found_drama’s interface critique of GoodReads

Rob Friesel has a lengthy and thoughtful look at GoodReads, complete with wireframe sketches and in-depth interaction scenarios. You know you’re doing something right when you have users that give you feedback like this. Here’s hoping they put his suggestions to good use.

Choosing a typeface with which to brand Barry Bonds’ ball

Barry Bonds’ record-breaking home run ball is going to be branded with an asterisk, then put in the hall of fame. Is anyone else itching to see what typeface is used to set the brand? I also wonder how it is going to be set – will the brand be burned into the ball? Printed [...]

Ignorant objects

Khoi Vinh (paraphrasing Jasper Johns): “Unused objects are ignorant; only the ones that have been put to use, that have traveled, that have been tossed around have accumulated knowledge. That knowledge and familiarity, if it’s worn properly, can make an object desirable.”

Iconic Community

The folks at firewheel design have been giving away free sets of their icons with their IconBuffet site for some time. Now, with the re-launch of the site, they’ve created a fun, not so little community site to trade these sets of icons. It’s complete with tokens, stamps, and other ways to barter and exchange [...]