Archive for Interaction Design

Eyes on the Road!

Cars and smart phones do not mix, at least not well. According to the Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving (yes, it’s that bad), thousands of people are killed each year in accidents involving a distracted driver, and the numbers are steadily climbing. There…

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Viva La Fidget

Humans run on energy. We have lots of it. Sometimes it comes out in quirky ways. We squirm around, tap our feet, twirl our pens… even when we’re tired and lethargic, we gulp down some coffee and KAPOW! we’re back to being our twiddling, jiggling,…

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Screens Make Me Sick

Screens make me sick. Like, literally sick. I get very bad motion sickness. I can’t use technology in any moving vehicle, not even on a train. Every time I get on BART, I get really jealous that everyone else is able to retreat into their…

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What I learned about technology from my dog…

What I learned about technology from my dog… Dogs understand, communicate and serve like any good robot should. By observing my dog, I came to appreciate how to design interfaces that could properly communicate with people. Dog is man’s best friend, right? That’s because they…

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I Hate Technology

I hate technology. Seriously, nothing can make me as angry as technology can, because technology doesn’t care about me. I mean this literally. It has no emotion, so it can’t care. What’s worse is it can’t even fake it properly. It’s totally oblivious! It doesn’t…

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The Pencil

An interface so easy even a toddler can use it. I do a lot of drawing. By this I mean to say I make very large drawings that require hours and hours­, days and days, of focused energy with one particular instrument: the pencil. Spend…

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Jody at IDSA: the full talk

On August 16, 2012, Kicker’s Jody Medich presented a talk at the IDSA 2012 International Conference in Boston, MA. Jody’s talk “Design for Physical Thinking” was part of the design education series and it was based on the idea that people are physical beings and…

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The Tactile Interface of Driving a Car

Tactile interface is not something new. We have instinctively built tools on that premise for thousands of years: tools made to fit and attract the human hand that can, and should, be operated without looking. We have traditionally produced tactile interface through mechanical means such…

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The Magic of Low-Fi Prototyping

Thanks to all of you who came out last night for our Arduino workshop with Massimo Banzi. We will post a wrap up of the event shortly. The event inspired great conversation among our guests and it inspired us to to share our thoughts on…

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Kicker is Looking for a Senior Designer

Do you have what it takes to be a Kicker? Kicker Studio, a small boutique design company specializing in digital and physical interfaces, is looking for a Senior Designer to join us in our mission to make technology speak human. Because a user interface should…

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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