Hi, a real human interface.

September 30, 2009

This is a really good idea executed brilliantly. “A real human interface” – basically a human in a box being a computer. Not just any any old human; one with thick glasses and a spinning rainbow loading/freezing circle so you know it’s a mac.

Am I sold because it uses cardboard props? Not solely. It’s got nice style (the hand-pushed loading bars, the small bits of ham floating around, nice use of selotape, and silly nice details like the windcatcher), and I like that it pretends to be interactive, even if isn’t.

By the clever people at multitouch-barcelona.com

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I stumbled across this interesting agency site recently. Nice interactive design – draw some shapes and their photos/portfolio appear. You can drag the layers around, and view them separately with a layer palette style thing at the top. If you’re patient and wait for the instructions, you’ll find you can also get news and search. The news feature is pretty cool.

It’s initially very distracting (although I’m not sure if that’s a good thing), so I’ve only just checked what the site’s for: a company called magneticNorth.

I’d be interested in a second opinion on this site though: How do you rate it?

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My colleague Lee has exciting weekends. He likes to stick headphones together using sandwich bags and invent ‘tangle proof headphones’ with youtube video presentations explaining how they work.

Today he is pleased because his name is all over the net.

He’s about to hit 100,000 views in 3 days (even without featuring lego, star wars, or William Shatner in any way) and the idea’s been featured in Pocket-Lint, Gizmo Watch, and Core 77, amongst others.

I made a cruel joke and said Stephen Fry has tweeted about it. He hadn’t, and I’m very sorry Lee.

Unfortunately, it’s now impossible to patent the idea since it’s on public display, but his name’s streaking google so it’s not so bad for three days. Guess those PR skills have pay off.

His site is leewashington.com and the video’s below. It’s a bit plain says Steve, so we suggest maybe adding a Drum n Bass overlay. And even if it is a catchier name, he gets upset if you refer to them as “sandwich bag headphones.”