MIT Combines All Your Screens Into One Experience

MIT continues to push a lot of really interesting digital innovation out of their Media Lab over the past few years. Their latest creation is called THAW which lets you use your smart phone as a tool to interaction with content on other screens like the one on your computer. The video above does the best job of showing off this technology but basically you put your phone over the screen to look “through” it so you can interact with, pick up or modify the content being displayed.  The most compelling examples are for video games and creative manipulation of images and content. The work is a result of an internal collaboration between Philipp Schoessler of MIT’s Tangible Media Group, which also birthed a revolutionary, shape shifting display you can reach through and touch, and Sang-won Leigh of the Fluid Interface Group. Tangible Media Group spends its time trying to...

Apple Watch App Design Primer

If you saw any of my social media channels earlier this week then you know that I was extremely honored and humbled to have one of an incredible small number of designers who was asked by Apple to work to bringing their iOS app to the new Apple Watch.  I also loved it because it was an incredible opportunity to highlight the incredible work that the amazing digital team at Starwood has been doing on a truly global stage. As expected with any new Apple product or form factor, within hours of the keynote I started seeing designs from people who wanted to bring their app to Apple Watch. The problem is that they really didn’t pay attention to the screens that were shown to really understand how to design for Apple Watch so they were designing notifications thinking they were apps and all sorts of other problems. So I wanted to create a quick primer to distill what was shown in the...

Weekly inspirations: September 5, 2014

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   Facebook-Connected Magazine Lets Readers Like Favorite Outfits C&A, the largest fast fashion store in Brazil, in partnership with Microsoft and electronics maker Tim for the “Like Ad” project. The print and digital advertising allows people to interact, enjoying the favorite look, without having to activate any device. All magazines have a electronic board with specific components and a chip from Tim, who stored the information of registered persons so each ‘like’ resulting in a publication in the timeline of the person who interacted with the ad. The campaign was created by DM9DDB and will run in some copies of Contigo magazine.Read the article here. Work/Life Separation Is Impossible. Here’s How to Deal with It. The ideal of compartmentalizing our work and home lives sounds appealing in a...

Destiny – Bungie’s 10 year long video game

Bungie is a game development studio made famous by creating the Halo series for Xbox. It surprised a lot of people when they have left that extremely lucrative franchise behind and wanted to create something new. Their new game is called Destiny and it has me really intrigued. I have been lucky enough to get early access to the game on two different occasions and noticed a few really interesting things about what they are doing with this new franchise that draw strong parallels to what I see happening in other forms of digital design and storytelling. The 10 year story – gaming as branding The first thing that got my attention was that the designers at Bungie talked about how they want the story in Destiny to play out over a 10 year span. That was a staggering goal to me as I have never heard any game set out to tell a story across that kind of scale and time span. But then it...

Weekly inspirations: August 29, 2014

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   This New Moleskine Is Like An iPad Made Of Paper Moleskine has presented the vision of another possible future with its new Livescribe Notebook ($30) and the $150 Livescribe smartpen (a pen known for turning written, paper notes into typed, digital transcripts). When you combine the two your drawings and brainstorms are not only automatically backed up to an app, they’re also infused with the conveniences of digital-native technologies. It isn’t the first time something like this has been created but this one looks to the most promising one I’ve seen. Read the article here. Is Your Responsive Design Working? Google Analytics Will Tell You Responsive web design has become the dominant method of developing and designing websites. It makes it easier to think “mobile first” and to create a...

Adding another time for my sold out Adobe MAX 2014 session

I was blown away to hear that my Adobe MAX session ‘The Crazy Ones: How to Be a Leader Who Inspires Creativity and Innovation’ has sold out for a second time. The problem this time is that there aren’t any bigger rooms in the LA convention center to fit more people into my Tuesday session so I will be adding a second session right after the opening keynote on Monday at 2pm. If you haven’t already registered for MAX it isn’t too late – click here to register now.

Weekly inspirations: August 22, 2014

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   Uber launches ‘Corner Store’ delivery service in Washington DC Uber has branched out from providing on-demand rides for passengers to offer on-demand product deliveries for people living in Washington DC as part of an experimental service. They continue to impress with new ideas like this and adding other like their recent API for other apps. Read the article here. Myo integrates its gesture-tracking armband with Google Glass and other smartglasses The area of gestured based controllers continues to really interest me but I still haven’t seen that killer product that I think will break into the main stream. One of the most promising is from Thalmic Labs who this week added support for smartglasses to its Myo gesture control armband. Supported headsets include Google Glass, Recon Jet and Epson...

My Design Ethos – The 8 Principles I Create By

A few years ago I started to write my “design ethos” which I wanted to be a set of 8 principles that really defined that I believed and set the standard I wanted my group and myself to always aspire to. They are simple statements but here again the simplicity is deceiving as each purposely challenging and aspirational. Over time I’ve also found it to be important because if you ever want to do anything new or innovative you are going to have to bring those ideas to life against a lot of opposition. It wasn’t until I started working with Apple that I really embraced that fact that you have to be crazy with an almost radical dedication to getting the best ideas and not compromising your vision to do it. It can be disheartening when people dot share your vision but you have to be the person who is crazy enough to push through to get those ideas to come to life. I’ve also...

Weekly inspirations: August 11, 2014

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   Why Self-Awareness Is the Secret Weapon for Habit Change Over the course of my career I have found that one of the biggest traits that separates good creatives from great creatives is self-awareness. Some people have it naturally but many don’t so this article lays out 3 things you can do to help improve your self-awareness and help your career and creativity. Read the article here. Simplifying the Bull: How Picasso Helps to Teach Apple’s Style Steven Jobs established Apple University as a way to inculcate employees into Apple’s business culture and educate them about its history, particularly as the company grew and the tech business changed. Courses are not required, only recommended, but getting new employees to enroll is rarely a problem. This article explains how Apple uses 11 lithographs...

Why ‘Move Fast and Break Stuff’ became ‘Slow Down and Fix Your Shit’

It is no secret that digital channels continue to become an ever-increasing part of everyday life and as a result brands are trying to figure out how to become more digitally savvy so they can play a larger role in people’s lives. Many of those companies have been looking to Facebook as the poster child they want to emulate and so I’ve seen their marketing started to be filled with phrases like ‘agile’, start-up’ and references to the posters that adorn every Facebook office like ‘Move fast and break things’, ‘Done is better than perfect’ and ‘Fail harder’. I then see them adopting an agile methodology to their projects in order to act more like a start-up and to be more digitally minded. I think it is a great that companies are trying to become more digital, more agile but I see companies misunderstand ‘Move fast...