Thursday, 26 November 2009

This week on Comet´s browser 271109

1- First HipopotamStudio, good Studio reference from Poland, the makers of Bubol

2- How to be Creative: A video I´ve seen from someone I´m following on Twitter. I like the presentation and the graphics, as good as the ones from 180360720

How To Be Creative (OR: How Can I Possibly Do Justice To This Subject In One Hour?) from Jeremy Fuksa:Creative Generalist on Vimeo.

3- Volvo Around The World

Volvo - Drive Around the World from The QBF on Vimeo.

4- Actionscript Hype Video from Joshua Davis

HYPE ghosts October 2009 from Joshua Davis on Vimeo.

5- Avatar Movie, prelaunching. Specially the Air Interactive app, see details on this post from Serge Jespers. also in their YouTubeChannel.

6- Embeded Flash Ad from Nissan

7- RichMedia from BMW (Eyeblaster)

Monday, 23 November 2009

Web Design Navigation, Julius Wiedemann

I bought this book about three months ago but I have had too much work to port about it. You can find the resume and buy the book on line in the Taschen shop, where they say: "This addition to our popular Web Design series focuses on very carefully crafted navigation systems, where usability and narrative are taken in consideration in the development of the website. Featuring over 90 projects from more than 20 countries, as well as case studies on outstanding work by the world’s leading studios such as Fahrenheit, Clusta, and Sequence, this collection illustrates the ingenious solutions to one of the most difficult and important aspects of web design".

Well, the book is a good one, specially for people who don´t surf on the web. For me the most important thing of a website done in Flash or Flex, is the menu, and menu is a sinonimous of navigation. In this book the 90% of the websites are done in Flash and Flex (as usual in Wiedemann´s books).

As in other books of Wiedemann I miss some more content, a prototype section would have been a great idea for this book. Anyway, we find good works with masks as Elanskis, great websites from photographers as janknoff, towndrow, Mark Holthusen, Take Agency, Thomas Rusch.

Referring to navigation I like very much the websites from Asylum and glasshouse mixing illustration with navigation, iconic websites as Subraumstudio, mouse navigation sites as Worse than a fairy tail and CenterPlan, grid button ones as Tilt Design Studio, portfolios as Studio FM Milano, circular menus as DankaStudio, skinning navigation sites as this from volvo, perspective as AxeSaone, and lastly this from Julie Bayard.

Lots of french sites that I didn´t knew. Where are the japanese in the book?

Sunday, 22 November 2009

is the crisis over?

At least that´s what they say about more powerfull countries (in terms of economy).

Probably in the online area and specially in Actionscript platform, has there been a crisis? Is it finished?

I strongly think January is gonna have a big movement in job offers, you know companies making budgets and all those things.

I was laid off last year in January, it just cost me 10 days to find another job. But perhaps now it´s a good time to see this trailer about the topic I´ve seen on Twitter.

See more about the movie Lemonade here.
Seen on AdBrandEtc.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Augmented Reality last examples

Some things I have lastly seen on web, just five examples of good use of this technology

Zugara: Fashionista

Esquire Augmented Reality video: A tour

Layar, first mobile to have AR (Android)

AKQA Augmented Reality for USPS

Nearest Tube Augmented Reality App for iPhone 3GS

Augmented Reality Business Cards



Sunday, 8 November 2009

AS3 Video Experiments

To do this you need:
- A camara, in this case, a broken Sony Ericsson W910. Yes it is broken, the effect of the image is not any plugin or filter, the mobile just fell down on the floor and its camera records as you see ;-]
- One online designer, in this case my workmate Elena Balduque.
- Free time and sense of humour. Well we did this on rest-times in our work. You can see here other videos like me eating chips here:

The aim was playing with cuepoints and events in AS3. I mus say, we recorded 10 videos, first one very long and then 9 different videos in nine positions, each one looking at the camara from a different view.

So first thing I tried was to implement the nine videos in a Flash via Netstream so as to deploy them. Once the user clicks any video this one becomes the central one and all the other videos just look at the selected one. The problem about this was that if you hadn´t a good connection videos were lost and all the experiment misunderstood.

So loading nine videos was near impossible. This is what I made: A timeline with 9 labels. So with the events I move from one to another depending on the position, is just adjusting.

You just can see the demo here:

Just click and you will see what I mean.