Windows Phone 7

Benjamin W.

October 11, 2010

So, I really want Windows Phone 7 to be awesome. I feel bad even saying that out loud but it’s the best looking, non-iPhone OS I’ve seen. And it may be awesome but…

How can I trust a company to make an amazing, polished, fresh approach to a mobile OS when they put this video in their presskit.

I don’t even know where to begin. This is their big unveiling? There is just nothing sexy or clear about the points Ballmer makes. I have no idea after watching this why I should care about Windows Phone 7. Here are some choice samples:

So the range of things that people will do with these devices… And they are beautiful. Each in it’s own way, exceptionally beautiful. The hardware and the way the software is always delightful across each and everyone of these experiences.

Give me a break. You really think the integration of hardware and software is a battle you should bother fighting at all? And beautiful? I can barely tell the difference between any of these and the only reason I can at all, is that they have the manufacturers logo on the face of every single one. And here’s another classic:

We wanted the Windows Phone to be always delightful for you. Whether you were looking for a place to eat, reading mail, catching up with friends or making a phone call for example.

I think that last one was a jab at the iPhone 4 but I couldn’t tell in the way Ballmer was reading the teleprompter. I just want to feel like Windows Phone 7 stands for something. And right now, I’m feeling really let down.

I wasn’t going to make the switch from my iPhone 4 but then I saw this video and realized, Microsoft does get me. 326 pixels per inch, who fucking cares? Emoticons baby!

via Daring Fireball and Engadget

Lemonade: Detroit

Benjamin W.

September 16, 2010

Lemonade: Detroit Trailer from Erik Proulx on Vimeo.

‘The Wilderness Downtown’ by Chris Milk

Benjamin W.

September 1, 2010

When you get a sec, go and watch this. We need more videos like this.

http://thewildernessdowntown.com/

(via DF)

Seth Godin: Linchpin Series.

Benjamin W.

April 22, 2010

If you are creative at all in any way, if you’re wondering how in the hell you’re going make a living doing something you love, download and listen to this talk right now.

April Linchpin Session – Seth Godin.

It is something I needed to hear. It’s for anyone who wants what they love and what they do for money to be the same thing. And anyone who wants to change things.

For more on Seth Godin, just google him.

Baratunde Thurston

Benjamin W.

April 19, 2010

“There’s something superhuman about really being yourself.” -Baratunde Thurston

This is a quote from his interview in “Life in Perpetual Beta”. Something else you should check out.

Don’t see Valentine’s Day!

Benjamin W.

February 17, 2010

If you’ve been fortunate enough to miss the movie Valentine’s Day on Valentine’s Day weekend, Fuck! that makes me hate it even more. Sorry. If you’ve somehow managed to skip this joke of a film, good for you. Clear your mind of any idea that it might be good for you or your loved one. Let it go.

I know all about the chick flick thing. I was made fun of in school for the chick flick thing. The crying. The true love. Hey, I still get teary eyed when the little boy is running through the airport in Love Actually. So, I’ll say it again.

Skip Valentine’s Day. It left me wondering, as I watched it, how this movie was ever made at all. It’s not romantic. It’s not endearing. And you’re lady will hate it too.

Holiday Bus Drive: A great cause, site and animation.

Benjamin W.

December 23, 2009

Holiday Bus Drive is a great example of how a simple idea can impact many kids lives.

Not to mention the site and animated film look amazing and really help tell the story.

(via designworklife)

Letter Case

Graphic Design & Web Design

Letter Case was my one-man design shop based in Los Angeles, CA.
I ran it for 2 years until I joined Typekit in January 2011.

In my spare time I've been learning to program by building my first web application.
A simple tool called Talkative to help people publish their talks on the web.

My current project is The Briefcase. A blog and podcast.
It's a place for me to create and publish stuff.

If you have any comments, thoughts or questions,
feel free to contact me at: benthomaswelch [at] gmail.com.

Thanks for checking out my blog. Cheers!

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