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Founding partner and creative director of VERTOV digital storytelling | Film director and screenwriter | Vice-chairman of the Dutch Directors Guild | Blogger at Frankwatching | Storyteller at TEDxAmsterdam | Debuting novelist at Uitgeverij Atlas Contact | Proud husband and father | Retired magician
The Internet will kill everything you love. But by the time it dies, you won’t even care.
From Fast Company comes this rather great story of how Daniel Graf from Google used creativity, innovation and a lot of daring, to create the stellat Google Maps app on iOS:
After Apple booted Google Maps from iOS last year, Daniel Graf led the development of a beautiful, refreshed mapping experience that shot to number one in the iTunes store and kicked Apple’s ass on its own turf. Here’s how Graf made it happen—in his own words:
“We have a very successful Android version of Google Maps, so the easiest thing to do was to say, this is super-successful, users love it, so why don’t we just port it over to iOS? But I wanted to challenge the team. While the Android version is a great product, you can also tell it’s been around for a while. You have to access everything via menus—it’s not really best-use-case driven anymore. I said, let’s take a step back—what if we could start from scratch and forget anything we’ve ever done? We have the foundation—the Google data, the mapping data, the local business data, the imagery, the navigation algorithms—it’s a dream to start with.”
Who Has Your Back?
Which companies help protect your data from the government?
Helpful infographic, and rather surprising that Twitter scores so well…
Some say pets look like their owners, but one Canadian photographer has taken it to a new and creative extreme. In his series, #petheadz, Zachary Rose (@zachdriftwood) takes DSLR portraits of people’s pets and mashes them up with portraits of their owners by cleverly holding the camera in the foreground.
The series started as an exercise in creativity with his two roommates but quickly caught on. To date, Zach has taken 18 #petheadz portraits of people all over Toronto. (His mom even posed for a photo with her German shepherd.) The project is still on-going with a lengthy wait-list, and Zach is excited to continue meeting people—and pets—around the city as he keeps shooting.
Brilliant framing done after-the-fact…
Paul Miller returns after a year off the internet.
I was wrong.
One year ago I left the internet. I thought it was making me unproductive. I thought it lacked meaning. I thought it was “corrupting my soul.” It’s a been a year now since I “surfed the web” or “checked my email” or “liked” anything with a figurative rather than literal thumbs up. I’ve managed to stay disconnected, just like I planned. I’m internet free.
And now I’m supposed to tell you how it solved all my problems. I’m supposed to be enlightened. I’m supposed to be more “real,” now. More perfect.
Great article with insight into true meaning of the internet: it’s about connecting people.
A Boy and His Atom
To explore the limits of filmmaking, IBM scientists create the world’s smallest movie, made by moving actual atoms frame by frame with IBM’s scanning tunneling microscope.
How far we’ve come in the half-century since Disney’s Our Friend the Atom.
New ‘Arrested Development’ on Netflix Ads. Love these!