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!!
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.
1.(iPod Touch + iMac + Macbook Air) / 3
The concept of this is very simple: a little larger iPod Touch that works as a mac (that I could buy for less than $1,000).
2.Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: May & June
As of now, this is the only June calendar I have, so I’ll add a few more.
3.iPod Touch Camera?
With this, it would be a lot easier to blog outside, but the function I like the best about this is the WiFi indicator.
4.Future of Mobile Search for Diet
I could’ve made a bar graph with an image of a glass of beer or a bar of ice candy.
5.10-Key + Calculator
If there was this kind of product, I would definitely buy the Apple’s wifi keyboard.
There are a lot of 10-key keyboards that work as a calculator, but they’re a bit bulky. I’ve been thinking about a way to ‘hide’ the display part when I don’t need it.
Actually I wanted to introduce the sketches in my Moleskine for all the ideas above, but 4 of them came straight out from my head, so there’s only one shown.
(Extra) External Touch Screen
Thanks to Smashing Magazine, there have been so many visitors from their post “Beautiful And Original Product Designs“, where my concept “External Touch Screen” is introduced among other designers’ ideas. Thank you so much!!
The reasons why I’m having the slow update are 1) I’ve been still learning how to use a new 3D app, 2) the ideas I’ve come up with these days are a little more promising than usual that I think I can use for design competitions so I won’t disclose them now, and some other reasons.
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!