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What did I learn in the last year?
January 30, 2014

So, I got to thinking about all of the things that I learned this year. Here is a list ,in no particular order: • I don’t like older management models in enterprise style businesses. • Justin Timberlake is awesome live. My respect for him goes up everytime he does anything. • There are too many people / […]

So, I got to thinking about all of the things that I learned this year. Here is a list ,in no particular order:

• I don’t like older management models in enterprise style businesses.
• Justin Timberlake is awesome live. My respect for him goes up everytime he does anything.
• There are too many people / things competing in the Javascript place.
• Yo (nee Yeoman ) ( and all related items ) is an awesome development tool (s).

I find your lack of faith disturbing.
March 6, 2013

Had to share my meme.

Had to share my meme.

Webby Award for MoMA project
May 28, 2012

Last year we had the pleasure of working with our friends at POKE New York ( now it’s makeable ) on the iWent site for the Museum of Modern Art in NYC… and recently, the site won a Webby Award for ‘mobile and experience’. The whole experience of iWent is an awesome thing, where MoMa […]

Last year we had the pleasure of working with our friends at POKE New York ( now it’s makeable ) on the iWent site for the Museum of Modern Art
in NYC… and recently, the site won a Webby Award for ‘mobile and experience’.
The whole experience of iWent is an awesome thing, where MoMa visitors fill out a card with their drawing or writing. This card is then scanned and both gets displayed on the wall of the musuem and is posted to the web site in real time. Please visit here!

Typekit & Opera Mobile
January 7, 2012

TypeKit currently unsupported by Opera Mobile. ;-(

For the redesign of makemagic.com, I found some fonts on Typekit that we really wanted to use. We did some fairly thorough testing across many devices, platforms, operating systems and browsers, and at the end of it all found that we were pretty satisified that all the bases had been covered, so decided it was okay to move forward using Typekit fonts.

A viewer of this site reported that the navigation (and fonts) were not looking so hot on Opera Mobile on Android. While looking for a solution to this , I decided to send an email to the  Typekit support team. They replied stating that ‘ Typekit does not serve any fonts to Opera Mobile at this time’.In fact, their own recommended code for embedding and troubleshooting failed to yield ANY results.

This is a little disappointing as TypeKit’s OS and Browser support page states:

Mobile browsers are supported by default..

Arguably, it is easy to extrapolate from this statement that they intended to say  ’native mobile browsers’ – but this is pretty easy to say in hindsight, after having spent many an hour with a new design for navigation that uses TypeKit fonts.

Unfortunately the fallback of ‘sans-serif’ in the font stack  is not adequate as a solution, because of some inherent sizing issues between the font face we want to use and what sans-serif renders like…

In the meantime, the TypeKit sites description should read like:

This will change the way you design websites … ALMOST

This does not serve to be any kind of a scathing review of Typekit, it is more of a cautionary tale to those developers who want to use TypeKit on their sites – if this is you, please consider testing in Opera Mobile before making any final decisions.

@mmiinc

Mobile Usage Growth
January 2, 2012

By 2013, more people will use mobile phones than PCs to get online...

By 2013, more people will use mobile phones than PCs to get online, according to Gartner. In mid-2011, we also reached the point at which consumers were spending more time on their mobile devices than on their PCs.

It’s also important to note how mobile and smartphone usage is changing.

Considering that mobile devices are potentially available 100% of the time for a user,they will be able to access the internet from home in front of the TV, on the bus or subway, at retail store, coffee shop, restaurant or doing some leisurely reading in a bathroom, whether that be in public or at home.

It’s no secret that mobile access to the internet is growing in leaps and bounds, here are some statistics that illustrate this reality:

  • 86% of mobile internet users are using their devices while watching TV.
  • 29% of mobile users are open to scanning a mobile tag to get coupons
  • On average, Americans spend 2.7 hours per day socializing on their mobile device
  • 91% of mobile internet access is to socialize, compared to 79% on desktops
  • Over one third of Facebook’s 600 million plus user base uses Facebook Mobile
  • Half of Twitter’s 165 million users use Twitter Mobile
  • There are more than 200 million YouTube views EVERY DAY

Sources:

Marvels of Technology
January 2, 2011

The Mighty Dyson Air Blade is a fine example of contemporary design excellence.

This has nothing to do with ‘web technology’, and I suppose I’m letting my geeky-feathers show, but I really wanted to salute a company whose products continue to inspire and impress me.

They are one of my favorite examples of a company that knows how to solve things that you didn’t think needed solving.

I am talking about Dyson, the people that make the funny looking vacuum cleaners.

I have a Dyson vacuum. It’s a few years old, but it’s working like a charm. I remember the day we got it, and it was a very happy day indeed. After a few hundred room and stair vacuums, we needed a repair, and the warranty covered it.

Whilst at Costco , I FIND reasons to go to the bathroom and wash my hands , ONLY TO USE THE DYSON HAND DRYER, again.

I went to some ‘home’ store and asked for a demo of the Dyson room heaters … simply amazing.

Whether it be Vacuum Cleaners, area heaters , or washroom hand dryers, all of their solutions just make so much bloody sense, it’s awe inspiring. Their stuff looks great, and as far as I can tell , work great too. The fact that their warranty covers their products shows how willing they are to stand behind their designs, and support their customer base.

If you have never had the opportunity to dry your hands with the Dyson Air Blade, you are missing out on a great experience.

Okay, shameless blathering is now over.

Recent Work:

MoMa iWent

This hugely successful and webby award winning web site was developed in partnership with Poke New York (now Makemable). This project incorporates real time input from users, submitted via ‘scanner’ and nearly immediate postings to the website and incorporation with social networking. This is a very successful example of bringing a very human and immersive […]

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