MEDIA MINDED

The Future of the Business Card

Posted in Technology, Web by Natalie on January 23, 2012

Just finished reading this interesting article via Mashable that’s a nice follow-up to a post I wrote back in October on business cards. While traditional business cards can be a great vehicle for design and creativity the truth is that one day they will be obsolete. And, with apps such as Bump and LinkedIn’s Cardmunch (not to  mention the prevalence of smart phones), that future may be just around the corner.

While this doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the business card as a whole (currently, 10 billion business cards are printed annually – that’s a lot!), it does mean a re-shaping, or re-imagining, will need to take place. How will the business card adapt to avoid extinction? Mainly, how can designers re-invent the business card so that it is readable and translates well into a pre-configured application? Time will have to tell…

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Auto-Correct FAIL

Posted in Technology by Natalie on December 18, 2011

Motts Applesauce. This one killed me.

Via Damn You Auto Correct

A Series of Poor Decisions

Posted in Media Management, News & Current Events, Technology by Natalie on October 10, 2011

WOW, Netflix. This has just been a series of really poor business decisions. Who was managing this catastrophe? Netflix had such a solid business plan, and seemingly intelligent and consistent management. You know the old saying, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it?” Well, maybe someone should have said that to Reed Hastings a few months ago. Not only did Netflix raise prices, but then to made the bizarre move to de-brand their perfectly branding company by adding Qwikster…WHAT? And now, it’s like they just woke up in a strangers bed after a bad night of partying, and all they want to do is forget, and run away, the horrible decisions they’ve just made. Oh man, I’m starting to feel embarrassed for them now.

So, for now I currently have my Netflix account on hold…I’m sorry but $17/month for 1 DVD at a time and streaming on my 13 in. laptop – not worth it! Maybe if/when I starting making a little more money (you know, in this booming economy), I”ll unfreeze it, but until then, my Netflix account will continue to collect some dust. Sorry!

iPod Art

Posted in Art & Design, Technology by Natalie on October 6, 2011
Seikou Yamaoka

iPod Touch Digital Painting

In memory of Steve Jobs and in honor of all things Apple today, I present this amazing video and artwork from Seikou Yamaoka. Using only his fingertips and ArtStudio, a simple iPod Touch and iPhone application (that only costs $2.99!), he creates these stunning and incredibly realistic portraits. Just another example of the innovative and creative power of Apple, and how Jobs’ products have changed not only technology and communication, but art and design as well.

Check out the time-lapse video below and read more about Yamaoka here.

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Posted in Technology by Natalie on October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs

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