The Rise and Rise of the Niche
The amateurs are about to have their day in the sun. Just look at the numbers. 55m iPads sold in the last 2 years and easily another 300m in the next 5 years, if not more. In the same way that niche websites and interests became mainstream, Mashable and Huff Post being too of the most obvious examples, in the next decade hobbyists will have much richer apps and sites that bring new...
Google Execs, James Cameron Plan Space Venture →
Recession and Joy
Art has always been a mirror to society, either in the convoluted deliberate sense that centuries of religious and monarchical patronage encouraged or in the accidental sense that decades of the more symbiotic relationship between tv bosses and hungry audiences has cultivated. It is no coincidence that the surprise hit of last year on British television was The Great British Bake Off on BBC 2,...
The Future of Touch Computing?
Right now, my laptop sits idle beside me, old, decaying and rather sad, caked in the dust characteristic of an owner who long ago lost respect for a machine that now crashes two or three times a day. I am typing on a bluetooth keyboard using my ipad as a screen for the first time. The relationship between what I am writing and what I am seeing on the screen becomes altogether more intuitive. I...
The Future of Social TV?
The way we watch TV has changed hugely over the last few years. The revolution really began with iPlayer, the £300m brainchild of Ashley Highfield and Anthony Rose at the BBC. As with all triumphs of design and function, it spurred major change in it’s industry and every other major terrestrial competitor soon made sure you could watch whatever you wanted to watch, whenever you wanted to watch...
Billboards and the Future of Africa →
A fascinating article by Today legend John Humphrys. A very good example of the things that we can learn from the nature of design and it’s implications.
Canadian School Gets Creative with iPad as... →
A picture is worth a billion dollars?
Facebook got just a little bigger today with the surprise announcement that it had the acquired hugely popular photo sharing app, Instagram, for $1bn. The vast majority of this is in stock rather than cash but the founders of Instagram will surely be very pleased that their company, which released its first app only a year and a half ago, has reached such heady heights so fast. Facebook has...
Google Tablet to Launch in July/Apple to Release... →
Bob Dylan's Vomitific Writing Style and... →
Excellent article about the about the nature of insights.
Through the Google Looking Glass
It is telling that Twitter barely twitched at the news yesterday that Google had unveiled it’s Augmented Reality eyewear prototype, ‘Google Glass’. http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2012/04/epicenter-google-glass-ar/ Had it been Apple this would have been as big as Brangelina wifeswapping with the Obamas. The iPhone wasn’t the first smart phone, not by a long shot, Nokia...
Brief but interesting interview with Jobs'... →
Apple takes on Nintendo Wii? →
This is hugely significant. Any child at the moment under 13 simply cannot easily take part in the social networking revolution. They can’t have an iTunes account, or Twitter, or Facebook or indeed Bebo. Many of course break the rules and just set one up anyway but you can’t create a business model around maverick rule breakers. The Nintendo Wii’s Mii avatars have been hugely...
Makes you Proud to be British. →
An insightful essay on the New Aesthetic movement.
Brilliant Summary about the Importance of... →