Monthly Archives: August 2008

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Saw Vicky Cristina Barcelona yesterday (we were there during filming!). Great. Loved its personality-type reductionism and the ever-nagging choice between boring predictability or the fickle whimsy of following desire. Evidently Allen wrote a “diary” of sorts during filming and its quite funny. Check it out:

MARCH 5

Met with Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz. She’s ravishing and more sexual than I had imagined. During interview my pants caught fire. Bardem is one of those brooding geniuses who clearly will need a firm hand from me.

Lushpad

Lushpad is a unique online marketplace and resource that is intended to provide a service that has been missing from the collecting community since Modern design crossed the threshold from everyday to vintage a few years ago. Authentic originals, licensed originals and unlicensed lookalikes all vie for our attention. Lushpad hopes to clear through the clutter and help people make beautiful homes and impressive collections.

More Insight Into the Palin Decision

(via Crooks and Liars)

It seems to have been one or all of three: 1) a vain attempt to convince Hillary supporters that the should think with their vaginas in the same way men like McCain think with their penises, 2) to shore up McCain’s standing with the abortion/hangin’/guns loving and science/polar bear cub hating base, 3) an act of supreme desperation brought on by the Democratic Convention.

On The Leading Edge, or Falling Down?

Audi just developed an iPhone App promoting the new A4. Its top-scrolling driving game they claim they brought the game to market in 2 weeks from concept to completion. It shows. The experience feels cheap and runs counter to the actual driving experience of an Audi A4, which is amazing (disclaimer: I LOVE Audi/VW and have owned VWs all my life). This is a great example where a company’s appetite is larger than it’s capability. They get points for a forward-thinking and innovative spirit by taking advantage of new media channels to promote their wares, but they lose points for not delivering on their brand-promise within that experience. Not all leading-edge development is inherently good – the experience must match the savvy the platform offers as well as the core values of the brand. This game clearly doesn’t. It’s a great example of the failure of “doing it for the sake of doing” being the wrong approach. Check it out in the app store – its free.

Mozilla Ubiquity

I saw this on piecemaker. It’s fresh. the thing that I love most about it is that they’re thinking along the lines of making the browser the central control-point for web 2.0 functionality. Moving into the cloud… I love it. Now MzLabs has to bring this to mobile computing with precise location-specific data and we’re in business:


Ubiquity for Firefox from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

Slate Looks at Data Visualization

This art form is making inroads at universities and on the Web, and it has gained currency in tech and design circles. It has inspired some press and a handful of shows, and has featured in minor ways in museum exhibitions, in particular the Museum of Modern Art’s “Design and the Elastic Mind” show earlier this year. For the most part, though, infoviz is awaiting its public crowning as a coherent and vital art movement. Still, it’s got a high wow factor—worth checking out.

Eduardo Recife Still Killing It

Eduardo Recife is back with another installment of Misprinted Type. Once again his rich, textural work is engrossing and draws you into his world. Love it.

If you haven’t already downloaded his Photoshop Brushes and Vector Packs, please do so (under “Goodies”) – they’re a must-have for any digital artist.