Well, for a number of years now we have been making our announcements, website launches, etc on this WordPress blog. I have never felt it was ideal as we prefer to use our own solutions if possible and it always struck me as a little ironic that we, a design company, didn’t even design the theme we use.

These days are over. We are very happy to announce the launch of our new website which includes a blog, news, portfolio and more. It’s got a few rough edges which we will be ironing out over the next few days (and weeks and months no doubt!) and we welcome your feedback through the comments here or on our announcement page on the new site.

Check it out: www.luciddesign.co.nz

Apple today announced the launch of the new 3G iPhone with roll-out in 70 countries worldwide including New Zealand.

Apple iPhone 3G

What this means for New Zealanders is that we now can get (legitimately) what is arguably the best mobile phone on the market. It will be offered by Vodafone with rumours Telecom may get some kind of deal to offer them as well.

Full details are already available on the Apple New Zealand website, www.apple.co.nz.

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With the iPhone just months away from being released in New Zealand, I’ve done a quick test of the Carpool New Zealand website, http://www.carpoolnz.org, and, surprisingly, the more-than-three-year-old interface seems to hold up pretty well on the little screen. See image:

Carpool NZ in iPhone

I’m interested to know how many users in New Zealand, A, already have iPhones and, B, are likely to make use of a carpooling website with an iPhone in the near future.

I can see it would be nice to rework the interface for the iPhone to make information easier to access and perhaps easier to read.

Good news for Apple geeks in New Zealand—the iPhone is coming (without the need for a hack!).

This week Vodafone announced it has signed an agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone in ten of its markets around the globe. Later this year, Vodafone customers in Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey will be able to purchase the iPhone for use on the Vodafone network.

And I’m speculating we’ll see a new version of the iPhone at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco in June.