Facebook UX
Bare with me as I nerd out on the latest icon updates from our friends at Facebook. Many of us don't realize the amount of work that goes into these little pixeled images we touch all day. They've come along way, but maybe you haven't noticed. I did, or do. My connection to Facebook goes back to 2009 working with Ben Barry in the Analog Lab. He did an amazing amount of work while there. The latest UX/ icons that have been coming out of FB are quite good too- with only a few flubs. Ben went so far as to say "Facebook doesn't care about design" in recent a blog post that no longer exists. Hilarious. Of course they do! 
I'm always fascinated by the latest images that are bought and sold to us by FB, Apple and Google. They have huge influence on everything; how we understand words to images, making jumps along the way. While I'm working on stuff (right now I'm redesigning some icons for the New York Times but I'm in limbo) I like to create images in the sidebar and use them on ancillary projects. 
I found an image a few weeks ago. I drew this stuff about, I dunno, 7 or 8 years ago for design firm that told me I couldn't show it to anyone because they had to tell the client they did it. "Your work for the New York Times is way better. Show that stuff." I never showed the work. It's not that great, I'll admit it. But I like to think I can show the work that I do, eventually.
remember the old stuff? Apple's Skeumorphic is now flat, Thanks to Microsoft finally stepping up. My favorite recent Icon from Apple was the "purchase download" icon that, oddly, now seems gone. I couldn't find it to show. Basically it's a P and arrow. It's weighted perfectly and means exaclty what you think it does- it stays completely out of the way- which is what good icons do.
Here are some "in progress" doodles I'm tweaking for something- I don't know what yet. Some of these are terrible & don't work. I get it!
The rules of the game are to make everything behave as a family— like a font. I'd like to eventually develop them into a system, if not emojis, or something where they can be utilized— micro and macro
Some of these images have been buried in my arsenal for close to 20 years. Its fucking scary. I'm as tired of looking at them as you are but occasionally I can take an old image and make it better, new again, by reducing it's detail and pairing with something else.
Woops. I see the coyote twice. The coyote and some of these were drawn for the National Wildlife Refuge in California. They died but may live another life somewhere else.
The cock was sold to Carl at Marie's Chicken Joint,
This is the current family at play on FB. I'm a big fan of the new marketplace icon. I like how it doesn't have a door. It doesn't NEED one. The new requests icon has also changes significantly. Notice the woman is now in front? Thats a "lean in" thing Sheryl Sandberg started.
Just goofing around with the content. I probably looked at 10 different things before saying "you know what, that marketplace icon is just right" They could've used a lot of things for that; hands shaking, dollar signs, shopping carts. The awning works- it's friendly. Now you're asking "what's going on"? Or "why?" Well, I'm just testing it out here. Theres a tactility to the information that's different- but I don't think its better. It's softer on the eyes though.
OK, back to the paying gigs. Sorry Ellen! You've recieved another Warholian minute:) 
LMK your thoughts, F
related- the FB mural from last year and an older FB Log in page/ table design using a few spare parts seen here.
Verizon's new bah-ho-hum-bug
I saw this bug in my FB feed a few days ago and was fascinated. Sucked in. I had to fix this bug before it bit me. So here goes nuthin. Bare with me.
the idea for verizon's hum product: "hum by Verizon lets you add new car technology to almost any car. It helps you prevent breakdowns, save money and get faster roadside and emergency assistance. Plus, the hum app puts all this in the palm of your hand."
This is how I think it should look and feel. I'll get into the how and why next- but basically I felt it just needed to be read at the approprate size. Beefed up. Redrawn. Corrected.
This is the first thing you'll see on an FB feed. What do you think? My first thought: cool! Second thought: Oh man that's terrible! Why! Noooo!
this is my fixed adaptation. Thoughts? LMK in the comments
Here are my sketches drawn on a napkin in Chicago's O'Hare (delayed, shocker). O'Hare has the worst on time flight record of anyone. Second? You guessed it: Newark (where I was headed). Anyway, thats a wrap. I didn't spend much time on this but I just felt I needed to fix it- for no real reason other than it needs to be. Side notes: The type I've useed here is a custom face I designed for some yeas back. Notice the m. Its not a typical m but it feels right to me- unlike the m up top. Also, I went back to Verizon last month. It nearly killed me.
Tuscan School
This is some work I'm donating to the Tuscan PTA. It's been an ongoing itch I've been scratching (and rescratching) for 6 years. Here goes. First, let's take a look at the current logo; The Paw T.
In my new version, we see a tiger with a hidden (OK, it's obvious) letterform
The design is based on the history of the building- which, architecturally, is fantastic. It's an old building. Too hot in winter months most of the time, but it's a great school. The PTA, teachers and principals do a wonderful job and it's been an honor to have my kids attend Tuscan. So here, we're going to celebrate history and teach the love of letterforms to those who pass through it's doors. These Scotch Roman letters are unique to Tuscan. There is a face similar to this (Fritz Quadrata) but there is no "font" or "face" like Tuscan's. So I've retraced it best I can to preserve the heritage. This was not easy btw!
Some of the other type designs you'll be seeing are likewise "Hand drawn" to convey the warmth and integrity of the school.
Before we go all the way to teh final designs I'd like to ask whoever lost their Penguin at drop off, we still have him!
After posting this my message box was innundated with junior high kids messaging telling me they were raping your penguin and doing nasty things. It's not true! We have penguin. He misses you whoever you are.
OK, let's move on. Here is the jist of what I'm going after:: Harry Potter prep school meets Highlights puzzle meets tattoo parlor. We're just trying to sell a few things for the PTA here folks. It's not rocket science.
an old look at the house I used as reference to draw the building. I got every window pane!
note: this is the old "sad face" School typography. I've redrawn it as per above.
Some bumper magnet designs
trying a few things with how the type wraps. Both words are equal numbers- a designers dream
Marco likes this one. I'm trusting Marco (aside from his purple cords, he has taste)
Here is the current ID, which in no way feels like the T paw design used on other materials. How does that Tiger float like that? Is he the Vegas Tiger that bite Siegfried? Thats magic right there.
I'm showing some aggredious pics from my art crew class a few years ago, and few Claire took from the Fair last weekend (I face painted, then face planted after three hours!)
Will's got skills.
our art crew mark
we had some fun didnt we?
silkscreening lessons
an old idea (bad!)
still bad
message to Mr Dean (art), Makasakit and Lamkin; for the past 5 years I've taught a storybook class in each of the kids classes. It's late in the year but can we keep that going? I'd love to come in again. Thx. This is photo from Sinclair's kindergarten 2010. I still have that Chelsea jersey. 
Thanks Roberta! It's nice to be appreciated
Leave your thoughts, good or bad in the comments area. Happy to make tweaks if the make sense
Mugging Starbucks
When you're in line at Starbucks you may've noticed a few things to purchase. Implulse purchases. One of the curious items you find are mugs. I've become familiar with these mugs (Jody buys them up wherever we go) but they're not cheap. 
This is the line they use, or used. As you can see there is an "old world" vibe with the arcane Roman typograhy and rustic touch. One part French Country, the rest I don't know- the aesthetic doesn't land anywhere specific. 
Here is a closer inspection of Ohio
from the flagship store. Look how many there are! I would guess, from a production standpoint, you're minimum 2C with a 3rd cup interior coating.
Here are their latest mug designs. your thoughts?
Before you answer that take a look at what came shortly after Starbucks released the newer, more colorful campaign. This is Dunkin.
Here is the full line of Dunkin mugs. 
They don't stray too far from the DD brand color palette. One might say they did a slightly better job than Starbucks. Still, the hand of the illustrator isn't present in any of the designs. Not to say "anyone could've done it" but these follow a broad spectre that doesnt make me feel like I'm getting something special.
Here is a quick render of what St Louis might look like. Over the years I've drawn at least 20 cities. These tweaked comps arose from a campaign I did for Ford in 2004 with JWT/ AD: Matt Dimmer. Around that time I scribed a "Dunkin' what if" similar to this. 8 months later Dunkin cam out with "America runs on Dunkin'" The agency, HillHolliday, was a client and never made mention of any "borrowing" but my eyebrows rose a little when I saw it. That little running character? I'm not gonna post the date stamped images but it's close. If I get time I'll dig em up and post em here.
In interim, what are your thoughts on these mugs? The production is lower cost but the aesthetic- though not fully resolved- is a bit more specific. I'd probably hand draw the images using my new Kuretake brush.
The idea here is that, aside from the collection aspect, is that you can line up the mugs and link, or string them together on a shelf in the order that you collected them.
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