Time to get out more

March 30, 2010

Here’s exactly what the iPhone ought to be really, really good at: apps from trusted brands that take the wealth of information and expertise they have and offer it up to you, exactly where you are.

Time Out does it. It’s ok – but it’s weighed down by some pretty clumsy functionality and thumpingly heavy Smirnoff branding.

Nike’s done it with True City and in a rare mistep they’ve made something pretty much useless that’s not even that cool.

And now the National Trust does it. And they’ve done it right. Who’d have thought.

The app is great, so far as I can tell. I’ve already discovered a whole bunch of places nearby that I never knew existed, like this amazing 1930s house, and reminded me of places I’ve been meaning to go for ages, like William Morris’s Red House – which is exactly what it ought to do.

The app’s got all the basic information you’d need to plan a visit. And in fact it’s much easier to use than even their website, which is totally hopeless.

It would be great if there were more information about the properties: more photos, audio guides and so on. Maybe that sort of thing is in the pipeline, who knows.

Anyway, I’m sold.


VW Banner

February 15, 2010

This banner actually made me laugh. I really like it.

By John

25 years of the mobile phone

February 15, 2010

12 photos show the development of the mobile phone from a gigantic car battery sapping behemoth to svelte touch screens.

There’s also an article about the development of the mobile phone industry in the UK here on the Guardian website.

You’re a muppet

February 9, 2010

Ever wanted to star in the muppets? Chances are, this is a close as you’ll get (yes, you’ll need to enter a little bit of data, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience we’re talking about).

Ok so it doesn’t actually make you a muppet. Which would be awesome. But in all my childhood I never dared to dreamed I’d have my name on the lips of Kermit and Miss Piggy.

It feels like they could have had a bit more fun with the personalisation, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless. After all, what sort of a sociopath doesn’t have a soft spot for the muppets?


Cute! Test how well you know your friends on twitter, facebook and myspace with this site that scrapes data from your account and regurgitates it as a quiz.

Designed by those folk over at unit9 who are so very, very good at making beautiful things.

Charlie Brooker takes a look at the iPad in his usual caustic amusing way.

That’s edutainment

February 3, 2010

I didn’t know what HTML5 was. I went to this beautiful little site. Now I still don’t know what HTML5 is. Not really. But I have an inkling, and I spent a few minutes playing with these pretty graphics and their clever Twitter integration and that made me happy.

Working class heroes

February 1, 2010

Blue Collar make very neat and slick websites. Hi-Res they ain’t. However, it’s useful to have a look at the realistic end of web design, stuff like e-commerce and the like.

Plus, they’ve got quite nice website which uses plasticine.

From John B

Dog Judo

January 25, 2010

Next up, Cat Karate.

From John B

Something for the weekend

January 22, 2010

If you find yourself stuck with something to do this weekend, I can recommend going to the Decode exhibition at the V&A. Its a digital exhibition with various interactive and static pieces of work. It’s only a fiver and well worth a visit before it ends in April.

Who knows you might be inspired by it.