Archive for the 'Information Design' Category

NYC Fun Fact: More People Are Killed in the Crosswalk than Jaywalking

Friday, August 15th, 2008

There’s a new book out about the sociology of driving called Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) that looks pretty interesting and includes the fun fact cited in the title of this post: more people are killed in crosswalks crossing legally than jaywalking. Looks like it’s worth […]

The Future of Multi-Touch Screens

Monday, January 15th, 2007

If you thought the iPhone multi-touch screen was impressive, take a look into the future of interaction courtesy of Jeff Han at NYU. Make sure you play the video on the right side of the linked page.

It Isn’t About Ugly Design,
It’s About Functional Design

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

There’s been talk all over the interweb about whether ugly design is successful design, generally discussed in the context of sites like craigslist. This discussion has for the most part been misguided though. When I’m talking about design, I find it helpful to break the discussion into functional, process and aesthetic categories and I deal […]

When Companies Find Design Religion:
The Belkin Flip

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

There’s no shortage of companies in the computer industry that make ugly products. Belkin, which makes wifi routers and quite a bit more, was clearly in the plain to ugly category with most of it’s hardware in varying shades of grey and forms that couldn’t really be discerned from the competition. But, with the release […]

Tempo Thermo Tag From Vessel

Friday, February 24th, 2006

The Vessel love continues. It seems they’ve made a slightly altered version of their Time Tag: The Tempo Thermo Tag that tells the temperature. Nice.

The Coming Mac-Centric Name Change

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

It’s probably worth it to state the obvious: Apple is changing the names of all of it’s machines to make sure the word “Mac” appears in each and every available model. If Mac is already in there, it probably won’t change. If it’s not, then be prepared for an awkward shift. iBook will change to […]

Bedford’s Law Examples Flawed

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Boingboing has a story up about Bedford’s Law that’s pretty cool, but the math used in the examples has a couple blatant errors in it. I’m not questioning the validity of Bedford’s Law, but simply pointing out a couple problems with the examples that were chosen to demonstrate it which were originally taken from this […]

Breaking Up Thick Books:
Visually Less Impressive But Easier to Use

Monday, November 28th, 2005

I’m about to tackle my copy of Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near, his 672 page hardcover tome on The Law of Accelerating Returns and it’s implications on the years ahead. The singularity in Kurzweil’s words is: technological change so rapid and profound it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history. The implications […]

GTD Accessory: Doorhanger Notes

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

GTD devotees already know that if you need to not forget something on your way out, you should set it in front of the door. Well, CB2 has figured out how to make money off of your desire to accessorize your productivity habit with their do not forget doorhanger. Fifty sheets for $5.95 US.

Good Information Design: The Struggles of Getting Past Knowing It When You See It

Friday, November 11th, 2005

I had intended to comment on this sooner, but it caught me in the midst of a pretty insane election campaign and I found myself without a spare minute up until this week. In one of those “hey, someone does read this thing” moments, I ran into a post over at Standard Gamble about his […]