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9. Assembling Bangle Sets

Pravina Shukla Indiana University Press ePub

BANGLESWORN on the wrists as a sign of the married estate—are the most common item of ornamentation in India. One of the best-known examples of ancient Indian art is a small bronze statue of a “dancing girl” from Mohenjodaro (2200–1800 BC); she is naked except for a necklace and twenty-nine bangles.1 Women often cite this metal statue to illustrate the continual importance of bangles among Indian people. Banaras is, along with Jaipur and Calcutta, famous for the wide variety of bangles available for sale, mostly in the Vishvanath Gali. The sellers of bangles are more like the sellers of imitation jewelry than they are like purveyors of expensive silver and gold. Bangles are cheap, ephemeral items frequently bought “for fashion.” But as this chapter will demonstrate, there is a special skill to the selling of bangles. Bangles are generally bought in combinations or sets that are assembled by talented salesmen. The art of bangle selling involves combining bangles of different widths, styles, colors, and materials into a coherent and dazzling unit.

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7. Your First 10 Things to MakerBot

Bre Pettis Maker Media, Inc ePub

In which we provide instant satisfaction in the form of wonderful objects that appear as if summoned by magic spells from the luminiferous ether.

Between the time that you get your Replicator up and running and the time that you get good at designing your own things, youre going to want some things to make. This chapter focuses on a few things from Thingiverse that we think are great. But there are many more wonderful things on there; take the time to explore the featured and popular things to really find out whats out there.

Once youve mastered the first few things, youll be delighted, excited, and energized to try the rest. By the time youve mastered all ten, youll be ready to start your own designs!

"Hello, World" is a term from computer programmingits the first program you write, and usually prints out the words "Hello, World". In 3d printing, its the first thing you make, and we suggest this snake, which demonstrates how to make something with moving (well, flexing) parts out of a single object.

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5. Prototyping

Renee DiResta O'Reilly Media ePub

Now that you know your user, market, and brand, you should probably get to prototyping. In fact, you’ve probably already been prototyping, whether you know it or not!

Many entrepreneurs think of a prototype as something that looks and works like the final product. The reality is that many, many prototypes of varying success and resolution are necessary during any hardware product development cycle. One phrase commonly used to describe this approach of iterative prototyping is “fail early and often.” It is as true on the prototyping side as it is in business.

The most important reason to prototype is fundamentally to learn. You should be learning from each prototype in one or many ways: showing it to potential users for feedback, demoing it to VCs to prove your concept, or even just learning about the prototyping process itself.

It’s important to learn from every prototype by defining a hypothesis, or something you expect to learn from each prototype. This can help you decide how much time and money to spend on the prototype. If you’re bringing a prototype to a VC partner meeting, don’t cut costs: get it from a nice model shop. You also wouldn’t want to spend too much time on your first prototype after your napkin sketch, simply to flesh out your idea in a physical form. It’s important to consider these trade-offs in hardware, since prototype cycles can take 2 to 10 weeks from outside vendors, depending on the process you need and the complexity of your prototype.

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6. Be Progressive: Font Sizing and FOUT

Jason Pamental O'Reilly Media ePub

In this chapter we’re going to talk about two important aspects of being responsive with your type: sizing it appropriately and getting it on screen fast. While we covered absolute speed in the last chapter, in this one we’re going to tackle perceived speed, which ultimately may be more important. We’ll also look at a key aspect of the notion of Progressive Enhancement. Essentially, it’s planning for failure. You must design and code your site with the assumption that there will always be some point during the loading process or viewing experience when web fonts will not be present—and handling that appropriately is essential. By designing and developing for the brief moments before web fonts load, you’re also addressing the (potentially) millions of visitors to your site for whom web fonts won’t load at all (i.e., those browsing via Opera Mini).[3]

Download the source code to follow along and try this yourself.

View demo: http://bit.ly/rt-demo-fout

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Introduction Special Clothing for Extraordinary Contexts

Pravina Shukla Indiana University Press ePub

IT IS THE THIRD OF JULY, AND TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE gathered on a farm just outside of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A young couple walks by, wearing matching T-shirts: his says “Civil War Nut’s Husband”; hers reads “Civil War Nut’s Wife.” A man in baggy khaki shorts has a T-shirt that reads “Fort Bragg FIRE Emergency Services”; his companion sports a baseball cap that says “U.S. Army.” A little boy is dressed as a Union soldier, in blue pants and shirt, a kepi on his head, with a yellow cavalry sash tied at his waist, proudly carrying a toy infantryman’s rifle. On Sutler’s Row, at the photography studio, a young man poses in a wool Union uniform, indistinguishable from a real one except that it is open in back and fastened with long ties. At the Activities Tent a camera crew awaits, every man clad in shorts, sunglasses, bandanas on their heads, with large laminated “Press” badges dangling from their vests. Outside the tent stands an elegant bearded man in an impeccably tailored, pale gray uniform. He has come from upstate New York to address the crowd in the role of General Robert E. Lee. All of these people express their identities by what they wear.1

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