I have Google Suggest as my starting page in my browser. It loads fast and it reminds me that we are on the edge of a major change as far as how we use our computers. Being in Singapore, which is a city of the future I had some inspiring thoughts about what lies ahead what our computing experience will be.
The world has been going through a bit of a bumpy patch in the past few years. Old orders are being shaken up and new situations are making old enemies into uneasy allies.The computer world has been experiencing it's own upheavals though nothing that would get CNN into a lather.
Apple's news that they were switching to Intel chips has been dissected in huge detail, with much handwringing and predictions of gloom. Maybe the doomsayers are right but while they furiously shake their magic 8-balls, we can speculate on the implications for the power user. Since Macs now run on the most used chip architecture for desktop operating systems , there is quite a profound new possibility with these new machines.
When I arrived to the Middle East (when I refer to Middle East in this post I exclude Israel) few years ago I had no idea what to expect. I had two visual references of the Middle East in my mind. The first was the Aladdin style sexually charged, rich and exotic Arabia with comfortable palaces and harems. The second stereotype was the poor desert lifestyle with veiled women and camels. No need to say that these images turned out to be completely wrong. The visual culture of the Middle East is a mixture of the socialist realism and emerging consumerism.
Now that Tiger's first update 10.4.1 is out, it's about time to speculate about what will be/is the next codename for 10.5. Mac OS X versions are named after large felines. Let's see a quick history first:
Mac OS X 10.0 - Cheetah
Mac OS X 10.1 - Puma
Mac OS X 10.2 - Jaguar
Mac OS X 10.3 - Panther
Mac OS X 10.4 - Tiger
Let's enter these names to Google Sets and see what the small set gives us:
I have to give credit to whoever created these ads. They are great viral tools and I'd like to do my part in creating hype around them, because the more people use Firefox the better for all parties. Even MS wouldn't mind I guess, since they are not making money selling IE. So kudos, good job! However, I guess there is always room for improvement.
Have you ever felt that a logo just doesn't fit the great brand that is behind it? That happens usually because of bad or boring type. When you design a logo avoid this mistake like vampire the holy water. So many times I see good logos with good symbols all ruined by a logotype that is just simply a not even a well chosen font. So, what can we do about it?
You've probably been told hundred times that you shouldn't copy others work and that you should always do original stuff. This is something I stand by as well generally. However there is at least one very good reason to imitate a certain style and recreate a certain look by yourself.
Imitation is an excellent exercise for your brain. I think subconsciously one learns so much beyond the obvious when copying other's great work. The skills one learns may benefit much later however.
I often wondered how is it possible that so many times clients prefer not to use metaphorical ads for their communication. As marketing professionals they must know their clients, so I trust them when they say that many customers will not understand such ads. I really find joy in solving these clever ads and can't understand how is it possible that clever people might not get them. It seems I may have found the answer reading the New Scientist.
Music is probably one of the most inspirational things in life. Pay attention to what motivates you and make sure you feed yourself with the right tunes. As they say there is good music for every occasion. So, what's good music to support your work? I can create three categories for the kind of music I listen to while working:
When I approached my car I muffled a semi angry sh!t before picking up the parking ticket, which was stuck as usual on the drivers side window. I checked to see how much I was fined. It said: "Speed limit 250km/h!" What?