Love Letter to Fusion
I’ve been working up the courage to tell you this for a while now. Maybe you’ve already guessed it — I have a crush on you.
I know we haven’t known each other for very long, but the time we spend together is amazing. You’ve taught me so many new things and now that I’ve met you I feel like I can do anything. You challenge me and I like that, because when I’m around you I want to be the best version of myself.
Most importantly, we have fun together. We’ve had adventures and made memories that I know will last me a lifetime.
I hope I’m not coming on too strong, but when I wake up in the morning, it’s you I think about and I can’t wait until we’re together again. I know we won’t be seeing as much of each other soon, and that makes me a little sad … but I remind myself that you’re not going to be out of my life completely. I hope it’s OK if I come visit for lunches, a game of ping pong, or just to see what’s new.
I guess in the end what I really wanted to say was thanks for everything, now that I’ve met you, the future looks bright.
Stop and Smell the Sawdust
Four easy steps to designing and building your own social media site.
If you’re a creative professional and you ever find that the ephemeral advertising/marketing/graphic design world that the fruits of your labour live and (usually pretty quickly) die in is needing a little out-of-office boost this project might be right up your alley.
Step 1: rescue castoff old headboard from your father’s woodpile
Step 2: deconstruct (discovering six beautiful oak boards and maple bedposts under the awful, thick, poop-brown stain – notice that the backs of the oak boards, unfinished, and with pronounced saw marks, are actually way nicer than the “finished” side – then while looking at your pile of wood start to imagine
Step 3: recruit a cardboard box to help hold up your deconstructed pieces and using the pictures in your head start moving the wood around (having a few clamps to hold stuff together will be an asset)
Step 4: add poplar accents in tribute to the woodpile, tweak idea, cut wood to finished sizes, assemble, paint and stain.
You’ll find that limited tools and even less experience in woodworking needn’t hold you back. Lessons learned from your career – about things like contrast, scale and proportion – will prove to be beneficial. And in the end, you’ll have a mobile social media device that could even outlive Instagram, Twitter, Facebook et al. If used correctly it will be a site where you can combine pretty much all social media – keep in touch with your freinds – talk about the news – share your likes – network – and you’ll even straighten your neck, smell smells and touch something other than a flat piece of glass – with no limits on words or characters or data.
Taking time to stop and smell the roses did me a world of good.
(I acknowledge the irony in the fact that I’ve had to resort to using social media to make a cheeky statement about social media.) (What effect will using the word poop in this story have on our search engine optimization?)
Yes, I’m a hater.
As most Canadians already know, Winnipeg was in the nation’s spotlight last week as we played host to the 103rd Grey Cup game. At his state-of-the-union address in the days leading up to the big game commissioner Jeffrey Orridge unveiled a new logo and promotional video branded with the slogan “What we’re made of” for the Canadian Football League.
The image on the left is the new CFL logo, accompanied in the row by its direct descendants. The three laces in the new symbol, the unveil told, are a nod to the three downs in the Canadian game. Will anyone seeing it for the first time without explanation pick that out? I doubt it. And didn’t graphic designers already exhaust the slivered arc in logos much earlier this century? The presence of the maple leaf, the unveil also told, is proudly Canadian, though I find it disproportionately tiny and insignificant. The claim was that the new logo is modern and young (of which I am neither) so they may not care what I think. But I am a passionate fan and know that my first reaction is similar to most of the reactions I’ve heard and read – I don’t like it. In fact, my first reaction was “I hate it.”
In fairness to the league, the new logo was easy to read from a distance on the field. And though the promo spot didn’t do much for me when I first saw it on my iPad I thought it, and the logo, looked great in high def on a large flatscreen during the game.
The league hopes the brand transformation will bring new, younger fans to a game that has flatlined in attendance and dropped in television ratings of late. The new marketing efforts will include apparel from adidas (I saw a guy wearing a hat with the new logo so large I’d need a five head, not a forehead, to make it wearable), and there will be revamped websites and mobile apps for the league and its teams to better connect with fans. As a sports fan in general, and huge fan of our three down football, real-time statistical updates and league information at my fingertips is something I desire. I’ve always felt in past that the CFL was lacking in fulfilling that desire.
The league’s new website (cfl.ca) launches on Wednesday. “There will be more to come. Much more to come,” is what Orridge said at the unveil.
I’m hoping he can deliver on that promise and I’m sure I’ll eventually warm up to the new brand. I really hate being a hater.
OS X: The Chief Update.
To my delight, Apple just released its next iteration of the ever-evolving OS X. I generally get very excited about the most miniscule updates and improvements in software and UI, so today’s release of ‘El Capitan’ was no exception.
So what’s diff with El Capitan? The new ‘custom font’ still makes me feel uncomfortable… Apple. But, I understand it’s been hitting the accessibility gym hard. A hiding menu bar, split view, a flat ‘spinning wheel of death’, new Notes app, improved Spotlight, pinning Safari tabs, and maps including transit routes are a few noteworthy changes.
However, my favorite feature has to be Safari’s new ‘Develop’ tools. It has a responsive design mode within Safari that lets you quickly, and easily, test out a page design using different user agent strings, screen sizes, and device types. So neat, I'll be putting this functionality to the test asap.
Anyone loving or loathing the new San Francisco system font?
Sidebar: El Capitan (spanish for The Captain, The Chief) is a peak in the Yosemite Valley, California; 7,564 feet.
I did a logotype for the toilet paper roll.
Typographic genuis? Or just a crap idea?