But despite all the bluster, Pop was one of the more minor internet disaster stories, having lost just $7 million, in comparison to the tens, and in some cases hundreds, of millions of dollars lost by the multitudes of dot-coms caught in the technology bust. Pop’s loss was a drop in the bucket compared to, say, the $60 million that was soaked up by the Digital Entertainment Network, a high-profile Hollywood dot-com that produced a few dozen online TV episodes before it went belly-up. … [Read more...] about Quibi before Quibi: The inside story of Jeffrey Katzenberg’s first dot-com failure
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As a brand, AMPM is famous not just for its minimal aesthetics but also ethical sourcing of raw materials and its timeless classic designs. Ankur Modi contends that they have seen a positive shift towards conscious consumption. “This means that businesses, big or small, will have to re-assess their long-established strategies and focus on providing the customers with real value and transparency. We do think the audience will become even more discretionary and will look at many factors surrounding a brand before endorsing one. We are designing investment-worthy pieces for a lasting wardrobe and working with native artisans to support the ‘Handmade in India’ movement.” … [Read more...] about Virtual selling, hooking up to digital marketplaces and hyperlocal deliveries – how the luxury industry is tackling COVID crisis
The recession, coupled with the rise of the so-called sharing economy, has the early-adopter community abuzz with notions about the end of consumption. Companies like Airbnb and Zimride, which allow people to open their homes or cars to sharing or loaning for a fee, are cited as examples of new ways of using and exchanging goods and services. But the really interesting trend here is that new forms of trust are being enabled by social networking technology. We all joined Facebook and LinkedIn to stay in touch with colleagues and friends, but the upshot of mass adoption is that we can check up on virtually everyone we come across. Individuals who have never met or interacted are using social networks to validate one another. If I’m just selling something to you on Craigslist, it doesn’t really matter to me whether you’re a good or bad person: I take the cash, you take goods, and that’s it. But if I’m renting something to you, trust becomes critical. I want … [Read more...] about 12 Tech Trends That Will Define 2012, Selected By Frog’s Design Minds
I recognize that this issue of recall is not exclusive to Zoom. A huge portion of our knowledge base has migrated into digital video, one of the hardest formats to parse effectively for MOIs. This is also not a new design challenge. When I was at Frog, I led a team that worked for one of the cable companies in the early 2000s, and we created some IP around the concept of “clipmarking”—using your remote control to create social bookmarks in a media stream that you could share with friends, like a highlight reel on Sportscenter. The concept never went into production, but others have since launched platforms around the concept. When you raise your hand in a Zoom meeting today, or more importantly launch a thought bubble of the sort I described above, that “event” should be marked in the timeline as an MOI. A timeline that could easily represent who was speaking over the course of the meeting and when different media was shared. I would love to see Zoom … [Read more...] about We’re in a golden age of UX. Why is video chat still stuck in the ’90s?
Executive producer Bobby Hayden has been producing sports in virtual reality for about four years, including NFL games and NCAA March Madness. Before this, he’s worked in linear TV since 1994. He says it’s taken three years to figure out the nuances of a 3D VR production, namely, how to set things up and the overall direction. “If a fan stands up in front of the camera, in traditional TV we’d lose our minds because we want the magic of TV to always be there,” says Hayden. “Here, forget about the magic of television. If my camera is blocked, that’s okay, because my goal is to make the viewer feel like they’re at the game.” … [Read more...] about I watched the NBA Playoffs in VR, and it’s going to change how you watch sports