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Do You See Data All Around You?

We’re fascinated by the intersection of big data and storytelling. Our culture is now supersaturated with colossal reams of information, and it’s all we can do to stay afloat and make sense of it all. There’s a demand for interpretation, and new t…

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Non-Verbal Communication

I was at the Blur Conference last week in Orlando, FL, a conference focused on human computer interaction. It’s stuff that I love, thinking about when to step away from the traditional keyboard, mice, and touchscreen interfaces and thinking about …

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Books and Interactivity

Recently, my colleague Daniel Meyers wrote a post about the importance of creative professionals to ask the question Why? rather than to jump into the question How? User experience is at the heart of the discussion: Let’s consider the user’s aims …

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Dewpoint: a command-line tool for cloud computing

In September of last year I was on sabbatical and doing some research into cloud hosting. During my experimentation, I began looking for a good command-line tool for interacting with cloud server instances. To my surprise, I wasn’t able to find on…

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The Right Question Isn’t How, It’s Why.

The role of digital computation in the design of objects and spaces is ever increasing. Digital tools overtook analog ones decades ago for the purpose of documenting designs, and there is more frequently a seamless digital path that leads from the…

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Notes on Content (and Design)

If you were starting a new magazine, where would you start? You’d probably have a big thematic idea about what your magazine was about and would be thinking about structure. And you would almost certainly be in contact with writers and photographe…

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Utilitarian Animation & Bookshelves

Once only the product of Flash and clunky Java applets, accessible, plugin-free animation—via Javascript and/or CSS—has finally made it to the internet. Awesome! Then again… maybe not so awesome. As with Flash-based animation, moving user interf…

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Second Story SketchUp Library!

The Second Story Lab is now compiling a SketchUp component Library! The library will be full of all sorts of great components – both static and dynamic – even ruby scripts and custom tools to expedite 3D modeling. For all you Second Story internal…

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How To: Infrared Web Cam

At the Second Story media lab we find our selves utilizing computer vision software for a lot of our interactive projects. When it comes to prototyping these projects we need a robust hardware solution but at a minimal cost. Enter the Infrared web…

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Yum

The creative team lunching at one of our favorite neighborhood Thai joints, Mee Sen. Don’t mind the bright lights radiating from MGod. Sent from my iPhone

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