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Dont Fear The Internet Dot Com

Posted in blog, Media, web, your take on... by aldorf on August 11, 2011

American duo Jessica Hische and Russ Maschmeyer. Their site Don’t Fear the Internet is a really great beginners’ guide to the fundamentals of web design, practical but in no way patronising. (via itsnicethat)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you a print designer, photographer, fine-artist, or general creative person? Do you have a shitty website that you slapped together yourself in Dreamweaver in that ONE web design class that you took in college? Do you not have a site at all because you’ve been waiting two years for your cousin to put it together for you? Well, we’re here to help. We know that you have little to no desire to do web design professionally, but that doesn’t mean that you want an ugly cookie-cutter site or to settle for one that hasn’t been updated since Hackerswas in theaters. Through short tutorial videos, you’ll learn how to take a basic wordpress blog and manipulate the css, html (and even some php!) to match your aesthetic. You’ll feel empowered rather than crippled by the internet and worst case scenario you’ll at least end up having a better idea of how professional web designers turn your design dreams into a reality on screen.

Horsemaning Is The New Planking

Posted in ideas, photography, web, your take on... by aldorf on August 11, 2011

“Horsmaning,” or fake beheading, was a popular way of taking pictures in the 1920s. It’s currently experiencing a revival and is basically the new planking. Join the group on Facebook.

Citizenside – Journalism At Play

Posted in film, Media, photography, web by aldorf on August 3, 2011

Citizenside’s goal is to create the largest online community of amateur and independent reporters where everyone can share their vision of the news by uploading photos and videos for fellow reporters to see.

sell photos videos to the press and media around the world.

If you have an interesting news-related image or video, Citizenside will contact media outlets on your behalf and offers you a much higher percentage of the sales price than those offered by traditional agencies (up to 75%).

Citizenside has around 10.000 regular contributors. In 2008 it sold the first public video of french trader Jerome Kerviel–whose illicit trade cost French bank Société Générale billions of dollars. The video was syndicated to several publications for around EUR 100.000

Citizenside was created in 2006 by three young associates passionate about the news (two cousins and a friend!) whose complementary experience offers you the best representation when it comes to selling your content.

In November 2007, Agence France-Presse (AFP), the 3rd largest news agency in the world, and the IAM company became shareholders in the Citizenside agency (formerly Scooplive). Primary shareholder of the IAM company and ex-CEO of France Televisions, Xavier Gouyou-Beauchamps, then became president of Citizenside.

10 Lessons Learned On When To Change Your Game by Jason Goldberg

Posted in inspiration, internet, web by aldorf on August 2, 2011

by Jason Goldberg, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Fab.com (via venturebeat)

 

All of the steps that lay behind our decision to transform Fab were rooted in the lessons learned over seven years in the startup world. Here, based on our experience, are the top 10 reasons to alter course.

  1. If you can’t get traction after one year, switch gears and work on something different. Particularly if you’re building a consumer e-business, you can tell pretty quickly if it’s going to fly or flunk.
  2. Don’t get bogged down in something just because you’ve been doing it. There are plenty of other fish in the entrepreneurial sea. Go catch the one that looks like it’s swimming faster than the turtle you’ve been riding.
  3. Be willing to go in a completely different direction. Remember, YouTube started as a video dating site. No one is going to shoot you for abandoning an idea that didn’t work.
  4. Consider your options well before you’re down to your last dollar. That will give you the time and resources to make a mid-course correction if necessary. It’s better to change when you’ve still got over $1million in the bank like we do.
  5. Do the math at least once a month. You can’t fix it if you don’t know it’s broken.
  6. Don’t get seduced by your own ‘brilliant’ idea. It may have sounded good on paper, but you need to be objective in evaluating the results.
  7. Change courses because you want to, not because you have to. If you’ve done your homework in a timely manner and you see the writing on the wall (see #5), you’ll have time to figure out where to go next.
  8. Get your board on board. They invested in you. They’ll want you to do whatever you’re convinced can give them the greatest return.
  9. Think like an investor. What can you do that has the greatest chance of delivering 10 times the investment you (or they) make in your business?
  10. Ask yourself the following six questions to determine whether to regroup:
  • If we could do anything for the next year, what would it be?
  • What are we most passionate about?
  • What are our customers telling us?
  • What can we (realistically) be the best at?
  • If we were to use our limited resources for anything, what would we spend them on?
  • What will create the most value for our shareholders?

Some people say great entrepreneurs just make it happen. I can tell you from experience with my own companies and in serving as an advisor to other startups: that is rarely true. Good businesses need inspiration as well as perspiration. If at first you don’t succeed, try again. The next time, you might get it right.

Mike Maples: “You Have to Be Willing to Throw it all away” [Video]

Posted in conference, ideas, innovation, internet, web by aldorf on August 2, 2011

Superstar investor about having the courage to dismantle a mediocre business and rebuild it into one that has the potential to hit a homerun. This is a must-watch video for any/every entrepreneur.

Mike Maples at the Founder Showcase from Founder Institute on Vimeo.

“This Painting is Not Available in Your Country”

Posted in art, inspiration, Media, web by aldorf on July 28, 2011

Music Beta by Google or Noisey by Vice?

Posted in Media, music, web by aldorf on May 10, 2011

I know not exactly comparable options but both landed in my inbox today. Noisey is having a launch Party tonight in Berlin and Music Beta is handing out invitations (U.S. only).

Noisey is a new video-based platform from Vice for showcasing the most essential new music by emerging talents from all corners of the globe. Tonight is the official launch of Noisey in Germany, and one of Berlin’s own stages for new music, Tape.

Music Beta by Google. “You can get to your personal music collection at home or on the go. Listen from the web or any enabled device with the Music app available from Android Market. Not online? No problem. The songs you’ve recently played will automatically be available offline. You can also select the specific albums, artists and playlists you want to have available when you’re not connected.”

350 Free Online Courses from Top Universities – Open Culture

Posted in conference, ideas, innovation, pioneers, web by aldorf on May 3, 2011

Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it. Free audio booksfree online coursesfree moviesfree language lessonsfree ebooks and other enriching content — it’s all here. Open Culture was founded in 2006.

Visual.ly – Create, Share, Explore Great Visualizations

Posted in Animation, design, illustration, web by aldorf on May 3, 2011

A new service founded by a team of infographics geeks, who met at Mint.com. A place where people create and share great visualizations. A one-stop shopping for anyone in need of high quality infographics. Providing a data warehouse, a reporting and editing team, and skilled designers.

Get an early invite http://visual.ly/

Daytum Founders Hired by Facebook

Posted in design, internet, Media, quality, web by aldorf on April 30, 2011

Facebook continues to expand its crack team of creative types with the hiring of Nicholas Felton and Ryan Case. The duo displayed their knack for beautiful data visualization with recent project Daytum, an eye-catching app that transforms mundane daily goings-on into fancy charts.

Felton and Case relocated to San Francisco to join a newly assembled team in Facebook’s creative division that includes recent hires like former Google Labs employee Ji Lee and Mark Darcy, formerly of Time Warner Media Group.

Full story at FastCoDesign

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