How Bad is Bad?

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John Gruber invites public ridicule to the UI design of this file renaming application. And yes, it certainly looks terrible, like a stereotypical case study in haphazard, bloated, bad UI design. But is the UI design really that bad? I’m not so sure. As someone who has had to do all manner of complex and … Continue reading How Bad is Bad?

Twittering the Election

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Last night was the second U.S. Presidential Debate. One of my favorite new election-based interactive user experiences (in addition to CNN’s approval graphs and CNN’s magic wall) is Twitter’s election.twitter.com. Here’s a sample of what you would have seen during last night’s debate: TechCrunch reviewed this site last week. Here’s their review in its entirety: … Continue reading Twittering the Election

Going to Amsterdam

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When I was just 20 years old, I went on a student exchange program to Amsterdam to study sculpture at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Those six months I spent in Europe, impoverished and starry-eyed, shaped a lot of who I am, both personally and creatively. I’m delighted to say that I will be back in … Continue reading Going to Amsterdam

Obama Futurama

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Barack Obama’s speech was tremendous. He was strong, forceful, and honest while fighting tooth and nail for most of the fundamentally liberal ideals that I share — arguing them openly instead of filtering or even hiding them as most liberal Democratic candidates have in the past. And in the several places where he strayed from … Continue reading Obama Futurama

UX of a Salesman

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Running shoes must be usable, but it’s their seductive design that really sells the product. I’ll be delivering a new presentation concept about “merchandising” at the O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo in New York this September 18th (and again two weeks later in Amsterdam at Euro IA). Not about merchandising as in the design of retail … Continue reading UX of a Salesman

iPhone Apps I Want

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I am thoroughly enjoying the debut crop of iPhone Apps — a welcome improvement over the (mostly) second-rate half-baked apps available in the Jailbreak era. Here are a few imaginary apps and functions I wish I could be using right now. 1. Batch Sync Most New Yorkers with iPhones will recognize this scenario: You get … Continue reading iPhone Apps I Want