Apple has filed a patent for a stylus that includes an accelerometer, to pick up all the nuances of putting pen to pad. Interestingly, while Jobs has repeatedly dismissed the idea of a stylus in the past, Gates has advocated for the idea for some time:
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, made this observation last year when he said students needed a pen to be able to interact with a tablet in a school setting. Mr. Gates said the iPad was good for reading, but not necessarily for creating. (and Microsoft is good for very little)
From analyzing the 10 shining grid-based website designs, here are 5 best practices learned in order to create an effective grid-based website design:
* 1. Limit the number of elements – this is forehead-slapping obvious, for sure, but bears repeating: the more elements, the bigger the clutter, so keep it easy for you and your visitors by reducing as much as possible.
* 2. Vary the sizes of each grid – monotony tires the eyes and makes nothing stand out, so include variety in the sizes of the individual grids (not so ones next to each other are varying, but the size of the individual grid boxes for each group of grids).
* 3. Vary the arrangement of grid sections – similar to #2: avoid monotony by having some grids expand vertically, others horizontally, some groups be forming a square, others rectangles, and so forth.
* 4. Don’t have each grid too close together (or too far apart) – the right spacing makes your website highly readable, navigate-able, and scannable, so feel it out when spacing the individual grid squares and grid sections next to each other (or ask others if it’s too close/far if in doubt).
* 5. Have a single big square or rectangle for the featured website element – continuing from #2, have the featured website element—the one you want to draw immediate attention to—big one single big square or rectangle, as this will make it stand out from a grid section that’s a similar size and shape but is broken up by a lot of smaller grid squares.
via 10 Shining Examples of Grid Based Web Design and Best Practices.
We want more wireless Stereo Headphones. I don’t know why there is so little innovation in this area.
In a move that’s certain to take your gaming experience to the next level, Sony has just released this battery-operated, wireless stereo headset for the PlayStation 3 console. Offering a number of attractive features like 7.1 virtual surround sound, a retractable microphone for high quality voice chat and easily accessible volume control and mute buttons, the headset also keeps you informed of battery status and sound controls with an on-screen update. Priced at $100 USD, the Wireless Stereo Headset will be available through select retailers worldwide starting this September.
Sony PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset | Hypebeast.
Artist and designer Jeroen Verhoeven has created a polished steel desk using the profiles of two of his studio colleagues and computer aided design/ manufacturing.
Lectori Salutem Desk by Jeroen Verhoeven.
Brent Stirton, 39, is the senior staff photographer for the assignment division of Getty Images, New York. Getty Images is the largest photographic agency in the world. He specializes in documentary work and is known for his alternative approaches. He travels an average of nine months of the year on assignment.
Brent’s work is published by: National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, The New York Times Magazine, The London Sunday Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, The Discovery Channel, Newsweek, Le Express, Le Monde 2, Figaro, Paris Match, GQ, Geo, Stern, CNN, and many other respected international titles and news organizations.
Brent also photographs for the Global Business Coalition against Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He has been a long time photographer for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), shooting campaigns on sustainability and the environment. He works for the Ford and Clinton Foundations, the Nike foundation and the World Economic Forum. He was appointed one of 200 Young Global leaders in 2009 by the World Economic Forum.
Brent has received awards from the Overseas Press Club, the Frontline Club, the Deadline Club, Days Japan, multiple P.O.Y USA awards, 3 times China International Photo Awards, the Lead Awards Germany, Graphis USA, American Photography, American Photo and the American Society of Publication Designers as well as the London Association of Photographers. Brent has received 5 awards from the Lucie Foundation and 5 awards from the World Press Photo Foundation and has also received awards from the United Nations for his work on the environment and in the field of HIV. Recently Brent won the 2008 Visa D’or at the Visa Pour L’ image Festival in France for Magazine photography. Brent was also awarded The Lucy Award for International photographer of the Year for 2008.
In 2009 he received a gold award from China International photographic awards, as well as awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Graphis and American Photography.
Brent received the 2009 ASME magazine publishers award for photojournalism for his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo published in National Geographic magazine.
Brent Stirton » Photojournalist.