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29 June 3
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Splitscreen: A Love Story by JW Griffiths

Under - Inspiration, Media, Technology


Shot entirely on the Nokia N8 mobile phone. Winner of the Nokia Shorts competition 2011.

17 May 1
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LetterMpress: A virtual letterpress for iPad

Under - Design, Technology, Typography

This is one of those exciting apps that you’d love to have as a designer. It allows you to experience the art and craft of letterpress printing on the iPad.


LetterMpress

The LetterMpress project has already generated well over required amount of funding on Kickstarter.com to acquire collections of authentic wood type and vintage “cuts” to add to their library.

LetterMpress will be a virtual letterpress environment—released first on the iPad—that will allow anyone to create authentic-looking letterpress designs and prints. The design process is the same as the letterpress process—you place and arrange type and cuts on a press bed, lock the type, ink the type, and print. You will be able to create unlimited designs, with multiple colors, using authentic vintage wood type and art cuts. And you can print your design directly from LetterMpress or save it as an image for import it into other applications.

So why bother re-creating what’s considered to be an obsolete process for the new technology of the iPad?

Actually, a letterpress and an iPad operate similarly when it comes to manipulating objects in a composition. Just like placing blocks of wood type on a surface, you drag the type images across the iPad, and then move them around to create your design. This is why the iPad would make an ideal platform for people to experience the creative aspects of letterpress and typography.

14 April 1
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3D bioprinting of human organs, what’s next?

Under - Industrial Design, Inspiration, Media, Technology


Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, focuses on growing and regenerating human tissues and organs. His team engineered the first lab-grown organ to be implanted into a human, a bladder, and is developing experimental fabrication technology that can “print” human tissue on demand with the help of 3D printing.

Surgeon Anthony Atala demonstrates an early-stage experiment that could someday solve the organ-donor problem: a 3D printer that uses living cells to output a transplantable kidney. Using similar technology, Dr. Atala’s young patient Luke Massella received an engineered bladder 10 years ago; we meet him onstage.

IE6 coming to a peaceful demise

Under - Media, My Musings, Technology

We have been hoping, wishing, praying and actually struggling to liberate Internet from IE6 for so long now. The ‘kill IE6’ movement has seen all kind of phases and made substantial gains over the time. From IE6 Death (counting time when it is buried alive!) to mock funeral, and from IE6 No More to Death to IE6, the Internet is full of uncontrollable emotions and moments around this browser.

The time is nearing though for IE6 as Microsoft itself, besides sending flowers to the mock funeral last year, has joined the move to put this monster to rest that is just not dying. Microsoft has put up a website ‘The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown’ that is dedicated to watching IE6 usage dropping to 1% worldwide. It states:

10 years ago a browser was born. Its name was Internet Explorer 6. Now that we’re in 2011, in an era of modern web standards, it’s time to say goodbye.

Internet Explorer’s overall performance and irreconcilable differences with web standards aside, IE6 tarnished Microsoft’s reputation as a lead in this domain. I’m not sure how many IE9 it would take to rebuild the user confidence in this browser which is only surviving because of the OS it is bundled with.

IE6 Funeral by Aten Design Group

IE6 funeral by Aten Design Group held back in March 2010

20 February 1
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Moullinex Catalina – 3D music video made with Kinect

Under - Industrial Design, Inspiration, Media, Music, Technology

We have seen Kinect’s untapped potential. This music video for Catalina is done with Kinect, Kinect Library for Processing, Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects. It looks like that the device is now becoming an additional tool for special effects besides CGI.

The detailed production walkthrough can be found here – even the original source files are available if one would want to venture into this.