A truck carrying 8,000 gallons of printer ink flipped over on an interstate in Peabody, Massachusetts this morning, resulting in what must be the most colorful car crash in history. No one was injured, so feel free to enjoy the aftermath with child-like glee.
The Guardian has launched its Open Platform which allows developers and others to write applications that use its content.
Part of the platform is the Data Store, a comprehensive library of data compiled by the paper from various sources and free for others to use in their research or visualisations: “visualise and mash them together. Then, let us know what you’ve done. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org”
I watched this series (or bits of it) as a kid. Some of the things it talked about fascinated me and, looking at it now, it’s clear it had quite an effect on me…
It looks a little dated now but the central ideas are still valid today, and it’s probably the best programme on design the BBC have ever done – although I’m not sure if the word ‘design’ ever really featured.
Someone has uploaded the series to YouTube in 10-minute chunks. Take a look:
(As a side note, it’s sobering to think that in the 1970s and 80s families would settle down to watch things like this in primetime. I distinctly remember having conversations about this the next day in primary school.
Today “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here” is about as deep as it gets.
I’ve had to have a few things translated in my time as a graphic designer and, despite the temptation to “do it yourself” (made even easier these days by internet-based automatic translation) you should never give in: always get an expert to do it and hang the expense.
This clearly isn’t me in the video, but I feel the guy’s pain. I recently had to open a piece of electrical gadgetry for an Amazon review and nearly sliced my fingers off in the process. It’s those stupid plastic containers – great for shop displays but impossible to get in to without creating razor-sharp pieces.
Let’s bring paper back, shall we? At least you can recycle it…
Do you have a story to tell? Are you at home in front of, or behind, the cameras? Are you a whizz on software? Do you have an eye on the future, a desire to see things better done and an idea about how to get things done? The Interactive Media Design Labs at Dundee University are looking for fresh young talent capable of being the Interactive Media Designers of the future.
Make a three-minute movie using ‘Artificially Intelligent’ as your theme. The video can be as serious or as silly as you like. The bonus is that you can win £500 for your submission.
The five most popular videos for each category (15-17 and 18-21 years) on will automatically be added to the shortlist and five for each category will be shortlisted by our esteemed judges. So get your entry up quickly and don’t forget to send your friends a link.