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Monday, November 22, 2004

Low cost computing

Interesting article on the BBC News site about a low cost PC/TV Hybrid project. This is something I've been thinking about for some time - how the benefits of the internet can be accessible to the poorest of communities in developing nations.

Although a solution is a way off, I was very interested in how the problems was being tackled by Prof Raj Reddy. He claims you can't view this as a charitable cause, rather that you have to create a proposition that's compelling enough for the users to make sacrifices for in the way they currently do for TV.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Blue Note covers

OK, so my motives were a little sad (looking for cover art for my iTunes library) but for anyone interested in the amazing cover art of Blue Note Records, I discovered an amazing Japanese website yesterday: Vintage Vanguard

It looks to me like someone more obsessive than myself has taken it upon themselves to scan every single Blue Note sleeve (at reasonable quality) and put them online. Great resource for designers looking for inspiration. Personally, I find them a valueable lesson in composition and simplicity - incredibly innovative use of the repro technologies of the day - and how many of us designers know about repro now?

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