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37 signals gave the soapbox to crowdSPRING to justify the crowdsourcing and spec work platform and the debate ensued. I got through about half of the long rant, then half of the comments, and called it a day.

I've already chimed in about my opinion for crowdSPRING. I believe there is a place for this market, and if small businesses will support it with dollars, then it will continue to exist. As a lot of designers commented, market places like this don't threaten them. Someone going to crowdSPRING doesn't really expect depth of experience for what they pay. Like it or not, this marketplace appears to be thriving and a good number of designers of varying levels of experience are participating, much to the disappointment of AIGA. Nevertheless, the debate rages on.

TYPECHART is pretty neat. It lets you flip through, preview for Mac or Windows and compare web typography while retrieving the CSS.

Ars rounds up the new features in the forthcoming release of the Adobe CS4 suite to be released sometime next month. I think I'll have to upgrade for the multipage docs in Illustrator alone.

Photoshop CS4

* GPU-based drawing of documents onscreen
* 64-bit for Windows
* Expanded 3-D paint, lighting and rendering tools

Illustrator CS4

* Multipage documents with different sizes
* Indesign-style separations preview
* Many updated tools like gradient and blob brush

Indesign CS4

* Live Preflighting
* Easy Flash document creation
* Smart guides and spacing tools

Flash CS4

* Powerful Animation presets
* H.264 encoding
* Expanded 3-D transformation and object support with inverse kinematics and bones

This is one of the cleverest web ads I've ever seen. May even trump the Apple ad units that talk to each other.

I'm pleased to announce the first of a series of products that I'm producing for creatives involved in design for the screen. The first 2 products are graph paper notepads formatted for user interface design and design of time-related sequences.

The Wireframe Graph Paper Notepad is made for visual designers, interaction designers, and information architects designing for the screen. The notepad has 50 sheets at 8 1/2 x 11 inches on white 70# paper, glued on the left side. The ink is a non-photo blue (cyan) so that the grid lines and any sketch lines made in non-photo blue pencil can be knocked out when scanned and processed in graphics software.

The Storyboard Notepad is made for creatives who think about interactions over time, whether doing user interface or interaction design or planning video, film, and animation sequences. The notepad has 50 sheets at 8 1/2×11 inches on white 70# paper, glued on the left side. The ink is a non-photo blue (cyan).

You can find out more about these products at http://konigi.com/store. Due to several large advanced orders supplies are limited.

I welcome your feedback!

minimalsites is a nice minimalist CSS web design showcase.

Tim Brown, of IDEO, has been creating some excellent posts to his new blog about design thinking and is writing a book on the topic.

A Flickr Group with covers from fashion mag, The Face. As an undergrad in the early 90's, I was friends with an art dealer I worked with for a few years who read this magazine. He used to let me borrow his clothes, and the thing I took most of the time was his The Face t-shirt that I'd wear with a black jacket. This set of photos brings back funny memories of that NYC gallery scene.

Peter Thuvander's concept for a YoYo powered battery charger for USB devices like the iPhone is brilliant. I'm a big fan of efforts to provide clever alternative energy sources from human-powered generators.

Via Core77, yo.

xSort releases their free card sorting software for Mac OS X. Excellent.

Click a character to copy it—hold down «alt» to copy several characters. Simple and brilliant.

Update: Martin updated the site to allow copying as text or HTML. Sweet.