technology

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...

Time to Trade-In the Trade-Off?

By Jason Martin, Innovation Consultant, Idea Development Ever since reading Kevin Maney’s great book Trade-Off last year, his ideas around consumer behavior have been stuck in my head. His thesis is simple: a product’s market success is based on one of two base attributes, either that of fidelity (a high-quality consumer experience) or that...

How to Think About Website Prototypes (for Designers)

In the past, I often would describe a website prototype as a plan for how a website works, not how it looks. While, in a sense, I still think that’s true, I’ve come to realize that it’s actually pretty confusing, don’t you think? Especially since we go on and on about how sitemaps and...

Select Your Wifi Network

For the last few months, I’ve been recording the names of accessible wifi networks that have been brought to my attention by my cellphone’s constant insistance on searching for available wifi. Sadly, most are locked. Happily, most have amazing and adorable names. Living in Brooklyn, New York and working across the river in Manhattan,...