Archive for May, 2008

Chumby nation

Mike | May 30th, 2008

I got a Chumby, I got a Chumby (said in best schoolyard sing-song, please). Just off my right elbow is a 6″ wide bean bag with a touch screen. The device is hooked up to our wireless network in the office and the screen cycles through the half-dozen or so widgets I have loaded onto […]

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Innovative Design – British Currency

Ross | May 30th, 2008

In March 2008, the United States Department of the Treasury unveiled the new five dollar bill. Featuring a purple Helvetica five, the new $5 USD bill was designed by a 147 year old government agency (U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing) which employes 2,500 people and has an annual budget of $525 million USD. The […]

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Concept Copying – A Primer (Part 1 of 3)

Ross | May 29th, 2008

It is easy to tell when something is the exact copy of something else -the two look alike, after all. Even small kids can compare two identical or virtually identical drawings and usually correctly determine whether the drawings are alike or different. It is far more difficult when the copy is not an exact or […]

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Building a Community – The AV123 Way

Ross | May 28th, 2008

Web 2.0 represents a cultural shift towards communities and transparency, towards openness and collaboration. Our own business opened its doors only earlier this month, and while we’ve been working hard to build a great community, we have very little to say (yet) about how to best build one. So, rather than give you a lot […]

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Paying Your Employees To Quit

Ross | May 27th, 2008

Zappos, the online shoe store, has a very unusual approach to weeding out customer service employees that Zappos does not believe will ultimately make the grade. One week into the training program for new customer service employees, Zappos offers new employees $1,000 to resign on the spot (about 10 percent accept). This is a very […]

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Creative Living

Ross | May 27th, 2008

If you were asked to design a house but had to make it no more than 94.5 inches (240 centimeters) wide, what would you do? Yes, that’s right – 94.5 inches WIDE. Belgian architect-designers Pieter Peerlings and Silvia Mernets from sculp(it) were faced with just a dilemma for one of their projects located in Antwerp, […]

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Most Valuable Brand In The World: Google

Ross | May 27th, 2008

Market research firm Milward Brown concluded in its 2008 BrandZ rankings that Google, for the second year in a row, is the most valuable brand in the world — with an incredible $86 billion in brand value. Milward Brown combines balance sheet data with other factors, such as consumer sentiments, to come up with its […]

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Ask crowdSPRING: How many countries does cS reach?

Ross | May 26th, 2008

We’ve long admired 37signals, a great Chicago company located only a few blocks from us. We love their products (Mike and I have used Backpack since 2006, when we first came up with the idea for crowdSPRING, and our development team uses Basecamp to manage multiple projects and for collaboration). We also love their Signal […]

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Submarine warfare

Mike | May 23rd, 2008

Every day we sit together over lunch. We have a big table and we either bring leftovers from home or go out to grab something in the neighborhood. It’s a really nice 30 or 40 minute break – the conversation usually is about movies or TV or politics. It serves to recharge us and has […]

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6th Grader Wins Doodle 4 Google Competition!

Ross | May 22nd, 2008

Doodle 4 Google is a Google competition where United States students from kindergarten through twelfth grade are invited to submit a new logo design for Google’s homepage. This year, 16,000 entries were submitted. The winning entry was designed by Grace Moon, a 6th grader from California. The name of Grace’s entry is “Up in the […]

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