Wednesday, 30 March 2011

7 Superb Short Films Shot With Cellphones

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It’s not just music videos that are being shot on cellphones these days. Short films are, too. Even full-length films are being shot on mobile devices — Oldboy director Chan-wook Park’s Paranmanjang will soon be released in movie theaters, for example.

We’ve found seven superb short films — documentary, action, and even the world’s smallest stop-motion movie — that have been shot on cellphones. So, grab some popcorn and have a look through our gallery of great mobile-made clips. Let us know in the comments which ones you like best.

1. BMX

Filmed and edited by Lenaic Marechal on a Nokia N8, this bike-themed short shows off some great BMXing skills, as well as some great cell-phone cinematography.

2. Golden Harvest

Shot on the Panasonic Lumix GH1 and the iPhone 4, this is a lovely montage of harvest-time activity. The director reveals some tricks of the trade in the video description -- the time-lapse shot was snapped on the iPhone attached to a home-made tractor dolly with Legos and Blu-Tack!

3. The Commuter

Shot in four days by the McHenry Brothers, Nokia's official showcase film for the N8 stars some big names -- Pamela Anderson, Ed Westwick, Dev Patel and Charles Dance all make appearances.

4. Apple of My Eye

Director Michael Koerbel shot this entirely on the iPhone 4 and edited it in iMovie -- all within 48 hours. The $103 budget shows how much you can achieve with very little.

5. 156 Turns

Billed as the "first corporate iPhone 4 film," 156 Turns takes you inside the world of motorcycle racing at the 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

6. Dot

Another Nokia-backed project sees "the world's smallest stop-motion animation character" filmed on an N8, thanks to the addition of Professor Fletcher's "CellScope" microscope attachment.

7. Space Balloon

Luke Geissbuhler and his son Max launched an iPhone into space from the unlikely location of Newburgh, NY. They posted this incredible video once the photo made it back down to Earth.

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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

How to Write Web Content Faster

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I was hugely fortunate to develop this skill while running my former web content agency, New Arbor Enterprise. When you’ve got 100+ website articles to crank out in a week, you learn how to synthesize information quickly and
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Monday, 7 March 2011

8 Essential Web Typography Resources

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Over the last eighteen months, the world of web fonts and web typography has absolutely exploded. Modern browsers — on the desktop and on mobile devices — are embracing the WOFF standard, type foundries are adopting web type en masse, and libraries like Google Web Fonts are making it easier for designers and developers of all stripes to use web type in their projects.

The rise of web fonts has coincided with a greater cultural recognition of type in general. The hugely popular documentary Helvetica introduced a brand new audience to the power of type. For users who want to learn more about type and web fonts, the web is full of great resources that offer good examples of typography and explore the history and future of lettering and design.

Here are eight of our favorite sites to help you start or enhance your own education in type.

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Fonts In Use is a beautiful site that, in its own words, aims to "catalog and examine real-world typography."

A collaboration between Sam Berlow, Stephen Coles and Nick Sherman, the site offers insights and deep examinations of typography across various mediums.

This is a great site not just for typography fans, but also for those who want to learn more about what makes for effective typography and effective uses of type.

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First launched in 2007, I Love Typography is the brainchild of John Boardley. The blog now has a host of contributors who highlight great fonts and showcase beautiful type, while also offering the reader a basic education in typography.

Through the years ILT has remained accessible to newcomers and that's why we like it. Be sure to check out Boardley's next project, Codex Magazine, which launches soon.

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Typographica is a site that reviews typefaces and type books. It also offers commentary on fonts and various trends in typographic design.

The site isn't updated on what we would call a "regular" basis, but the content within the site is timeless, making it a great place for type lovers to visit.

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Typophile is a typographic community that has been on the web for nearly a decade. The forums are a fantastic resource for great finds in the world of type, and they're also a great way to get proper feedback from other type lovers and design professionals.

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Think of Typedia as the IMDb of typography -- it's a place where users can learn more about a typeface or font creator. Typedia also functions as a wiki, so anyone can join and add his own images, pages and information to the living, breathing typography tomb.

A must-subscribe-to section of the site is Type News, a weekly overview of the latest type news.

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Maintained by Ralf Hermann (whose own blog is a must read for type lovers), the site manages to be comprehensive and up-to-date. It's also a wiki, which means that others can add their own information and updates to the mix.

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Tim Brown is the type manager at Typekit. He also is responsible for the fantastic font blog and resource, Nice Web Type.

The main Nice Web Type site offers a great collection of past notes and access to Brown's blog, however, we encourage users to also visit the Nice Web Type Tumblr.

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The FontFeed is FontShop's daily feed of typographic goodness. The site is chock-full of type recommendations, font news and great examples of digital type in the real world.

One of our favorite sections of the site is Type Tips, which highlights tips and tutorials, while also showcasing interviews with big names in the type world.

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Rumor: Facebook resumes talks with Skype

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Facebook and Skype are reportedly once again discussing the possibility of integrating the VoIP service into the social network.
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Tech geeks: 2011 directory of who to follow on Twitter

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If you're interested in technology and you want to know who to follow on Twitter, here is a directory of leading tech journalists, commentators, and personalities, divided by categories and...
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Thursday, 3 March 2011

How to Ensure That Your Facebook Wall Posts are SEEN (Edgerank)

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Consider this question: If 60% of your emails went directly to the Spam folder, would you expect significant sales from your email? Of course the answer is no. So why do we expect sales to come from our Facebook Fan relationships? Consumers are not visiting fanpages with great frequency. Most of the traffic occurs when the brand promotes their Facebook page on their website, emails, blog and other vehicles.
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5 Ways to Use New Facebook Page Features to Get More Likes

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There’s been a lot of chatter these last few weeks about all the changes Facebook is rolling out with the upcoming update to Business Pages – which are essentially the Facebook hub for a business, brand or entity. So, we’ve put together five ways you can make the most of the new Facebook Business Page updates with the goal of generating likes and engagement.
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