Following up on our news from February about LUPE TOYS V1 and their little teaser site, we have now fully launched their new site with e-commerce functionality powered by Magento and our expertise (ok, Cinxgler's - the shop genius developer. We're very excited about this project and are thrilled to have been selected to design, develop and build it. You can see, browse it all here: http://lupetoys.com/
Dave sent me this last night (my morning) and I smiled really thinking about a similar situation. It is a recurrent situation in web-development and design (in general, for "simple" things) to perceive the nature of the work as being "simple".
So yes, if I hire someone to do a job / project, i'm not assuming it is easy to be done but rather rely on their expertise and know-how, trust them with my request and follow/manage it. Just like a doctor - although you can't argue too much with a doc....
Last week we had our first real life meetup with all three, in Mexico City. Left is Eric Namour (professional multi-tasker), right Cinxgler Mariaca Minda (lead developer), and i... was annoying them with my camera .
Launched little teaser site for Lupe Toys first game: the prisma. The teaser site is a preview of what's coming later this year as we'll develop a full e-commerce site for them. Prisma is a chess set and a puzzle enginered by a group of architects and designers from Mexico City.
The got backed early january on Kickstarter for more then their 26,500 usd goal.
Teaser site: lupetoys.com
Unpolished video from scientist and tech visionair Bj Fogg about building "a little machine that works" and starting small. He specialises in creating systems to change human behavior.
Scrolling is what you do all the time, Apple changed the game with it's mobile scrolling gestures, Facebook changed it by the removing pagination for a broad public. Lovely to see a young guy pushing the limits and come up with new ideas in this demo.
Simurai is thinking further then the existing possibilites: his flick scrolling stops scrolling at the point where you "flicked" so you can decide exactly where it should stop . It's new way of pagination and something with great potential.
One month ago Christiaan Virant stayed over for a couple of days. Virant lives in Berlin's hip Prenzlauer Berg quarter where there are more good coffeeshops then you can imagine. He gave me one of those aeropress coffee makers. It looks old school but is in fact a new kind of tool: you press the hot water through the coffee instead of letting the water drip through. Since he gave it, it became part of new routine, in less then a minute you have a good filter coffee.
Wikipedia about the aeroPress
Mangos de Hacha, a small pubishing house in Mexico City, has just launched their new website which is our second of the kind here in Mexico. Slick, simple yet colourful design and easy to browse. Very happy to be supporting small entities of the kind.
Two years ago we had a half-a day talk in what seeded the first conceptions for Urawaza. In a hotel lobby in Great Eastern st, London we discussed ideas about technology, entrepreneurship in niche economies and the state of the music industry. At that time I was working at the record label and concert organisation Kraak and Eric was working fulltime at CI headquarters just around the block. We both saw a creative industry that had difficulties to adopt to the new economies that were arising. Past success was no guarantee anymore. It took us a while to shape the company and thoughts but here we are! Urawaza is our fresh company that aims to help creative companies focus on tomorrow. We are down-to-earth, work remotely and know some of the industry quite a bit. We want to help small and bigger people and friends, so feel free to get in touch if you have a question.