hi, I am Nitin Garg. A Communication Designer working primarily for interaction & usability. At present i stay in Delhi/Noida, India. Designjunction.in is an online showcase of my work and blog. Here i blog to share my experiments,experiences and everything else interesting i find around. For feedback, post-sharing or being an author do mail me at nitin@designjunction.in

Archived entries for Web & Tech.

Afternoon Typo Break with Baskerville

Was working on a logo and got stuck in between. For a change just took a typo break.
And yes, I love the ‘g’ glyph of Baskerville Old Face type. : )

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Meet the Elements Video ! An infographic periodic table.

“Meet the Elements” is an infographic video representation of elements of periodic table and how they form our world. The video is created by BoingBoing for the double Grammy award winner alternative rock band There Might be Giants.

Works really well as an educational video ! I wish even in my school-time we would have more videos like this instead of bulky books : )

Google is lot (98%) more than search !

Last week at home, when i was trying to show my website & blog to my dad and getting him in the “world of internet 2.0 ( or whatever you call it )” which was a fail later on, he asked me, “How does Google earns ? ”

So this was the answer i found and it makes me rethink that is Google really a search-engine ?

No, its an Advertising engine.

Data Source : thestandard.com

Twitter Icon for your Blog.

Another candidate in the freebie lane, a twitter birdie icon for your personal blogs and website.

The package has PNG files from 512 x 512px to 16 x 16px, along with the ICO and ICN.

Feel free to use for your non-profit personal blogs or websites. And if you are interested to use it for commercial purpose like an application icon or something do mail me at nitin@designjunction.com to get the original Photoshop File.


Visual Newsreader-Spectra

Spectra News Reader provides an interesting way to capture the massive content from news site in a form of information visualization.

The content is presented in from of channels, you can select the channels you interested in to get headlines in form of Media Cards floating in a 3D space. In your space you can flip media cards, read news with image support or follow the link to full story. And the cards which has user already read gets tucked away behind in stacks.

Apart from the 3D experience a pagination-scroll bar at bottom provides a linear progression to capture the data. And makes it easy to look over a larger amount of information in lesser time. And yes, if you have a web cam enabled you can enjoy a little more richer experience. It detects the color presented in front of camera and displays all the media cards related to that color.

So go forward, start visualizing your news content now. Visit Spectra Page

HOME: An Aerial Portrait of our beautiful planet.

The movie HOME is a beautiful documentary film directed by photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and co-produced by Elzévir Films and EuropaCorp (Luc Besson’s company) and supported by PPR.

HOME is made up of aerial images which have been filmed in more than fifty countries around the world. A voice-off will offer constructive hindsight into the major environmental and social challenges facing our world.

The movie was released worldwide on June 5th, 2009 – World Environment Day – in cinemas, on television, on DVD and on the Internet around the world. The aim of this simultaneous worldwide broadcasting is to enable as many people as possible to watch the movie together.

The objective of HOME is not to make a profit. Its only benefit will be to contribute towards increasing awareness of our responsibility towards the planet.

You can Watch the entire film here
The imagery is brilliant, the narration is informative. The whole expereince of 1 hour 33 minutes makes us realize that such a beautiful place we are destroying with the time.

Super Mario – The 8-bit awesomeness !

I don’t need to say anything about the legendary label. As a kid, it was the first experience of such great interaction with sight,sound & motion. I still remember all the level maps, characters and not to mention, the music.

Yesterday, i just created this Fan art wallpaper for Super Mario. Tried to make the final art a mix of vector + pixel-art. Its available in 1920 x 1200 wide-screen as well as regular version.


A little more about Mario.

Super Mario Bros.  is a platform video game was developed and published by Nintendo in late 1985. In Super Mario Bros., the main character-Mario, saves Princess Toadstool ‘Peach’ of the Mushroom Kingdom from King Koopa ‘Bowser’. Mario’s younger brother, Luigi-is the second player in multi-player mode, and plays on the same plot role as Mario.

To save Princess, Mario travels through the eight worlds and three sub-worlds of the Mushroom Kingdom by going to the castle in each to defeat a minion of King Koopa. Inside the eighth castle, Mario frees the Princess Peach after a final fight with King Koopa !

Apart from the amount of detailing in graphics & gameplay or arcade level, the music of the game played a major role to struck the user’s head. It was composed by Kōji Kondō, a Japanese musician who has created compositions for various Nintendo Games including Duck Hunt, Wrecking Crew, Mario Bros. and Kung-Fu !

I couldn’t found the original soundtrack but in the video below, a guy from Soth Korea called Zack Kim plays Mario theme on his Guitar. Worth a Watch !

Status Updates – Explained : Quub.com

Quub is a new twitter-like service which allows you to connect to world by status updates. This video is a part of their advertising campaign. All the video are really informative and sleek.

In this video, they explain the communication model behind status updates. They call it AMBIENT MODEL, where instead of User A talking to User B its like User A talking to a larger amount of network and intrested Users B, C, G, Y can capture that information and respond to it.

Spams can be useful too, like Spamghetto.

Everyday we all get some great offers for lotteries,  financial services, amazing gifts and little more which you cant even think of.  All in a bunch of SPAM mails ! And we have no option other than washing them away to trash.

But, at TODO.to.it – an interaction and media design studio, they have used up-to 2000 different junk mail subjects to create a beautiful wallpaper. They call it SPAMGHETTO.

According to them, a quick glance at spam mails gives fresh inspirations, bizarre subjects. And may be someday a brilliant scientist will find the definitive solution to eradicate from the web the bittersweet pleasure of spam.

The wallpaper is created using a generative software, so it can be folded and molded accordingly to desired dimensions of space.

Forestle.org – Help environment by search.

Forestle is an ecologically inspired not-for-profit web search site invented and created by Christian Kroll, Wittenberg, Germany, in 2008. Forestle is a “green Internet search engine”. They use their advertising revenue to protect endangered rainforest regions in order to keep our worlds most precious ecosystems intact and fight global warming.

The advertising income, which Forestle generates from your web searches, is sufficient to save 0.1 square meter (0.11 yd²) of rain forest per search.

An average Internet user does about 1,000 searches annually. This means that you can save more than 100 square meters (109 yd²) of rainforest every year simply by using Forestle. And the best is that it is absolutely free!
Forestle post monthly reports, which show how much rainforest has been saved.

In total more than 273,794.5 m² (299,421.7 yd²) have been protected already by Forestle!

So go forward, make it your homepage.

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