Reading 3/22/07

The New Viral (via Big Spaceship Blog)
David Pogue – Apple TV Has Landed – first I have get my new plasma screen, then I have to get my Wii … then I gotta get my Apple TV.
Mike Davidson on MySpace and VirbVirb definitely looks like a great alternative to MySpace, trouble is, I don’t use MySpace much as it is, and I’m not sure I’d have a need for Virb either.
Are Designers The Enemy Of Design? – I’ll answer that. No. And not all of us are arrogant. I have a big ego, but I also strive to create great work and have happy clients.
Is Palm up for sale? – Motorola buying Palm to give themselves an edge against Apple’s iPhone is like Sony buying Sega to give them an edge against the Nintendo Wii … which is to say it’s retarded. I love my Treo like I love the original Nintendo – the simple pixelated graphics make me nostalgic for a simplier time. As soon as something better than Nintendo came out, I upgraded. I plan on doing the same in June when I get my iPhone.

Crazy Eyes Dolphins Vs. Mad Cows
– by the ever weird and talented Ian Stewart. If you’re located in Atlanta and need a talented animator, drop him a line!


I’m a little late posting this but swfIR is a great step in the evolution of web design & development.
I find it funny that they don’t user sIFR for their text-as-image section headers. Maybe there’s a Javascript class incompatibility reason for this.


Monocle – great example of a magazine that gets the web. I wish Flaunt would get around to getting the web too, because their magazine is so damn good, I can only imagine them having an awesome website.
Monocle was brought to my attention by my co-worker Paula during our weekly design meeting. We all bring in and talk about something that has inspired us recently.
One thing that was pointed out about the current version of Monocle that I think is brilliant is the Rolex ad at the top right of the site, you might not even realize it’s an ad:
If only all advertising was as seamlessly integrated as that ad (On another note, Rolex has recently relaunched their site and its very nice, but I still don’t dig it as much as Movado).

Don’t Even Think About Buying Innovation

Palm hires ex-Apple designer, puts iPhone in its sights (via Daring Fireball)

Even though Palm’s Ed Colligan may not like it, Apple did go and “just walk in” to the mobile phone space when it announced the iPhone last month

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Apple has been working on the iPhone for over 2 years. It seems to me that Palm has “just walked into” the iPhone market. Palm has hired a brilliant ex-Apple employee to help them.
Palm – this won’t work, trust me.
This whole thing Palm is doing reminds me of the kid who gets his dad to do his 3-month science project for him the weekend before it’s due. Palm can buy innovative people, but they can’t buy innovation. As my friend Jory said, innovation has to be woven into the whole methodology of the company you’re working for.
This was also written about on the NY Times.

Busy With Creative Work

Updates to this site have slowed a bit since I’ve start working at Schematic as an art director. It’s a good feeling to be busy with creative work!
Each day I’m meeting more and more talented people. I’ve already found out our Senior Software Developer, Roger Braunstein, wrote the new Introduction to Flex 2 book. Along with that another one of our head developers writes the Flash ‘Bible’ series.
I’m sure there’s many more Schematic achievements that I’ll discover the longer I’m here…