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Yearly Archives: 2009

December 28, 2009 at 7:19 am

Bonnier and BERG – redefining reading experience for our time

Under - Industrial Design, Media, My Musings, Technology

Mag+

It is interesting to see how quickly technology and our needs are converging into new products and concepts – refining or redefining our habits and experiences. I’ve been quite happily reading digital magazines such as Bak, FF3300, Destructed and Proteus on my computer monitor for quite some time now. Issue took online publishing to another level by providing a platform to deliver exceptional reading experiences. All of this is enough to indicate where things are heading in near future.

Mag+

Mag+

Amazon’s Kindle, Sony Reader, and Fujitsu’s FLEPia have already added new dimension to this. Earlier this year Amzon brought Kindle to mobile platform, extending its reach but at the same time pushing competition into a new direction … I’m not talking about business here rather prospects of combining advance interaction, normally seen on advance mobile phone devices such as iPhone, HTC HD2, Palm Pre, Else Intuition etc with conventional reading experience. In other words, refining and redefining reading experience on handheld digital devices.

Bonnier and BERG collaborated to illustrate such a concept in Mag+, aiming to capture the essence of magazine reading, they compiled a video demo of a digital magazine on a touch tablet. The video demos how magazines like Bonnier’s Popular Science can be adopted for a handheld multi-touch screen device with gesture based browsing and non-obtrusive interface that you only see when you actually want to.

With publishers collaborating and preparing for digital future and technology advancements, any such product is not a dream anymore. I can hope to see it alive within a year or two.

December 26, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Jonathan Puckey’s ‘Delaunay Raster’

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Technology, Typography

Delaunay Raster - Jonathan Puckey

Amsterdam based graphic designer Jonathan Puckey created this image and many others with Delaunay image vectorization using Scriptographer and Color Averaging by Jürg Lehni. Jonathan’s work is an amazing combination of art and science … and typography. View more of his work here.

December 21, 2009 at 8:08 am

Going West

Under - Inspiration, Media, Motion Graphics

With well over 500,000 hits on YouTube this ad truly capturing imaginations. The video is visualization of an excerpt from the novel Going West by Maurice Gee. This excellent piece is produced by Colenso BBDO and animated by Line Andersen for the New Zealand Book Council whose mission is to inspire and promote reading in New Zealand.

Bringing Books and People Together
Like no other human activity reading opens up our imagination. It enables us to understand those around us. It allows us to project the future and reach back into the past. Reading can entertain, challenge and educate. We believe that reading can transform people’s lives.

December 13, 2009 at 7:35 am

Marley & Me – Grogan’s done it better

Under - Literature, Media

I read John Grogan’s best-seller novel Marley & Me around three years ago and liked it very much. I had the same expectations from the movie but it completely disappointed me and my wife when last night we eventually got to watch it.

marley-and-me

Those who have read this novel have a completely different view of the movie. The book is about Marley (the world’s worst dog) and Grogan’s life around Marley – not about Grogan and his wife and their life with Marley. The presence of the two A rated actors (Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston) overshadowed the whole story, their characters looked overwhelmingly stronger than the main subject – Marley.

The overall dramatization of the novel was also a bit commercially spiced up that didn’t go well with the story. Those who are still planning to watch this movie I’d suggest don’t bother – it’s better to read the novel and you wouldn’t miss a thing.

December 10, 2009 at 6:58 am

Now ‘Print Your Toast’

Under - Industrial Design, Technology
Print Your Toast

Print Your Toast by Othmar Muehlebach

Securing second prize at the Berner Design Award ’09, Othmar Muhlebach designed this unique toaster that prints toasts sliced bread and ejects onto the plate bellow. Clearly, the inspiration is taken from desktop inkjet printer. I wish if he had added two cartridges for butter and jam in it – may be something for the next year’s competition!

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