When I was learning web design – the only thing that was out there for me to get into – that I knew of – was HTML. I remember thinking if there was a program out there that skipped all of the code and let you put pictures where you want them and blog posts, so on and so forth…
Now it’s 2013 – and there’s a lot of them. The most recent one being from Google.
Google Web Designer lets you create “engaging, interactive HTML5-based designs and motion graphics that can run on any device” without having to code too many sites – or even code at all. For all you inspiring graphic designers worried about learning how to code…this might be your ticket out, but I personally would still recommend learning the basics of code. Just because they’re making software that lets you do cool things without it – doesn’t mean you won’t need it.
Download the BETA version of Google Web Designer here
You probably don’t own a pair of Google’s prized invention yet. Only people that can’t wait for the price to come down have them and are now using them on a daily basis. I wrote about the excitement surrounding Google Glass a long time ago with the first video they put up. It was all very intriguing to see the possibilities of a hands free (sort of) technology.
Yesterday Project Glass uploaded a video to Youtube that shares with the new users a quick rundown of the basics on how to use Glass. First off…I love these videos, they’re so happy and smiley – and they make you feel good inside just watching them. Second…I find it interesting seeing Glass’ interface. You’ve seen a little bit of it in past videos – but this one shows off the “timeline” and it’s perks. Quite cool if you ask me.
What do you think about Glass? When I was in New York last week, I talked about it with my brother and a friend and a good example came up that during a show – nobody would be using their phone or tablet to push up into the air – they would simply just get a good look at the band and take pictures from Glass. But where do we draw the line with technology? Do we want to attach ourselves to our social networks so bad that Glass has become a want for us? Is our phone in our pocket not good enough anymore?
There’s up’s and down’s. With that said…I would certainly love to try out Glass and see it for myself without having to watch videos and other people review it.
If you’re like me…then you read a lot of blogs. I like doing it right when I wake up – grab a cup of coffee and flip through my Google Reader full of blogs filled with creative inspiration. It helps me post things on here and get ideas for personal projects. Just the other day – I found out Google Reader is being shut down come July 1st. This disheartened me. Google Reader has been a daily visit for me since maybe 2010 – it’s been easy to integrate into my bookmarks and smartphone – and it has been the reason for a lot of posts on here.
Well today I have searched for a new substitute for the ever famous Google Reader…and I believe I have found it.
The first one I tried was Pulse, just because Steve Jobs was quoted once saying “Pulse…is a wonderful RSS reader if you haven’t seen it…” – and since Steve Jobs is practically the creator of several things I’m surrounded by at this one moment…I thought I’d listen to his advice.
Pulse was a great RSS reader – very design friendly – very sleek and sexy, and you could integrate Google Reader into it. So far so good. The main idea is to have each post be a picture and it would make up a mosaic on the front page – so basically – the better the picture – the higher your interest. Personally – it was annoying to try to integrate my Google Reader feeds because I had to do them each individually by blog. I played around with it – after I integrated my Google account – for a few minutes…but for me…it didn’t have the endless post scrolling option I like. I like to view all my posts one by one – kinda give each project or design I see a chance before passing on it. I still like the idea of Pulse…but I think they have some more things to work on.
Then came Feedly.
Feedly was closer in design to Google Reader, but with a little more modern approach. It had what I wanted – the endless post scrolling option with also a mosaic option – just in case I was feeling rowdy. The iPhone app for it is beautiful too. It was a lot easier to integrate my feeds from Google Reader then Pulse…all I had to do was hit the Sync Google Reader button and sign into my account – BOOM – done. Everything categorized already and took no effort on my part. The organization aspect of Feedly is great too, it’s easy to move one RSS feed to another category, or move a category up in levels based on personal importance.
Needless to say – I believe I should have been using Feedly a long time ago. Google Reader was good to me, but Feedly just seems to be more of an actual reader then others.
I’m curious what you think – if you have Google Reader – try these out and let me know if you agree or disagree.
Everybody loves their iPhone, and everybody up in Alaska likes to explore with it. It’s hard not to – with huge mountain ranges surrounding you and abandoned missile silo’s within an hour drive, we just have to take pictures so we bring our phone along. To help us achieve the ultimate explorer badge – Google has, yet again, made a pretty darn cool app called Field Trip.
Pulling interesting stories and pictures from the likes of Zagat, Architizer, Dezeen, Inhabitat and Cool Hunting – Field Trip plots out the nearest point of interest on your phone with a little icon on the map. Also it can remind you to get out and go urban exploring with push notifications – you can either choose to do a lot, a little, or none at all – your choice, but if you’re traveling – this is a great way to see new things and collect more amazing experiences.
Living in Alaska…there’s always something to see, but just playing around on this app for a few minutes I’ve seen several amazing buildings featured on architecture blogs that I never knew existed up here. One is 2 minutes from my place and is just as amazing in person then online.
via Cool Hunting
Google unveiled a new galaxy interactive tool two days ago called 100,000 Stars, which “shows the real location of 100,000 stars nearby. Zooming in reveals 87 major named stars and our solar system.” It’s actually quite enjoyable to zoom in and out and click on stars and see what people believe they look like. It truly is fascinating how big our universe really is.
Google has started Project Glass, seen above in the video, as a way “that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment.” They released the video above yesterday and already has almost 5 million hits. Apparently people are interested in this new technology.
For me – it is interesting. It seems like it could work out to your advantage with reminders and whatnot, but honestly could be somewhat dangerous for lets say…driving? Scootering? Walking? I like the idea…but I’m not that attached to my social networks to be wearing something on my face that looks like it’s from Blade Runner. But none-the-less – I’m intrigued and want to see more.
Here’s a really cool infograph on what the employes of some of the biggest companies in the US right now get as perks for working.
I think we all want to work for at least one of these companies. Not sure what I’d do for them, but I’d be freaking great at it if I get free food all day!
I can just picture myself on my drive to work everyday…trying not to smile, but having a really hard time doing so.
Click ahead to see the rest of the infograph…
Now Google has begun dabbling in another field…beverages.
[image courtesy of Business insider]
Google has recently teamed up with Dogfish Head Brewery, which some may remember from the short-lived show Brew Masters, to create it’s own beer. The beer is truly unique in that it uses ingredients from 5 of the 7 continents. You can visit Dogfish Head’s URKontinent page to learn more about the ingredients, or you can watch the video that charts the brewing process from concept to finished product below.
The beer is currently only available at the Dogfish Head pub in Delaware. No announcement currently on whether the rest of the world will get to sample this globe-trotting brew. [via Maximum PC]
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Now you can search Google using images from the web or from your desktop! I’m gonna use this pretty much immediately, because there are so many images I’ve saved over the years that I forgot to write down where I got it from. Now with this feature I can easily find out and give credit to the photographer/designer/painter/etc…
Alright so Dirk over at We And The Color posted about the new Google Chromebook earlier, and I couldn’t resist but to share it on here as well.
“Chromebooks are built and optimized for the web, so you get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers. Take a look: http://www.google.com/chromebook”
I can see the perks of it, and the genius behind it…but will it catch on? I guess the real question is do people feel safe putting everything on the web? I’m not 100% positive – people will make a Chromebook their only laptop…I feel they would still want another laptop, and then doesn’t having 2 laptops defeat the purpose of the Chromebook? But of course people are going to buy them because it has the Google name slapped on it…I do it for Apple products. :)
I sure hope it doesn’t go down like Google Wave, because I would love to get my hands on one of them and try it out for myself.
What do you think – would you use it?
Let us know in the comments.
So for April Fools – Google does it again.
They have made Gmail Motion, a fantastic technology. Watch the video to learn more.
The best part of the video? When Mr. Sad shows off the motions and the text that’s actually coming up on the screen.
Kind of wish it would be real. Can you imagine walking in on someone writing an email with this? Classic.
I’m eagerly awaiting your reply.
[UPDATE]: Apparently this software has been made real by a guy named Evan Suma at Mark Bolas’ MxR Lab at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. No joke. Using a Microsoft Kinect sensor hooked to their software, the Software Library Optimizing Obligatory Waving (SLOOW), to control Gmail using the gestures described by Google.
Crazy how fast people can make things reality.
If there was ever anybody I would want to work for it would be Walt Disney or Ji Lee.
Ji Lee is the Creative Director at Google Creative Labs in New York, and the guy comes out with the most inspiring work.
For example…the Bubble Project, where he made up empty word balloon stickers and placed them on movie posters, advertisements, etc…and let random people fill in the rest…
His new independent project is called Famous Objects From Classic Movies. It’s an online game for movie buffs – where the object is to guess what movie the silhouetted object is from…kind of like hangman. Like so…
Can you guess what movie this is from? Click the jump for the reveal…