John Whitney was an animator and composer who did a lot of work around music and mathematics. This work has been taken up by a Flash animator. The animations are the kind of simple yet entertaining simple pleasures that I would have appreciated as a child and have begun to appreciate again. Theyt are strangely compelling, enjoy!
Usually Budgens is a desert for cool consumerism but my faith was restored with this fantastic packaging form Dorset Cereals. Gone are the day glow colours, literal illustrations and wack cartoon characters. There is no stock photography of women exercising that ends up being used on feminine hygiene product advertising as well.Instead the simple but reassuring design with dye cut windows and foil print on quality matt card provides a quality ensemble. Its a cereal equivalent of Innocent Smoothies.
Business travellers usually carry a range of cables, connectors and swanky IT kit around with them so my dumb phone and MacBook Pro seldom get a second glance. However, my travel adaptor turns heads. Its a green semi-translucent plastic number thats branded Fuji (as in Fuji film) and a really neat piece of product design.I am sure that Fuji just had a canny buyer who got several thousand knocked out by an anonymous smoke-stack business in China, the design is one that the factory probably does for serveral people under different brands.
Despite the adaptors humble origins, its unknown product designer who deserves some proper recognition.
I lucked out when I found my first one at a Dixons store airside at Heathrow on my way to San Francisco. No more carting around stubby pieces of white fragile plastic that interconnect into one and other, instead one small block that does everything.
When I flew to Dresden this month, my trusty adaptor went with me, however you have no idea of the horror I had when I left it in a hotel room by accident. The cleaning staff didn’t hand it in so I had a frantic hunt around the web for a new one, after trawling through Froogle and Shopping.com Kelkoo came good with a reasonably priced item by Misco.
Now I keep a close eye on my new one, I have already had a couple of American clients looking at it enviously. It just goes to show, good design sells.
Slate has an interesting article about how modern computer game design is out of touch with the gaming demographic.
Games are becoming deeper, increasing in complexity and the time required to complete them. Yet the average age of a computer gamer is now 33 years old. That means commitments and time poverty, not exactly conducive to spending 40-plus hours completing a state-of-the-art game.
This sounds like the Nintendo Wii with is more casual approach could be coming out ahead by better understanding and providing for their clients needs. However there is lessons that all game designers could learn from modern television programmes like CSI or 24, particularly the way that complex experiences are broken down into bite-sized chunks of time. More here.
Years ago there used to be a font that came with the Macintosh called Ransom. It looked like cut up letters that would have appeared on vintage ransom notes following a kidnapping.Now budding master criminals can use Spell with flickr instead. Check