Guest Post: Stephen Riley // @stephenriley
A lot of things inspire me; an important part of being creative is being interested in the world around you.But one inspiration really stood out for me today - the (too few) leaders who truly put design first, in the face of tremendous risk. And this is not just aesthetic design, this is total experience, crafted to feel a certain way. Not how something looks, but how it feels. Naturally Jobs came to mind as an icon of this inspiration; and what struck me about his resignation last week was the eulogy-like tweets,
Guest Post: Jackie Ng // @jacoutofthebox
The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
— Think Different by Apple, TBWA\Chiat\Day, 1997
Truth be told, these things are simply information, snippets of data that are visually interesting but are passive by nature. How do they transform me? Do they drive me to action? As Albert Einstein said it perfectly, Information is NOT knowledge. And knowledge without action is NOT power.
I am a visual addict and I love beautiful things. I can share with you the cool websites that I bookmark for inspiration or my current obsession, pinterest. By indulging in these visual stimuli, I have trained my brain to believe that they inspire me to be creative. But do they?
So what truly inspires me? Not things but people who create things and actions that in turn inspire me to do something meaningful. People who are truly passionate about what they do and communicate this passion to their community and to the world. People who think and do things differently and inspire people around them to change things as well, to "move the human race forward".
This Apple commercial inspires me each time I watch it. It perfectly sums up my admiration of inspiring people who are catalysts for change. This ad has certainly "inspired" me to change the direction of my career a few years ago.
This is how I'd like to remember Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
(images via Buzzfeed)
A great bit of musical folklore says that, to keep from being cheated out of money at gigs, blind R&B legend Ray Charles preferred to be paid entirely in $1 bills. If only he'd had the amazing new LookTel Money Reader app, it's likely Charles's billfold would have been quite a bit thinner.
It's almost too cool to believe: Simply wave a piece of American currency in front of your iPhone's camera and LookTel, created by software company Ipplex, will tell you the denomination without even having to access the internet.
Incidentally, if you're wondering how a blind person would even know where the app icon is in the first place, it so happens that Apple has a feature called VoiceOver that translates information on the touch screen into audio.
Design: Tjeerd Veenhoven - Netherlands
I for one charge my phone every day and am still amazed how short its power lasts. Quite often I run out of juice in the middle of the day, for these moments I came up with the iFan. A hardware App in the shape of a soft rubber skin with the energy wind fan included. Just slide it around your Iphone and it will charge everytime the wind blows. Your Smartphone relies on high tech battery power and power management which you charge almost every day in your outlet in just half an hour. By using a modified computer fan it took me 6 hours to charge my phone, rather long I think… but it works. I can shave off many charging hours by redesigning the fan blades, making it more efficient in catching the wind while sun bathing at the beach, doing walking trips in the mountains or just holding it outside your car window while driving along…