February 08, 2008

Singularity

Singularity?

"Singularity  is the first large-scale online web conference in the world.

Singularity is over 100 of the world’s top web visionaries, developers, designers, thought leaders, and celebrities.

Singularity is three days of talks over multiple tracks.

In 2008, Singularity will define Web ‘08."

More here...

November 14, 2007

The Five Competencies

Yes, it's about as dry as a dessert of parchment, but over on UXMatters Steve Psomas presents a dissection of User Experience Design and the roles and skills needed for various parts of it. I hate the word "competencies" and I'm sure that this shouldn't be regarded as the final word on the subject, but I do like an attempt to bring clarity to an area which has got so many overlapping terms and meanings.

There's also a handy downloadable pdf which is always nice I feel.

November 09, 2007

Lightwriting

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Graffiti artists in Berlin are replacing spray cans with torches, glow sticks  and digital cameras. The results are stunning as proved by Flickr user, lichtfaktor. The technique loosely involves setting the cameras to over expose and painting with various lights in the shot. Essentially a form of stop  motion animation, light writing employs a phenomenon known as persistence of vision which creates the optical illusion to the viewer.

Some companies are even employing the technique to form the part of their visual identity, Joost for example.

August 31, 2007

Look mom, I found where ideas come from

How about a "scary chocolate event" anyone?

www.tdbspecialprojects.com/

August 14, 2007

Echochrome

Screenshot005This game looks very cool indeed. It's based around that kind of impossible-object drawing that you'd see on the front of maths books in school but requires you to rotate & move the objects to allow a little man  to reach his goal.

I love the way it completely messes with your sense of space and yet it has a very definite internal logic of it's own. I'd imagine it's one of those games  which if played too much would cause you to see objects slightly weirdly for a while afterwards.

June 11, 2007

TV art

Screenshot How to turn your TV into a work of art. What an excellent idea. This could even make Big Brother watchable!

May 25, 2007

Tumblr

I've been using Tumblr recently and I really love it. It's a small blogging service which concentrates on making it very quick and easy to add lots of bits and pieces of different content and not on writing long wordy posts.

A couple of things which are particularly good are: the grabbable bookmark (allowing you to very easily grab almost any content from the website you're looking at and re-post it to tumblr); and the RSS integration tool (which can pull in any content you add to any of your favourite web2.0 sites or any RSS feeed). It also formats different content in a pleasantly different way meaning the resulting weblog look really quite nice.

A very good example of a service which adds value simply by making something which is fairly easy and fun to do even more easy and more fun and just.... better. If Orange wanted to provide some kind of blogging tool to it's customers which integrated easily with the all services their techy customers already use, but was easy enough for even the grannies to start playing with this would be just about perfect.

Oh yeah and here's a link to mine ;-)

May 16, 2007

Every second.

Rossignol quotes an article called Shaping The Future which talks about the possibility of flash memory being cheap enough in a few years to have enough to easily record a video stream of everything you see for a whole year on a single card!

I was talking to Tero the other day about memory becoming cheaper and how mp3's or photos at fairly high quality aren't getting getting any bigger, but we still agreed that people would find ways of filling even enormous capacity memory.

Perhaps recording every second of every day of our lives as video is what that will be. Makes that old grainy cine film of my parents wedding kind of seem like some priceless ancient artefact.

April 23, 2007

mymovie mashup

Mymoviemashup MySpace has partnered with Vertigo films and Film 4 to launch mymovie mashup. The hunt for a director is on, and there are over 500 submissions already which isn't surprising when there is over £1 million budget for this feature. This is part of a ten "act" submission where they are looking for everything from cast to distribution.

Also, It's good to see a well executed customisation of their MySpace homepage. It immediately caught my attention and i was clicking around for more info straight away. Hmm, how did they get rid of that banner ad in the header?!

April 18, 2007

More Ambient Data

There's talk of people being given free energy monitors as a way to encourage reduced energy usage in the home.

"You have a little sensor in your meter cupboard that measures how much energy you are using, and you have a small display that you can carry around the house."

This sounds great and even better that they're giving them away for free.

It'd be cool if as well as talking to the sensor under the stairs it could also get information from a Livebox.

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