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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)

On the Edge – Seven on Seven Event 2011 by Rhizome

Posted in Animation, art, conference, design, inspiration, Media by aldorf on June 2, 2011

Seven on Seven by Rhizome. Just Inspiring to see great collaboration between very talented people and the field of art and technology.

First video I had to watch was a collaboration between Zach Lieberman and Bre Pettis,

What are Fab Labs? … Replicators?

Posted in design, ideas, web by aldorf on August 24, 2010

Fab Labs are workshops where almost anyone can design and make almost anything. Under the name Fab Labs or other names such as Tech Shops and Hackerspaces, hundreds of shared spaces are providing the means to design, prototype and produce new objects, to create installations, to customize existing products.

Fab Lab pioneer Adrian Bowyer of University of Bath (UK) created with his team the RepRap 3-D printer (video). A free desktop 3D printer capable of printing plastic objects.

Since many parts of RepRap are made from plastic and RepRap can print those parts, RepRap can be considered a self-replicating machine

(Adrian Bowyer”s Vimeo Channel)

Scrap The Phone Book

Posted in ideas, Media by aldorf on June 20, 2010

“I can’t remember the last time I used a phone book.”

The Yellow Pages industry dropped 540 million printed directories this year. That’s more than one per person. With the Internet available literally in our hands, is this acceptable?

If you are in the U.S., here is a link to be removed from the printed directory mailing list of Yellow Pages

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