I found this excerpt from an article on reaDIYmates’ Kickstarter project very thought provoking:
“By creating objects with specialized functions, we can reduce information (and notification) overload. By making the messenger physical and separate from the computer, we untether people from their devices.”
I think the possibilites in that regard are quite grand. I can envision my desk space, or take it further and say office in general, replete with various “friend” objects, each having their own notification or reminder type function. By putting a social connection between myself and a, for example, paper bird, I now have a sense of goodwill when that bird’s dedicated reminders come up. The bird is now a friend wanting to chat, versus my computer screen spitting out various digits quantifying my notifications and reminders.
I think it’s quite a stretch for the general consumer, but for your average technophile, untethering from the computer as much as possible is a good thing. Though, I suppose this makes me more of a qual than a quant, and the quants are going to be keen to having a flock of birds on their desks chirping at them.
DailyTekk.com posted a very useful list of over one hundred infographic tools and resources. I would have found this exceedingly helpful the last time I was asked to do an infographic.
What did I learn from my infographic foray? The Customer wants everything including the kitchen sink thrown into some sort of graphic, for some sort of use, based on some book of randomly collected product specific data, final size unknown. Red flags! Red flags!
Either way, I’ll be consulting this list from time to time as my future infographic needs arise:
My friend Mark sent me this site, and I actually really like it. By default, it will show you the words “Flipping Typical” in most every major font set, all right there on screen. You can use the text field at the top of the page to replace “Flipping Typical” with whatever word or phrase you want, then see that type instantly in the myriad of font sets on the page.
Say I want to know what the best font is for “Aristomenis Capogeannis, Go!”, as I know that’s the first thing you’d want to use it for. All I need do is type in “Aristomenis Capogeannis, Go!” at the top, browse the page, and instantly realize that the best font for “Aristomenis Capogeannis, Go!” is apparently Comic Sans. SIGH…
My girlfriend suggested a site to me the other day and upon my first visit I was hooked. Sparked.com allows for non-profits to post creative needs they’d like filled, and design-minded individuals like myself the chance to volunteer efforts to fulfill those needs.
Within the first couple of days, I’d already designed ideas for wildlife preservation groups’ twitter backgrounds, suggested names for a vegan chat group and thrown together possibly the ugliest looking cycling jersey I’d ever seen in my genuine attempt at helping the American Lung Association.
If you are a non-profit in need of some design work, check them out. If you are a creative individual looking to fill time, definitely check them out.