Microsoft’s Illusion Room Makes Your Room Part of the TV
According to Microsoft “IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept system from Microsoft Research. It augments the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualizations to enhance the traditional living room entertainment experience.”
It uses Kinect for Windows and a projector.
It’s pretty neat but I think we can take it a lot further already with the technology that is out there.
To many Web developers, being good at CSS means you can take a visual mock-up and replicate it perfectly in code. You don’t use tables, and you pride yourself on using as few images as possible. If you’re really good, you use the latest and greatest techniques like media queries, transitions and transforms. While all this is certainly true of good CSS developers, there’s an entirely separate side to CSS that rarely gets mentioned when assessing one’s skill.
Interestingly, we don’t usually make this oversight with other languages. A Rails developer isn’t considered good just because his code works to spec. This is considered baseline. Of course it must work to spec; its merit is based on other things: Is the code readable? Is it easy to change or extend? Is it decoupled from other parts of the application? Will it scale?
These questions are natural when assessing other parts of the code base, and CSS shouldn’t be any different. Today’s web applications are larger than ever, and a poorly thought-out CSS architecture can cripple development. It’s time to evaluate CSS the same way we evaluate every other part of the application. It cannot be an afterthought or written off as merely the “designer’s” problem.
T-fal ActiFry website developed by Kettle. I’m not a huge fan of cooking appliances unless it is a cast iron pan but I’m looking for inspiration for a food blog design I’m working on and there are design elements to this site that could work.
Responsive website for Kettle an independent interactive design agency based out of NYC.
Rare images of Corbu in color on display at Maison La Roche in Paris until December 15th. Originally shot for the 1954 magazine Paris Match.