Insights first, ideas second

A more strategic way of generating ideas is to focus on building ideas on top of insights. Don’t get me wrong, thinking stuff up is fun. You let your imagination run wild, think of the impossible and think all kinds of stuff only you can imagine. It’s your own dream world! Mostly all these ideas will be way ahead of their time or not even doable. That’s why we need to combine our imagination with our intellect. Our intellect drives our capability to discover insights and our imagination helps put the pieces together in a new way.

So how do you discover new insights?


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By Jorge Barba, an Innovation Insurgent | http://www.game-changer.net

Insights, they’re the seeds of new groundbreaking ideas.

A more strategic way of generating ideas is to focus on building ideas on top of insights. Don’t get me wrong, thinking stuff up is fun. You let your imagination run wild, think of the impossible and think all kinds of stuff only you can imagine. It’s your own dream world! Mostly all these ideas will be way ahead of their time or not even doable. That’s why we need to combine our imagination with our intellect. Our intellect drives our capability to discover insights and our imagination helps put the pieces together in a new way.

So how do you discover new insights? Leer más “Insights first, ideas second”

The ultimate iPad – for $200,000

Golden delicious … The gold-plated iPad Stuart Hughes has for sale.

While Australians wait with twitchy fingers for their regular iPads to turn up, a British designer who caters for mega-rich geeks has unveiled his latest creation.

Behold the solid-gold iPad Supreme Edition, worth about $215,000, which gives you Wi-Fi, 3G, 64GB – and a whole lot more.

Encrusted with 25.5 carats of flawless diamonds, 53 of the gems “dwell beautifully in the solid 22ct Apple logo”, seller Stuart Hughes said.


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Golden delicious ... The gold-plated iPad that is for sale by  Stuart Hughes.

Golden delicious … The gold-plated iPad Stuart Hughes has for sale.

While Australians wait with twitchy fingers for their regular iPads to turn up, a British designer who caters for mega-rich geeks has unveiled his latest creation.

Behold the solid-gold iPad Supreme Edition, worth about $215,000, which gives you Wi-Fi, 3G, 64GB – and a whole lot more.

Encrusted with 25.5 carats of flawless diamonds, 53 of the gems “dwell beautifully in the solid 22ct Apple logo“, seller Stuart Hughes said.

// The rear and screen surround are made from a single piece of solid 22ct gold, weighing 2.1 kilograms.

“A magnificent combination of top-of-the-industry technology and unrivalled craftsmanship was involved in creating this masterpiece”, is how the creation is described on Hughes’s website.

Only 10 of the units will be made.

The ultimate iPad follows some of Hughes’s other creations, which include the world’s most expensive phone – an iPhone reputedly worth more than $3 million.

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Anatomy of Colors in Web Design: Yellow and the Sunshine Feel


Today’s article will explore the use of the color yellow in Web design.

Anatomy of Colors in Web Design: Yellow and the Sunshine Feel

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Color is everywhere! Although it wasn’t too long ago that we lived in the era of black and white television and film, color has always and will continue to play an important role in our lives. The color yellow is most commonly associated with our sun. It’s bright, striking and sometimes overpowering rays is a symbol of our earth’s humble beginning. With this article, we take a look at the impact the color yellow has made in our lives.

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun. – Pablo Picasso

Definition of Yellow

Yellow is the color evoked by light that stimulates both the L and M (long and medium wavelength) cone cells of the retina about equally, with no significant stimulation of the S (short-wavelength) cone cells. Light with a wavelength of 570–580 nm is yellow, as is light with a suitable mixture of somewhat longer and shorter wavelengths. Yellow’s traditional RYB complementary color is purple, violet, or indigo, while its colorimetrically defined complementary color in both RGB and CMYK color spaces is blue.

Different Yellow
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Why Choose Yellow?

Yellow is often represented as the color of sunshine, sunflowers, and all else related to the sun. It is a color associated with joy, happiness, intellect and boundless energy.

The color yellow gives one a warm and cosy effect. It also arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy. Yellow is also often associated with food. Pure yellow is very bright and often attracts one’s attention. This is probably one of the reasons why taxi cabs are often painted bright yellow. However, when over used, yellow can create a disturbing effect; in fact, those of you planning to paint your baby’s nursery room yellow because it’s a gender neutral color, think twice because babies cry more in yellow colored rooms.

Yellow Person

Ever notice that most warning signs are often a combination of yellow against a black background? The yellow and black combination produces the best contrast compared to any other color. Thus, this combination is often used in warning or danger signs. In heraldry, yellow is the color symbolising honor and loyalty. Ironically, yellow is also a color associated with cowardice.

Often chosen to promote children’s products and leisure or entertainment items, yellow evokes a pleasant and cheery disposition in people. Because of yellow’s talent for attracting one’s attention, it is often used to highlight the important elements in your design. Commonly perceived by men as a light hearted and childish color, yellow is not a recommended color to use when trying to sell prestigious or luxurious products – which rational man would buy a bright yellow business suit or a yellow Mercedes?
Seen as spontaneous and sometimes over the top, avoid using yellow if your underlying subtext is to portray stability and safety.

Yellow is at its best when used in its purest form and at its brightest. Add too much white and it because pale and sickly. Muddy it too much with black and it becomes dingy and dirty-looking. As such, tints and shades of yellow are often visually unappealing because it loses its best quality; its innocence and cheerfulness. No matter, remember to use a dark color as a contrast to yellow especially since pale yellow tends to bleed into a white background.

The Benefits of Yellow

The color yellow can affects us mentally and physically which includes stimulating our mental and nervous system, activates our memory, and encourages communication. Golden yellow carries the promise of a positive future, and spreads its cheer. Especially since yellow shines its optimism, enlightenment, and happiness upon us.

Yellow stands out from other colors, and with the support of other lively colors, it can spark one’s creativity while invigorating one’s spirit. In fact, people who suffer from mild cases of color blindness can usually see the color yellow more easily than other colors.

Although yellow symbolizes wisdom and wealth, and is full of creative and intellectual energy, it can also create feelings of frustration and anger as well. People are more likely to lose their temper if they are in rooms with yellow colored walls. The color yellow also increases one’s metabolism. Being one of the most visible colors, it is attention grabbing and often used on traffic signs or advertisements to attract people’s attention.

As with any color, there are both positive and negative effects, but put some yellow into your life if you want a little clarity in your decision-making process, ‘burnout’ relief, sharper memory and better concentration skills. When you’re in a panic, exhausted, or depressed, and you’re in need of a pick me up, yellow’s your color.

The Effects of Yellow

Too much or too little of anything can have an adverse effect. Yellow is most stressful on the eye because of the high amount of light that is reflected off its color. The use of yellow as a background on paper or computer monitors can lead to strain and stress on the eye and in extreme cases, even vision loss. Too much yellow can cause the inability to focus or complete one task at a time as it can be too distracting. And the lack of yellow can give one the feeling of being isolated, resulting in low self esteem, insecurity and even depression. Also, not having a sufficient amount of yellow can result in a person becoming rigid, cunning, possessive and even overly defensive.

Different Types of Yellow in Web Design

Although yellow works well on its own (it is after all a primary color), it also works very well as a companion to other colors. Use bright yellow to create excitement if red or orange is too strong or too dark for you. Yellow is the right kind of perky!

Amber

Amber is a fossilized tree resin that has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty for centuries. Amber is also the name of an orange-yellow color. In fact, was named after this fossilized tree resin because it shares similar shades it. Shades of amber can range from orange to reddish-orange and even light yellow. This is why amber often refers to a series of orange shades.

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Goldenrod Yellow

Goldenrod is a color that resembles the goldenrod plant, hence its name Goldenrod Yellow.

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Chartreuse Yellow

Chartreuse (the web color) is a color halfway between yellow and green that was named because of its resemblance to the green color of a French liqueur called Green Chartreuse. The traditional color Chartreuse is a yellow color mixed with a small amount of green and named because of its resemblance to the yellow color of a French liqueur called Yellow Chartreuse. The web color chartreuse is precisely halfway between green and yellow; 50% green and 50% yellow. It is one of the tertiary colors of the HSV color wheel. Leer más “Anatomy of Colors in Web Design: Yellow and the Sunshine Feel”