This is a very clever use of technology and paper together. Drawnimal is available for ipad and iphone and let’s your kid add their imagination to the technology – and learn their alphabet at the same time. I hope we see more and more stuff like this appearing for children (and adults). Find out more here (via notcot)
Cute and clever – “From acclaimed author and illustrator Christoph Niemann comes this interactive picture book. Swipe and tap the 21 animals and be surprised at how they react. This app combines the charm of hand made animations and Niemann’s wry humor with state of the art technology. What would an elephant in your bathroom do? Can a dog breakdance? A storybook app unlike all others!”- and one of my favorite lines on an app page ever
“* No english required; animals don’t speak english”
Electricity pylons have always been thought of as necessary eyesores… until someone rethought them (we love rethinking here). Designed by Jin Choi and Thomas Shine and inspired by trips between Montreal and Boston these “Land of the Giants” are planned to be built as part of a French culture biennial next year. I’m quite taken by these. Let’s start rethinking stuff today. (via Huffington Post)
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UPDATE: Apparently (so I’ve been told on twitter) the term is nerd, not geek – see I don’t even know the right language for all this stuff)
When you are as obsessed with people and ideas as I am, you can’t help be amazed by brains and how they work. So when I got a message about this Indiegogo project in my inbox my brainwaves must have danced. Muse is a brainwave sensing headband (yes, go back and read that again) – It then sends those brainwaves to your smart phone or tablet showing you how well your brain is performing; and also translates your brainwaves into instructions to interact with content on your iOS or Android device. Watch the video below – and expect a blog post from me next summer about how amazing it is. Find out more here
Overgram is an iphone app that lets you add text to your instagram photos – it’s free and it looks pretty cool. I’m going to download it despite my fear that instagram is about to turn into motivational photo hell… I’m putting my trust in people here! From the app store. - You can follow me on instagram and see if I use the app – my user name is aileen_be
It always makes me smile when one creation leads to others. Instagram has spawned many services (sickers, posters etc) but these books made me stop and look (and then look again). What a beautiful way to capture a vacation, a project, or just a snippet of your life… hmmmm (that’s the sound of me thinking). From Artifact Uprising (via notcot) – Follow me on instagram @aileen_be
Just when we thought all the phone chargers and cables had been invented along comes Bobine with their very clever flexible tripod charger – It will hold your phone in all sorts of positions while charging it (or not charging it). I can see this being very useful. For iphone & adroid at the moment. (via photojojo)
I like the way these guys think – let’s take audio conferencing and make it more visual. It seems to make a lot of sense. A simple to use interface that let’s you see who you are listening to, allows you to mute, exclude (via headphone icons) certain people at certain times, and link to extra information (social media etc) about the participants. The person speaking is highlighted. I am testing it with clients at the moment and it does exactly what it says on the site. And you can use it for free – find out more here (invite your friends and you unlock more features).
This week I’ll be writing the blog from New York City. The trip is part business, part writing, with a lot of ‘just being in the city’ thrown in. I’m a city girl, not just at heart but with all of my organs. If you want to see the quirky photo stream that is bound to happen you may want to follow me on instagram – my user name is aileen_be (don’t forget the underscore – it’s important).
This toaster catapults your toast onto your plate. Although just a working concept at the moment, I love it. You get to play with the angle and force to get it exactly right. Imagine all the wasted bread (time to google what to do with old toast). This brunch concept always has a teapot that records how high you pour from (hmmmm is that safe with hot water?), an exact measure for sugar and milk (can you say obsessive), a placemat for perfect alinement of your cutlery (silverware), and a precise bread cutter. Some days this would sound like heaven to me, I don’t know whether to save up for the set or use my money for counseling.
From the mind of Ivo Vos – I think I would like him
I thought I was done downloading new clocks to my ipad / iphone but that was before I saw this one. The Chameleon Clock uses the the camera on the back of your device to either sample the colour of whatever is behind it or, play a live video feed. In Chameleon Mode the background color of the screen is constantly updated to match whatever is behind it- perfect for us minimalists. Find out more here, (via notcot)
If you have the day off work today (and even if you don’t), do yourself a favor and spend 17 minutes and 46 seconds watching this video. It’s worth it just for the line about coffeehouses “where ideas can have sex.”
This is now my answer to people who ask why I work in coffee shops so often when I have such a cool studio space – and the gps story is a great thing to know.
Steven Johnson, if you ever read this, please take it as an invite for coffee – anytime, anywhere.
Approximately one in 1,000 children are born deaf in the United States every year. These kids cannot hear the loudest sounds like a police car siren or a fire alarm. This kickstarter has a simple (but clever) aim – Through a real life story I Can Hear Youwill explore how parents can get the professional help they need from audiologists, surgeons and speech and language therapists. It’s a place to turn for parents who are suddenly faced with this reality and have no idea where to turn, what the options are, or the process they are about to face. Please watch this video and 1. Share it and 2. (if you are able) consider donating. I don’t often write about things that could change lives, but this one could – in the simplest way, and that’s clever to me. Let’s help them make this real.
Would you like a new desktop for your computer/ laptop / ipad /iphone / whatever you use – then click over to designmilk – they have a new one every month for you to download. I don’t love them all, but I did love the Nicholas Burroughs quote above designed by Anthony Zinonos – find one to suit your mood today. The July one isn’t up at the moment I’m writing this, but I’m sure it will be today and I’ll update this accordingly.
What a clever idea, a toothbrush that becomes a water fountain for you to rinse without have to drink straight from the tap : “No disposable cups to buy or throw away. No glass to wash or take up counter space. No changing hands to cup water. And, no head in the sink sipping. Just aim the fountain where you want the water to be.” – from Amron Experimental – watch the video below
You know I love Kickstarter and I wanted to share with you my latest find (and purchase) The Kick, a pocket light for taking great photos that can be controlled from your iphone. Well, that’s just one of the things it does.. (now think multiply colors and video effects). watch the video below…
Let’s get this funded, and start having some fun… (thanks Brian for tweeting about this)
A great infographic helping us decide if it time to check email, and a very insightful article by Katherine Ellison, a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist, author, writing consultant and former foreign correspondent who both has, and is raising a son with ADHD – I am going to pay more attention to how often I check mine – I may have managed to check it a few times during the night as I was turning over (that’s bad, right?) Please read the article (it’s worth it)
Aileen is a graphic designer turned cynical motivational speaker who is obsessed with clever ideas and the creative process. She is a published author, columnist, award-winning speaker and English. She helps businesses create, develop and launch ideas to help marketing, culture, customer service and profits.