Category Archives: Design

Paper: the best reason to get an iPad

Years ago when I first heard that Apple was developing a tablet I had dreams of drawing directly on the screen. I already had a Wacom Cintiq but it was a monster: the screen was dim and the cables and boxes coming out the thing made it cumbersome and ugly.

Too bad Apple didn’t share my dream. I already had a Macbook Air, so why exactly would I need a tablet too?

Now there is Paper, the best reason I’ve seen to actually buy an iPad.

Curating A Collection Of Slow Fashion | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation

“Not content with the conscious consumerism bona fides available at more stores, the founders of the new site Zady are making it easier to buy clothes with character that will last.”

If experiences truly beat objects as a path to consumer happiness, the next obvious step in retail is translating objects, as much as possible, into experiences. The approach was spearheaded by the sustainable consumer, for whom to trust is to verify. Increasingly everyone from Whole Foods to Etsy to Chipotle is seeking to provide maximum context on the organic, artisanal, and fair-trade bona fides of their offerings.

Now comes Zady, a new “conscious consumption” online retail company, founded by two women on the cusp of 30, Soraya Darabi, a startup advisor and cofounder of Foodspotting, with her high school friend Maxine Kaye, née Bedat, who founded the nonprofit, fair-trade direct sustainable home goods business Bootstrap Project and whose resume also includes a turn as a law clerk at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Their goal: to move from a world of fast fashion and Bangladeshi factory collapses, to one of products made with integrity to last.

NOTE: SF Entrepreneur had some scathing comments at the bottom of this article. We’ll have to see if Zady has what it takes to pull this venture off.


Soraya has no idea what she is doing with Zady. She got funding without any traction. Eugene Chung, the VC who lead her round from NEA, moved on to TechStars where he was fired after just barely a few months. Idiots help idiots. Zady was supposed to launch last year, but Soraya didn’t understand the buying cycles so its launch was delayed by a whole year. It should be noted that the $1.35M will be depleted soon after they launch and they will be raising yet another round of VC funding. –> BEACHMINT Part II, another NEA investment.

At what point are people (bloggers) going to realize Soraya was not a co-founder of Foodspotting? Or that she left Foodspotting at least a year before the acquisition? I wonder how the founders of Foodspotting feel about her co-opting their achievements!

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The Best and Worst Redesigns of PRISM's Atrocious PowerPoint

“There are plenty of reasons to be discomforted by the recent NSA PRISM scandal, chief among them the total obliteration of any remaining notion of privacy we might have had. But there’s another less pressing, yes, but still confidence-shattering concern that has echoed around our internet’s hallowed halls this past week: the fact that this massive, top-secret, data-mining government enterprise allowed a drunk eight-year-old to design their PowerPoint slides.”

via The Best and Worst Redesigns of PRISM’s Atrocious PowerPoint.

Export Illustrator Layers and/or Artboards as PNGs and PDFs

I finally found a script to do this. If you design in Adobe Illustrator, here’s a must-have add-on. Major time-saver. Works in CS6.

From Matther Ericson,

link: Export Illustrator Layers and/or Artboards as PNGs and PDFs | Matthew Ericson –

This Guy Reinvented the Wheel … by Turning It Into a Cube

“What’s better at being a wheel than … a wheel?

“That is not a rhetorical question or a Zen kōan or the start to an awesome joke (sorry). Inventor David Patrick, an avid skateboarder, stumbled (or, you know, skated) onto a way to reinvent the wheel as something that he claims is better than the tradition cylindrical model — something faster, more stable, and more ground-gripping. Its inspiration, Patrick says, ‘came from a cube.’ He calls his creation the ‘SharkWheel,’ and he has patented the invention — and is now raising money for its production on Kickstarter. (A week into the campaign, the modified wheel has taken in almost double the amount of its original $10,000 funding goal.)”

via This Guy Reinvented the Wheel … by Turning It Into a Cube – Megan Garber – The Atlantic.

Gas Stations Transformed into Gorgeous Glowing Zombies

“Gas stations aren’t pretty, especially the stark, utilitarian ones that sit just off the highway with their filthy bathrooms and broken vending machines. But a handful of stops along an Amsterdam roadway got a glowing renovation. Literally.”

Gas Stations Transformed into Gorgeous Glowing Zombies.

Archive Of Activist Art, For Protests With A Little Culture

McDonald's Game

Actipedia is a user-generated collection of the best projects that combine the political with the artistic, from revolutionary ice cream trucks to anti-McDonald’s computer games.

McDonald's Game


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