OSX Mojave comes with a little-publicised feature called Stacks. Apple patented the design for this in 1992, first implemented it in a half-hearted way in 2003 and then it took another 15 years before they launched it in the way it was envisaged.
Last week on Twitter I saw a series of tweets come through from Jackie Liddle who was live-tweeting a talk by Nancye Peel. This one shocked me: Nurses bear the brunt of the lengthy paperwork required when older people come to hospital. Up to 27 forms on entry- compliance can be affected: Peel — Jacki […]
Julie Zhou’s post looking back on what she learned in 2016 was widely shared in my social media designery bubble. I thought this was a good insight: you will always be treated as a service if you assume your role is to wait around for others to come to you with some specific problem to […]
the role of designers is, in many ways, to help build collective understanding, and to facilitate the challenges in communication that can occur when contexts and cultures collide — Chris Marmo, Making Sense Together
This is a fantastic tip: “The bookend” is a great technique I use to elicit expectations. At the beginning of a meeting, ask the group a grounding question about their expectations for the meeting. “Write this down: What do you want get out of the next two hours?” Have them put it aside for later. […]
A great piece by Stef DiRusso on the value of qualitative data in design
A great (free) primer on social design.
Fastco had this piece on myths about the future of UX. It’s mostly about VR but is more about novophilia and hype. Some of my industrial design honours students are looking at VR. They’ve got good nuanced understandings of VR, what it’s going to be for and the implications of what those changes might mean. […]
There’s a fascinating recent post by Sam Livingstone for Car Design Research on The Rental Car Design Flip. Livingstone says that as more cars are “shared” then the interior design will become what people care about, rather than the exterior. This is a challenge to traditional automotive design. This interior over exterior design-flip looks likely to […]
Casey Newton at The Verge was one of many journalists who went to google’s show-and-tell about the Google Car, where it trundled them around a parking lot on top of a re-purposed mall that Google now has offices in. Lots of the pieces about this even were sort of wide-eyed wonder combined with utter banality. “The […]
The darkly hilarious “The Snakes and Ladders of Smart Home suggests that smart homes will cause more divorces than Ashley Madison (I’ll take “references that only made sense in 2015”, Alex). The end of the post proposes that homes aren’t a good place for automation because they’re too diverse. Instead, automation should find its way into offices, hotels […]
Tech bros do. MG Siegler, writing at the billionaires’ typewriter, compared the Apple Watch and Disney’s Magic Band. Jumping off from an article in Wired that described the Magic Band as magic (obvs), allowing such amazing conveniences as having your waiter find your table, Siegler explains how the Magic Band requires tracking your every […]