Solving your photo backup nightmare

It's 2015 - a good 8 years on from the smartphone revolution that first took place as Steve Jobs took to the stage to introduce the very first iPhone. Of course, back in those days, it was all about a smarter way of making calls and even leaving voice mails to each other. As the years went on however, one of the by-products of having a supercomputer at the ready in your pocket has been an explosion in smartphone photography.

Taking a photo in the moment has become so ubiquitous and natural, that hardly a day goes by without a photo being taken by your phone of choice. It has been suggested that by 2012, 1.4bn photos were being taken every day by mobile phones globally. This has led to other problems, most notably the desperate need to be constantly backing up the files from your phone before running out of disk space. 

It is highly likely that you, the reader, do not currently have a backup strategy - and you are wearily going through your camera roll history and deleting photos on the fly as you attempt to make some space for that next potential amazing Instagram. It's 2015 and this is not right.

http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/29/8467289/cloud-photo-storage-comparison-dropbox-icloud-flickr-onedrive-free

Amazon Cloud Drive - https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/primephotos

Shoebox - http://shoeboxapp.com/pricing

Carousel by Dropbox - https://carousel.dropbox.com/

Google Photos

Flickr

Facebook

2012 Mixtape

2012 will go down as the year that I ceased buying CDs, as well as trawling through and endless number of blogs to download mp3s. Instead, I am now one satisfied subscriber of Rdio and occasional browser of Spotify. This means that I pretty much stream everything and sync to my iPhone for when I'm not connected to wifi. Having quick access to just about any artist and album has proven to be hugely beneficial and I'm probably discovering more music than ever before.

However, the downside is that it is not so easy to share mixtapes in physical form with those I have been making mixtapes for the past 10 years. The traditional act of giving out burnt CD copies at my birthday drinks are sadly no more. I'm hoping the playlists I have created on both Rdio and Spotify will be sufficient for those that have been waiting. I will be sharing it on all my social channels, including this blog, so that you won't have to miss out.

So get on Rdio now and enjoy.

Augment or Die

Here's a great little sci-fi short that appears to be in tune with where the world may be headed in the not too distant future. TRUE SKIN foretells of a hyper augmented existence where you must re-configure your physical self just to keep up with the constant pace of technology and survive. It probably feels more disturbing now compared to say 5 years ago because it feels like it could actually happen within the next 10-15 years.

Designing the Stop Sign

While we may mock and laugh at the kind of briefing processes we find ourselves in as designers, it is also shockingly pathetic how we choose not to do anything about it. Are we way too jaded? Is the process to change the process just not worth it?

Whatever it is, the situation you find yourself in, is probably just as much your fault as it is the client's.

If only more clients watched this video instead.. 'The Art of Web Design' by PBS.