Google’s put out a call for ideas to change the world, and they’ve introduced it with this adorable little video. They’re pledging $10 million to fund up to five of the best ideas, though the winners get nothing but warm fuzzies and good karma (and it might look good on a resume, but that’s not why you should do it!) Find out more here and submit your ideas here. You can also create a 30 sec. youtube video to illustrate your idea. Any attempt to change the world for the better gets a thumbs up from me.

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I’m fascinated by infographic design. Perspctv is a constantly updating site that charts news, blog, and twitter mentions of McCain and Obama as we approach the election.

This project presents different perspectives in our world, including that of Mainstream media and user-generated content on the Internet. Explore the similarities and the disparities, hear the many voices that have emerged and choose which view, if any, makes the most sense to you. What we think vs. what they say we think — All the chatter on the Internet, all the traditional news media coverage, and all the pollsters — Perspctv brings it all together in a simple and elegant manner — and gives a unique “dashboard” picture of the elections at any one given moment in time, totally un-biased.

It’s an elegant site, and definitely an interesting look, regardless of your politics.

Bell Canoe Works

September 21, 2008

I’m in love with these ads for Bell Canoe Works. I could seriously look at them forever. From the heavy, printmaking paper to the watercolor/collage inspired illustration to the handwritten taglines… I want to hang these in my house. And hey, they got me to link to their website. Check out more below. (I can’t decide which is my favorite.)

Found via Graphic-Exchange (of course).

Welcome to the new facebook…

September 20, 2008

Much has been said about the facebook redesign. Judging by the amount of “Bring Back the Old Facebook” groups I’ve been invited to, it’s probably safe to say it’s not all that popular. Personally, I don’t mind it. Some of it works better, some of it worse, but whatever. For what I use it for, the new design works fine. (I don’t really have any need to have a “My Favorite Drinks ‘n Booze” box front and center on my profile.) Here’s the one thing I find most annoying about the new design:

Why do we need a “Home” link right next to the Facebook logo/Home link? Did people not get that clicking the logo takes you “home”? Isn’t that a fairly common internet standard? They even help you out by having a little house appear on the rollover. Now we have two links in a row that do the exact same thing.

I’ve notice the new design still seems to be undergoing modification. I hope this is one of the things that is still under construction, for my own nitpicky sanity.

Perfect color vision!

September 8, 2008

X-rite’s online 100 hue test. I’m glad I passed, I felt like my credibility was on the line a bit if I didn’t ace it. (Kidding…sort of. It is good to know.) So if you happen to be here via my portfolio, rest assured that I’ve got my colors down.

Who Says Words with My Mouth

September 5, 2008

This is gorgeous. I’ve been such a sucker for poetry lately (which is a bit new for me). And coincidentally, Clair de Lune has been making frequent appearences on my iPod quite a bit lately as well.

September

September 5, 2008

Wow. I have absolutely no idea what happened to the summer. I’ve taken a bit of a break from the design blogging, trying to spend a little more time doing and a little less time looking. But I’ve still been absorbing, and I have some new things to share. And hopefully, some new things of mine in the works.

photo via Mitra mirshahidi