How India uses Internet

Lots of insights…..


Errors, thy appearance is deceiving

On Posterous

While trying to set a custom domain. and yeah, that’s about it!

“There was an error” and no other information. Thank god its in red so it really emphasizes the “Error” part, but without any helpful tip about what might have gone wrong, its as useful as a sipper for a fish.

Then there is FourSquare
While trying to add a place, it keeps prompting for a subcategory

Oh, but where?

It tell on second try

So, there was an additional box, so I give a category, then there is error again!

So, try again

now, we’ve three options

so that looks like complete right?

No its not! it still prompts for another category.

Admittedly, if you try this from the home page interface, it gives the options seamlessly and allows you to add multiple sub-categories without any pop-up alerts.

Then there is that lazy programmer of course

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Influence and Popularity

As seen on Facebook, an interesting contrast to highlight the difference between Influence and Popularity.


Garry Tan on Designer Humility

A humble designer is one who affects no change indeed. Designers should be less humble. When engineers or business guys or management or *anyone* makes a product lousier, they should get up and shout, and raise hell. Designers should NOT ‘know their place.’ Because if the powers that be keep their power, then we will continue to live in a barely working cesspool of compromises and bad experiences.

Apple wins because the guy who cares the most about user experience happens to run the show. And last I checked, humble wasn’t really a word you could use to describe him.

Posterous co-founder Garry Tan has bid adieu to his startup and is heading to Y Combinator, where he will serve as design advisor, guru and designer-in-residence to web-startups.
Here is a quote from a designer who love to code and draw boxes, and helps and inspires other people to code and draw boxes.

Tron concept designer doesn’t like reality

In a Wired article about the movie Tron: Legacy, accompanying an image of the stunning design for the movie’s light cycle (see picture above) I found this quote by its designer, Daniel Simon, who previously designed cars for Volkswagen and Bugatti. He found creating vehicles for Tron: Legacy a ‘liberating experience’:

“You have no idea how many limitations there are in real world car production, things like safety and marketing,” he says. “On screen, you can make some magic happen — you don’t have to think about Tron airbags.”

It made me smile. Here’s one designer who really doesn’t like the restrictions of designing for the real world, but wants to make ‘dream designs’. I’d say in Hollywood he’s in the right place.

Quite right!
Design is when fantasy meets the real life- with all its trappings.

Fred Brooks : How to Design Anything in Wired Interview

Photo: Master Planner: Fred Brooks Shows How to Design Anything

Its reference time again, Kelly Brooks, who’ve made the most insightful and useful and often ignored advice for anybody who’ve struggled with design and process. Great to hear about his new book, The Design of Design, and this wired magazine interview.


The most important single decision I ever made was to change the IBM 360 series from a 6-bit byte to an 8-bit byte, thereby enabling the use of lowercase letters. That change propagated everywhere.


Great design does not come from great processes; it comes from great designers


Start with a vision rather than a set of features.


You can learn more from failure than success. In failure you’re forced to find out what part did not work. But in success you can believe everything you did was great, when in fact some parts may not have worked at all. Failure forces you to face reality

and the most famous: 

You can’t accelerate a nine-month pregnancy by hiring nine pregnant women for a month. Likewise, you can’t always speed up an overdue software project by adding more programmers; beyond a certain point, doing so increases delays.

Brooks codified that precept 35 years ago in a small technical book, The Mythical Man-Month, which he named after the flawed assumption that more manpower meant predictably faster progress. Today, his insight is known as Brooks’ law. The book still sells 10,000 copies a year, and Brooks—who oversaw the creation of IBM’s System/360, the company’s most successful mainframe—is hailed as a legend. Wired’s founding executive editor, Kevin Kelly, spoke with Brooks to discuss the upside of failure, lowercase letters, and what we can learn from Apple.

Excerpts Follow: 

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Design and Food

IKEA’s take on a baking recepie book. Done as part of branding, or rather as a natural connect to the kitchen appliances supplied by IKEA.
Beautiful looking pics despite not knowing the names of most of them, had a very satiating experience….I’m hopeful that our own Samosa, Jalebi, Appam and punugulualso receive this love and attention.

Yes, Design does make a difference, and it could be edible!


We let ourselves be inspired by high fashion and Japanese minimalism. The idea of the book became to tone down the actual cake and put the ingredients in focus. The recipes are presented as graphic still-life portraits on a warm and colorful stage. And when you turn the page you see the fantastic result