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Architecture

San Jose Semaphore

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Located at the top of the Adobe's Almaden Tower in San Jose, CA, is a LED semaphore. This semaphore was build as a large public art display by New York artist Ben Rubin.

Made up of 4 large wheels a slot or line in the middle, the semaphore was able to represent up to 256 unique characters. When the semaphore began transmission on August 7, 2006, Adobe turned it into a contest. The contest that Adobe sponsored was to decode what message was being sent via the semaphore. In addition to the visual message, they also broadcast an audio transmission over a low-power AM transmitter.

Cleveland's Architectural Attraction

We recently had an excellent opportunity to visit Cleveland, Ohio. In our spare time we got to visit a piece of Cleveland's University Circle where we visited the exceptionally fascinating Cleveland Botanical Garden and the instantly recognizable Frank Gehry building on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. The Peter B. Lewis Building definitely achieves Gehry's goal of creating feeling. Feelings of excitement and forces of creative approaches.

Wilson W. Smith III - Visits Orlando

Last evening I had the opportunity to join a large crowd to hear Wilson W. Smith III speak to AIGA Orlando.

Wilson W. Smith III - AIGA Orlando

Following are some notes and thoughts:

In December Smith will have been at Nike for 24 years. He says enjoyment of your job is all about the people you work with. Then he pointed out there are 600 designers at Nike. Wow. Even the CEO Mark Parker started out at Nike as a designer.

Digitized Post-Its

Not sure if this is a concept or a real product. These are 4 layers of darkening gray paper followed by a bright red paper on the bottom that are cut and sticky like postit notes. However, they cover a whole wall and give a beautiful digital effect. I would LOVE to have a wall of those in my office AND home! (Via David Benton)

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Just for 'good looks'

Over at What Do I Know, designer and developer Todd Dominey recently posted about his search for 'cool' office space in the Atlanta area and his visit to a house that had been featured on the cover of Dwell magazine. Yes DWELL magazine. While he was at first excited at the opportunity, once inside he quickly realized that there was much about the house that impractical and cheap.

I'll let you read the whole article but it really underscores a very important point for designers of all flavors, especially web design. If you are going to build something, the cool factor may get you some temporary points and publicity, but the lasting value comes in durability, function, and usability.

Oh Canada!

I recently returned from a 5 day trip to Canada, our beautiful neighbor to the north. I was up for a Drupal Training workshop and happened to be there for one of their first BIG storms of the season. I arrived on Monday night (bearly still Monday) at the Vancouver International Airport. I was quite impressed by the human traffic flow of the airport and the welcoming atmosphere. Once off the plane, passengers are sent up a flight of stairs (or optional elevator) to the upper level. From there you can look down three stories, in places, to see the departure lounges on level two and the customs and immigration on the ground floor. The walkways that the arriving international passengers are funneled onto are narrow catwalks that lend to a very open, arie feel.

Part way down the first catwalk, you come across a nature themed welcome area, complete with running water, animal calls (that had me looking around each object for the real animal) and almost life sized tree trunks. (I'm sure that the fact that I was half asleep helped to enhance the beauty of the exhibit the the airport in general.)

Canada logoOver all, I felt that the thing that I was impressed with the most on the trip was the “corporate” identity that seems to pervade all government related things. From printed materials, to larger banners and signs, the “Canada” logo is everywhere, and it looks nice. It helps to unify the feel of all things government.

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