iPadawan.org Blog Offers Insight Into the User Experience of Apple's iPad from a Respected Industry Professional

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IPadawan.org chronicles the social and technical user experience of 3D visualization artist and supervisor Denis-Jose Francois as he embraces the new era of the iPad. As one of the first iPad owners in the United Kingdom he hopes to start a thoughtful conversation about this new technology platform and its future role in society.

I was told that it would take about 5 minutes from the moment I first touched the iPad to the point that I felt I had to own one

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"I was told that it would take about 5 minutes from the moment I first touched the iPad to the point that I felt I had to own one," says Denis-Jose Francois. "I was surprised to find it was true. What I wasn't prepared for were the highly emotional responses that I received from friends and peers alike."

For over 20 years, as a digital effects and a 3D visualization artist and supervisor, Denis-Jose Francois has been an early adopter of technology. As a foot soldier in the trenches of high-end CG production, he has constantly been a user of the newest graphics technology and has had first-hand experience of an industry while it has transformed from analog to digital production methods.

Over the years, his views on Apple products have varied. During the early '90s he was the editor of the first online Apple magazine, eZone. But in more recent years he describes himself as platform agnostic as other technology platforms have become more dominant in the field of CG production.

Now with the introduction of the iPad, and a renewed personal interest in digital publishing, Francois realizes that this new gadget is something different. With the iPad only on sale in the United States, he knows that for a short while he will be one of the first people in Europe to own one. His conversations with industry peers and friends about the iPad have been almost more interesting than the actual device. For years the Mac vs. PC debate has raged in the technology community but Francois has seen that it also has heated social and societal issues attached to it.

His new blog, ipadawan.org is devoted to his iPad experiences and focuses on both the technological and social implications of being an early adopter in what is essentially unchartered territory. Francois is chronicling his use of the new device and the impact it is having on him and the people around him.

In addition to working on high-end film, television, and advertising productions, Francois has lectured on technology to the European Union in Brussels, written articles for various print and online technology journals, and has served as a consultant for a variety of global clients including Philips Electronics, Unilever, Nestle, Proctor and Gamble, Nokia, and Volkswagen. He recently returned to the U.K after an extended stay in Japan, setting up a production pipeline for tech firm Grapecity, Inc. and their daughter company WineStudios, Inc. on a high-end children's television production.

To join the iPad conversation and learn first hand how one tech expert is using the iPad visit http://www.ipadawan.org.


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