Responsive architecture

blog_image_responsive-wall1.jpgAs I was expanding my knowledge of Responsive Design for the web, I came across some experiments architects are doing with ‘responsive architecture’  an emergent discipline. One of them is FinRay, a prototype for an emotive wall. Not only beautiful, but amazing in how it works: through movement, light, and sound this structure interacts with crowds as they approach it.

LED lights located on the surface of the ‘wall’ become brighter as one gets closer, and dim down as one walks away. As well, the waves in which the wall moves synchronize with the motion produced by human presence. To reinforce that, synchronicity in behavior between wall and humans are represented by calmer sounds, while asynchronous behaviors produce more intense sound.

That need to advance interactivity between users and interfaces to more sophisticated levels  and I mean sophisticated as more intelligent designs, designs that anticipate the need of the user and then adjust  is also being felt in the realm of web design. With so many different (mobile) devices available now, layout design is about to step up to the next level. It’s very exciting. We will be talking soon more about Responsive Web Design as it develops now through its early stages. Stay tuned.

Posted by on September 29, 2011 with no comments yet

A library of free icons

blog_image_noun-project.jpgI love icons. But sometimes it’s so hard to find good ones (especially for free). Well, here is an amazing collection of symbols called the Noun Project (I supposed because you can relate a noun to an icon through a search?).

According to their mission this project “collects, organizes and adds to the highly recognizable symbols that form the world’s visual language, so we may share them in a fun and meaningful way.”

The Noun Project pledges simple and fun icons, as well as the highest quality (.svg which is a vector format, for optimum scalability). And, yes, yes, they are all FREE.

The site is also neatly organized and so clean: on each icon detail page we can find its information, such as designers, location, date of creation, license, and… TAGS, which allow for a helpful search to take place in case you need it. All symbols are also organized in categories (about a dozen); and the site is available in 25 languages.

I couldn’t tell how many icons they have yet, but the page kept loading and loading as I scrolled down  so, it sounds good to me!

Posted by on September 26, 2011 with no comments yet

The Puyallup Fair is now mobile!

blog_image_fair_mobile2.jpgIt’s the last weekend for the Puyallup Fair. Have you been? Did you know it is the largest single attraction held annually in the state of Washington and it keeps growing every year? To cater to the over 1 million visitors, The Puyallup Fair & Events Center decided was time to extend its Webby Award nominated site into the mobile arena.

To meet the task, Ply designed the mobile site to seamlessly integrate its content with the existing web site giving The Fair an easy way to control the content using the Ply CMS tool. As a result, fairgoers on the way to or at the Fair can now check for directions, event information, general info about the fair, discount information, as well as get information on how to buy tickets.

Ply architected The Fair mobile site much like the main site, using landing pages for the primary sections. From the homepage, the user has one-touch access to areas such as the Puyallup Fair, the Spring Fair, Concerts, and Rodeo.

Providing integration with social media was also important to The Fair. To address that, the footer offers social media connectivity in the form of Facebook, Twitter, and Email sharing. Similarly, on each concert page the user can “like” or “attend this event”, as well as buy tickets.

Here are a few interesting facts about this big event.

  • It is the largest single attraction held annually in the state of Washington.
  • It ranks in the top ten largest fairs in the United States.
  • It hires over 7,500 employees each September during the Puyallup Fair.
  • Their web site receives 1.5 million unique visits and over 6 million page views.

The Fair is happening right now! Go check it out; online, or in person, and don’t forget to bring your mobile phone!

Visit The Fair at:
www.thefair.com

Posted by on September 21, 2011 with one comment so far