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Beautiful Modeler

It seems like everyday there is a new technology or software that really blows my mind. This Beautiful Modeler is one such entity. This interactive 3-D modeler is an incredibly simple idea perfectly executed. It takes an easily accessible set of tools and links them together through programming or in my language magic to make a completely marvelous, and useful invention.

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PSD (Photoshop Dexterity)

“Photoshop dexterity (PSD) is a skillset acquired by proficient users of Adobe Photoshop, the world’s most ubiquitous digital tool for creating visual ideas. Qualities of PSD include supernatural powers of imagination and an overwhelming desire to constantly make the world more beautiful. PSD affects people from different walks of life. In fact, there is a high probability that you have PSD.”

Hyperakt seems to make some of the most enticing and fun side projects around. Whether it is a 2010 World Cup bracket poster or this short film showing “PSD” (Photoshop Dexterity) in someone’s morning routine, the folks over at Hyperakt seem to be able to infuse some good old ingenuity into it.

(via swissmiss »)


Proposed Twitter Microsyntax: by Chris Messina

Chris Messina has created a nice simplified system for streamlining our character usage and ways of crediting people on twitter. The extremely thorough post over at his blog is a must read for any twitter users and possibly for twitter haters as well.

(via swissmiss »)


Leica M8 White

For all those designers and cool cats who love Leicas this is a pretty sleek machine. Definitely adding this to my “when I win the lottery” wish-list.

(via iso50 »)

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Ommwriter Dana

The new updates for Ommwriter 2.0, referred to as Dana, aren’t revolutionary in their own respect, but they definitely add some value to what is already an awesome application.


Apple RAM 2001-2010

This is a truly beautiful visualization that allows us to firmly grasp how rapid the growth or I guess in this case the shrinking of technology has progressed over the past decade.

(via Quipsologies »)


Writer iPad App.

Since the day the iPad was released I have been and will remain a skeptic, but as more amazing companies and developers come out with such astoundingly rad apps and products for the iPad the more difficult it becomes to not breakdown get my own. I have always felt that typography is the most commonly neglected portion of UX, and the fact that the type and idea of type is so present in iA’s development and intentions for this app makes me very happy. Sadly as I don’t have an iPad myself I am going to have to wait to test-drive the app until I run into a friend willing to buy it. Despite that the article on their website really allows you to grasp how fully integrated and enriching Writer is for the iPad. The auto syncing with Dropbox is also another personal favorite of mine, and something I would love to see in action.

I guess the only thing I could find any information on was what types of file formats can the writer save to as well as open and edit. I would be curious how much format wrangling they have done to make Microsoft Word documents and stuff like that accessible in the app.

I am unsure of the number of times I wrote the word app in the past two paragraphs, but I do know it was most likely excessive. To read a more elagant and detailed description of the writer check it out here.


The Future of the Book

I watched this little video by IDEO a few days ago, and I had waited to post it until I could really digest it and figure out my feelings on the subject. I still feel like I am opposed to all these new media types that intend to stamp out the printed word. First the Kindle, then the Nook, and now the iPad have done a mediocre job of creating a successful reading experience on screen. Skipping ahead to the future in this short film, we see three distinct and mutually beneficial paths outlined for what IDEO sees as The Future of the Book. I really love the parallel access to contextually related resources and content provided by “Nelson”. All three directions share an impeccable sense of design and very beautiful interaction. The gestures and motion feel very real without reinforcing the idea that reading on an e-book platform should adhere to the look and feel of printed materials.

(via swissmiss »)


John’s Phone

Sometimes, when my iPhone spacks-out I have the urge to downgrade to a much more minimal phone system. This one called John’s Phone by Amsterdam based product design studio John Doe would definitely be my first choice.

(via Minimalissimo »)


Future of Screen Technology

This awesome video by TAT really makes the future screens look super promising, I just hope that with this new available technology that the user experience portion can live up to it’s depiction in this video.

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Virb



Virb
is on my list for the most revolutionary web-design tools of 2010. This is a one-stop web-based tool for designing, building and hosting an awesome site for $10 a month. I highly recommend this tool for people who want to setup a simple website or portfolio and be able to manage it with ease.

(via site inspire »)


Food Spotting


Food Spotting
is by far the coolest social media app. I have seen in a long time. Combining all the awesome capabilities of geo-tagging, crowd-sourcing and food. The features of and potential for this app are awesome, and it truly one ups Yelp and Menupages.

(via swissmiss »)


Plantly: A Risk Aware Investment Tool

I have been thinking of trying to start investing some of my savings for a while, but was unsure of which online tool to use. Being far from savy with stocks and bonds and all that stuff presents it as quite a challenge to successfully invest your money without paying a broker to do it for you. Plantly on the other hand gives you the tools to understand the risk before you invest and visualize the possible growth scenarios. I for one cannot wait for Plantly to come out of beta.

(via swissmiss »)


Photoshop Tool Palette Evolution

Has it been this long? It’s funny when we look back to see all the iterations we have been through together Photoshop.

(via FFFFOUND! »)


TeuxDeux: iPhone App.

The long awaited Teux Deux app for iPhone released yesterday and I think I can speak for everyone when I say Teux Deux has officially changed my life for a second time. This is the first of what will hopefully be a series of collaborations between swissmiss (amazing swiss designer gone nyc and famed blogger) and Fictive Kin (creative web-developing powerhouse). You can grab the app. for stiflingly cheap $2.99 in the iTunes app. store. So go get your productivity on!



Lookwork™

I am so excited to start using Lookwork the new bad ass visual RSS reader and image-bookmarking service by the talented Ben Pieratt. Ben besides running his awesome multifaceted studio is also the genius behind svpply. Both these web based tools are visually stunning, with extremely intuitive and simplified user experience. If you have not tried them or at least checked them out you definitely should. I love how seamlessly they unify with your browser to elevate functionality.

(via Ben Pieratt »)


Iron Man 2: Prologue

I am really into these stills from the intro credits for Iron Man 2. All the visual effects for the movie by Prologue are super cool. It’s really impressive the way they design for these advanced technologies with no precedent or expectations of how the devices and interactions should look or function. I am probably not the only person thinking it, but the people over at Prologue would make fantastic UI designers!

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Brooklyn Beta

My studio-mates Fictive Cameron and Chris Shiflett are putting together a free conference for web designers, developers and entrepreneurs here in NYC, Brooklyn to be exact. Brooklyn Beta promises to be an outstanding new conference with an already impressive line up. Block out October 21st and 22nd on your calendar and signup.

Starting Lineup:

1. Fred Wilson
2. Cameron Moll
3. Elliot Jay Stocks
4. Shelley Bernstein

And more to come…


Toru Iwatani: Pac Man Sketches

Toru Iwatani, the designer behind Pac-Man the most popular video game of all time, shares some early sketches of the game from 1979.

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Notable

Excited to start using Notable on all my future web projects. Notable is a simple to use app. for providing feedback on all levels of a web project from the content to the code. Thanks Erica!

(via swissmiss »)

Demo of Notable from Bryan Zmijewski on Vimeo.


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