technology

Different Tech Mindsets

David Ramos makes an interesting comment in this post about Adobe Muse from a few weeks ago: The quality of Muse’s code is not particularly relevant. Good code, bad code, no matter. Muse and other visual layout tools promote the idea that it’s possible to lay out a website exactly as one would lay...

The Original Think Pad

Computer Revolution Trivia Dept.: IBM introduced the ThinkPad line of laptop computers in 1992. Back in the 1920s Thomas J. Watson, Sr, introduced “THINK” as an IBM slogan. For decades IBM distributed small notepads with the word “THINK” etched onto a brown leatherette cover to customers and employees. The name ThinkPad was suggested by...

Updates from Adobe, Errors from Apple

Couple of quick things today. Firstly, Adobe’s released beta version 3 of Muse, their site builder for designers. The download is here, and as stated previously, it’s free until its official 1.0 release. There are significant fixes in how the application renders code, so anything you build will be more readily accepted on a...

Obscured Identity

Uh, the world just got creepier with this fascinating tech/art mashup. These videos are proofs of concept for a real-time facial tracking and masking software. The basic idea is that using this software hooked up to your typical webcam/laptop setup, you can match a still image of a face onto your own. The facetracker...

Tumblr Surpasses WordPress, We Think

Let’s dissect a media factoid, shall we? The other day, ReadWriteWeb posted what I can only assume was issued as a press release from Tumblr, saying that Tumblr now has eight times the pageviews of WordPress (dot com, the hosted service). I’m sure it was received with much breathlessness across the web, because frankly...

Following Up From Yesterday

Yesterday, David Ramos commented upon my conversation with Adobe’s Lea Hickman: Design curricula are failing to teach students how to work programmatically, and the best response, then, is to make software that tries to compensate for designers’ lack of knowledge? I can’t agree. …and I couldn’t agree more. In fact, that’s the actual reason...

Inkling

Wacom, known for their pen tablets, released a great little thinger earlier this week: a new dual-tool set called Inkling. Inkling is one-half pen, one-half receiver. The tool lets you digitize your handmade imagery as you work into layered PSD or vector files, and stores them in the tools until you can upload them...

A Special Delivery From Abe's Peanut

By Nicole Torres Remember the days of sending postcards, using stamps, and reading actual handwriting? Well, you might, but your kids are less likely to (with their eyes glued to iPads and Angry Birds and whatnot). Not to worry though— Abe’s Peanut, a literary and art publication for children, has a very creative approach...

Their Slogan is We (Heart) Technology and Design

Where do technology and design intersect? Increasing numbers of people say on Broadway between 20th and 21st Streets. I first read about General Assembly in a column buried on an inside page of the New York Times’ real estate section. It was presented as a place for technology and design entrepreneurs to rent desk...

Happy 100th Global Village Birthday

Time flies when you’re in a hot medium. 100 years ago tomorrow, Canadian media pioneer Herbert Marshall McLuhan was born. In honor of this centennial, his American publisher, Gingko Press, is getting the word out. Here are a few: His provocative theses caused him to become one of the most popular and controversial intellectuals...