Sydney’s smart city transformation invests in public art

Smart city plans usually involve new infrastructure and sensor technology, but investment in public art is also a vital part of Sydney, Australia’s vision of the future connected city. As reported on Australia’s Visual Arts Hub site, Sydney launched the City Art Public Art Strategy as part of its transformation into a more livable and […]

Lesson From Burning Man: The Social Network Is All Around You

Lesson From Burning Man: The Social Network Is All Around You

Every year at Burning Man, I have the same argument. Someone plays the role of the starry-eyed futurist, someone else is the grizzly survivalist. The futurist says, “If only we had map and chat apps out here, we could meet everyone and see everything! It would be a utopia!” The survivalist says “Hell no. We come out here to get away from…

If You’d Rather Doodle Than Draw, Try Doodle.ly

If You’d Rather Doodle Than Draw, Try Doodle.ly

If you’re not scanning Facebook, declining invites to play Hidden Chronicles and other “magical” social games, you might find yourself messing around on Doodle.ly. This visual social network is organized around the simple act of doodling, helping users share at times childish, at other times quite serious, drawings. Like finger painting, doodles on…

How Photographs on Instagram Differ From Flickr

How Photographs on Instagram Differ From Flickr

The very nature of mobile-sharing apps has changed the types of imagery that people upload. There is also an added on-the-move life-streaming nature to the whole thing. Photos found on the flowing Instagram news feed don’t look like the ones you might come across on Flickr.
Instagram is a community conducive to likes and comments, whereas Flickr…

How Instagram Imagery Is Transforming

How Instagram Imagery Is Transforming

In the world of social media, “celebrity” is a combination of social status and social media presence. The more likes you receive, the more “popular” you appear to friends and followers.
Up until its acquisition by Facebook, Instagram was the current site of social media celebrity. As it becomes yet another Facebook app, the photography will…

3 More Free Drawing Apps for Kids

3 More Free Drawing Apps for Kids

Like paper coloring books, iPhone and iPad apps cost money. It’s always fun to have the newest, shiniest app in the App Store – but those come with a price. Oftentimes they cost something, and they may not always ring true with your kid. Buying too many apps can add up, making for an unhappy dent on a parent’s credit card bill. So what’s a parent…

Top 3 Drawing Apps for Young Kids

Top 3 Drawing Apps for Young Kids

Learning to draw with your finger isn’t about fingerpaints anymore. It’s not about hands, either. It’s about the smartphone that you keep in your pocket, and give to your kid when they want to get creative. ReadWriteWeb surveyed three apps for children ages 5-6 that give them an opportunity to try and learn how to draw inside the lines, and to…

Doink: Could This Animation App be the Next Instagram?

Doink: Could This Animation App be the Next Instagram?

DoinkExpress is an odd-sounding term for a mobile social network based entirely around short-form animations, but we’ll go with it. Designed for users ages 12 and older, the Doink Express iPhone/iPad/iPod app adds a social component to the solitary practice of animating short clips for the Web, otherwise known as “doinks.”

Calling the mini…