Blind Self Portrait

Crazy! FITC speaker Kyle MacDonald along with Matt Mets created a project called Blind Self Portrait which uses computer vision algorithms to build a contour drawing of the visitor, and a moving platform guides their hand to execute the drawing while their eyes are closed.

The Myth of Mobile Context!

Recent discussion at Mobile Portland on the importance of considering “context” in designing mobile products and services. (The Panelists includes Josh Clark, Daniel Davis, Ty Hatch, Rachel Hinman and Tim Kadlec).

“Pick up most books about building web sites or products for mobile and you’ll hear a common refrain extolling you to pay attention to the mobile context. Usually this means paying attention to the fact that people using mobile phones are likely to be on the go, have limited attention, and slow Internet connections. This may have been true in the past, but data suggests that this behavior is changing: 93% of smartphone owners use their smartphones while at home, 62% of people use their mobile phone while watching television, 69% use mobile while shopping, 39% of smartphone owners use their devices in the bathroom.”

Via mobileportland

John Jay of Wieden+Kennedy Talks Creativity

In this Video John Jay talks about his creative process and why you should never adhere to someone’s particular terms or be put into a specific silo.

“Inspiration is about feeling the personal vibe of people who live a way you don’t, do things that you can’t and share what you don’t know, For any creative person, it is our job to be inspired.”

Simon Sinek: If You Don’t Understand People, You Don’t Understand Business

Simon Sinek’s recent talk discusses the importance of trust, authenticity, and meaning. Sinek argues that as individuals and companies, everything that we say and do is a symbol of who we are. And it is only when we communicate our beliefs authentically that we can attract others to our cause, and form the bonds that will empower us to achieve truly great things.

“We’re not good at everything, we’re not good by ourselves,” says Simon Sinek. Our ability to build trust and relationships is the key to our survival as a race, and to thriving as ideamakers.

A first look at the new “Windows 8” user interface.

The new Windows 8 touch-based UI, revealed earlier today at the D9 Conference, looks good. And it’s clearly drawn from the same inspiration as Windows Phone 7.

The demo showed some of the ways to reimagined the interface for a new generation of touch-centric hardware. Fast, fluid and dynamic, the experience has been transformed while keeping the power, flexibility and connectivity of Windows intact.

A few aspects of the new interface are:

  • Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.
  • Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.
  • Fluid, natural switching between running apps.
  • Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.
  • Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC.
  • Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.

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Adobe Flash Platform Summit 2010 India

Adobe Flash Platform Summit 2010 India

 Adobe is organizing a two day conference in Bangalore, India on August 25th and 26th. The Adobe Flash Platform Summit will be the great place to update yourself and to learn about their latest technologies and network with other industry professionals.

With 40+ sessions spread over 2 days, the conference promises to be bigger than ever. Day 1 will be focused on RIA development and Day 2 will be focused on RIA design. Apart from the Adobe experts, listen and interact with the vibrant Flash Platform community. Registrations are open and you can pay electronically as well at the website.

Some great news I have some discount codes I can give away to people interested to attend. If you are interested and want to get one, just leave a comment on this post with your thoughts on the future of the Flash Platform. What features would you like to see supported? How do you see the technology being adopted in India? Are there any obstacles to overcome?

I will be there, let’s keep in touch and see you there. :)


Live webinars: Adobe Developer Week Is Next Week

Adobe Developer Week is organizing new live webinars next week, if you like, you can register here.

Building Multi-Screen Applications with the Adobe Flash Platform and Adobe Creative Suite 5
Monday, May 10, 2010 | 11:00 AM US/Pacific
Building Mobile Applications with Adobe Flash Professional CS5: Create a Game
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | 11:00 AM US/Pacific
Creating Sexy Applications with the Adobe Flash Platform: Designer-Developer Workflow
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | 9:00 AM US/Pacific
Building Desktop Applications with Adobe AIR 2.0
Friday, May 14, 2010 | 4:00 PM US/Pacific


Designing for Mobile in India?

Designing for Mobile in India

Mobile Design India’s first event  focuses on the theme of “Designing for India”
The Indian market is a unique mobile innovation playground and untapped opportunity for anyone wanting to develop mass-market mobile experiences that needs to work across a myriad of languages, operators, income-segments, networks and user needs. Mobile has revolutionized the way people conduct business, get entertained, educated, married, to keeping up with cricket scores.

On one side the Indian masses go for “aspirational” experiences that make them stand out. At the same time the core offering of simplicity, universality and easy access has never been more important than the present, where all pc-based experiences from the developed world are already being leapfrogged by being made available directly on mobile in the places like India.  There are fewer legacies in markets like India. Mobile developers and designers have a wonderful opportunity to push for new behaviours, interactions and experiences.

This group is co-founded by Priya Prakash from Nokia, and she is planning the group’s first event. The event will focus on 4 companies/startups that are crafting mobile user experiences thus taking advantage of the Indian market mobile opportunity and challenges.

When: 29th April from 6:30pm onwards
Where: @ Jaaga | Rhenius Street, Off Richmond Road, Opposite the Hockey Association Stadium main gate, Shanthinagar, Bangalore.
Register here:

If you think designing for devices which is something you are passionate about, this is the right place and i am very excited about this event and hoping it will make big. :)