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I’ve been blogging for several months now and I’m glad to have recieved the feedback I have.  I’ve enjoyed the experince and for that reason I’ve decided to take blogging to another level.  I’ll be self hosting my blog and that means you’ll see a lot more creativity in the design, functionality and layout of the new blog.

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Cheers

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Retro & Vintage Design

So I woke up pretty early this morning (5:30am) and thought lets work on a project that I’ve been postponing for a while…  So I collected some vintage and retro art design for this long overdue project and thought some people might find it inspiring.   I enjoy the branding side of business and I think this look can help a business stand out by giving it a unique and distinct flavor.

As an individual whos all about requirements gathering I find it very difficult to sit with a designer and just explain what I need.  I’ve about diagrams, charts, brief statements, pictures etc. So this collection should help me with that process and also provide me with a single place to store all these pictures.  Hope its useful for whatever you need it for, enjoy!

Some of these pics came came from http://www.smashingmagazine.com, an online magazine dedicated to designers and developers.

  • illustrations from old posters, movies, newspapers, CDs, vinyls, ads;Movie in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old-style typography (e.g. Roman typefaces);Class in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • script fonts and handwriting;Script in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old radio devices;Radio in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old TV devices;Tv in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old cars;Car2 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old packaging;Package in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old photos;Photos in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • vibrant rainbow colors (high contrast, neon-style);Rainbow in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • torn, used paper with stains (often yellowish paper);Paper in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • dark, dirty colors (brown, dark red, dark blue) and textures (e.g. paper);Dark in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • scrapbooks;Scrap in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • pop-art elements (see also Pop Art Is Alive: Classics and Modern Artworks);Popart in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • retro illustrations;Posters in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old-style signs;Hire in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • vintage and retro are often combined with a hand-drawing style and grunge style.

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Custom Design

44 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Big Rig Design

28 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

AdaptD.com

8 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

FortySeven Media

47 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Jeffrey Sarmiento

1 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Klassiker in Acryl

48 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Level2D.com

43 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Rob Across America

45 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Slabovia.tv

31 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Dallas Advertising Agency

23 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Sensi Soft

40 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

mediaBOOM

27 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The New York Moon

3 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

~ The Statement ~ The Official Blog of The Old State

4 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

MacTarnahan’s Brewing Company

2 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

ISO50 – The Visual Work of Scott Hansen

5 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Tricycle Terror

6 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Charlies Loan

7 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Small Stone Recordings

10 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Big Cartel

12 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The Ernest Hemingway Collection

15 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

jrojr.com

16 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Five Cent Stand – Bitter Kiss

18 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Tennessee Vacation

22 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Prahba

25 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Thigpen Designs

30 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Team Mongolmania

32 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

tomatic

33 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The Superest

34 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Red&Blu Winter ‘08-’09

35 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Lataka

37 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Booreiland

41 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Fuelhaus

42 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

intensify.org

46 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Mister-Aero

49 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The Dollar Dreadful Family Library

50 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Creating Passionate Users

54 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Dennis Jones Artwork

55 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Capitol Media

56 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

One Horse Shy

57 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The Lippincott

58 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

BlackMoon Development

59 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Sourcebits TangledDecals

61 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

FOWA Miami

62 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Bestial design

63 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The First Twenty

64 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The Blizzards

65 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Thuiven

66 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Internet Zillionaire

53 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Renaissance-Designs

Timoni.org

52 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Theocacao

51 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

January 15, 2010 Posted by | Ads, Art, Brochure, Business Cards, Creativity, Marketing, Packaging, Photography, Products, Sales, Website | | Leave a comment

Can you cash a cheque with a stop payment on it? YES

At one point or another a Small Business has proabably put a stop payment on a cheque.  But guess what, it still can be cashed! That’s right,  places like Money Mart cash the cheque even with the stop payment.

Money Marts’ view on the matter:

“What we need is better consumer education about the obligation that comes with writing cheques in the first place”

– Money Mart

So your out the amount on the cheuqe and decide to sue to get it back… guess what you’ll lose and the court costs are on you, don’t forget to mention your time.   How do they win, they use an old law from the 1890’s called  The Bills of Exchange Act.   The act basically says the person who writes the cheque is responsible for it.

September 5, 2009 Posted by | Business, Business Development, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Products, Sales | , , , , | Leave a comment

Business ER Hotline


Business BC Launches “Business ER Hotline”:

Economic Climate a Hot Topic for Small Business Sector

Vancouver – Small Business BC (SBBC) has launched the “Business ER (Emergency) Hotline” providing BC’s small businesses with the solutions and business strategies to deal with the current economic conditions.

The Business ER Hotline, 1-800-667-2272, will enable SBBC to quickly address and respond to crisis-related business issues.

In addition to a 1-800 number, clients can ask questions and access information via email, or they can go to the Business ER Hotline website, www.smallbusinessbc.ca/businessER, or visit the SBBC Vancouver office in person, 601 West Cordova Street.

SBBC Consulting CEO, George Hunter, explains the reason for launching the Business ER Hotline: “Our staff has noted a significant increase in questions relating to changes in the economy.  For example, people want to know what kind of training programs are available for upgrading skills, or, which sectors are showing promise for new business opportunities, such as BC’s healthcare sector.  There are many people newly out of work who are now exploring the idea of starting a business.”

SBBC also reports an increase in questions regarding financing options and business strategies for tougher economic times such as how to cut expenses and build revenue, as well as a significant number of inquiries regarding labour standards.

“The Business ER Hotline offers a direct way to get timely information out to business owners and their employees as well,” says Hunter, “The small business community is important to our economy and SBBC is pleased to be able to provide a link to current information and provide support as small business owners navigate a changing economic landscape.”

Hunter encourages small business owners to contact SBBC via the Business ER Hotline, or go to their website, www.smallbusinessbc.ca, to find out more about the comprehensive services SBBC offers, such as financing options and sources, government acts and regulations, one-on-one business counseling, market research and consultation, business planning services, business seminars, e-business information and an education and resource centre

August 29, 2009 Posted by | Ads, Blogging, Brochure, Business, Business Development, Business Model, Creativity, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Government, Grants, Great Ideas, Human Resources, Investment, Marketing, Micro Credit, Packaging, Products, Sales, Services, Venture Capital | , , , | Leave a comment

Portable Work Station

These LEED (Leader in Energy & Environmental Design) and Built Green Building Certifications are the in thing when it comes to new development.   This means that those who ware developing news sustainable and homes and commercial units are bring more work with them to the job site.   That’s why I think this is great product and a great idea.

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Is It Transportable? From Louis Vuitton to the Finley Plan Station, we are intrigued by transportable designs. They usually take up a lot less space, and are well suited to a more mobile lifestyle. They often display clever use of materials and hardware, and ingenious design ideas. And, like the Finley Plan Station, they don't always cost the earth. More: Less is More: Fold Away Wall Desks Room in a Box: You Can Take it With You Credit: Finley Products

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Construction, Creativity, Geothermal, Great Ideas, Green Roofs, LEED, Packaging, Products | Leave a comment

Green Roofs are changing Architecture and Planning

Here is a great look at what is possible in the field of green roofs.

Many thanks and CREDIT to: Erik Christensen via Wikipedia, Credit: Alyson Hurt in Wikipedia, Credit: Vancouver Convention Centre, Credit: Green Roofs.org, Credit: Lloyd Alter, Toronto, Credit: Tree Hugger, Credit: Scott Torrance, Credit: Credit CPG Consultants via Greensource, Credit: Fred Ballerini (project biologist, green roof design and installation) Architect: Carver + Schicketanz, via Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

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Green roofs are not new; they have been used for thousands of years because they helped insulate, thrived in the sun instead of rotting, and other than the increased structure, they were cheap as, well, the dirt that they were planted in. Then flat roofs came in and were covered in tar and asphalt, which needed a lot of maintenance. Engineers and architects didn’t worry much about them; nobody could see them. Roofs became parking lots for equipme
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Sometimes they developed naturally and organically, like this rooftop garden in lower Manhattan that like Topsy, just grew. And grew, and eventually evolved from a New York roof garden into what they now call a Green Roof.

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They are showing up everywhere, even when they don't quite fit the architectural idiom. The new green roof at the Vancouver Convention Centre is big and on its own a lovely thing. But an earlier phase of the Convention Centre, designed by Canadian great Eberhard Zeidler, was designed to be light, airy, and to create a dramatic profile reminiscent of sails. How does a green roof compare?

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Oddball green roofs are also beginning to show up in oddball locations, like this one that looks like a putting green on the top deck of a cruise ship. It got special recognition this year at the Green Roof Awards for Excellence, which started its explantion with: Most people find the idea of a garden or lawn on a 15-storey building quite unusual. Now imagine a grassy playing field, 15-storeys up on the deck of an ocean-going cruise-ship.

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Lisa Rapoport had an equally difficult challenge with the roof of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto; here were the fanciest tables in the high end restaurant on in the Daniel Liebskind addition, overlooking an ugly black tar roof with barely any structural capacity to hold the roof. She designed a complex and elegant sliver of a green roof that weighs barely three pounds per square foot, but will definitely improve the view.

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Scott Torrance has even designed what might be called a temporary green roof; the tenant wanted one, but the landlord wanted to be sure it would or could go away. So it is all in planters and trays, sitting on top of the existing roof.

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It didn't take long before green roofs started seriously influencing the architecture itself. Renzo Piano's museum, located in the middle of a park, is covered with glorious hills of green roof that are among its most dramatic features. The green roof defines the building; No architect would have designed it that way if it was asphalt or EPDM. More at Jaymi's tour: A Trip to the California Academy of Sciences (Slideshow)

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When one of the Giants of Architecture, Kenzo Tange, designs your university and puts in a 200 acre park as the "green lungs" of the campus, what do you do? The designer,Hoong Be Lok of CPG decided to make a "non-building building" that would allow it build on the central green space "without taking away from it." It is a lovely green roof, but nobody can call it a "non-building building", it is as real as any other building on campus unless you work for Google Maps. Would Kenzo Tange have approved? Or are green roofs being used to put a new green sheen on projects that might otherwise have been more problematic to get approved? More: With Green Roof, Nanyang University School of Art Tries to Disappear

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Green roofs were originally thought of as a technology that reduces heat island effect, helped manage stormwater and improved air quality. Perhaps to everyone's surprise, they have turned into planning tools to help put buildings where no building has gone before, are radically changing the architectural form of buildings, the way architects present buildings (see the rash of aerial perspectives-who ever showed rooftops before?) and the respective roles of architects and landscape architects. Like this 2009 award winner, a guest house and garage 200 yards away from the Pacific ocean, they can help produce great architecture and they can help hide bad or inappropriately sited architecture. Let's just be vigilant to ensure that they are not misused and brought into disrepute by using them as excuses to put buildings in places they shouldn't be, just because they are green. More: Are Green Roofs the New Mirrored Glass?

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Business, Business Model, Clean Energy, Community Economic Development (CED), Construction, Creativity, Great Ideas, Green Roofs, LEED, Products, Solar, Sustainability, Sustainable Community Development | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Saving The Bee’s Project

Most of the world’s crops depend on pollination by bees. Albert Einstein once said that if the bees disappeared, “man would have only four years of life left”.

“This newly created hive of bees was overwhelmed by a wasp attack … every single bee was killed … all the eggs and larvae were eaten … all the honey was stolen by the wasps … I found a large pile of dead bees on the mesh floor … no living bees in the hive at all … hundreds of bee-wings scattered … I could see legs, heads, thoraxes by the hundreds … I didn’t realize that wasps physically dismember bees, biting off wings, legs and heads … possibly they do this to carry away the bees’ abdomens, which they may use to feed their own larvae … I made six new wasp traps today and placed them around the hives … there were dozens of wasps inside the traps within 15 minutes … so the local wasp population evidently is really high this year …”

The predatory nature of wasps actually helps balance things in certain ecological systems.  Their action against harmful caterpillars, for example, can be useful in the Sierra foothills in California.

But more than half of fruit and vegetable crops may be pollinated by honey bees. They are honored by many entomologists, in fact, as among the most beneficial of insect species – and that’s before they produce 200 million pounds of honey annually.

Wasps are not the only threat to bees. The so called Colony collapse disorder (CCD), is a relatively new phenomenon, which causes whole colonies of bees to disappear. CCD is believed to pose a serious threat to pollination in the future and stresses why we have to protect bees.

When wasps raid beehives, it never goes well for the bees. They’re no match for the larger, more powerful wasps. A single attack normally takes out an entire hive, as is described in the August 2008 account excerpted above, from California.

The significance of the design name “6.40mm,” then becomes quickly evident. The girth of the average bee is only 6.40 millimeters, a third of what a wasp’s may be. And by creating cell-shaped holes big enough for bees to enter a modern hive, but too small for wasps to follow them in, a group of designers from Seoul and Hong Kong believe they are able to make an effective intervention in this cycle of destruction.

“The new beehive we designed is totally similar to others at first glance,” the team writes in its documentation.” But in addition to the smaller hole, the new hive is made of six wooden boards. The top cover contains a steel piece to hold the body of the box together. The bottom has two legs for air flow. An instruction manual is engraved on the interior. And the “queen excluder” – which keeps the queen bee safely in the “brood chamber” – is positioned under the storage area for honey.

“Through a little change of thinking,” the team writes, “we can change big.”

no bee’s no pollen,
no pollen no plants,
no plants no animals,
no animals no food.

August 26, 2009 Posted by | Creativity, Great Ideas, Life, Packaging, Products, Sustainability | , , , , | 1 Comment

Sheltering the Urban Homeless

Here’s an Idea, an inflatable igloo-looking shelter, the ParaSITE is meant to attach to the exhaust points of urban buildings’ heating and cooling systems – in a sense, making a parasitic relationship to the air needed to inflate the shelter.

Though the creation of permanent housing must always be of first priority Parasite propose a possible temporary solution. The paraSITE units in their idle state exist as small, collapsible packages with handles for transport by hand or on one’s back. In employing this device, the user must locate the outtake ducts of a building’s HVAC system. The intake tube of the collapsed structure is then attached to the vent. The warm air leaving the building then inflates and heats the double membrane structure.

August 26, 2009 Posted by | Community Economic Development (CED), Creativity, Earth, Family, Government, Great Ideas, Not for Profit, Packaging, Products, Sustainability, Sustainable Community Development | , , | Leave a comment

Transforming the Water Barrel

The practical and durable design of the Hippo Water Roller enables more water to be transported more efficiently than traditional methods.  The Hippo, with it’s large drum capacity of 90 litres / 24 gallons, frees women and children from having to spend a large portion of every day dedicated to collecting water for their households

August 26, 2009 Posted by | Community Economic Development (CED), Creativity, Great Ideas, Life, Not for Profit, Philanthropy, Photography, Products, Sustainability, Sustainable Community Development, Water | , | Leave a comment

Chulha (Traditional Stove in India)

Research cited by the World Health Organization indicates that nearly half the world continues today to cook with solid fuels including dung, wood, agricultural residues and coal. Such “bio-mass” fuels are blamed for diseases that result in deaths numbered in more than one million per year.

The Chulha is a stove designed to limit the dangerous health conditions caused by traditions of indoor cooking in many rural areas of the developing world.

BIO-MASS BREAKTHROUGH

The way the design teams behind the Chulha stove design like to put it, they’re “helping 400 million people give up smoking.”

What at INDEX: is called Design to Improve Life is termed, at Philips Design, “Philanthropy by Design.” And Philips’ teams in India and the Netherlands have worked together to create this smokeless response to a vast health problem.

Initially intended for rural and semi-urban parts of India, the design is intended to take the dangers of indoor cooking with bio-mass fuels out of an equation that health officials say affects the health of millions of people each year.

Bio-mass fuels include wood, dung and other substances which, when burned give off an array of particles dangerous to human respiratory systems. Adequately ventilated in an outdoor setting, there usually is no problem with such cooking. But by one estimate, as many as half the people of the world may still be cooking indoors with bio-mass fuels. And trapped inside, the smoke involved can become a lethal mix of indoor pollutants.

As the Philips design teams have noted, once they began to study the problem, the range of application was a huge issue. “The stove would have to accept different bio-mass fuels,” the teams wrote, “be widely available in different seasons and locations, adapt to people’s needs when cooking chapatti (bread), steaming rice, boiling water, and be able to accept different non-standard cooking vessels.”

The improved stove directs the smoke out of the house through a chimney. Philips went on to make its intellectual property on the design available free of charge – even working to develop molds that would allow NGOs (non-governmental organizations as identified by the UN) to make the stoves for people who need them the most.

One of the NGOs Philips has identified as a partner in the development of the Chulha is the Appropriate Rural Technology Institute of India.

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August 26, 2009 Posted by | Community Economic Development (CED), Creativity, Education, Family, Government, Great Ideas, Inspiration, Life, Not for Profit, Packaging, Philanthropy, Products, Sustainability, Sustainable Community Development | , , , | Leave a comment