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Ty Fujimura

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In Mixel, a Designer's Transformation

(2) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 9:43 AM

"I try to go to bed and literally just can't sleep through the night," remarks Khoi Vinh, renowned designer and blogger. "I'm exhausted. I'm quite wired, actually." What's keeping him up is Mixel, a social collage app for the iPad that he launched two days earlier. It's Vinh's first venture,...

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Google Embraces Identity in New Redesign

(4) Comments | Posted July 11, 2011 | 11:04 AM

Google produces exceptional interfaces, but their aesthetic is famously unhip. It's not surprising: They're an engineering-first company that took 7 years to hire its first visual designer. To Google, the wrapping paper has always been less important than the gift inside. But their promising new look could change...

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Drudge Report Shows How Ugly Design Can Be Good Design

(53) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 1:33 AM

Respected entrepreneur Jason Fried once wrote that the notoriously hideous Drudge Report is actually well-designed. He was right, and he still is. The design accomplishes exactly what it intends to, delivering the site's irresistible headlines with lightning speed (and serving ads along the way).

Drudge features...

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Why Apple is Doomed

(183) Comments | Posted May 31, 2011 | 2:32 AM

The Motorola Xoom has more memory than the iPad 2. It has a larger and higher-resolution display. And it runs flash. Venerable tech blog Engadget reported that "it outclasses the iPad in many ways."

Before launch, Motorola unleashed a heavy media campaign, making obvious their intent to attack...

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Obama's Design Strategy Recalled for 2012 Campaign

(59) Comments | Posted April 18, 2011 | 3:51 AM

President Obama kicked off his 2012 campaign last week by releasing a video and website urging supporters to "Get In" early. The site sports a handsome new design direction in line with Obama's predicted 2012 messaging: it's mature and stately, but accessible. Gone are the sleek lines and...

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Newscorp's The Daily: Print May Be Dead, But Print Design Isn't

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 10:19 PM

Newscorp's audacious iPad-only publication, The Daily, features a surprisingly elegant design more reminiscent of print than the screen. Like any magazine The Daily is heavily reliant on excellent typography and layout, and their team has delivered a powerful and satisfyingly journalistic system.

The style is built around

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Behind the New Starbucks Logo, a Siren's Trick

(25) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 10:05 AM

Starbucks' logo is going decaf.

This week the company revealed a new mark depicting the famous siren freed from the ring of overbearing type which surrounded her on earlier versions. The well-received icon is both modern and classic, the end result of minimalism done right.

In confidently removing...

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