Christmas has come and gone, but this post is still going to be Christmas related, unlike some blogs that have self-imposed moratoriums on such posts. My Mother always told me Christmas is a season, not a day, so I feel within respectable guidelines posting these things.
- Pentagram redesigns Christmas. Pretty interesting idea, and the results are a mix of intrigue, ah-ha and ha-ha (but no hint of ho ho ho). See also: The New York Times reports, or listen to Michael Bierut with Kurt Andersen on WYNC’s Studio 360.
Everyone in my family elf’d themselves (yes, that is me). It truly seems that user generated content has hit the mainstream when this kind of site is a smash hit.
- If you’re not reading the Adobe blogs, you should be. John Nack posted about The Secret Life of Smart Filters yesterday, which is an interesting read. I’m always interested in the history and inside workings of Photoshop. Arguably, Photoshop is one of the most indispensable and influential tools used in the process of creating new media work.
- Time Magazine’s Person of the Year (hint: it’s you) has generated some controversy in the blogosphere. Whether or not you think it was a good choice, you should read the last page of the magazine. Andy Was Right:
But YouTube is Pop art in a form far closer to Warhol’s original, uncorrupted vision than he could ever have imagined. And 15 minutes has been replaced by a new prophecy: “On the Web, everyone is famous to 15 people.” Appropriately enough, many people share authorship of that one.
We’ll be back in 2007.