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laughingsquid:

SodaStream’s DIY Pepsi Machine

This is amazing. You can make your own freakin’ soda. Here’s an excerpt from the CEO:

So once we had the product right, we recognized it wasn’t only the appliance but the syrups. We did a lot of research and we saw that consumers want a healthier soda. Prior to my arrival the company had been using artificial colors and other types of preservatives. We created more than 20 natural syrups and essences that don’t use high-fructose corn syrup or Splenda, and we have regional flavors depending on the market. Italians have a flavor called chinotto, the Swedes have must, the Brits have ginger beer, and Americans have an equivalent to Dr Pepper. Diet cola is our No. 1 seller in the U.S.

laughingsquid:

SodaStream’s DIY Pepsi Machine

This is amazing. You can make your own freakin’ soda. Here’s an excerpt from the CEO:

So once we had the product right, we recognized it wasn’t only the appliance but the syrups. We did a lot of research and we saw that consumers want a healthier soda. Prior to my arrival the company had been using artificial colors and other types of preservatives. We created more than 20 natural syrups and essences that don’t use high-fructose corn syrup or Splenda, and we have regional flavors depending on the market. Italians have a flavor called chinotto, the Swedes have must, the Brits have ginger beer, and Americans have an equivalent to Dr Pepper. Diet cola is our No. 1 seller in the U.S.

Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview

msdn.microsoft.com

More Microsoft news.

IE10 to support CSS3 gradients! So that means the majority of IE users will get to see the gradients I make on my sites now sometime in 2013. (And that’s only if IE10 isn’t just available for Windows 8.) 

While I am glad that they’ve started work on ie10 (as opposed to waiting like 4 years between browsers), why am I still hesitant to be excited? Oh yea, because the ie team is still playing catch up. I don’t really want excuses. If Chrome/Safari can do it, then Internet Explorer should be able to do it (same goes for you Firefox). Why am I still worrying about cross-browser rendering in 2011? You guys need to be on offense and not defense. Get your $#%! together.

Rant. Ended.

decodering:

Patternify
Patternify is a simple pattern generator. I built it to save myself the pain of launching Photoshop just to export a 2px by 2px stripe pattern. Not only can you build your pattern online, but with the base64 code, you don’t even need an image file anymore: just include the code in your CSS and you’re ready to go!

That certainly makes my life easier. Though I don’t like using base64, I’m glad they included an image option.

decodering:

Patternify

Patternify is a simple pattern generator. I built it to save myself the pain of launching Photoshop just to export a 2px by 2px stripe pattern. Not only can you build your pattern online, but with the base64 code, you don’t even need an image file anymore: just include the code in your CSS and you’re ready to go!

That certainly makes my life easier. Though I don’t like using base64, I’m glad they included an image option.

How Inventables makes a site that inspires exploring

37signals.com

jonathanmoore:

I still remember getting my first Popular Science subscription in the 3rd grade, and every month I would flip to the back pages and dream of the hovercrafts, personal helicopters, and ray guys that I could build by myself with the mail-order assembly guides.  When I found the Inventables site on 37signal’s Signal vs. Noise blog this morning it sparked a similar urge to tinker, experiment and invent.  I have no clue what I could make with hand moldable plastic, skin conductive switches, squishy magnetic gel and glow in the dark thread, but now I’m determined to find a use.

Rather than taking the typical approach for selling scientific materials by listing the crystallisation temperature, viscosity, melt flow index, Inventables created their site to spark inspiration with great product photography, example applications and easy to read descriptions.

It’s a good lesson for anyone who’s trying to compete with bigger competitors. If you’ve got a smaller product mix, you can obsess over these details in a way that big guys can’t. Customers respond to that.

Take the time to read the article on Signal vs. Noise and browse through Inventables.  Both are full of lessons that can be applied to any site, product, brand, or business.

I think I’m gonna get lost on this site guys.

Do You Dabble?

adverything:

What is Dabble.in?

Dabble.in

This is the question that many people are asking having after seen plenty of twitter users see that people are reserving their name(s) on Dabble.in and tweeting “I just reserved my Dabble.in username. Get yours here.”

So the question is what exactly is Dabble.in?

Nobody is certain as to what it is. However, what we do know is that the domain is owned by a developer named Ben Matthew Reyes. 

He was tracked down on Twitter and questioned about Dabble.in. Reyes says the site’s tagline is: “Dabble is a place to document and share what [you’re] working on, your Dabbles.” A source says it looked like a design sharing site like Dribbble or Forrst and when asked if the comparison was fair, he said Dabble is still a work in progress.

 We really don’t want to define Dabble too much early on as we want to see where the community takes it, almost like how Twitter took off and the users invented the @reply, #Hashtags, etc. 

I already reserved several names just in case this things goes big like Facebook and Twitter. I don’t want to be coming up with names other than my own.

Check out Dabble.in!

Wow. This looks great. Already reserved my name.

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I'm a designer/art director/geek that likes to make things on (and off) the internet. I'm black, live in the DFW metroplex, work at an ad agency, and drink alone in the dark on week nights. While being black, I write this blog as a creative outlet.

My work has been featured multiple times by Tumblr, published in NET Magazine, Communication Arts, Adweek, The Webbys, HOW Design, W3 Awards, Web Designer Magazine, Under Consideration, Awwwards, Web Design Ledger, Web Designer Depot, Designworklife, Speckyboy, my mom's Facebook Timeline, and a variety of other publications.

I am currently unmarried, live alone, have no pets, and believe in the Oxford comma. I like eating tacos as well. Pants optional.