Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Interactive photo: The tap-dancing preacher

Inspired by a great Daily Freeman article using a new interactive slideshow called New Hive, I took a new spin on a Black History Month article that I'm working on.

Experience the full interactive page by clicking here.

Two challenges with this project: 

1. My iPhone/iPad simply doesn't take quality-enough pics to play with in an app like this, and the images our photographer took didn't work well as a background. I ended up finding a simple pair of tap shoes from a free stock photo website.

2. The embedded picture of the interactive photo is awful no matter what I do. The elements are shuffled around and the Youtube video does not show up. I don't know if it's something I'm doing or a problem with New Hive's Beta product.

Friday, February 8, 2013

That can't be done.

My favorite people are the kind of find a way around "it can't be done." For example, you cannot build a top-notch, live recording studio in the middle of a newsroom with minimal budget, resources or time. Um, except you can, and we do at the Daily Camera.

I'm working on a fun story and video featuring Duncan Taylor behind the scenes of Second Story Garage. I hope to release it in the next few weeks.

In the story, I will include tips on how he makes it happen, what bands and audiophiles can learn from this and what your every-day newspaper can learn from this -- even if you don't happen to have a techy, crafty audio guru hiding inside the quiet page designer who sits in the corner.

Here's a quick preview of my chat with Duncan today.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Where do new ideas come from?

An added bonus of having an iPad is the free Podcasts app. I have become addicted to Ted Talks. Today's inspiring talk: Where do good ideas come from?

Steven Johnson says good ideas don't necessarily come from deep internal meditation and four months in the mountains alone. He talks about networking -- specifically how coffeehouses over history have helped spark major innovations.

Coffeehouses were a space where people could come together and share their ideas -- a space where "ideas could have sex."

Ooh la la.