Monday, May 26, 2008

Beautiful And Original Product Designs

Smashing Magazine: Beautiful And Original Product Designs
Successful product design manages to reveal useful functionality beyond its appealing form. No matter how excellent a design looks like, most customers aren’t likely to spend money on something they won’t be able to use. On the other hand, most people are likely to buy something useful despite the design it has.

Yet the key to a truly successful product design lies in designer’s ability to combine both beautiful design and functionality making it obvious to the customers how the product can be used and which benefits it delivers. However, one can combine the beauty of design with the utility it is supposed to provide.

Most products fail to pass this test and never reach the production stage; some products do manage to get to the stores. In the overview below you’ll find an overview of some beautiful and original product designs which will hopefully make the cut and will be available in the next years. Some of them are already available today.
I have to find some time to check these out in more detail myself, but some very interesting interfaces here...

Friday, May 16, 2008



Textism: Oh, look, another web app
So I spent the last few days knocking this together. It works on three principles: first, that anyone who wants to can have their vote counted; second, that things people find interesting are more important than people who find things interesting; and third, that by any means necessary, web-strategy, social-media, online-marketing webcocks – unaware as they are of how toxic their presence is in the arenas they cannot shut up about – must and shall be filtered out of view.

There’s some fancy albeit inchoate weighting logic going on under the surface, and I’ve got a few vaguely neato features in the works, though it is as they say very beta. It will I hope grow, and, as more people are added to the voting ranks, be a reliable source for funny, weird, obnoxious, entertaining, inspiring, webcock-less, tiny little fragments of life.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Twitter as Tribal

Michael Lopp on Twitter:
The act of one human being choosing to follow another is a big deal. As long as nefarious intent is not in play, the connection creates what the social science nerds like to call an affinity map; by drawing a line between you and me, we can infer that we’re somehow connected. How are we connected? Who knows? Maybe you like nerd culture? How about gel pens? We’re not really going to know until we test that link by asking a question.

...I’m eagerly watching Twitter evolve and organize itself. I’m dazzled as third parties are giving Twitter memory and context. But what I care about, and what has value to me, is the tribe of people in my ecosystem. Twitter is the best social network out there;, it’s a great social search engine;, and it’s a short strategic hop from being a terrific next generation address book.

My tribe is not your tribe because you’re not using Twitter how I do. You wrote an Academy Award winning screenplay, only follow a few people, but have thousands following you. You sell shoes and follow each of the thousands of people who follow you. You are a major airline, but sound surprisingly human.

Twitter’s value has nothing to do with the technology.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Breaking news, Twitter style

News of a possible explosion rippled through the popular online service Twitter on Tuesday, in a preview of what’s to come in the realm of breaking news and citizen journalism. Twitter is a so-called microblogging site that allows users to send and receive short messages.

At about 1:37 pm, software developer Dave Winer asked the Twitterverse: "Explosion in Falls Church, VA?"
Breaking news, Twitter style

What is so interesting about Twitter is what it is further exposing about what the web has been showing us for the last 15 years, that is a social experience of hyperconnectedness, attention, and most of all, mediation.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

My Map

My Map from Christopher Baker on Vimeo.
Email became an integral part of my life in 1998. Like many people, I have archived all of my email with the hope of someday revisiting my past. I am interested in revealing the innumerable relationships between me, my schoolmates, work-mates, friends and family. This could not readily be accomplished by reading each of my 60,000 emails one-by-one. Instead, I created My Map, a relational map and alternative self portrait. My Map is a piece of custom designed software capable of rendering the relationships between myself and individuals in my address book by examining the TO:, FROM:, and CC: fields of every email in my email archive. The intensity of the relationship is determined by the intensity of the line. My Map allows me to explore different relational groupings and periods of time, revealing the temporal ebbs and flows in various relationships. In this way, My Map is a veritable self-portrait, a reflection of my associations and a way to locate myself.

Monday, May 05, 2008

The Top 22 Twitter Posts of February 2008

I favorited 373 tweets in February 2008. These are the top 6%, in no particular order:

in the case of the bucket of fetuses last night, a dream is not, in fact, a wish that my heart makes emilybrianna

Macys lady: Didn't you find any nice purses? Me: They're a bit mature for me. Her: What about Coach? Me: *points to robots on current purse* ShuffShuff

In this moment, no one in this mall would judge me if i domestically violenced my boyfriend. EffingBoring

I love it when you're searching for X, Google says "Did you mean Y?", and then gives you zero results. It's very French. scottsimpson

Every time you sniff and say somebody has "too much free time," the part of you that used to love making things for pure joy dies a little. hotdogsladies

Apparently it's not 'money' to cry at a strip club. lonelysandwich

Havent had sex in sooooooo long. Its gotten to the point where i masturbate thinking of other times i masturbated. irc

.5(self-deprecation) + 1.5(nerd terminology) + 2(unspoken shared experience) = twitter success echuckles

Sticking post-it notes on people so I can remember who I would sleep with sober. DieLaughing

Sometimes my heart suddenly catches fire for the beauty of life. (Classified in the DSM IV as a "hypomanic" state of Bipolar II disorder.) serafaery

Today's lunch special: "Jamaican me crazy! jerk chicken (or tofu)" Which I suppose is better than "miso solly! soup" jimray

Announcing that all major research projects from now on will now be referred to as "Bubblegum Wrappers" so as to lessen the terror involved. ShuffShuff

John: "The Shining is about a Daddy who likes to drink who pretends to write all day." Jonas: "That movie is about us!" I hope he's wrong. AmyJane

"Are you making fun of me?" "No." "That's your yes voice." cleversimon

whats a @scobleizer? He just added me. Thats a silly name Makenna

Drove past a bus today whose destination was, according to its display, "Walmart's". Say, when does the bus for literate people come by? EffingBoring

Why is there a pinata in the den that looks like me? And why was it filled with printouts from my poetry blog and then beaten with a rake? fireland

I just recently got into Star Trek. It's relaxing to watch and listen to people who are polite to each other and enjoy their jobs. eliohouse

Etc., etc...

When I first read this post I thought it was fav'd tweets across all users, but even just as one (slightly obsessed) user's fav's, it is an entertaining proof that Twitter is the ultimate gym for our collective fast-twitch wit muscles.