Bookish is an HTML5 e-book reader that works not only in the browser but on iPhones, iPads, Kindle3, BlackBerry models, or any device with a modern web browser. It seems like they are just getting started but I love this model. As quickly as we are seeing Apps appear in the marketplace we are also seeing people turning to developing very rich in browser alternatives to a big proprietary app.
I am sure many of you are aware of the Gap rebranding fiasco that just played out over the last week or so. This article from Information Architects touches on the implications of a serious rebranding effort in the age of a million design and tech blogs. I found this passage to be especially potent:
A fundamental rebranding is a serious top level management issue. It needs to go hand in hand with a r...
I just discovered ModKit, currently invite only, a visual programming language made to work with the Arduino hardware boards. Arduino is an open source project and the boards are relatively cheap. If ModKit, which is inspired heavily by Scratch, works as well as it seems to, it could present a low cost easy to use system for schools. Students could design and program robots, weather stations, and myriad other applications. ModKi...
The Future of the Book. from IDEO on Vimeo.
This is very slick, assuming these are just ideas/prototypes.
Flipboard was recently released to a good deal of acclaim. It is an iPad app that aggregates your social network content into an interactive magazine format, pulling media and content from links your friends post on Twitter for example.
This seems like the type of content app that the iPad was built for, and it's UX design seems to be top notch. We are installing it on one iPad today if anyone wants to see it in action.
This article touches on many of the same frustrations I run into designing websites with the current tools available. It is always a new adventure designing in Photoshop and then translating that design to code. Almost all designers do some variation of this process and use a combination of tools the article touches upon. I hope someone makes a truly useful application that aids in the start to finish design of sites, as many commenters on the article note, the first group or person to do so will become very very ...
We received the following request:
Would it be possible to add the following WordPress plugin to pressible?
As Pressible grows we anticipate requests for WordPress plugins to increase. This post will illustrate some of the steps we take to evaluate if a plugin makes sense and is worth supporting network wide.
First we asked ourselves what is WP LaTeX and what can it do?
This plugin integrates the LaTeX markup and formatting system into WordP...
Want to publish directly to iBooks and thus the iPad? Look no further than Lulu. Apple has chosen Lulu as the first service that will publish directly to the iPad.
Ben Ward has written one of the better essays I have read about understanding what the web is and what tools made for the web should do. I encourage reading the entire post but wanted to highlight this almost blatantly obvious, yet wonderful still, quote:
Want to know if your ‘HTML application' is part of the web? Link me into it. Not just link me to it; link me into it. Not just to the black-box front page. Link me to a piece of content. Show me that it can be crawled, show me that we can draw strands of si...
With HTML5 being implemented and discussed more and more (see this google trends query) and with Gary's post about HTML5 vs The App Store I thought I would share some resources I have found helpful in learning about what I can and cannot do with HTML5 as a web developer. I think it is also helpful to understand what is meant by HTML5 as the "flash killer" or "app killer".