Josh submits (pasted from his comments under product review 12658
“Project Runway” was this incredible reality show on the BRAVO network. They took 12 up and coming designers and each week they had a challenge. As an example, make a dress out of what you can buy in the grocery store. And each week one person was eliminated. There will be a seaon 2 this year. This is the website. Michael Kors was a judge on the show and he would say the funniest things. Like once he called someone’s outfit “Farty”. You can catch reruns of it all the time. It’s on tonight.
Has anybody seen this show? Unfortunately I got Josh’s post too late to watch the show. While I’m thinking of it, are there any shows I should be watching? Please let me know. I’m trying to watch more tv -a new year’s resolution and I even got cable. I’m thinking tv is a good socialization exercise. Consider the alternative of my daily reality; it’s difficult to chit-chat or converse with the average person if you haven’t watched tv since Reagan’s first term in office.
Speaking of social niceties and the fluffier side of things, you may want to check out DailyCandy and select daily delivery of news from the fashion mecca closest to you. Daily Candy seems to be good at getting the skinny on designer sample sales among other things. If you’re a girlie-girl, this is right up your alley. A sample info-byte:
Every industry-insider’s secret weapon, Bluefly.com is like a sample sale that never ends, carrying high-end designer clothing, shoes, accessories, and home wares at prices up to 65 percent off. Fresh merchandise arrives on a daily basis, from runway classics like Marni, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, and Christian Louboutin to quirky young designers like C. Ronson, Juicy Couture, Capital Tailors, and Temma Dahan.
I’ve finished reading _Call of the Mall_ by Paco Underhill and while I’m not sure what or how I feel about it yet, I do know that you all should read it too. There are 93 used copies if you’re short on cash. As it is, I’ll have to buy a copy -mine is borrowed- because he validates what little I wrote of retail in the entrepreneur’s guide. While Paco Underhill is often described as a “retail anthropologist”, there’s nothing academic about his writing style. Call of the Mall is an easy evening read. If I had any complaint about the book it would be that I wanted more meatiness -and I’m a vegetarian- more facts, more hard statistics and data that were merely alluded to within the text. I do not believe he was being intellectually stingy or building room for potential consultancies because he’s just too open with his information. I believe he omitted these things from the book to increase readership amongst laymen and retailers. If you browse research on his website, you’ll find some stats and charts to append the text. Lastly, while you’re checking out this book, go ahead and get _Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping also by Paco Underhill. I certainly will be.
I am looking forward to reading Edward Tufte once I manage to pry, bribe, contrive, lie, steal, seduce or otherwise crudely manipulate the book away from its owner, so expect influences. His work explains the elements of high-quality instructional design, graphs and charting, validating the necessity of conventions and schematics in technical or instructional renderings (including patterns). For one thing, iconography is highly useful in labeling, hang-tags and as signage in retail environments as well as instructive in plants particularly where multi-languages are common. The New York Times describes Tufte as “the Leonardo da Vinci of data”.