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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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A Call for Haptic Porn (No, It’s Not Dirty)

Why is it that no one has created a compelling demonstration of the value of a haptic devices through audio and visual channels?

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Tabs, Pads, and Boards (and Dots)

It would be difficult to name a more influential article written in the last 20 years in HCI or Interaction Design than the late Mark Weiser’s The Computer for the 21st Century. Starting with its now-infamous first sentence (“The most profound technologies are those that disappear.”), the article has had a profound impact on how we think about computers and, really, about the future itself.

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A Collection of Good “Internet of Things” Readings (late 2008 edition)

One of the reasons we formed Kicker was to help design the Internet of Things, to put humans into the web of objects. Lately, there has been a tremendous outpouring of really interesting talks, articles, and discussion around the Internet of Things that I thought would be worth sharing.

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Touchscreens Subverting Democracy One Vote at a Time

As someone who is a supporter of touchscreen technology and its uses (and voting machines would fall into the excellent use category, if done properly), the problems with touchscreen voting machines are cringeworthy. Basic, basic errors that could have, should have been detected months and months ago. Errors both from a technical and a usability standpoint.

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Click and Move Added to Touchscreen Patterns

Instead of only being able to either Tap to Select/Activate or Slide to Move, now you can combine them. With these touchscreens you can Click and Move, effectively adding (at least) one new interaction design paradigm to work with.

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Web 3.0: The Rise of the Machines

The next web is all about the machines: hooking up our until-now “dumb” devices to the network and to each other. The next web will be one of placing humans in context with their objects and visa versa.

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WiFi Coming to a Device Near You

Research firm In-Stat predicts that shipments of consumer electronics with WiFi will reach 1 billion by 2012.

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