For anyone with an eye on current activity in the technology world, it will come as no surprise that the legendary Nokia 3310 ‘feature’ phone has been relaunched by Finnish tech company HMD. In what has been called a ‘bold’ and ‘clever’ move, the launch comes nearly 17 years after the handset’s initial release. Mobile phone users of a certain age (myself included) may have owned one, and will almost certainly be aware of – or wasted many hours playing (myself included) – the now cult game Snake.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Interaction 17 conference in New York with some colleagues from Clearleft. In the interest of documenting and moving any record of the good-times out of my camera library, I shot and edited a short film using the 8mm Vintage Camera iPhone app. Whilst the app footage has a definite style (the hint is in the name), it makes for a great tool to shoot multiple scenes in differing light and circumstances – the result is a reasonably unified output, perfect for a quick edit. Plus, what New York scene wouldn’t look even better in Super 8?
Enjoy, we certainly did.
It seems increasingly that when we talk about design, we also talk about technology playing an integral role in that design. Well, never more so than with the new Adidas Futurecraft Biofabric – a new prototype performance shoe that has an upper made from 100% Biosteel® – a nature-based and completely biodegradable high-performance fibre. In layman’s terms – biodegradable artificial spider silk that will fully decompose in your sink once you’ve finished running them down. Amazing.
My mental pictures of everyday product design often leans heavily on what has already been created – design, materials and function based on pre-established designs using available technology to solve a problem or perform a task. Take the humble kitchen knife for example – I’ve said before that I’m a big fan, but my ‘ideal’ knife definitely falls into the ‘traditional’ design category. In-depth kitchen knife history aside, I think it would be fair to say that the iteration and replication of tried and tested solutions has led to the well-recognised designs we see today.
I’ve been using momentum for a while now, and whilst I’m a minimalist at heart (and definitely prone to easy distraction) I give a little smile everyday when a new, beautiful image replaces my sparse default search engine page. I’ve started archiving my favourite images as a gentle reminder of all those amazing places out there to see through real eyes – if you haven’t tried it already, I can thoroughly recommend adding a bit of ‘real’ to your daily browse.