I wrote about an iPad app last summer called "The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore", which was basically the acme of interactive storytelling on the iPad to date.
Everyone’s hot to repurpose abandoned buildings nowadays, but what on earth can you do with a disused sewage plant? You can’t very well convert it into a bunch of artists’ lofts or an office building.
Here’s a chart for Mint.com by Column Five Media that tells us as much about America’s fraught relationship to money as any sign at Zuccotti Park. That’s because it reveals how Americans perceive wealth. Is it earning $60,000 a year? A net worth of more than $5 million?
Predictably, answers--based on Gallup polls--split along demographic fault lines, like gender, age, and geography.
I’ll admit that I’ve always been mystified by designer shoes. The logic of spending hundreds or thousands of dollars to wear what amounts to not just one spiky torture device but two is totally lost on me. Still, I can appreciate Christian Louboutin--he of the glossy scarlet soles and the slender, towering stilettos--on pure aesthetic grounds.
The coat hook is one of those handy-dandy inventions that have barely changed a wink in centuries. Although designers have come up with countless variations on its form, the basic function has remained limited: it’s fine for a single coat but can accommodate little else.
When it came to vases, I was always thought a good rule of thumb is the less obtrusive, the better. No man-made creation can rival Nature’s beauty, so why should a vase make the pretense of upstaging its flowers?
It began with a concept video. Commissioned by film industry giant Technicolor and created in 2010 by Ziba, it depicted a day in the life of two people, living in a fictional future where the tools to manage our many screens of content made sense. "It was a visioneering piece," says Ryan Coulter, creative director at Ziba.
That video became a road map, which guided a partnership between both companies to design a better way for people to keep control of the media landscape.
Director David Fincher is a Hollywood designer-auteur, and his films’ title sequences bear the stamp of his uncompromising, meticulous eye. One of the most famous ones comes from his blackhearted thriller Se7en, in which designer Kyle Cooper fused nightmarish atmosphere with actual character development into a short few minutes. That sequence quickly became legendary.
Evernote’s slogan is "Remember everything." It’s right there in big letters at the top of their home page. Evernote is an everything bucket, designed to be the place where all of your miscellaneous information gets stored, so you can search it out later. They are dedicated to cross platform capture and retrieval, with clients for Macs, PCs, the big three browsers, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, and even WebOS.
Amazon may have taken some critical heat over its latest Kindle, but the product reveals an interesting approach by the company’s CEO. “Some of the companies that have made tablets have not been successful because they made tablets,” Jeff Bezos said. “They didn’t make services.” That statement is an acknowledgement of the growing value that can be derived from service-based business models, rather than from product innovation alone.