Dec
14
2009

Disclaimer: I’m a pretty big fan of Apple and the iPhone. That being said I was letdown when the iPhone launched without a way to sync tasks to & from iCal. When third-party apps were added to the iPhone OS there were some options available to fill this void however they were lacking in the notification department. Finally the introduction of “push” technology addressed the lacking notification issue.

For the past few months I was (happily) using Todo developed by Appigo. The user-interface is good, the synchronization between the app and iCal was effective & push notifications worked most of the time. A couple of times I contacted Appigo customer service and got prompt/helpful feedback. Todo retails for $9.99 and has a four star average rating.

After using Todo for awhile I didn’t really think I was in the market for a similar app, especially for another paid app but then came 2Do

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Dec
9
2009

Persona (Per-so-na) -n

A fictional character created to represent a particular market segment

Inspiring designers or developers to create new products and services can be challenging. Frequently I find “new ideas” are really just reinventing existing ones. An example of this is I routinely meet with clients that think they have the next “Facebook”, in actuality they just have “Facebook” with a minor twist or spin. Who whats to be a member of Facepage?!?!

Most companies have in-depth demographic & physcographic information on their target customers. This information is useful but has the opportunity to be a much more effective tool for inspiring new products or services. Developing personas that show the day in the life of target customers can be instrumental in hatching new ideas.

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Dec
4
2009

When I sat down to create a decade in review for our blog, my original intentions were to list some things we had all forgotten about and arrange them in a way that “looked nice.” The idea drifted around in my head for a week, slowly evolving to segment the information by year, color-coding, and eventually laying the phrases, quotes, and words out into the shapes of the years they came from. What follows is the child of that idea, a complicated arrangement of glyphs and characters.

The words contained in the shapes of each year are arranged (mostly) by chronological order, though some are moved to where they reached a fever-pitch and not where they were started or founded (Facebook, for example). A few years have a special section that encompasses a specific event or series of events. I’ve attempted to arrange those chronologically as well. The size of the word is loosely connected to its relative importance, similar to a tag cloud (which, as a term, did not make the cut). This is all subjective, of course, so you may agree or disagree with my choices. The ultimate intention of this piece was to present stories, people, movies, music and news in a way that let you reflect; parts of the image are purposefully abstract in the hopes that you will use the Internet to do searches or ask friends, family or colleagues to find their meaning.

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Dec
3
2009

I love to play with interactive video like the one’s you can find at JibJab. I decided what better way to use my full access JibJab account than to create a “holiday” video using some Bullseye crew faces. Unfortch, JibJab has created videos that only allow a max of five faces per vid, and Bullseye has eight on the crew. So to those of you that were left out: Don’t worry, your vid is coming soon.

“Snowball fight”

Oct
30
2009

It’s that time of year again; the time when the air gets a little colder, snow flakes fall from the sky, and it feels great to bundle up under a nice warm blanket on a cold winter’s evening. Wait -

No, it’s not that time of year (yet). It’s the time of year when sticking your hands inside a freshly-opened squash and pulling out its slimy tangled guts seems like a really good idea. So, in the spirit of tradition, Bullseye employees rolled up their sleeves, removed watches (almost), and got to work creating the best jack-o-lanterns in Seattle.

Bullseye Creative pumpkins!

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