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An Anniversary
Our third. Thank you all.
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PUBLISHED ON Sep.05.2005 BY Bryony & Armin
Michael B.’s comment is:

Armin and Bryony,

Happy anniversary.

You started it all, and nothing has ever been the same.


On Sep.05.2005 at 02:49 PM
debbie millman’s comment is:

bravo and thank you...

On Sep.05.2005 at 02:59 PM
Jeff Gill’s comment is:

Well done, Armin & Bryony! Speak Up is my favourite place on the internet. Thanks for all the love & labour you pour into it.

On Sep.05.2005 at 03:17 PM
ps’s comment is:

congrats and thanks for all the effort you pour into our hang-out.


On Sep.05.2005 at 03:20 PM
Tan’s comment is:

Congrats and thanks for building a halfway-house for us incorrigible denizens.

On Sep.05.2005 at 03:43 PM
Randy’s comment is:

Thanks for your enthusiasm, committment to growth, and willingness to share and provoke. You are greatly appreciated and respected.

On Sep.05.2005 at 04:04 PM
JonSel’s comment is:

A hardy "woohoo!" from the other side of the Hudson!

On Sep.05.2005 at 04:34 PM
pedro’s comment is:

Congratulations to you both!!!

Congratulations to all the crowd that makes Speakup what it is:

nothing has ever been the same

my favourite place on the internet

our hang-out

a halfway-house for us incorrigible denizens


a terrific grandson!!!


There is no place like Speakup

On Sep.05.2005 at 06:26 PM
Michael Holdren’s comment is:

Armin and Bryony (and the authors who have been along for the ride):

(I wish I could fully express my gratitude to you two for creating Speak Up by just typing in some words that are put together in a very clever and meaningful way. Unfortunately I'm not as good at that as I like to pretend I am but I'll try anyway...)

With as much excitement and humbleness as possible, I want to say thank you for creating such a fantastic resource and a lively community for designers/illustrators/typographers everywhere. I have grown so much more as a designer in the last year than I would have if I never found Speak Up.

Congratulations and Thank You.

On Sep.05.2005 at 06:33 PM
Shahla’s comment is:

III III III Happy Anniversary III III III

… a terrific grandson!!!


On Sep.05.2005 at 11:06 PM
David Gilliaert Werner’s comment is:

On Sep.05.2005 at 11:31 PM
Unnikrishna Menon Damodaran’s comment is:

Hi Armin & Bryony

I do not know how to express it. It is an exciting experience every time i log on to your site. I do wonder what makes me keep coming back! May be it is just pure love for communication with like-minded people all over the world.(difficult to find in Saudi Arabia where i am making a living now)

It is a virtual communication temple for graphic designers.

I can't let a day go by without visiting it. I love the pure and transparent communication about everything, especially graphic design. Here, everything is always under consideration. It is not just an online forum or blog - it is the life, lust, work, creativity, business, issues, problems, frustrations and everything about graphic designers around the world.

Thank you and keep going.

Please visit the link and vote


On Sep.06.2005 at 03:00 AM
Armin’s comment is:

David, after that I think we will be denying photograph privileges to our interns… Specially during lunch. (For those wondering, David was an intern with Lisa Strausfeld's team a few months ago, you can see some of his experience here)

> … a terrific grandson!!! ???

Shahla, Pedro is my dad, so since Speak Up is our baby

On Sep.06.2005 at 07:27 AM
Pesky Illustrator’s comment is:

Hello Armin & Bryony...

There's no place like home, but this is a wonderful little roach motel...oh, juuuuust joking...this is, as UMD says, a virtual communication temple...you made a good thing happen.

I admire you all and hope to someday be rambling on about designy things again...

On Sep.06.2005 at 08:24 AM
r agrayspace’s comment is:

Don't let modesty allow you to underestimate what you have accomplished with SpeakUp. Its become one of those one-of-a-kind places on the intarwebs that embodies everything the web should be for communities like us.

It fills a large void.

Thanks for all the hard work. The consistency with which you maintain the quantity and quality of content is inspiring.

On Sep.06.2005 at 09:57 AM
fatknuckle’s comment is:

Congrats and keep challenging us. We are all better for it (at least some of us.)

On Sep.06.2005 at 11:12 AM
DesignMaven’s comment is:

Arm and Byrony:

Speak Up, what can I say about Speak Up that has not already been said?

In it's infancy there was maybe about three to five people actually talking about Design. Sort of like a PARTY LINE.

In the beginning there was TAN, JonSel, Sam, Graham, Norbert, Hirant (hhp) and a few others. Norbert and Hirant (hhp) moved on to Typophile.com

In those Days I was just lurking. I was posting on Brand Channel.com. I always found the Speak Up's Forum searching for material on Corporate Identity. I didn't say anything because nothing was being said I didn't already know. I didn't come back every day. The site always came up when I did periodic searches.

What Hooked me, as I said last year was the Discussion on PAUL RAND.

For the Record, Brand Channel.com started the Trend to be Accurate, Fair and Honest. Brand Channel was Bigger and had more participants. Brand Channel pre-dates Speak Up by one year and some months.

No comparison. There isn't any Design weblog like Speak Up in Cyber Space.

Although, most of the Discussion was about General Graphic Design which doesn't interest me. It is Corporate Identity and Critique of Identity Design that has gained Speak Up Notoriety and placed it in the History Books.

Now the magazines are trying to copy our Identity Critique Format which doesn't actually work for a magazine unless you allow an immediate feedback. Which has to be inclusive and can only be accomplished online.

Three years old, time really travels. I've been aboard for all three years. Only counting the times I actually posted which is about 2- 2 1/2 years.

Fond memories and I trust many more.


On Sep.06.2005 at 11:42 AM
DesignMaven’s comment is:

Follow Up:

Where would we be without a follow up from me.

Forgot to mention.

Logo Smack Down is and always will be a part of Speak Up's Notoriety.

What happened to it this SUMMER ???

Although, I'll be MIA.


On Sep.06.2005 at 11:53 AM
Greg’s comment is:

A brief third anniversary haiku:

Speak Up is three now

It can feed and clothe itself


Seriously, thanks for being a place to share my (many) neuroses. You rock!

On Sep.06.2005 at 01:30 PM
Kyle Hildebant’s comment is:

Hapy birthday guys. We all appreciate your efforts. There has been a great community developing here.

On Sep.06.2005 at 01:39 PM
Mark Notermann’s comment is:

It’s like hanging at the water cooler or favorite tavern of the industry’s best and brightest. As a student and future professional, this is invaluable access. I’ve learned more here than in most lectures.

Thank You!

On Sep.06.2005 at 03:21 PM
Daniel Green’s comment is:

Thanks and congratulations on the creation of a wonderful and important gathering place for designers and thinkers. I only wish I would have discovered it sooner.

On Sep.06.2005 at 05:18 PM
CactusJones’s comment is:


On Sep.06.2005 at 08:44 PM
Shahla’s comment is:

Yes I know �Papa’ Pedro : )

It’s just that Speak Up could be considered as a cute little grand-daughter, too!

I know, I know, I always go on about the gender thing but then turn around and make comments using �man’ or �he’ as the primary human identifier…

I was also refering to �real’ babies just to add pressure to your little nest-building/family project —just kidding. You and Bryony have plenty of time.

Though we all love this baby of yours and play with it all the time, I hope when the time comes for a real one this �virtual baby’ doesn't get �sent away to boarding school’. Metaphor for Speak Up getting so BIG that you and Bryony hardly ever have time and therefore delegate the tasks : /

Actually, it’s all good. Or along the line of a famous maven’s saying: “It’s a good thing.” —It’ll be a good thing as you both keep doing what you do so well.

Best wishes for Speak Up as it ventures beyond the �toddler’ years.

On Sep.07.2005 at 12:06 AM
design is like...uh...trying to, like, say...uh....the right thing....uh and, you know, get across y’s comment is:

yes armen and bryony. congratulations. it is a good resource which benefits us all.

thank you.

On Sep.07.2005 at 12:40 AM
Shahla’s comment is:

Another way to say it is Happy Fourth!!!!

The debate rages on in some parts of the world. If you’re precise you should be saying �happy fourth’ because the third year is over already…

Speak Up begins it’s 4th year.

On Sep.07.2005 at 01:37 PM
Diane Witman’s comment is:

Happy Anniversary/Birthday/New Year...I'm confused. Whichever one you choose to celebrate, congratulations!

On Sep.07.2005 at 06:53 PM
Michael Surtees’s comment is:

Funny how close I was and didn't even know it was your third. Congrats., I look forward to seeing how things evolve. This site has helped me more than you could ever have guessed.


On Sep.10.2005 at 08:09 AM