Monday, 8 August 2011


All images on this post and text has been taken from the Instagram website and blog.

"When we were kids we loved playing around with cameras -- we loved how all the old Polaroid cameras marketed themselves as “instant” (something we take for granted today). We also felt that the snapshots people were taking were kind of like telegrams in that they got sent over the wire to others -- so we figured why not combine the two?

Instagram came from that inspiration—could we make sharing your life as instant and magic as those first Polaroid pictures must have felt? Our first product is Instagram for iPhone, and we're just getting started. If you're interested, why not join our team?"

"On October 6, 2010 we launched Instagram in the App Store as a way for people to easily share their lives through photos taken on their iPhones. Since then, we've seen more than 7 million people from all around the world share photos on our platform. Today, we're excited to announce that more than 150 million photos have been shared on Instagram and Instagrammers now share photos with one another at a rate of 15 photos per second. If you don't yet have Instagram, you can find it for free, exclusively in the Apple App Store.

We're constantly amazed by the range of photos shared on Instagram. People use Instagram to snap photos of everyday moments with friends and family and also to document significant personal moments, like weddings and honeymoons. There are Instagram photos from major events like the World Series and the Grammys, and some Instagram photos have even made the national news. Artists and celebrities have begun to give fans a unique look into their lives through photos, while brands like Burberry have started to realize the power of communicating with their followers through images."

Crowds celebrate outside the White House after President Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden was killed in a special op in Pakistan today. Photo by Ramy Yaacoub.

Those in Florida for Space Shuttle Atlantis's final voyage shared photos from the launch

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver thanking his fans for their birthday wishes.

Magazine in 24 hours

Heard about this through Stackand would love to go have a look at rapid printing and the construction of a quick magazine by independent designers.

"Make a magazine in 48 hours
Posted by Steve Watson on Friday, July 22nd, 2011
Here’s an exciting thing – on the weekend of 12-14 August we’re going to be making a magazine. In two days. And everyone can join in.

This summer the Southbank Centre is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain, and as part of that they have a strand on Power and Production. There’s going to be rapid prototyping, printmaking, hacking household objects and all sorts of other ridiculously fun and interesting stuff going on. The organisers contacted us to see what we could do to join in, so we’re going to be setting up an open ‘newsroom’ in the Royal Festival Hall and making a magazine over two days.

We’re going to have writers, editors, photographers, illustrators and designers from some of London’s best independent magazines on hand to lend their expertise, but we need more! We’re going to have lots of things that need writing, photographing, drawing and designing, so if you’d like to join in just drop me a line on steve [at] and we’ll work out what you can do to help. Or of course you can just drop by on the day and say hello."