Hung out with my good buddy last weekend. Jon is one of those rare people with whom I have an endless number of things to talk about. Which is fortunate, because he talks a lot. :) Jon has a really cool job running Business Development and Marketing at CollegeHumor. Those who know him know that there is no better person in the world for that job.
One cool thing he showed me was Vimeo. The best way to describe it is a video version of Flickr. Vimeo really gets how take a relative commodity, streaming video, and build a great community around it. The site doesn't focus on stolen clips, but instead on interesting original user-generated content. The feel of the site is much warmer, more creative and cooler than the bigger players. To immediately see how different it is from a site like YouTube, check the comments on posted videos. YouTube comments seem to almost always be negative, poorly written and rude. Vimeo's comments are positive, witty and helpful.* It is just a much better vibe and cooler product. The guys at Connected Ventures have, once again, done a great job.
In the meantime, here are two Vimeo clips of his trip that Jon uploaded:
So I'm sure you have all seen the iPhone and it's unique multi-touch interface. For those of you who haven't, check out this CBS News Video.
But the demo there just scratches the surface. Check out the movie below for some of the very cool things you can do with a multi-touch system.
Potential, perhaps, for a groundbreaking Mac multi-touch tablet?
Well, the big Apple announcement is coming tomorrow. For those of you who just can't wait, here's an iPhone concept:
Great production value, though I have no idea how you are supposed to practically use a double-flip phone.
The idea of an ugly website could present a positive message never
crossed my mind. Yet the fact is, ugly websites do have the ability to
present the perfect marketing message. What is that message?
You can trust us. We are a family run business and do not employ a
marketing team. Our website is simple, but functional. Most
importantly, our goal is to serve our customers, not necessarily learn
I don't think that ugly sites are necessarily "functional" (look at
MySpace, it's neither pretty nor functional), but I do agree with the
notion that ugly design has the potential to convey a powerful message
Last week I went to the Cut&Paste graphic design battle in San Francisco. Above is a picture from the event. It was pretty intensely cool. Check out the event description from the website:
Cut&Paste is the live digital design competition that pits eight of their city's best graphic designers against each other in an elimination battle of creativity, technical expertise, and wit. The competitors will work live on stage, in front of an audience and panel of expert judges. An MC will host the festivities and a soundtrack will be provided by hometown favorite DJs .
Recently, Microsoft introduced the Zune. For those of you who haven't heard of this product, the Zune is supposed to be Microsoft's "iPod Killer". Engadget installed the Zune with horrendous (ableit humorous) results. [Thanks to reemer for the link]
It amazes me how you could completely mess up such a high-profile product launch. Consider how much money and effort has been thrown into the development of this product. Doesn't anybody try these things in advance??