Should the word “the” have an icon? The same way “and” has an icon (&)? Fascinating proposal by Australian Paul Mathis. What do you think? Here is his proposal for the icon (i think it’s lovely):
Far before IEDEI was turned into a car blog, (then subsequently shut as that) there was a series of photographs I was putting together between 2004 and 2007 for which I was using the “IEDEI” label. There were supposed to be 1000 of them (youthful overambition), however in the end only 15 or 20 were made. Photography, however, is about to make its way back to me big time in the next few weeks and months—with a purchase of a very special camera!
Here are some of those “original” IEDEI photos taken between 2004 and 2007….and displayed with various iterations of the IEDEI logo—-some cool, some not so much! Either way, they are inspiring to the future of this site and remind me of what originally started the site.
The iPad is a pretty astounding device; sure you’ve heard the hype and the blah blah blah—-but the fact of the matter is, it is the premier mobile all-in-one multimedia device. If you’re not convinced, then you should check out just how many amazing motoring and automotive applications there are available. I have multiple folders full of stellar automotive enthusiast applications. The latest of which is called Road Inc.
I’ve always found it pretty amazing that automobiles (sometimes) have so much aesthetic importance given to them, yet automotive websites are so NON-aesthetically pleasing. Often I find them to look like an offshoot of ESPN or some tacky jock football page. The iPad, however, serves to provide a clean, interactive platform to make apps. A stylistic revolution is surely needed—-enter why i love the Road Inc. application so much.
To start, the app comes with various ‘veiled’ classics—each of which can have a packet downloaded into the iPad for free, upon the user’s interest in the automobile. After that comes a barrage of information, media, photography, 3D image renderings, essays, and a wealth of information about the car being looked at.
Earlier today, i downloaded the packet for one of my favourite all-time (race)cars—-the Bugatti Type 35b; here are just a couple sample screenshots i took earlier:
They supply a 360 degree rotatable image, to check the car out in its entirety.
There is beautiful attention to detail here; and you get the sense that someone has poured in plenty of time and energy to make this app a beautiful one to use for the motoring enthusiast. I salute Road Inc. for making something like this. Currently there are 50 cars available with a full data packet download of information. I really look forward to see Road Inc expand on this list in the future. The app is currently available in the iPad application store for $4.99.
Link: Road Inc.