Ever since the late 90’s, when I was a designer browbeating Adobe for a good collaboration system, I’ve been intrigued by efforts to help teams work better together. Frame.io has just rolled out v2 of its video-centric team platform:
Elsewhere, FiftyThree (makers of the much-loved Paper sketching/notes app) have introduced the Slack-savvy Paste tool:
- Arrange your flow and add text to craft the story you want to tell
- Fullscreen walkthroughs and fast feedback from your team that syncs with Slack.
Knowing their history, I’m expecting a lot of delightful attention to detail.
I’m intrigued by—but don’t quite know what to make of—Logojoy, a hosted app that promises, “Using artificial intelligence and advanced learning algorithms, our logo maker is able to produce designs just like a designer would.”
It seems that almost no one in the general public can define just what the hell “AI” means, and I’m not sure that this offers anything more than a nicely packaged wizard/template system. Still, some of the results I got weren’t half bad, and creative disruption will only continue: The world at large will get greater & greater access fairly competent aesthetics (think Target & design for all), while creative people will have to hustle more & more to remain relevant.
If you take it for a spin, let me know what you think.
God bless these crazy little bastards. I won’t spoil the big reveal, but it’s definitely worth stick around for three minutes to get.
A beautiful, dynamic wall calendar that can be used for three months on one charge? I could get into that. Check out the Magic Calendar concept from Google Japan:
Little Inventors “takes children’s invention ideas and makes them real.
Children can freely upload their ideas to this website for positive and encouraging feedback from the Little Inventors team… Our aim is to inspire and support children around the world to use their wonderful imaginations to think up ingenious, fantastical, funny or perfectly practical invention ideas with no limits!
Don’t miss this guy’s sweet snack-hat. 🙂
Elsewhere, in The Monster Project (recently exhibited at Adobe SF), “Kids draw monsters, then artists from all over the world recreate them in their own styles!” Check out their fun gallery.
Come on, who hasn’t watched the Gimp scene in Pulp Fiction and thought to himself, “I wish I could look like that around the office!” I will, however, give personal muffler HushMe props if it makes the user sound like Bane:
Check out the rather brilliant-looking, Lego-compatible Nimuno Loops:
Imagine being able to build around corners, on curved surfaces, or even onto the sides of that sailing ship you’ve just spent hours building. You forgot to engineer a point of attachment for that sweet dinosaur-smashing cannon? No problem. Snip a length of Nimuno Loops, stick it on the hull, mount your cannon and be on yarr way.
[YouTube] [Via Beth Allen]
How this for some Inception? Back in January, Lego released a 603-piece Technic BMW R 1200. Then the BMW Junior Company unit took Lego’s design and transformed it into a full-size aerial motorcycle called the Hover Ride Concept. Check out the process:
What happens when you put together a team of LEGO Technic designers and a BMW Motorrad engineer? Watch this short documentary and immerse yourself in the journey of the two teams from recreating the iconic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure to pushing the limits and transforming the alternative LEGO Technic model into a real life size BMW Motorrad Concept Hover Ride.
For many years our friends at Teehan + Lax have been producing invaluable GUI kits for iOS developers. Now they’re part of Facebook Design & have created a version for iOS 10 in PSD, Sketch, and (interestingly) Figma formats. Enjoy.