I’ve recently started reading Everywhere: The Dawning of the Age of Ubiquitous Computing It’s a collection of theses posturing on the forms, interfaces, implications of an era where computing power is woven into the fabric of our everyday existence. There are some interesting theories and examples in the book and although the author doesn’t try to explain the concepts or put forward exactly how it will all work, look or fit together, it certainly makes me stop and think about these exact points.
I’d suggest you read this mashup from PandoDaily. Good points all round. Especially interesting that the $250m he spent is less than 1% of his net worth. Perhaps when his wife McKenzie asked him to get the morning paper, he took it too literally?
Possibly one of the strangest and most annoying designs in iOS 6 is the notification overlay, as shown in the image above. Annoying, because one cannot get rid of it once it appears – one must wait a few seconds until it flips away, back into obscurity. Strange, because it doesn’t follow the conventions of … Read moreTry not get in the way
Don’t stop and congregate at the top or bottom of stairs or escalators. If you don’t know which way to turn, just move out of the way. The people behind you will be grateful.
Recently on CNN: “The situation reached a crescendo when…” I find this secondary usage quite interesting. My background in classical music makes his usage quite jarring to my ear. To me, the more correct word to use in this instance would be ‘climax’. The word crescendo originates from the Italian ‘to grow in sound’, so … Read moreLanguage observations #231 – crescendo
Life Skills #2549 Don’t stop and congregate at the top or bottom of stairs or escalators. If you don’t know which way to turn, just move out of the way. The people behind you will be grateful.
“You are an average of the five people you spend the most time with. If the five people you hang out with eat wings every night, you most likely will too.” – bodybuilding.com
This is a rookie error. We all understand that a system will need to send out a number of automated notifications, but they should be as personalised as possible to carefully mask the fact that they were programatically generated. Using the format “[surname, first-name]” is extremely impersonal. No humans would communicate like this. Just call … Read moreGet the basics right – address your users correctly
A SOLD sign is something we all know well. We understand it – a seller has made a sale. Their property has been sold to a buyer. However, Reynolds has a different take on this.