out in the wild

A heads up – the new blog at www.gdc.net is live and I will be writing more about design there, as previously mentioned. Check it out if you’re into design! Also if you’re not into design, this might be a good opportunity to learn a bit more about it and what some of the broader issues are that can relate to things far outside of the creative suite.
I took the above shot in North Vancouver near the auto mall. It’s a birdhouse in the middle of a small woodland area, about 12 feet off the ground. I’m not sure how I’d feel about seeing this at night, but the face on a tree looked pretty cool in the daytime. Many plans for the weekend, not the least of which is a lot of reading on the topic of consumer behaviour, and I am sure writing is in there at some point!
This morning, Keith pointed out how different the pro-STV site and the anti-STV site are in terms of design roll out. The differences are pretty stark. I have a few ideas of what this might mean and why it might be but I’d like to hear what you think. Why are the designs so different? What difference do you think it might make to the viewers? What does it reflect in each organizer?

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  1. Haha, wow re: STV +/-.
    From what I heard, they were given equal budgets for marketing. Somebody spent smarter, methinks. Design, social integration, content . . . it all seems distinctly stronger on STV +.
    My wife also immediately noticed that STV – links to the Citizens’ Assembly Flash piece explaining, but also pro-, STV. It appears that they believe this piece’ll convince people against STV.

  2. Re: Consumer Behaviour
    Throw your textbook out. Unless you can really buy the notion of homo-economicus (The *rational* human that all economics is based on), I suggest you argue that the assumptions are majorly flawed and that barely any real consumer is truly rational these days. A famous example (I forget who used this): Just look at when a person is choosing jam: there are so many different varieties, with varying price points and you’ll find that people are completely irrational when it comes to purchasing this product, rather than *rationally* choosing the cheapest one every time. (or the one that falls into your preferred basket of goods) 🙂

  3. Coming from the design community (architecture and interior design) I think that a lot of people don’t realize how important good design is. Or they take it for granted at the very least.
    Obviously more thought went into the design of the Pro-STV website – kudos to them for good design!
    It’s almost like the Anti-STV website was programmed ‘for dummies’ because it’s a basic version of code (right?) – with the blue links and white background etc. (Forgive me, I’m not a programmer…)
    The Pro-STV site is better suited ‘for dummies’ though because all of their categories are sorted by colour! What can be easier to navigate and read?!
    Nothing worse than a brutal website. I cringed the other day when I saw this one:
    I can’t stand this store to begin with, but come on! Clip art and a fancy font for each category?! Spare me. They need to step out of the past and into the present – online AND in their stores. Ugh.

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