Microsoft is preparing to detail its next major version of Windows. We had been expecting the company to hold a press event later this month, and now it’s official. Microsoft will hold a “Windows event” in San Francisco on September 30th. The software maker started emailing out invites to the event today, and Joe Belfiore and Terry Myerson will be leading a discussion around the future of Windows. The event will focus on enterprise and power users of Windows.
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by Chérmelle Edwards For her new independently owned San Francisco outpost Pinhole Coffee, former Blue Bottle barista JoEllen Depakakibo tapped Toronto-based Monarch Methods to create a custom range of…
The bond between heritage California ceramics company Heath and Japanese master potter Akio Nukaga spans across the ocean and celebrates the connection between artists who work in clay. This…
A lot of things are illegal in San Francisco — from businesses handing out plastic bags, to riding Segways on sidewalks — a list that might now include selling your city-owned parking spot to someone else. That hasn’t stopped startups that like MonkeyParking from giving people a tool to do just that. In January, the Italian-based startup began offering up a way for San Francisco residents to sell public, metered spots to others. If you’re in a spot and plan to leave, you can put it up for sale, and even create a virtual bidding war where potential buyers can outbid one another. The winner comes and claims their spot, and you wait to pull out. The service has since expanded to Rome, and plans to go elsewhere. There are also similar…
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Tech industry shuttles have become a symbol of economic inequality and gentrification in San Francisco, sparking a variety of protests since late last year. Now, activists are trying to hold city leaders accountable for letting those shuttles use public bus stops, and allowing them to operate without regard for their environmental impact on the city and its residents. A coalition of activist groups is suing the city, county, board of supervisors, the local transit agency, the shuttle companies, and Mayor Ed Lee himself, for creating a pilot program that charges bus companies just $ 1 per stop and granting it a special exemption from California’s environmental review law.
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I am home since this morning, fighting a jetlag and recovering from a jampacked week in the Twin Cities. I had a marvelous time – after my two talks, judging the AIGA Minnesota 2014 Design Show and participating in the panel discussion on opening night of the show, I had the opportunity to visit friends old and new. I finally got to meet Process Type Foundry’s Nicole Dotin and Eric Olson in person (and their lovely newborn Mercer and dog Charlie); the next day I visited Mark Simonson whom I hadn’t seen since he visited my home town Gent with his wife and daughter seven years ago, and Craig Eliason introduced me to the fascinating world of curling (no, I am not being ironic); and finally Font Diner’s Stuart Sandler and Dathan Boardman from Great Lakes Lettering showed me a slice of genuine American culture – Mall of America. I got to discuss typography, type design and the related business for hours with them, exchanging ideas and discovering some great as-of-yet unreleased typefaces.
Meanwhile, at the other side of these United States, TYPO San Francisco “Rhythm” was in full swing. TYPO has made it a habit of sharing some of their presentations with the general audience. Even if you had to miss the excitement like me, you can enjoy five top talks after the jump.
Maria Popova: The Science of Productivity and the Art of Presence
Maria Popova talks about being successful, happy and proud by being awake, showing up and being present in our daily routine.
Gemma O’Brien: Crafting Authenticity
Gemma O’Brien shows us her incredible lettering and calligraphic brush work.
Victor Moscoso: Poster Legend
A detailed journey through the life of psychedelic poster artist and illustrator Victor Moscoso.
Lisa Congdon: Embrace the Abyss & Other Lessons
Through drawings and story telling, Lisa explores three important lessons she’s learned in her journey as a professional illustrator and surface designer.
Elliott Earls: Money, Sex, and Power –
The Mechanics of a Hybrid Practice
In this presentation, Elliott Earls breaks down the mechanics of his hybrid design practice.
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Excitement is building in the Bay Area, both at FontShop’s San Francisco office and the local (and not-so local) design community. For two inspiration-packed days, on Thursday April 10 and Friday April 11, some 30 international speakers will delight the audience at TYPO San Francisco “Rhythm” in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The organisation predicts a sell-out, so get your tickets sooner rather than later.
What sets TYPO SF from similar events is that its schedule boasts a high number of speakers you rarely can see in the United States (yet it also includes a fair share of local talent). It will give you the opportunity to rub elbows with the likes of iconic Dutch two-and-a-half dimensional typographer René Knip, Sydney-based typographer and artist Gemma O’Brien, German graphic and type designer and multimedia artist Yanone, Mexican typographic designer, illustrator and calligrapher Gabriel Martínez Meave, and my compatriots Jan W. Hespeel and Randoald Sabbe who now run one of the most awarded graphic design studios in Belgium.
Even though TYPO has evolved beyond the scope of mere typography, typoholics and typophiles can also get their fix. Besides the aforementioned René Knip, Gabriel Martínez Meave and Yanone, type director at Monotype Dan Rhatigan will provide insights into teamwork in type design, type designer Sibylle Hagmann will help you map your creative journey, Creative Director of Adobe Typekit and founder of typography magazine 8 Faces Elliot Jay Stocks will talk about Advanced Web Typography, and the Font Bureau’s David Jonathan Ross will dive into the wondrous world of reversed-stress typefaces.
So register for an exciting two-day creative journey which will leave you re-energised and inspired. Read the TYPO San Francisco Blog to learn all about speakers and attendees, and everything in between. Make sure you have enough energy left for the closing TYPO Afterparty at Public Works Loft, and TypeHack, the post-TYPO typography hackathon at Hattery. I’d say “See you there” if I wasn’t half a continent away in Minneapolis, but have fun without me nonetheless. And can somebody please swipe one of those awesome Antithesis tote bags for me? Thanks!
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At this year’s San Francisco Design Week (13-20 June 2014), an inaugural event will honor 15 female designers across two categories—up and coming and professionals. Sponsored by the Women in Industrial Design division of …
New York’s city government may be planning to install free public Wi-Fi to lure entrepreneurs and startups, but San Francisco is trying to beat it to the punch. The Californian city’s mayor, Edwin Lee, has announced the installation of free Wi-Fi along San Francisco’s Market Street, “the busiest and most economically diverse corridor” in the city. The quarter-million people who walk through the area daily now have access to a connection named “_San_Francisco_Free_WiFi,” which reportedly offers upload and download speeds of up to 50 Mbps to all.
Ars Technica reports the Market Street area was originally set to receive free Wi-Fi internet from AT&T after the city reached reaching a tentative agreement with the cable provider in…
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This morning I’m pleased to introduce you to Stout, the brand new San Francisco-based studio of Ryan Meis (who you may know from Lab Partners) and Brian Gunderson. They already have a solid portfolio of work together, some of which you can see below. Here’s a bit more about who they are:
Stout is a multidisciplinary creative studio in San Francisco founded by Brian Gunderson and Ryan Meis. Visual thinkers from design and illustration backgrounds, they applied their craft in leading design studios and advertising agencies, learning the art of story from some of the best people in the business. Whether it’s through art direction or design they aspire to create work that is distinctive and compelling. Able to tackle projects ranging in scope from boutique-style packaging to massive multi-media blitzes, Stout’s client experience is vast and varied, including small upstarts, large corporations and ad agencies.
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