Last night I tweeted that someone had sent me some fifthly images and that I would name them this morning. Well, that person was friend of the site Engage Sports Mode and this is what he sent!
Dirty thing! Well actually, in environmental terms, it’s very clean because this is a 4.0 litre twin-turbo charged HYBRID! When fossils and electrons work together it generates the best part of 700 horsepower, 800 lb-ft of torque. That will rocket you along to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and on to 187 mph top speed. All while emitting a Congestion Charge exempt 59 grams of CO2 per kilometre and achieving 113 mpg.
Madness! German Madness!
It’s a concept at this point, but Audi have been playing with the Quattro Concept for about 3 years and given the engineering that’s brought it this far, it’s safe to assume that a limited run (probably all Left hand drive) will be made for a rather expensive £130,000 to £150,000. This drive train is probably a sound indication of where the next R8 will go power wise, or it may be stuffed in to the rumoured R10. As for the styling, well, I did say the A5 is due a new look.
Earlier this month I had the pleasure of speaking at the Refresh Teesside event in Middlesbrough. This post is a little breakdown of what I said in my 5 minutes of fame and why I think this is such an important event.
This was my third time at Refresh this year. It’s a monthly get together of creative types from all over the Teesside area. There are people who come in from further a field as well. That’s important to note, as the North East was (recently accidentally) described in the Lords as ‘desolate’. After attending events like Refresh, you will know this to be completely wrong.
My feeling after the first Refresh I attended was bewilderment. I knew there were many people in the North East in the creative industry, I am one, but I had no idea it was a strong as it is. The recent economic history has affected the North East harder than most other parts of the UK. Seeing the resilience of local businesses, championing the region was, frankly, heart-warming. From then on, I was in! Read More »
With a week before the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off, I was impressed with my self that I had managed to hold off from putting up an article about the speculation around new features in the forthcoming version of iOS.
I had engaged in some speculation, yes. I pulled a little prank on Twitter a few weeks back, claiming to have a ‘leaked’ image of iOS7′s flat design.
With the cinema release of Iron Man 3 this week (in the UK), I thought I’d take some time to talk about when I became Iron Man (or Iron Mark, if you will).
Back in February, a website launched ( www.becomeironman.com ) saying it would soon require testers to sign up. Over a month later, the registrations went live. Your were asked for some basic information about yourself and asked to pick a ‘testing’ location. At this location, you would be trying out the new Mark XLII (42) Iron Man amour.
As you can expect, a geek like my self could not pass up that opportunity! Luckily, the first test centre happened to be quite close and was only two weeks away from sign up.
When the day rolled round, my self and my friend and fellow tester headed to the MetroCentre, Gateshead. Here’s what we saw:
With there barely being a week go by without the collapse of a British retail business, it should be hitting home to the remaining companies that they need to evolve or they will go the same way.
The death throes that have been all over the news over the last few months have all had a common thread. Comet, Jessops, Game, HMV and Blockbuster. All of them have been large retail names, selling products that evolved faster than the stores that stock them. Comet and Jessops had overheads that meant they could never compete with the likes of Amazon and a growing group of eBay stores. Game, HMV and Blockbuster are facing their markets being eaten up by streaming services (Netflix, LoveFilm and Spotify) and online purchasing (iTunes, Steam and Google Play).
Just think, 5 years ago, the idea of sitting on the bus and downloading the latest album from your favourite band seemed like a far off future. Here we are, 5 years later and Apple have announced they have sold their 25th Billion song on iTunes. Yes, the iTunes Store was around long before iOS, but with over 500 Million iOS devices out there in users hands, it’s clear that iOS was a shot in the arm.
It’s fair to say that content; Games, Music, Films, TV, etc.. Are on their way to becoming a completely digital product. Read More »
Looking at how Apple’s designers evolve a product is something we’ve not seen before in this detail.
There has always been a mystery around Apple and it’s products and not matter how much that has slipped in recent years, knowing what they are up to and how they are thinking eludes the best of us.
The current court case between Apple and Samsung is currently raging on, with some fairly damming info coming out about Samsung’s practices. But the most important thing that has come out for me thus far though, has to be the design documents from Apple.
The information that has been released is like looking in to the mind of a company. Steve Job’s gift to the world wasn’t one product, it was the company. So to be able to see how it forms its ideas and develops products is vastly important for anyone wanting to emulate that success.
As a designer, the information that is being brought to the public is rather familiar. It all starts with an idea. The concept is then feverishly sketched and developed. If it makes the cut, it get’s worked up digitally. Challenges and issues hold back other ideas as much as they drive others forwards. Then comes the prototype. Does it work? could it work? could it be better? Read More »
Ok, hear me out. This isn’t speculation on a deal that I have heard via 9th connection or something. Nor is it an idea that has been confirmed by either of the companies actions. All it is a question.
Sometimes though, how the question came in to being can be as interesting as the answer. Allow me to elaborate.
At the turn of the millennium, there were three massive names in the world of design (in its widest possible sense of the word) software; Adobe, Macromedia and Quark. Each company was really best know for their stand out products. Their unique selling points. Adobe had Photoshop, Macromedia had Dreamweaver and Quark had Quark Xpress. Each was unique in what it could do and how to an extent they were used simultaneous to create the first digital and print unified work flows. (Yes, Macromedia was also famed for Flash and equally Adobe with Illustrator.) Read More »
Announcing the Heads Up Display Open Design Project!
Allow me to explain just what’s going on here. This section of the website is going to be dedicated to my open design project (ODP) where I’ll be exploring ideas for wearable heads up displays.
Well, Google, Valve and Oakley have all made waves recently announcing (and in Google’s case, showing) that they are developing technologies to commercialise wearable computers to give us all a real world, usable, heads up display. With these companies entering the fold and rumors of Apple developing a wearable accessory, its not hard to imagine that the next platform war will be very public and holds one of the largest levels of potential than the ones that have come and gone. (Let’s also make note that Microsoft would be daft not to be considering entering this race, so you can bet they are working on this technologies as well – I’d also put money on it that Samsung are looking in to it.)