Reading and watching on your iPod, are these really digital magazines?

iPod Magazines

There’s been a couple photo applications on the video iPod that have challenged the idea of reading magazines. The first that I became aware of was Tiger (btw the cover image has a semi nude women on it, so use your own discretion) – a screen based art magazine that has started to transfer their content for an iPod download. It’s never been a printed publication so the experimentation is a natural evolution. On the more commercial side there’s Perooz.com From their site you have semi access to mens magazines like GQ to FHM. Their downloads are accessable to the iPod and a number of cell phones. It’s not the full magazine, most of the content consists of women and a couple text interviews. The template format is weak. There’s zero consideration of typography. It’s text set up in photoshop with no intention of what is readabilty. It’s also interesting to question the content, though it shouldn’t be such a surprise. The target is young males that are interested in tech toys. But could this format be used for more productive things? Only time will tell. Lifehacker has an article that talks about Perooz too, “Perooz” mobile magazines on your iPod, Zune or other mobile device.

Other iPod sreen apps that have tried to use the screen were those subway maps, but do you recall the last time you went to your iPod to see a route? Video – I don’t think it’s really caught on as much as people theorized it would. My guess is that the battery life up to this point hasn’t been able handle people’s expectations. But what happened to photos? Have you ever had someone pull out there iPod and share some of their images that they have stored? I’ve done it a couple times, but I’ve never seen anyone else do it.

TASCHEN, TASCHEN, TASCHEN

While this youtube video is slightly flakey, NYLON magazine had a couple interns who didn’t want to hang out at work visit the new TASCHEN store in NYC. If you’ve never been inside it gives you an idea about what they have. Oh, btw there’s the TASCHEN Warehouse Sale: New York this weekend!Thousands of slightly damaged and display copies from TASCHEN on sale at bargain basement prices, 50-75% off! Friday January 19th, 11am to 8pm, Saturday January 20th, 11am to 8pm and Sunday January 21st, 12 to 7pm. Address is 107 Greene Street, NYC, NY 10012. More info at TASCHEN Books: Events & Exhibitions. via jhayne at Quipsologies No. 5

Books on Video

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I couldn’t help but notice the speed and coincidence of two books that are making the tv news circuit these days. Both books Made to Stick and Citizen Marketers have blogs, and more recently have been on tv. I only knew this b/c I’ve been visiting their sites and have been reading their self hype. Each blog site is listing where they’ve been with links to media clips. It’s an interesting progression that is only going to get louder as authours and marketers have the latitude to write whatever they want without recourse except for their time. I also wonder if the video links would be as readily available if google had not spent the money they did on youtube…

Champaign, is there any other one but one?

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Something to kick off the week that is ThanksGiving in the U.S.A… It’s not like this would happen in any boutique that any of us would stay at – but at least the sound design should be appreciated

It’s a long download, but it’s worth it: http://www.raf.se/items/01johan_renck/03other/50Dom_Perignon_-_Room_Service.mov

Understanding the Street

Above is the first vid. from Wallstrip, a new web show that talks about one company in depth for just a couple minutes in terms of investment through normal talk. Once you get to the site there’s lots of ways to keep track of the site afterwards – easy rss, podcast, link buttons and the ability to embed text. I’m just curious to see how they will archive their info after a couple months…

Understanding the Street

Above is the first vid. from Wallstrip, a new web show that talks about one company in depth for just a couple minutes in terms of investment through normal talk. Once you get to the site there’s lots of ways to keep track of the site afterwards – easy rss, podcast, link buttons and the ability to embed text. I’m just curious to see how they will archive their info after a couple months…

More Video Clips

By now you’ve probably read and watched the vido clips from TED. But did you know that GEL (Good Experience Live) has posted clips of a lot of their presenters at http://gelconference.com/whatis.php. If you don’t have the DVD, this is a good substitute to check out before signing up for the conference next year. Some of my fav. clips are from Theo Jansen, Laurie Rosenwald, Ross Kauffman and Charlie Todd. I was also introduced to the book The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto through this conference – really good book. If you’re interested in the history of NYC, this is a must.

Learning by Design

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Debbie Millman, a friend and someone who I admire has posted one of her best blog posts about what she has learned. There’s 10 graceful points that most designers can take something away from her experience, learn and get better. About a year ago Debbie visited Edmonton for a talk titled “Design Stories from New York” for the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada Alberta North Chapter. We filmed the talk and you can watch the entire presentation at http://abnorth.gdc.net/millman. While Debbie’s 10 points from her blog entry are not mentioned directly in the video as such, a lot of her ideas are talked about in part 3 of the video presentation.

Below are the ten headers of Debbie’s points, to read the whole thing visit here blog HERE.

Things I have learned by making a lot of mistakes

Number One:
Fabulous talent is equivalent to operational excellence

Number Two:
How you lead and what you represent is as important as your ideas

Number Three:
You need to know what you believe in, whether or not it is popular.

Number Four:
Vision is easy, strategy is much harder.

Number Five:
Know what you are talking about

Number Six:
Common vocabulary is not always equate with common behavior

Number Seven:
One day working on a creative brief is worth (minimally) one week of design time.

Number Eight:
Be aware of “artificial harmony”

Number Nine:
Seek out criticism

Number Ten:
Design Matters

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