A deep dive into Pixar’s sci-fi masterpiece, featuring entertaining detours to communist propaganda and Disney theme parks.
Thursday, December 6th, 2018
Friday, July 20th, 2018
Digital things look ‘finished’ too soon. When something is a work in progress on a wall, it looks unfinished, so you keep working on it. moving things around, reshaping things, connecting things, erasing things, and making them again. Walls make it easier to iterate. Iteration, in my opinion, is massively correlated with quality.
Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
This is the clickbaitiest of titles, but the post has some good sobering analysis of how much traffic driven by a small handful players. It probably won’t make you feel very cheery about the future.
(For some reason, this article uses all-caps abbreviations for company names, as though a stock ticker started generating hot takes: GOOG, FB, AMZN, etc. It’s a very odd writing style for a human.)
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Yummy wallpapers for your desktop, tablet, and phone, from NASA and ESA.
Monday, November 10th, 2014
Monday, November 4th, 2013
I hate carousels, but if you’re going to have one, this progressively enhanced approach looks pretty good.
Friday, August 17th, 2012
Perfectly offset with red string.
Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
A nifty little Mac app from Tom: it changes your desktop wallpaper to a satellite view of your current location.
Alas, it requires Lion, an operating system I’ve been trying to avoid installing.
Friday, March 16th, 2012
A thoughtful—and beautifully illustrated—piece by Geri on memory and digital preservation, prompted by the shut-down of Gowalla.
Friday, May 21st, 2010
Use Gowalla? Want a copy of my book? Jeffrey has the details.
Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
An interview with Veronica McGregor, the human being behind the wonderful MarsPhoenix Twitter account.
Saturday, August 2nd, 2008
Despite being a huge Pixar fan, I still haven’t seen Wall•E. That’s mostly due to my belief that a typical cinema is not necessarily the best viewing environment for any movie, but particularly for one that you want to get really engrossed in …unless the cinema is empty of humans.
I’m not sure if I can hold out much longer though, especially after reading this wonderful story about how the people at Pixar responded to one blogger’s reaction to seeing the first trailer for the movie last year. Eda Cherry describes herself as having
a strong fondness for robots so Wall•E is already pushing all the right buttons. The moment when he says his own name is the moment that pushes her over the edge — it makes her cry every time. Partly it’s the robot’s droopy eyes as he looks up into space but also:
It’s the voice modulation.
That would be Ben Burtt Jr. I remember as a child receiving the quarterly Star Wars fan club newsletter, Bantha Tracks, and reading about the amazing amount of found sounds that went into the soundscape of that galaxy far, far away: animal noises, broken TV sets, tuning forks tapped against high-tension wires. And of course R2D2, voiced by Ben Burtt himself.
Now, with Wall•E, he’s voicing another lovable robot, one capable of moving humans to tears. His involvement is no coincidence. In the initial brainstorming for the project, John Lasseter repeatedly described it as
R2D2: The Movie.
The journey involved in turning that initial idea into a finished film is a long one. For a closer look at the process at Pixar, be sure to read Peter Merholz’s chat with Michael B. Johnson. Their storyboarding process sounds a lot like wireframing:
We’d much rather fail with a bunch of sketches that we did (relatively) quickly and cheaply, than once we’ve modeled, rigged, shaded, animated, and lit the film.Fail fast,that’s the mantra.
Saturday, June 21st, 2008
I had a very pleasant chat on the phone with Ben Worthen from the Wall Street Journal. He likes my social buzzword generator.
Monday, April 14th, 2008
These are the guys that painted the walls across from the Clearleft office. Every day, at least 10 people take pictures of their work.
Friday, January 11th, 2008
The idea I like most from this portfolio is the heat-sensitive wallpaper with blooming flowers.
Tuesday, November 13th, 2007
Awesome iPhone wallpaper images from the awesome Anton.
Monday, September 10th, 2007
The slides from Matthew Somerville's excellent BarCamp Brighton presentation: Is Cornwall part of England?
Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
The need for portable social networks hits the mainstream press: Professor Michael Geist writes an article for the BBC website.
Monday, July 23rd, 2007
Ben Buchanan on how most supposedly open Web 2.0 (sic) sites are really walled gardens lacking interoperability.