500 Million reasons to check out our new iPhone Division

01/17/09 :: by moquito

App Store

Apple recently surpassed an incredible milestone - 500 Million (yes - million) apps have now been downloaded since the launch of the App store July 10, 2008. That’s over 2 MILLION apps per DAY since launch. And there are now 15,000 Apps available. The image above is from Apple.com.

This is starting to look like a crowded market. But, as late comers such as Tweetie and iFart show, it’s not about when you launch, it’s about the quality of the App. We’ve spent the last few months preparing, and we can build literally anything - from a simple, local App to a full fledged game.

Have a burning iPhone idea? We can tell you if it’s technically possible, and can generally predict whether it will sail through Apple’s approval process. We’ll also use our 10 years of business and interactive experience in helping you perfect your business model.

Check out http://iphone.fluidesign.com. Contact us today.

Happy Holidays! Now here’s a present.

12/24/08 :: by moquito

Happy Holidays from all of us at Fluidesign!

We’re announcing our new iPhone division and giving you 5% off now through January 31, 2009. If you refer someone to us during that time, we’ll give you a finders fee on top of it. Your very own iPhone app - our present to you.

http://www.fluidesign.com/newsletter/archive/2008/holidaze.html

a List of Lists

12/23/08 :: by magalish

You know how everyone loves to make lists at the end of the year? Well, here are some lists of inspiring design/media tidbits in 2008:

Brand New: Best & Worst 2008
2008 Most Popular Design posts, Tutorials and Resources
Mashable’s 8 Most Notable Redesigns of 2008
10 Trends That Will Define Logo Design in 2008
The Buzzwords of 2008
10 Most Innovative Concert Visuals ‘08
Web Designer Wall: 2008 Design Trends
FontShop’s Twenty Typefaces of 2008

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Holidaze Photobooth Party Pix

12/19/08 :: by brocksteady

Yo! Thanks to everyone who came out to our holiday party! Here’s a t-lapse cut of the photobooth hijinx. Sorry for the low-quality — we’ll post the hi-res photos to flickr soon for your downloading pleasure. Good times!


Fluidesign Holidaze 2008 from Brock Batten on Vimeo.

Why rich media is web’s future

12/05/08 :: by moquito


Necker Island, Richard Branson’s private island, is an amazing place to rent. Let’s face it - a private island in the British Virgin Islands with its year round perfect weather and cloudless skies - is hard not to be amazing. I can imagine simply taking some photos and putting them online in a simple slide show - the pictures would do all of the work.

Necker took it a step further, and created a 4 minute video giving the user a taste of what it feels like to be on the Island - starting with getting up in the morning, having breakfast, lying on the beach, arriving in a speedboat, relaxing on the beach by candlelight. I have to say that it’s one of the best produced experiences I’ve seen in a while, and makes an amazing place look heavenly.

I think 2009 will be the year that we start rethinking the best bang for the buck online. If you’re selling an experience, a solid video surrounded by a clean site is all you need to blow your competition away. Design firms should stop just thinking 2D and start producing rich media experiences whenever possible to really grab visitors. We’re already pushing rich media whenever possible, and are going to ramp up this effort next year. Until then, I’ll see you on Necker

I am currently 1 of 8…

12/04/08 :: by stina

people in the country with my name. I know this because this neat website told me so.

HOWEVER, if I change my name to my shiny new married name, I will be the only one. In the whole country. Probably the whole world.

SHOULD I DO IT??? It requires a lot of paperwork…

jen stark has a way with paper…

12/04/08 :: by stina

er color. well, okay, BOTH.

I saw these first a while back, long before the fluidesign blog was born, but just came upon them again the other day.

Her portfolio is pretty neat. You should check it out… jenstark.com

Why you should be increasing your marketing budget

11/25/08 :: by moquito

With no limit to the bad economic news lately, many companies are cutting back on their marketing budgets to conserve precious cash. The LinkedIn poll above says it all - 60% of companies are cutting back, and only 20% are increasing.

I understand the thinking: Consumers with less disposable income = less opportunity for my product/service = less return on investment of marketing dollars = cutting marketing budget. This thinking, while logical, is thinking on how not to lose - not thinking on how to win.

Now is the BEST time to increase your marketing budget.

1. All of your competitors are competitors are cutting back - so you can be even more potent with less money, sucking up remnant inventory online, radio, print, and TV.

2. Advertising and marketing firms are more flexible right now (including Fluidesign), so you can get a great deal on services that you couldn’t get in “normal” times.

3. You’ll stand out in consumer’s minds as a stable, strong company. If you can afford to market to them right now, you must be.

4. With the ROI of each dollar you spend much higher, you’ll position your company and its products/services to weather the storm and emerge in a much stronger position that your scared competitors.

Right now, most companies are playing to not lose. The best companies (and the ones that will survive) will increase their marketing budget, and play to win.

Reprinted from: http://www.michaelschneider.com/2008/11/25/why-you-should-be-increasing-your-marketing-budget/

some interesting navigation menu examples

11/21/08 :: by magalish

I’ll be the first to admit that I sometimes get stuck in a rut when designing websites. And navigation menus can be particularly challenging because it’s so important to make them easy to find and use. It’s all too easy to focus solely on making them user-friendly and forget about making them unique! I think we could all use a little inspiration from time to time, which is why this list is a great resource. (Plus who doesn’t love lists?)

And if that’s not enough inspiration, there’s even a part 2!

Camera lust

11/14/08 :: by brocksteady

I’m taking deep breaths right now. First, Canon announced the game-changing 5d Mark II, and now RED just went official with its modular DSMC (Digital Stills and Motion Camera) System. I won’t dive too far into the mouth watering details, but shooting video at 261 megapixels with a 6×17cm sensor is nothing to gloss over. Should be a good xmas this year ;-)