I’ll admit I’m not really into politics, and that can be stereotypically said of the majority of my millennial peers. Kids these days, amirite? We get our dose of current events from trending topics on Facebook and Saturday Night Live sketches. I don’t necessarily think that’s a terrible thing, though it is something annoying about social media culture. What I mean is, we’re so used to top-lining news stories and digesting content as quickly as possible. I’m surprised they’re not shortening the max amount of characters in a Tweet, it’s ridiculous how much of a story you can tell in such a tiny space. And hashtags make filing and categorizing them easy, convenient, and accessible. Plus, you get to read everyone’s opinion on it at a glance, which can have some value. It’s like everyone has a voice all of a sudden, and the news belongs to everyone, not to just the anchors on TV and major print publications.
In a time where everything is within our grasp within seconds, information is now watered down, dim, and easily acquired. It has become boring and such a routine because everything is “Googled.” The best way to become inspired, in my personal experience, is to get away from the computer. Start reading, look at print, go outside, talk to strangers (as uncomfortable as it is), and start exploring.
California has the most pay phones in America: Twenty-seven thousand, enough for one pay phone for every six square miles in the state. In a metropolitan area like Los Angeles, pay phones seem to be everywhere, until you actually need one. But then again, when was the last time you needed one?
Mobile phones have rendered the payphone obsolete, and not without a price. We willingly surrender our personal information, private conversations, photos and content as currency for the sake of feeling connected.
No longer the “reassuring lighthouse” of yesteryear or the cultural symbol of service, protection, privacy and convenience, the pay phone’s hollowed shell litters the urban landscape as an abandoned relic of an era and culture that valued privacy over connectedness. The #RestInPrivacy installation pays tribute to such a time, and aims to illuminate our obsession with being connected and the lengths our culture will go to achieve that connection; even if it means forfeiting our privacy.
If you’ve ever been to The Petersen, you know what a “must-see” attraction it is, and not just for car-lovers. Some of the world’s most iconic and rare automobiles are kept here on display to help tell the story of our city, which was built around and for the automobile. So you’ll see the Batmobile, but you’ll also see an original Model T.
There’s only one small catch: The museum actually won’t be open until December, on its 20th birthday, after its massive renovation is complete. The cost is said to exceed $125 million, and the redesign includes a building facade of chrome silver ribbons that will be lit from beneath, evoking the “image of speed and organic curves of a coach-built automobile.”Check out this cool time-lapse video of construction progress.
What else can you expect? Oh, not much, just TWENTY-TWO NEW GALLERIES OF CARS, CARS, AND MORE CARS. Plus, all the interactive technology to put you in the driver’s seat of automobiles from your wildest fantasies. You’ll be able to check out a revolving collection of BMW’s “Art Cars,” designed by artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Jenny Holzer, and more. Watch how a Maserati gets built from concept to completion, and take a spin one of several legendary racing circuits in a virtual reality driving simulator. That’s what’s up.
Before you visit, make sure you download The Petersen app. You wouldn’t go into a 3D movie without your 3D glasses, why would you go into this epic museum experience without the app that opens up new ways to explore, engage, and interact with the exhibits? Check out the demo video below and then visit the App Store to download!
As everyone knows, in the classic film “Back to the Future Part II,” Marty McFly time travels to October 21, 2015 to save his family. It’s been twenty-six years since the 1989 movie hit theaters, and that glorious day is finally here. Chicago Cubs were predicted to win the World Series, television screens will be HUGE, and everyone is supposed to be riding hover boards.
According to the USC Body Computing website, “The CBC is an innovation incubation center that commercializes wireless health products.” Partnered with the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation and venture capitalists, they make products that mobilize, digitalize, and gamify health.
“Who will be the Facebook of medicine? Who will be the Angry Birds of healthcare?” – Dr. Leslie Saxon
Or perhaps, Instagram? Biogram is a photo sharing app that lets users attach their heart rate to the photo. ;
‘Steve and I spend a lot of time on the packaging […] I love the process of unpacking something. You design a ritual of unpacking to make the product feel special. Packaging can be theater, it can create a story.’
– Jonathan Ives, Apple lead designer
We all know the fleeting satisfaction that comes with tearing a tag off a new garment, ripping the wrapper off a never-been-opened DVD case, or–wait for it—peeling off the clear plastic screen protector off a fresh iPhone. It brings us inexplicable good feelings and joy. And apparently, watching other people “unbox” new toys brings us joy, too. I would go as far to say we return an almost childlike state of being when we unbox or watch and unboxing. Earlier this year, the story of the elusive and anonymous “DC Toy Collector” went viral as the highest-earning YouTube account. That’s $4.9 million just for unwrapping toys, and is currently in 3rd place for most views. And the weirdest part? I can’t stop watching her videos. Could it be the crispy sound of fresh plastic, the texture of brand-new Play-Doh being molded for the first time between her brightly manicured fingers, or the soothing sound of her voice? It’s probably a combination of all the above, and the only scientific explanation is this: autonomous sensory meridian response, better known as ASMR: the physical sensation of tingling that often begins in the scalp and moves down through the spine and sometimes to the limbs. Like unboxing, there are bloggers who have established careers off of making ASMR videos on YouTube, but that’s a whole separate blog post for a separate (relaxing, euphoric) day. Surely it can’t be the entire psychology behind unboxing.
One great thing about working at O+O is the value and attention focused on the quality of ideas versus the quantity of them. It’s a cliche we take quite seriously, and quite often. In the Lab, if the workload allows, we’ll throw some ideas upon the board and take turns pitching why we think there should be an app that can read our minds like a mood ring, or why we want to build an app that lets you turn any inanimate object or landscape into an anthropomorphic playground using your mobile camera. Ideas tend to get more ridiculous immediately before and after Burning Man, as you can see.
I’m no expert on what makes a genius idea. I only know what works and what doesn’t. And I guess I don’t even know that much, all the time. That’s why we play and experiment with new technologies and app prototypes, and we discover that the strongest ideas come from places of actual human stories, which is what you’ll read in any beginner’s book to advertising, art, or engineering, you name it. Most of the time the ideas are so simple, you’ll wonder why it hadn’t been thought of sooner. Many times we’ll hit an obstacle in the user flow of life, and think to ourselves, “Dang. I wish there was a way to make this more efficient or at least more enjoyable.” And then of course the, “There’s an app for that!” campaign.
Air BnB couldn’t have been been as successful before the development of social networking, in my opinion. Neither could Tinder, or Uber, obviously. Both of these ideas are genius in their simplicity, yet they’ve revolutionized the way we interact in the global community. They’ve shifted cultures. And the awesome thing about that is, new technology is being developed every day. In offices just like ours.
GLTCH 2.0 is ready for release! Use it to turn any image or animated GIF into a beautiful mistake. Harnessing the power of glitch art, the latest version of GLTCH comes with new effects that allow you to combine glitches, and layer them to produce virtually endless outcomes. Save your creation to your phone or share with your network. GLTCH is available for free at the App Store.
I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while, after reading some of the makeover blog posts I’ve been seeing pop up in my feed. Apparently, this book’s methods will change the way we think of “cleaning up” and I am all for it. I just started reading it yesterday but I’m really excited to share it with the rest of the office, considering how disorganized and untidy developers and artists tend to be. And because I’m reading it during my lunch break at work, I can’t help but wonder what the possibilities are for making the “app” version of this… Can you hear the wheels turning? Hold on, I just got a notification to “Kondo” my desk. BRB.
It’s no secret that we LOVE dogs (especially rescues) so to commemorate this special day, we figured instead of sharing all our pooches’ photos with you, we’d try to implement our shared advocacy for man’s best friend by brainstorming some great ways we can incorporate our passion into our practice. What we mean is, are there ways we can use these tools to make our neighborhood a more dog friendly place? Can we design a platform to propagate the benefits of hanging out with a dog? Here are some of our ideas.