The Design Guide is a growing collection of information to help Australian Government agencies meet the Digital Service Standard (the Standard). Implementing the Standard enables us to deliver services that better satisfy the needs of our users. The Design Guide incorporates the information previously provided in the Australian Government Web Guide, with updates.



Posted by: bluesyemre | July 30, 2015

Custom-made human head helmets by Jyo John Mullor


dubai-based digital designer jyo john mullor has realized a series of helmet designs that appear to leave the human head totally exposed to outdoor elements. the trompe-l’œil effect brings about the illusion that a series of different people with shaved heads are seamlessly integrated into the plush, yet sturdy protective gear. four variations include a motorcycle cap with ears and earrings, a simple bicycle style with shaved brunette hair, and a vintage safety hat with attached goggles stretching over the surface of the skin. although not yet physical objects, mullor’s ‘custom made helmets’ provide a look at the possibilities of extreme personalization, and would guarantee a double take on the road.



Posted by: bluesyemre | July 30, 2015

The Wikisinger (An experiment with natural reverb)


This guy sings the same song in 15 different locations. Hear what happens! No artificial reverb added. The Wikisinger sings the same song in different environments experimenting with natural reverb, early reflections and short delays. One of the scenes is recorded in an anechoic chamber without any sound reflections.


Posted by: bluesyemre | July 30, 2015

Daily Overview (A Collection of Aerial Photography)

The Pentagon

Our project was inspired, and derives its name, from an idea known as the Overview Effect. This term refers to the sensation astronauts have when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth as a whole. They have the chance to appreciate our home in its entirety, to reflect on its beauty and its fragility all at once. That’s the cognitive shift that we hope to inspire.

From our line of sight on the earth’s surface, it’s impossible to fully appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the things we’ve constructed, the sheer complexity of the systems we’ve developed, or the devastating impact that we’ve had on our planet. We believe that beholding these forces as they shape our Earth is necessary to make progress in understanding who we are as a species, and what is needed to sustain a safe and healthy planet.

As a result, the Overviews (what we call these images) focus on the places and moments where human activity—for better or for worse—has shaped the landscape. Each Overview starts with a thought experiment. We consider the places where man has left his mark on the planet and then conduct the necessary research to identify locations (and the corresponding geo-coordinates) to convey that idea.

The mesmerizing flatness seen from this vantage point, the surprising comfort of systematic organization on a massive scale, or the vibrant colors that we capture will hopefully turn your head. However, once we have that attention, we hope you will go beyond the aesthetics, contemplate just exactly what it is that you’re seeing, and consider what that means for our planet.



Last month, my wife and I had the joy and privilege of exploring a portion of the Scottish Highlands. Little did we know what we would find, or how much we would fall in love with her. This video, as a result, is our simple thank you to the memories she gave us and this lesson she taught me:

“Life is short. Enjoy it. Go have fun. Go somewhere that makes you nervous. Do something stupid for a change. Do something you said you wanted to do. Build memories. Build relationships. Build some kids. Then build some Legos. Build a life with your love and never let her go. Just go, and be.”


Posted by: bluesyemre | July 30, 2015

SayHi Translate (Universal Voice Translator)


Instantly speak another language, voice to voice, with SayHi Translate for iPhone and iPad. With over 100 languages available, can you imagine talking in one language and immediately hearing yourself speaking another language? SayHi Translate is an award winning app that helps you break down language barriers. Talk face to face in over 100 languages with our magical technology. Put an interpreter in your pocket.



Posted by: bluesyemre | July 30, 2015

50 Books | 50 Covers by Design Observer


Established in 1923 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts as “Fifty Books,” the 50 Books |50 Covers competition is now the longest continually running design competition in the United States. Since 2011, Design Observer has hosted it. And in 2015, for the first time, we are publishing a book and mounting an exhibition to commemorate the competition winners. To learn more about the book and exhibition, keep reading. We’re producing the ultimate “book of books” to catalog the winners of this year’s 50 | 50 competition. Publisher, author, and previous 50 Books | 50 Covers recipient Dave Eggers will introduce the book. Photographer George Baier IV, who has photographed countless authors and book jacket projects himself, has thoughtfully taken pictures of every book and cover winner. Mohawk has generously donated the finest paper. And with Blurb, we will be printing our book, locally, here in the United States. We are in the final phases of design and production, and plan to go to press at the end of July. The book will ship in October.


Judging 50 Books | 50 Covers


IF YOU WANT to know anything about movies, the Internet’s got you covered. Likewise for details about the world’s roadways, song lyrics, or Pokemon characters. But if you want to know about books and the other items of culture we’ve entrusted to libraries, it’s much harder to find out. We’re not even sure what to link to when posting about a book. In short, there’s a library-shaped hole in the Internet.

This is not just an inconvenience. As they say, if it’s not on the Internet, it doesn’t exist. But it would be tragic if library culture were to fade into irrelevancy. Take the magnificent Boston Public Library. It may have temporarily misplaced some valuable artworks, but it can generally lay its hands on any of its almost seven million physical books and 17 million other items — including 1.7 million rare items, 729 copies of Harry Potter books, and a Jane Fonda workout DVD.


Posted by: bluesyemre | July 29, 2015

15 y/o blues rock guitarist Ray Goren @RayGoren


At just fifteen years old, Ray Goren is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who started playing piano and guitar and writing his own music before the age of seven. On August 21, Goren will release ‘Songs For You’ — a five-song EP he recorded for Jay Vee Records — produced by Grammy Award-winning artist Steve Jordan. In reflecting on Goren, producer Jordan says, “Ray is not just a musician, he’s a great singer who writes great songs. That’s why we signed him. I’ve worked with a ton of great and legendary musicians in my career and Ray is one of the most gifted artists I’ve ever witnessed. The fact that he is so good, at this age, just blows my mind.” Jordan has worked with everyone from Keith Richards, Beyonce, The Verbs, John Mayer, Bob Dylan, Alicia Keys, The Pretenders, Neil Young and Kelly Clarkson. “Between his guitar and piano playing, songwriting and singing, he is a special talent.” 






Ray Goren Doheny Blues Festival 2012

Sweet Little Angel – Buddy Guy Band & Ray Goren

Ray Goren – Machine Gun (Live Performance)

Song For Me – Ray Goren 

Ray Goren – Purple Rain (Live Performance Video)

Posted by: bluesyemre | July 28, 2015

Mobile Addicts Multiply Across the Globe

On June 29th Bank of America released the findings of its second annual report on Consumer Mobility. The report showed that the US population is perpetually plugged-in with 71% of those surveyed disclosing they actually sleep with their smartphones. This prompted us to revisit the study we conducted in Q2 of 2014 in which we first uncovered the rise of a new breed of mobile users: the Mobile Addicts.

Worldwide Mobile Addicts Grew 59% in the Last Year

The chart below shows the results of the new research. It is clear from that chart that the trend Bank of America is talking about is not limited to the United States. In fact, that trend is global.  From Q2 2014 to Q2 2015, the total population of smart devices measured by Flurry grew from 1.3B to 1.8B, a 38% year over year growth. Regular Users, consumers who use apps between once and 16 times daily, grew from 784 million to 985 million in the same period, a 25% increase. Super Users, consumers who use apps between 16 and 60 times daily, grew even more in that same period from 440 million to 590 million, a 34% increase.


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Universities depend on the support of donors to have top-ranked academic programs, world-renowned research, and state-of-the-art facilities. But as universities diversify and broaden the pipeline for donations, targeting younger audiences helps establish a lifetime of potential donations. Purdue University is a nearly 150-year-old research university based in West Lafayette, Indiana that made history with the biggest single-day fundraising campaign ever in higher education.

On April 29, 2015, Purdue launched their second “Purdue Day of Giving,” raising more than $13 million with nearly 10,000 gifts in just 24 hours. Together the two branded hashtags, #IGave and #PurdueDayofGiving, generated 10,000 mentions and 20 million impressions throughout the month—16 million of which occurred on just one day. “The number of mentions and impressions show us that we’re reaching a broader—and often more influential or connected—audience, expanding our awareness globally, and increasing our chances of donations,” says Martin Sickafoose, Director of Digital Marketing at Purdue.



Buying and searching for stock images can be a tedious and expensive task, especially if you stick to the standard sites. But there are other sites out there, and many of them are better than the status quo. Here are eight sites with great stock photos.

  1. Death to the Stock Photo
  2. Life of Pix
  3. Little Visuals
  4. Start-up Stock Photos
  5. Gratisography
  6. Picjumbo
  7. Albumarium
  8. Unsplash



A library should only collect, retain, and disclose members’ personal information so that it can provide or improve services. The law prevents us from selling demographic details and reading lists for commercial gain, or even giving away identifying data about your use of the library to the public. Requests to violate these rules can be as innocent as, “can you tell me who has that book out because I think they’re in my class,” or more sinister, as in, “I think my son is gay so you need to show me the books he’s read” (the latter is why a parent, who is liable for the fines their children accrue, still cannot see what was checked out).

Businesses would love to get ahold of library records for marketing purposes, and law enforcement always has a keen interest in gathering as much precautionary data as possible. Libraries do this too. One of the reasons we track who has what checked out is to know who to go after if the books aren’t returned. My library also has safety and security video cameras in the building, and archives the footage. When a crime is committed on the premises, we now have evidence that aids in the investigation and prosecution. This is not a bad thing, just as reverse surveillance, from Rodney King to Eric Garner, has likewise shone a light on police misconduct.



Since 2006 brazilian NGO (non-governmental organization) instituto pró-livro has been dedicated to increasing literacy levels in brazil. the country, particularly amongst young impoverished children, has significantly lower proficiency levels and reading habits when compared to the average of industrialized and developing countries. on the occasion of international book day this year — april 23rd — the organization attempted a different approach the world over, children are more apt to respond to learning in a way that’s fun and immersive. so, pró-livro decided to find a way to use the favorite local pastime of flying kites. after gathering stories and illustrations from famous brazilian writers like ziraldo, pedro bandeira, ana maria machado and more, a fleet of 500 kites were passed on to the santa marta community of rio de janeiro. ‘stories in the sky’ was a resounding success, and kites could be seen zigging and zagging in the blue sky above.




Posted by: bluesyemre | July 28, 2015

Aarhus Libraries – Powering Learning

Sundhedsuge på Gellerup Bibliotek, udstilling og vejledning om sund og usund kost for bl.a. indvandrere, her dreng på kondicykel © Foto: Søren Holm/Chili Dato: 09.10.03 Chili foto & arkiv

Sundhedsuge på Gellerup Bibliotek, udstilling og vejledning om sund og usund kost for bl.a. indvandrere, her dreng på kondicykel
© Foto: Søren Holm/Chili
Dato: 09.10.03
Chili foto & arkiv

“If you’re the first to do something, you’re allowed to fail. If you just come along with the mainstream you can’t fail.”

Here’s the next installment of the Public Libraries 2020 articles I wrote for the Reading and Writing Foundation and it’s a pretty mind blowing one. Aarhus libraries and their director Rolf Hapel are rightly well known in the library community. They are hosting the Next Library conference this September in their impressive new waterfront library building. But, as this article shows, they’ve been showing us how it’s done (and thinking about how to do it in future) for many years…




Current efforts in using bibFrame and Linked Data to communicate library data and embed it into the semantic web.


yemek haritasi

Keşfetmediğiniz şehirler, lezzetler mi var? Türkiye’nin Yemek Haritası ile hangi şehirde ne yenir hemen öğrenin.



Two years ago, inspired by the viral Hour of Code video, we decided to learn Ruby on Rails. As two suburban middle school teachers with a liberal arts background, we weren’t quite sure where or how to begin, so we headed to New York City to explore our options. As lifelong teachers, we assumed the place where we’d feel most comfortable would be in a traditional class setting, so after careful research we signed up for a Back-End Web Development course at General Assembly. While a lot of information was presented during the 10 weeks, what we didn’t anticipate was how important a variety of hybrid learning experiences would be toward helping us truly master the new programming language. After a mixture of classroom lessons, online tutorials, and tutoring sessions, we stumbled upon what many NYC programmers deem the Holy Grail: Hacker Hours.

Hacker Hours, a term coined by Aidan Feldman, is a place where programmers of all experience levels gather to help one another with their coding projects. We were so impressed by both the welcoming nature of the participants and the empowering process of intergenerational peer-to-peer instruction that we were eager to bring something similar to our own local community of teenagers.


Posted by: bluesyemre | July 20, 2015

Suruç 20.07.2015…Başımız sağolsun #SuruçtaKatliamVar



There are at least 7,102 known languages alive in the world today. Twenty-three of these languages are a mother tongue for more than 50 million people. The 23 languages make up the native tongue of 4.1 billion people. We represent each language within black borders and then provide the numbers of native speakers (in millions) by country. The colour of these countries shows how languages have taken root in many different regions.



Did you know that there are around 3.010 billion internet users in this world and the estimated global internet penetration is 42% as compared to 84.2% in US. Around 52.4% of the global online population access internet from their mobile devices and more than half of the global population is estimated to go online using mobile devices by 2020. Check out our infographic, “How Much Of The World Population Is Online” for more statistics and trends.


Posted by: bluesyemre | July 17, 2015

The Ultimate Holiday Reads by Destination #infographic




Posted by: bluesyemre | July 17, 2015

App Advisory at the Library by David Lee King


Libraries have recommended stuff to customers for years. Reader’s advisory. Video suggestions. New music to listen to. Ways to start a research project.

Why not app advisory?

Think about it. What do over half of your customers have? Smartphones. And easy access to the app store. What they don’t have is a trusted app “curator” – someone who can recommend the best apps.

What would that look like? I’ll start us off:

  • Best new apps of the month
  • Popular apps
  • Apps connected to a season (i.e., it’s summer, so apps with grilling suggestions. Yes, they exist).
  • Suggestions on how to use an app
  • And of course, you’d mention library-related apps. Ebook apps. Your ILS app, if you have one. etc.

This also means that we would need to have easy access to apps, and have a small app budget. And a variety of smartphones and tablets – both iOS and Android – to play with.

App recommendation for your community. Could be cool. What do you think?


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