A look at the sketchbook of the woman who “gave computing a human face”

Susan Kare: You may never have heard of her, but anyone who’s used a computer should thank her. Here’s a link to a blog that provides some really interesting background.

Amplifying Creative Communities

It’s easy to be a little cynical about this kind of thing, but Amplify Creative Communities is a pretty interesting and timely idea …

Graduate students and faculty affiliated with Parsons’ Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability Lab interviewed leaders from 30 different community organizations about socially innovative solutions to urban problems, from community gardening to alternative transportation.

The idea of the project is to “amplify” good ideas and lessons from these activists’ hard work. It’s chock full of ambitious and timely goals, like helping people “learn how to create successful alternatives to the standard commercial and government services.”

I’m vindicated!

Doodlers of the world unite!

NYMAG article on some of my fav fiction writers

Adobe acquires Typekit

Just announced. This, from the comments on the Typkit blog, captures my feelings …

Great move for Adobe & the Typekit founders, that’s how capitalism works – congrats! But for the font consumer – I’m not so sure.

Proprietary, open-source, licensed?

Good article over at printmag’s blog about things to consider when choosing — or helping your client choose — a CMS. Could be valuable reading for a client who’s unsure about some of the fundamentals and pros and cons about each option.

Nike logo turns 40

From Printmag.com

“Then one day Phil asked me if I wanted to work on a shoe stripe,” Davidson recalled. The only advice she received was to “Make the stripe supportive of the shoe.” Davidson came up with half a dozen options. None of the options “captivated anyone” so it came down to “which was the least awful.”