Monthly archive for February2009

Kicker Launch Party and Tangible Tech Exhibition Opening

Yes, we’ve been in business for months now, but we’re finally getting around to our launch party. But we’re not just having one event, we’re having THREE.

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Gorilla Arm

While doing some research, I accidentally stumbled onto the Wikipedia entry for Gesture Recognition, an entry that, amazingly, I’d never seen before, despite days and days of research for Designing Gestural Interfaces. Buried in the entry is a great name for a condition that poorly-designed gestural interfaces can cause: gorilla arm.

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What Kicker Was Doing the Week Ending 2009-02-22

“[To] Pack a big array of touchscreen buttons together…the best pattern might be a hexagonal grid.” http://icanhaz.com/hexbuttons # Six Gadget Trends and Their Effects on Social Media: http://tinyurl.com/ajnvyw # Amish hackers. Yes, you read that right. http://tinyurl.com/dfqplg # Braille interpreter for those who don’t know…

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Aging and Sustainability (Indulge the Fantasy)

This article on homes designed for an aging population sparked a few thoughts about the parallels between aging and sustainability. I’m thinking about how each can inform the other.

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Innovation is Not a Noun

Saying, “We need a breakthough innovation” is as ridiculous as saying, “We need breakthough usability,” or, “Get me some breakthough beauty!”

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Getting Flexible and Physical at Design Workshops

I love our office. Huge windows, great light, interesting people, and the periodic blast of traffic down Bryant. It’s a great place to work. But it’s always fun to shake up the routine. Two very different workshops last week did just that.

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What Kicker Was Doing the Week Ending 2009-02-15

Rands: “The first three big design decisions you make are vastly more important than the second three.” http://icanhaz.com/randsontwitter # If you haven’t seen it yet: Amazon announces Kindle 2 (Electric Boogaloo) http://tinyurl.com/ateyak # Still can’t figure out why a reading device needs a dedicated (or…

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AT&T’s “You Will” Ads, 15 Years Later

In 1994, telecommunications giant AT&T ran a series of television ads in the US created by N W Ayer and directed by David Fincher (!) with the tagline “You Will.” While designers fetishize the Apple 1984 ad, I think we should also remember this series as a lost set of classics.

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Review: The User Illusion

The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size by Tor Nørretranders is a remarkable book. It’s not hyperbole to say that it’s one of the most mind-blowing non-fiction books I’ve ever read, nor to say that nearly every page contains some sort of interesting or profound insight or revelation about the human mind.

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What Kicker Was Doing the Week Ending 2009-02-08

Coming soon to a sony mobile phone near you – vein authentication: http://tinyurl.com/d28can # Wow. Turn existing, passive surfaces into gestural input devices via scratch input: http://icanhaz.com/gesturalkitchentable # XRay from our pals at @stimulant: http://tinyurl.com/d84jyn # Get your James Bond on with the ultimate Spy…

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New blog post: Eyes on the Road! Or why my car should NOT be a giant smartphone on wheels: http://t.co/O4Z8OJ3N6S4 hours ago