April 2007

Tape It Off The Internet

by Andy Polaine on April 26, 2007

Tape It Off the Internet

Nice to see the article in the Guardian about Paul Pod‘s Tape It Off The Internet being almost ready to roll.

I worked with Paul at Razorfish and he’s been steadily doing great stuff since. TIOTI started as a spoof on Web 2.0 madness, I believe, and a cool name. Then they realised that it could actually be built and set to work. It’s been in the workshop for a while and I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens. It could be my dream of a friendly way to download via bitTorrent et al.

It’s not until you live in a foreign country do you really appreciate how rubbish territory deals are. I can’t legally watch many shows that I would happily pay something for because they’re not in Germany in English. I can’t even use my bloody Australian Playstation 2 here with European discs and it’s illegal to chip it. I don’t want to fork out for another one and so SCEE lost out on me buying more games. The same is true with TV and video content. So, what with Joost, TIOTI and maybe iTunes, I might never need to watch TV (or crap ads) again. Hurrah!

Polar Clock

by Andy Polaine on April 24, 2007

Clocks and calendars seem to permanently popular as interaction/Flash design subjects. John Maeda arguably started the trend, then Yugo did a few.

This one from Pixel Breaker is nice too (and the blog has a lovely WordPress theme).

polar clock

You can also download it as a screensaver for OS X.

(Via Notcot. Image shamelessly stolen from Pixel Breaker.)

Type it in. Hear it sung.

April 24, 2007

Read the graphic for Let them sing it for you below: I wish I had the patience to cut all those song snippets up.

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Human Computer interaction in Sci-Fi

April 19, 2007

I added the link to Michael Schmitz’s Human Computer interaction in Science Fiction Movies to my del.icio.us account a while ago when one of my students showed me the link. I then forgot to blog it. It’s a pretty interesting account of the interaction (sorry..) between sci-fi and what actually exists or is invented as […]

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Reclaiming the Role of Designers

April 19, 2007

I wrote some thoughts about the life of a creative person for my students a while ago, and recently commented on Rick Poynor’s article about the Soul of Design. But Marian Bantjes’s essay, Untitled on Speak Up is one of the best essays about the erosion of the appreciate of design and creative skills within […]

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A new set of design principles

April 18, 2007

<img src=’http://www.polaine.com/playpen/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/sagmeister_pigmobiles.jpg’ alt=’Stefan Sagmeister’s designs for a touring protest about US spending’ /> The latest issue of Desktop is out with an article by me called A New Set of Design Principles. It’s based on interviews with Stefan Sagmeister and [Milton Glaser](http://www.miltonglaser.com] that examine the role of graphic design (and design in general) in dealing […]

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Reactable cacophony

April 13, 2007

Evidently Reactable has been around for a couple of years, but I hadn’t heard about it until one of my ex-students, Gabi, sent me the link. Undoubtedly Reactable is a really great implementation of a tangible interface and it is also plugging into the whole multi-touch mania (although it’s a completely different system – it […]

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Stealing the soul of design

April 12, 2007

There’s a great piece by Rick Poynor in Icon called The Soul of Design in which he de-bunks many of the management consultant myths and misunderstanding about design. He brilliantly takes apart the over exclamation marked, Tom Peters and one of his ‘cool friends’, Virginia Postrel. In many respects I am glad to see management […]

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The Worst Windows Ad ever

April 9, 2007

This promo for Windows 386 is combination of a terrible product and hilariously awful creative. I suppose they thought a rap would make it all, you know, crazy and creative. Sorry about the pixellated poster frame, hit play and it will all work nicely. It’s half porn film, half revenge of the nerds, Microsoft style.

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Touchscreen Magic Mirror

April 8, 2007

The Big Space have added an ultrasonic system from Sensitive Object to their Magic Mirror to enable it to also be a touchscreen. Nice to see that collection of technologies coming together to create some interesting interactive experiences, though I don’t fancy being the one having to keep the mirror clean from fingerprints. At the […]

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