Category: Life

Catching Up

It’s been over a year since I’ve posted, mostly because I’ve found it much easier to post on another social media platform. Ahem. I’m not sure how much reviving this blog is going to get realistically. While I prefer to post more than a link, I can’t seem find the time. Here are images from a few design projects I’ve completed in the past year, just to bring it into 2012.


New Publishing Paradigm?

I’m impatiently waiting to see what Apple is going to announce tomorrow. The rumor mill has been speculating for months (actually, years) about a tablet, and the anticipation is killing me.  I posted a short video last month of what a digital version of a magazine might look like on said device, and I think it has the potential to really change publishing.

The NYT is starting up a digital reader division, and according to the LA Times, the grey lady has a team in Cupertino working on a large screen version of the paper. Several other publishing companies have also gotten a heads-up, and though they may have a head start over smaller companies, that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

Being small makes one nimble, and I’m guessing that the first issues of tablet-based digital media won’t hit the market for at least a few months. That should be plenty of time for indie concerns to get their digital on.

The tablet also presents an opportunity for many web-based outlets to transition to other forms of digital media. Talking Points Memo, which is already less of a blog and more of an electronic daily, is one concern that could benefit from this. TPM has the essential pieces in place – video, photos and text plus a strongly branded identity – all they would need to do is assemble it into a daily/weekly digital package.

Many other websites and blogs could start up a digi-zine without much of a hassle. Depending on how Apple plans on pricing tablet-based digital media, it could greatly improve the bottom line for many an independent publisher.

I’m guessing that the tablet OS will use SproutCore, which is an open source Java Script framework, in tandem with native HTML 5 video for digital files.  Apple has already used SproutCore in their MobileMe web applications, and since Flash on a Mac has been so buggy and insecure, it makes sense that they would adopt another platform for their newest device. One that “just works”.

I’ve got a strong interest in journalism and publishing. Working on newspapers is what first got me interested in the design field. As a freelance designer, my strength has always been more in interface and user-experience design than coding. I’ve done some programming in Flash and Director, but unfortunately, I’m more of a right-brained person. That said, I really, really want to design digital media for the tablet.

Any publishers want to take me on?

Web re-launch for La Nao!

I’ve started off the year by re-designing artist/performer Nao Bustamante’s website and setting up various social media for her. Nao will be bringing her newest work, a “filmformance” entitled Silver & Gold, to Sundance later this month. Here’s the teaser:

Other Nao-related links:
Nao’s Fan Page on Facebook
YouTube video page
Nao on Twitter

Things that are pissing me off:

1 ) Joe Lieberman
2 ) The right wing’s disingenuousness and prideful ignorance. Beck is only the tip of the stupid iceberg
3 ) 30 Democrats voted against prescription drug reimportation recently that would have resulted in cheaper medicines for Americans.
4 ) Banking lobbyists are launching a campaign to crush financial reform, probably with our tax dollars
5 ) The wall-to-wall media coverage of Tiger Woods’ affairs, at the expense of any other serious story on the planet
6 ) Bernanke is Time Mag’s Person of the Year
7 ) Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill gets support from the US evangelical movement and conservative politicians
8 ) Insurance industry recission means if you miss a payment, your policy can be cancelled
9 ) That the media actually takes the US Chamber of Commerce seriously after stunts like this, rather than lumping them together with the LaRouchites and Tea Baggers
10 ) Bigots who, for all intents and purposes, should be too moronic to breathe without external assistance

Future Tablet Interface?

This is for all the Mac geeks and all the print journalists worried about the future. If you’re in the print industry, best to quickly familiarize yourself with all existing media types, their limitations, etc.

Future publications will be a mixture of text/audio/video/live feeds. If you’re still thinking of radio, CDs, TV, DVDs, Cable, and print as being distinct and separate media, stop it now.

Future media forms will be a conglomeration of all previous media forms plus the special sauce, interconnectivity.

Any hypothetical gadget that running this would have to pull the information off of a wireless network, so typical downloads are likely to be measured in megabytes at first. Streaming video/audio available for longer clips and/or live events, possibly at a premium.

This would be great as a virtual “ticket” to a concert, where the viewer gets a rich and immersive experience without having to actually be there. How many Mac fans would pay $1 to buy a media rich “issue/episode/ticket” for the next Steve Jobs’ keynote? How many fans would spend the night in line for a performance, and still pay one dollar for a “ticket/issue/episode” to watch/read as they’re waiting??

I’ve got a lot more to say about this and how I think it should be packaged. Stay tuned.