Launched as ABC Family in 2001 when Walt Disney purchased Fox Family Channel and Fox Family Worldwide, the newly renamed Freeform is a cable and satellite television channel focusing on teens and women ages 18-34 where it has experienced the most success. Its programming includes sitcom and drama series reruns but it’s its original programming that has gained the most attention with shows like Pretty Little Liars, Kevin from Work, and the new Shadowhunters, which are not necessarily family-family friendly for a 30-year-old parent to watch with his/her 7-year-old little person and is one of the reasons the channel changed its name. Also so that the cool kids didn’t feel like they were watching an uncool kid channel where the whole family sits and watches something wholesome and lame like Seventh Heaven. In their FAQs, Freeform put it best, “We’re changing our name to be a better fit for our shows and social platforms, which are more targeted to young adults than families.” ABC Family announced the name change in October and yesterday was the official launch. The name was created by Sausalito, CA-based Lexicon Branding. No design credit given. The logo and motion pieces shown in this post were designed in-house...
Tuesday Google introduced a new set of algorithm that is having major affects no how mobile search results appear. Sites that are not considered mobile friendly or 'responsive' will lose priority to websites that the Google (which is responsible for 80% of all web searches) deems 'mobile-friendly.' Ones that avoid animated elements like Flash and feature readable text, easy-to-click links and a responsive design (meaning it responds to what you're looking at it on. Sites that aren’t up to snuff will automatically appear higher in search results. If you're on the failing side of these requirements - you know who to call (queue superhero music).
Turkois is very proud to have helped to bring the amazing people of Advanstar's Shop the Floor + Bombfell together last week at PROJECT NYC at the Jacob Javits Center to produce some amazing selected styled looks and shots at our on-site photo studio. See more looks HERE and keep an eye out for the collabo video series to come out in the next few weeks.
Finding new artists is easier than ever, but this creates a problem: it's harder than ever to filter through it all and keep tabs on what's really good. With so many artists popping up every day, it's impossible not to miss out on some fresh faces and new sounds. With that in mind, we'll be highlighting our favorite new acts each month. Here are the best new artists of September...(Read More)
One of The Verge's sponsors SONY recently posted an article on theverge.com showcasing "underwater apps" for their Xperia Z1S, a fully waterproof phone. Yeah, you read that right, underwater apps as in apps that respond to being submerged into water. A cringe worthy thought as we've all probably come very close to losing a phone by falling into a pool of water and then praying to a box of rice to magically suck up all the water.
SONY partnered with app developers Motim and SoftFacade along with ad agency Wieden+Kennedy to develop the new technology for detecting submersion. The technology is based on sound waves similar to a submarine's sonar system. As an example, the article begins with an adorable video showcasing Goldie, one of the 6 underwater apps. SONY has also posted the source code on Github so it is open to being toyed around with.
For all the information check out the article over at theverge.com
This amazing video was made using only still images from the World Wildlife Federation creating a 'parallax' effect. This is achieved by animating 2D photos and making them appear 3D or look like video clips. It's definitely worth a look.
Animation/compositing: Make Productions
Producer: Daniel Glynn-Ad Hoc Films
photographic credits: makeproductions.co.uk/wwf-credits
Client: Ad Hoc Films for WWF
Music: Snow Patrol "What If This Storm Ends?" (Aaron Static Remix)
It was startling to find out Robin Williams died yesterday, supposedly the actor committed suicide. Williams was only 63 when he passed and many are mourning the loss of a great actor from their childhood by binge watching all their favorite movies. Here are just a few GIFs from movies that we will always remember Robin Williams by.
This search engine is great for animators, 3d printmaker and explorers all the same. Yobi3D is a search engine exclusively for 3D renderings. Launched back in June, Yobi3D is "the Google for 3D models". You can search pretty much anything and be gifted a grid view of rotating 3D model after 3D model.
It's still in the working stages but the engine's founder and CEO, Jessy Lee has high hopes for beefing up the database and expanding The options are endless and the future of our browsers are getting brighter and brighter as they get better at rendering 3D objects.
Sleep is essential for everyone. Sense is a simple system that tracks your sleep behavior, monitors the environment of your bedroom and reinvents the alarm.
Sense was created to be simple, uncomplicated and useful. It is the first system that combines the insight of your sleep patterns with the data of the environment in your bedroom, including noise, light, temperature, humidity and particles in the air.
With Sense's Smart Alarm, it can even wake you up in the morning at the right point in your sleep cycle, to avoid that groggy feeling we all hate so much. All easily available via our iPhone and Android applications.
Sense comes with a little device called Sleep Pill. It simply attaches to your pillow and invisibly tracks your sleep at night. You don't need to put on any uncomfortable wearables or remember to charge something or press a button. Sense knows when you're falling asleep, soundly asleep, thrashing about, or waking up.
Hidden inside such a tiny package is a 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope, capable of picking up the tiniest of your movements throughout the night. This is all then sent wirelessly via Bluetooth Low Energy and ANT to Sense seamlessly in the background. No worrying about pairing or syncing. It last a whole year without charging and is waterproof!
While it is no longer August 4th, John Venn's actual birthday, I just saw Google's 180th birthday shout out and it made venn diagrams 100% more adorable than ever. A little background on Venn: John Venn was a logician and philosopher best known for introducing the Venn diagram. As you can see the circles are used to visually and logically sort groups to show their relationships to each other. A pretty straight forward way to look at different correlations. Thank you John Venn, now can you explain the proper time to use a venn diagram?
You can still check out the full homage to John Venn here.
Designer Emmanuel Pacamalan has created a concept video showing Instagram rebuilt using Material Design principles that Google is expected roll out later this year. According to writer Chris Schodt over at theverge.com "The new user interface style is supposed to be based around how physical objects move and is 'grounded in tactile reality, inspired by our study of paper and ink.'" The results are pretty cool...even if I'm committed my iPhone.
From July 20th though the 22nd at the Javits Center, PROJECT New York showcases the best brands in the contemporary and denim market to create an expertly merchandised experience for buyers and press. The event serves as an important start to the American men's market by combining engaging show-floor initiatives with a defined editorial perspective.
ShopTheFloor was at the event to help fashion brands expand their retailer reach and selling efficiency via the ShopTheFloor marketplace and iOS order-taking app, while retail buyers discover new products, plan and buy online, wherever and whenever they want.
Below are the pictures being taken of some of the merchandise to be used on ShopTheFloor.
Starbucks Coffee, there is one on what feels like every corner of the city or at any "hotspot" in suburbia. The company has recognized that their target clientele are "young and hip" which equates to tech obsessed. In an effort to give the customer what they want Starbucks is in the process of rolling out mobile ordering. They are in the process of doing testing right now, checking the rates in which the temperature of coffee changes so it can be the optimal temperature when it gets picked up.
Starbucks is looking to get the whole experience down pat, Chief Digital Office Adam Brotman told Recode, that this isn't an experiment and they plan to launch this technology nationwide. South Korean customers were the first able to pre-order their drinks, but with a similar service being released last month, Starbucks is looking to make their original app important to the experience. Already the app is linked to a members rewards card and can be used to pay if you put money on it (either gift card or transfer cash). Starbucks has been also talking to other retailers about making it possible to use credits on the app to pay for other products. Brotman notes that is seems a little strange to try and branch mobile payments outside of its own store but it is meant to increase popularity of the app which would then boost brand awareness.
So keep an eye out for mobile ordering coming to you. Later this some test customers will be able to do some major testing in an undisclosed area. Within the next year or so, you can order your coffee when you are in a rush in the morning, after work or for your lunch break. Even if Starbucks isn't your personal favorite coffee experience, they are making some techie headway in our hustle and bustle filled lifestyle.