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Web Trend Map 2007

Link: http://www.informationarchitects.jp/ia-trendmap-2007v2

Web Trend Map 2007
Originally Published on 26/06/07 by Oliver Reichenstein
 

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Hulu.com – bringing you internet tv by design (UPDATE: now with full episode embeds)

Link: http://www.hulu.com/

Hulu.com – bringing you internet tv by design (UPDATE: now with full episode embeds)
I was fortunate enough to get a private beta invite to hulu.com, and I must say that so far it has been this designer's delight. EPISODES CLIPS The design of the site is simple and easy to navigate. The flash video player runs smoothly, full-screen looks great, the scrub bar advances and rewinds with ease, and the single-serving advertiser spots are nothing to whine about. Even when watching the video in-line on the page, I found the design elements minimal enough to be able to ignore (white space!). Extra options like opening the video in a pop-up window (picking up where you left off of course) is a must for multi-taskers like myself. The small dots on the video scrub bar represent the 15 to 30-second spots, which, nicely enough, come with a small countdown timer in the top left corner. The selection right now is still a bit sparse, consisting mostly of US network programming like Heroes, House, the Office, and Monk (cable, I know). There are a few classic movies on there too like the Breakfast Club and Conan the Barbarian. UPDATE: After being on the site for a little bit, it looks like they're continuing to add some new content each week (not including adding already airing episodes). Overall, the site's design and functionality work together very well. So far it looks like NBC's divorce with iTunes could be a step forward in the internet TV movement. Oh Yeah, and you can embed full-length episodes/clips (above) and feature films.
 

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J.A. Grose

Link: http://grainedit.com/2007/11/20/ja-grose-designer/

J.A. Grose
I really like the use of color and line in German designer Grose's dynamic layouts for Standard Elektrik. Standard Elektrik Lorenz, 1959 I'm planning to update this once I find out a little more about this designer.
 

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Last Updated: November 16, 2010

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Kuka the Calligraphy Bot

Link: http://www.robotlab.de/

Kuka the Calligraphy Bot
A robotic arm that writes calligraphy is programmed to write out the entire Martin Luther bible on a long roll of paper. more photos on flickr via: the ministry of type, via: bot junkie RobotLab at the "Wolfgang von Kempelen, Mensch-[in der]-Maschine" exhibition, ZKM, Karlsruhe (D), 2007.
 

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Digital Kitchen

Link: http://www.d-kitchen.com/

Digital Kitchen
Digital Kitchen is one of the great design firms today whose forté shines in TV show titles. After being nominated for 10 Emmy Awards over the last 6 years, they win their third in 2007 for the titles of Dexter. Oh, and they do amazing TV spots and film titles too. Founder, Paul Matthaeus, coined the term "brand theater" back in 2003(?). According to Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle), "Brand Theater is Digital Kitchen's response to the changing nature of advertising." When I first heard Paul Matthaeus speak at AIGA Move 2005, I remember being very intrigued by the idea of "Brand Theater". With the advent of new technologies like Tivo and Digital Video Recorders, this has been a high impact idea of capturing the audience's attention using more cinematic qualities and storytelling. DK does this as good as anyone, and their TV titles are a great example of this captivating short narrative. Paul Matthaeus filmography on imdb
 

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Stephen Colbert: I am America (And So Can You!)

Link: http://www.makemeamerica.com/

Stephen Colbert: I am America (And So Can You!)
I was fortunate enough to get a copy of this yesterday, and I must say that I am not only impressed. I am more patriotic. The book is designed beautifully by Doyle Partners with bold typography and an elegant use of two-color. I'll have to update this entry later with some detail interior photos.
 

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Carlo Giovani

Link: http://carlogiovani.com/akatu/

Carlo Giovani
This is a fantastic paper stop motion animation that unfolds/builds out so seamlessly. Carlo Giovani / LOBO Animation: Carlo Giovani Bruno Algarve Ligia Jeon Rodrigo Silveira LOBO Photography: Marcio Simnch
 

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Helvetica: A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit

Link: http://www.helveticafilm.com/

Helvetica: A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit
After 5 months of screenings and an incredible amount of buzz within the graphic design industry, I finally found myself at the IFC theater in the West Village, New York, last weekend to see the film. I thought it was really well put together and the soundtrack really went well with the direction of the film. Having collected over 60 hours of footage, the film could have gone on for hours. I'm sure slimming it down to 80 minutes was quite a challenge. After the film, director Gary Hustwit came out for a Q&A session. His guest, David Carson, wasn't able to make it out, but Hustwit's extra insight into the film was a definite plus. He had 2 books to hand out for the best questions, but 5 months of Q&A made this not such an easy task. After only deeming one question worthy, he asked a trivial question for which I gave my equally trivial answer. I didn't get to ask the filmmaker a great question, but I got a book all the same (pictured). The book's lines are set in small quotes from the film. If you were in New York in September, you [may have missed this] exhibit on the popular typeface. 50 Years of Helvetica just [closed] at the Espeis gallery in Williamsburg.
 

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The Love Story Series

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liX1_GFkMF0

The Love Story Series
This is a fun story for a commercial. I sometimes enjoy the occasional tv spot series, but I much rather prefer watching them together as a whole. I think that the attention span for the spot series has disappeared in the US with more and more people opting out of commercials (tivo, dv-r). Agency: Jeh United Ltd Client: SmoothE (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Country: Thailand
 

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Be Kind, Rewind (New Michel Gondry Film)

Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0799934/

Be Kind, Rewind (New Michel Gondry Film)
This looks like another interesting film by Gondry. US Release Date: January 25, 2007

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