Archive for the ‘ideas’ Category

Publisher PowerPoint Posters

Saturday, 31-01-09

Here is another showcase of the kind of graphics you can put together using Colour Gradients, Shapes with rounded edges and Transparency using nothing more than PowerPoint and Publisher. I did a quick mock-up of these designs in PowerPoint before fleshing them out in Publisher.

I’ve also designed them so that by changing the image and the poster slogan the whole feel of the poster changes!

Why not see if you can design a complex poster using only PowerPoint!


MS Paint & Publisher

Thursday, 29-01-09


Having to make do really encourages one to be imaginative. For years I’ve had access to Photoshop/Flash and a myriad of advanced graphics tools and programs. I am currently limited to MS Office! However with Publisher/Paint, an army of geometric shapes and the transparency function you can still put together some reasonable graphic designs.

Nintendo Wii FitWatch

Friday, 30-05-08

Wii Fit Watch

Thanks to frenkieb & yggg for the original images.

I had to write down this concept and hope that one day the big N has the same idea. I’ve had synergy on mind for a week or so and I’ve really been getting into my Wii Fit. It’s great having a gadget that keeps an eye on you and records some useful basic details about you.

How could Nintendo take this concept further?

Nintendo FitWatch

Nintendo is increasingly using Hardware to sell their software, they typically do something we all take for granted but augment it with excellent, fun software. Now fitness watches/gadgets have been around for years, measuring heart rate, distance and speed etc.

Imagine adding some wireless communication to this device and then every morning when you do your Wii Fit weigh in, it uploads a little more data about you. You may be a little wobbly first thing, but the Watch tells Wii Fit that you did a 10 mile run yesterday. You may be, an ideal weight but your watch has noticed an increased heart rate and Wii Fit can advise you to seek some extra help.

It would be an excellent way of augmenting Wii Fit and would provide some very useful input from your activities away from your Wii.

Online Medical Records

Finally, with a whole host of medical tracking websites (including one by Google) on the way, how better than allowing an option to send your records, to these sites, perhaps to allow more detailed analysis, or just for a more permanent record. I feel this last idea would probably be beyond Nintendo’s desires as a Games company but it is worth a thought.