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John Gruber has a great bullet-point roundup

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 12, 2005

John Gruber has a great bullet-point roundup of the Apple announcements today…mostly stuff that you won’t hear about in the tech press. (If you’re living in a shack, Apple announced video iPods, new iTunes, downloadable TV programs, new iMacs, etc. today.)

Solution for those scratches on your easily-damaged

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 10, 2005

Solution for those scratches on your easily-damaged iPod nano: polish with Brasso liquid abrasive and seal with invisibleShield.

AIGA conference prep

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 13, 2005

In preparation for the AIGA design conference[1], I’m looking over the session descriptions and speaker list. The theme for this year is “Design”, which seems a little broad but somehow appropriate given how much design has been taken up by the press (especially the business and tech press) recently as something Important and the design profession may be in need of a little wagon circling to figure out how to effectively explain design to someone who is all fired up about incorporating it into their business process because they read a blurb in Fast Company about Jonathan Ive and the iPod.

My knowledge of and involvement with the AIGA up to this point has been fairly minimal, which either makes me the ideal person (fresh eyes!) or a horrible choice (head up ass!) to cover their design conference. I’m particularly interested in learning how they’ve incorporated the fast-changing disciplines of Web and digital design into the mix. When I was working in Minneapolis as a Web designer in the late 90s, my company got me an AIGA membership, but I never used it because although they were trying to be more relevant to those of us working on the Web, my perception is that the AIGA was still largely a graphic design organization and I was finding more of what I was looking for on Web design sites like A List Apart. Now that the Web design profession has matured (and Web design practitioners along with it), it seems to fit better with where the AIGA is going (and vice versa). After all, design is design, no matter what word you stick in front of it.

So, back to the speakers list, I’m looking forward to hearing from Michael Bierut, Lella and Massimo Vignelli, Steven Heller, Matthew Carter, John Maeda, Peter Merholz and Jesse James Garrett from Adaptive Path, Ze Frank, Stefan Sagmeister, Steff Geissbuhler, Caterina Fake, and Milton Glaser (but no Malcolm Gladwell or Errol Morris, both of whom I swear were on earlier speaker lists), some of whom you may recognize from past mentions on kottke.org. They’ve also added some sessions in response to Hurricane Katrina on design, safety, risk, and disaster management, which is an excellent use of the opportunity of having a bunch of designers in the same place.

If you want to follow along with the complete conference coverage here on kottke.org, here’s the AIGA 2005 page. As I mentioned previously, I’ll be opening up comments on most posts (incl. this one), but will be active in gardening off-topic and trolling comments.

[1] I just realized all these URLs are going to break when the next conference rolls around in two years or so, which is disappointing. Would be nice to have something like http://designconference.aiga.org/2005 that would permanently point to this year’s festivities. Bloggers like permanent links (well, this one does anyway).

How the iPod nano came to be.

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 13, 2005

How the iPod nano came to be. Lots of Jobs and Apple haters out there, but you have to admire the shooting from the hip that’s going on here…too many American companies minimize their risk so much that the possible reward dries up almost completely.

Apple introduces the iPod nano, which, wow,

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 07, 2005

Apple introduces the iPod nano, which, wow, it’s like a baby iPod. So cute.

Robert Cringely: Google may have peaked (“What

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 29, 2005

Robert Cringely: Google may have peaked (“What if search and PageRank and AdSense are Google’s corporate apex?”) and Microsoft may have more to worry about from Apple if they start distributing older versions of OSX (the Intel version) for free on iPods.

Subway maps that you can put on

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 10, 2005

Subway maps that you can put on your iPod. Currently available: DC, NYC, Boston, and Hong Kong. Good one for the 50 Fun Things To Do With Your iPod list. (via coolhunting)

Garrison Keillor’s ruminations on radio: what he

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 04, 2005

Garrison Keillor’s ruminations on radio: what he likes and where he sees it going. “Clear Channel’s brand of robotics is not the future of broadcasting. With a whole generation turning to iPod and another generation discovering satellite radio and internet radio, the robotic formatted-music station looks like a very marginal operation indeed.”

Announcing the world’s smallest mp3 player: the iPod Flea

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 25, 2005

Announcing the world’s smallest mp3 player: the iPod Flea. Love the Flea collar.

Apple unleashed a rash of Slashdottings when

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 18, 2005

Apple unleashed a rash of Slashdottings when they turned on podcast support in iTunes. “It’s very bizarre. The only reason why I found this funny was because I have unlimited bandwidth in my server package. If I were some of the others who got caught unaware, I would probably be apoplectic.”

Apple announces the Harper’s Special Edition iPod

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 11, 2005

Apple announces the Harper’s Special Edition iPod. “Number of media legends who came together to create this exciting new Apple product: 2. Chance that literary-minded American consumers will find this new iPod impossible to resist: 1 in 1.”

Apple has merged their iPod and iPod Photo lines

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 30, 2005

Apple has merged their iPod and iPod Photo lines. All iPods will now have color screens.

50 Things to Do with Your iPod

posted by Jason Kottke   May 17, 2005

50 Things to Do with Your iPod. Besides listen to music with those white earbuds.

New iPod ad features some poppin’ and lockin’

posted by Jason Kottke   May 15, 2005

New iPod ad features some poppin’ and lockin’. And I’m pretty sure David “Elsewhere” Bernal is in there somewhere as well. Finally!

Apple says the iPod shuffle has captured 58%

posted by Jason Kottke   May 05, 2005

Apple says the iPod shuffle has captured 58% of the flash memory mp3 player market already. That’s kind of astounding.

Slideshow of iPod shuffles made out of food

posted by Jason Kottke   May 04, 2005

Slideshow of iPod shuffles made out of food. The winner of the contest is made out of banana, apple, and spaghetti. And there’s one made of Spam!

Is some of the music on Bush’s iPod stolen?

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 13, 2005

Is some of the music on Bush’s iPod stolen?. This is “exactly the kind of behavior the music industry characterizes as theft”.

What’s on President Bush’s iPod?

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 13, 2005

What’s on President Bush’s iPod?.