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Intersections between tech and reality

05/09/14

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AHOY there DEN followers. We hope you are still as excited as ever for our weekly, uncorrelated ramblings, because this week we’re delivering insight on some interesting and exciting intersections between tech and reality. You heard, technology isn’t replacing human utility altogether in this list, but in fact endorsing or complimenting it. Not sure what we’re on about? Read on…

Let’s pull out some similes to contextualise, in the historic sense of technology that has aided human life: think the prosthetic leg to human mobility, think the battery to the vibrating shaver, think self-closing devices to kitchen cabinet doors. What all these have in common is that they ease up processes for us, but they don’t remove us from the act entirely. Neat huh? Let’s call it aiding human agency. Now let’s apply this concept to product releases and creative technologies on the market today. Basically how to make our lives easier, from DEN.

Up first- the Moleskin digital notebook that keeps handwriting relevant. ‘Livescribe’ is an interlinked notebook, smartpen and app that allows you to jot down those instantaneous ideas, where they reappear identically on your smartphone or tablet. Long gone are the days of ink smears and sad, dampened pages. Genius work Moleskin- you keep us dexterous but in check. More technews on WIRED.

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Secondly- and now THIS IS INNOVATION as we know it- is the trialling of wirelessly charging buses in London. The capital’s transport network is getting more hi-tech by the minute, but the downfall lies with charging depot’s being miles away. Last week it was announced that 800 hybrids and a handful of electric buses were released during test implementation with TFL hypothesizing if wireless charging could withstand the pressure of the hub’s mobility demand. More news at Engadget.

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SoundHound, a lovely competent little app alternative to Shazam, which snaps up sound bites and regurgitates title suggestions. Get access to instant song lyrics, with additional features including singing and humming recognition. Available on iOS and Android, you lucky consumers.

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Is it an illusion or reality?! Well whatever, it’s figgin’ fantastic. Here’s a self-stirring mug from Prezzybox that’s great for the lazy oafs out there, or just those suckers for gadgets.

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And last but not least this pretty nifty solution to noting those last minute thoughts before bed and an alarm clock! Also from Prezzybox is the scribble writing alarm clock, complete with digital display, a blue hue and four alarm melodies. It’s funky, affordable and you can wipe it clean! Clear that headspace and keep your lifestyle organisation in one- somewhat digital, somewhat real- place. Happy napping!

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Website Awards- The pages we love

27/08/14

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Keeping in line this week, with the backbone of our company- web design- we’ve decided to go on an independent meander around the web, find some goodies and compile a collection of sites from the website awards- the pages we love. It’s not all coding and SEO in the DEN, we have a fab creative team to hand that can help personalise your your online presence to your website needs. This week it’s about inspiration so, see something you like here- let us know and we’re sure we can work with you!

In the art and illustration category, we adore the following…

THE FRESH BRAIN PROJECT

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Combining digital art, graphics and interactive elements, this site has an Honourable Mention 2014 Awwward. Go check out this communication and brand planning company’s style.

In the food and drink field, welcome ‘MARTIN AUER.

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This exquisitely crafted outcome looks well planned down to the very last detail. It gives off an air of austerity, has some beautiful, quality food photography spread across the main pages, AND retains light-hearted levity. Combine slick sans serif font with clean-cut squares and strategic white space and you get a great combo! Scroll down to reveal the full story…

Thirdly we hit the realm of music and sound! Let’s see what this category can show off.

Check THIS OUT. Think you couldn’t find anything to combat your boredom- well we’ve got an instant solution for that! AND IT’S OH SO ORIGINAL! For those musical creatives out there, or even those willing to experiment with their tuneful side, this site is where it’s at. It has to be one of our faves for the pure technological skill, contemporary sound quality and dexterity involved! PATATAP produces some instant visual fireworks as you create music on your keypad!

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Up next in the sports section, we have TRANSFERWINDOW.INFO!

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Now this is a nifty, concise and interactive little creation. With fine pixel graphics on screen, comprehensive league information and an all-round easy to navigate page, no wonder it received a ‘Site Of The Day’ award. AWWWards state: ‘Signal Noise designed a rich user experience website across multiple devices that visualises transfers and gives users in-depth analysis…’

And on an endnote, here’s an example from the wonderful world of mobile and apps. Visionaire claimed a place in this list primarily due to the app idea and how simplistic the website is! It creates a calming, inspiring user experience and leaves you wanting to learn more. Our favourite feature has to be the animated hand and phone using the app. Find it as you scroll down the company ethic from the initial home screen. Genius! Got an idea? Visit Visionaire.

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What To Expect From WordPress 4

25/08/14

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WordPress is undoubtedly one of the most popular blogging platforms and content management systems on the internet. It’s used by 22.9% of all websites and 60.6% of all websites that use a CMS. Achieving that kind of market share is no small feat and it leaves even its nearest competitors trailing behind. We use WordPress for most of our projects at Den Creative and for good reason; it’s simple to use for clients, extremely customisable and incredibly widely supported. WordPress is a bit like marmite in the web developer community – some love how quickly and easily you can get websites up and running with it, while others deplore the almost byzantine codebase that has been built up over years of development. Regardless, WordPress 4 represents the newest major version release in 4 years and will affect a large portion of the internet running WordPress sites. In this article we’ll dive into some of what you can expect from WordPress 4.

Improved Language Support
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Probably the biggest new feature in WordPress is the improved language support. Multi-lingual support is not new to WordPress, of course, but WordPress 4 represents a much better integrated attempt at it, which seems appropriate for software which is used all around the world. You’ll be able to select your language on the installation page in WordPress 4, as well as search for plugins and themes within your blog’s language. This may not excite developers living and working in the English speaking world, but it will make life a lot smoother for everyone else.

Media Grid View
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Wordpress theme twentyfourteen introduced a ‘magazine-style’ layout with improved support for multiple media types, from pictures to video, audio and more. As WordPress has been evolving away from a simple blogging platform to a full-featured content management system, the increased need for better media management tools became apparent. Being able to view your website’s media in a grid view as opposed to a list view allows you to better see and manage the files on your website at a glance.

Updated Plugin Experience
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Plugins are no doubt one of WordPress’ most popular features and they play no small part in its popularity. The plugin screen layout has been updated in WordPress 4 and given a grid view with a cleaner layout, which is not earth-shattering but makes for an improved experience over the old plugin screen nonetheless.

Sticky WYSIWYG Bar
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This doesn’t seem like much of a new feature at first, but if you’re someone that writes posts in WordPress on a regular basis then you’ll soon appreciate this nice new touch. In past WordPress versions if you were writing a long post and then needed to format some text, you’d have to scroll all the way up to access the WYSIWYG bar. In WordPress 4 this bar has been made sticky, so it will always appear at the top of the page no matter how far your article scrolls the text box!

Better Embedded Media Support
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The WYSIWYG editor also now includes far better support for embedded content. For example, if you paste a Youtube URL into the post editor then it will now show you a live preview of that embed directly within the post editor. Many other services such as Twitter and other oEmbed providers are also supported.

Conclusion
Of course these aren’t all the changes in WordPress 4. There are hundreds of other little changes and improvements across the code base but many of these will go unnoticed to those not versed in the WordPress source code. Nevertheless, for such a milestone release it’s hard not to feel underwhelmed. The release of WordPress 3.0 heralded the introduction of WordPress Multisite into WordPress core, added custom post types, shortlink support, contextual help, custom menu management and many more significant new features.

There’s no doubt WordPress 4 will be an improvement over previous versions and it will be well worth upgrading, but this is perhaps not the sort of release people will expect from major milestone releases. The real test, however, comes with widespread adoption in the wider community. Time will tell how well WordPress 4 holds up compared to older versions.

Nuture your inner self and creativity will follow

20/08/14

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As a bit of a TLC post this week, we thought it was about time we took it back to basics. ‘Nuture your inner self and creativity will follow,’ is our motto! Below are some cracking, DEN-proven tips on how to make yourself great on the inside, with some wellbeing and positivity tips in order to foster that ever-important creative glow and outward produce. But really these tips are transposable for multiple industries, so why not have a gander?!

It’s not all knee-crossing, floaty-gown-wearing mediation stuff, but drawing from experience of others and research we’ve read it is a good angle to start from. A really informal, less daunting tool for calming yourself, allowing yourself to rest better, achieve mindfulness and set firm foundations for a good work head ethic is headspace.com.  It can be downloaded in app form, streamed audibly on Youtube and subscribed to for updates and info. IT REALLY IS GOOD. What is more, the animated videos really secure the messages of the narrator.

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Cut out the self-doubt- that’s a biggun! It can be all too easy to worry yourself with stresses of work life- ensuring you finish the best piece of work to your ability, but sometimes worrying about it can be damaging and illuminate weaknesses. Get out of the mind-set that ‘you won’t achieve’ and recognise what you can- acknowledge your fortes and put them first. Therefore, from a psychological direction, our second tip to making yourself confident in your ability, is to clarify it to yourself. It’s great thinking it- that’s the start- but it’s even better if you concrete it! Grab some A4 plain paper, some chubby, colourful felt tips and get writing down your goals with positive affirmations.

‘YOU WILL BE RESTED, READ AS MUCH AS YOU CAN, LEARN AND EXCEL’

‘YOU WILL PRODUCE GREAT WORK’

‘YOU WILL GET BETTER AT INDESIGN’

‘YOU WILL MAKE SUPERB LUNCHES FIVE DAYS A WEEK (and allow a slump/cr*p day at the weekend to self-indulge in doing nothing) TO ENERGISE YOURSELF IN THE DAY!’

Examples like the above can remind you of the good you want to achieve everyday, so slap ‘em around a common environment you occupy and keep an eye on them. Subconsciously these messages will seep in and bury themselves into your mind. Keep them bold and bright, because as all the kids know from GCSE revision, the brain can absorb and retain organised information better. Style it to suit your learning style. Heck why not even record voice notes and play them to yourself as you sleep?! Notice the change happen!

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Moreover cut out distractions and things you probably shouldn’t do as much as you would like. Recognise what hinders your performance or triggers your mind-set (whether it be lazy, stressed, anxious, bored etc.) and manage that thing. TV, can be a huge one for children, so what is your vice inhibiting your innermost creative power? It’s always more easily said than done, we know, but things like your phone, or unproductive habits can be changed. For example, on the commute to work, instead of playing a smartphone game or checking mindless celeb goss, why not subscribe to a podcast about a subject of interest, listen to classical music, or buy a book on bettering yourself at work?

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(^Screenshot of the Happify app, listed in article below)

Digital sources include: StuffYouShouldKnow.com or The Brilliant Idiots (for a more explicit giggly learning experience), or The Complete Guide To Everything. Here is Huffington post’s advice on brain training apps, to improve performance.

Next up- WRITE STUFF DOWN. If you keep a notebook, well done, if you don’t buy one. A little place for your scribbles whereever you are, whatever you think. It can not only help you log your thought process on a creative project, but also help to release some information caught up in your head. Or just let out a rant, either way. Free that precious mind!

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(^Find this little scribble book on Etsy, handmade for less than £13! Image taken from website Aug,13, 2014)

And finally the last one- LAUGH! We cannot recommend more, the power of laughter as a natural tonic. Fill your boots (more than likely your soul) with laughter, as often as you can. Get hold of those weird friends who chat about dancing poo smileys (and don’t say you’re too lethargic to meet after work, because this can really help!), book a comedy show, or make fun of yourself by signing up to an abnormal activity, like overages high jump club (or whatever…does that even exist?). Anyway, expel that energy laughing and this can also tire you out, if you work that bellehhh enough.

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We hope this helps. DEN LOVE creative people. Get self-boosting and then you’ll receive a boost you back when your creativity is BOOMING.

Robert Henke and lasers

18/08/14

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Robert Henke is a German electronic music producer and has a huge influence on the electronic music creative process as he is one of the co-founders and creators of the music production software Ableton Live. Not only that, he is a teacher at the Berlin University of Arts. Coming from a strong engineering background, he develops his own instruments and algorithms to create his music and other related art pieces such as Lumiere+.

“Based on self written software, this work on the edge of concert and site specific installation finds previously unseen beauty and minimalistic elegance in a commonly underrated medium. High power lasers are used to draw complex morphing shapes and connect points in space. Unleashing the full potential of the underlying advanced vector engine, Lumière combines precise geometric figures with floating organic structures, presenting the archaic sign language of an alien culture communicating via emerging and disappearing traces of extremely bright light.

The software also generates the control signals to drive equally abstract and powerful sonic events, a multi sensorial experience of audiovisual rhythm, at times fragile and quiet, at others massive and overwhelming. Each Lumière performance is a unique and site specific real time exploration of synchronicity and divergence, of light and darkness at the limits of perception.”

In other words, Lumiere+ is a beautiful mind blowing experience. Henke managed to take us in a pure digital fragile world and got us to see machines as powerful partners and friends when working with them. Using Ableton Live myself, being able to see how Robert performs his Lumiere+ and understanding how he built it made the performance more enjoyable.

During his introduction, Henke warned us about a potential crash from the software which happened. Not for too long, but in the middle of his piece, the lasers stopped and so did the sound. Now this happens because the software is not stable enough to be pushed like crazy and can’t handle all the data going through at a certain time and just crashes. This is what makes the piece even more unique.

Here is a clip of the “encore” performance that was planned so that we can film and take photos.

5 Fab things since sliced bread

07/08/14

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Opinion-heavy but still utterly worth a read, we’ve introduced a blog post entitled ‘5 best things since sliced bread.’ This post contains some rather fabulous, innovative and occasionally useful things that quite frankly make bread look even more beige than it already is. If you’ve got a fancy for cool stuff, great ideas and how to better your lifestyle, you’ve come to the right place…There’s no theme, other than RANDOM FUN.

So not only are we throwing in some delightful food stuffs (obviously, rude not to really) but we have sought the web for creative things you didn’t even know of. All in all very niche but none the less- valuable for some of you out there. Bare with us chaps…

In top stop: Gemma Correll’s illustration, full of stark humour, linearity and puns. Her work comes in many forms making it even more fabulous, so you can enjoy her witty simplicity in phone case, pillow, or poster mediums. Discover what else there is here on Ohh Deer.

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PEANUT BUTTER IS AMAZING and it is even better in a REESES TOPPING SAUCE! ARGH let’s calm down now… Squeeze it over everything from your sandwiches to your soufflés (more likely the former, as no one even eats soufflés on the regular, so that wait wouldn’t be half as fun). Pop it in some wholemeal bread with banana segments and special up your Friday lunch times. It’s probably your entire sugar intake for a fortnight, but worth it as an awesome kitchen condiment. Find out more on CyberCandy and browse an expansive selection of vintage and niche treats, satisfying for the fatties inside us.

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Personalised pork pies! Can you get more heart-warming than that? Perfect gift ideas from NotOnTheHighStreet., so pop your favourite name or phrase on these meaty treats. If your dad’s a pastry pest, this one’s for you.

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Ahhhh, solving the problem of getting to work swiftly, cheaply, hacking down the burden on traffic and environmental pollution, and looking top dog and contemporary while you’re at it. It has the added bonus of being nifty and foldaway and fits snugly into a bag…what could it be?! THIS FOLDABLE BIKE by Lucid Design. Watch more on their video via Dezeen.

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And last but not least, we are giving you the gift of a reference site: Quirky.com.

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Not only is it a platform for inventives all over the globe to pitch their ideas to them, take part in the deciding of the next big product to ’make it’ into the market and then influence its creation to manufacture, they also have a shop full of innovative and life-bettering goodies. Why not go see what you can do!? Or better yet, buy a Pivot Power Pop- every office’s dream…

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Controversial articles about LONDON

31/07/14

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This week we’re getting’ all up in the grills of some of the most recent ruthless, cocky or careless writers, seemingly confident enough to bust their opinionated balls all over the internet on the capital of the UK. We’ve collected a beautifully written mound of content from a variety of online sources, that aren’t afraid to display their controversial articles about London. Think: angry residents, creative publicity and how London is a cauldron of crap sometimes…

Don’t worry the city has plentiful prosperous perks too, but we find these are just too entertaining not to blog about. We are huge London fans don’t mistake the previous (somewhat) sniggering tone, but please appreciate the quality of opinion punched out in this lot.

First up VICE and how ‘Starchitects’ use London as a playground. This article is founded on the notion that these self-titled industry rockstars enjoy cashing cheques and creating buildings that resemble futuristic abstraction, or ‘probably sculpts models of perfectly normal buildings in butter then has to queue up behind Jenson Button’s McLaren to run them through the wind tunnel for a couple of hours.’  VERY much worth a read in contrast to all the starlit media- it is clear the tone sways towards the ‘glass half empty’ life ethic. Article by Gavin Haynes .

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Alex Proud says the future is dull. To explain more fully ‘dull’ means populated by rich kids, sanitary streets, £3000 chandeliers, more rich kids and socially cleansed centres. Right… * deadpan facial expression * #Can’tWait.

‘Cool’ London is dead apparently, appropriates The Guardian.

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Soap fans this one’s for you. Discover the talent of one of the grittiest, popularised weekly UK soaps set in a fictitious London location of Walford. Big Narstie, emphasis on ‘big,’ emphasises the importance of the east-end character bunch. We’ve added this one due to the sheer humour of BN’s expression, and the shameless, blatant admission of reality links to the storylines. Expect more of this:

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‘I’ve got an emotional attachment with Phil, I respect man because he’s been a crackhead, he’s been an alcoholic…he’s done everything and he keeps it trill and never likes to smile. If I ever met Phil we would fight straightaway, because real recognise real. I’d punch him in the face.’

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Here’ is Big Narstie’s guide to Eastenders on Noisey. He’s real.

HEY CREATIVES, STOP FETISHISING ESTATES on VICE once again, is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Whether you’re an artistic type interested in regeneration and abolition issues, or simply love reading about angry, art-ignorant locals swearing about whimsicalness, this is uwwhhhh-some. Obviously set around the east and west poles of the capital, with those huge estates in the foreground of controversial art today, these sites are ideal for modern day metaphors, such as throwing a piano off of a 24-storey tower…

Please read on.

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This guy^ didn’t like the idea at all, explaining he’d ”sooner see the artist dropped off there and see what damage they’d do, because a piano would do more…”

And to end this July compendium of London’s controversy, check out this: The Bureau of Silly ideas. An arts council support, Lottery funded organisation set up in Brixton, to do silly things, encourage us to start asking questions about conventional city life and occasionally organise pie-throwing campaigns. A bit different- less controversial in literary type, but controversial in content all the same. Cute though right?

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Office essentials to brighten up your day

24/07/14

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AHOY there DEN readers! This week we’re bringing you several amazing office essentials to brighten up your day. We’re not referring to the conventional, absolutely beige objects that every corporate environment has, such as a coloured paperweight or an opaque egg lamp that some people think are ‘super quirky’, snore…NO Way you should know us better than that. Click here to discover some unusual and fascinating work environment additions. We’ll give you one incentive to start with: a miniature greenhouse!

Solar powered motion toys! OMG you can stare at these for wayyy too long and become totally besotted. Check out The Wharf’s dancing Hula girl- she dances with the sun’s rays, how much more poetic can you get than that!?

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Why not boost or ruin someone’s ego on a report you work together on? Nah that’s a bit harsh actually, but perhaps you can use these ‘like’ /‘dislike’ stamps on post-its for your most and least favourite peers, sticking them to their laptops. #OfficeJokes

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As promised a miniature greenhouse for your desk! And the best thing about it is that it will soon be producing snacks to gorge on. This little contraption adds some greenery and adds some fresh viewing in the technology-clad, enclosed spaces we work in as designers! Find out how it all works at CreativeBloq.

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Oh why the hell not, let’s max out on the zen, nature vibes while we’re at it. CreativeBloq once again showcase some awesome product designs and this little edible garden will rock your office space. Ditch what your mumma used to say ‘don’t play with your food’ and get your teeth around some stones and sand…

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If you want to add even more screen-based distraction, why not ensure your mobile phone is ‘up in your grill’ with this poignant iStuck bubblegum phone stand.

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Last but not least, one for the foul-mouthed, angry types- an instant f*ck you snow globe from KnockKnock. Described as an ‘ideal gag gift for misanthropes and haters’ and the ‘hardest-working globe in snow business,’ why not get three?! Shake for instant irreverence.

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If that’s a bit too hardcore for y’all, there’s a more light-hearted option: An instant party snow globe for your desk. TIP: best to use from 5.30pm onwards, ideal for Thursdays onwards.

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Fascinating photography techniques!

17/07/14

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Hi GANG! We’re feeling super inspired for the on-going summer months, with awesome ideas captured by the camera on the brain. And we’re not just talking any photography- this week it’s about the unconventional and unique works of the underground creatives. Lately we’ve come across some fabulous shot styles, so we thought we’d compile an inspirational list of fascinating photography techniques.

From surreal horror scenes to mouth-watering landscape shots, we’ve included artists with that extra little bit of zing. Pulled from a range of sites on the web, this list’s primary theme is the achievement of an unusual, effective and bold execution that probes an emotional response. None of that colour opposites malarkey- think powerful scenes with simple ideas!

Up first on Creative Boom, ‘surreal worlds’ have been created by blending photographs…Now these are mega cool.

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Mirror mirror… This reflection photography in Copenhagen is by Morten Nordstrøm and it makes the city look oh so crisp and romantic!

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How many times can you morph a man’s head into various wild and differing scenarios, getting creepier by the shot? You got 110 % WAY out the box in this series of surrealist photos by Martín De Pasquale.

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Yay to nature and yay to bees…but not just any bees! Check out Sam Droege’s macro views of a bug’s life. Bees are just so frickin’ cool aren’t they? AND they have rather interesting hair arrangements…

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This may be the wildest in content, with the juxtaposition of human portraits neighbouring their donut doubles. It may sound strange, (it did to us first time round) but have a peruse at a few of these and you’ll get what we mean by uncanny people-confectionary likenesses.

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Find more of Brandon Voges’ quirky work on Behance.

Lastly, probably the most innovative execution yet- MatCloud’s BEEN THERE DONE THAT series. These images have a whole lotta attitude, capturing some marvellous vertical panoramas of magical city moments.

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WordPress Custom Post Types From Start To Finish

16/07/14

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Custom post types are a great way to extend WordPress’ blogging capabilities and better organise your website’s content for both you and your clients. Custom post types essentially allow you to duplicate the ‘Pages’ and ‘Posts’ of WordPress, complete with your own specified features. We’ve used them extensively here at Den, most recently when a client wanted a page with a horizontal slider that cycled through a list of benefits for their product. By creating a ‘benefits’ custom post type, we could create multiple articles for benefits which were separated in the back end and easily selectable on the front end. In this article, I’ll walk you through how this was achieved from start to finish.

Step 1: Adding A New Custom Post Type

The first step to adding your own custom post type requires you getting down and dirty with some code. Open up your theme’s functions.php and paste this code:

If you upload this and refresh your WordPress admin panel, you should now see a ‘Benefits’ option on the menu panel with the ability to view all current articles and add new ones. Success! The majority of this code is made up of language strings and is fairly self-explanatory, simply replace all the ‘benefits’ with whatever you want to call your post type. Just keep the singular/plural cases consistent with the code above. There are a few bits of code I’d like to call attention to, mostly in the $args array. This is the meat of the code and determines what your custom post type can and can’t do. As always, the WordPress Codex contains the full list of supported features. You won’t need most of them, however; here are the important ones:

    • labels - You’ll want to add these if only for the benefit of your client. It allows you to specify how WordPress refers to your custom post type.
    • supports - This defines which features your custom post type uses. In this instance, we allow for a ‘title’ and ‘editor’ which are fairly standard and allow your client to add a title and body of text to your custom post type. ‘thumbnail’ allows you to set a featured image (as long as you’ve added add_theme_support('post-thumbnails'); to your theme) and ‘custom-fields’ allows you to add miscellaneous data to each post. Sounds obvious but this demonstrates the power of custom post types; if you wanted to create a post type to display a gallery of artwork, for example, then you could forgo all text input and just allow images!
    • has_archive - Like the vanilla posts and pages, you can create both single pages and an archive specifically for your custom post type by setting this to true
    • rewrite – This allows you to control what WordPress uses for your post in permalinks. This is important if you’re interested in semantic, pretty URLs.

            Step 2: Adding Extras Right now our custom post type is almost a carbon copy of regular WordPress posts. This is all well and good if you’re only in it for the organisation benefits, but what if you want to really customise your custom post types? Here I’ll show you how to add a completely new field for your client to use. Open up your functions.php file and add the following code:

This will add an ‘Event Details’ textarea to the backend of your custom post type. It doesn’t have to be a textarea, of course. By editing the meta_options() function you can change it to whatever you would like! You’re not limited to a single extra option either, so you can add as many of these as you would like to your custom post type. Thanks to the flexibility provided by this option, you can completely extend custom post types to include virtually any and all information you could want!

Step 3: Displaying custom posts on the front end
After you’ve got your custom post up and running in the admin panel the next step is displaying them to your visitors! Custom post types can have their own single-{custom_post_type}.php and archive-{custom_post_type}.php pages like regular posts, but in our case we wanted to display our custom posts in a slider on an existing page. This is really simple to do; simply open up the file you want to add your custom posts to and paste in this code:

Here we’re very simply using a WP_Query loop to get our custom posts and then looping through the data – mostly standard WP functions like the_title(); and the_content(); but we also get and include our custom Event Details inside this loop!

Once again the WordPress Codex has the complete documentation of all available options, but I’ll go over our WP_Query loop in a bit more detail as it’s specific to our situation.

  • posts_per_page – I’ve set this to -1 to display all benefits posts, but you can instead limit this to a certain amount if you want.
  • meta_key – This links back to when we enabled ‘custom-fields’ to our custom post type in the first code block. We created a custom field called ‘Order’ with an integer value so the client can order the posts however they want!
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  • - This works in tandem with meta_key above to get the value of the specified custom field.

Fin
If you’ve reached this far then you should now know how to add custom post types to WordPress, as well as add custom fields to your custom post types! This really demonstrates the power and flexibility of WordPress as you can completely extend WordPress beyond being a simple blogging platform while still maintaining a consistent, sensible and semantic back end for your clients.