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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)

GIF Shop – Brilliant New iPhone App

Posted in Animation, film, Media, photography by aldorf on August 17, 2011

Love it! The animated .gif maker for your iPhone. Easily create and edit looping animations, upload to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr all on the go! get it at the app store

Björk’s new album is interactive

Posted in Animation, design, Media, music by aldorf on July 24, 2011

Biophilia is an iPhone/iPad release of Björk’s latest album created in collaboration with Scott Snibbe and her longtime design collaborators M/M (Paris). Comprising a suite of musical pieces and interactive artworks, Biophilia is released as ten in-app download experiences that are accessed through a three-dimensional galaxy, the album’s theme song Cosmogony. The first single Crystalline, is now available, others soon to follow. (Read more)

Björk Biophilia app intro narrated by David Attenborough.

 

Paid Apps vs. Free Apps – Intriguing Insights by Marco Arment (Instapaper)

Posted in blog, Media, quality by aldorf on April 29, 2011

First of all, kudos to Marco for creating with Instapaper a useful and one of my favorite tools out there. This is a great blog post about an experiment he started last fall.

Last fall, I conducted an experiment: I quietly removed Instapaper Free from the App Store for three days, leaving only the full, $4.99 Instapaper app. Not only did sales increase incrementally, but nobody seemed to notice.

On March 12, knowing I was heading into very strong sales from the iPad 2’s launch, I pulled Free again, this time for a month. Again, nobody noticed, and sales increased (although it’s hard to say which portion of the increase, if any, is attributable to Free’s absence, since most of it is from the iPad 2’s launch).

This break went so well that I pushed the return date back by another month. I may keep it out indefinitely, effectively discontinuing Instapaper Free.

Here’s why: …read full blog post (recommended)

A couple of his insights

Customer reviews: Instapaper Free always had worse reviews in iTunes than the paid app. Part of this is that the paid app was better, of course, but a lot of the Free reviews were completely unreasonable…

Product design: If you have a free version of your app, that will be the only version many people will ever see. So, for the Free users, that app — that extremely limited app that lacks almost all of Instapaper’s best features — is what they think Instapaper is.…

Demand: Maybe you think there aren’t enough people willing to pay $5 for an app with no free version. I used to think that, too. But I was wrong.

The GOAB Concept – Integrating TV Into Your Digital Ecosystem

Posted in film, ideas, Media by aldorf on April 19, 2011

Interesting to see how we define and describe concepts in times of merging technology. Syzygy says it’s a new TV experience concept. To me it’s more taking the focus off TV and connecting it with all your other devices. Your TV becomes part of the already existing ecosystem of mobile digital tools and is one of many media surfaces. An opportunity to create more interactive content and keeping the fixed mounted screen in your living room on and alive. Reminds me of another great example by BERG, London.

Next-Gen Immersive 3D Ads from Cooliris and InMobi

Posted in Animation, film, ideas, Media by aldorf on February 15, 2011

http://www.cooliris.com/3d-ads

How to avoid 10.220.426 tons CO2 e This Year – New (free) Transformative Solutions App In Stores Now

Posted in ideas, web by aldorf on October 15, 2010

Are you part of the problem or do you want to become part of the solution? Here is an app that will help you find the right path.

Dennis Pamlin and his team developed a platform and mobile application that collects transformative solutions around the globe.

By knowing more about lower carbon options around us and actually using them more frequently we will avoid more emissions and help the planet to stay healthy.

A great idea we should all support and download to our mobile devices (it’s free). So far there are 56 transformative solutions tagged and populated. His team estimated that these ideas will help avoid 10.220.426 tons CO2 e this year. And by 2020 probably 1.265.711.558 tons CO2e.

I love my Hipstamatic app, but this one here is worth sharing.

It’s for our, and next generations, future on this planet. It’s about time.

watch short intro video

Interesting Facts About Apps

Posted in Media, web by aldorf on July 24, 2010

Flipboard – best new app for my iPad.

Great App For iPad. Meet Flipboard.

Posted in Media, web by aldorf on July 23, 2010

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Owe Me – Lending Manager For iPhone

Posted in web by aldorf on June 13, 2010

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