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Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk

July 31st, 2009 by Richard Stowey


This is one of my photos from this years Scott Kelby’s world wide photo walk. I went along to the Bristol event along with a number of other bristol photographers and had a very interesting time.

My photos from the event can be found on the Flickr website in the World Wide Photo Walk set if you would like to have a look.

Here is a map of the photowalk:

View Scott Kelbys Worldwide Photo Walk – Bristol EN, UK in a larger map

The walk was made by around 30,000 people in approximately 900 cities all over the world, all on the same day. Peraps next year i’ll go to a different city somewhere else in the world.

Categories: Photography

The Design Genius of Charles and Ray Eames

July 18th, 2009 by Richard Stowey

I recently found this 15 minute TED talk about Charles and Ray Eames, in a talk by their grandson, Eames Demetrios. It’s a very short overview of the design thinking which Charles Eames adopted in his work. A very short overview of something which i found very interesting to read in a book I have – The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention.

Unfortunately the video isn’t very long and only a short glimpse, but it’s worth while if only to catch a glimpse of the Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera in one of the videos. The video can be played using the embedded version above, or found on TED.com here: Talks The design genius of Charles + Ray Eames.

Categories: Product Design

Book Review: Talent Is Overrated by Geoff Colvin

July 14th, 2009 by Richard Stowey


What started out as an article by Geoff Colvin for Fortune Magazine about great performance in business turned into this wonderful book about raw talent, hard work, great performance and motivation.

I picked it up whilst browsing through a Foyles book store near the South Bank Centre in London, and through reading just a short part I was hooked. Geoff Colvin’s ability to write engaging dialogue about a series of subjects and people kept me hooked right the way through.

The book focuses on dispelling the myths surrounding raw and natural talent and using a wide variety of real world examples and research on the subject, Geoff Colvin explains the personal and corporate benefits of recognising how talent is achieved through hard work, deliberate practice and a focus on a goal. All the information and discussion put forward surrounds important research and real world examples including Mozart, Tiger Woods, Jeffrey Immelt and Steven Balmer to name a few.

The book does well to go through each of the topics surrounding talent, and explaining the steps involved in guiding someone to be talented. The book also looks at the culture of motivating and encouraging people in the corporate environment and how different methods of thinking can help to evolve new and better kinds of people.

I found this book an interesting read and a nice learned journey through how talent is earned and achieved. It’s interesting for anyone who wants to know more about talent and where it comes from.

If you would like to get hold of a copy of this book it is available through Amazon.co.uk – Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin

Categories: Book Reviews

Measuring Website Dimensions Easily and Quickly with FireShot

July 8th, 2009 by Richard Stowey


One of the most useful firefox addons I have used, and one which I use frequently when designing and developing websites is FireShot. It is especially useful when creating screenshots and measuring existing website dimensions when doing re-designs.

The main functions available with the free version of the program enable users to capture a temporary image version of a website and copy to clipboard, save as an image, or even email and print the output.

To use the website dimensions tool, install the addon into your Firefox browser. Then click the “Edit Capture” button which appears in the lower right hand corner of the browser window. This opens up an external editor which can be used to simply drag out a box and measure various parts of your website, or another website without having to use an external editor like Adobe Photoshop.

FireShot is also available for Internet Explorer.

Categories: Website Design
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