I had been thinking about the internet of things (i.e. your own personal cloud of all your things, phones, TVs, cars, lightbulbs, etc…) and this blog post seems to encapsulate pretty much all the half-formed thoughts that I had about the subject, saving me the time to write it down. Handy!
I surprised some people when I said I was taking November off Twitter.
I’ve been using Twitter since July 2006 (user #1568!) with almost completely unbroken usage since late 2007, so that reaction is understandable—most especially from those in my life who consider me addicted to my iPhone.
I picked up a copy of James Gurney’s Color and Light which has inspired me to do some painting studies.
I’ve been mentoring a young graphic designer on how to use photoshop for rendering and this is one of the short renders using his bottle that was on the table. This got me back into a painting mood and reminded me how long it had been prior to that since I had done a proper painting. Maybe for next time :)
click on the title for the link!
Informative video on the most common mistakes when developing your first F2P by David Edery, part of the guys behind great titles such as Triple Town and Steambirds.
Dieter Rams “Cold War Modern”
Dieter Rams, one of the godfathers of 20th century Design gives us an insight into how he almost single-handedly revolutionised the look and functionality of Braun’s electronics, and how that has been vicariously passed down to contemporary Apple designer Jonathan Ive.
Interesting article on Free 2 play and the “Fall of Angry Birds”, can be found by clicking on the title!
If you’re one of the many who, like me, watched the movie The Social Network, then I think this is a worthwhile read. What is it? It’s simply a deconstruction of the letter that Mark Zuckerberg sent to shareholders when the company went public and had its IPO (definition). What it highlights is that firstly, people don’t read the fine print enough and that secondly, Facebook and it’s founder may not be as evil as people may think. Alternatively, if FB is indeed evil, then at least this is the yardstick by which we will measure the company according to what it portends to achieve as opposed to what it will achieve in the near future.
Either way, I found it to be a great and inspirational read and here’s a slight quote from Mark Zuckerberg’s letter to shareholders:
Simply put: we don’t build services to make money; we make money to build better services. And we think this is a good way to build something. These days I think more and more people want to use services from companies that believe in something beyond simply maximising profits.
By focusing on our mission and building great services, we believe we will create the most value for our shareholders and partners over the long term - and this is turn will enable us to keep attracting the best people and building more great services.
Now that Facebook has told us what they want to achieve, we can and will measure their progress and how far away they may stray from their path.