Parker Ehret

digital polymath. problem solver. coffee drinker. beard grower. picture taker.
Lead Product Designer at oneID. Previously at Yahoo.

videos are not photos

videos are not photos.

i’m beginning to think that i’m in the minority of people who understand this concept. 

photos are easily consumed. they don’t require attention. they can be enjoyed anywhere, at anytime, without being disruptive. they can convey everything that they need to communicate within a single glance.

videos are not photos.

more and more i’m coming across video apps and video sites, video sharing and video streaming, video with filters, video, video, video. yes, videos are the natural evolution from photos, the imminent successor, but they serve two completely different purposes. everyone is having trouble understanding why instagram got 100 million users in 2 years, yet similar services for video are relatively unknown. no one likes airtime, viddy never went anywhere, facetime and google hangouts require too much attention to be used regularly, and videos are usually passed over when coupled with a stream of photos.

videos are not photos.

photos provide an insight. a different perspective on the day, a captured moment, a quick snapshot of another part of the world.

videos are a storytelling device. they demand engagement. they require a specific environment. they allow you to transport yourself somewhere else and immerse yourself in that place for a short period of time.

stop treating videos like photos. stop trying to give these two very different mediums comparable functions. try to understand the beautiful purpose that videos serve, and cater to that purpose.

google’s upcoming mobile app will identify people’s faces in order to access their personal information…

soon after, i’m sure there will be an app that uses that technology, and once that person is found, it will run a google search for any public information (facebook, twitter, foursquare, etc…). it will search tweets for geo tags and foursquare check-ins and any info it can pull from Facebook.

within seconds of snapping a photo, you’ll know where someone lives, what sites they are on, what sites they visit, what they like, and everywhere they go.

as far fetched as it seemed at the time, you’ll probably get a read out very similar to the one Arnold Schwarzenegger had in the Terminator.

"Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

— Apple Inc.

the television is dead

the future is here, now. today, hulu released hulu plus, an application that allows you to watch every current season episode of shows on NBC, ABC and FOX. this comes just weeks after netflix released their netflix app, which allows you to watch movies and tv shows streaming from netflix. not to mention, the ABC app, which allows you to watch almost every show currently on ABC.

All of these applications have been released within just 3 months of the release of apple’s ipad.

the downside is that all of these things require wifi to work the way you want them to. well, at the moment.

the average internet speed being delivered to your home is roughly 3mbps. however, back in january, at&t began updating their network to HSPA 7.2 in 6 major markets. HSPA 7.2 delivers 7.2mbps, over twice the speed of your average home internet connection. eventually, the contract that apple has with at&t will run out, and when it does, devices like the iphone and ipad will be running on at&t, as well as other networks. verizon, also upgraded their network to HSPA 7.2 earlier this year.

but, what does the future hold?

upon further research i came across an article, which stated the following:

The future for all networks… is Long-Term Evolution (LTE), also known as 4G. It can hit speeds of as much as 100mbps downstream. Verizon Wireless plans to deploy it this year while AT&T and T-Mobile have said they will begin to deploy LTE in 2011 while maintaining their 3G networks.

100mbps! verizon will start deploying 4G network speeds this year, while at&t plans to have it running by next year. so, by 2011, we will have an internet connection, being delivered, over the air, 30 times faster than what we now have at home.

why own a television? everything you want will soon be delivered to a device that you can take with you everywhere. you’ll be able to download HD movies in minutes while driving in your car, or stream entire seasons of your favorite tv show, while sitting in a park.

i hate to say it, but the tv is dead. especially when the newest wave of television technology requires that i wear glasses. eff that.

the new internet

i’m beginning to realize that i prefer a curated web-browsing experience.

i was once in school for architecture. the projects that i enjoyed the most were the ones in which i’d have to design within a very specific space or lot size. i had the most trouble working within a large area and having too much freedom within a given space.

i’ve recently realized i enjoy the same principle when applied to the internet. not only as a designer, but as a user.

i don’t own an ipad yet, but have had the opportunity to use one quite frequently. i’ve even done some web designs geared towards the ipad. i’ve realized that i much prefer designing for a 768x1024px screen. in web design, you always have to keep in mind that the end user could be using any number of web browsers or screen sizes, which, in my opinion, limits your creativity. one user may view a site one way, while another user may view it completely differently. this sometimes causes you to dumb down a design or layout. yet, having a specific space to design within, you know that no matter what you design, it will always look how it was designed to look. 

this form of curated computing could ultimately end up creating a more user-friendly web-browsing experience, for both the designer and the user.