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Joe Vance
Graphic/UI/UX Designer. Artist. Design/art/pop-culture fanboy. I make obscure movie references. Talk incessantly about music. Ok, maybe I'm just a fanboy.
Graphic/UI/UX Designer. Artist. Design/art/pop-culture fanboy. I make obscure movie references. Talk incessantly about music. Ok, maybe I'm just a fanboy.

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Best. Binder Idea. Ever.

Really do need to remember to check in here. Still digging on this mobile UI.

Pacific Rim was pretty much just what it needed to be, and that is a hybrid of so many nerdy things from my childhood (and teen years) that I was turned into back into a kid while watching it.

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Late lunch break

Huh, the Google+ app for iOS is pretty spiffy. Irony?

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It's funny (and by funny, I mean in a way that only David Cross could eloquently point out the sharp, brutal edge of hypocrisy and still make you laugh) the amount of emphasis and personal investment people have placed in the app Instagram. Two things have happened lately involving that very app which have, apparently, been so disruptive to everyone's internet-based judgmental lives (so much more could be said on that topic) that I liken it to what these people would HAVE to think or say if someone dropped a trailer park in the middle of Austin, TX. One happened last week (Instagram was released for Android users) and another today (its acquisition by Facebook). Let's start with the first thing, which is maybe a bit more simple to point out and get to the heart of: how many disparaging, outraged, snarky, elitist Tweets I see regarding the availability of Instagram on Android devices. What's maybe most surprising to me regarding this matter is how many of these messages and RTs I've seen coming from designers and field representatives who've established themselves as industry innovators. Get over yourselves, people. It's an application meant to give users a way to express their life through photo documentation and spin those moments with a few simple photo filters. What it is NOT is an application meant to short change and bypass the hard work and eye of pro-photographers so that you can fancy yourself the new Annie Leibovitz or Ansel Adams. Those "leaders" should know that better than anyone.

Where the second thing is concerned, I'm amazed that so many seem to be shocked and outraged by this development. Honestly, are you THAT surprised? Look at what Facebook has made their forefront mission (taken directly from their own Facebook page): "… to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected". Given that they've stated in interviews a desire to hire people and find ways to "catalyze emotions, rather than simply enable users to accomplish tasks" and to get at "the science of things you can’t reason about, that you just feel” (, this acquisition should hardly be shocking at all. I cannot believe the true issue is one large company/corporation buying a former start-up app and/or the questions about how their content will be used, especially in the face of people making statements in NY Times articles like: "I for one would feel more comfortable with Facebook looking through my phonebook, wallet and underwear drawer if I knew I was going to get paid for it" (

I think the core issue being exposed here is the overrighteous attitudes and sense-of-self that iOS users (iPhone/iPad) have adopted. In an age when so many of these people have taken to Twitter to spread the word about Occupy movements all over the country and "demonize" the ways in which there are attempts to inhibit freedom of speech and access to information on the internet: they're a "99%" all their own with a preference for their "gated community" away from what they view to be the inferior "1%" (Android users and until last week, those who were not left out of all the "hipster" fun to be found in Instagram), trying to hold on to an unjustified, baseless ideal and sense of possession of a service (or services) where the intentions for use were never something they were given control of to begin with. There's an underlying issue of "who has the power and control" there, in which the aforementioned attitudes and stances hardly "make the world more open and connected".

As someone who works in the web field (with all that entails) and engages frequently (and what I hope to be sensibly) in many of the ways in which we connect online: that, to me, is a real knee slapper.

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It's probably impossible to quantify how much joy and amusement this photo gives me.

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Really digging on the style adjustments I'm getting from the new Every Time I Die track.

Every Time I Die - "Revival Mode"!
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