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John Niedermeyer is a Brooklyn-based design manager and internets enthusiast at BuzzFeed. Previously, he was a digital designer and editor at The New York Times.

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Frank Chimero: Horizontalism and Readability

Mon, 05 Apr 2010 16:34:15 +0000

Illustrator/Designer Frank Chimero challenges the “vertical scroll”: We take scrolling for granted today. It’s like running water or Friends reruns: they’ve always been there and they always will be there. And we like them well enough. But, it is an interesting mental exercise to actually consider scrolling as part of a continuum of solutions in […]

Life Below ‘The Fold’

Wed, 24 Feb 2010 21:46:52 +0000

Irish designer Paddy Donnelly, in a nicely-designed article, attempts to subvert the accepted wisdom of the page fold: The fold is one of those guidelines that has been thrown about so much that it’s now become a ‘rule’ of web design (or maybe more appropriately a ‘ball and chain’ of web design) with web designers […]

Actual Objects

Tue, 16 Feb 2010 18:13:11 +0000

Actual Objects provides elegant royalty-free (and reasonably priced) design and illustration assets by Matt Owens and the Athletics crew, here in Brooklyn. Screen shot on Flickr My talented colleague Jason Bishop worked together with Matt on the economic bailout collection, seen above, and two other sets. The two have previously collaborated for some of the […]


Tue, 16 Feb 2010 05:28:51 +0000

I love Matt Jacob’s just launched redesign. Bright and fresh, with cool jquery charts, archives that mashup photos and posts, and some Typekit. Screen shot Congrats, Matt! If only things didn’t look so stale around here.

Packer & Bilton, on Twitter

Fri, 05 Feb 2010 15:48:58 +0000

It’s been fun following the debate between the Times Bits blogger Nick Bilton, and New Yorker staff writer George Packer, on whether Twitter is a godsend, or a harbinger of doom. Packer opened with a declaration that he’s old school: I don’t have a BlackBerry, or an iPhone, or a Google phone, and I don’t […]

Mother’s History of Birds

Tue, 19 Jan 2010 16:04:30 +0000

My colleague and friend Elliott Malkin just finished his short subject documentary, Mother’s History of Birds, the third film in his family trilogy. In it, he tells the story of his mother through her pet birds. (I love Roberta’s taste in eyewear.) Also, if you haven’t seen it, check out his home movie reconstructions.

The Bold Italic

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 22:18:22 +0000

Jason Kottke just linked to an interesting design tidbit – the launch of a web magazine in San Francisco called The Bold Italic. (No, not that bold italic…) We’ve seen some small-scale examples of art direction on the web, but this seems to me to be something in the ‘medium’-scale range – I really love […]

Fringe Politics Meet Art History

Fri, 04 Sep 2009 12:25:13 +0000

Steven Heller on another Glenn beck gem: In a recent broadcast, the resident propagandist at Fox News takes Rockefeller Center’s vintage public art and architecture to task for promoting Communism and Fascism through murals, friezes, and engravings bearing symbols that subliminally project vile values. Politics aside, just watching the video, what is Beck’s point? That […]

European Vacation ’09

Tue, 18 Aug 2009 14:27:00 +0000

…or, what I’ve been up to this summer… I’ve been neglecting the blog lately, though I am tentatively sketching out big plans for its future… some day, (probably in the fall), I’ll get back to this. But, in way of an update, Lisa finally posted all of her photos from our little European adventure a […]

‘Buttermilk’ Font, From Jessica Hische

Tue, 14 Jul 2009 17:29:58 +0000

‘Buttermilk’, from Jessica Hische. Illustrator/Designer Jessica Hische released her first typeface today, and it looks gorgeous. Buttermilk is a “bold script that would be just perfect for magazine headlines, book title type, holiday cards, initial caps, you name it.” The numerals are especially beautiful, and she promises a “huge array of ligatures to help you […]

Mediaite Launch

Mon, 06 Jul 2009 15:41:59 +0000

Rex Sorgatz on the design of Mediaite, Dan Abrams’s new media website: …‘horizontal sites’ build a new kind of importance hierarchy. Designers don’t realize it, but unaligned vertical stacks are a remnant of the way that newspapers were designed—in columns, up and down. These new layouts are more like movie screens and wide monitors, with […]

Ghost in the Machine: The Clash

Fri, 19 Jun 2009 14:30:03 +0000

London Calling, cassette tape on canvas, 2009 — By Erika Iris Simmons Two things that I really love about this illustration by Erika Iris Simmons: It’s the iconic image from the cover of The Clash’s masterpiece London Calling. It’s rendered with casette tape! View it at the largest size to see the detail.

Fever° From Shaun Inman

Wed, 17 Jun 2009 14:47:05 +0000

Shaun Inman launched Fever today, a re-imagined feed reader. The big difference between Fever and other products like Google Reader, is that it is designed to help float important or trending links and discussions to the top. So rather than reading through hundreds of posts to find what’s hot, Fever analyzes all of your feeds, […]

Reunited Blur Perform First Gig in Nearly 10 Years

Tue, 16 Jun 2009 18:55:50 +0000

Oh man, I’m so excited for the Blur reunion this summer, even though it seems limited to the UK for now. The first of these new gigs happened on June 13th at the site of their first gig, and from the looks of a few YouTube videos, they sound fantastic. From NY Mag’s Vulture Blog: […]

Introducing Typekit

Thu, 28 May 2009 17:07:15 +0000

Jeff Veen announced Typekit today, a hosted solution for embedding fonts on the web: We’ve been working with foundries to develop a consistent web-only font linking license. We’ve built a technology platform that lets us to host both free and commercial fonts in a way that is incredibly fast, smoothes out differences in how browsers […]

The New New Times Square

Tue, 26 May 2009 20:43:44 +0000

Looking north at 42nd Street, in Times Square. A few colleagues and I walked over to Times Square at lunch to check out the new Broadway—now shut off to cars, it’s another attempt by the city and the Bloomberg administration to reclaim the streets for pedestrians. The Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff says: Now, standing […]

Al Shaw on Redesigning the Front Page of Talking Points Memo

Thu, 21 May 2009 16:16:02 +0000

On Redesigning the Front Page of Talking Points Memo » Al Shaw talks about some of the design considerations and technical wizardry that went into the face lift of the Liberal-leaning politics blog. Be sure to watch the video demo of the ajaxy front page CMS editor.

The Times Wins 5 Pulitzer Prizes

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 21:04:44 +0000

Photo by Soraya. The New York Times, my employer, won 5 Pulitzer Prizes today, “for work on subjects as varied as America’s wars in Asia, the sudden downfall of a political titan, art from ancient to modern, and a history-making presidential campaign.” The interesting one, from my point of view, is the award for breaking […]

Camera Obscura & DJ Victoria Bergsman, at the Bell House

Thu, 26 Mar 2009 13:30:46 +0000

Victoria Bergsman, DJing at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Nedward: Victoria Bergsman (formerly of The Concretes) is DJing at The Bell House, much to my delight. Waiting for Camera Obscura! As big a fan of Camera Obscura as I am, the more interesting bit Tuesday night was a special guest DJ, Victoria Bergsman. A lot […]

David Letterman Got Married

Mon, 23 Mar 2009 22:48:19 +0000

Wow: David Letterman got married!

A New

Fri, 06 Mar 2009 19:23:12 +0000

Nedward is digging into the new… so far, very intriguing. Fixed nav bars are the new hottness. I just sent the tweet above a few minutes ago, but wanted to post some more context about it here. MoMA launched a revamped web site today, with a lot of hook-ins to social networking sites like […]

President Obama Unveils New Stimulus Logos

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 16:50:00 +0000 The stimulus package is now law, so there are going to be a lot of public works projects in need of a logo, right? Yesterday, the president unveiled 2 such logos – designed by Mode, Aaron Draplin and Chris Glass. The logos will be stamped on public works funded by the economic stimulus package, […]

U2 on Letterman, $4 Album Download

Tue, 03 Mar 2009 16:26:05 +0000

U2 kicked-off their historic 5-night residency on David Letterman’s Late Show last night, with a performance of Breathe. They even participated in a little sketch, where Dave had them outside on 53rd Street, shoveling snow. The residency is to celebrate the release this week of their twelfth studio record, No Line On The Horizon. And […]

The Times on Brooklyn Food, Frank Bruni on Buttermilk Channel

Wed, 25 Feb 2009 16:14:59 +0000

Today’s Times Dining section has some great coverage of Brooklyn food. First, there is a great article on food producers throughout the borough: These Brooklynites, most in their 20s and 30s, are hand-making pickles, cheeses and chocolates the way others form bands and artists’ collectives. They have a sense of community and an appreciation for […]

Gondry’s Flight of the Conchords

Tue, 24 Feb 2009 17:56:45 +0000

The first four episodes of season two of Flight of the Conchords were uninspired and forgettable, but that all changed with episode five. Directed by Michel Gondry, the Conchords return to the top with two great songs – the Sausagefest anthem Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor, and an ode to Jemaine’s ex-girlfriends titled […]