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work, experimental and otherwise by Keenan Cummings

IBM’s CEO Holiday Card, 2010, commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the company’s founding. This card was printed in a very limited number and I do know that one was sent to Obama. Great ice breaker if I should ever run into him at Gap or something.

IBM’s CEO Holiday Card, 2010, commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the company’s founding. This card was printed in a very limited number and I do know that one was sent to Obama. Great ice breaker if I should ever run into him at Gap or something.

A small gesture for the holiday season… In lieu of purchasing gifts and shipping them out to every person I know in this world and many that I do not know, I made these lil’ iPhone/iPad wallpapers. They may not seem like much, but they will brighten a barren homescreen and warm your heart. Follow the links below to grab the iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and iPad versions.
Download “Brownstone” Wallpaper
Download “Regrow” Wallpaper
Download “Watch” Wallpaper

A small gesture for the holiday season… In lieu of purchasing gifts and shipping them out to every person I know in this world and many that I do not know, I made these lil’ iPhone/iPad wallpapers. They may not seem like much, but they will brighten a barren homescreen and warm your heart. Follow the links below to grab the iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and iPad versions.

Download “Brownstone” Wallpaper

Download “Regrow” Wallpaper

Download “Watch” Wallpaper

I see software as the testing ground for the future, a place where we can put on our training wheels and get our ethics right and develop cultural and social norms for how technology should relate to humans.

Jonathan Harris, Founder of Cowbird

speaking at CreativeMornings/NewYork (*watch the talk)

I am more than optimistic about the ability of technology to go deeper, for our relationship to technology to become more intimate and meaningful, and, in turn, our relationships with each other. This will have less to do with the capability of engineering and more to do with the capability of users. We do not engineer meaning, but we can engineer things that pull wonderful things out of people. If you believe people are no more than like-button clicking machines you should be working to change that, or you should not be working for the internet.

From the archives: Christmas Party Flier

From the archives: Christmas Party Flier

We owe a huge thank you to all the folks who organized the Etsy Holiday Shop (a truly amazing space that is well worth a visit if you are in NYC) and invited Designer’s Debate Club to be a part of it. The debate was as hilarious as it was heated, and I think we all went home feeling a little more confident that the world’s problems are being taken care of, one debate at a time. But for reals, the debaters did an amazing job, along with our magnanimous moderator Cameron.

This is just the start for Designer’s Debate Club. Each event can only get better from here. We’re working on v2 of the site so you can track when the next event is coming, sign up for a newsletter, submit topic ideas, read up on past events, and maybe even discuss the issues right there. For now, follow @DesignDebaters to keep abreast of developments. Your foes on the debate floor and friends in life, Jon and Keenan.

Original Archiving Co. / Identity Illustration 4 : The Curator

Original Archiving Co. / Identity Illustration 4 : The Curator

Original Archiving Co. / Identity Illustration 3 : The Reader

Original Archiving Co. / Identity Illustration 3 : The Reader

Original Archiving Co. / Identity Illustration 1 : The Writer

Original Archiving Co. / Identity Illustration 1 : The Writer

Original Archiving Co. / Identity Illustration 2 : The Editor

Original Archiving Co. / Identity Illustration 2 : The Editor

WikiWeb (one of my all time favorite iOS apps) by Friends of the Web (one of my all time favorite creative shops) is on sale today for $1 (normally $5). This app is easily worth 500 pennies, and 100 pennies is a steal! Because I love it so much, I am going to buy 5 of them and gift them out to the first 5 people to spread the news about the WikiWeb sale today (reblog + tweet this).
So you have three ways of aquiring this awesome app. 
1) Buy it today while it is on Sale.
2) Share the news and I will buy it for you (lmtd. quantity)
3) Send 100 pennies in a sealed envelope to 1 Infinite Loop Cupertino, CA 95014
I am in no way a rich man, but I really love this app and the amazing team that built it and want them to continue to build awesome stuff.

WikiWeb (one of my all time favorite iOS apps) by Friends of the Web (one of my all time favorite creative shops) is on sale today for $1 (normally $5). This app is easily worth 500 pennies, and 100 pennies is a steal! Because I love it so much, I am going to buy 5 of them and gift them out to the first 5 people to spread the news about the WikiWeb sale today (reblog + tweet this).

So you have three ways of aquiring this awesome app. 

1) Buy it today while it is on Sale.

2) Share the news and I will buy it for you (lmtd. quantity)

3) Send 100 pennies in a sealed envelope to 1 Infinite Loop Cupertino, CA 95014

I am in no way a rich man, but I really love this app and the amazing team that built it and want them to continue to build awesome stuff.

I never in my career thought about what the goal was. The goal was always to be better than I was at the present time, at what I was doing.

—Jon Stewart 

(Source: howtowork)

From the archives: Internet Stuff

From the archives: Internet Stuff

Designer’s Debate Club Session 2 is on! We’ve teamed up with the Etsy Holiday Shop (an amazing 10 day pop up store in Soho) to host a debate on the motion that “Lean start-up methods prevent designers from solving big-picture design problems”.

Design process is getting faster. Is there wisdom in being the deliberate old tortoise, or are you being left in the dust? Are the design hares speeding to victory or are they poised for a disastrous misstep? 
The issue will be settled once and for all by the power of rhetoric and reason! Lords of Lean, espousers of efficiency, worshippers of speed — come raise your banners in battle with a brigand of blue sky brand builders. All are welcome. But be warned, you may be swayed.

Get a ticket!

Designer’s Debate Club Session 2 is on! We’ve teamed up with the Etsy Holiday Shop (an amazing 10 day pop up store in Soho) to host a debate on the motion that “Lean start-up methods prevent designers from solving big-picture design problems”.

Design process is getting faster. Is there wisdom in being the deliberate old tortoise, or are you being left in the dust? Are the design hares speeding to victory or are they poised for a disastrous misstep? 

The issue will be settled once and for all by the power of rhetoric and reason! Lords of Lean, espousers of efficiency, worshippers of speed — come raise your banners in battle with a brigand of blue sky brand builders. All are welcome. But be warned, you may be swayed.

Get a ticket!

That old saying, “takin’ the horse by the gut”.
This is an old cover concept for a Business Week article titled Game Changing Management Ideas. It was totally wrong for a cover, but there was always something about this lo-fi comp that I liked. If I ever get my hands on this print, I’m going to collage this together and hang it on my wall.

That old saying, “takin’ the horse by the gut”.

This is an old cover concept for a Business Week article titled Game Changing Management Ideas. It was totally wrong for a cover, but there was always something about this lo-fi comp that I liked. If I ever get my hands on this print, I’m going to collage this together and hang it on my wall.

My poster for Print Aid NYC is finished and available for purchase. All the posters are designed by NYC based designers, and 100% of the proceeds go to recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy.
Pick one up here

My poster for Print Aid NYC is finished and available for purchase. All the posters are designed by NYC based designers, and 100% of the proceeds go to recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy.

Pick one up here