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8 Insights About The Coming Era Of Interactive Design

8 Insights About The Coming Era Of Interactive Design
It’s all moving so quickly. Just yesterday, we were amazed by the miracle of making calls from our cars. Now we’re furious when our 4G cuts out while streaming an HD video on a four-inch touch screen, just because we’re 50 feet underground riding the subway. Connecting is a short documentary by Bassett & Partners and Microsoft that explores how our lives (and our gadgets) have and will change in a more connected world. It’s 18 minutes long but very worth the time, as it features interviews with designers from Method, Twitter, Arduino, Frog, Stamen, Microsoft, and Nokia. What’s crazy, even with the magic of editing, is that so many of these talented perspectives tend to finish one another’s sentences. As you watch, you’ll see a general consensus on a few really important points. Our phones demand too much attention, detracting from our real experiences. But that doesn’t make any of the ideas wrong. [Hat tip: The Creators Project]

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How Coca-Cola Used Vending Machines To Try And Unite The People Of India And Pakistan Relations between India and Pakistan are marked by many things--and happiness is generally not one of them. But Coca-Cola recently brought both nations together--or at least brought citizens of both countries face to face--over vending machines. No ordinary vending machines, the Small World Machines, created by Coke and Leo Burnett, were equipped with full-length webcams that allowed participants to see each other and interact in real time. “We used special active-shutter 3-D technology that projected a streaming feed onto glass while filming through that glass at the same time,” explains Leo Burnett Executive Creative Director Jon Wyville. “This allowed people to make direct eye contact and touch hands.”

Trend 2013 Yes, it’s already that transitional time when our current year ends and another begins, and today and tomorrow are quickly changing hands. Rather than look back at significant trends of the past 366 days (2012 was a leap year, remember?), we asked a wide variety of technologists, designers, and strategists across Frog’s studios around the world to take a look to the future. The near future, that is. “Near” in that 2013 is not only upon us, but also “near” in that these technologies are highly feasible, commercially viable, and are bubbling up to the surface of the global zeitgeist. We believe you’ll be hearing a lot more about these trends within the next 12 months, and possibly be experiencing them in some form, too.

10 Great Places to Find Graphic Design Jobs Articles April 21, 2008 If you are a graphic designer looking for freelance graphic design jobs or full-time graphic design jobs then you have come to the right place. Below is a list of 10 great places to find graphic design jobs. Most of these sites will also be extremely useful for other creatives such as web designers, animators and illustrators. What if I’m not looking for a job yet? One of the best things you can do is research jobs you might be interested in for the future. Interactive fish infographic is a reel treat A lot of infographics float by us at Creative Bloq, but True Fish Tales really hooked us in. It plays on the idea that fishermen are famous for telling tall stories by bringing together some amazing 'true tales' of the monsters that lurk beneath the sea. What sets it apart is its smooth and user-friendly interactivity, which makes discovering the content a fun and entertaining experience.

From Wayfinding to Interaction Design — Design/UX Before joining IDEO as an Interaction Designer, I worked for one of the more influential wayfinding design companies — Applied Information Group (now called Applied). Wayfinding is the process of planning and making journeys through spaces; wayfinding design companies develop systems to help make this planning and journey-making easier. These systems come in all shapes and sizes, and can cover area naming, signage design, cartography, defining route networks and installing new landmarks to give an area more character.

Anti-Social Apps Will Help Us Avoid Our Friends ⚙ Co You’ve just been through a bad breakup. After a few days of sulking, you decide it would be best to get out of the house. So you head to your favorite bar, hoping that the comfortable, familiar surroundings will help lift your spirits. Eye Tracking What if you could move a cursor on your TV with just your eyes? Or turn the page of an ebook without using your hands? These are the promises of PredictGaze, what’s basically (and somewhat allegedly) a series of ingenious algorithms by a team of garage engineers. PredictGaze can work with the lousy webcam in your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, and even in low-light conditions, track your eyes and identify your face to enable all sorts of futuristic controls. One demo shows the iPad scrolling through eye movements alone.

Next Big Design: One Collective Voice: Fuse 2013 Transmedia & Interactive Design Summit Last year, Fuse introduced a new focus, "4D: Digital and Interactive" which featured sessions digging into interactive and digital design and focus on translating brand assets and values to the interactive environment. For 2013, we've labeled Transmedia & Interactive Design as a critical topic, and are pleased to present the Transmedia & Interactive Design track at the annual FUSE Symposium Day on April 15, 2013. This symposium will include sessions such as "Breaking Down Silos: Tethering Your Brand Experience Across Your Customers’ Journey" with Peter Merholz, VP of Design, Groupon.

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