Ideas

The (mostly) true story of hobo graffiti

Hobos were and still are traveling workers who live on the road. Over time they came up with a written sign language to communicate among themselves. Things like “this house has a kind woman” or “beware of dog”.

A while back I built a HyperCard stack that was a collection of hobo signs. Not sure whatever happened to it but it was fun to scan and translate them.

[via Kottke.org]

Tinker Hatfield on design and creativity

“Pole vaulter turned architect turned shoe designer, Tinker Hatfield first made a name for himself working alongside Michael Jordan on the legendary Air Jordan sneaker line. In an in depth conversation, Tinker reflects back on everything from designing the Nike Air MAG’s for Back to the Future II to how he uses motorcycling and music as part of his creative process.”

Tinker Hatfield is Nike’s VP of Design and quite an interesting person. I love that four door VW bus pickup, very rare and fully restored. Looks like he has an Airstream as well.

Note the iPad and his comment on using it as a design tool.

[via Uncrate]

The sound that connects Stravinsky to Bruno Mars

This is an incredible short documentary by VOX on one of the first sampled sounds (the orchestra hit) which happened to be a concert of Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and how it’s been used ever since in rock, rap, and everything in between. This is an incredible story and history.

[via Uncrate]