The Hotlist – Edition 8

PRODUCT

Miniot iPad 2 wood cover

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Thanks to it’s built-in magnet arrays the Miniot Cover nests firmly on the glass surface, perfectly aligned with your iPad 2. The ultrasuede microfiber lining offers great scratch protection. And at just 100 grams and 3mm thick it’s pleasantly light and slim.

NEWS

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Cloud Player is a free web and Android application. All customers start with 5 GB of free Cloud Drive storage and you can upgrade to 20 GB of Cloud Drive storage with an MP3 album purchase (learn more about this offer). All new Amazon MP3 purchases saved to Cloud Drive do not count against your storage quota. Amazon also offers a variety of Cloud Drive storage plans to meet all of your data storage needs. Find out about Cloud Drive storage plans.

Google +1’s

Our goal at Google is to get you the most relevant results as quickly as possible. But relevance is about relationships as well as words on webpages. That’s why we recentlystarted to include more information from people you know—stuff they’ve shared on Twitter, Flickr and other sites—in Google search results.

INSPIRATION

Elektra LuxxArt of the Title Sequence

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In the title sequence for Sebastian Gutierrez’s Elektra Luxx, a psychedelic melange of bullets, guns, and art deco ornaments materialize around the nude silhouette of the title character. As Elektra teases the audience with her own bawdy burlesque, she reprises her various adult film roles wearing next to nothing.

With our latest entry, Moises Arancibia of SMOG outlines how he and his Chilean supergroup used a bucket of paint and 3D software to make sure that Elektra lived up to her titillating reputation.

Media Queries

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An awesome site that shows how some great looking web designs look across multiple platforms. (Large monitor, small, iPad, iPhone etc.) A beautiful gallery of responsive web design.

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Screen shot 2011-04-01 at 8.49.26 AMA hilarious new take on skateboarding.

Charlie Sheens Brain – Vacation on Wanderfly

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While the town mayor claims “You couldn’t take 5 seconds in Charlie Sheen’s Brain” (because of its, ahem, other-terrestrialness), plenty of travelers are up for the challenge! A town that has a very different constitution to the rest of the country, Charlie Sheen’s Brain truly does have a different mind and heart compared to neighboring towns. Stroll along the canals (like vein…

MUST READ

Worlds Most Influential Designers

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Not only is “influential” difficult to measure, but “design” is also nigh on impossible to define neatly. Nonetheless, we decided to put together a list of some of the design world’s most influential movers and shakers. From design thinkers to hands-on design doers in industries from graphics to industrial to auto design, our chosen 27 luminaries represent a diverse cross-section of design disciplines. But all those selected have one thing in common: They are in some way responsible for shaping the world around us.

Can the Mobile Wallet Beat the Hype? – Teehan+Lax

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Depending on your level of involvement in the digital industry, you might not have heard of near field communication (NFC) or you’ve heard so much of it you’re starting to wonder if it’s all hype.

NFC relies on an underlying technology that wirelessly identifies objects from a short distance through tags that are inserted into pretty much anything. The benefit of NFC over something you’re probably more familiar with like RFID, which is used in key fobs and current forms of electronic payment like PayPass, is that it can send and receive information two ways, where RFID is limited to sending information just one way.

Clueless – Elliot Jay Stocks

To state that the UK government is clueless hardly requires a blog post, but in this particular instance, I refer to startupbritain.org: a site purportedly dispensing advice to entrepreneurs who are looking to start a new business. Besides the fact that the content is essentially one big list of links, some of the advice given is not only poor, it’s also potentially damaging to our industry.

Tim Van Damme – Interview

Tim talks about his role at Gowalla as well as various questions relating to the design & implementation of Gowallas’ beautiful apps and web presence.

KICKSTARTER

Through Their Eyes

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Since the first time I heard Michael speak I was captivated by his story. Now I am traveling to Southern Sudan to document the building of the Jalle School, one of the first schools being built since the Referendum in January. As I prepared for this trip I began thinking about the local people there in Jalle and I decided I really wanted to give them an opportunity to document this important moment for themselves. The idea was conceived out of a desire that my documentation wouldn’t just have my perspective, but be a collaboration of my work and the work of the participants in this project. In addition, I am creating a short documentary film on the experience of this project; how the participants respond to this experiment and being able to capture images.

WORKSPACE

Dark and Moody

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I’m not entirely sure what kind of awesome work you could do in the stellar environment but, when there are high ceilings and light pouring in count me in…

HAVE A TIP?

Feel free to send us a tip if you think you’ve got the hot stuff. ‘[email protected]

Designer, Maker of Things | Creative Director – @boomtownroi You should follow him on twitter @chadengle .

 

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