[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Pete Cashmore (Mashable)"][/caption]Pete Cashmore, founder of Mashable, pretty much nails it in this article on CNN.com. I know personally, the iPad has changed the way I manage my life both professionally and personally. It's changed the way my kids learn and entertain themselves. It's changed the way we all consume our media, browse websites, purchase apps, and much, much more. Plus, we're only on the first version of the hardware. Things are only going to get better from here.
I follow A LOT of websites for all different reasons. My passion, besides soccer obviously, is web design and development which is why I get a lot of enjoyment from posts like this one on SpeckyBoy. It doesn't really matter how many sites they list really. The point is that there is a lot of amazing creativity out there and it's good to be a able to just sit back and click through some of the amazing work that is out there. Things like this inspire to be better!
I like beer! There I said it. I'm not an everyday, sit on the couch at 4pm watching reruns of Seinfeld on TBS, kind of beer lover. I'm more of a micro-brew, try anything kind of beer lover. My educational level when it comes to the art of brewing a fine beer is juvenile at best. However, I think my educational interest in this fine art has now been piqued. If you are one of the few who may not have caught an episode yet, allow me to introduce you to Brew Masters on Discovery Channel.
I tend to dabble in many different disciplines and early on had trouble really nailing down my focused areas. This article pretty much sums up my own experiences as a new web designer and keys in on the overall paths one could take. Success in this industry is about focus.
At this point should it really be a question? The next wave of great web design and development is already here with CSS3 & HTML5. Plus, while most will focus on the web aspect of this, people fail to realize the implications of both of these technologies on the mobile space. THAT is where the real impact will be felt.
Is there any doubt that social marketing is the future of consumer engagement?
Here is an interesting article from Matt Latkiewicz of Zendesk.com on the emerging trends in the social marketing space and what you can do to craft an effective campaign for your own company.
For anyone who has contemplated building a vibrant, user driven site that encourages interaction amongst it's members I would suggest you read this article.
There is a lot of great, general information and thoughts in it to help you plan your strategy and will help you focus on what the core approach should be.
The Hidden Secrets of Apple’s AirPlay | Gadget Lab | Wired.com. Everyone who knows me will tell you that I'm a full-fledged Apple fanatic. So when I read an article about what will be a very hot technology put out by my favorite fruit company it gets me very excited. Unfortunately, it also means my wallet will be getting a workout (that is, if the home boss allows it).
AirPlay is going to be a massive success and people really don't know it yet. Having the ability to SEAMLESSLY move content around your home from multiple devices will change the way we consume media and ultimately will lead to more and more AirPlay integrated devices.
The Power Of The New Crowdsource? The Evolution Of Online Help | SpyreStudios. This is a great article from SpyreStudios about crowdsourcing design through credible online services.
I've used several different services to accomplish tasks for clients with some great results. You normally get a varying degree of quality with some projects and price points but it really depends on the feedback you offer the designers when they submit their designs & visions. Actually, the feedback is critical for your own projects success.
Good designers naturally crave feedback because it helps get the designs to the point of satisfaction needed by the client. If you work with a designer that doesn't want feedback, you have a problem!
Crowdsourcing projects is a good route for small budgets that still want high quality and it's a good trend for design in general.
[caption id="attachment_37" align="alignright" width="225" caption="37signals"][/caption] "The things you do more often are the things you’re going to get good at. So if you get really good at spending money, you’re going to be really good at spending money. If you have to work on making money from day one, you’re going to get really damn good at making money. And that’s what you need to be as an entrepreneur…" ~ Jason Fried
Couldn't have said it better myself!