Over 1,000 Starbucks will now let you pay with your iPhone, and I don’t mean that in the sense of their drinks can be so expensive that they’ll accept you handing over your iPhone as payment. They’ve got an app that generates a QR code that the barista scans for payment. I imagine from there Starbucks has access to your bank account or credit card, which may or may not be a good thing for someone that’s a coffee addict. Original story and photo from Gizmodo, click here to check it.
Just happened across this blog post pointing to a Flickr gallery of an almost endless supply of old matchbook scans. Looks to me like most of them are from the 40’s-60’s, but I wasn’t alive then, so I can’t really say for sure. Read more on Maraid Design’s blog here or jump straight to the Flickr gallery here.
So maybe “the best magazine ever” is a little bit of an overstatement, but I’m really psyched to discover PUCK magazine. It was a political satire magazine from the 1870’s that ran up until almost the 1920’s. Notable in the advertising and design world because it was the “first magazine to carry illustrated advertising and the first to successfully adopt full color lithography printing for a weekly publication,” according the Wikipedia. It was also printed in the Puck building, which was designed as “the world’s largest lithographic pressworks under a single roof” in 1885. And on a personal note, I really enjoy political satire and I really like the fact that the magazine sided politically with the Bourbon Democrats, which I currently know nothing about, but it sounds like the political party for me. I really need to find a copy of this magazine, I’m really stoked about this, so much so that I just used the word “stoked.”
I know that you don’t shotgun beers everyday, but wouldn’t it be nice if you did decide to shotgun one and your bottle opener also doubled as a tool to poke a hole in the can. Sure, you could use your teeth or your thumb, but I’d like to not have any wounds from opening a beer, only a result of drinking them. Thanks to Gizmodo, I now know about the Brewzer, the only bottle opener that has a tip intended to “be used as a beer shotgun tool.” Unfortunately it won’t be available til mid-April, which is a shame cause my birthday is in a week.
Maybe this is really 2 blogs you should be reading. We Love You So just posted an entry about the New York Times Abstract City Blog by Chris Niemann. Super-simple, thought-provoking illustrations. I clicked on the first page, and couldn’t stop until I got to the end. Check all the links to find out more.
So for the idea of putting a QR code on food, I give that a 9. But the fact that it’s basically just slapped on a piece of sugary-wafery-cookie type thing that is just sitting on top of the cupcake, I only give that a 4, it’s just lazy. But either way, this should compliment my Pantone and Helvetica mugs, my nerdy type coasters, and these Helvetica cookies. Really, one day I’m going to have a party and all of these things are going to be there. Find out more about these cupcakes here.
I’m sure at this point everyone has seen the experiments with McDonald’s food sitting around for a long time and the food never starts decaying or growing bacteria or anything like that. But I really think it’s worth bringing up again after seeing this on Boingboing this morning. This is a photo of a 1 year old happy meal. This doesn’t look any different than a happy meal that was made today, yet it’s a year old. The thing that really scares me about this is the fact that if you eat something from McDonald’s, how do you know it’s not a year old if the food never decays?
Google has finally been trumped as the most viewed website in the US. Take a wild guess as to what the new top site is? No, it’s not this blog, but thanks for thinking of us. To find out the real answer, you’ll have to read the story on CNN.
Just read this article on PSFK.com about a new project coming from American Apparel. They basically held a contest on Lookbook.nu for people to submit photos wearing their favorite American Apparel clothing. After going through all the entries, AA picked out 77 people to feature in a new book. It sounds like the majority of the photos that will be used in the book are the actual user-submitted photos. Others will be people that submitted photos but will be re-shot using pro photogs. The books will be given away for free at stores.
Check out the article here or click the picture.
Ever wondered what a hand models face looks like? Probably not, cause I never really have either. But here’s a little slide show from Slate that reveals some of the faces behind popular hands.
I think this is Cabell’s official endorsement for the Hipstamatic iPhone App. Cabell downloaded it over the weekend while the DDC was in town and pretty much every picture he takes now is with that app. Here are 2 he wanted up on the blog. It does give a pretty nice look to the pictures. I wonder if there is a full manual function app for the iPhone camera?