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Photography Posing Guides: Sample Poses to Get You Started

DPS Groups of People Posing Guide

DPS Groups of People Posing Guide

Digital Photography School has created a great mini series featuring ‘posing cheat sheets’ for taking pictures of people. When shooting photos of people, it’s useful for them to have a look at the cheat sheets, to pick a pose and visualize the shot. They’ll feel more comfortable and relaxed modeling that awesome pose. (more…)

Facebook & Twitter Users in Arab Countries, an Infographic

Facebook Users in Arab Countries May 2012 via visual.ly

Facebook Users in Arab Countries May 2012 via visual.ly

Active Twitter Users in Arab Countries March 2012 via visual.ly

Active Twitter Users in Arab Countries March 2012 via visual.ly

Google PPC’s Strategic War on Free Clicks

Google’s main revenue source is advertising and it only makes sense for them to bury organic search results under paid advertising. A recent study carried out by Wordstream found “Clicks on paid search listings beat out organic clicks by nearly a 2:1 margin for keywords with high commercial intent in the US.”

Does this mean the end is near for business SEO?

Google Ads and the War on Free Clicks. via Wordstream

Google Ads and the War on Free Clicks. via Wordstream

Apple’s Advertising Style Copied

French Fry a la Apple Ad Style via Gizmodo

French Fry a la Apple Ad Style via Gizmodo

This hilarious post on Gizmodo showcases the dangers of copying, and how minimalist Apple’s ads really are. It brings Pablo Picasso’s quote on copying to mind, “Good artists copy, great artists steal”. If you don’t understand the inspiration behind the development of the concept, then you won’t be able to incorporate a fresh perspective that portrays the original essence along with its newly adapted meaning. Check out the rest of the ads (more…)

Portraits Made Using People as Pixels

Marilyn Monroe by Craig Allen

Can you imagine the logistics and imagination needed to pull off the portrait above? There are plenty more created by Craig Alan, an artist we should all aspire to.

Captivating Users with Video Takeovers on Youtube and Vimeo

When video content breaks out of the box and unexpected actions happen all over the page, then you’ve got users in suspense and their attention focused on your message. Many have tried this creative approach, I’ve included videos of three popular ones from Honda, Frito Lays and the Expendables movie interview. Hope you enjoy the videos, and if you’re keen here is a link to 25 Awesome Youtube Takeovers.    (more…)

Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera, Hello Future

Yes, a ball fitted with 36 cameras that capture a 360 degree panoramic photo. Would I buy it? Absolutely not, I don’t have the passion or skill to use it. So why have I posted it? Because its a cool invention and future implementations of this type of photography could reveal new perspectives and stories in action packed events, activities and sports. Imagine a video version of this?! I wonder what tomorrow will bring. 

20 Most Shared Ads Of The Year So Far

What makes videos socially viral? What psychological emotions and triggers commonly capture the world’s attention? Check out the The Top 20 Most Shared Ads Of The Year So Far collected by Unruly Media.

Google’s Project Glass tickles the geek in me the most!

Mirror, mirror. An extraordinary pervasive AI computing UX vision. – The New York Times, Nieman Journalism Lab

Every once in a while something extraordinary comes along in gadgets. If you’ve got a little pervasive AI computing vision, the possibilites are endless!

Lets say Herbert, your mairror, (ai mirror duh?!), is installed on all your mirrors (bedroom, bathroom, entrance lounge) and displays (tv, lcd, phone, watch, kitchen).

It syncs with your calender, to do list, your news of interest, monitors your health, delivers media status updates from your closest friends and family, reads out important sms/emails/media notes, orders groceries, cleaning services, finds/delivers hints/tips/updates on your hobbies/wishlist, and encourages you to find time for those things you always wanted to learn but never find time to (even reads to you, teaches you interactively), and monitors your progress and gives you feedback. Whatever you want, nothing else. 

Yes, there are many possible risks, fine details that need to be tweaked here, but I’m overlooking that for now and looking at just these few scenarios I thought up of in a minute. The potentials of a truly invisible interface here is amazing and there are a blahzillion enhancement paths for every field of science, living and business. 

This is the start of true pervasive computing, where you’re listening to the radio in your car, like the artist/song, trigger some kind of action word/button, and Herbert finds and books you their next concert, or signs up for email newsletters for itself to one day tell/show you in the future while you’re brushing your teeth. Heck, even the annoying radio guy can be muted and Herbert can fill you in on whats important to you. Maybe even keep in touch with Pedro, your brothers mairror and arrange a call when you’re both free.  

Read on to see how far this prototype has come to date: Mirror, mirror: The New York Times wants to serve you info as you’re brushing your teeth » Nieman Journalism Lab.

UX: Effectively triggering emotional responses with smiles and faces.

Results of an A/B testing evaluation show how triggering an emotional response / connection from user’s vastly increases their response rate, by 102.5% in this case. This seems to have the marketing power of testimonials, but portrayed in one happy smiling customer photo. A picture is worth a thousand wordsBehind the scenes: A/B testing part 3: Finalé – 37signals.

37signals.com - A/B Testing Person Design

37signals.com - A/B Testing Person Design

Results of eye-tracking studies have shown how you can grab and guide a user’s eye using a similar emotional response. You look where they look, people look at other people’s faces – UsableWorld.com.au. But just because their eyes have seen an element on a page, doesn’ t mean that they’ve registered it.

Tobii eye tracker heat map of 106 viewing baby ad - UsableWorld.com.au

Tobii eye tracker heat map of 106 viewing baby ad - UsableWorld.com.au

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