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Really Cool – Conductive Silver Ink from a Ballpoint Pen

Posted in design, ideas by aldorf on December 20, 2011

 

Dentsu London were inspired by the University of Illinois’ experiments with making silver conductive ink.

more behind the scenes on their blog here.

Dead Pixel In Google Earth – The Great Work of Helmut Smits

Posted in art, ideas by aldorf on December 10, 2011

I love his work. Helmut Smits (1974) is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Make sure to check out his website.

(Dead Pixel In Google Earth)

(Microphones)

(Photo Tip)

(Paddling Fountain)

Invoked Computing For Ubiquitous AR – Complete Change of Perspective

Posted in design, innovation, pioneers by aldorf on December 5, 2011

We currently place a lot of emphasis on the digital gadgets we own.

What if we were looking at the wrong paradigm and it’s not about the form factor or the physical object?

What if instead was all about what we wanted to do and achieve?

Welcome to the world of Invoked Computing from the University of Tokyo.

Think of the consequences…

1. All the stuff we could get rid of.
2. The environmental benefits of doing that
3. The lamented demise of the electronics product designer and product design (via Core 77)

Amazing “Little Printer” by BergCloud

Posted in design, ideas, internet, Media, quality by aldorf on December 5, 2011

The guys at BERG are just amazing. No wonder they came up with an amazing product.

Here’s what’s important…

1. Printers are the most boring things around-(we worked on Epson and know the challenges) these guys managed to make one that’s cool

2. It’s cool because it has personality- “little printer” shifts it from a inanimate object to something personal and cute

3. It’s cool because the form factor plays with our conception and expectations of a printer

4. Small is the way to go because it matches and fits with our other devices- it’s a printer that doesn’t look out of place with our mobile devices and it looks like we can take it wherever we go

5. It recognizes and demonstrates to us that we might have things on our mobile devices that warrant printing- smart user understanding

6. HP dominates the business and has spent millions trying to make printers cool and they have failed every single time

7. Anyone can have an idea, but not everyone brings them to life

8. You need to bring it to life in a clever way- Berg’s film is great and agencies should have no problem doing this part

9. If you can dream it up- why not make it real? There’s nothing stopping you from dreaming up a product, bringing it to life and selling it- why not make your own products? (via influxinsights)

Building A New Agency OS – by Mel Exon

Posted in ideas, quality by aldorf on December 5, 2011

Louis CK “Everythings Amazing & Nobodys Happy” ::::: So True

Posted in innovation, inspiration, quality by aldorf on December 1, 2011

Occupy The Internet!

Posted in blog, Media, web by aldorf on December 1, 2011

Are you a “webmaster”, admin, blog owner or someone with access to index.html files? Are you interested in taking part in the recent global wave of revolution from the comfort of your home computer? Occupy the Internet! (via graffitiresearchlab)

 

Booktwo – Investigate The Future Of Literature And The Publishing Industry

Posted in art, blog, Media by aldorf on December 1, 2011

The book is dead. Long live the book.

Founded in September 2006 by James Bridle, booktwo.org exists to investigate, analyse, catalogue and debate the future of literature and the publishing industry.

Booktwo.org was founded out of a frustration with the failure of trade publishing to engage with new media and technology, a frustration reflected in the first essay: Birth Pangs of a new Literature. Over time, the industry has started to change, but booktwo.org continues to champion and challenge new literary forms and new publishing models.

James Bridle worked in a number of roles within and outside the publishing industry, from publicity and marketing to editorial, and from online strategy to web application development and production. His personal site can be found at shorttermmemoryloss.com.

How To Build A $500M Company In 500 Days – Mike Cassidy

Posted in conference, ideas, internet by aldorf on December 1, 2011

Last week, Cassidy traveled to Turkey for a start-up event, and he talked about how he does it. To be sure, Cassidy’s is not the recipe used by folks like Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Larry Ellison and Bill Gates, who think especially long-term while building their companies. It’s the recipe for the extremely quick exit. It’s the second of two dominant strands in company-building. (via venturebeat)

Cassidy’s slide presentation below.

Astonishing Poetry – Sarah Kay at TED

Posted in art, conference, inspiration, Media by aldorf on December 1, 2011

This TED talk turned her poem into a worldwide sensation. Listen to Sarah Kay’s extraordinary talent.

Sarah Kay’s astonishing poem in hardcover.

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