Tuck into this little bitty on Sunday…if you dare. Full recipe and story at the NYT here, but these photos alone from an @home production should inspire the Iron Chef within us all. (Plus the “Bacon Explosion” as it is officially called, was created by an Internet marketer who utilized Twitter to push people to [...]
As the nation plows into what promises to be a challenging 2009, this weekend America and the world get to return to a slight sense of normalcy by eating large amounts of chow, asking “which team is wearing red?” and putting those smarties on Madison Avenue through their paces for the commercials they offer up [...]
Barack Obama wasn’t the only big winner of the past few months. Chicago-based Sol Sender–of the digital brand consultancy and design studio that bears his name–didn’t do too badly either. In partnership with motion-design studio Mode, Sender and his firm developed what is now the most iconic political campaign symbol in American history: the Obama [...]
When did you last water your plants? How’s your bonsai tree doing today? Is the Ficus benjamina okay, did you make sure it has enough water for the weekend?
Caring for your plants is now easier, thanks to New York -based Botanicalls. Just get your green friends a bunch of Twitter accounts and install Botanicalls kits [...]
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“Agency of Record” is a very funny webseries detailing the inner workings of a the fictional Ad Agency “WTF Worldwide”. Everything from bumbling creatives, virtual conference rooms, extreme deadlines to fictional product lines featuring energy drinks, snack cakes & children’s toy is covered. It’s a hilarious tongue-in-cheek look into the [...]
Waiting for more deets, but this is what we have…from Sam:
samaman Congrats team lust!! (and my buddies the sloths)1 minute ago from TwitterFon
Team LUST Wins!! (Thx to J. Heughens for the info)
Representing every office. Top Prize for Camp Organic 15 goes to:
Phil Shih – DET
Nicholas Barnett – TOR
We have a winner after intense debates!! Great Camp O everyone. Hold for the official announcement.2 minutes ago from Tweetie
samamanMan, I have jitters and I know how this ends.4 minutes ago from TwitterFon
The final day of Camp begins! The Lounge is packed with Campers most of which were too nervous to eat or the food wasn’t that great! Anyhow Team Gluttony is up first.
Team Envy just finished their presentation and now celebrating their Camp O experience!
–Jennifer Van Pelt
Tweets From Sam-DET:
Pride and anger. Lunch. Greed and sloth.27 minutes [...]
LAS VEGAS — So people are likely still working away, putting the finishing touches on their presentations…or — perish the thought — decided to scrap it and start over anew (bless you brave, campers.) But somewhere, every time Shane wins a hand, an angel gets its wings.
Here’s our last report of the night…stay tuned here [...]
This past Friday I attended The New York Times Developer Network’s inaugural API seminar. The event was aimed at promoting their roster of existing APIs and launching a new one, for their Times People social network. Organizers had hoped to use the event as a way to reach out to independent developers who would, in [...]
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Designer Mike Rohde was hired to created real time sketchnotes for this year’s SXSW. I am only on slide eight and my eyes are wide:
1. Love the way this tells the story of SXSW.
2. SXSW’s brand is catapulted thanks to this and similar types of UGC. What happens when great [...]
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BRACKET-ON-THE-DALES, Okla. — As D-Raupp drops it [...]
Since I work on a financial account, it’s cool to see something outside of banking that could impact everyday life just as ATMs did. Hence, I heard about an interesting device involving Medicine 2.0: The Virtual Practice Project. Massachusetts General Hospital is developing this computerized kiosk that physicians hope can help bring some relief to the [...]
TOURNEY HILLS, Tenn. — After several big-tymer-style upsets, DRaupp from D-troit has managed to cling to a thin lead, while losing Memphis as one of his Final Four picks. Hard to say what might happen today.
Can he hang in?
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The Conservation Fund, Organic’s carbon offset vendor, has partnered with iPhactory and Ecolife Apparel to launch iPhorest, a new iPhone app that helps the environment by planting real live trees.
By downloading the app, the user activates a seedling both virtually and physically. For each virtual tree planted, The Conservation Fund will plant a native tree [...]
While I don’t travel nearly as much as some of my coworkers, who are on the road for what seem to be weeks at a time, I do my fair share of traversing the landscape by means of air travel. And as the multitude of banks and financial institutions has collaborated on travel award cards, [...]
What do you get when you put together some kids, sugar, glitter glue and video cameras? This year’s Bring Your Kids To Work Day in SF! We had 16 kids join us and the age group was under 10 years old. The day started off with a photo op of the kids with their parents. [...]
The Cloud Mirror from eric gradman on Vimeo.
I’ve been drawn to the new augmented reality stuff that is going around. I think this is sure to be an up and coming technology that’ll be used a lot in advertising.
I recently came across one in particular that raises many questions: The Cloud Mirror. It’s an art [...]
Typical Bring Your Kids to Work day schedule: 9 am: Breakfast: Juice box and confetti-sprinkled donut 9:15 am Sticky face and fingers clean-up9:30 am Sugar buzz while coloring on recycled office paper10:30 am Steep sugar crash accompanied with complaints that all Dad does is “stare at a computer screen all day.” During this year’s Bring [...]
As part of Toronto’s Earth Day 20-Minute Makeover, last Friday, Toronto Organics rolled up their sleeves, donned latex gloves and set upon the filthy streets to do our part for the environment.
The task was small but the results were astonishing, after 20 minutes the team had collected more than 10 garbage bags full of [...]
Three Wolf Moon and the Cult of the Sarcastic Amazon.com Review
Three. Wolf. Moon. If you recognize the three words, then you probably know at least part of the story. If you don’t, it is the digital equivalent of a butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon and six months later that action directly resulting in [...]
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News sources reported earlier this week that the TV networks just might be developing a series based on Twitter.
It sounds like it would be unscripted, competitive and non-professional talent. The description is vague, but it leaves me wondering how it’d really work.
The CastWould just anyone be able to participate or would it be [...]
T-Mobile has partnered with Bill Shrink, a startup that aims to help users lower credit card, mobile phone, and gas costs by analyzing their usage habits. They seem to have a solid recommendation engine that takes into account enough variables to produce a genuinely helpful result, at least in the cell phone and credit card [...]
The great words of Joel Bauer… “it isn’t about being liked, it’s about being effective.”
Now I would argue that the greatest advantage today is in being both. In a time where our online social world is filled with endless noise, there is a lot competing for human attention. And as wrong as this [...]
In the first post of the series, Sarah Jo made a bold point: if you are socializing online, “you’re a community manager — managing yourself as a brand.” It’s easy to forget but often the what comes up on our Google results page or conversations on Twitter are the way many people are introduced [...]
into the herd through social media has been a goal for investors for some
time. Collective Intellect (founded in
2005 for this sole purpose) and Dow Jones Insights are listening platforms that
specialize in this area. Late last year Stocktwits became the first Twitter based service based on investment discussion and has been driving
change in the way that [...]
Ford is responding to the recent Cash for Clunkers legislation with a mini-site that provides information on the program. More importantly, they have a selector that will help you determine whether your current vehicle qualifies as a clunker. If it does qualify they display the Ford vehicles that will achieve MPG gains to [...]
Have you heard of Layer Tennis? In short it’s two creatives going head to head in battle of skills. The match involves both combatants swapping a single file back & forth in realtime with 15 minutes to complete their “volley”. After each volley, commentary is provided by an independent [...]
Caterina Fake, who previously cofounded the photo-sharing site Flickr has cofounded a new search engine named Hunch, which launched Monday 6/15/09.
What differentiates Hunch from other search engines is that rather than focusing on delivering an answer to specific questions (Where can I get Chinese takeout, 10018) Hunch seeks to deliver recommendations to less defined questions [...]
Not only is Organic getting greener, the company is giving back to the community through flash local actions – minus the glam factor because picking up trash doesn’t count as edgy street stuff yet. To honor the Summer Solstice, twenty fearless San Francisco Organics took to the streets on Monday June 22, 2009 at noon. [...]
During intense pitch work, you’re pretty likely to forget to eat dinner. Luckily, a late night smorgasbord tends to magically appear at just the right time, and it’s often put together by Debbie K. Here’s Casey enjoying one such spread, which included everything from pretzels to tiramisu.
If you weren’t a sponsor or weren’t present at the BlogHer ‘09 conference July 23-25 in Chicago, then you missed a huge opportunity to talk to thousands of women that could potentially send you quadruple that in leads.
I had the opportunity to attend the Business portion of the conference, which turned out some useful case [...]
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For the past few years, the publishing industry has undeniably experienced turmoil – shrinking circulation, declined ad sales, and an aging reader base. Today, younger consumers are accustomed to consuming content through digital channels, both online and through their mobile phones. Consumers crave real-time information and a social experience. [...]
Digital divide refers to the societal and knowledge gap between the people with effective access to digital information, and those who do not have ready access. It was once a hot topic, but does not get much air time these days. Is it because people have become jaded about the subject or are too [...]
New York-based UX designer and writer Whitney Hess recently listed her top ten user experience design blogs for blogs.com. Whitney’s list includes Joshua Porter’s Bokardo, Michael Angeles’ Konigi, and David Armano’s Logic + Emotion, as well as Jared Spool’s Brain Sparks and Catriona Cornett’s InspireUX.
I think I could drop some of Whitney’s choices and make [...]
Have you found digital radio to be a good place to discover new music? Regrettably I haven’t. I use three music services, one of which I pay for, two of which are advertising-supported. I’ve been a Rhapsody subscriber for about three years and have come to love the ability to listen to nearly whatever I [...]
With Yelp's Monocle Easter Egg
Editor’s Note: Augmented reality has been a hot topic on the blogs lately as the release of iPhone OS 3.1 is supposed to enable use of the camera, GPS, and compass to layer virtual data over our physical world. While this is not supposed to be live yet, Mashable just announced [...]
Eagle Point Dr, Sherwood, Pulaski, Arkansas
On the blog Art Fag City, there is a fantastic photo essay from the IMG MGMT series featuring a recent work by Jon Rafman, a Canadian artist previously known for his Kool-Aid Main in Second Life project. His current series called the Nine Eyes of Google Street View features [...]
YOSEMITE — We were sightseeing and checking out the Ahwahnee hotel when part of the granite mountainside behind the hotel began to crumble. It sounded like gunfire. Made the windows in the hotel shake. The workers immediately evacuated the hotel. Car alarms were going off. Smoke from the slide poofed up in a big cloud. [...]
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Today’s New York Times business section features an article on Twitter. Specifically, it discusses how much its growth in popularity is being fueled not by teens – the usual source of exponential growth in new Internet technologies – but by adults, more specifically those over thirty. My colleagues have been pointing this out [...]
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Lord Byron said about card games that “one can game ten times longer than one can do anything else.” But what could card games do in the planning of online services?
Cards, if not really in a game-like manner, have been used to help plan the information architecture for websites for a long time. [...]
Marketers often ask why QR code technology for mobile phones (and other 2D barcode tech) hasn’t made it to the mainstream in North America. There have been a few notable efforts, some of which are still ongoing, but for the most part the technology remains esoteric and unused.
There’s a very good reason for this. In [...]
It seems as though iPhone junkies and coffee junkies are a match made in heaven. Starbucks recently launched two new applications for the iPhone that make it easy for customers to user their mobile to get their daily coffee fix.
The first application, myStarbucks, makes it possible allows customers to remember their friend’s favorite drink, [...]
There was an interesting piece on npr last week about the impact of social media on the courtroom. What’s really amazing is how HR people and lawyers are suddenly all over social media and the implications to their respective worlds. And, these insights are turning into a business in and of themselves. As Organic’s Executive [...]
This Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Together with the Ottawa National Capital Marathon and the Toronto GoodLife Fitness Marathon, it’s one of the biggest race events in Canada and an official qualifier for Boston.
I’ll be running the full marathon, which starts at 7:30am, together with over 2500 others. I’m also [...]
A couple of articles that came out recently – one from TechCrunch and another from MIT’s Technology Review – sparked a lot of healthy debate here at Organic.
How useful and reliable are ratings and reviews? Do super users bunk up the system? Or are these systems simply set up to fail?
According to TechCrunch, five-star ratings [...]
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Network neutrality in the US is a contentious issue with a long and detailed history. President Obama is a strong supporter of the principle, while the Bush administration saw it as “regulatory restraints [which] can inefficiently skew investment, delay innovation and diminish consumer welfare.” But the whole idea behind “network neutrality” [...]
As if this weren’t just the bee’s knees enough for you, it was followed shortly after by this email:
To: det-all-members Subject: FYI No Fog Machines Allowed
Sorry I checked with the building managers and we are not allowed to use Fog Machines in the building
Debbie KlaftManager, OperationsOrganic, Inc.
Audi Car Configurator on Surface @ IAA 2009 from Neue Digitale / Razorfish on Vimeo.
Interaction on a touch screen has come a bit closer to the mainstream with iPhone interaction and news casters using them for presentations. The Audi configurator for Microsoft surface is an interesting next step for automotive configuration.
The Audi surface demo has [...]
Is Twitter a social network or blog? That’s how the conversation started here at Organic…and it blew up from there.
A Social NetworkIf you consider the definition of a blog from Wikipedia, most of us would agree that a blog it is not. Look at their social network definition. It connects individuals by “one or more [...]
Personal branding is a big buzz term. And I totally agree that it’s important. How you present yourself across various social media and other online platforms will make a big difference in your work and personal life. We first wrote about being your own Community Manager on threeminds back in May. And ReadWriteWeb recently talked [...]
Many smartphones have for years featured front-facing VGA quality cameras, in addition to the better back-facing cams for snapping (more or less) better photos. However, there aren’t very many places in the world where video calls between mobiles have really taken off, and bridging video calls between phones and computers has been virtually impossible.
Fring is [...]
Luxury goods is a heated topic on the web lately. First Burberry’s new “Art of the Trench” campaign became a heated discussion on threeminds and last week the New York Times published two articles pointing to the allure of luxury online.
One discusses how luxury goods retailers are reducing inventories and discounts and are still selling [...]
I am currently singing the praises of the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen. It ranks right up there with my iPhone, mino HD Flip videocamera, and TechSmith’s Morae software …. in making my life simpler; yet, significantly more productive. If you aren’t familiar with it, you can see a full demo of [...]
(drawing via designofsites.com)
Here’s a discussion of page folds in Web design and user experience. And we’re presenting it as it happened because we are cutting edge. Feel free to pipe in, take issue, make a point, agree, disagree or even compliment anywhere you feel like it.
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Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2009 10:55 AM
A few weeks ago, I noticed on the right rail of my Facebook newsfeed that two of my friends had become fans of the Greek-style yogurt Fage (pronounced ‘Fa-yeh’, which I think is pronounced like a street version of ‘Fire’ as in the Springsteen tune). It was pretty interesting, because over the past year, I’ve [...]
Since the OS 3.0 release for iPhone last September, the number of available mobile augmented reality (AR) apps has grown quite a bit. We’ve talked about a few of them on threeminds throughout the year:• Yelp’s app • Nokia’s Point and Find • Virtual Tennis
AR is a new type of UI (and user experience), [...]
This year, Mother London put together a Christmas card that communicates the real spirit of this ancient celebration better than anything else I’ve seen in a long while. Give it a watch to see what I mean. With this, I want to wish a peaceful, merry, absolutely awesome holiday time, winter solstice and celebration to [...]
It was a star studded evening as the
“Glorious Adsters” strolled up the red carpet to partake in a night of star
studded glamour. As is typical for these events, the paparazzi were there
in full tow. Each one clamoring to get the best shot and shouting
inquisitions as to what designers the “Glorious Adsters” were wearing on the