// 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).

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thrift is the New Black. - Barry A. Smith

ThisAintNoDisco is a brilliant site (and soon to be book) allowing agencies to flaunt their interior workspaces. I only now heard about the site via Rule29's space submission (my uncharacteristic lateness to the game is a result of more than a little social media burnout). Votes elevate the submissions into subcategories of best looking and most popular, and the site's simple blog like interface makes browsing and drooling a breeze.

A great inspiration if you're looking to spruce up the place, or a downer if not. (I warned you).
I noticed a great deal of vintage sprinkled in and around the IKEA and CB2, which leads me to believe thrift is the new black.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

They Say Symtio. I Say COOLIO.

REPOST: Occasionally I repost something from BarryBlog which in the interest of context, seems relevant again. I posted about Symtio on November 25th, 2008. Since the model of publishing, marketing, and blogging are obviously morphing, I wonder now if anyone has seen this in captivity, and even better yet, used it?

This seemed so forward thinking at the time. It made me want to send a representative kiss (I believe I called it a Hat-tip at the time) to Zondervan for breaking through the familiar and innovating with such gusto.

Have you seen it? Used it? Know the behind the scene story and are willing to share it? Is Zondervan (and their loyal customer) reaping the benefits? Was this forward thinking innovation important to their culture regardless of the immediate sales numbers?

I wonder.

Hat tip to Zondervan. Complication and bureaucracy hidden below the surface. Content delivered wherever, whenever...which is all about the end user. Bravo.

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