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The Future of Camera Lenses and Listening to Wikipedia

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of August 12th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.

Ideas
Hell is Other People: A 3rd party FourSquare app designed by Scott Garner using FourSquare’s and Google’s API. Scott’s explanation for creating it: “This project is partially a satire, partially a commentary on my disdain for “social media”, and partially an exploration of my own difficulties with social anxiety.”

Listen to Wikipedia: An open source project built by Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud Hashemi using D3 and HowlerJS. It monitors Wikipedia’s feed for recent changes and turns the edits into sounds and animations.

Products
Quip: This product’s simple interface combines documents and messages into a single chat-like “thread” of updates, enabling easy, immediate collaboration. Users can share documents as well as entire folders allowing multiple people to simultaneously edit and discuss in a single, shared workspace. Document edits are added to a thread, which succinctly and visually tells users exactly what has been changed.

Sony’s Lens G: This camera is essentially a lens, a sensor, and all of the accouterments needed to take a photo in a single package, such as an SD card slot and a processor. The cameras will reportedly click onto smartphones, and will connect wirelessly to allow the phone’s display to work as a viewfinder.

Visuals
Archive Font Released: The Entente shows off their new typeface family, Archive, with this striking microsite. Each weight and its corresponding italics was revealed on consecutive days leading up to the launch of the typeface on August 1st.

Dow Smith Studio: The new portfolio site for Jake Dow-Smith is clean and simple yet very unique in the way his work is presented.

Kathrin Köster: Simply the navigational and interactive elements of Kathrin Köster’s portfolio are enough to generate intrigue and enjoyment. Viewers are immediately presented with a strange, almost aquatic sort of parallax effect which showcases Kathrin’s projects in a playful manner. As viewers dive deeper into the site, elements seem to organize themselves nicely enough to maintain an enjoyable and understandable navigational experience.


Levi Brooks is the CEO/Co-founder of Use All Five.
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