Richard Florida talks briefly of the importance in the creative class and its role in reshaping infrastructure; specifically post economic crisis. This lecture from The Economist: The Ideas Economy event in NYC, points out some pretty interesting statistics and references some enlightening concepts regarding the future of our economy as well as the role of the urban center.
For more information on Richard Florida and the topic at hand, check out the Creative Class website.
Yet another fantastic looking app for the iPad. Flud offers utility and efficiency in their “news ecosystem” application. From the first look it seems to have handled content organization in a pretty effective manner. The user interface does a good job standardizing inbound content and offering all the bells and whistles that any internet soaked, design nerd would look for. Check it out.
Feel free to add your opinions, as it’s impossible to get a first hand look without having an iPad yet. (Sad face goes here)
The SoundYeah app proves that a regular idea can become more exciting and ultimately more successful with a interesting approach and a shiny coat of paint. The app allows you to record, edit and playback self created samples in an extremely simplified manner, making it pretty damn easy for just about anyone with fingers to make some sort of music.
I think it’s pretty amazing how much the iPad is starting to become an experimental platform for new approaches to simple ideas. These are the types of small steps that create big waves in the way we think and use technology. Pretty exciting to see it all unfold in front of you, right!?
Make sure to check out the rest of Pill & Pillow‘s site — filled with other great examples of new media work and interactive design projects.
Flipboard is great. They’ve basically done what I think someone should have done a long time ago with the classic version of the aggregator that we’re all used to dealing with. Although, I haven’t played with it yet, the app seems to do a great job enhancing some strengths in the collection of services I engage with day to day, like Facebook, Twitter and of course my Google Reader. Collecting information and organizing content and sharing information will only become more and more important over time, it’s great to see someone address this missed opportunities in a sensible and attractive way.
If you are fortunate enough to have an iPad, make sure to grab it free for download — for now — on their site.
The brainchild of author, writer, designer David McCandless, Information is Beautiful is an amazing site stuffed with fantastic infographics and visualizations about virtually every subject imaginable. Information is most definitely very beautiful here.
I saw this on the news over here a while back and for some reason it popped into my head again. So I figured I might as well share the ridiculousness of the Kami Kami Sensor with the rest of you. Why should I have all the fun? Basically it’s a bite counter being used in some schools and I think even available for the public. But wait, there’s more. Not only does it count how many times you chew your food, it beeps when you hit 30 bites and then plays a melody at 1000 bites, YEAY! Unfortunately the way I eat it would probably take about three months to hear that melody….
Watching this sort of micro documentary brings me back to my youth and gets me all inspired. The narrator’s voice, the music, even the material being presented makes me feel like being creative. It stands somewhere near the root of my original inspiration to be an artist and ultimately become a designer, plus this shit is just downright interesting!
Brazilian indigenous tribe in the protected jungles on the Amazon that has never come across the outside world!! Can you believe that shit! They saw the airplane fly overhead and got ready for battle! Read and see more at BBC.
Scientists are looking to create alternatives to the international food and oil crisis by engineering “self-digesting” plants. These plants would aid in the refining process and would most likely be inedible. I’m interested to see if this gets off the ground and where it might take us… For more info on this check out the NewScientist blog.
Some pretty amazing things are happening on the French border involving 7,000 physicists from more than 40 countries. It involves time travel, black holes and recreating the big bang. It should be getting turned on for the first time early this summer. It’s pretty amazing to say the least and luckily there are plenty of people talking about it so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding a ton of super intriguing information on it. I’ve been waiting patiently for this thing to get turned on and change science forever. I can only hope that this might spark close to the same enthusiasm in you.