Are you one of those people who look at your phone in frustration every now and then, with the knowledge that there must be thousands of fantastic apps you're not making use of because you don't know about them? Fear not - here's Made by Many's list of the apps we're using more often than the rest at the moment:


Death Rally: This is the app for you if speed’s your thing.

Toca-Boca Hair Salon: Tim was the one who first introduced us to this super fun app that allows you to change a character’s hairstyles as if you were a (slightly warped) barber. Definitely one that kids will enjoy too, even if that last bit sounds a bit counter-intuitive!

Toca Doctor: In Charlotte’s words, ‘anatomical educational fun’.


Friday links (3)

Here's a collection of links that went round the office today, perhaps you'll find them interesting too:

For the parents, Backseat Driver is an app that let's your kid - ermmm - do what the game says: be a backseat driver!
Channel 4 is partnering with Get Glue to offer viewers badges and stickers to attract views for their latest show Beaver Falls.

Where do good ideas come from?

I recently spoke at a SheSays event about where good ideas come from. If you've not made it along to a SheSays talk, pop along---men are also welcome. And they're not limited to London;  events are now happening in Scotland too. 

The rest of this post, is the gist of what I talked about, inspired by working with The Many. 


What a huge question. One I can't begin to answer without a little research. 

We all know they're the holy grail of advertising. And, those in the industry are all searching for that engaging, radiating and ambitious idea, and potentially its accompanying rapturous applause.

Secure in the belief that some of the women I've either enjoyed working with, or talking to, might know where good ideas come from, I thought I'd start by sharing their secrets:


Slideshares of the week (7)

This week, I've put together a motley collection of 3 presentations that are all quite interesting from the point of view of the changing ways of interaction in different contexts: within communities, between agency and client, and mobile commerce.

Researchers at MIT in the US and the University of Southampton in the UK look into anonymity in online communities, using 4chan as a case study. This is particularly interesting given Fred Wilson's recent blog post on Google's clamping down on anonymous IDs in Google+ and the discussion on whether real IDs are required online, as long as the quality of discussion is good.


I'm proud to attend my own conference

Lately I've been doing a lot of thinking about conferences. Partially because I'm looking for some good ones to add to my autumn calendar, but also because this evening my colleague Leila Johnston and I are hosting our own conference, Storywarp.

I'm a little nervous about the event – will people enjoy themselves? will I make a good moderator? will we have enough beer? – but I'm also really excited: I'm about to hear a lot of interesting ideas from bright people, and at least one of those people ISN'T a white male.