Image searching with the endless depths of the internet has always been a bit of an effort. While I personally found my own little hacks into Flickr that made the job easier, the mass default; Google Images does not do the job well. Tumblr, while a supremely brilliant repository of everything weird, wonderful and cool, is, alongside Pinterest, dependent on the tagging abilities of it’s users to be able to make image searching easier (and therefore, not great). Piccsy, a new start up with a great name, and an even better pitch doc/website; are proposing they can solve this problem of abundance vs. ease. Their pitch doc in particular not only identifies a real problem to solve, but also does it with a certain amount of visual and developer panache. One to watch.Read More
Flutter.iois a smart little app with a lot of potential in it. (Gizmodo covered it here). Simply put, it uses your webcam to help pause and play spotify and/or iTunes. The app works pretty well so far, and the novelty (and connivence) is worth it for price of entry alone. This feels like an area of gesture that hasn’t been explored that much, which leads me to think that the app has a lot more to bring to the party than just putting your palm in front of the camera and playing/pausing apps. So it’ll be interesting to see where this goes. (On a side note Flutter, your website isn’t much to shout about, the getty images vibe is not cool. Please sort accordingly…)
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Most of us remember Geocities in some way shape or form. I personally remember there being some great pages dedicated to 60’s psych and other weird delights like that. It turns out that before it was shut down in 2010, and 35 million pages of fandom and weirdness were lost forever, (it was the third most popular website in the 1990’s), The Archive Team downloaded and archived the 650gigabytes of data held on the site. This has now been turned into an interactive installation of digital archeology. The Deleted City is the result.
Seeing this, it got me thinking if our digital data is as transient as it once was with Geocities. Even though facebook’s implosion (or sale) is almost impossible to imagine now, this is still an evolving and relatively new world, a the lie of the land may look settled today, but that doesn’t mean it will always be so. It would be strange to think of facebook becoming a digital archeology site like geocities does here, but it’s not impossible in a world that’s breaking boundaries and evolutionary cycles as rapidly as the world wide web.Read More
Jung Von Matt have really been doing some serious great work the last few years, especially in using to tech to bring their ideas to life. This concept for Mercedes is another example of that quality. To promote the new F-CELL Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology that make’s a Mercedes emissions ‘invisible’, they did just that. Made the car invisible. The video above shows how effective this idea was as the car toured Germany, creating genuine WOW moments.
Another superb example of how tech can be used to create gorgeous simple stories that amaze. I hope this gains the acclaim it deserves.Read More
One of the most consistently inspiring companies out there is the guys from Northern Sweden, North Kingdom. There year has been punctuated by many excellent projects. From Volvo Cross Country Travels (Which I blogged about last month), to the extensively chronicled ‘Three Dreams Of Black’ project with Google Creative Labs.
That last project provides one the examples in this presentation from Alfredo Aponte. Entitled ‘Enhancing Experiences with Animation’), it shows how animation (not in it’s Pixar/Dreamworks configuration) is one of the most essential elements to any genuinely successful product, project or campaign. The metaphors he draws upon to describe great UX are smart and help demystify and clarify in equal measure. So this presentation works well as both an introduction to the subject and and clear opinion piece for those with a keen interest in the discipline. Well worth a read.
The blog HUDS AND GUIS, has proved to be a fascinating education, and opened up a vast hub of inspiring design work. This truly is one of the most essential bookmarks of the year.
The blog itself is a list of interesting work from both films and adverts that incorporates digital interaction. Minority Report is widely regarded as one the first (and best films) to bring to life the near future of technology in a realistic and authentic way. From those (very successful beginnings), the list of films that has applied excellent examples of HUDS has grown. Culminating this year with the stunning work created for TRON Legacy. (Which was every single design geeks wet dream…)
There’s lots and lots to explore here that frankly, isn’t going to be done justice by my brief introduction. What is fascinating is how close the future of film, has come to reflect our own contemporary UI trends. Which is really is a credit to the designers who worked on these films, (especially the work of Jake Sargeant over at MN8) as well as (dare as I say it) The holloywood filmmakers who sought out this expertise in the first place. A fascinating journey, and one that is highly recommended.
The Jumpman 23 HUDS & GUIS in action:Read More