Own The Moment – vía @frogdesign


Right away, “Own The Moment” became the project’s mantra. The team believed that the person who controlled the jukebox music for an entire bar or restaurant was made a star for those minutes that his or her song played — he or she owned that moment. As Creative Director Sean Rhodes put it, “That concept of giving something of yourself and contributing to that night and then that device experience, the Virtuo, enabling that – it helped inspire us and govern the interactions we were trying to set forth.”

To learn more about the project, check out this new case study video below.

 

 

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10 herramientas de software libre para gestionar proyectos | Bitelia.com


Avatar de Marilí­n Gonzalo | Bitelia

Para trabajar de forma profesional en un proyecto, muchas veces necesitamos algo más que una lista de tareas, y es el momento de buscar una solución en software, tanto si es un trabajo que vamos a llevar a cabo solos como si hay otras personas en el equipo. Si los clientes son varios, entonces ya es imprescindible encontrar algún buen programa de gestión de proyectos, estable pero también flexible. Los programas desoftware libre son ideales porque además de ser potentes, cuentan detrás con una comunidad de desarrolladores y pueden hacernos ahorrar bastante en costos.

Hemos hecho una lista de herramientas de software libre abiertas y disponibles, así cualquiera que lo necesite pueda tener a mano un sitio donde buscar y probar distintos programas que han sido recomendados por sus usuarios. Si usan otras y les parece que deberíamos conocerlas, no olviden mencionarlas en los comentarios.

colabtive: A los fans de Basecamp les gustará esta herramienta, porque es la alternativa open source a herramientas propietarias como esta. Permite importar desde Basecamp e incluye funciones similares como la gestión de diferentes proyectos, los Milestones y las listas de tareas. También mide el tiempo dedicado a las tareas, emite informes y cuenta con varios plugins para extender sus funciones. Sólo en inglés.

Project HQ: También similar a Basecamp, Project HQ está construido sobre Python, Pylons y SQLAlchemy, y su base de datos es totalmente independiente. Gestiona distintas compañías, miembros y proyectos y cuenta con minestrones y listas de tareas. Es configurable visualmente usando CSS.

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25 Fresh & Brilliant Photo Manipulation Tutorials


When we talk about Image Effect or Editing, Photoshop is the first thing that comes to our minds. These 25 Fresh & Brilliant Examples of Photo Manipulation Tutorials helps to bring your ideas into reality and improve your creativity skill and make the most stunning photo effects. With the correct tools and techniques you can create most historical photo effects in Photoshop. The art of photo manipulation requires some imagination and creativity. Before starting design effects you need to understand how to create it. The listed below tutorials help you to learning various creative techniques of how to manipulate images using Photoshop.

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01. Abstract

Learn how to create this eerie abstract photo manipulation called “The Pain”. You’ll learn how to combine different stock photos to create this scene then apply a cold color tone to it.

 

25 Fresh & Brilliant Photo Manipulation Tutorials 

02. Mythological Statue

In this Photoshop photomanipulation tutorial, you’ll learn how to take a stock image of a person, turn them into a statue using various texture mapping methods, and then how to superimpose this statue into an incredible scene. You’ll see how to handle various stock images of various colors and lighting, as well as how to work with a variety of photomanipulation techniques.

 

25 Fresh & Brilliant Photo Manipulation Tutorials 

03. Miniature City Wildlife

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a conceptual surreal photo-manipulation. We are going to learn the process of creating depth of field using a few advanced tools. We are going to learn how to blend images so seamlessly that it would look like a single image using the Brush tool, masking and several adjustment layers.

 

25 Fresh & Brilliant Photo Manipulation Tutorials 

04. Molten Shattered Statue

Photo composites often require several Photoshop tools and techniques to achieve a desired effect. In this tutorial we will combine several photos to create a statue from a photo of a model. We will then explain how modify the statue to create cracks, and molten rock using layer masks, adjustments, and several blending and painting techniques. Let’s get started!

 

25 Fresh & Brilliant Photo Manipulation Tutorials 

05. Space Station

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a sci-fi artwork featuring a space station. You will learn advanced blending techniques, but also some fantastic drawing, lighting and detailing techniques.

 

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Our Top 5 Weird and Wacky QR Codes



QR codes on top of Cupcakes

QR Codes seem to be popping up everywhere these days, compelling passerby’s to whip out their phones and scan. As the QR code becomes more commonplace, we’ve also been seeing them pop up in some not so common places. We wanted to share our top picks for the wackiest QR codes we’ve came across.

1.  QR Codes on Tombstones…

This is about as strange as it gets. For $10,000 the Japanese company Ishinokoe will sell you a tombstone with a QR code that when scanned can connect family members and visitors to photos and other content about the deceased. Check out the content from this code:

QR code on tomb stone

2.  It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… QR code?!

This may be the most absurd QR code in existence simply because it’s the most difficult to scan. What were these marketers thinking? You can’t even tell who paid for the absurdity:

Airplane towing QR code

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PHP in the Enterprise [Infographic]


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PHP is a general-purpose server-side scripting language originally designed for Web development to produce dynamic Web pages. It is one of the first developed server-side scripting languages to be embedded into an HTML source document rather than calling an external file to process data. This infographic is an attempt to readdress the balance and show how PHP is used in the enterprise.

 

Herramientas para que los niños aprendan a programar


 

¿Cómo enseñar programación a un niño? Digamos a alguien entre 8 y 15 años de edad. No creo tener la mejor respuesta en términos pedagógicos, sin embargo, sí puedo recomendar alguna de las siguientes herramientas diseñadas especialmente para que los niños aprendan a programar, sin las complejidades teórico-prácticas de la programación profesional.

1. Alice

Código abierto. Inglés.

Ambiente de programación creado en Carnegie Mellon University, donde los niños pueden contar historias animadas con bloques 3D: “para la próxima generación de científicos de la programación.

2. Doma de Serpientes para Niños

Código abierto. Inglés y español.

Basado en el famoso “Snake Wrangling for Kids”, es un libro electrónico para enseñar programación a niños mayores de 8 años mediante el lenguaje de programación Python, disponible en cualquier sistemas operativo. Éste lenguaje, cabe mencionar, es sencillo, flexible y poderoso: soy un acérrimo fan.


3. Kids with Ruby

Código abierto. Inglés.

Es un software interactivo para aprender programación con el lenguaje Ruby: unos de los más bellos lenguajes, si me permiten decirlo, que podrán encontrar. Como dijo Yukihiro Matsumoto, creador de Ruby, “espero ayudar a que cada programador en el mundo sea productivo, disfrute y sea feliz programando. Este es el principal propósito del lenguaje Ruby”.


4. Kodu

Comercial. Inglés.

Con Kodu lo niños pueden crear juegos de manera visual desde la PC y XBox. Fue diseñado para enseñar a programar con tres conceptos eje: creatividad, resolución de problemas y narrativa.


5. LEGO MindStorms NXT

Comercial. Inglés, español.

Son robots programables, ya sea con el NXT Intelligent Brick para programas relativamente sencillos, o con alguno de entre cincuenta lenguajes de programación disponibles.


6. Hackety Hack

Código abierto. Inglés.

Sin experiencia previa en programación, por supuesto, Hackety Hack es un software ya clásico para enseñar a programar con Ruby, una lección a la vez. Creado por el no menos famoso hacker _why, Hackety Hack incluso obedece a un manifesto que en una de sus últimas líneas dice que “es libre y se mantendrá así en adelante”.


7. Petit Computer

Comercial. Inglés.

Si sentarse a programar no es opción, tal vez sí lo sea usar un Nintendo 3DS o DSi con Petit Computer, que permite crear programas en BASIC. No es que BASIC sea la mejor opción, sin embargo puede ser atractivo hacerlo desde la consola portátil.


8. Raspberry Pi

Comercial/Código abierto. Inglés.

Este ha sido uno de los mayores éxitos de la comunidad del software y hardware libres en los últimos años. Se trata de una pequeña placa que puede costar entre 25 y 35 dólares, donde cabe Linux, y está diseñado expresamente para la enseñanza de programación básica. Además de ser un gadget fabuloso para un hacker, su portabilidad y precio permiten montar talleres móviles de programación para niños con poco acceso a la tecnología.


9. RoboMind

Gratuito. Inglés.

Tenemos ante nosotros un proyecto similar a LEGO Mindstorms, pero en software: un ambiente de programación básica aplicada a un robot virtual, con la posibilidad de profundizar en temas de robótica e inteligencia artificial. Utiliza su propio lenguaje, ROBO, diseñado con una sintaxis simple.


10. Scratch

Código abierto (salvo algunas partes). Inglés.

Este proyecto ya es un clásico. Comenzó en el MIT en 2006 y hoy en día tiene una comunidad vibrante de usuarios que comparten proyectos y experiencias. Scratch se conforma de un entorno de programación visual orientada a la creación de juegos y animaciones para iniciar a los niños en los bloques básicos de la programación.

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Chikanadas

Se define “Programar” como:  La elaboracion de programas para la resolución de problemas mediante ordenadores. El programador escribe un mensaje, el código fuente, que el ordenador recibe, entiende y ejecuta luego de una serie de traducciones. Así se establece un tipo muy especial de interacción hombre-máquina, que comienza en la mente del programador y termina en los registros del CPU.

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7 plugins jQuery que te harán el trabajo más simple


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Sin duda alguna, jQuery cambió por completo la forma en que usamos -y aprovechamos-JavaScript, llevando a otro nivel la forma en que los usuarios interactuan con sitios y aplicaciones web. Si eres desarrollador web, seguramente ya te has aventurado a escribir código para dotar tu proyecto de alguna funcionalidad especial y te habrás dado cuenta que lograr algo realmente asombroso con jQuery no siempre es una tarea simple.

Muchas veces queremos resolver por nosotros mismos todos los problemas, y que todo el código en el proyecto sea de nuestra propia cosecha, sin embargo, hay ocasiones en las que no contamos con el tiempo suficiente y se hace necesario recurrir a código de terceros, y así, evitar reinventar la rueda.

Aunque existen miles de plugins de este tipo regados en Internet, he recogido estos 6 por su gran calidad y sus particulares características que, además de darle un toque extra de genialidad a tu proyecto, te harán el trabajo mucho más simple.

Adipoli


Adipoli permite aplicar diferentes efectos, de gran calidad, a las imágenes cuando se desplaza el puntero del ratón sobre ellas. Además de los -casi- 20 efectos y transiciones, ofrece múltiples opciones configurables cómo: opacidad, velocidad de animación, color de relleno, margenes, sombras y más.

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9 Dimensiones de Marca: Construir una de las Marcas más completas del mundo


POSTED BY IVÁN DÍAZ  | http://alotroladodelbranding.blogspot.com.ar 

Seguramente cuando pensamos en una Supermarca, intentamos recordar alguna que hayamos comprado, consumido o usado.

Alguna que tenga un gran poder de atracción, que esté por encima del resto de su categoría, que haya sobrepasado el estado de marca y se haya convertido en una actitud, que cuente una historia, que sea identificable en sus 3 dimensiones (verbal, visual y sensorial), que tenga una historia que contar, que esté construida proyectando sus valores y personalidad.Que construya un territorio propio y único, que tenga un heritage de credenciales, que la usen otras marcas como co-branding por el valor que aporta, que sea coherente, que consiga conectar con su público objetivo emocionalmente….Una gran marca cumple con los 4 mantras del brandingDiferenciación, Relevancia, Credibilidad y Notoriedad.Seguro que os vienen algunas a la cabeza, pero hoy hablaremos de una de las mejores creaciones de la historia, y ni se vende, ni se usa… se siente. Leer más “9 Dimensiones de Marca: Construir una de las Marcas más completas del mundo”

Pon en marcha tu startup: los mejores recursos gratuitos (programación, negocio y diseño) | BUENOS DATOS!!


 

Ellas 2.0

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Aprende a programar, en qué consiste el negocio del software y cómo diseñar gracias a estos recursos gratuitos (en inglés)

Por Frances Advincula (Desarrollo de Plataforma, Accenture Software)

Todos los cursos y resto de materiales que detallo a continuación no tienen coste y los encontrarás a través de iTunesU y MIT Open Courseware.

Para las que quieren aprender a programar

 

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In France, QR code stickers provide medical data for emergency responders

Japanese-based Asahi Kasei has previously used RFID technology in portable charms to alert medical personnel to important patient information when dealing with emergencies. Now, using stickers featuring QR codes, Code d’Urgence in France is also on a mission to improve data delivery to those responding to accidents and emergencies.

Those registering for the service must first fill out a medical questionnaire from the company, which must be validated by a doctor. Users pay for an annual subscription, costing EUR 36, and this information is then stored on a secure server approved by the Ministére de la Santé for one year.

The company then sends out 10 stickers featuring a unique QR code to the user, suitable for placing onto motorcycle helmets, bike frames, behind watch faces or on the back of cell phones — the company provides a list of recommended sticker locations upon subscription.


Code d’Urgence provides customers with 10 stickers featuring a unique QR code that links to their medical history.

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Japanese-based Asahi Kasei has previously used RFID technology in portable charms to alert medical personnel to important patient information when dealing with emergencies. Now, using stickers featuring QR codesCode d’Urgence in Franceis also on a mission to improve data delivery to those responding to accidents and emergencies.Those registering for the service must first fill out a medical questionnaire from the company, which must be validated by a doctor. Users pay for an annual subscription, costing EUR 36, and this information is then stored on a secure serverapproved by the Ministére de la Santé for one year.The company then sends out 10 stickers featuring a unique QR code to the user, suitable for placing onto motorcycle helmets, bike frames, behind watch faces or on the back of cell phones — the company provides a list of recommended sticker locations upon subscription.

The code can be read quickly by medical professionals equipped with the secure Code d’Urgence smartphone app, enabling them to respond in the best way possible. According to the developers, Code d’Urgence is the only system of its kind to have been made in collaboration with the country’s SAMU (Service d’Aide Médicale Urgente) and SMUR (Service Mobile d’Urgence et Reanimation) doctors. It is also compliant with the Commission Nationale Informatique et Liberté, which means all the medical data is secure and only accessible to medical professionals. The video below contains more details >>>> Leer más “In France, QR code stickers provide medical data for emergency responders”

Diez razones para dejar el empleo


¿Cómo saber cuándo es hora de dejar el empleo? A continuación, una enumeración de circunstancias que marcan si existe la necesidad de buscar nuevos horizontes.

Si usted ha hecho todo lo que puede para lograr que funcione su trabajo pero no lo logra, aquí encontrará las diez principales razones por las que podría dejarlo. Son de difícil, sino imposible, solución. El consejo es que vaya detrás de sus intereses. Su trabajo le consume demasiadas horas de demasiados días de su vida para que se quede donde no se siente feliz. No busque excusas. Si estos temas existen, hágase un plan y cambie de trabajo.

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Do people like us better when we’re distracted?

Seems like it. It’s not that being distracted isn’t off-putting, but when distracted we’re less negative, less complex and more personal in our speech. We also encourage the other person to talk more.

From James Pennebaker’s book The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us:

…distracted pairs actually showed slightly higher style matching than the non-distracted pair. Even odder, they tended to report liking each other more. In terms of actual word use, the distracted students were less negative, less complex, and more personal than non-distracted writers.

There have been very few times in my career that I didn’t believe my own results. It just didn’t make sense to me that style matching increases when talking to a multitasker. So I took things into my own hands and called two former students and asked if they would mind participating in a language project. The deal would be that we would have an informal talk on the phone that would be recorded, transcribed, and analyzed. The talk would actually be made up of three five-minute segments, and after each segment, they would complete a brief questionnaire. Both agreed to the rules. What they didn’t know was that on one of the three segments, I would be sitting in my office madly doing arithmetic problems as fast as I could.


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Seems like it. It’s not that being distracted isn’t off-putting, but when distracted we’re less negative, less complex and more personal in our speech. We also encourage the other person to talk more.

From James Pennebaker’s book The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us:

distracted pairs actually showed slightly higher style matching than the non-distracted pair. Even odder, they tended to report liking each other more. In terms of actual word use, the distracted students were less negative, less complex, and more personal than non-distracted writers.

There have been very few times in my career that I didn’t believe my own results. It just didn’t make sense to me that style matching increases when talking to a multitasker. So I took things into my own hands and called two former students and asked if they would mind participating in a language project. The deal would be that we would have an informal talk on the phone that would be recorded, transcribed, and analyzed. The talk would actually be made up of three five-minute segments, and after each segment, they would complete a brief questionnaire. Both agreed to the rules. What they didn’t know was that on one of the three segments, I would be sitting in my office madly doing arithmetic problems as fast as I could. Leer más “Do people like us better when we’re distracted?”

Review: Processing for Visual Artists

My first thought upon receiving a review copy of “Processing for Visual Artists” by Andrew Glassner was “hey, yet another Processing book?” Glassner is well aware of the ubiquity of Processing literature, however, and targets a specific gap, following his philosophy “that artists and designers are not interested in programming for its own sake, but only as a means to an end: creating expressive work”. This book is made for people who have never written a program before or don’t feel very comfortable in the world of code. Glassner invites the reader to peek over his shoulder to learn about his programming process using a friendly and informal style, which is motivating and makes the book easy and fun to read. And if you like to cook or play the piano (I do!), you’ll feel right at home with Glassner’s many real-world analogies.

The beginning of the book is basically a casual conversation between the author and the reader – master and apprentice –, showing the reader around, introducing computer science terminology, and most of all, taking away the fear of the seemingly steep learning curve. Glassner shows a lot of empathy towards someone new to programming, acknowledging that it will look overwhelmingly complex at first and be hard work, but that, just like learning to ride a bike or playing chords on a piano, the complexity will soon fade away, allowing even a novice programmer to create exciting work. He has three pieces of advice: there is no way you can break your computer with your program, type every code listing by hand (so it’ll sink in), and don’t be afraid of errors. In fact, Glassner left the errors he made when creating the example code right there in the book, so that, as the reader follows him along, he will see where and why an error was made and how it was fixed.


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Review: Processing for Visual Artists The book’s author, Dr. Andrew Glassner,
is a writer-director, and a consultant in story structure, interactive fiction, and computer graphics. He started working in 3D computer graphics in 1978, and has carried out research at many respected labs.


My first thought upon receiving a review copy of “Processing for Visual Artists” by Andrew Glassner was “hey, yet another Processing book?” Glassner is well aware of the ubiquity of Processing literature, however, and targets a specific gap, following his philosophy “that artists and designers are not interested in programming for its own sake, but only as a means to an end: creating expressive work”. This book is made for people who have never written a program before or don’t feel very comfortable in the world of code. Glassner invites the reader to peek over his shoulder to learn about his programming process using a friendly and informal style, which is motivating and makes the book easy and fun to read. And if you like to cook or play the piano (I do!), you’ll feel right at home with Glassner’s many real-world analogies.

The beginning of the book is basically a casual conversation between the author and the reader – master and apprentice –, showing the reader around, introducing computer science terminology, and most of all, taking away the fear of the seemingly steep learning curve. Glassner shows a lot of empathy towards someone new to programming, acknowledging that it will look overwhelmingly complex at first and be hard work, but that, just like learning to ride a bike or playing chords on a piano, the complexity will soon fade away, allowing even a novice programmer to create exciting work. He has three pieces of advice: there is no way you can break your computer with your program, type every code listing by hand (so it’ll sink in), and don’t be afraid of errors. In fact, Glassner left the errors he made when creating the example code right there in the book, so that, as the reader follows him along, he will see where and why an error was made and how it was fixed. Leer más “Review: Processing for Visual Artists”

Take Your Web Designs to the Next Level

When you start out as a web designer, you do all you can to grasp the basic design principles so that you have a solid foundation to start your journey on. As you become more proficient in your craft, you start to learn techniques that are more advanced, and you begin to implement bigger and better things in your work until you reach a point where you feel pretty comfortable to step outside the bounds of the ordinary. What else can you do to take your web designs to the next level?

Here are just a handful of ideas you can consider if you’d like to take your web designs the next level.

Delve Into Design Details

If you look at most beautifully designed websites, you’ll notice that they are often set apart not because of big things, but the little details that let you know the designer took great care and attention of even the smallest of things. These small touches don’t need to be in your face to be powerful and effective; details can include a hairline stroke for additional depth, a faint gradient for more interesting surfaces, small icons for added visual appeal as well as to aid visual cognition, and so forth.

Here are three good examples of web designs that delve into the details.


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Take Your Web Designs to the Next Level

When you start out as a web designer, you do all you can to grasp the basic design principles so that you have a solid foundation to start your journey on. As you become more proficient in your craft, you start to learn techniques that are more advanced, and you begin to implement bigger and better things in your work until you reach a point where you feel pretty comfortable to step outside the bounds of the ordinary. What else can you do to take your web designs to the next level?

Here are just a handful of ideas you can consider if you’d like to take your web designs the next level.

Delve Into Design Details

If you look at most beautifully designed websites, you’ll notice that they are often set apart not because of big things, but the little details that let you know the designer took great care and attention of even the smallest of things. These small touches don’t need to be in your face to be powerful and effective; details can include a hairline stroke for additional depth, a faint gradient for more interesting surfaces, small icons for added visual appeal as well as to aid visual cognition, and so forth.

Here are three good examples of web designs that delve into the details. Leer más “Take Your Web Designs to the Next Level”