One thing that seems certain as devices develop is that the way we interact with data is going to be everywhere, very soon. Realistically that means we will need new types of interfaces, from augmented reality, to holograms, to the type of stuff in the linked article.
In the video we see a rough prototype of a dynamic, 3D, physical interface that doesn’t display content, it becomes content.
Although this device would be like using a screen with a resolution of a couple hundred pixels — not practical — the concept will be capable of much, much more when it is developed to handle finer images and shapes.
Although counter-intuitive, the best way to understand the strengths of anything is to fight against them. In that spirit, one way you can take a big leap forward in designing better things, is to learn how to design worse things.
It may not be as easy as it sounds.
We spend our entire…
Roughly one year ago JustGiving, the worlds biggest online giving platform, with a turnover in excess of £250 million per year and 21 million users, decided to make its donation (checkout) process super simple, fast and easy on mobile.
We wanted to continue to lead innovation in mobile…
ReadCube (Free Reference Manager - Academic Software for Research)
- ReadCube is a free desktop application and associated Web services for managing, enhancing, and…
How to open a new book
Great chart, interesting finding!
Rates of US Adoption of Consumer Technologies
This chart tracks rates of adoption from 10% to 90% penetration in the US.
The interesting trend here is that the lines are getting more and more vertical, indicating that new technologies are becoming adopted faster as time goes on.
E-Books in Libraries, 2013 Has Been a Year of Small Victories and Bigger Battles
- Public librarians have applauded the increased access to e-books now being offered by the big five…
Usability always wins.
The 80/20 Rule of Time Management: Stop Wasting Your Time
- Small-business owners waste their time on what I call $10 an hour work, like running to get…
One of the most annoying fads coming into popularity lately is scrolljacking — the act of using a web browser’s scrollbar to advance the page as if it were a slideshow of sorts — instead of treating it as what it is: a long cascading document. An example of scrolljacking can be found on Apple’s iPad Air product page. Notice how you really have to scroll and scroll to get the page to advance to the next “slide”. It’s becoming quite popular lately, yet it’s completely gimmicky and goes against common usability standards.
Prof. Dr. Marc Gruber, on a research project on Entrepreneurship by formerly unemployed individuals in Switzerland, Germany, France and Belgium.
The full interview here.
(via @petervogel @theeship)