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Weekly inspirations: January 2nd, 2015

With the holidays it has been a pretty slow week for good article but I would 3 worth sharing so here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:

smartphone ≠ smart home

I came across an interesting new controller called Flow that was designed to be a companion for creatives when they use Adobe Creative Cloud and other tools. I have seen drives like it before but this one caught my eye after reading their article which outlines why they made the device and why they think devices like this will be critical to creatives and even to home owners in the future. Read the article here or get your own Flow on here.

Write on Your Food With This Spice Pen

My holiday exploration of connected and innovative devices continues with the CinniBird.  It is a Kickstarter-funded kitchen gadget that lets you literally write on your food—not just lattes but anything—with cinnamon, paprika, cocoa powder or presumably any other fine grained edible that can be streamed through the pen-shaped gizmo. It seems like a novelty for now but could lead to some interesting uses in the right creative hands or if the technology advanced to do more than just dispense powders. Read the article here.

A Frank Lloyd Wright Approach To Digital Design

Frank Lloyd Wright was a century ahead of his time. He was a pioneer, an avant-garde architect who broke free of the traditions of his era. His views on materials, form, function, space and environment define his iconic works. These ideals and principles are still used in architecture today, and his buildings have stood the test of time, remaining relevant even in today’s digital age. As designers, we’re frequently asked to create digital experiences that will have a lifespan of 5 to 10 years. This is an eternity in “digital” time this article looks at how Frank Lloyd Wright’s approach to design can be adapted to digital design so the experiences we design can better stand the test of time. Read the article here.

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