Also, we’re celebrating the weird. Not everything should be like Disney and Apple. Those are too perfect; we want our things to have flaws, and to be a bit weird, while also referencing the everyday Meet Toca Boca, the Disney Destroyers of the App Store | VICE | United Kingdom
We also find ourselves living in an increasingly protected world where everything from forks to table edges to flooring have been designed child safe at a premium and marketed to the fears of parents. I understand that parents including myself want the safe side of everything, but the problem is we need to take a little leap of faith for interesting life experiences. Take a little risk, but make sure there is adult supervision. And […]
Part of what makes Toca Boca games so lovable is also their business downfall, in a sense. A parent might buy an app for $2.99 in 2013 and still have the same app, with no additional payments, on her phone three years later. “My hope is that you’ll keep that in mind,” said Jeffery. “When a parent needs to find a new game easily, in an airport or on a Saturday morning when a kid […]
Nobody likes games where the rules are rigged in favor of one player. That’s almost certainly one reason why investors don’t seem very keen to put their money behind Zynga, the once high-flying video-game maker founded by Mark Pincus, who brought FarmVille to the Facebook masses. Liquidating the $2 billion company and returning the proceeds to shareholders is probably the best option at this point. Cox: Time has come for Zynga to sell the farmville You […]
Santi is back! And in good form too.
Björn Jeffery, co-founder of Toca Boca children’s apps, is evangelical about the benefits of unstructured play. “It’s being treated as something that is not very important,” he tells Quartz. “It’s the thing you do to relax between Mandarin immersion classes.” Is there a digital solution to unstructured, creativity-enhancing play?
Some of my dad’s photographs on LensCulture. (via David Jeffery – Rural-street in B&W | LensCulture)
One can also look at Amazon in this light – like Sears Roebuck before it, Amazon lets anyone anywhere buy things that you could previously only get in a big city. But that is not at all the same as letting people shop the way you do in a big city. Buying is not shopping. The challenge is that most of America doesn’t live in New York – so how can one take shopping, rather than […]
If one had to pick the date on or about which men’s clothing changed, October, 2010, could be a sensible choice. That’s when The Hairpin published an article, by Mary H. K. Choi, called “All Dudes Learned How to Dress and It Sucks.” “There must have been some clandestine colloquium workshop situation where all the dudes in all the land shucked to skivvies and got sized for their perfect pair of Uniqlo jeans and nobody […]
The App and Play stores have turned out to be exceptionally poor places to run a software product business for most developers. They’re great distribution channels for service makers, like Facebook or Lyft or Basecamp, but they’re terrible places to try to make a living (or better) selling software products. Harsh words from the Basecamp people. But not untrue. Don’t base your business on a paid app — Medium