Archive for February 2011

Undisputed in its method of merging dapper menswear with a hint of street etiquette, The Brooklyn Circus have emerged the past few years with a distinctive style and flavor. Having built solid store fronts in New York and San Francisco, as well as a following worldwide, the BKc continues pushing forward as this year offered them a chance to curated PROJECT 10, a special showcase within the PROJECT Tradeshow in Las Vegas. The task was to select 10 up-and-coming brands that offered unique styling and the utmost of quality, two key characteristics of the Brooklyn Circus way.

The Brooklyn Circus for PROJECT 10 on Vimeo on Vimeo

While good full-size tripods are readily available, good tabletop camera supports are not always so easy to find. Tabletop supports run the gamut from bean bags to miniature tripods and usually lack somehow either in how much weight they can hold or in how adjustable they are.

The Manfrotto Modopocket, however, is a tiny but powerful camera support.

Manfrotto Modopocket

The Modopocket supports up to 1 pound, which covers almost all point-and-shoots and even some lightweight dSLRs. Its innovative design allows it to fold up flat for easy storage in a pocket of your camera bag, or almost anywhere. It looks like a big door hinge when folded up and you use a coin or such to attach it to the tripod socket on the bottom of the camera. It functions best with cameras with the tripod socket in the center. Manfrotto Modopocket

The Modopocket is very sturdy and solidly built, especially for being so small. A small cable runs from one leg to the other that allows it to stay in position if you tilt it forward or backward a bit to angle the camera. One of its coolest features is that it can be folded up while still attached to the camera for ease of use, and so you just don’t lose it. Also, with it attached to the camera, the camera can still be attached to a tripod, so that whether on a tripod or not your little Modopocket is always attached and ready.

Manfrotto Modopocket

The tripod worked great with several point-and-shoots, and even with a Canon Rebel XSi and an 18-55 lens, and it didn’t feel like it was going to collapse. The Manfrotto Modopocket sells for around $25. Manfrotto Modopocket: Electronics.

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This would have made a nice City car but they never let these into the states. Probably because it would make GM and Ford look even more pathetic.

Smart Roadster Coupé

Tiny! Small as it may be, this 0.6 litre engine on 4 wheels lookslike  seriously fun.

Facts about the car:

  • 3 cylinder turbocharged engine (turbo sounds fast).
  • 698 CC (that’s 0.6 litre right? The Getz we’re driving now is a 1.5 litre).
  • Maximum speed of 160 km/h (100 m/h).
  • It’s got ESP, ABS, ASR and airbags.
  • Ton of options (fog lamps, cruise control, steering wheel paddleshifts-ala-formula-1 etc).
  • Convertible roof.
  • Brabus Xclusive Variant (OMG!).

The Brabus Xclusive is a tweaked up version of their 60kW model. It has some Brabus exterior extras and a sports tuned engine so it Goes Faster™. 0-100 km/h in 8 seconds faster that is (the Nissan Skyline GTR, does it in about 5.3 seconds).

Smart Roadster Coupé

The Smart Roadster Coupé at

HOW Design

You are a professional communicator; act like one. Carefully edit everything you publish: résumés, social media, e-mail, blog posts, letters, text messages, everything. Get a copy of “The Chicago Manual of Style” and keep it handy. Most potential employers and clients don’t appreciate text shorthand, so don’t use it. They won’t be ROTFL, and you will end up SOL.


People you work with and for will make your blood boil from time to time. Whenever possible, be a pro and take the high road. Avoid burning bridges, as people change jobs more often than they did a generation ago. Your paths may cross again in a much different situation, and having a good working history together will make rehiring you easy. Apply this to your online persona as well. Anonymous jabs are petty—be better than that.

Often, being a good typographer means not making the simple mistakes. To accomplish this, you’ll need a working knowledge of classical typography. Go get one. “The Elements of Typographic Style” by Robert Bringhurst, “Thinking With Type” by Ellen Lupton and “Grid Systems in Graphic Design” by Josef Müller-Brockmann are cover-to-cover must-reads. Repeat after me: “Free fonts from the internet are crap, I will not use them.” Keep saying that.

Keep reading (you won’t regret it).

HOW Design – 29 Things that All Young DesignersNeed to Know.


A Deep Dive into Color Management

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  • Digital and analogue color theory
  • ICC profiles, workflows and rendering
  • Device-specific color spaces and gamuts
  • Managing spot and process colors
  • RGB and CMYK workflows
  • Optimizing PANTONE Color in design apps
  • RAW color management
  • Converting to RIP (printer ready) format

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Chicago, IL. 03/30/2011
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The cost of the seminar is $299.

And after swimming through the seminar, you can take the bridge!
All participants receive a FREE PANTONE COLOR BRIDGE – the indispensable color tool that lets you match solid (spot) colors to 4-color process colors. That’s a $129 value!

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Deconstruction: Floating Side Table by Urbancase

Darin Montgomery and Trey Jones are frequent collaborators for urbancase LLC, a Seattle based design firm. Their design philosophy is based on a desire to create well crafted objects that contribute to a simpler, pared back lifestyle focusing on basic aesthetic elements and functionality.

Deconstruction: Floating Side Table by Urbancase

As a general rule…we design from the inside out starting with a list of functions and possibilities. It was important to us that no cords run over the top, there be a material that won’t scratch as you’re fumbling with the clock or phone in the middle of the night, and you have a place to set a glass of water. We wanted several options as well. An interior shelf for a few books or magazines and for those who prefer to hide their porn…a drawer.

Deconstruction: Floating Side Table by UrbancaseDeconstruction: Floating Side Table by Urbancase

Deconstruction: Floating Side Table by Urbancase | Design Milk.


Last month, Netflix released performance rankings of the top networks in America, much to the embarrassment of Internet service provider Clearwire, which placed dead last. But Netflix’s rankings did little more than provide a one-time national snapshot of ISPs from Comcast to Time Warner to Verizon.

Enter BitTorrent. The San Francisco-based file-transfer company, which now boasts more monthly active users than Hulu and Netflix combined at 100 million, has been developing a skunkworks project that could serve as the true national and international report card for ISP performance.

“We looked at Netflix’s [data], and we thought, we can have some fun with this, because we have data that is miles better–miles, miles better,” says Simon Morris, VP of products at BitTorrent. “We have download traffic, upload traffic, BitTorrent traffic, and we have HTTP traffic. So we can answer questions like: I live in this city in the world–it could be anywhere, literally anywhere–which ISP should I use? Which is the fastest? Which ISP is messing with BitTorrent traffic? Because we have this data, we can see the difference in speeds by time of day. In the U.K., I know that most ISPs aggressively throttle BitTorrent traffic after 6 p.m. at night,” Morris says. “Speeds go off a cliff.”

A sneak peek at the project, with the ISPs blurred. Here San Francisco ISPs rank well below the national average, for the most part.

Over in Brussels, we see a much healthier and more competitive market than in the U.S., with ISPs neck-and-neck in performance and matching or passing the average for Belgium as a whole.

Back stateside, to show just how specific the data can get, here’s a look at the small town of Ramsey, Illinois (population 1,056) demonstrating how far behind some suburbs are from the national average.

What to do with all this data is another story. Says Morris: “This is certainly an interesting resource for being a guardian of net neutrality.” Although the skunkworks project is a long way from market (if the data is ever actually released), BitTorrent recognizes that it has something no one else has–not even Netflix.

“We have a broad sample of data that would be impossible to replicate with any other application,” Klinker says.

(other than Google you mean)

The Real ISP Report Card: Why BitTorrent’s Network Performance Data Is “Miles Better” Than What Netflix Found [Sneak Peek] | Fast Company.

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Mastretta MXT

Mastretta MXT

Who knew Mexico would be the home of one of the best-looking sports cars in recent memory? The Mastretta MXT (£32,999; 2009) is the country’s first car, but it’s no rookie effort. Boasting 240 hp from a turbocharged 2.0L engine, the car moves from 0-60 in less than five seconds with a top speed of around 150 mph, all thanks to its curb weight of less than a ton. The MXT is rounded out by its fiberglass body, which provides looks rivaling the best of what Italy and Germany has to offer. [via]