Tag Archives: iPad

The power of Apple iBooks

Imagine a classroom where all the books are located on the one device and reading them is a total interactive experience. We have come so far with technology in the last 10 years. Feeling a little old, I remember back to the days when I had to cart text books around, reading and then writing out notes on paper. At the time, I could never have imagined anything so different. The new Apple iBooks allows students to interact with what they are learning. Tapping into more of our senses, making learning, fun, interactive and most of all memorable.

Apple iBooks is also a great tool for writers, making laying out and publishing books incredibly easy with a very professional outcome.

I challenge you to view this video and not feel a little bit jealous of the experience we never got to experience in our school days.

Yours in exploring Apple iBooks.

Belinda

Kid’s know best

How often do you think of something you’d love to do, or a goal you’d be proud to achieve, but you are blocked because you don’t know how? You put it in the too hard basket, because you don’t know where to find the information, training or resources you need.

This little guy, Thomas Suarez, was an inspiration to our team this morning, as we watched this video of his TED talk. He talks about how he approached his goal, to make an iPhone app. Suarez has uploaded two apps to the app store (including the very cool “Bustin Jieber” – a Justin Bieber whack-a-mole) and he’s onto his third!

Very inspiring! If he can do it, so can we!

Yours in learning-from-kids,

Anya

Brio Group’s Christmas Gift Guide

Do you leave your Christmas shopping til the very last moment? Never sure what to get the creative in your family? Never fear, Brio Group have put together our very own creative Christmas gift guide to lead you in the right direction.

Belinda Vesey-Brown, Managing Director

Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography Audiobook,$22.79USD

Make sure it is audio so you can listen where ever you are.. to get in all 25 hours of insight on this amazing entrepreneur.

Amber, Studio Manager

Frankie Magazine 2012 Daily Journal, $24.95

This is for the organiser of your family. They’ll look forward to opening it up everyday and getting that warm fuzzy feeling from the beautifully crafted and designed spreads. It is too pretty to pass up! – Get in quick! It is sold out online but still available at some local newsagents or NationState.

Lee, Web Developer

Canvas Pop Instagram Prints, prices start at $29.95USD

 Now you can turn your artistic filter-applied images in to your own pieces of art for the whole family. Printed on canvas and framed, a personalised gift for your loved ones is just a few clicks away!

Craig Brien, Art Director

iLuv Professional iPad case with bluetooth keyboard, $63.60USD


Michael Taylor, Design Account Manager

A day at the Thai Foot Spa

This spa located in New Farm is the first of its kind in Australia and is a blissful escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Who wouldn’t love to be given a relaxing day at the spa on Christmas morning? Rejuvenate the creative juices with a selection of treatments that promote inner peace, well-being and good health. Treatments range from 30 mins to an indulgent half day! It’s the festive season – so why not have a champas and order from the mouthwatering menu…

Dawn Wilson, Senior Designer

Typodarium 2012 Calendar, $16.80EURO (approx $22.16AUD)

This is an awesome typography calendar for all lovers of design and type. There’s a tear away for everyday of the year showcasing a different typeface, giving you a daily dose of inspiration and beauty.

Tanya, Senior Designer

Frankie Magazine Subscription, $57

Angie, Office Manager

Henri Matisse Les Velours Framed Serigraph, $325USD

Although at the higher end of the budget, this beautiful Matisse piece would be a great gift for any true fan of his work.


Anya, Senior Designer


Yellow Bird Project Indie Rock Colouring Book, $10
The Indie Rock Coloring Book, designed by Andy J Miller, is an interactive and creative present for any music lover, it doesn’t matter how old they are. It includes 25 hand illustrated designs and games that reference the likes of Devendra Banhart, Bloc Party, The National and heaps of other indie rockers. And best of all, it’s for charity!

 

Justine, Digital Strategist / Digital Account Manager

Aardvarkonsea Manifesto, $40USD

Kindle Fire vs. iPad – Who will win?

Wow! It now really looks like the tablet wars are spicing up which is really exciting. Amazon will let loose the Kindle Fire their answer to the Apple iPad, in November this year.

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 Now what could be better on the Kindle Fire than on the iPad I hear you asking? Well… From what I can see, not much.

It has a smaller screen, less memory, less battery life (and just these three are making me think it may not actually be worth getting one). I do admit though, I don’t have any tablet device right now, although I have been looking over the last few months, but cannot justify getting one until it has something that I will actually use on a day to day basis that I can’t really do with ALL my other Apple devices such as iPhone’s, MacBook Pro’s, AppleTV’s etc… and the list goes on.

BUT, in saying all this, when I first looked at the Kindle Fire, it actually got my interest purely because it was cheap, looks pretty good, and I can get pretty much everything on it I can on a iPad. The Kindle Fire also backs up everything on it to the Amazon cloud automatically via WiFi so you don’t loose all your data. No need to plug that baby in to a computer like every other Apple device ;)

Mashable writer Lance Ulanoff does not think it will be very successful though.

“Will it beat the Apple iPad? Unlikely”, Mr Ulanoff said.

And you know what? I tend to agree with him. Apple sold over 28 million iPads from April 2010 to June 2011.

Yours in tablets (once again),
Lee.

Typographers Dream

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“Designers, type enthusiasts and people who love to explore the world of typography, better take a seat before hearing – FontBook, the most complete reference guide of typography in the world, is now available as an App for iPad!”

– Halex Pereira for MacMagazine Brazil (translated from Portuguese)

As if I didn’t need yet another reason to go out and buy myself an iPad (yes I’m proud to say, I am a big Apple fan). When the iPad came out I told myself that I didn’t need one. I felt it was just a glorified iPhone and I already had one of those, but month by month my mind is being changed and now with exciting Apps, like this one on offer from FontBook, I find myself jealous of those who already have one, perhaps it’ll have to be a Christmas present from Santa this year!

This great App delivers 620,000 font specimens – 19 times more than the printed FontBook 4, which only had 32,000. You can use this app to look up and view fonts by typeface name, typeface classification, designer name, foundry name, year or publication, or by similarity of design. This App is like a designers dream, especially those in love with typography. What better tool do you need to flick through and preview thousands and thousands of typefaces.

Check it out or download it for yourself at http://fontbook.com/

Yours in typography,
Dawn

15 billion apps sold!

Apple has announced that they have surpassed 15 billion app downloads, handed out over $2.5 billion to developers and have sold more than 200 million iOS devices.

This puts it on par with the Apple iTunes store who recently announced that they reached 15 billion downloads.

Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing Philip Schiller said “In just three years, the revolutionary App Store has grown to become the most exciting and successful software marketplace the world has ever seen. Thank you to all of our amazing developers who have filled it with over 425,000 of the coolest apps and to our over 200 million iOS users for surpassing 15 billion downloads.”

Yours in being a proud Apple fan,
Lee

Handy apps to complete your “Rest of the Year” resolutions

 

Who made a New Year’s resolutions list on the 1st January 2011 and totally forgot about most of them by the 4th January 2011? Well it’s not too late to put those great intentions back into practice. As Rodney Chester states in his Radar story in today’s Courier Mail, “Today is the 186th day of the year and since the weekend, we have been closer to the end of the year than we were to the beginning”. Well that doesn’t make me feel any better about it. You are either halfway through completing your resolutions or running out of time to put them off.

Radar is introducing a new tradition – the mid-year resolutions, otherwise know as the new year resolutions that you forgot about, but they are also offering some assistance to help you complete the year with ease. Yes, they have offered information on 10 handy apps on almost every topic to help you get your life back on track. It even includes a Bucket List app.

The list below is courtesy of the Radar section in the Brisbane Courier Mail.

1. MyFitnessPal (www.myfitnesspal.com)
The idea behind this is simple. Record everything you eat, and all the exercise you can do and see if your input outweighs your output. What probably makes the system so popular is that it has free apps for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows phone, so wherever you are you can log your food and drink intake as you go.

2. SmartCoach Mobile
The popular running magazine Runner’s World has launched an app (Android, iPhone) to help you set out a training schedule that could have you making the distance in your first fun run.

3. Livestrong Myquit Coach
Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong anti-cancer group is behind this physician-approved way of decreasing your cigarettes. This app (iPhone, iPad) has lots of positive reviews from people who say it has helped them kick the habit.

4. iXpenslt
It’s not only the start of the second half of the year, it’s also a new financial year. If keeping track of your spending is a problem, this (iPhone, iPad) app could help. Just tap it in every time you spend something, indicate what category, and come tax time it will generate a report.

5. 52 Organising Missions
Sometimes the simple act of tidying your desk can help you focus on the job at hand. So how focused could you be if you tidied your life? This iPad-only app takes you through various tidying challenges (like how to declutter 50 items from your home, five steps to detoxing your car) which could transform you.

6. My Christmas Gift List
Remember last Christmas when you got to the week before and it was a hectic rush, you vowed never to do again? This app (iPhone, iPad) will help you count down to Christmas by letting you list what gifts you want for those special people in your life. All you’ve got to do is buy them and tick them off.

7. Bucket List
This app (iPhone, iPad) gives you a template for your “Things to do before I kick the bucket” list. The examples are “buy a house” and “climb Everest”.

8. Mr Positive
Sometimes you can have trouble recognising your good points. This app (iPhone, iPad) presents you with one of 20 positive phrases to get you through the day. Of course the irony is if an app is the only thing telling you positive things, then you really need this app. Cost:

9. Communication skills to improve your relationship
This app (iPhone, iPad) is just a very simple list of tips, from “tone of voice is key” to “respond properly”. Seems like common sense but maybe not to everyone.

10. Conversation Starters – iTopics2:

Well it seems they have covered EVERYTHING. I am now armed with everything I need to revisit the hopes, dreams and wishes I set in motion at the beginning of the year and make some sweeping lifestyle changes just in time for 2012.

Yours in Rest of the Year Resolutions

Angie Rapisarda.

 

iCloud? What is it?

Apple have, in my opinion, created one of the best things for people on the go and even the everyday person: iCloud.

iCloud stores your music, photos, calendars, documents and more! It then pushes all of them to all your devices, enabling you to view anything created on your iPhone, on your iPad the next day at work. You don’t need to tell it to sync – instead, it just works!

For the photo-lovers out there, as soon as you take a photo, iCloud will automatically send it to all your devices over any available Wi-Fi network including Apple TV so you can share the memories with your friends with ease.

Currently, there is a Beta version for iTunes music where you can download all purchases to all devices. And you can even download previous purchases! However, this nifty device is only available in the US at the moment.

I can’t wait for this to happen. I reckon it will be the best thing Apple have done in many years.

Yours in iCloud,
Lee

Is your brand a fractal?

Influenced by Lee’s original blog about fractals, I started to think about how fractals can be used for brands. I came to the conclusion that fractals are a good paradigm / framework to model your brand.

The definition of a fractal according to Hyperdictionary is:

A rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be subdivided in parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a smaller copy of the whole. Fractals are generally self-similar (bits look like the whole) and independent of scale (they look similar, no matter how close you zoom in).

If a brand is the total experience you get from interacting with a product or company, then a good brand will emanate a consistent message or culture both internally and externally. By taking a fractal point of view when creating a brand, we can design total experiences where all aspects, large and small, reinforce each other.

If your brand is a fractal, then any interaction with part of the brand will reflect the interaction with every other part of the brand, as well as the complete brand itself.

An example of a fractal brand is Apple.

As a whole, the Apple brand exudes a culture of lifestyle, imagination, innovation, quality, aspirations and empowerment through technology. Apple is a successful brand because they maintain this culture at all contact points. Their TVCs stimulate the imagination and promote the liberation found in their innovative products; the interior design of their stores give the feeling of quality and usability, as does their website; the staff are knowledgable and continue the theme of empowerment as they cheer for you when you’ve bought a product.

Is your brand a fractal? Look at ways to integrate all aspects of your brand, from your logo design through to how the phone is answered.

Yours in fractals,
Anya

(Image courtesy of Julia Map)

ACP launch Magshop app

In the design industry we regularly hear that print is a dying media. Bad news for a magazine publisher right? … Maybe not! ACP Magazines have embraced the digital age and expanded their online magazine store with the launch of a digital newsstand app for the iPad. This app allows you to browse their titles and download a digital range of 16 ACP mags to read on your iPad, including Good Food, Money, Wheels, Dolly, Cleo, Street Machine, Recipes +, and Rolling Stone.

The app is free, but obviously you have to pay for the digital versions of the magazines. Additionally, they’ve developed individual apps for four of the more popular magazines, which you can also purchase through the Magshop app. These apps include extras that you won’t get in the print editions, for example the Women’s Weekly app includes a behind-the-scene videos from the magazine’s celebrity shoots, cooking demonstrations, etc.

“Audiences should be able to access our great mastheads anywhere, and at any time, and the release of this application is the next step in our broader digital distribution strategy,” said ACP Magazines managing director, Phil Scott.

“Magazines have always been a highly engaging medium and tablet devices provide us exciting opportunities to connect with our readers on this platform.”

(Quotes sourced from: www.adnews.com.au)

But if you prefer a hard copy, you can also order or renew your print subscription using the Magshop app.

Yours in app-love,

Anya