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Apple HomeKit is a better smart home platform than you think...

Not a lot to argue with here. A 'cheap' smart speaker would be a great way to get HomeKit out to the masses in the same way Google and Amazon have, but when Apple are selling £89 Pencils, I can't see them hitting the same price points.

If you have your phone to hand, an Apple Watch or (the more limited) Apple TV then you can still get Siri to do lots of things with ease. And accessories don't have to be expensive, it's just a shame that quite a few of them are.

Posted 10th Mar 2020 @ 18:45

Coat loop

I came across this coat rack by Tom Raffield through Toxel who features his twisted shelf. There are some really beautiful items in his collection.

Price: £395

Posted 10th Mar 2020 @ 16:46

Cimafunk Tiny Desk Concert

It's been a while since I linked to a Tiny Desk Concert, and despite not understanding a single word, this one was so much fun to listen to and really upbeat.

A great day to wind down on a Friday afternoon.

Posted 6th Mar 2020 @ 16:00

New logo for BMW

At first pass, it looks like the bevels have been removed and the typeface updated but turns out BMW have dropped the colour black completely from the logo and it's no transparent.

Interesting choice and it might just work.

The biggest change is the loss of the black background, which I feel is what made the BMW so iconic and elegant, adding a rich contrast to the white and blue. Without the black and the concept of transparency for the new logo, it literally looks like something is missing. The non-transparent version that appears on white, with the strokes in half of the quadrants looks, sadly, terrible and demonstrates the kind of struggles this new approach will yield. I think abandoning black was not the best choice — on their website, which is the sole corporate application available, the new logo gets lost.

When it's as small as it is on the website, it definitely works better on a darker background. The non-transparent version (for white backgrounds?) is a little odd, with two additional strokes required to contain the white propellors.

Still recognisably BMW, it looks great on the i4 concept bonnet – not that I even noticed the change while watching the video.

Posted 5th Mar 2020 @ 10:01

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