Monday, December 20, 2010

Hacker Web Design: Words of Wisdom for Building Great Apps

David Kadavy talks about the needs and pain points of would-be (or must-be) designers in the world of web development. By Jolie O'Dell

Monday, December 06, 2010

Advanced walking

Welcome to the future of walking support, so says Andres Sebastian Sanchez. By Yanko Design

Starchitect Norman Foster Reportedly Designing New Apple Campus

Sir Norman Foster, the British starchitect behind London’s iconic Gherkin tower and the master plan of Abu Dhabi’s mega-green Masdar City, reportedly has been selected to design Apple’s new campus in Cupertino. By Suzanne Labbarre

Sign of the Times: A Device That Does Boring Small Talk For You

With Gerard Ralló's conceptual Reiterative Communication Aid, a digital readout replaces predictable speech. By Suzanne Labarre

AU 2010 Exhibition

Here Autodesk's Matt Ratliff, Applications Engineer, demonstrates the industrial designer's dream software/hardware set-up: Alias Sketch on a Wacom Cintiq monitor. By Core77

5 of the Best New User Experiences of 2010

When it comes to user experience, designers and developers must do much more than present their users with a “pretty face” web page. By Jolie O'Dell

Susan Kare: Interview With an Iconic Designer


Susan Kare is the master of making icons iconic. From a mere handful of pixels she has created small-scale graphics that have become part of the visual language of computing. By Mashable

Designers: Here’s the Brief for Project Magazine’s iPad Cover Contest

As part of its launch, Virgin’s first iPad-only magazine, Project, announced a contest to redesign the magazine’s animated cover.

Favorite Mobile News Reader, The Flud

FLUD for iPhone v1.0 Down and Dirty Demo! from Bobby Ghoshal on Vimeo.

Its slick interface has the media gushing so we decided to give it a go. There’s a diverse collection of content already featured in the Flud ecosystem. By Yanko Design

Book Reading Made Haptic And Easy For The Blind

The Haptic Braille is a mouse-like device that’s capable of translating ordinary text into braille on its surface. By Yanko Design

Is All Fair in Love and Web Design?

The implication of the phrase "deadly sin" is certainly rather negative, but just how bad are these sins really? Would we eradicate them all from this world if we could? By ZURB

The Future of Design: Blue Is the New Green

Blue design creates places that are not just neutral in their take, but actually add back to our world. By Co.Design

Qatar's World Cup: Engineering Marvel, PR Nightmare?

If you thought building 12 open-air, air-conditioned stadiums was hard, try shipping them abroad when you're done. And then try to explain why one of your top architects is called Albert Speer. By Co.Design

Syd Mead, Blade Runner Concept Designer, Envisions the Future

2019: A Future Imagined from Flat-12 on Vimeo.

Syd Mead discusses robots, Ridley Scott, and the nature of imagination.

ED Med Levitra Gives Users a Really Nice Package

Levitra, the latest erectile-dysfunction pill on the market, is going hard on design. The brand’s parent company Bayer Healthcare has adopted new packaging that not only looks sexy but works precisely how you need it to.

Bloom eco-superyacht integrates retractable sail to harness renewable energy

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Bridging the gap between eco tech and superyacht design, Netherlands-based designer Xiang Yu has developed a mega yacht that harnessing renewable energy offers a sustainable sail without compromising the style and comfort of the luxury yachts. By The Design Blog

Friday, December 03, 2010

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

Augmented Reality Part Two: Challenges & Opportunities

Josh Damon Williams focuses the conversation around challenges and opportunities around this “new” [Augmented Reality] market.

Augmented Reality Part One: The Low Down

Augmented Reality isn’t exactly new, according to Bruce Sterling it’s at least 17 years old. Here’s a useful diagram made in 1995 by a couple of Sony’s tinkerers to call out the differences between AR, VR, ubiquitous computing, and classic GUI-based HCI:

Virus Beware, The Spuit Is Here

There are two sides to a coin, on one side we have groovy gadgets and on the other we have hidden malware and virus to spoil our fun. By Yanko Design

This Phone Hovers in Space

Oh so you’re not satisfied with phones that connect at speeds almost as fast as you can click and hundreds of new applications that do everything under the sun each day? Well here’s something new for you then! By Yanko Design

Emergency Exits of Splendor

Many gigantic cities in this modern wonderful world of ours have underground transit. Under the ground you’ll find tunnels with trains galore, traveling all around the city and sometimes even under great bodies of water. By Yanko Design

Urban Cart makes you feel like riding a real horse cart

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Increasing traffic jams and pollution are two major problems that make cities a worse place to live in, not only in developing but also in developed nations worldwide. By The Design Blog

Readot scans text and images into Braille to help visually impaired to feel them


Usually visually impaired people feel alienated from society due to less or no interaction with others in their day-to-day lives. By The Design Blog

Tron Legacy sneak peek


As sophisticated software is increasingly used in hi-tech filmmaking for rendering, pre-visualization and so on, an interesting side effect has emerged from the special effects. By Core77

Blinput smartphone concept for the visually impaired

Sharing ownership of UX

A UX architect, or lead UX designer, is the member of a product team who is primarily responsible for ensuring all aspects of a digital product that users experience directly—including its form, behavior, and content—are learnable, usable, useful, and aesthetically pleasing. By UX Matters

Twitter Powered TV Remote Makes Channel Surfing Social

The Android application from KDDI R&D Laboratories runs on a tablet and aggregates opinions on current TV shows from Twitter. Read the article here.

Here's Moscow's Showpiece Stadium for the 2018 World Cup

The design, by Erick van Egeraat, builds upon the bones of an old structure. By Suzanne Labarre

Mastering the Apple Game of Customer Perception

When Apple took the iPhone prototype to Verizon, for a possible network deal, the carrier rejected it. By Ndubuisi Ekekwe

Get Local

Emily Pilloton and Project H Design move to small-town America, start teaching a high-school shop class, and find the power and impact of hyperlocal design. By Emily Pilloton

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Custom-built, street-legal ‘Tron Light Cycle’ promises a power ride

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Florida-based bike store Legacy has rolled out 10 custom-built Tron Light Cycles that featuring a steel frame and fiberglass bodywork look almost identical to each other. By The Design Blog

Wanted: A Cell Phone That's as Simple as Possible

John's Phone is a rebuke to all the smartphones out there that ooze useless special features. By Suzanne Labarre