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Arcade Fire keep pushing boundaries of digital content with Reflektor

Holy shit. Arcade Fire has done it again. And I’m not referring to their new single, Reflektor. I’m talking about their new video (I call it their new digital experience because that’s what it is).

I have previously spoken about Arcade Fire and their innovations in digital both here and here.

Today their new single and video(s) were released at 9pm local time. The traditional video is dark and gets some getting used to. However, when I found out that Arcade Fire also released an interactive experience I was hooked.

Another Chrome experiment, the experience is actually called Just A Reflektor and is a short film that follows the world of a woman in Haiti as she experiences both her world and ours.

Here are a couple of screen shots:

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This one is of me within the video.

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The one above is of the heroine.

Vincent Morisset is again the genius behind this production as he was with sprawl2. If you haven’t experienced the video make sure to watch experience it and read about the technology here.

Make sure to use the Chrome browser via desktop/laptop or an iOS/Android device. Enjoy!

#FollowFriday: Karim Awad of big time design and communications

Karim Awad is the founder and principal of Toronto-based creative agency big time design and communications. I have had the pleasure of knowing Karim since 2009 when he and I met for him to demo his (at the time) new product called Radar. His vision for a communications system that focused on consumer relevancy was clear. It is still a problem he continues to solve with products such as Qlouds, Pro.ps and others (I’m under a friend-NDA – but it will be WELL WORTH THE WAIT!)

Besides making the web a better place, Karim can be found playing soccer, supporting the Toronto FC and being taunted by teenagers playing Ultimate.

Here is a conversation I had with him in 2011. Yes, it was a while ago. I hope you enjoy.


It’s still a beautiful day

Ok Toronto. I think we’ve all calmed down from last night’s rainfall. Apparently the city received more precipitation last night that we received when Hurricane Hazel hit decades ago.

I managed to leave the city when it started raining. So when I arrived home I was shocked to hear about all the flooding and friends who were stranded.

Many of you also took and saw all the photos that were making their way on to social media. It was an amazing thing to witness. Not so amazing, I understand, for those whose commutes were much longer and stressful than usual.

In the spirit of being thankful for all that we have going for ourselves (we’re still the best city in the world with the best people!) I thought I would share a video that I came across this past weekend.

It was meant to be a part of a post on leadership. And last night we did receive some leadership from ordinary citizens, companies and even a few of our political leaders.

I hope you enjoy.


Evernote turns 5 years old!

I’m such a huge fan of the company Evernote. In fact, I use it almost daily. Furthermore, I insist that any device I use has Evernote capability. The company just turned 5 years old. Their goal: To be a 100 year old company. That’s an amazing goal. Here’s to you Evernote! Happy Birthday and good luck!


how to make air pressed coffee

Our friends at Network Orange and downtown Toronto’s ING Cafe recently included new “air press” coffee devices. I’m sure they are called something more refined and sophisticated. But I’m writing this at 10:40 pm on a Sunday and I really want to watch Gandhi. So you go check Google for the proper name.

Anyway, I’m going to show you how to make air pressed coffee. I’m now an expert. And some say a coffee snob. 🙂

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