If you haven’t seen this already, it’s worth a peek. Imagine a suggestion box for what we *still* don’t have at our finger tips. The Internet Wishlist is set up sort of like a blog feed, with suggestions from people around the world of what the apps of tomorrow should be. Could this lead to true solutions with innovative design and technology - solutions simply kick-started from the demands of you and me? Let’s get working, developers!
To contribute, post an idea on Twitter and include #theiwl in your tweet. Wishlist creator, Amrit Richmond then collects the good ones and adds them to the Wishlist website.
Mixtures is a gallery of cocktails app designed and developed by The Loud Cloud, a creative agency representing a dynamic group of illustrators and designers. Through the app’s interactivity, Mixtures brings together 15 illustrators who each re-envisioned classic and contemporary cocktails, with their own crafted illustrations exclusively for the project. Each piece of art is accompanied by the actual recipe of the cocktail they’ve “concocted” with instructions for mixing the drink. Featured artists include: Maxwell Holyoke Hirsh, Carl De Torres, Caitlin Kuhwald, and Peter Oumanski.
The folks at Loud Cloud call it “a toast to the rich potential of interactive publication design."
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My favorites from the menu include the Mad Scientist by Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch and the Sidecar by Peter Oumanski. What’s your fancy?
NYT Nails Heart-Breaking Imagery of Japan with Interactive Imagery
The New York Times has outdone itself from a technology perspective. A great example of interactive media. View Satellite Photos of Japan, Before and After the Quake and Tsunamihere. And be sure to move the slider to compare satellite images, taken by GeoEye, from before and after the disaster.
My friend in San Francisco (you know who you are) wants to sell me for $10,000. Well, that’s actually not exactly true, - maybe we’d split it. But, sure there’s money involved in this transaction, and I think the overall cause is a wonderful one driven by honest-to-goodness *love*.
The transaction: HOOK CHAS UP is a wonderfully crafted site, offering up one a proposition: Do this creative guy a solid, and introduce him to the girl he ends up marrying, and he’ll give you ten grand. Honest? Hmmm, hmmmmmm…
As I start following happenings with the show and participants, I see a lot happening with it’s looping in of different technology, but still, you’ll want to attend in person no doubt. And this innovative thinking seems like a nice way for the show to celebrate it’s 10th year and celebrate ways designers can tap into technology to enhance their trade show experience.
My favorite development so far has been Designer Pages' new app, SHOWROOMS for architects and interior designers that allows you to partake in community-driven showroom discovery - a true design piece finder at its best! They’ve included a Scavenger Hunt feature just for the AD Home Show, too. A great interactive way to engage the designers attending. Is this quite possibly the start of a sort of design-driven Foursquare?
This sort of adoption of technology only makes the true tangible nature showrooms and shops that are a part of the design industry more relevant and necessary.
Could it be??? The Hottest Geek Fashion Trend to hit the SXSW crowds?
The general scenario: You SXSW-ers are about to meet a ton of people [developers, designers, musicians, bloggers, trendsetters] at all sorts of gatherings [talks, conferences, parties, shows] and it all will go swimmingly. Then, you go for your…business cards? Really? Still? Today? Oh the headache! Fishing for cards, paper, [waste!] to hand off your twitter handle and mobile #? What a disconnected action! UGH! Problem solved by CONTXTS!
Save a tree and txt them your virtual business card! Contxts is so much more than a professional social network. It’s the first business card alternative that could actually change the way we exchange information, because, well like I started this post, business cards are so passé.
This week, Contxts is releasing what is sure to be the hottest fashion accessory at SXSW: interactive name tags! With a classic “HELLO my name is" screen, this feature will also display your interests, latest tweets, check-ins, and more! Contxts representatives will be handing out the phone holders at the Austin Convention Center starting on March 10th.
You’ve heard the USA Network’s tagline “Characters Welcome,” with that same spirit they’ve created Character Approved, an all-new one-hour special from USA Network featuring exclusive interviews with twelve real “characters” who are changing the face of American culture.
It’s exciting to see so many outstanding people - some that I know personally - who are a part of this group of chosen outstanding characters who are ‘working’ and ‘doing’ to change our world. Kudoz to my friends at Foursquare and Emily Pilloton of Project H Design. Way to go guys!
Watch this Tuesday, March 8th at 11/10C on USA Network
"Design is a process, not a product." — Emily Pilloton
For a beautiful Stella Lounge Chair from Blu Dot, I am offering up for swap my AMAZING drawing from an original portrait of my dog, Bacon. The original portrait was taken by the infamous Evan Kafka (NYC portrait photographer): http://bit.ly/flV9EK
After seeing this outstanding work of photographic excellence, I submitted it here: http://petsaresuperhero.es/ in the effort to turn my dog, Bacon into a Super Hero.
It worked! She was featured on Trend Hunter (http://bit.ly/eLU3dm), and has made the rounds of some great blogs and posts. She can now leap baby gates in a single bound. So for Blu Dot I offer up 10 photographic prints of this wonderful drawing. I’d even be open to up the ante, because everyone needs a little more bacon in their lives. VOTE FOR US! http://swapmeet.bludot.com/#viewbid52
I’ve been telling some friends and colleagues about some great bands that I’ve been regularly showing my support for. It’s not just that I know them personally, it’s that I have a strong dedicated [fanship] with them - outside of our personal and meaningful [friendships]. Sure we can go out for brews, play Wiffle ball, taste whiskey, trade scarves & hoodies, go to weddings and funerals together, eat oysters, skateboard, and ride bikes— but there’s no doubt that talent is here, true revolutionary sound, that caters at the very least to the likes of me, as well as thousands (if not more) of other listeners.
I went through some recent mobile uploads - and found a few fun pics [shown above] that I took to include in this post - at least good enough via the iPhone 3G which holds no flash feature (time to upgrade, I know). Regardless, I think you should check out these folks, I think you’ll find it is quite worthwhile…
Love Blu Dot! Love their creativity! Love what they are up to now! Through March 11 you can take place in their fun Blu Dot Swap Meet. Bid on trading your oddities, designs, services, collections, and “what-evers” for pieces of Blu Dot furniture.
Here are the instructions they share:
Are you a fan of modern furniture but not so much a fan of money? At the Blu Dot Swap Meet, you can trade your amazing talents or odd collections into your very own piece of Blu Dot.
No cash? Who cares! Here’s how it works:
Pick out any Blu Dot item you want. Come up with an interesting offer (collections, creations, talents, taxidermy, etc.) and upload it to this site between February 28 – March 11, 2011. (If you submit a video, keep it under five minutes.)
Check this site throughout the period to see the status of your bid. Blu Dot may like it enough to swap, or may want you to up the ante.
If your bid becomes a successful swap, you will be additionally notified via email.
PLEASE NOTE: Sorry- no minors allowed. One bid per piece of Blu Dot furniture. Blu Dot will not accept human babies, “self love” videos, and/or mean/inappropriate things. In other words, be creative but don’t be stupid.