In the history of bad ideas, becoming a pirate ranks near the top. Pirates rarely die old, and hardly go quietly. Blackbeard, perhaps the most famous Caribbean marauder of the 18th century, died of five gun wounds, 20 sword cuts, and a severed head, which ended up on the bowsprit of the boat that took him out.
And yet, Steve Jobs, the famously innovative founder of Apple, said, “It’s better to be a pirate than join the navy.”
Knowing the man—and the company he built—counter-intuitive statements like this come as no surprise. He’s known for zigging when the rest of the world zags… Here’s how the company does and has leveraged seemingly “bad ideas” to spur success.
Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd 2014
Posted on Monday, August 11th 2014
LG to make these flexible OLED TVs by 2017.
Not content with making the world’s biggest bendy OLED telly, LG has thrown a different curve entirely with its roll-up OLED display. The 18-inch flexible panel has a 1280 x 810 resolution and uses a film of high-performance plastic called polyimide to give it its flexibility. (via The Register)
Posted on Friday, August 8th 2014
Reblogged from Applied Technotopia
—Jon Wiley, Lead Designer on Google Search
Posted on Thursday, July 24th 2014
The anatomy of an epic baseball standoff.
Great storytelling through GIFs!
Posted on Wednesday, July 23rd 2014
Reblogged from Drawn to MLB
Publishers are doing all they can to wring out more value from their existing body of content. The most common technique is to resurface popular old stories that (even just barely) pertain to a trending topic: Publishers will republish or re-share old bits of viral content in the hopes of striking traffic gold once again. People watch reruns on television, the thinking goes, so why not bring that approach to digital content? (via <a href=”http://digiday.com/publishers/publishers-evergreen-content-strategy-make-the-old-new-again/”>Publishers have an updated evergreen strategy: Make the old new again | Digiday</a>)
Posted on Thursday, July 17th 2014
MIT’s Tangible Media is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, like a table of living clay:
MIT’s Tangible Media is coming along nicely,
"Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that’s only the beginning."
*The tie-in with the projection-mapping is especially good.
"The most dangerous thought you can have as a creative person is to think you know what you’re doing."
Brett Victor, talking at a Dropbox conference, takes attendees back to the year 1973, donning the uniform of an IBM systems engineer of the times, delivering his presentation on an overhead projector. The ’60s and early ’70s were a fertile time for CS ideas, reminds Victor, but even more importantly, it was a time of unfettered thinking, unconstrained by programming dogma, authority, and tradition. ‘The most dangerous thought that you can have as a creative person is to think that you know what you’re doing,’ explains Victor. ‘Because once you think you know what you’re doing you stop looking around for other ways of doing things and you stop being able to see other ways of doing things. You become blind.’ He concludes, ‘I think you have to say: “We don’t know what programming is. We don’t know what computing is. We don’t even know what a computer is.” And once you truly understand that, and once you truly believe that, then you’re free, and you can think anything.’”
Presented at Dropbox’s DBX conference on July 9, 2013.
All of the slides are available here: http://worrydream.com/dbx/
Posted on Wednesday, July 16th 2014
Posted on Tuesday, July 15th 2014
Reblogged from Laughing Squid on Tumblr
Google News has created an experimental newsroom in San Francisco to monitor the World Cup and turn popular search results into viral content, NPR reports.
But interestingly, Google is choosing to steer clear of negative headlines.
"We’re also quite keen not to rub salt into the wounds," producer Sam Clohesy says, "and a negative story about Brazil won’t necessarily get a lot of traction in social."
Mobile marketing expert Rakesh Agrawal, CEO of reDesign mobile, says that’s just generally true. “People on social networks like Twitter and Facebook — they generally tend to share happy thoughts. If my son had an A in math today, I’m going to share that. But if my son got an F in math, that’s generally not something you’re going to see on social media.”
In old-school newsrooms, the saying goes: if it bleeds, it leads. Because this new newsroom is focused on getting content onto everyone’s smartphone, Agrawal says, editors may have another bias: to comb through the big data in search of happy thoughts.
Posted on Thursday, July 10th 2014
U say UI, I say UX: Who Does What? A designer’s guide to the tech industry, and how companies like Apple, Facebook and Google describe their design jobs.
Posted on Wednesday, July 9th 2014
BBC News is experimenting with a video news service on Reddit
Posted on Tuesday, June 24th 2014
Is this the future of journalism? CNN and the Georgia Institute of Technology are studying drone use for newsgathering.
Posted on Tuesday, June 24th 2014
Great series of GIFs by washingtonpost:
Posted on Friday, June 13th 2014
Reblogged from The Washington Post
Posted on Wednesday, July 17th 2013