The magical bending Apple iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone6Uh oh… what’s this… seems there’s incontrovertible proof that the newest Apple iPhone 6 Plus can “… Bend It Like Beckham” (WSJ article 9/24/14)!  The article by Daisuke Wakabayashi cites videos of users who have reportedly bent their large-screened iPhone with their hands.  But was this something Apple intended?  Don’t recall a bullet point with that particular design feature mentioned, do you?  With so much buzz about this new device, of course someone had to try it!

The video commentator notes that there’s a weakness in the aluminum structure around the side buttons that could be vulnerable to the kind of bends that potentially happen when, for instance, you put your iPhone in the front or back pockets of your jeans.

The video clearly shows that under some duress–hands only mind you–the iPhone does bend significantly near the button cutouts.  It’s a nice BIG phone so there’s a fair bit of malleable aluminum. “It won’t be the most durable from that standpoint but look at that footprint… !”

SO, looks like you’ll want to keep an eye on that.  It’ll be interesting to see how Apple responds to this in upcoming weeks.

Nikola Tesla Tribute

teslaOh yes… the Nikola Tesla Museum site is a pretty remarkable tribute and worth a look for design and coding inspiration (historical edification too)!  Nikola Tesla was a brilliant inventor of the Thomas Edison school (worked for Edison) circa 1880’s and is best known for his design contributions to the alternating current (AC) electrical system and things like, oh:

  • Radio
  • X-Rays
  • Wireless communications
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Remote controls
  • Electric motors

The museum site is very well thought-out, has great design sense, and works intuitively and smoothly.  LOVE the home page in just about every way!  Excellent graphics, terrific contrast, just the right amount of interesting interactivity… the lightning is perfect. Fun and really, really well done.

Trianglify… do it today.

This is a nice effect and worth checking out!

trianglfyIt’s called  and it’s a javascript library for generating custom, colored “triangle meshes” that can be used as SVG images and CSS backgrounds. As you can see in the image above, this little tool has some potential for adding creative, colorful interest to designs.

Made by Quinn Rohlf, Trianglify is open source software.  There are controls so you can control elements such as:  Noise; Cell size; and Cell padding , as well as color schemes of course.

If you navigate over to the Github page and scroll down a bit you’ll see Javascript and some simple code to generate a background and apply it with inline CSS.