The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face

The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face

Nov 22, 2011

Kare’s work gave the Mac a visual lexicon that was universally inviting and intuitive. Instead of thinking of each image as a tiny illustration of a real object, she aimed to design icons that were as instantly comprehensible as traffic signs. There was an ineffably disarming and safe quality about her designs. Like their self-effacing […]

Mobile Design Patterns

Jul 23, 2011

Good collection of mobile patterns: http://mobile-patterns.com/

The iPad Arrives

The iPad Arrives

Apr 3, 2010

As I’m sure you know, tech and geek news has been buzzing for weeks about the arrival of the iPad and today was the day for pre-orders to arrive by UPS and for in-store purchasing. We went by the Apple Store on Stockton Street here in SF this afternoon and saw Jonathan Ive as he […]

10/GUI Concept

Oct 13, 2009

10/GUI is an interesting take on a possible multi-touch system by R. Clayton Miller.  The concept re-imagines the desktop UI by proposing a multi-touch system that doesn’t rely on the screen, but adapts a multi-touch replacement for a keyboard. I like the idea, except I’m not convinced the proposed linear model of “stitching” windows together […]

Google Wave First Look

Google Wave First Look

Sep 30, 2009

Gina Trapani at Lifehacker has a good write up on the current state of Google Wave.

The Browsable Grid

The Browsable Grid

Sep 16, 2009

Several sites, including my own PicoCool, are taking advantage of the grid view as a fast way for users to browse content. Designers have been relying on the grid for generations as a layout technique. Lots of data-driven sites (eg. product comparisons or search results), web 2.0 services and blogs let users toggle their view […]

Helveticize Your Web

Helveticize Your Web

Sep 14, 2009

It’s been fun to see new scripts and themes developed to “Helveticize” the web, starting with Google Reader, then Google Calendar, Gmail, and now Twitter.  If you’re a Helvetica lover, you’re in luck.  Get rid of multiple fonts and cluttered interfaces and give your apps a minimalist makeover.  It is just a visual makeover, though, […]

Google Updates Search Box

Google Updates Search Box

Sep 11, 2009

Google‘s home page is well-known for its minimalist approach, and the search box itself has had minor adjustments over the past decade. Yesterday, they increased the size of the search box and the font sizes for text input and auto-suggestions. It’s an incremental but good change given increasingly high-resolution monitors, as well as longer search […]

iTunes 9.0 App Management

iTunes 9.0 App Management

Sep 10, 2009

Finally! The new iTunes 9.0 has an app manager. It’s fairly easy to use but as Steve Rhodes pointed out on my Flickr page, “it is a pain if you want to move several apps from one of the first pages to one of the last pages, but it is much better than doing it […]

Snow Leopard: Smaller, Faster, Better

Snow Leopard: Smaller, Faster, Better

Aug 26, 2009

The Apple and tech blogs have been buzzing with this week’s early arrival of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, available this Friday, August 28, 2009. We’ve already pre-ordered our family pack upgrade. If you haven’t yet, it’s worth the upgrade at only $29 for an individual (or $25 at Amazon; $43.99 for the family […]

Our Sixth Sense: Wearable Fluid Interfaces

Feb 7, 2009

This week at the TED conference, Pattie Maes from MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces group showcased the latest work of her students, “a wearable computing system that turns any surface into an interactive display screen. The wearer can summon virtual gadgets and internet data at will, then dispel them like smoke when they’re done.” Pattie […]

iPhone 2.0.1

iPhone 2.0.1

Aug 5, 2008

The new update came out earlier today. I tweeted it, but I’ve been busy with work all day and night. I’m just getting to updating my phone now. If you’ve updated, have you noticed any improvements with your iPhone performance?

New Interface Paradigms

New Interface Paradigms

Feb 26, 2008

It still strikes me as fascinating that the iPhone and the OLPC (or XO) laptop were both released in the last year, and yet they’re such radically different “computing” and communication devices and concepts. I’ve spent some time playing simultaneously with the iPhone, the XO or OLPC laptop, and my regular computer combo – an […]

Fluid UI: Multi-touch screen

Feb 3, 2007

As we amass more and more data, it seems only natural that we’ll need new methods to navigate this space. Jeff Han’s multi-touch screen is impressive. I don’t know if it’s the best way to manipulate all types of data or more fine-grained scenarios, but it clearly opens up possibilities for using a wide range […]

Design 2.0: Minimalism, Transparency, and You

Feb 6, 2006

Today happens to be the four month anniversary of eHub Interviews, a series of email questions and answers with the creators and companies behind many of the new web 2.0 services and applications that we’ve been witnessing and using online. According to many of you who write in, the interviews are “one of your favorite […]

Why Good Content Must Suck

Feb 3, 2003

This would have been an interesting two hours… Why Good Content Must Suck: Designing for the Scent of Information Jared Spool from User Interface Engineering If you have thousands of pages of really cool stuff on your site, how do users find what they are looking for? Turns out that the content itself has to […]