Archive for December, 2008
I managed to come up with a representation of traffic for a customer where I could easily show how traffic was moving around because looking at numbers it was hard to get across.
While this answers the small problem the bigger problem is that for each page it expands almost exponentially.
While this sort of works what I would really love is to show this in real-time. I would love to show a map of the site and for every visitor showing a pixel pass from one page to another; and as more users travel through more pixel lines are formed. Any developers want to take this on?
Interestingly the TTC has shown up in a variety of music videos.
The first is “Romantic traffic” by the Spoons. One of my favorite 80′s songs. Especially with the teased out hair and eye liner, this is a little piece of timeless awesomeness.
Next is this Melanie C of Spice Girls fame in this video.
Lastly is this rap video which not only includes shots of the TTC but is actually about the TTC.
Following Seth Godin’s adviceI will share one of the ideas I had for a business. I have shared it with others, after making them sign NDA’s which was really stupid. I should have just shared. If they run off with the idea and make a million dollars then good for them. Ideas are easy to come by, they are hard to see to fruition.
So, My big idea is…Greeting Cards.
I know, I know, it isn’t anything new, but change the business model and it becomes quite exciting.
The idea came when looking at Threadless. Threadless is one of the many online t-shirt shops. The difference is that designers submit their designs and the audience, potential customers, vote on them. The most popular designs go on to get printed into shirts. The great thing about this business model is that through the voting process you ensure there is a consumer base for your product. You won’t end up making the shirts that no one likes.
I was thinking about a similar process for cards. Greeting cards is a multi-billion dollar industry. Bought one recently? Here in Canada they cost between 3 and 6 dollars! For a folded piece of paper! If you look at the card rack at the pharmacy there are hundreds that are not funny, inspiring or well made.
If you took a similar model to Threadless that allowed the audience to participate, submit and vote on designs as well as allow users to pick the single cards they like then it becomes a lot more engaging.
People could order 12 of the same card for a discount or choose 12 different cards with duplicates if they wanted. It ensures people get the cards they want, and if you can come up with on demand printing it will ensure that nothing gets wasted.
So take this idea if you want, make a million dollars if you can. But send me a thank you card when you do.
So at Critical Mass we started a photo club. Every month or so we choose a new topic and then compare work. Here is the piece I created with some help from Victor Wong at Magic Ketchup.
I am pleased with the way it turned out. The look on Zuimei’s face isn’t necessarily concern but it isn’t smiley either. It is sort of Mona Lisa-esque. The arm (yes, it is mine) is possessive but not aggressive. Adjustment layers in Photoshop are freakin’ awesome and I love the liquify tool. Anyway I can’t wait until next months topic!
While Anthony robbins has had a site online for ages he finally has a personal blog. I recommend it if you are interested in improving your life.