Your next big idea might not come in a brainstorming session, but instead among the dinosaur bones and masterpieces. With at least 17,500 museums in the country, there are options for a visit to the 18th century or your favorite painter’s thought process. But as a compelling space for startup brainstorming or stress reduction? Give the benefits of museums a peek with these reasons they’re great for your creative process.
Are you designing your landing pages based on where their traffic is coming from?
Have you even thought about that?
Don’t be concerned if you haven’t. You’re not alone.
Your landing page is affected by the source of traffic coming to it. Unless you keep in mind the values, wants and needs of your landing page’s audience, you’ll struggle to find long-term success.
This article will dive into optimizing your landing page for five different traffic sources:
Let’s get rolling!
Buster Keaton’s “One Week” (1920)
It’s almost here………
And tomorrow is FLAG DAY.
The art of copying famous artwork and hawking it online has become a multi-million dollar business for Chinese copy artists who blatantly rip off copyrighted work and sell it for pennies on the dollar to customers worldwide. Hong Kong-based photographer Michael Wolf‘s Real Fake Art is a discombobulating series of portraits of some of these copy artists posing with their handiwork in the city streets. Seeing these familiar images out of a museum or gallery context is jarring, at the very least. This juxtaposition is, at first, amusing, but this is an industry that earns $60 billion annually and churns these copies out like a factory assembly line. They rip off not only mega-famous artworks—of work both in and out of copyright—but also works by living, lesser-known artists who are more dependent on sales of artwork to support their livelihood. Of course, the masterminds behind this mega-industry know it is impossible for smaller, independent artists to lawyer up and chase them down, so they are able to proceed without any deterrent.
Dang, Tesla just announced they’re letting anyone use their patented technology. CEO Elon Musk:
Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the…
Design superpowers of the world have united to create an experimental new school. Will it work?
This story from trend-spotting outfit Cassandra Daily provides some interesting information about chains like Urban Outiffers, The Gap and Starbucks to experiment with retail outlets designed to fit in with the identity and vibe of the locations they are situated in - what Cassandra Daily calls “curated, hyper-localized stores.”
“Local” has not only been a definitive tenant of the Millennial zeitgeist, but a widespread reaction to globalization affecting everything from food, retail, art and technology. Now, retail chains are narrowing the scope even further by opening curated, hyper-localized stores as a way to establish a more grassroots identity and create a morepersonal relationship with neighborhood customers.
Urban Outfitter’s Space Ninety 8 - http://www.spaceninety8.com/
Gap’s “Lived In” concept store - http://www.psfk.com/2014/03/gaps-concept-store-tries-to-lure-shoppers-away-from-e-commerce-pics.html#!WHr0O
Starbucks downtown Disneyland location - http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/03/10/starbucks-disney-disneyland-downtown-disney/6179395/
A cool interview with Paul Pope is here - http://tribecafilm.com/stories/paul-pope-7x6x2-battling-boy-interview
Too good not to share.
Department of High Fives.
Apple Design Awards 2014
Apple has handed out its design awards to apps that the company judged to be “exceptional (in combining) design and technology in creative, compelling, and powerful ways.” This site gives info on the winning apps of 2014 and the developers behind them.
Some of the apps that caught my eye:
Device 6 - https://developer.apple.com/design/awards/2014/DEVICE-6/
A surreal and thrilling game in which the written word is both your map and your narrator.
Monument Valley - https://developer.apple.com/design/awards/2014/Monument-Valley/
Guide a silent princess through a fantasy world by manipulating unique architectural monuments.
All of the apps are worth checking out, for inspiration and a view into what Apple perceives at the best work going on in the app development and design space.