Monthly archive for April2009

Milan Design Week, in pictures

I’ve just returned from Salone del Mobile in Milan, where I introduced Kicker Studio in a presentation I gave last Thursday. I took a million photos of all the cool designy fair, which I *tried* to narrow down to just few. Here are the pictorial…

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Designing Smart and Clever Applications Presentation Slides

I gave a talk at my publisher’s conference Voices That Matter: Web Design Conference yesterday on how to design better applications by using behavior to make them smarter and more clever. Although the examples in this presentation are web, the presentation works fine (and possibly even better) for desktop and device applications.

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Kicker in the News April 2009

A roundup of the press mentions of Kicker Studio for April 2009.

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What Kicker Was Doing the Week Ending 2009-04-26

Robotic Spiders Descend On Yokohama http://ff.im/-2eXv6 (via @gadgets4geeks) #skynet # TiVo survey hints at new name, direction for Series4 boxes http://ff.im/-2f5pi (via @gadgets4geeks) # Happy 20th anniversary, Gameboy! http://tinyurl.com/cafsza # 10 Awesome Free Sans Serif Fonts http://bit.ly/fZZRF (via @designfeed) # Next-Gen Robots Take Cues from…

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Common Product-Service Business Strategies

It’s a common business strategy to integrate a physical product with a service. In many ways, it’s been that way for over a century, but with an even tighter possible integration now that the service can transform the way the physical product works (via firmware updates, new service agreements, applications, games, content, etc.) There seems to be a few common business strategies for these product-service combinations.

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Is Industrial Design the New Interface Design?

I read with some interest Carla Diana’s Core77 report on this year’s CHI conference. (It’s always better to get a summary of CHi than to actually go.) Buried in the article is this line: “Industrial design is the new interface design” was the mantra of the week.

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Six Questions from Kicker: Gretchen Anderson

For the third installment in our Six Questions series, Kicker interviews Gretchen Anderson.

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What Kicker Was Doing the Week Ending 2009-04-19

Flying micro-robots! http://tinyurl.com/dd6ek3 # The possibilities for cloud-based telephony are pretty staggering. http://tropo.com/ # Roundup of new MS Surface demos: http://tinyurl.com/d3lo8g # “Industrial design is the new interface design” http://tinyurl.com/cqnoma # Some press on our touchscreen conference phone: http://icanhaz.com/KSphoneC77 (@Core77) http://icanhaz.com/KphoneGtrends (Gadgetrends) # iPhone media…

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Product Concept: Touchscreen Conference Phone

Conference phones suck. That’s what nearly everyone told us when we started talking to them about how they used their phones—often specially-designed, very expensive phones—for conference calls. We knew this, of course, since we’ve used and disliked them before ourselves (and probably you have too). That’s why we decided to design a new VOIP conference phone for small businesses.

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Kicker’s 3D (3 Designers, 3 Days) Workshops

Kicker’s 3D workshop is a great way to stretch your budget while getting some design help to make your product or technology as polished as it can be.

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