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Summer Hours links 6/13/12

2012 June 13

I suppose this is the annual notice that Modern Alchemy will observe “summer hours” through the old Labor Day-bor, though for the most part this is essentially just something I like to say; working from home I’m usually available, and meanwhile with clients spread across several time zones even a fixed eight- or nine-hour workday would still mean someone somewhere may have to wait a little while, at times. But, you know, the phrase “summer hours” just seems fun so I keep it around.

Meanwhile, the complete “zero draft” of Project X has been finished for a couple of days now. Very close to the schedule I guesstimated last winter, and amazingly close given all of the weirdness of the intervening months. Right now I’m guesstimating a proper, presentable 1.0 draft by the beginning of August (ack) at which point I will probably make a public announcement.

What else is going on out there:

Adobe Touch Apps. Do I need to learn these? Hopefully not immediately because that would require 1) having a touchscreen device, and 2) figuring out what functions the cryptic descriptions of “Adobe Collage” and “Adobe Ideas” are trying to describe.

While on the subject of electronic screens and evolution in creative work, a thoughtful, interesting post from Warren Ellis on how people are designing comics for e-viewing, how it differs from traditional print formats, the implications for adapting one to the other, and more.

Here’s a link which has arguably become more and less interesting than when I first dragged it into my folder of quicklink possibilities: this was a link to images of tickets for the 2012 London Olympics. I was going to comment on the fact that the atrocious design of the games’ logo seemed at least to have been improved-upon for the tickets. Now, however, the link seems to have become a weird sort of non-page, with a url and headline suggesting London 2012 but a page title and breadcrumb label suggesting St. Louis 1904. Hum. A good illustration of what happens when modern, generated-from-a-database web sites go haywire I guess. Who knows what may turn up when you take a look.

And from Cleveland’s Plain Dealer, a different sort of remark on athletics and logos which also nonetheless provides an unintended illustration of something else entirely. Phillip Morris writes an odd little article about favorable international and cross-cultural reactions prompted by the Cleveland Browns logo. I find this worth noting mostly because the Browns don’t really have a logo, and even if he doesn’t understand the difference himself Morris has actually written what could be used as a very effective illustration of how “graphic identity” and “brand” are distinct from, and can even exist without, a “logo.”

Finally, for information graphic nerditry, this MIT [economics] Family Tree is one of the most delightful things I’ve seen for a good while now. What a hoot.

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