Technology

23.10.08 / Matt

Progressive Degradation

I love a good buzzword. Two of the more recent ones in web design are these multi-syllabic beauties. Graceful Degradation and Progressive Enhancement. They both address the issue of the unknown quantity of the end-user’s browsing technology. Are they using the latest, greatest shiny browsers or are they keeping it retro (whether out of choice ...

25.09.08 / Matt

Moving images taken with a DSLR

The quality of DLSRs has vastly improved of late, but as with all great technology, doing one thing really well just isn’t enough. Video recording has been a feature on digital cameras for a while, but I have never seen quality like this from any stills camera before. Canon gave Vincent Laforet a pre-production model ...

02.09.08 / Matt

Google to release their Chrome browser

Today, Google is going to release their stab at a web browser. It’s called Chrome and it’s based on Webkit, the same engine that runs Apple’s Safari browser (which, in theory, should mean that testing sites doesn’t get any more complicated). It also includes bits of Mozilla’s Firefox. God bless open source! The question is, ...

08.08.08 / Jack

Mobile website

I never thought I would say this but for once one spam mail had some interesting information. The email was from an event I went to a few years back and entered my name on their mailing list. Back then the discussion was about the possibilities of having a mobile website, which was hosted by ...

01.07.08 / Jamie

Nike Plus API

I recently purchased a pair of Nike+ running shoes. I had been eager to track my running data (distance, duration, calories) for some time, and after a couple of runs, I have been very impressed with the data, presentation, and sharing capability provided by Nike. If you aren’t familiar with Nike+, it’s a pretty simple ...

18.06.08 / Jamie

CMS comparison in a nutshell

Which content management system (CMS) should I install? This is a question which doesn’t have a simple answer. The right CMS depends, in my opinion, on who will be using it, how much support is required and how extensible it needs to be. Over the years I have installed, tested and evaluated many solutions on ...

04.06.08 / Jack

Internet of things

Only recently did I joined the creative commons iPhone users and ever since I have enjoyed the rich discussions and ideas of useful software which users can benefit from. Having a hand-help computer at your disposal sometimes empower the user to be able to manage their social/work events better. I can’t wait to see the ...

03.06.08 / Vilmar

Offf to Lisboa

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Offf festival in Lisbon, as a Dusted correspondent. The event, in its 8th edition, is one of the most exciting digital design festivals in Europe at the moment. It showcases top talents from web design to typography, motion graphics to installations, in a 3day marathon of talks, ...

21.05.08 / Matt

Twittering Tower Bridge

I’ve been a fan of Twitter for some time now. Something about summarising little moments in my life and logging them just seems to spin my wheels. There are a few nice unique twitterers out there. Mostly real people but also some not so real. The Tower Bridge Twitter feed is one of the decent ...

15.05.08 / Jack

Semantic representation and processing

I recently attended a tribute to Karen Spärck Jones at The Royal Society of Medicine hosted by the British Computer Society. It was breath taking to listen to Dr Ann Copestake a Reader in Computational Linguistics in the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Her lecture on tackling some of the issues relating semantic representation and ...

12.05.08 / David

Grand Designs

Visited the Grand Designs show at Excel in Docklands at the weekend and amongst all the haberdashery and eco-challenges were some pretty cool pieces of innovation. The most notable was the pioneering Vertebrae from industrial designer, Paul Hernon. Essentially, the bathroom of the future, the design consists of several modules, comprising WC, basin, storage, cistern, ...

09.05.08 / Matt

Immersed in search

OK, so you’ve got the minimal approach to search typified by Google, but what if you’re after something a little more exciting. Well PicLens can offer you a full-screen, 3D, visual solution to searching and browsing images and video. PicLens is a plug-in for Firefox, Safari1 and Internet Explorer which integrates right into the pages ...

05.03.08 / Jamie

Dusted at Web Directions North

Web Directions North 08 wrapped up a few weeks ago and I have finally found time to write up my notes. As with dConstruct 2007, all of the speakers were excellent and although I didn’t get to see all of the presentations, here are my notes on most of them. Return of the King of ...

29.02.08 / Vilmar

Brighter, Faster, Stronger…

The sky is the limit when it comes to creating electronic devices for entertainment purposes, specially for the conventionally called ‘geeks’. For better or for worse, some of them can be really catchy and appeal to the greater public, be it die-hard techies or young and well-off curious. The Fentix Cube is the world’s first ...

15.02.08 / Matt

Do you take iPhone? That’ll do nicely!

How do you like your coffee? Extra shot, Venti, cream on top or without human interaction? Well imagine an application on your iPhone/iPod Touch that would allow you to select your java-juice of choice and pay for it all on your tiny shiny screen. Phil Lu has come up with a concept called QuickOrder that ...

14.02.08 / Vilmar

Bringing ‘Pace’ to the World

For those who can’t resist a new gadget, there’s a new little thing coming up this month that, I suspect, will stir things up in the digital music oriented market. Pacemaker it is called (quirky?) and it is a portable device in which you can mix tunes in a rather professional way. It bears most ...

14.02.08 / Jack

Can the Android deliver?

Google’s Android is a Linux-based, open operating system for the mobile phone which will support Google’s applications. It will be free for manufacturers to adopt and developers to write and design cool programmes for the system.

08.02.08 / Matt

Now broadcasting on Yahoo! Live

Yahoo’s Advanced Products Team have recently launched a live video experiment. Think YouTube but live… Yahoo! Live allows anyone with a webcam to launch their own channel on the site. The Y! Live team suggests that the tool could be used for live DJ sets, live speed dating or concert broadcasting. So far I’ve seen ...

28.01.08 / David

Finally, a hand dryer that works

With all the fuss over Apple Air and Adobe Air I wondered if anyone had frequented the public loos at Waterloo station recently and encountered the new Dyson Air? Dyson Airblade to be precise. I have and I have to say they are fantastic – the Dyson, not the public loos at Waterloo… Finally, someone ...

22.01.08 / Jamie

Portable Personal Data

We are quickly becoming overwhelmed with the number of online accounts we have to open, maintain and access. Within each of these accounts, we store all sorts of personal data including photo’s, contact details, bookmarks, video and music. The privacy of our data is out of our control and the whole process has become very ...

15.01.08 / Jack

Fring your mobile

Why would you want to do mobile IM? I guess I am one of those geeks who likes to try out every new software especially if it is free and available for your mobile phone. I am now deeply happy that I downloaded Fring for the ability to ping my friends on Skype IM without ...

09.11.07 / David

Ring my bell

I was in Regent Street today and thought I’d nip in to the Apple Store and browse leisurely though all the general coolness. Unfortunately, several thousand others had decided to do the same, but I doubt they were all after an 85W MagSafe Power Adapter! The marauding masses were all there to pick up the ...

30.10.07 / Matt

Unlock the future

It’s true to say that it’s the simplest ideas that are most likely to do well when it comes to brand new products. The Keyport is one such thing. The Keyport is an ingenious device that houses several keys that you slide out using little tabs on the outside of the fob. This could be ...

16.10.07 / Jack

Watt’s up and running!

I’m happy to hear that the production of Wattson by DIY Kyoto is now in full swing. If you have not heard or seen this product and call yourself an eco-aware designer you need to get one and plug it in at home in order to measure how much electricity you use daily. My mother ...

15.10.07 / Jack

Sim Daltonism – an insight to colour blindness

A friend always used to ask, “Hey Jack, what colour can you see because I can not see the correct colour”. Sim Daltonism is a colour blindness simulator for Mac OS X. In real-time it filters the area around the mouse pointer and displays the result just as it would be seen by a colour ...

04.10.07 / Jack

Cut & Paste comes to London

As Cut&Paste prepares its tour of London 2007 Digital Design Tournament Series – an 11-city world tour pitting stop, which promises to showcase a collection of emerging digital artists against one another in a series of head-to-head design challenges. When: Saturday, October 20th, 2007 Doors open at 7PM Competition from 8 – 11PM After party ...

26.09.07 / Jamie

dUsted at dConstruct

A few of us at Dusted had the opportunity to take a trip to Brighton for the dConstruct 2007 conference. The conference was extremely interesting and covered some topics that will definitely encourage great design for the user experience!

03.09.07 / Jack

Delete your files, Tempo to the rescue

This is a neat piece of peripheral device which is designed to mimic the look of a trash can. TEMPO is a unique hard drive storage device. Intended to protect the user from accidentally deleting files, it can also be used as an external storage device. As you delete files, they are automatically copied to ...

08.08.07 / Matt

Shiny new iMac

Apple have just announced their new style iMac. They are now framed in shiny aluminium and glass. Apart from the obvious gorgeousness the range have had quite a boost inside too. They’ve ditched the 17” model and now have 2 flavours of the 20” and the 24”. All models now come with 1GB of memory ...

12.07.07 / Jamie

Jamie and his magic iPhone

The iPhone finally went on sale here a couple of weeks ago, at last! I had been anticipating the launch since the announcement a few months back, at which point I was happy to hear that Apple were joining forces with AT&T, the network I had a contract with. On launch day I called the ...