This week, my pal Gregory, tech editor at the always amazing Apartment Therapy, invited me to participate in their My Tech Top Ten, where writers, artists, designers, and other creatives share the gear and tools that help them do their work and stay organized.
Matt Richardson created a very unique camera that manages to be both technologically sophisticated, yet lo-fi enough to make pinhole cameras seem advanced. When a picture is taken with this camera you actually don't get a picture at all…the camera prints out a description of the picture instead. Confused? Stay with me for a second and I'll explain.
In the era of smartphones and tablets, you may be noticing something you haven't seen since early elementary, provided you aren't a criminal: your fingerprints. Artist Ingrid Aspöck began to notice her own prints smudging up her shiny new iPad, and instead of reaching for the screen cleaner, she embraced the grime and turned it into art.
Today's lesson, class, is how to make the vintage-y, screen print-style banner at the top of this post. I created the banner in Adobe Illustrator and then brought it over to Photoshop to add some texture. This post, however, will just focus on what I did in Illustrator. If you're interested in learning how to add textures to your vector graphics, check out this post I wrote a while back.
Simeon from Two Lives Left just snagged a new iPad 3, and with it, a warm leather smart cover. He says, "I’m not too careful with my cover. I chose the leather cover thinking the more scuffed and damaged it got, the better. I wanted it to look worn. Unfortunately after only two weeks of use it did start to look worn — on one side only."
The asymmetry simply wouldn't do for Simeon, so he decided to give his leather the worn-in look he was hoping it'd develop. So, he stained it. With coffee.
1-Bit Camera is a new 99¢ iPhone app that captures wonderful black and white 1-bit images. Photos taken with the app will have the same look as the original Apple OS form 1984, as well as the Gameboy Camera, a highly sought-after collectors item.
"In an age of ever-increasing megapixels and bit depth it is now painfully clear;
It is not the number of pixels that matters, but the quality of those individual pixels!"
I'm not a pet owner. A lifetime full of extreme allergies to nearly anything that moves eliminates it as an option. But I think the idea of a dog trying to communicate through the already truncated format of text messages is likely the funniest thing I'll see today.
I'm always a fan of the interaction between nature and technology...and nothing quite captures that interaction like an attempt to warm up the sleek designs of tech gear with a little warmth from the natural world: like my own project the tree branch iPhone dock or the tree limb magnets for your sleek kitchen appliances, or this great handmade wooden iPod.
If you've seen any sort of cooking shows on television, or read food magazines, or cookbooks, or. you know, go to restaurants...you've noticed there's been a change in the way that high end chefs are preparing our food. Laboratory equipment and texture-altering (but perfectly healthly) chemicals have found their ways into restaurant kitchens, fusing the best of scientific understanding with the art of cooking.
Some have called it "molecular gastronomy," and many "modernist cuisine," but most of these techniques haven't really been available to the home chef without an immersion circulator, tanks of liquid nitrogen, and a lab storage facility next to their spice cabinet.
Until, of course,
This afternoon, the internet is all abuzz about the unveiling of the iPad 3, with its 4G LTE support and new home buttonless design. If you'll be standing in line to get a new one, or are simply interested in a unique, handmade an recycled solution to house your current tablet or eReader, then
I have all kinds of audio equipment: stereos, recievers, speakers, iPod docks, headphones, car inputs. All of it. I love music. But at least 50% I'm listening to the news or podcasts on my phone, I'm using the built-in speakers. Those tiny 1/8" drivers that aren't much bigger than those found in earbuds with none of the being-in-your-skull benefits.
And the number one place it happens? In the bathroom, while getting clean, shaving, etc.
These days, with the large storage spaces, cloud syncing, and incredible quality of smartphone cameras, there's every reason to use your phone to capture ideas and memories. And if you're anything like me, that means all the tasty food your making at home, creating with friends, or finding when you're out on the town.
Chicago-based food photographer Stephen Hamilton offers some great video tips for getting the best images possible with your smart phone, and making sure they look great, and become as blog/Facebook/Twitter/Flickr/Pinterest/Instagram worthy as possible.
The design team at Fossil is well-known for their warm and worn vintage-inspired design aesthetic...and they're freebies. They recently posted a great collection of thusly inspired desktop backgrounds for your computer, smartphone, or tablet.
It's full on February, which means it's time for Nerd Valentine, the best curated V-Day site on the internet.
Over the next week, every blog and their brother will post a roundup of Valentine's Day gift ideas, and they'll likely not include a single thing you'd be proud enough to give, or interested in recieving, or buying for yourself cause that's what you do on Valentine's Day, cause why should only the partnered people get to have all the fun.
A decade ago, office organization looked the same as it had since the advent of the personal computer: inbox/outbox, some filing cabinets, storage boxes on shelfs for extras, and drawer organizers.
Now, in the era of smart phones, tablets, multiple computers, all sorts of input devices, electronic bill pay, Stamps.com, docu-scanners... (should I keep going?), staying organized in your home office is very, very different.
Professional organizer Angela Kantarellis offers her seven roadblocks to an organized workspace in 2012, and what to do about them.
Hop on the internet, do a quick search or visit any sort of design or art online shop, and you'll most certainly find all sorts of "skins" - that is, safe ways to make clean and sleek gadgets like the iAnything or laptop a bit more personal. What you'll also realize is that a "skin" is just a big vinyl sticker, which means it's completely possible, easy, and not expensive to just make your own.
Perhaps you found a new shiny iPad under your tree this year, or maybe you're just interested in warming up your high-end tech gear with some old school, classic-guy charm, but you've gotta check out this easy, yet secure, how-to for creating an iPad from an inexpensive paper notebook, which would work equally well using an appropriately sized vintage book binding.