(Top post for 2011, Polaroid iPhone Dock Concept)
The one concept I was preparing for as the last 2011 post couldn’t be in time. Sorry.
This is the second year since I started freelancing. Here are what I’m doing now and it could be an excuse for the fewer posts for this blog than last year.
- NCDC: working closely with this Japanese company for iPhone/iPad/Android apps
- 1 Android related software everyone can use (and love?) and more in 2012 also on iPhone
- A few other GUIs for some interesting futuristic platforms
- A fashion website to go live soon
- A few thrilling smartphone concepts + tablet devices
- Graphic designs for smartphone cases for 2 companies
- Smart city architecture concepts
I can tell 2012 will be one of the most exciting years in my life. Strongly believe many people around the globe will have chances to see what I make (not just concepts). Just can’t wait to introduce all the above products/services as soon as I can!
I wish you all the best in 2012!
This year was a big one for me. I quit the previous company and started freelancing in July, which was one of the toughest decisions in my life, but I’m very sure I made a right choice. Or rather, I should have chosen this path earlier. The jobs I love, wonderful people and companies I’m working for, great business relationships, etc. etc. I can’t be happier. And I’m so honored to have a chance to work for SOFTBANK this year.
On top of that, there’s one big and exciting project I was involved in, which will be released in January at the earliest. I’m really excited but I can’t reveal it now yet.
Doing the freelance work is part of the reason why I’m making fewer posts on this blog this year; practical and promising ideas go to my client companies. I’d appreciate your understanding on that.
Any way, here are the top 10 posts made this year.
As for wallpapers, I have been using famous quotes since last year, but I’ll change the style (not because I don’t like wallpapers with quotes but using a quote is kind of practice for me to get closer to my ideal wallpapers).
In 2011, I’m planning to visit the U.S. (January?) and Europe (March or April). I’ll make time to meet lots of people from 2011, so if you’re there, let me know.
Thank you very much! I wish all of you a very happy new year.
Top 20 Posts for 2009
15. World Clock
Just type “future” in Google Image Search and you can see my images listed in the results. Other top search terms are “calendar design”, “ipod touch camera”, “desktop wallpaper”, etc. Thank you, Google!
Most Viewed Image on Flickr
Twitter is where I post little ideas and other updates not posted in this blog.
Also I use Flickr to post photos of my daily life and images used in this blog as well as photos of the books I read and sketches in my Moleskine. I’m thinking of uploading lots of botched images that couldn’t be brought to light in this blog like this.
Resolutions for 2010
Looking back at the resolutions for 2009, I think everything has come true. I can now make animation to show my concepts in motion. I can’t tell you about this now, but I made something tangible this year, which you’ll be able to see sometime in 2010. And this year the total access of this blog reached 1 million, I just got 1,000 followers on Twitter today. And most of all I received a red dot design award!
For next year I want to deepen my concept levels and to make things simpler even if it takes much more time. So the posts might become fewer and happen less frequently (sorry!). But what I want to do most in 2010 is to prepare for the next move. As I mentioned in a post and Twitter before, I want to do concept designs for sci-fi films. So I will not only create futuristic gadgets, but I also try to broaden my network towards that area of industry. I’d very much appreciate if there are people doing the related jobs who could talk to me.
That’s it for this year. I truly appreciate your support and positive comments. Thank you very very much!!
How about a TV with a Tweet-showing function?
With so many things that happened at the end of this year, I couldn’t make many posts this month. My updating pace will be unpredictable in 2009 as well, but I hope I can have more fun than this year.
By designing stuff for this blog, I learned a lot about design, so next year, I’ll try something new again. I’m thinking of make animation of the devices I make to post them on YouTube. Not sure if I really can, but I want to try that. Oh, one more thing. I really want to do something more tangible, not just creating stuff on the web.
Anyway, I truly appreciate your support. Here are the 20 posts you liked the best in 2008.
1. Future of Internet Search: Mobile version
2. Just a Sketch: Mobile Phone
3. iPod Touch Camera?
4. iPhone / iPod Touch Desktop Calendar Wallpapers for March 2008
5. Future of Mobile Internet Search: Application
6. horizontal keyboard app for iPhone
7. My Dream Mac (Macbook Touch? Mac Nano?)
8. External Touch Screen
9. Desktop organizing wallpaper
10. iMac Calendar Wallpaper
11. Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: April Macbook Air
12. Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: March 2008
13. Future of Mobile Search for Diet
14. Look at What You Don’t See Through Glass
15. Looking Glass for iPhone
16. Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: February 2008
17. Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: May 2008
18. You Can Work It Out
19. Future of Mobile Search- Power of Visual
20. Future of Mobile Search- Search Beyond Time
I will be able to make a few big announcements next year, so please come back to check them out.
If I say I’ll change my wordpress theme to Hemingway from next year, does that bother you? I’m so in love with that simple look, but it doesn’t show any images by default. You’ll need to click the title (or “read on”) to see images in a post, which could be a pain in the neck especially if you’re using an RSS reader.
By the way, I’m working on another mobile phone concept, which will be my last item for this year. And the very last post will be “top 20 of 2008”. I’ll re-render the most favorite gadgets for the post.
Some might have already noticed, but I started writing for Johnny Holland. There I’ll write about the concepts of some of the items I introduce in this blog. I’ll also show some sketch in my Moleskine. So check out JOHNNYHOLLAND MAGAZINE. (Thanks, Jeroen!)
Also, Ashley at Fixdit contacted me. Now I can have my ideas rendered in 3D in their site. By clicking and dragging the item, you can rotate it to see what it really looks from any angle! I got also interviewed.
I have lots of stuff to do these days, so I still can’t finish another calendar wallpaper for December that I actually wanted to send to a Smashing Magazine’s Wallpaper Calendar post (but I couldn’t make it). I have several new mobile phone concepts in my Moleskine I really want to show.
Also, though I’m trying to reply to all the image requests I get, it sometimes takes time to reply. Sorry!
Oh, one more. Design Tavern is a blog based website; dedicated to supplying readers with interviews, news and reviews. Henry had an interview for me and made a post about me and my ideas. Thanks, Henry!
One year anniversary of petitinvention!
I started this blog on November 9th, 2007, so it’s just one year old. I really thank you all for your comments, pingbacks, interviews, features in magazines, etc. etc. I never thought it’d have this many readers and fans.
It was such a wonderful first year, but I just had by far the most exciting experience last week, which I’ll be able to let you know next year.
As I mention in the about page, I’m having my rough scribbles in my Moleskine rendered with 3D apps to show here. I think I’ve introduced roughly 30-50% of all the ideas in the book. Of 10 ideas I think of, about 3 are usable for this blog, 3 are too trivial and 4 too crazy to show. I hope there will be a chance to show the rest some time.
I’ve never had a chance to say this, but every time I make a new post, I feel ashamed when thinking about the great product designers out there. I respect them very much because they have far better concepts than I do and try really hard to commodify their ideas solving lots of real-world problems with developers and others from various fields. On the other hand, what I do is just dreaming of something and showing them in a blog. So I often think that they’ll just laugh my idea off as a joke or something.
Feeling ashamed, I always think of a question that I often hear ever since I graduated from university:
“How do you stop the water running from the holes on a bowl?”
That is a question as a metaphor of problem solving in many situations. When I was in a service industry, my boss back then reminded me of the question many times, but my answer was always the same. I almost never told the boss about my answer because I didn’t think it was a realistic one, but now I know it doesn’t have to be realistic.
What is your answer? There must be no right answer, but here’s mine.
“Put a magnet that attracts water above it.”
It can not only prevent the water from running away, but also move the water away from the holes (upwards). That might not be a perfect solution for a problem, but that’s the way I think about stuff. Happy-go-lucky, right? But that magnet is what I really want. Creating a magnet is so much fun for me and I believe it’s that kind of magnet that moves the world forward. I can live on that magnet.
Sorry about my poor English, but I hope it makes sense to you.
Well anyway, I appreciate your interest. I hope I’m getting better in many ways.
It might sound very small when compared with a major blog, but the total views of this blog just reached 200,000 a few days ago (according to the WordPress blog stats). Thank you all so much!!!
By the way, GeekBrief.TV picked up one of my ideas and introduced it in their podcast. It’s so weird to see my own name on TV. I was like, hmmm.. the images look familiar, wait, is Cali Lewis mentioning me and my idea!?
Anyway, I always appreciate your visit and will keep posting my crazy ideas in this blog. 🙂
These are the top five April posts which got the most access this month.
1. Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: May 2008
This has turned a lot more popular than I expected, so I’ll make many other calendars in this style. I have to ask my uncle again to do the calligraphy.
2. Don’t Leave Your Trash for Long
I made the design look very fun, so there are so many pingbacks
If your icon on the desktop changes its design by lapse of time, I thought it would be helpful telling you it’s becoming old. And these too are of the same concept: icons that change their designs when a certain condition is met.
Folder Icon That Talks #1
How Much More Data Can I Burn?
3. Funny USB Memory Sticks #2
I also want other gadgets like this to “talk” to you so that you can get the info you need instantly.
Funny USB Memory Sticks #1
Funny USB Memory Sticks #3
4. Look at What You Don’t See Through Glass
This is the third post of this series. I have a few more ideas in my Moleskine, so I’ll make posts later.
5. Quick View of File Directory
I don’t know what will happen when you use this to see the “Library” folder in your mac, though…
Thank you all for your interest and comments!
I started this blog just 4 months ago. Thanks to all who visited this site, petitinvention has been chosen one of “blogs of the day” a few times, featured in Yanko Design, TUVIE.com, this next, ffffound, swissmiss, and picked up in a few magazines. I have even got job offers and been talked a few times about actually developing some items I introduced. I never thought it would turn out this way, so I’m always surprised. I can’t thank you all enough.
So here I want to introduce the 20 posts that got the most access so far (as of March 22, 2008).
This is by far the most accessed post which got almost twice as many visits as the next one. I really dream of using this kind of device. I thought of this device because I always wonder why I have to input keywords to search what I want to know. I search because I don’t know what it is. If I know the right words to search, that means in most cases I KNOW about it. Especially when you use the image search, you must feel that way, too.
This is the most surprising to me. There are some other calendars that I like more, but this calendar got the most access. Many people still download this calendar even though it’s already the end of March. You may know this building, but this is Stockholm City Hall. The other one I added later is Christchurch Cathedral.
Menton, Côte d’Azur. Noticed the background color is of a lemon?
I got used to handling my iPod Touch now, but still want it to work this way.
Now that I know the morph concept by Nokia, I want this one more.
From the very first post I made here. By fully using the screen width, there could be a better keyboard app like this.
Everybody’s desktop is so messed up, I figured.
iPhone’s wallpaper is seen only when its power is on, so I wasn’t sure if its wallpaper would be popular, but there turned out so many people who use “iPhone wallpaper” to search for a good iPhone wallpaper.
I posted this right after Macbook Air was revealed, and got so many visitors searching for its calendar.
One of the oldest posts I made. I still want iTunes to work this way.
This has been popular mainly because of so many people in Norway accessed the page.
I’m still finding some other ways of using the device, so I’ll make a few more posts about it later.
Yeah, I like this one very much, too. I made it just because a newspaper with an article of this castle happened to be on my desk and I got to like its beauty.
My Powerbook has been dead, so I want to buy a new laptop, but if my iPod Touch could work this way, it would be a little helpful.
I’m planning to make a few more themes for iGoogle later (if I have any time).
Wanna hear more from you what kind of iPhone wallpapers you want.
Another item that was on a magazine. There must be a lot more ways to use it.
I love Moleskine, so I want to buy something like this. Moleskinize!
20. Customize Gmail Icon in Menu Bar
Gmail has “labels”, so this could be possible, I guess.
About petitinvention & me is actually ranked no.6. I’ll post some “behind-the-scene photos” of my Moleskine if there are requests.
Oh, please check out my Twitter. I use it as a without-image version of this blog.
P.S. This is a header image I used when I started this blog.