Design

Right-Brain Web Development

Code is analytical, correct? So, wouldn’t you say it’s a left-brain pursuit? Developers are stuck in left-brain mode because they work with code all day. Everything they do is about order and process. In a development shop, it’s often believed that all the “creative thinking” should be done by visual designers. But it doesn’t have to be that way, nor should it be, argues Dave DeSandro, Web Designer and Developer for design agency nclud. “We work on machines. We work… continue…

MaKey MaKey: Replace Your Touch Screen With Bananas

Makey Makey
Computers and bananas, bananas and computers. If your dream is to use bananas to control your computer, you’re in luck. Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, both final-year Ph.D. students at the MIT Media Lab, are about to mass produce a nifty invention kit called MaKey MaKkey — a tool that can turn almost any object into an input device. The kit consists of a circuit board, alligator clips and USB cable. It’s completely plug-and-play, so you won’t have to worry about soldering… continue…

‘Hackability’ is the Future of Programming in a Post-PC World [Video]

Is hacking at risk? With more platforms creating closed environments, what does that mean for the future of hackability? Hacking is critical for innovation and development, and now that the world is made of computers (what device doesn’t have a chip in it?) hacking has the power to innovate practically everywhere and affect our lives. “I love to make things that help other people make things,” says Adam Wiggins (@hirodusk), founder of the cloud application platform Heroku and a self-proclaimed… continue…

The iPhone Almost Had a Keyboard

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The iPhone with a… a…keyboard? Almost. Initial prototypes included an “iPod+Phone” concept, a QWERTY  keyboard and a large touchscreen. When Apple asked Tony Fadell, developer of  the iPod, to imagine a phone that used the same design and a click wheel, he considered it, he told TheVerge. Even though now the idea of an iPhone with a click wheel might sound, well, wrong, it’s interesting to know Apple considered it. The concept seems somehow similar to the optical trackpad that… continue…

Italy’s Super Fast ‘Ferrari Train’ Doesn’t Disappoint

Ferrari Train
The Italo or the “Ferrari Train” as it is more widely known is the work of Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV), a company that Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Ferrari’s president, founded back in 2006 when the European Union liberalized the train market. On April 20, the first of 25 Italo trains took to the tracks on a trip from Rome’s Tiburtina station. While NTV is not Ferrari, the design DNA does seem to be there: the aggressive styling, all the red,… continue…

Crytek’s CryEngine 3 Creates Worlds Like You Won’t Believe

CryEngine 3.4.0
PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 are mere rumors, but today I’ll show you something real that’s currently under development. You’ve probably heard of game developer Crytek, which makes blockbuster games like FarCry and Crysis. All of its games have a unique feature: outstanding graphics. And it’s all made by a game engine called CryEngine, which produces nearly real-life sequences. This week the company announced its latest version — CryEngine 3.4.0. After seeing its trailer, I have to say, well, “wow.”… continue…

Google’s Looking for a New Doodler

Google Doodle - Carnival 2012
Google is looking for a new Doodler, the designer who creates those versions of its logo tailored to birthdays of the famous, holidays, and milestones of all sorts. Ever since intern Dennis Hwang created the first official Google Doodle twelve years ago, they’ve become cultural touchpoints. Anyone who creates a Google Doodle can rightly claim to be one of the world’s most viewed artists. And that artist could be you. Here’s how Google describes the work: As a Product Graphic… continue…

Developers Benefit By Seeing What Customers See

Spyglass
Software engineering, and development in particular, encourages tunnel vision. For the most part, engineers receive inputs (an understanding of something to build), do some design, write some code, do some testing, and generate outputs (a product or some piece of a product.) In many cases, the inputs come from someone else in the organization, usually from a product manager, or a bug report from QA. The outputs go to someone else in the organization, frequently QA or a release team.… continue…

New York Game Companies Seek Programmers

New York City
New York’s game sector is growing, though certainly more slowly than the area’s boosters would like to see. Though both the city and game companies want to build up the sector, they’re challenged by a lack of programmers and few tax breaks in an area where it’s notoriously expensive to set up shop. Since many game firms are startups, those hurdles can be especially difficult to clear. The entire state’s video game sector represents just 5 percent of the industry’s… continue…

GE, MIT, DARPA Build Open Industrial Software Platform

DARPA Concept Tank
GE, MIT and DARPA are developing “vehicleforge.mil,” a crowdsourcing platform that will allow experts to collaborate on the design and rapid manufacture of complex systems such as military vehicles, aviation systems and advanced medical devices. The effort is meant to reduce the development time of such “cyber-physical systems,” which today can take decades to create. Great concept — But will it work? Tell us by making a comment below. GE and MIT are building a demonstration platform to support DARPA’s… continue…