the federal prison from the west side, unlike the eastern view from Peter’s apartment.