IKEA Response To Blacklash

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After 50 years of using the iconic Futura typeface, IKEA has made a switch to Verdana,

As you can imagine outrage and outcry followed.

This is the absolutely brilliant response from IKEA:

We’re surprised, but I think it’s mainly experts who have expressed their views, people who are interested in fonts. I don’t think the broad public is that interested.

Verdana is a simple, cost-effective font which works well in all media and languages.

What do you think?

Does it matter what “experts” say compared to the “general public”?

Ikea are a very design based company so you’d have thought they would’ve paid more of an interest.

But I like their downplaying of it citing ‘practical reasons’. It kinda works.

Interesting anyway.

Read more about it Idsyn

Fontplore. Interactive app for searching and exploring font databases

As the development and distribution of interactive tables is still in its early days, they see the Fontplore Table as some kind of customer attraction for the bigger design agencies, where clients and designers get together and share the experience of selecting a suitable typeface for the project.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5664292&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=c9ff23&fullscreen=1

Fontplore Showreel from Mphasize on Vimeo.

More at: http://www.fontplore.org/

Some Cool Visual Interface Stuff

Computer vision technologies for manipulating digital interfaces with gestures are already here and mature; now it’s simply a matter of designing creative applications around them. And as with many design tasks, presentation is everything.

ActionScript programmer Peter Kaptein has done some brilliant creative work to mimic the infamous gestural interface in the film Minority Report using only Flash, FLAR toolkit, a webcam, a printer.. and his fingers.

YouTube link.

Jeremy Bailey created this project to promote the programmes and services of Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center. He wrote his own physical interface presentation software from the ground up to help me accomplish this task. This video is the result. Mad.

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Chris O’Shea found this demo of the upcoming game Your Shape for Wii. The camera vision itself is fairly simple, but the software is being clever about mapping foreground motion to some pre-determined 3D model of the body.

http://www.viddler.com/player/a5db88df/

And here’s the Your Shape trailer.

YouTube link.

Chris also wrote this fascinating post at the mysterious controller for Project Natal. Worth a read.

via Create Digital Motion.

Jamaican Dancehall Vector Insanity

This will blow your mind.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5936810&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=c9ff23&fullscreen=1

Major Lazer “Pon De Floor” from Eric Wareheim on Vimeo.

Here’s one more from Director Eric Wareheim.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=3884738&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=c9ff23&fullscreen=1

Tommy Sparks “She’s Got Me Dancing” from Eric Wareheim on Vimeo.

MoMA. Turning Social Media On It’s Head

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Great new design for the MoMA New York website.

To help visitors plan their visits, MoMA connects to your Facebook profile, scans it, analyses it and matches your preferences with the experiences currently offered at the museum.

You get back your personal recommendations that you can add to your profile and send to friends.

Turning pervious social media on its head: Dont create an app to go on Facebook, use Facebook to power and personalise your content.

I like it.

Take a look here.