Jeff Harris, Shooting 4,748 Self-Portraits and Counting Over 13 Years

New years resolutions come and go but Jeff Harris stuck with his of a self portrait a day, and over 13 years later, has 4748 portraits (and counting).  Jeff is a Toronto based photographer that has used this project to go through many relationships, jumps in icy ponds and doctors visits.  The project is documented in a video on Time Magazine LightBox.

Jeff Harris,

photo by Aspiah B.

Fighting Clipboard Zombies with Clipboards

Boulder based Mighty Fudge Studios created a set of clipboards for citizens to carry around to help fight “Clipboard Zombies” or those that are raising money for campaigns and charities with the line “do you have a minute for ______?”

To avoid being hassled by the vast army of clipboard zombies infesting the Pearl St. Mall (and surrounding areas) carry this decoy clipboard with you in a highly visible manner.  The Clipboarders will assume you are canvassing for a rival cause and leave you alone.  When you’re done enjoying a relaxing day downtown, simply leave this decoy clipboard in a visible location for the next user.

DailyCamera made a video about Mighty Fudge Studios and their “Clipboard Zombies” campaign on Pearl Street.

Portland based Wieden + Kennedy also did a similar project with business cards.

photo by Andrew Hyde

Material Paper: Reclaimed and Recycled Notebooks


As many of my geek friends, I’m addicted to paper goods. Moleskins started my obsession, but I’m on the regular lookout for interesting ways to display ideas on actual paper (that iPad app is really neat but I want to feel the texture).

Last week I ran across Material, which are notebooks from recycled or “reclaimed.” I’ve heard my fair share of recycled goods, but reclaimed was a term I had never heard of in reference to notebooks.  In reference to the Material notebooks, reclaimed paper is paper that would have otherwise gone to waste, coming from sources like out of business print shops, misorders or packaging waste.  The cover might be screen printed cardboard from a package filled with paper from a out of business letterpress shop.  Both creative and environmentally minded these notebooks are nothing short of unique.

More Matterial

With these unique materials they create some very well designed notebooks, from hand sewn journals to weekly organizers in the shape of a 15″ macbook.  The shipping materials used are also reclaimed for as close to as a zero waste shopping experience as you can get.

Code For America, Connecting City Governments & Web 2.0 Talent

Code For America

It is our patriotic duty to code and design, or so says a peace corps like program “Code for America”, which helps connect city governments and Web 2.0 talent. What if city hall was a startup? An interesting experiment to say the least.

Cities are under greater pressure than ever, struggling with budget cuts and outdated technology. What if, instead of cutting services or raising taxes, cities could leverage the power of the web to become more efficient, transparent, and participatory? What if, the professional talent in the tech industry went to work innovating the public sector? What if City Hall looked more like a start up?

The five cities selected to host physical Code For America programs in 2011 are Seattle, Boulder, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Boston. To help with this program, they are looking for geeks to apply for their 2011 Fellowship. Fellows in the program receive healthcare, living wages and travel expenses for the 11 month program.

If you’re a developer, designer, or product manager with a desire for public service, this is your opportunity to build the next generation of Gov 2.0 apps for city governments. By leveraging your unique skill set, you will bring improved access to information and government accountability to the local level, and you will change the way citizens and cities work together.

In honor of the 4th of July, CFA created a series of eight ‘binary art’ posters with patriotic quotes from Government 1.0 heros, like James Madison (System Architect) and John F. Kennedy (UI Designer).

Susan B. Anthony, Accessibility Expert, 1873