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May 5th, 2011

Google Guzzlers…

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IT specialist website The Register reports that Google has been lobbying to make driverless cars legal in at least one US State. We love this concept. It’s not so much the Technology behind the idea (or even the questionable health and safety benefits) but rather the thought of being able to call your car from the pub and get a lift home. We’ve also been wondering about the possible Software/Hardware tie ups that might result. Assuming Google Chrome runs on a Toyota and Windows 7 on a Ford then surely an Aston Martin will require the very latest Mac OS?

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April 27th, 2011

vox pop till you drop…


We recently created a series of vox pops for Creation Agency. Filmed in the shopping Mecca that is Westfield, the subject matter was Gift Cards, likes, dislikes and current trends. Following the shoot, rushes were uploaded for client approval before the final six sequences were cut together and the graphics added. Delivery was in WMV format so that the clips could be dropped seamlessly into the clients Powerpoint presentation. The whole project took about two and a half days start to finish. We’ve included some stills here animated in jQuery so all you iphone / iPad users can join in the fun too!

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February 27th, 2011

Small but perfectly formed…

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Our projects come in a variety of different sizes and here’s a couple of recent ones that definitely hang off the Small to Medium peg. Annan Farm is a school for 3-11 year olds based in Halland, East Sussex. They required a complete re-brand and CMS driven website. The identity was based around the idea of falling leaves which is reflected in their beautiful woodland location. The website itself was built using the open source Joomla framework enabling them to edit all aspects of the sites content. The site also features randomly generated images and a secure parents area where documents / pictures etc can be uploaded. Rachel Mulligan is a Stained Glass Artist based in Godalming Surrey. She wanted a website to showcase her work and improve on the SEO of her previous one. The site features a dynamic gallery created using jQuery script enabling it to be seen equally well on non Flash enabled devices.

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January 27th, 2011

Flash / HMTL5 and jQuery for the rest of us…

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In a recent blog post Mark Anders of Adobe demonstrated a prototype HTML5 animation editor called ‘Edge’. The video makes interesting viewing and certainly seems to confirm that Adobe is thinking about a post ‘Flash plugin required’ world. Although the product appears to rely heavily on existing technologies (namely Javascript) it does appear to tick a number of the boxes that the rest of us (i.e. visual designers / animators) need to get our jobs done and keep our clients happy. While there has been much talk about the battle between HTML5 and Flash from a streaming video point of view, few people seem to mention such humble matters as animating page graphics and banner ads. Hopefully this app might go some way to address this and personally we can’t wait to open our wallets again. All we need now is the ubiquitous ‘skip intro’ button, a rocking compression codec and the ability to link to a product someone wants to sell! Oh and you will need the Flash plugin to view this…

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January 27th, 2011

A (YouTube) video is worth a thousand words…

AVM is the leading visual communications systems integrator in the UK. They wanted a video to demonstrate the wide range of services they offer and the clients that they work with. We used Apples Motion 5 to create a graphically rich sequence using their own library of images plus one or two additional stock shots / videos. We also commissioned an ‘online’ voice over artist which proved to be considerably more cost effective than the traditional studio based approach.

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October 20th, 2010

Second generation iPads revealed…

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Giant iPhone jokes aside we’re far less skeptical about the new iPad than many. Touch screens on more ‘mobile’ devices are definitely the way forward and despite having both an iMac and a Macbook Pro at home I still do most of my browsing on an iPhone. With applications continuously switching to the cloud and or appearing as dedicated ‘apps’ on these ‘smart’ devices we believe people are going to have to forget about the Personal Computer as a concept altogether. The days of inserting 40 odd floppy disks into a beige plastic box so you can install a program to write a letter are (thankfully) over and the conventional computing environment (in the home at least) is going to go the same way in our humble opinion. The way we interact with the web is changing too. Why search through hundreds of web pages diligently bookmarking different Yoga positions when there’s an app for it? The one major flaw with the current iPad of course is it’s dependence (through synching) with exactly the same old school computing environment we have just been discussing. But we don’t think this will last forever and we doubt Apple does either. Connect your iPad wirelessly to your network drive and bingo everything is backed up without the need for another device. Bring on the 6th generation iPad that’s what we say (oh and make sure it’s Flash enabled….)

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June 27th, 2010

iPhone 4 – Just (not) like that…

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In an interesting turn of events Apple has issued a statement regarding the ‘correct’ way to hold an iPhone 4 following complaints from early adopters of the (soon to be) ubiquitous device. Previously Steve Jobs no less had replied to a customers email with the words “Just avoid holding it in that way.” Good advice we suspect but also somewhat reminiscent of the classic Tommy Cooper joke about a visit to the doctor. “I went to the doctor the other day, I said ‘it hurts when I do that’ he said ‘well don’t do it’

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January 27th, 2010

iGuise – the must have accessory for iPhone 4

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We love the idea of making video calls, but in the media frenzy that inevitably seems to follow any Apple announcement these days we’re wondering if something might have been missed. Privacy.

Sure it’s cool to see your friends on holiday in California or the kids at nursery but what if it’s a client chasing a deadline or worse still someone trying to sell you a water cooler? It’s not going to be quite so easy to finish a call when they can see the whites of your eyes is it?

That’s where iGuise comes in. It’s the must have accessory for any iPhone 4 running FaceTime. Simply tell the caller that you have popped out and that you will get yourself to return their call when you get back. Easy.

iGuise – the perfect way to be out when your in…

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January 27th, 2010

Keep taking the tablets

Despite various rumours circulating on the web yesterday Microsoft didn’t in fact steal a March on the Curpentino crew by launching a new tablet (or Slate) PC. Arguably not as well hyped as Apple’s own offering (which would be an achievement in itself) it is good to see aggressive competition in the glassy, touchy feely field. While some uncertainty still remains on how such a device will sit within existing product lines, we’re sure Apple will make it’s own intentions clear on around the 27th of this month. Here at the Deli we couldn’t help wondering what Moses would have made of such a device? While the immediacy of the touch sensitive screen and ubiquitous spell checker would no doubt have been helpful the limited battery life and wireless connectivity would surely have proved a disadvantage…

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January 27th, 2010

Beam me up Jobsey…

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In a sideways slant to all the Apple tablet rumours flying about, a recent post on The Register is claiming that the next iPhone release could be as soon as April. Allegedly sporting a dual-core processor, improved graphics, video chat, an OLED display it is also (supposedly) going to incorporate a removable battery. Now we love Apple as much as the next ‘fanboy’ but we find this last feature a little hard to swallow. Having a removable battery on the iPhone is a bit like having a power supply on the Duracell Bunny or sliding doors on a Delorean – somehow it just doesn’t feel right. If the Infinite loop lads and ladies really want to raise the bar then how about  ‘iPort’ an iPhone based teleportation app? That would really shift some kit – although to be fair shifting people (over the current 3G network) might prove a little trickier…

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