Archive for June, 2007

Nokia’s “Where’s the Phone” Research

 Chongqing

“A lot of rich qualitative user research loses its soul by the time it’s been squeezed into conference and journal submission formats and in addition, work involving concept generation tends to remain confidential. So what you see here scratches the surface, nothing more.”

And that quote is about right, but do not think that it’s not very interesting. There are a lot of  odd tidbits that are worth knowing. They traveled to 11 cities, interviewed over a thousand people and have the pictures to prove it. If you have any interest in how hand held devices, any hand held device, may change in the future, these presentations may give you a little head start.

I enjoyed the blog format of their travels coupled with the PDF files that explain what they found. I guess the questionnaires must have been an exercise in information design by themselves, how do you ask a guy from Kampala about the interface design issues he’s been having? The writer posts some interesting thoughts from the cities, like this one, ‘ “What happens when everything is transformed into ‘experience’ shopping? And the experience shops are clustered in close proximity? Is it possible to experience, well, ‘experience fatigue’?” Some of them sound like he’s a bit jet lagged, some are relevant musings from a good scholar. It’s a blog, dammit.

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Colour Lovers & Classic Pallettes

 Mona Lisa

Colour Lovers have an article about colour used by some of the great painters, written in a 2.0 kinda way. They’ve grabbed the colours from these classic images and turned them into easy to borrow pallettes. If you have a website that’s looking a little dull, why not base it on your favourite Renoir and skin it right?

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Uptight All Night with Jordan Crane

Uptight

Jordan Crane is a ridiculously amazing illustrator. He’s recently released a book of postcards called “Uptight All Night” and it is remarkable. Totally. The angst, wonder and complexity of his drawings are super.

It’s only USD10 for 30 little pieces of diamond. I’ve just bought a copy and your friends and empty walls will thank you later.

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The Simpsons Movie Personal Avatars

UPDATE: This article has been moved to 1over100.com

Simpsons jtedIf Matt Groening met Jason Theodor, this could be the result: a geeky Simpsons character, wearing a Ze Frank T-Shirt. You can log in and make your own from a limited array of choices (not unlike creating a Nintendo Mii), then save them and print them. Toysrevil has made a Simpsons Avatar flickr group to share your cartoon creations. My guess is you’ll be able to embed them on MySpace soon (since they are both Fox properties). I had to take a screenshot to upload this to my facebook profile, but I’m not holding my breath for a NewsCorp facebook app. This is a fabulous way to waste a ton of time, and build buzz for the upcoming Simpsons Movie.

Possibly Related: The Simpsons Starwars Intro, Simpsons and Futurama Make Good Anime, The Real Simpsons

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Shift Happens 2.0

The Most Complicated Left Turn On Earth

Turn Left!
The driving instructors in Russia (do they have driving instructors in Russia?) must have a lot of fun with this one.

Okay, at the next set of lights I want you to turn left. [hehehe]

If anyone knows of a more convoluted intersection, please post it here.

Face Off

MTV Switch
Play MTV Switch “Faces”

This is a classic example of ideas stepping on ideas. Which is to say these two ads almost come from the same cutting room. I appreciate that the takeout is different, one is about the hungry mouths of power outlets and the other is about the big mouth of the Audi A4. I also understand that the creative teams were oblivious to one another (MTV Switch 2007, Audi A4 2005). And the MTV ad is for an environment saving “charity” and Audi is an environment destroying car. Despite all these dissimilarities, they are ridiculously similar (and I’m sure similar to a hundred other references).

So, the important question is: Which soundtrack do you prefer?

ps. The Audi A4 ad is mine by the way.


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