I think it is lack of money by investors. An app, by nature, is something like funding a movie. It may make money or, it may not. So much depends on the either genius behind it or the genius of the studio producing it (think Pixar).
Also, the ability to get rights to content is maddening, expensive, and slow. I worked on an interactive CD-ROM about the Diary of Anne Frank. I designed the whole concept for it on paper. Then the holder of the rights to publish “the book” only, in the U.S., pulled out. At the time, the other Anne Frank foundations (I think it was two) were not talking. Just, ridiculousness for what would have been one of the actually useful interactive CD-ROMs that would have been made then. As it was, most of the investors pulled out of that industry. But within a year, the web took off, giving new live to many who were in that early multi media interactive industry.
Of course, high schools with this problem can simply contact the graphic design department at any state university (maybe the rivals of the university in question!) and ask if a class of advanced design students could design a whole new and original sports identity system. Many universities also have classes that do nothing but work for non profits, like high schools.
They would have a nice new (and almost always better) design that is more fitting at no cost except equipment and signage conversion.
“the leading producer of thermal-receipt stock in the United States — Appleton Papers, which claims to have been BPA-free since 2006 — is looking to help consumers identify its receipts. “Consumers have made it clear that they want an easy way to distinguish Appleton’s receipt paper from our competitors’ paper, which all contain BPA,” says company vice president Kent Willetts. “We are preparing to launch a BPA-free receipt paper that can be quickly and easily distinguished from all others. We will rush that product to market and have it in retailers’ hands in time for the holiday shopping season.”
“People working at places that use thermal paper can have continual contact with bisphenol A. And if they knew, I think they would be horrified,” notes Koni Grob, an analytical chemist with an official government food laboratory in Zurich, Switzerland. He’s describing the thermal paper commonly used throughout Europe and North America to print store receipts.”
“Art helps you see things in a less constrained space. Our economy is built upon convergent thinkers, people that execute things, get them done. But artists and designers are divergent thinkers: they expand the horizon of possibilities. Superior innovation comes from bringing divergents (the artists and designers) and convergents (science and engineering) together.”—
“There’s a very small handful of people mainly the small group of young male geeks who run the large internet companies that are having a hugely outsize affect on the rest of human culture. There’s a small group of several hundred or maybe even several dozen if you boil it down - mainly guys - who are quite young and probably were probably socially awkward before they started having this affect and they are dictating and designing the way our human behavior as people is evolving. We have to ask ourselves if this is good or not. Do we like this fact that a few people are deciding for the rest of us or do we want to have more of a voice in shaping what the digital world becomes? Because increasingly the digital world is just becoming the world”—Jonathan Harris at the Gain conference
Great interactive infographic on the budget shortfall projections in the U.S. Basically, even if you cut and tax the obvious stuff (military, troop withdrawal, carbon tax, bank tax, + Obama proposals, you still are in a one trillion dollar hole in 2030.
Create a 2-minute video response to the Eames Office’s seminal film, Powers of Ten.
Jury Prize Winner: $2,000 cash Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair (Value $1,250) $2,000 donation to the Eames Foundation in the name of the winner (includes a tour of the Eames House; travel not included) In addition, to watch and read from their Eames chair, the Grand Prize winner will also receive: A boxed set of volumes 1 through 6 of the Eames Films; Including of course Powers of Ten, among over 40 films A vintage copy of the Eames Office book ‘Images of Early America’ A copy of ‘The recent 100 Quotes by Charles Eames’ An Eames Primer by Eames Demetrios
Popular Vote Winner: $1,000 in cash Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair (Value $1250)
“I saw some amazingly innovative new products and processes, yet without good communication design/info design, it was difficult to understand what value that these services brought to market and/or to differentiate between brands and similar types of products.
I left thinking that many of these product designers would have benefited from spending more time with graphic designers and vise-versa; product designers have an understanding of materials that graphic designers rarely process. In my opinion the power of design comes with collaboration.”—
Entry Start:8th November 2010Entry Close:21st November 2010Take part in the We Are San Francisco mini-competition running alongside the World Photography Festival, San Francisco 18th - 21st November. The concept is simple, enter a photograph that expresses something about yourself as a resident of or a visitor to San Francisco; it might be about the local community, the culture of the city or perhaps its’ heritage.
“A look at the Museum of Modern Art’s ‘Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century’ exhibit with Martine Franck, photographer and widow of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Peter Galassi, director of the Museum of Modern Art’s department of photography and Agnes Sire, director of Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson”
“Earning the title of most highly represented specialized institution of 2010, seven students holding bachelors and masters degrees from Rhode Island School of Design have been chosen to study design from a number of global perspectives.”