// BarryBlog //

A creative dumping ground for issues that interest me personally and professionally, with the thought they may interest you too. Issues such as the business of design, the design of business, the design of objects, design strategy, creative direction, innovation, creativity, thought leadership, observations, as well as recommendations, mid-century modern decorative arts and architecture, and the state of my thinking (and currently the state of my heart).

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

SVA Podcasts: MFA Designer as Author

Podcasting design issues of all types by way of the School of Visual Arts NYC. The likes of which include noteables David Rees, Rick Poynor, Keith Godard, Neil Powell, Christoph Niemann, Milton Glaser, George Lois, Matthew Carter, Stuart Bailey, Joyce Rutter Kaye, Paola Antonelli, John Holmstrom, Steven Heller, plus SVA grad students. Great resource. You can grab the direct RSS feed or subscribe via iTunes.

( via
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Hey God. Remember Me?

Came across this from Ben Workman's blog and it made me think. Just how often do you wonder what part you play in God's kingdom? Are you even important to him? Ben says we aren't part of His plan, rather, we are His plan. Heavy thought on a heavy subject. Thanks Ben for your thoughts and for sharing. Nice timing too.

Ben says...

You know, I think it comes down to that. No matter what we ask Him, no matter how diverse our prayers can sound, no matter what- it comes down to one underlying question we as humans have. We in essence say "Look! Look over here God! It's me!" and like a child we follow that with a softer voice--"Remember me?" I think that's what David realized when he prayed and sang for God to remember His people. But God does not forget. God does not put things aside for later, only to have them buried under paperwork. He does not give gifts and somehow *forget* to turn them on- nor does He place people in situations and forget His servants need His strength. Our lives are not games to God- we are His plans, and He never lets His plans go off track. Never.


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God is Leading, Not Me

Shannon's not the only one experiencing life's storms and feeling inadequate. But as a result, and through his decision to share this difficult time and a devotional he discovered in his garage, he has been an encouragement to me. I post here because I believe you might also be encouraged by this. The rest of his blog, Divulgence, is equally as thoughtful. An excellent reminder of who is in control.

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A Freelancer's Friend

Freelancers will enjoy Freelance Switch – a site I discovered via the gang at Lifehacker. The site needs no introduction, so if you're new to freelancing or been at it for some time, have at it.

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Monday, April 16, 2007

History of Branding Website

Historyofbranding is a nice resource for all things brand. The site's been around since 2005, and seems to be gaining steam. In addition to showing hundreds of logos with histories, the site also has Unique Branding Ads, Popular Commercials, Popular Print Ads, Branding Books, Branding Quotes, Branding Slogans. A favorite quote I found on the site is:

"Any damn fool can put on a deal, but it takes genius, faith and perseverance to create a brand." - David Ogilvy

( via Thats Right )

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

KT Tunstall: One Woman Band

Stumbled across this somehow, and it's really cool. KT Tunstall can rock it. See if you agree.

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Monday, April 09, 2007


TutorialBlog is a bit hard to categorize, because it's a bit all over the map, something which probably caught my attention in the first place. The blog is a place for Photoshop tutorials, but mostly I'm drawn to their lists. Like myself, they are hunters, gatherers and collectors, and they categorize lists of websites based on color (green, blue, brown, red), which I find interesting. All that said, they do throw in an oddball "30 Great Website Post" now and again to mix things up, and from left field "Top 10 Church & Religious Websites." I find the folks at TutorialBlog to be good spotters, filters, collectors, and sharers. As for the number "30" in many of their posts - I wish I new.

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Product Innovation: Switchring

Introducing Switchring, a patented interchangeable ring with nearly endless design options and colors. A double-sphered base and wedge-shaped insert comes in three sizes with 100's of combinations to choose from. New designs released each month. Really cool idea. I LOVE the idea in product design to design a base product that has a consumable business attached. This ring is a great idea. It's also at a nice price-point. Also available as wholesale.

( via miosite )

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Olimpia Zagnoli: Effortless Illustration

There's something effortless about Olimpia Zagnoli's work. Care free looking sketches over cut and found objects, and color like it's second nature, this young illustrator has quite a career ahead of her. If you think her website is nice, check out her Flickr pages. I love her work. It's just right.

She says..."I was born in Montecchio Emilia, near Reggio Emilia, on the 29 February 1984. I had my first crush on Picasso when I was four. At this moment I live in Milan, I'm 23 and I like Pirates, Peanuts and Stationery. When I get old, I'd like to be an Illustrator, a biologist and a rockstar."
( via Children's Illustration )

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