Archive | July 2010

YouTube gets “Play”ful

YouTube logo is changing every time you access a page ! In what looks like a throwback to the Google Doodle logos, that changes on special days and for some events. The YouTube is playing as well….

Well, that was the original, and here is what I’m seeing since about last hour

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Delight and Joy

When a simple object is reinterpreted to create a whole new meaning, and actually makes sense in usage while giving a message, and having fun at it!

The Leaf tie is easy to use. It is simply used in the same manner as the cable-tie. All you have to do is wrap the Leaf Tie around the loose cables. The design of the Leaf tie makes the cables look like wrapped twigs. For young children or people that live in the city that tire from the artificially modern environment, the Leaf tie can for a short while let them experience a hint of nature.
– description from the Lufdesign site

Now it may actually look insignificant when you look at the array of cables and the cable management solutions that promise to solve all those problems for you. But then, the simplicity, and the delight it brings cannot be mistaken. There are many a products that works fine, and there should be more product that should make you smile. This does!
As Don Norman says about Visceral Design, “Visceral design is what nature does, it is biologically prewired! Visceral design is about how things look, feel and sound – the world of blue skies and apple pie” and the leaf ties fits like a T there. And yes its only $7 a pack, and profits made from this product are used to benefit causes for ecology campaign.

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the browsers and the internet

The “What is a browser” is done to death a zillibillimillion times, but then the real depth is in the internet, browser is just an instrument.

what is the internet


and blast from the past, in case you’ll need to relook, refresh, what is a browser


Every practice has a set of rules which governs it.
Mastery occurs with the realization of these rules.
Innovation occurs at the point of intelligent and creative rebellion against them.

Fiel Valdez Principal, Lovely Brand Los Angeles

A new Metaphor for the Interaction Design

or, Why every UX designer should read Ted Nelson

or, at least for a short read, Ted Nelson’s Computer Paradigm, Expressed as One-Liners.

There are days in a design professional’s life where one seriously has to wonder whether people actually play buzzword-bingo with industry jargon, or use a jargon-generator (even poetically) just to sound knowledgeable, or to lament on something that better be not discussed in concrete terms like implementation, value-add etc ….Well, sometimes it helps, and I’m specially a fan of doing this to jump out of comfort zone. But then, what are the safe constraints within which this can be used? Does this always have to be based on a moderator’s approach, or are there conventional techniques emerging around this, say like brainstorming? How much a humorous, irreverent take on prized and often taken for granted concepts in UI/UX design are challenged, and challenged in a thoroughly humorous way….

On such a day, if you are discussing about a metaphor, here is a good reference

… I have never personally seen a desktop where pointing at a lower piece of paper makes it jump to the top, or where placing a sheet of paper on top of a file folder causes the folder to gobble it up. I do not believe such desks exist; and I do not think I would want one if I did.

Ted Nelson [actual quote picked from Interfaces- Issue 58, and not found in its entirety elsewhere essentially because WWW consists of only forward ever-breaking links with no reference back to source at all, and largely because today’s WWW is mix of PDF, Flash and larger evils that Ted did not foresee]

But why is it important for UX designers?

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Crafting an experience

Of late, its quite a fashion to cite “craftsmanship” as a selling point (especially if you’re in the camp of people who think using terms like “USP” is very 90’s).
and, its amazing to see anything that is done thoughtfully to be passed off as crafted….and to get out of that zone, here is something to look at as examples of craft -in context of a sale-able, commercial product with the right pitch and having an online presence.


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