Nearly 500 years after his death, the German monk who symbolizes the Protestant Reformation movement, has his own Playmobil figurine.

And sold out already – of course.


Is a new book by Khoi Vinh filled with interviews with digital designers about their careers.

Fantastic. Can’t wait.


I love Workflowy and use it all the time for brainstorming new ideas or cleaning up and refreshing older ideas. Workflowy creates lists fast and helps me structure quick or longer thoughts in a way that it helps me organize my brain. Apps with the goal to help you brainstorm above all need to be fast. And that Workflow is.

Here’s one little feature request I have though: I need some space. Breathing room of you will, between the lists I’m creating. Currently every line is a list item and starts with a bullet. I wish I could create a line, after I hit return, that would create a completely empty line. This would allow me to separate my list elements a bit more and the breathing room would allow for more visual separation, thus making it easier to find beginnings and ends to thoughts.
Thanks!


I like it a lot.


One hundred! locations. This is so great. Congratulations to the team!

Once/If/When I move to Tacoma I totally will start a chapter there.


Stian Korntved Ruud:

The past year I spent most of my time exploring the unique organic qualities of wood and how adding of
a function can beautifully refine a piece of wood. The project will eventually consists of 365 unique hand carved spoons made from various types of wood.

Fantastic project.


Whenever a established brand redesigns their logo there is immediately a huge commotion on Twitter, and often enough it turns into a shitstorm.
This commotion usually turns into several Medium-published think-pieces. And so goes mine.
Usually when this happens I’m trying to throw myself into the camp of embracing the new visual direction a organization is taking. And although in the past that direction not often makes sense even after lengthy introduction videos and photo collages I try to stay positive.

Well, I hated the Gap logo – but so did everyone.
I liked the American Airlines rebranding, which I was probably the only one.

When I first saw the new logo this morning unveiled on Twitter I immediately hated it.
But, make up your own mind, here it is in all it’s glory, oh wait, no. I mean this one.

And here is MLS’s official explanation:

WORDMARK: MLS stands for Major League Soccer.
SLASH: The slash refers to soccer’s speed and energy. The slash >begins outside the perimeter and drives upward at a 45-degree >angle to illustrate both the nonstop nature of our game and the >rising trajectory of our league. It bisects the crest to create >a “first half” and “second half.”

STARS: The three stars represent the pillars of our brand: For >Club, For Country, For Community.

PERIMETER: The perimeter represents the lines that mark off the field of play.

FIRST HALF AND SECOND HALF: The first half contains MLS and the three stars. The second half is an open white space that brings you in and out of the MLS world.

Let me start with the positive here:

The old logo needed refreshing. It was outdated, childish and is past it’s prime. Way past.

I love that the new logo is modern. I’ve always been a fan of modern, clean design. American Sports League have the tendency to wallow in nostalgia, so I appreciate the break from that and the embrace of the future. It’s bold, even courageous. That, I give them.

I also love the idea of giving every team a way of customizing the new logo with their own team colors.

So far so good.

But the rest is complete and utter crap:

The shield:
Almost every MLS team uses a crest-like shape, so using such a similar shape the MLS logo is actually competing rather than complimenting the teams’ logos.

The stars:
I get that this is America and we need stars and stripes on everything, but stars are nowhere to be found in soccer, so why use them there?

The MLS word mark placement:
It’s completely forced into the left corner making the whole thing feel way lopsided.

The slash:
What the hell is that supposed to be?
If the outside lines of the shield are supposed to be representing the lines on the pitch (and if that’s the case, why not make the box rectangular or round, like some of the shapes that can actually be found on a soccer pitch) then why does the line begin on the outside of the pitch? No soccer play happens outside the lines. That completely doesn’t make any sense at all.
Further makes the whole logo feel completely lopsided. And unless the MLS is hoping to turn the game on it’s head and wants to introduce some groundbreaking new rules/ideas to the game this doesn’t feel right at all.

The two halves:
One half feels cramped, crowded and has a completely mis-placed red gradient in it.
The second half is completely empty, white and boring.
If those halves are supposed to be representing the two periods of play than why are they so lopsided and not evened out?

Where is the f^*&ing soccer ball?
I mean, if we’re all about symbolism and are trying to be obvious and stuff, why are we leaving out the most symbolic element that has visually represented soccer for many generations? The ball?

So, there you have it. Craig Robinson summed it up nicely:

The new MLS logo looks like the designer had a deadline and was distracted by the need to poop at the same time.

That!


Quartz:

The Apple Watch typeface, on the other hand, was made to do one thing: read well on the (tiny) screen it was designed for. It borrows heavily from DIN, a legible and space-efficient typeface introduced in Weimar Germany for road and train signs, but updates the letterforms with rounder shapes that are better suited for a digital setting.

Yes! Love that font. It’s beautiful, legible, simple and strong. And has more character than Helvetica. I used DIN for all my signage when we had Einmaleins as a retail store.


On how to use handwritten notes to gather your thoughts.

Awesome inspiration worth subscribing to.

Also check out the iBook on using the app Paper for inspirational note taking.


Yes! So excited.


Some fun ones in that catalogue.


Departmet of Interior:

Just over 40 of these exceedingly rare national park posters have since resurfaced and are in National Park Service archives, the Library of Congress and with private collectors. Through the course of two decades and extensive research, Doug Leen and his company, Ranger Doug’s Enterprises have not only painstakingly reproduced the 14 original WPA designs but also—working in collaboration with individual parks—created and screen printed more than 25 new designs “in the style of” the WPA artists.

What a great treasure. Would love to see every poster online.


I love bicycle related accessories on Kickstarter. It’s very hipster-cliché, but it really works.


AgileBits:

Earlier this month, we introduced our new Watchtower service on the web. In its initial version, Watchtower checks whether a website is (or ever was) vulnerable to the internet’s nasty Heartbleed security bug, then tells you whether it’s safe to update your password.

Now we’ve taken the next major step and made it much easier to stay secure online, as Watchtower can now check all your Logins at once, right inside 1Password for Mac.

This sounds incredible. And exactly what we need after the Heartbleed Bug disaster.


Really, really nice.


Watch this one first. Then watch the link in the headline.

Well dome Ford.


Love OMA’s work. Rem Koolhass has been my favorite architect for years. When it comes to bold, unique but smart structures he’s ahead of the pack by lightyears. What he designs is groundbreaking but well-thoughtout. There’s a sense of purpose to the apparent madness that I am missing in most ‘out there’ architects.


I’ve been listening to episode #72 of The Talk Show ‘Go To The Mat On Stickers’ where John Gruber and his guest Ben Thompson talk about stickers in messaging apps, a lot.

Stickers seem to be a big deal. I too like to use them occasionally and could even see paying a few bucks every now and then for some cool ones, or download promoted ones. I wonder if Apple could create a dedicated app store just for stickers, a sticker store. And allow everyone to create unique stickers that can be used system-wide on iOS and OSX devices.

Hmmm… a new frontier for designers in the media arts space.


Apple is running ads on Tumblr. Really smart stuff. Still advertising, or as Chiat Day calls it: Media Arts, but on a new distribution channel.: A shareable, free, blogging platform.

Television, can you feel that cold wind blowing from the North?


And a Twitter feed, and a book and an app.