Simon Griffee Design Photography Writing Illustration

July 2016

Self-Portrait With Bad Thumb, New York City, July 2016

Published 2016 July 31

By the way, you should really go watch the new Star Trek (Beyond) — a film with much-needed optimism, focussed on unity and going beyond our reptillian instincts of agression, fear and violence. McCoy and Spock’s characters are at their best and I feel the story arc is almost perfect.

The film was particularly poignant given the tragic death of Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov, and Leonard Nimoy’s passing last year.

Queensboro Plaza Station, New York City, July 2016

Published 2016 July 31

Milton Glaser Still Hearts New York #
Stephen Hawking: Our Attitude Towards Wealth Played a Crucial Role in Brexit #

A basic income is needed for each human being on Earth.

5th Avenue and 42nd Street, New York City, March 2015

Published 2016 July 30

5th Avenue by New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York City, March 2015

Published 2016 July 30

Courtyard in East Village, New York City, July 2015

Published 2016 July 30

LaGuardia Airport, New York City, June 2016

Published 2016 July 28

Riegelmann Boardwalk, Coney Island, New York City, July 2016

Published 2016 July 27

Luna Park, Coney Island, New York City, July 2016

Published 2016 July 26

A Nihilist’s Guide to Meaning #
In lieu of meaning, I mostly adopted the attitude of Alan Watts. Existence, he says, is fundamentally playful. It’s less like a journey, and more like a piece of music or a dance. And the point of dancing isn’t to arrive at a particular spot on the floor; the point of dancing is simply to dance. Vonnegut expresses a similar sentiment when he says, “We are here on Earth to fart around. …continue
Rosarivo #

Nice typeface designed for use in letterpress printing. Found via Kevin Simler.

Broadway by Union Square, New York City, March 2016

Published 2016 July 24

The Fuck #

Magnificent app which corrects your previous console command.

Node.js Template For Quickly Hacking Together a Website #

Useful for hackathons.

Simple Portfolio Website With Google Sites

An image showing the site template that includes Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa as an example portfolio piece.

Here’s a simple Google Sites template made to help anyone publish a portfolio of work online. A template for a résumé is also included in the about page.

Face on Paper Bag

Published 2016 July 23

Queens Boulevard Near Van Dam Street, New York City, May 2016

Published 2016 July 22

West Street by World Trade Center, New York City, September 2015

Published 2016 July 20

Prince Street and Broadway, New York City, September 2015

Published 2016 July 20

42nd Street Near 8th Avenue, New York City, July 2016

Published 2016 July 19

Idea × Execution #

The impact of an idea depends on how well it is executed.

Arguman #

Open source argument analysis platform for critical thinking using argument maps. Love the design that uses American Typewriter.

Bleecker Street Near Cornelia Street, New York City, July 2016

Published 2016 July 18

The History of the URL: Path, Fragment, Query, and Auth #
In 1992 Tim Berners-Lee created three things, giving birth to what we consider the Internet. The HTTP protocol, HTML, and the URL. His goal was to bring ‘Hypertext’ to life. Hypertext at its simplest is the ability to create documents which link to one another. At the time it was viewed more as a science fiction panacea, to be complimented by Hypermedia, and any other word you could add ‘Hyper’ in front of. …continue

Galileo’s Drawings From Observation and the Enlightenment of Our Species

From The Galileo Project website’s page on Galileo’s drawings of sunspots: In 1612 during the summer months, Galileo made a series of sunspot observations which were published in Istoria e Dimostrazioni Intorno Alle Macchie Solari e Loro Accidenti Rome (History and Demonstrations Concerning Sunspots and their Properties, published 1613). Because these observations were made at appoximately the same time of day, the motion of the spots across the Sun can easily be seen.

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Pale Blue Dot #
When bombarded with bad news I like to remember Carl Sagan‘s comments about a picture of our solar systems taken from Voyager 1: We succeeded in taking that picture, and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there – on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam. …continue

Sakura Park, New York City, July 2016

Published 2016 July 17

George Dibbern, Citizen of the World #
Quest is a book by sailor-philosopher and self-declared citizen of the world George Dibbern, who renounced his German passport in 1940 and created his own with the following declaration: I, George Dibbern, through long years in different countries and sincere friendship with many people in many lands feel my place to be outside of nationality, a citizen of the world and a friend of all peoples. I recognize the divine origin of all nations and therefore their value in being as they are, respect their laws, and feel my existence solely as a bridge of good fellowship between them. …continue
Istanbul #

Fan-made music video using Morrissey’s song Istanbul from the album World Peace Is None of Your Business using visuals from two of Nuri Bilge Ceylan‘s films: Uzak and Three Monkeys.

42nd Street and 5th Avenue, New York City, September 2015

Published 2016 July 16

Pasta Clock Now Works Without Flash

Just a note that Pasta Clock (al dente, not al mush) now works on browsers without Adobe Flash installed. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a way for the alarm sound to play on iOS, so I use the default iPhone timer when I can find my phone .

George Orwell: Toward European Unity #

Bryant Park, New York City, September 2015

Published 2016 July 16

HTML Form to File.txt

Summary: HTML/JavaScript form that saves user input into a text file in Markdown format with YAML front matter for use on your local computer. Use to quickly create a post for publishing with a static website generator such as Hugo or Jekyll. After my recent site redesign my photo publishing workflow is as follows: After choosing a photograph in Lightroom, I export it into the images folder of my Hugo-powered site on my computer.

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Record Part of Your Screen, Save as Animated GIF #

‘LICEcap’ is an odd name, but it works well.

14th Street by Union Square, New York City, September 2015

Published 2016 July 12

42nd Street Near 8th Avenue, New York City, June 2016

Published 2016 July 11

You Are Text in a Dungeon #

Nethack is certainly one of the greatest games you will ever play.

Khoi Vinh Adobe XD Interview with Tom Krcha #

It would be nice to be able to download the Adobe XD preview without signing up for an Adobe ID.

6th Avenue and 23rd Street, New York City, July 2015

Published 2016 July 10

A-Train, New York City, March 2016

Published 2016 July 10

49th Street and 5th Avenue, New York City, March 2016

Published 2016 July 8

Content, Connection, Self-determination, Convenience, Beauty #
Am going through Jenifer Tidwell’s insightful blog posts from 2011: It’s interesting that nowhere in this list does “layout” appear. Nor “color” or “typography” or “form design” or any other low-level design concept. They’re still important parts of our craft, of course, and laypeople ought to know about them. But in the end, their only real value is in how well they serve bigger needs: content, connection, self-determination, convenience, beauty. …continue
Open Camps #

Today is the first day of the world’s largest mission-driven open source conference, hosted at the UN here in NYC.

Designers That Code #

Jenifer Tidwell:

So, it’s possible to be seen as both a designer and a coder. But it requires very, very careful management of your personal brand. Set expectations clearly, and defend your personal boundaries — if you’re doing more coding than you like, you’ll have to decide when and how to push back or ask for more design responsibility.

Queens Boulevard Near 33rd Street, New York City, June 2016

Published 2016 July 7

A Mechanism Designed to Ensure Nuclear War Could Be Reliably Fought #

Yonatan Zunder:

Hidden inside the network protocol that powers the Internet is a system designed to fight a nuclear war, even if Washington were destroyed by a surprise Soviet attack. Today, it mostly powers cat videos.

Website Redesign

Ferns in spring in Inwood Hill Park, New York City, May 2016. After eleven years apart, hypertexthero.com (design) and simongriffee.com (photography) were combined into one — this — website. If you came here looking for photographs, don’t worry, those are not going away and regular entries depicting the streets of New York will resume shortly right here in the Notebook (the front page). A mailing list is still available for my six faithful subscribers, as is an RSS syndication feed, and you can now browse content by keyword, time, location and the randomness of life thanks to Hugo’s wonderful Taxonomies system.

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