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Boxing With Robyn

This average (and two-minutes-too-long) remix by Ocelot of Robyn’s pseudo-hit from 2005 gets a new video that really packs a whallop midway through – some interesting camera work, some hopefully contractually obligated participants, one pink boxing glove, and some ungodly fast shutter clicks later, we have a music video that mostly has me wondering about what professional boxers must be enduring over their professional careers.

Geek Meditation Session

Geek Meditation Session

TED: Philippe Starck – Why design?

Philippe Starck - Why design?

Legendary designer Philippe Starck — with no pretty slides behind him — spends 18 minutes reaching for the very roots of the question “Why design?” Along the way he drops brilliant insights into the human condition; listen carefully for one perfectly crystallized mantra for all of us, genius or not. Yet all this deep thought, he cheerfully admits, is to aid in the design of a better toothbrush.

Gisele’s Water Dress!

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

Gisele’s Water Dress

Gisele’s Water Dress

Gisele’s Water Dress

Do I still have write anything for this? Its just awesome and sexy!
Anyway its aimed at protecting the Xingu river from pollution…

Inscribed in the Living Tile

TTC meets 1%

This article, plain and simple, blew me away. Presented at the ATypI Conference (Brighton, U.K., September 2007) by Joe Clark, a Toronto-based Accessibility Consultant, designer, and writer, this well-researched and comprehensive dissertation on the triumphs and foibles (but mostly foibles) of the inconsistent use of signage throughout Toronto’s city-wide transit system opened my eyes to so much happening around me (and I don’t just mean in regards to the TTC).

Everything from information design, accessibility, clarity, font usage, and branding comes into question throughout the article, taking into account history, opportunity, hegemony, possibility, and bureaucratic politics. It’s a bit of a long read, but I promise you’ll learn something.

Bad Signs

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.

Link 

Laptopless Beach

Later this week I’ll be heading to the Cannes advertising festival in France, and the last thing I want to bring with me is a laptop. So this past weekend while I was in New York, I dropped-by the Nokia flagship store at 5th & 57th and walked out with a skimpy little number that I can frollick around with on the beach.

Nokia n800

Behold the Nokia n800 At first glance, I figured “this’ll do until the iPhone comes out” but after having played around with it, I’m not so interested in the iPhone anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I love Apple, but the only reason why the iPhone may dominate the market is because of its sexy marketing … the n800 is a linux-powered workhorse with upwards of 250 applications already developed for it (at the time of this post), including Gizmo Project & a WordPress client to name a couple.

The iPhone may be slick and shiny, but Nokia’s got some serious development on their side. I look forward to reporting from sunny Cannes from my new wireless device.


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