iPad & Web Design

Apple’s iPad was finally launched to the market 4 days ago. According to CNET News, 300,000 units sold on Day 1, and many more to be sold in the coming days. Different players are awaiting to see how the iPad will impact their job and/or business. Newspapers are anxious to see if iPad will be the game changer in a declining media publishing industry. Developers are still not certain in the real “size of the prize” behind new apps for iPad, and Web Designers will need to get ready to get the best out of the new device for their clients.

On the latter, now that iPad is out in the market, the online conversation has been intense over the last days.

Although, no one can predict how Wed Design will evolve with the iPad, we are positive that there are many challenges ahead for Wed Designer so they can optimize the interaction between the user and the brands with this new technology.

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iPad: Less Is More

I certainly respect all the people writing reviews on the iPad, they have made a great job comparing features, prices, etc. All the possible variables a tech savvy consumer would look at.

However, my hyphotesis, is that none of the people writing this pro reviews is part of Apple’s target for the iPad. iPad has entered the market to create a new category of user.

iPad will play a similar role to the one Wii played for Nintendo in the video games market. Obviously, if you had given a Wii to gamer, the review would have been awful. But who was Nintendo targeting with Wii? No-gamers, people who thought PS and Xbox controllers were for astronauts. In the case of iPad, Apple will aim to attract a wider audience to their brand. This based on two key benefits: (i) intuitive use and (ii) versatility. Continue reading “iPad: Less Is More”

Prezi: Presentations To Shine

Last month I participated in the Northern Voice Conference in Vancouver, BC. There was a lot going on, lots of bloggers, social media experts, photographers, laptops, iPads, but if I have to pick the technological highlight of the conference I would have to choose Prezi, no doubt about it.

Many of the presenters at the Northern Voice Conference abandoned the usual suspects: PowerPoint and Keynote, and opted for a more fluid presentation built on Prezi. They changed slides for visuals that helped tell the story. Isn’t presenting all about storytelling? Well, Prezi delivers great toward the objective of helping the presenter tell the story. Continue reading “Prezi: Presentations To Shine”

Don't kill your ideas just because they seem impossible today…

…actually an idea that seems impossible to execute today, can be the best idea you ever had. Think about it this way, five years ago Facebook did not exist, neither did YouTube nor Twitter.

If you see it from a different angle, if your idea is 100% executable today, then maybe you are too late.

Jawed Karim (27),  Chad Hurley (29) and Steve Chen (28) co-founded YouTube in Feb. 2005 and sold it to Google in Nov. 2006 for about $1.7 billion.

Let you creativity fly, take daily events and interactions with others as inspiration. You might end up with a very successful small business or with an innovation that changes the history of humanity.

For example, Karim, who appears on YouTube’s 1st uploaded video in history, says his idea for what became YouTube sprang from two very different events in 2004: Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction,” during a Super Bowl show, and the Asian tsunami.

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This said, today, the “it is never too late” saying loses importance facing the challenges of the digital explosion. Today we should think of a new saying for our generation, “never to early”.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youtube

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2006-10-11-youtube-karim_x.htm