In their words:
Our aim is to interview awesome designers, developers and creatives, and find out what makes them tick, where they get inspiration from, and much more. Simple as that.
Wallbase lets you find a ton of awesome wallpaper/background images free of charge. You can filter by relevance, date, popularity, or just have it pull up images at random. This is something I’ve been looking for for a long time.
Went to visit our friends at Shapeways today for an office tour and product showcase. Here’s some of the products they had lying around.
To design and print your own 3D stuff, go to shapeways.com
Just off the phone with my new friend Charlie Maddock, Director of Biz Dev for Shapeways, and I am a huge fan of what they’re doing.
Shapeways is the world’s first 3D printing community that allows users to upload designs of just about anything and bring them to life - including cuff links, home decor, iPad cases, board games, jewelry, and much more. If you can design it, they can make it real.
For those who aren’t designers, they have a easy-to-use customization portal on their website that lets people customize things like sake sets in minutes. Check it out here. Or you can browse and buy the creations of others.
How does it work?
In their words: “We define 3D printing as any additive manufacturing process whereby one machine turns a digital file into a finished physical object by building up that object layer by layer. If you were to be more precise the technology would be called rapid manufacturing and 3D printing would just be one of the manufacturing processes used to create objects in this way.”
Still don’t get it? Watch the video below.
How Can Brands/Advertisers/Creatives Use It?
Things to Note
In short, I highly recommend getting to know Shapeways. Whether for a brand or yourself, it’s products are undeniably cool, custom, and innovative.
Pinterest launched in November 2009, but didn’t start gaining traction until October 2010. This article goes in-depth as to why and how startups can get this late viral growth.
Pinterest - Virtual Pinboard
Pinterest is absolutely taking off right now with heavy adoption with those in the fashion and design industries. People can post images from anywhere on the web with Pinterest’s browser extension and organize them by category in what Pinterest calls Boards. Great for organizing creative and inspiration, as well as discovering great creative from others.
Their business model is unclear at present, however I see great potential in future for brand pages that are promoted through their internal search; as well as a potential e-commerce integration where users and Pinterest split affiliate revenue.
Pinterest is currently invite-only. Holler if you’re looking to join.