Checking out the newly launched (3 hours ago) Daily Dot, a “hometown newspaper of the World Wide Web”. Here’s what they say on their site:
The Daily Dot gives a voice to the Web’s communities. We report on the most important and relevant topics from within, applying tried-and-true principles drawn from community journalism to the growing cultures of the Internet, and allow our audience to read the Dot across multiple platforms, where they live, online.
Sounds interesting. From a design perspective, it looks pretty Huffington Post-sy. Time will only tell if their content is actually interesting and relevant to users. The jury is also still out on whether it could SAVE or ADD a lot of hours looking at random Internet sites throughout the day.
My overall conclusion is that, at least for me, this site isn’t all the way there yet, but is a good concept with definite “cool” potential. What do you think?
HTML for Babies. Yes, this is a real book with colorful words wrapped in mark up tags, designed to start acquainting your little one with geekiness. Part of me loves it, part of me thinks it’s a little absurd. I’m (obvs) leaning towards the former.
Regardless, it would be a fun baby shower gift for a friend… even if they take it as a joke :)
Editor’s note: No, I’m not planning on having a baby soon. But I AM getting a puppy! (Think they can make HTML for Puppies?) More on that coming soon.
It’s funny that I ran across this Inkling digital sketch pen today. Yesterday, I holed myself up in a coffee shop sketching out logos and designs for my New Company That Shall Remain Nameless™ and kept thinking about how useful something like this would be. It’s as if the universe (AKA the Internet) answered my prayers.
From their website:
Inking bridges the gap between traditional, freehand sketching and digital development by capturing a digital likeness of a pen-on-paper sketch.
Granted, there are devices that do similar things (ex: the Livescribe pen, various drawing tablets, etc), yet they all come without much portability and many force you to use “special paper” to capture your work. The Inkling is different in that it comes with a receiver that hooks onto any paper or notebook and stores your drawings (it can even store layers!) that transfer seamlessly to Photoshop and Illustrator via USB.
There are many use cases for this type of gadget: not just web and logo mocks, but home decorating layouts, digital doodling (some doodles can be true masterpieces!), digital caricatures, a fun way to capture and edit your child’s drawings, etc. I’m personally planning to take some cake decorating courses soon and want to sketch out my ideas before taking frosting to cake.
The product goes on sale next month for $199. However, the worst part is that the Wacom site doesn’t have a “Remind me when this goes on sale” button for the pen. Don’t worry, I’ve already tweeted at them about it and will post again here once the product goes on sale.
1) H&M just launched their new fall collection today and it’s awesome. I still think they are one of the best in the world at offering high fashion at affordable prices.
2) I just discovered H&M’s dressing room app, which lets you layer clothes together, choose a model that looks like you, etc. I’m a big fan of mismatched + layered clothing, but let me tell you, it’s truly an art. This app makes experimenting much easier for those likeminded as me.
Note: Due to high web traffic w/the launch of their new line, the site has crashed on me twice already. Be prepared.
Attention all Pinterest users! There’s a new bookmarking site on the block, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
The site is called Gimme Bar, and besides being beautifully designed, it offers the ability for you to collect photos, videos, text (hello, recipes!), quotes, and links, and then store them in categories. It’s kind of like Pinterest and Tumblr had a baby.
I’m personally most impressed by their bookmarklet, which lets you save multiple images or other media types at once. Everything is draggable, which is kind of neat. It can even screenshot an entire page for you.
Now, don’t get me wrong, my affection is still very loyal to Pinterest (and Tumblr), but I’m always excited to play with new sites like this. I’m still warming up to it, so can’t make a decision on whether or not I’ll continue using it consistently. I’d love to hear your reaction - sign up, play around, and please let me know what you think in the comments below.
As you may have noticed, I’ve been starting to cook a bit more lately. In doing so, I found that I needed a good place on the web to both discover new recipes, and to save some of my own.
After a week of scouring the interwebs for good online recipe apps, I’ve come up with my top five favorite sites to solve the problem.
Foodily - I just found this one today and am impressed with the clean and simple user experience and social capabilities. Though they don’t necessarily do anything new or unusual with the social features (you can heart things, share, etc), they have a leg up on the others simply due to the fact that they hook into your Facebook account. The one thing Foodily is missing is a place on the site where users can add their own recipes. Perhaps coming soon?
Plan to Eat - This site is great for adding recipes (both on your own and from around the web) and then mapping out your weekly meals with those recipes. Once you add recipes to your calendar, the site will auto-detect the ingredients and fill out a shopping list for you. The two big bummers about this site are: a) it’s hardly social, and b) it costs money, an obvious deterrent for a lot of people. I’m personally a fan of paying for services that I think add enough value to my life, but I’m not sold on this one just yet.
Gojee - Yes, I’ve already blogged about this one. But, it still remains one of my favorites as it is both beautiful and useful for figuring out what you can make with the ingredients already in your kitchen. I just have to be sure to eat BEFORE I play around on this site - otherwise, the delicious food pictures look way too tempting!
KeepRecipes - This site has the standard keep/add recipe functionality, and goes one step beyond with a Twitter-like feature that lets you “follow” popular chefs and food publishers (though there are only about a dozen so far). While there is a lot of interesting food content on the site, I wasn’t too impressed with the simplicity of the user experience. Like many of the others, they also aren’t using any sort of social integration for easy sharing among friends. Finally, the site was a bit slow for me, another hit on the user experience.
Pinterest- Even though it’s not necessarily a food/recipe site, many people told me that they used Pinterest to track things they wanted to cook. Social? Yes. Pretty? Yes. But, because it’s not a recipe site to start with, it doesn’t have structured fields to add your own recipes or to easily follow recipe directions. Gimme Bar could be a better solution, but as I said earlier today, I still haven’t formed a final opinion just yet.
So who is the winner? For me, Foodily seems most interesting. Now, someone just needs to convince them to add a personal recipe feature to the site and they’ll win my heart forever.
A lot of you got just as excited as I did about the iNecklace I posted yesterday. Unfortunately, it was a women’s product, leaving all of you guys left with nothing but girlfriend/wife gift inspiration.
BUT, GUESS WHAT? You dudes are in luck, too!
A reader just sent me a link to the iCufflinks. Genius, I tell you. Pure, genius.
While shopping online for puppy products tonight, I stopped in my tracks as soon as I saw this QR code dog collar. I thought it was absolutely necessary to buy, especially given that our dog will be named Pixel :)
Although it does seem fitting for someone who lives in Silicon Valley, would a person who found a lost dog in a place like Nebraska even know what this was? Regardless, I’m pretty pumped about having a geeky dog. He (or she) will fit in with the family perfectly.
Photo-lovers, rejoice! Photojojo has worked with ::MINT::, a company from Hong Kong, to refurbish a few dozen of the original Polaroid SX-70 cameras. They are selling them for $300 - which, in my opinion, is a steal for such a classic gadget.
The Polaroid camera is truly a living icon. It’s beautiful, classy, and the photos it takes are so unique. My favorite part about this design in particular is how it folds flat for storage.
These will run out very, very soon, so get yours now if you want it!
I hate - let me repeat, HATE - getting catalogs in the mail. Why? Because most of the time, they aren’t catalogs I like, meaning that I just recycle them without ever glancing through them. Plus, even if I did want to buy an item, I would have to open up my laptop, search for it, add it to a cart, etc. It just adds a step to the process, which is not my style as I’m all about simplicity and efficiency.
Does this mean I hate catalogs in general? Absolutely not. In fact, as you can tell by my blog, I really love discovering new products out on the market. And like most women, frankly I just love online shopping as well as looking at photos all day.
That’s why I just downloaded a new iPad app from Google called Google Catalogs. It’s sort of like a digital magazine rack, but for catalogs. And they have a ton of my favorites already: Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, Patagonia, Design Within Reach, etc. I also love how the catalogs don’t actually look like catalogs, but instead like full-screen photographs that enable you to click on items to get more info or buy. It’s the perfect commerce browsing experience.
You can download Google Catalogs from the app store for free. I’d love to hear what you think of it! Leave a note in the comments or find me on Twitter.
If I had to describe the new Google Flights interface in one word, it would be: FAST. Seriously, it makes the 20-second (or more) Kayak and Hipmunk search results load time feel like an eternity. Everything loads instantly.
The interface is great, too. I especially like the ability to click on another city on the map to change my itinerary. I think I’ve found my new travel search replacement.