How Creatives Work: The Ever Playful Alexander Calder


Alexander Calder made play the major theme of his art. Over the course of more than fifty years, he worked harder than most in the pursuit of the creation of his own universe, invented a whole new genre, an art of moving sculpture known as ‘mobiles,’ and made works on an unsurpassed scale. But he was also an incredibly interesting character, a man who had a childlike view of life which translated seamlessly into his work.

We never look up: people on their phones

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A little over 5 years ago the first iPhone was introduced to the world. Many people were excited about its utility and potential… and upon its release it changed the world. The internet had become more accessible than ever before and daily tasks have become much easier through the use of the first iPhone and other smart phones to follow.

Seeking With Siri: SEO for the Mobile Search World

The web is expanding exponentially, and thanks to smartphones, the mobile market is vastly becoming a major player in this sphere. The mobile web is the fastest growing online arena, now home to more than 4 billion connected smartphones. If statistics hold, mobile use will overtake desktop traffic by 2014. This is an important realization to be made, because no matter what type of business you run, your audience already is — or soon will be — on the mobile web, and reaching them on this platform should become a priority.

Digital Connectivity and the Future of Communication

In our technology obsessed world, people are becoming more and more connected than ever before. The world has seen an explosive growth in connectivity over the last five years, and the next five look to see an even further expansion of communication and digital oneness. History has shown that a new medium will take shape and become a standard every few decades, but since the mid-20th century, there has been a rapid-fire evolution of how communication technology advances and connects people around the world. 

The Mythology of Mobile Payments

Myths can affect the way people go about their daily lives. Not only can it keep them from enjoying leisure activities like swimming after eating, drinking water out of plastic bottles, and believing their wishes will come true when made at 11:11; it can also have an effect on them adopting new forms of technology. These myths about technology are keeping Americans from making the jump to mobile payments — even though nearly half of them are smartphone users.

Free Wi-Fi: Friend or Foe?

The age of Wi-Fi connected devices is in full force: during the course of 2012, the number of connected devices will exceed the world’s population. These increasing numbers show no sign of stopping, and within the next few years most of us will have at least two devices — like Smartphones and tablets – connected to public Wi-Fi networks. This greater availability of public Wi-Fi also brings unseen hazards for users to look out for: hackers.

How Is The Newspaper Industry Trying to Save Itself?

The newspaper industry has been witnessing its profit margins continue to drop over the past few years. They previously supported themselves through the old model of traditional delivery, on-street display and classified print advertisements, but as the digital landscape continues to grow, newspapers are quickly falling behind — with more than half of the industry’s ad revenue decreasing over the past few years. Check out this graphic to see what they’re doing to stop this loss of revenue, and take a look at their gradual move towards new profit models.

Mobile App Identifies A Tree By Its Leaf

Trees are not just a simple part of nature, they’re a immensely complex structure that requires an vast amount of knowledge to understand. Leafsnap is first in a series of recently launched apps designed to turn mobile app users into citizen dendrologists.

MegaPhone: Make Art With Your Voice

Megaphone creates interactive displays for public places, letting passersby call in with their cell phones and, in real time, control what happens on the screen. It’s an engaging and unique way to interact with a customer.

Below is a demo showing a display created for Sprint. Using just their voice, the callers create live modern art.

This interface, designed for a Palm Centro launch party, interfaces with up to 10 players using the number keys to control objects on a screen while they compete in real time.

Written by Benjamin Starr & Paul Caridad