Things I’ll never build – Part MCLIV – WordPress Instagram Liked Plugin

This idea was inspired by one of my favorite Instagram features: see what pics have been Liked by my friends. Although there are already a number of Instagram related WP plugins, all of them are about displaying galleries of my own pics on my blog. This one would, once a given span, post to my […]

2 days at the Nakanojo Biennale of Art

Welcome to a lovely corner of Gunma Prefecture for the Nakanojo Biennale (Nakabi). In its 3rd edition, the festival can be compared to the Echigo-Tsumari Triennale, Japan’s oldest and largest countryside art festival, for it borrows the same recipe: find a seldom visited corner of Japan, reopen long closed primary schools, old breweries, former factory […]

Moving from Posterous to WordPress

Sounds like the easiest thing in the world? Well, much like when I migrated from Movable Type to Posterous via WordPress, it took some work. Since the Posterous Importer plugin for self-hosted WordPress wouldn’t stop coughing on my Posterous site, I first signed up to WordPress.com (for free) and used their native and better maintained […]

Flickr Maps

If, like me, you have been tagging your pics with location data for a while (a practice called Geotagging), then you will be happy to learn that Flickr recently released a new geotagging feature allowing you to place all your pics onto a world map. However, the location data of my pics is embedded in […]

Nendo’s new mobile phone design for DoCoMo’s N702iS

Another playful project by Nendo. Sounds like he had carte blanche and he made full use of it to push the metaphore of the glass until he drowned in it! 😉 This mobile phone handset was a collaboration with NTT DoCoMo and NEC. We wanted a product that felt accessible and close to home, so […]

TAB News

Last month, we released the second collection of TAB shirts. 5 new international designers and artists have again accepted to donate a design to be printed and sold to promote Tokyo and its lively art scene, and raise funds for Gadago, the Non-Profit organisation behind TAB. The shirts are 3800yen, including worldwide shipping. Party Time! […]

On fire!

1st burn mark So my PowerBook G4’s battery was recalled this week (Thank you SONY!). I am not alone though, 4 of my close friends also got their batteries recalled. bummer. I complied though and immediately stopped using it, after having applied for a replacement through the Apple site. 2nd burn mark 6 to 8 […]

TAB shirts for cheaper!

Updated We’ve again lowered the price of the fantastic 5 TAB shirts to 3000yen for 2 shirts until the end of August. This is the final sale. 2 DAYS LEFT! Those shirts’ designs were donated by five international artists/designers: Jonathan Barnbrook, Power Graphixx, Paul Cox, Nobory Tsubaki, Buro Destruct to help make a bit of […]

SONI ERI W42S, S for Spy Shot

I am getting pretty excited by this spy shot of what looks like a shop-shelves dummy model of the forthcoming AU Kddi Sony Ericsson WIN phone series W42S. Notice the “Walkman” icon (weird… all AU phones are already mobile digital music players thanks to LISMO)… Notice the weird metal dial at the bottom of the […]

New site for the Institut

Freelance work has been picking up (thank you!!) and we’ve just launched the redesigned website for the French-Japanese Institute in Tokyo, one of the oldest French institutions in Japan. The old site dated from pre-2000 and wasn’t doing justice to this very active cultural platform. I redesigned this site with the help of AQworks, a […]

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