Archive for Technology

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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NUI… so much more than “invisible UI”

The world is full of haters. Yep, some people just like to criticize. We came across a blog post recently that took quite a negative view on NUI design and quite honestly mis-represented, or perhaps under-represented the true breadth and power of the innovative design…

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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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Why Technologists and Designers Should Be BFFs

Technologists and engineers develop amazing new possibilities. But if no one understands how or why to use the technology that brings these possibilities to life, the technology is essentially useless.  It is an unfortunate dilemma. Sure, the technology is great. Sure, it is unique. Why…

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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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Predicting the Future in 6 Easy Steps

The number one objective of every design project is to predict the future. That is what we do as designers – we design the next: app, tool, product, invitation, logo, and more. Even if we are referencing a bygone era in our design, we are…

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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