Backpack PLUS Will Empower Community Health Workers
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Backpack PLUS Will Empower Community Health Workers

A comprehensive toolkit to empower and activate Community Health Workers.

The Third Wave of Computing
Corpus Callosum

The Third Wave of Computing

Hear more from Theo Forbath at MobileCon 2013.

As Myanmar Opens Up, Will Mobile Money Emerge?
frogs on the road

As Myanmar Opens Up, Will Mobile Money Emerge?

Myanmar is easing sanctions and its economy is opening up.

What You Will Find On a Design Researcher's Bookshelf
Interpretations

What You Will Find On a Design Researcher's Bookshelf

Your guide to design research education.

Complexity vs. Simplicity

"Complexity is a place one passes through while searching
a very crowded world of similar but different things.
It becomes simple when one can safely ignore the
differences and pick one. Complexity is a property
of the space of choices. Simplicity is a property of
the act of choosing. "
-- Anonymous, from a Developer Mailing List

Blend Beta Preview Training

My latest training title is now available over at Lynda.com. It is called Expression Blend Beta Preview and it covers all of the basics of using Blend to create WPF applications. At the end you put what you've learned to the test by creating a Flickr photo viewer. Go on over and check it out!

Lee

Read my interview at the FlashDen

I was recently interviewed over at the FlashDen where they asked me various questions relating not only to Flash, but also WPF. Go on over and check it out!

Lee

World’s Biggest Mac Collection?

At frog's Palo Alto headquarters we have a collection of early Macs and concept models that never made it to production, from the years where we worked with Apple in the early/mid-80's. It's pretty cool to look at. However, it is truly dwarfed in terms of quantity by this collection (follow link to see more, a lot more, more than you think reasonably possible)

Big Doings in the World of Home Digital Media

Three big things in the last few days:

  1. Steve Jobs urges music companies to drop DRM. Good. (read)

Killing Them Softly With Their Song: Steve Jobs Jeers the Music Industry

Wow…you gotta love this. In a sort-of-blog-post “hot news” rebuttal to accusations that Apple would lock consumers into its iTunes system (as recently reiterated by a column in the New York Times), Steve Jobs himself defends Apple’s FairPlay DRM solution while at the same time calling on the major record companies – Universal, EMI, Sony BMG, and Warner – to do what many indie-labels already do: license their music to online stores without any DRM-requirements.

Difficult Choices, the first 800×600

I have always been fascinated with ESPN.com. As a lover of sport, it is my de-facto source for information. As an interested observer of web-design principles, it is nearly always a place to look for examples of how a gigantic internet presence is attempting to solve the problems we all face. Some of the decisions made are absolutely questionable, decisions like auto-playing video content on the homepage, but some can offer valuable insights.

It seems that every few months the little corner of the blogosphere inhabited by professional web designers/developers blows up discussing the issue of acceptable resolution sizes. At this point, the defacto standard seems to be 800x600 but many are lobbying and many more are simply designing for 1024x768. I'm not here to weigh in on that battle, but rather to point out how ESPN has decided to parse out their precious 800x600 pixels. Their design is optimized for a wider resolution, but their grid puts their primary content within an 800px boundary.

Take a quick look at this screencap:

ESPN.com homepage - 2/7/07 10am

For most, it has been generally accepted that there is no such thing as a fold in the web. Vertical scrolling has been accepted and should not be looked upon in agony. There is something to be said, however, for making a first impression with your available vertical space. ESPN is using their space for two things: advertisements and brand.

Neither of these things are particularly user-centric. The availability of the navigation is nice, but the content doesn't begin for 235px, which is increased to approximately 335px if you include the users' browser chrome, or more than halfway down the page. I have a friend who used to art direct for ESPN.com and he indicated they received a lot of griping about the number of ads on their site. His response was to remind them that the majority of the content was FREE and they were easily the largest sports site in town.

If the intention is to grab a user's attention when they come to a site and compel them to stay, I'm not sure ads and brand is the best approach. ESPNs brand is fairly well known already and flashing ad banners is no way to retain visitors (even though in this screencap they are promoting internal initiatives, these spaces have been used for external products).

But I don't work there and don't have to live with the harsh realities of life at ESPN.com. I simply find it interesting to observe that they have used what seems to be their most valuable real-estate for two elements that would seem more at home in print or other forms of media.

Dexter Sinister presents (Easily mistaken for the infinity sign) 2/9 9pm

Please come to Dexter Sinister this FRIDAY FEBRUARY 9 2007 for a book
launch of PHILIP, a novel by Mark Aerial Waller, Heman Chong, Cosmin
Costinas, Rosemary Heather, Francis McKee, David Reinfurt, Steve Rushton &
Leif Magne Tangen

and, Larissa Harris will be reading (quietly, in the corner and on a
never-ending loop) "The Seventh Voyage" from Star Diaries: Further
Reminiscences Of Ijon Tichy by Stanislaw Lem

and, Three (quite short) videos are presented by Mai Abu ElDahab (also in
a never-ending loop)

http://www.dextersinister.org/index.html?id=64

Easily mistaken for the infinity sign, the Lissajous Figure is a
horizontal figure-eight named after French physicist and mathematician
Jules Antoine Lissajous (1822-1880). The shape is drawn by plotting a
two-variable parametric equation as it calculates and recalculates itself
over time. The resulting figure is the picture of two systems falling into
and out of phase.

Dexter Sinister
Just-In-Time Workshop & Occasional Bookstore
38 Ludlow Street (Basement)
New York City

Beatriz Colomina @ Sculpture Center 2/11 5pm

Sunday, February 11, 5pm

Beatriz Colomina is an internationally acclaimed theorist, historian of architecture, and Director
of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University. Colomina presents her research
“X-Ray Architecture: Illness as Metaphor,” and shares news of her recent publications.

Sculpture Center

44-19 Purves Street

Long Island City, NY 11101

info@sculpture-center.org

www.sculpture-center.org

February Events @ Storefront for Art and Architecture

Saturday, February 10, 2007 at  6.30 PM
STEVEN HOLL, ALISON SKY, SUZANNE STEPHENS and WILLIAM MENKING
will discuss architectural publishing in New York during the 1970s.

Monday, February 19, 2007 at 7.30 PM
A screening of the Brazilian documentary EDIFICIO MASTER

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 from 6 to 8 PM
Book Signing Party
Sandro Marpillero, JAMES CARPENTER: ENVIRONMENTAL REFRACTIONS
(Princeton Architectural Press/ 2006).

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 from 6.30 to 8.30 PM
SIMPLE, PROTEAN, AND SPONTANEOUS
a symposium on the legacy of Yona Friedman
at The Drawing Center co-presented with Storefront for Art and
Architecture, the first panel includes curator Katherine Carl and
artists  Caitlin Masley and Michael Rakowitz and architectural
historian Nina Rappaport.  The second panel is moderated by Joseph
Grima, Director, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and features
architects Interboro Partners and Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10th at 6:30 PM

STEVEN HOLL, ALISON SKY, SUZANNE STEPHENS and WILLIAM MENKING
will discuss architectural publishing in New York during the 1970s.

in conjunction with the exhibition CLIP/STAMP/FOLD: THE RADICAL
ARCHITECTURE OF LITTLE MAGAZINES 196x - 197x, Storefront for Art and
Architecture is pleased to present the fifth event in the series
LITTLE MAGAZINES / SMALL TALKS.

The New York-based publications Pamphlet Architecture, On Site, and
Skyline each offered a view to a critical moment of transformation
in contemporary architecture in the 1970s and covered the New York

architectural scene at a time when the city served as a crossroads
for an international exchange of architectural ideas, giving voice
to the emerging, yet conflicting definitions of postmodern
architecture.

STEVEN HOLL will speak about the Pamphlet Architecture series which
was founded in 1977 by architects Steven Holl and William Stout as a
venue for publishing the thoughts and works of a younger generation
of architects as an alternative to homogenized architectural
publishing. Each issue was written, illustrated, and designed by a
single architect, which gives each its unique character. Notable
issues in the late 1970s and early 1980s were monographs produced by
Steven Holl, Lebbeus Woods, Zaha Hadid, Mark Mack, and Lars Lerup.
Pamphlet Architecture had an enormous impact and presented the
architects' work, theories, and ideas in modest, affordable
booklets. Pamphlet Architecture is still published and continues to
inspire architects.

SUZANNE STEPHENS will speak about Skyline: The New York Architecture
and Design Review which began monthly publication by the Institute
for Architecture and Urban Studies (IAUS) in New York in 1978.
Andrew MacNair and Craig Owens were editors from 1978 to May 1980,
and after a pause in its publication Suzanne Stephens revitalized
the magazine from October 1981 to March 1983, when it ceased
publication. The magazine's five year run tracks a critical
transformation in contemporary architecture. Its monthly editorial
statement proclaimed: "Published the first day of each month,
Skyline is a central record of events in the New York architectural
community. Its function is triple; the accumulation of information,
the synthesis of that information, and the assessment of its value
and relevance."

ALISON SKY, co-founder and principal of SITE, a public and
environmental arts and architectural design firm will speak about

the ON SITE series of publications. From 1969-1991 she was actively
involved with the conceptual development of SITE's work and
philosophy. Specific areas of work at SITE include project
concepts, design and development of environments, buildings,
interiors, public space, furniture, exhibition concept and design,
clothing design; writing, editing and design of books and
publications. She founded the SITE publication department in 1971
and produced a series of publications entitled ON SITE containing an
examination of new ideas in the environmental arts and architecture,
relating these issues to an interdisciplinary context and the
greater public at large. The ON SITE series, which includes the
book UNBUILT AMERICA, was published between 1971 and 1976.

WILLIAM MENKING is co-founder and co-editor of The Architect's
Newspaper (2003-). He is an architectural historian, writer,
critic, and curator of architecture, urbanism and industrial design.
He wrote a monthly column "Letter From America" for Building Design,
the United Kingdom model for The Architect's Newspaper, for six
years. He has been published in numerous architectural
publications, edited anthologies and museum catalogues and has
curated and organized international exhibitions on postwar
experimental architecture. In the editors' words: "The Architect's
Newspaper emerged from the desire, expressed by most architects we
know, for a publication that speaks directly to them. We hear,
constantly, that architects feel underserved or underwhelmed by
existing design publications. They want something that reflects
their interests and practices. No rah-rah, no puffery. Just useful
information. Insightful, readable criticism. Diverse voices. Open
dialogue."

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2007 at 7:30 PM
People and Buildings Present

a screening of the Brazilian documentary Edificio Master
at Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue (at 2nd Street)
F/V to 2nd Avenue
www.anthologyfilmarchives.org

This screening is a collaboration between Storefront for Art and
Architecture and the the Center for Urban Pedagogy.

People and Buildings is pleased to present a screening of renowned
Brazilian documentary filmmaker Eduardo Coutinho's Edificio Master,
not yet released in the US. Lingering in hallways, doorways, and
apartment interiors, the film documents the banal urban reality of a
massive residential apartment building in Copacabana, Rio. As an
intimate portrait of the residents of Edificio Master and its twelve
floors times 23 studio apartments, the film goes far beyond the
empty clich s so often used to explain Rio, in a masterpiece of
urban anthropology. Coutinho's charming and disarming interviewees
provide at once a microcosm of Brazil's middle class and reason to
get to know those apartment neighbors you've politely ignored until
now.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2007 from 6 to 8 PM
Book Signing Party with James Carpenter and Sandro Marpillero
at Storefront
Sandro Marpillero, James Carpenter: Environmental Refractions
(Princeton Architectural Press/ 2006). $55.00 Hardcover

James Carpenter is an artist and sculptor whose work focuses on
developing new glass and material technologies. His interest in
architecture has evolved into a unique design practice that ranges
from technical glass and materials consulting to designing curtain
walls, roofing systems, bridges, and sculptures. Author Sandro
Marpillero explores the unique opportunities afforded by the
transparency, reflectivity, and compressive strength of glass. With

over 300 images, this book brings to light the work of an exciting
designer crossing the boundaries between architecture, engineering,
and fine arts.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2007 from 6.30 to 8.30 PM
Simple, Protean, and Spontaneous, a symposium on the legacy of Yona
Friedman
at The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street
Co-presented with Storefront for Art and Architecture.
Admission is $5/free for members.

Artists and architects examine Friedman's influence on subsequent
generations of architects, urban planners, and artists through a
discussion of their own work and the fields of drawing and
architecture today.

The first panel, from 6:30 to 7:15 will be moderated by curator
Katherine Carl and will include artists Caitlin Masley and Michael
Rakowitz and architectural historian Nina Rappaport. The second
panel, from 7:30 to 8:30 will be moderated by Joseph Grima,
Director, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and will feature
architects Interboro Partners and Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss.
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