Monthly Archive: March 2010

Less UI for Seamless Interaction

Lee Brenner, of digital design firm thirteen23, prefaces his main points of a talk about borrowing cinematic techniques when designing software from my favorite director: “It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them.” -Jean Luc Godard How appropriate it is to begin this discussion with a quote from a director who...

The Emotion Engine: Can a Video Game Speak to the Heart?

Many feel video games will never be as emotionally engaging as movies. But, Peter Molyneux, the creative force behind the Fable series and the seminal god game Populous, thinks much differently. In a conversation with Frank Rose of Wired, Molyneux discussed the potential and future of video games. Molyneux also talked about Fable III and...

Sextual + Nudie Pics = Digital Violence Among Teens

Taras Wayner and Chloe Gottlieb of R/GA presented Sextual + Nudie Pics = Digital Violence Among Teens at SXSW Interactive 2010. With the advancement of the digital era many different aspects of communication have changed. Dating and violence among teens has changed dramatically and have crossed mediums. Now teens are faced with violence via texting...

Be Creative (be an expert), Get Paid

“Find out what you’re passionate about,” said Nick Campbell as he opened his SXSWi panel “Be Creative, Get Paid”.  It’s no revelation to hear that in order to be happy, you need to do something you are passionate about. Passion is something that Nick Campbell possesses. Campbell brought up something that is relevant to all...

Pain free design sign-off… for the client

“I think you should change the color” “I asked, and my Mom thinks the site needs to be more ‘Denzel Washington,’ can we do that?” I happens. Even after several meetings, drafts and mock-ups, a client’s input can turn a beautiful piece of web designer heaven into a nightmare. That nightmare can leave many feeling...

SXSWi newbies

A large portion of our class were thrown into the wonderful (and sometimes chaotic) world of SXSWi for the first time this year. We all had fun, we all networked, and some of us even got caught in panels that we didn’t fully understand. However most of us learned a few things and came away...

The Effects of Twitter on News

More than any other social media, Twitter has had a profound effect on news. I personally was most looking forward to the SXSWi core conversation about this very topic. It didn’t disappoint and it’s a conversation every news director should be having with his or her newsroom. This particular discussion featured some heavy hitters in...