Monthly archive for May2010

Kicker Tea Project: Competitive Analysis, Design Principles, and Initial Concepting

As our tea project progresses, we’re looking at many of the products in the space and what people are saying about them, focusing on forms, materials, and any issues tea drinkers have encountered.

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What Kicker Was Doing the Week Ending 2010-05-30

Pandigital announces a 7" color ebook reader with Barnes & Noble. Touchscreen, wifi, Andoid, $199 http://is.gd/cnAkb # 2010: The Year Instant Messaging Finally Died? http://is.gd/cnRmE #unlikely # Congrats to our client SpringCM on their 2010 CODiE Award for Best Document Management Solution! http://is.gd/cpbpR # LittleDog…

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Dan Saffer: The Want Interview

“We traveled to SF’s South Park neighborhood to interview him in Kicker Studio’s echo-rich, dog-friendly loft offices. It was late on a Friday, he’d had a crazy week and casually nursed a glass of Bourbon as we talked about UX, robotics, magazines on tablets, and how good usability should help us forget that computers are everywhere.”

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Hacks & Hackers Unite

This weekend Kicker Studio was invited to participate as expert advisors at the first Hacks/Hackers Unite! weekend workshop at KQED, where 80 journalists and hackers got together to design and build news applications for the iPad.  I attended the event, giving a short kick-off presentation…

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Ebook Affordances

I’ve put a handful of books on my iPad over the last few weeks, but I have to admit: I keep forgetting to read them. Not because the books aren’t good, but because, unlike physical books, ebooks take up no psychic space. Physical books by the nature of them being, well, physical and visible, remind me to read them. This isn’t true of digital books. I can’t currently glance at the app icon and know whether I have a library beneath it, waiting to be read, or nothing. There’s no visual affordance that there is anything there for me to engage with.

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Kicker in HOW Magazine

Kicker’s Jennifer Bove is in this month’s HOW magazine‘s My Best Work column on the Kicker Conference Phone. Download the article (281k PDF).

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Micromodes

When a user, knowingly or unknowingly, initiates a mode that lasts for the duration of a single action, then turns off, it’s a micromode.

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Kicker Tea Project: Introduction

As consultants who specialize in new technology, a lot of our work is under NDA, so every once in a while, we do a project just for ourselves, to strut. (Last year it was the Kicker Conference Phone.) This time, we wanted to design a product for the home and we focused on an activity many of us enjoy: tea drinking.

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What Kicker Was Doing the Week Ending 2010-05-23

Thanks for taking our tea survey! Amazing variance in tea making from tea bag + microwave to setting water temperature + multiple infusions. # QB telepresence robot from @anybots http://is.gd/cf3of # Inspired by Iron Man, Zazu Makes Mobile App for More Intelligent Wake-Up Calls http://is.gd/cf3Eb…

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What Kicker Was Doing the Week Ending 2010-05-16

Interview with Kicker Studio principal @odannyboy talking about UX, product personality, and robots http://is.gd/c2H5r # Beyond the iPad: Massive MultiTouch Displays Have Big Social Potential http://is.gd/c2J3A # Thanks to @janacarreyphoto we now have our own custom tea blend. Combination of earl grey and vanilla bean….

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