Few people would have difficulty recognizing these two products as the iPhone and iPod:
These shapes are iconic. They are also easy to draw: they took me exactly 6.5 minutes to draw them in OmniGraffle without looking at either product.
The question on my mind is: does Apple start with an iconic shape or end up with [...]
Gotta admit, I know nothing about football. Our family’s sports fanatic is Robert, my brother-in-law. As I arrived at his place, my first question was “who’s playing”. Yeah, that’s how knowledgeable I am. It turns out that sometimes ignorance is, indeed, bliss.
When the score became 24-17 in the Saints favor, I told Robert that the [...]
In exploring what we can or cannot do on our new hardware product, I met today with the rep from the company that makes all the nameplates used in our hardware products. I received what I thought was a compliment:
“I don’t know if we can do that. I’m not saying that we cannot, but it’s [...]
Until April 2005, some applications provided a dictionary, but each had its own. Then Mac OS 10.4 Tiger was introduced and included a system-wide dictionary: teach it the word “Hisham” in Mail, for example, and all the other Mac programs now knew that Hisham is not a mistake (though some friends might disagree!)
I thought that [...]
Sebastiaan de With provides a nice roundup of the UI design changes in iWork 09, newly released by Apple.
Size Does Matter
The icon changes in particular caught my attention. But where young Sebastiaan sees “all sorts of nice UI changes and icons”, this middle aged man sees (no pun intended) a welcome relief to my eyes: [...]
My company recently released StimTracker, a device designed specifically for sending event markers, something that researchers often need to do when using a stimulus presentation package such as our own SuperLab in combination with an EEG/ERP data recording device.
Sounds simple, but the design of StimTracker’s front panel went through more than 30 iterations before we [...]
OK, so it’s not quite free for everybody, ya know. I’ve done dumb things before, but c’mon! It’s free to all Cedrus employees who have been with the company a year or more.
It’s simple, really. With all due to respect to Samsung’s Instinct and other iPhone wannabe recent offerings, the iPhone currently has no competition. [...]
Between the time the iPhone was announced and when I finally got one last December, I happened to read Don Norman’s Emotional Design. Don Norman explains how the perfect product must excel at three levels: visceral, behavioral, and reflective.
OMG, It’s Gorgeous!
A visceral reaction is one that you cannot help. It happens at the most [...]
After my first day attending CES, I went back to my hotel room and checked out news coverage of the event by Engadget and other tech oriented sources. This effusive Cool Hunting post caught my attention. It described the new, not-yet-released Motorola ROKR E8(the highlights in the quote are mine):
The latest in Motorola’s line of [...]
In the what-were-they-thinking department, here’s a quiz:
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