boarding soon. thinking about how i should attend to my taxes and other responsibilities reality brings when i get home. yipee!
Why mobile search is different →
Scott Jenson, leading Google’s mobile efforts, talks about why mobile search is different. (for those on the RSS, follow the link for the video) Link: MEX 2008: Scott Jenson, Google…
using maps for more than navigation →
All About Symbian posted a feature on The Future of Nokia Maps, and it provided some interesting insights into what was undoubtedly expensive user research: “Interestingly, the Maps team talked…
Where Do The T9 People Get Their Words? →
Indulge me in a little Friday rant. I like predictive text on my handsets, I really do. Makes things a lot easier — most of the time. But I never cease to be amazed at some of the words in…
People Are Different →
In deciding what to write about this week, I couldn’t decide between the two most intriguing stories to me this week. I could write about the article in the New York Times about how to design a…
fatboy bags →
Oh, I love these new fatboy bags.
just chillin in narita airport. there’s a crazy origami place and other goodness in the airport. seatac sucks. sorry seattle. =P
red box karaoke is the shiiiiiiiii******t. american idol has no talent compared to manila. watch out!
Mario Kart Wii isn’t an update, it’s a... →
You’ll be able to race against up to 11 other players from around the world in massive online races or race against your friends. You can create rooms for friends to join and even text chat while…
o snap! ultraman is on manila tv! this is so awesome. i should be spending my time better here. damn these awkward breaks between meetings.
Apple iPhone SDK Event - March 6 →
Apple has just sent out invitations to press and developers to an event hosting the introduction of the iPhone SDK.
anyone want to learn chinese with me? via awesome old school chinese movies. kung fu, gangsters, dynasty soap operas. you name it!
Where to Find Great High Resolution Wallpaper →
I’ve never been big into custom wallpaper/desktop pictures on my computer, mainly because I’ve never found a really good repository of them. Today, via a random Google search though, I came across Interface Lift’s great wallpaper section. Holy crap there’s a lot of good stuff in there. All super high-resolution. All unwatermarked. Sunset Beach […]
seeing a side of beijing i never knew existed. gaudy art restaurants and phillipe stark bars slash club? what’s going on here?
adjusting well to the time zone change. enjoying a beautiful hazy monday with the mellifluous sound of car honks in the backdrop.
Movies on the phone, earphones warmed up, all I need is some in flight booze and I’m ready to pass out. See you in 16 hours.
BofA shitty UX. 14 voice automations to get to a human just to note I will be abroad. Their website sucks at giving me the direct number …
nothing like a wicked hangover before heading off to the great eastern continents. makes last minute packing even more fun!
bill buxton in the house! checking out the artefact studio. hope he gives a new presentation other than what was filmed at ix08.
Social Media Will Change Your Business →
Look past the yakkers, hobbyists, and political mobs. Your customers and rivals are figuring blogs out. Our advice: Catch up…or catch you later
Cross-channel experiences: How good are yours? →
A recent study by retail consultancy J.C. Williams Group highlights some core insights and strategies for cross-channel success. The study was done under sponsorship by shop.org, the online retail group. The research was presented at NRF. Our friends at J.C. Williams were gracious enough to give us a bit of background on the study. The study was based on interviews with nearly 30 multi-channel...
The road to finding is paved with data: Web... →
“The non-digital world often provides designers with metaphors and models of how things work; these metaphors and models provide the raw material and inspiration for our digital designs. However, in physical information spaces it’s difficult to integrate different modes of finding, so they provide few if any good sources of inspiration for how to integrated finding in the digital...
riots in Manila, hope it doesn’t get too crazy while I’m there
Curiosity, and the stuff we’re looking at. →
Curiosity is a core characteristic of every good designer. It’s something we look for in our new hires, stress internally through the course of each of our projects and demand of our clients. Curiosity is also a necessity when approaching a design solution. Simply confronting a problem using directed, known and narrow contextual inputs will result in work that is safe and sometimes effective,...
Honda Re-Captures Lost Heat, Blows Highway Hybrids... →
Honda just dropped a bit of a bombshell on the world with it’s announcement that their heat-harnessing hybrids recapture more lost energy than even Toyota’s hybrid drive during highway driving.
Knowledge Sharing & Competitive Research for User Experience Design - “The idea of researching how others have designed the look and feel of web sites and crafted their user interfaces is a practice many of us are engaged in continually. We may monitor innovative designers and the sites of influence that have paved the way for the practices we engage in as user experience and visual...
Dubai Architecture: Dubai is NUTS! →
Dubai is said to currently have 15-25% of all the world’s cranes.There are more construction workers in Dubai than there are actual citizens. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON OVER THERE?
Six Principles for Making New Things →
Paul Graham: Here it is: I like to find (a) simple solutions (b) to overlooked problems (c) that actually need to be solved, and (d) deliver them as informally as possible, (e) starting with a very crude version 1, then (f) iterating rapidly. ★
cut out scooter postcard →
Scooter Postcard, Cut-Out Model (via cribcandy)
camera onesie →
I am constantly running around with a camera in my hands. Chances are high our little Ella will soon enough have her own. But for now, I might settle for this awesome Camera Onesie!
The History of Visual Communication →
We’re sending some major kudos vibes over to Turkish artist, designer, and educator Elif Ayiter who put together a nice chronological history of viscom. Covering landmarks between cave paintings to computer visualizations, Ayiter’s The History of Visual Communication provides a hefty block of brain food for those of you looking for something constructive to read on this leisurely...
Coroflot Creative Seeds: Questioning the Cult of... →
In a brand new article over at Coroflot’s Creative Seeds blog, Carl Alviani takes on the assumed primacy of sketching ability, what it signals for potential employers, and what it says about the nature of design practice itself. Here’s a taste: In light of this culture, it’s surprising to look back on the work of great designers of the early and mid 20th century and realize...
Mario Kart - Tons of new Information & 19 NEW... →
Including new characters, tracks and online information. Click here to find out more!
Evolution of Car Logos →
We took a look at the evolution of tech logos before. Today, let’s take a look at the fascinating stories behind the logos of some of the most popular cars in the world
apparently pushing lobby means go down to the even number floors one by one. Yeesh.
The Best Investment Advice You'll Never Get...... →
For 35 years, Bay Area finance revolutionaries have been pushing a personal investing strategy that brokers despise and hope you ignore. The story of a rebellion that’s slowly but surely putting money into the pockets of millions of Americans, winning powerful converts, and making money managers from California Street to Wall Street squirm.
Ingenious use of layered, alpha-transparent PNGs (resize your browser window). Not to mention a wonderful Jon Hicks illustrated gorilla as well. Who cares what the app does? I kid. #
The New Digerati: Connected for a Reason →
Steve Rubel wonders if “the Interruption Economy sacks prosperity:” “Conventional wisdom says that technology — and nowadays the Internet — will always continue to advance and bring with it productivity gains and prosperity. That’s certainly been the case for years. However, historically there are pauses. After the benefits of the Industrial Revolution were fully realized it took awhile for the...
1999: My Career Begins With an Epiphany →
If I were to teach a class in design, I wouldn’t waste my time with all the technical stuff (i.e. Gestalt, placement, etc.) It’s not that those ideas are bad, its just that they give new designers too much of a formula to follow. These ‘tools’ can always be learned later and even then can be easily modified and changed. What I’ve learned form working at Sapient, with other designers, is that the...
Random Stream of Consciousness →
perception of the self, the individual is ultimately defined by the individual for the individual only has insights into their own mind. all external perceptions are still defined by the individual as being the ideas of others, but even then, it is merely an interpretation created by the individual. therefore one’s understanding and comfortablility of reality is determined by the self and exists...
Napping was a bad idea. I just want to shower and sleep now. Skip dinner altogether.
Kosovo Declares Independence →
Kosovo has formally declared its independence from Serbia and become the world’s newest state…
The Problem with Social Media Marketing →
I was reading a blog today and found this recommendation: “leverage social tools to create buzz and demand for your product”. I don’t know exactly what was meant by this, but it sounds like causation: that if you use social tools to talk to your customers then you’ll increase buzz and demand. I’ve seen other recommendations like this by people calling themselves “social media marketers”....
free open access wifi up in Stevens pass. Booyah! Tweet away!
A Video Peek Into Batman Gone Anime →
The animated Batman DVD will look amazing, judging from the clips you can see in this promo reel. Batman: Gotham Knight will come out when Batman: The Dark Knight hits the big screen. Click through for details.
Integration of ethnography in R&D →
In the last few weeks, there has been an interesting discussion on the the anthrodesign Yahoo! group concerning “Integration of ethnography in R&D“. It basically addressed the link between ethnography and “action” (e.g. implementation) in a client-vendor research relationship, a somewhat controversial issue. The discussion started with how “actionable” ethnography results should be and the...
How to Design Your Dream Office - On a Budget →
How to change up your workspace so it’s clutter-free and ready for you to take on the world from. And beyond that, how to design it on a budget.
Google iPhone usage shocks search giant →
Google on Wednesday said it has seen 50 times more search requests coming from Apple iPhones than any other mobile handset — a revelation so astonishing that the company originally suspected it had made an error culling its own data.
Convivio Network →
Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences goes Open... →
Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences have voted to require faculty to make their research publications Open Access. As a result, research produced at Harvard will be available to all comers instead of confined to expensive journals.