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Ever since I learned about the Quantified Self movement and some of my early work around commitment devices I have been interested in actually owning one of these new-fangled data-tracking devices. About a week ago when I was in the United States I grabbed a Fitbit Force at a BestBuy that had just stocked them, […]
One of the interesting things about moving to a different country is that you learn to accept “new” things as pretty much ordinary, and then you start dissecting why it is “new” to you and not new to all those who have grown up with that kind of life as standard. One example I’ve noticed […]
Whenever I’ve traveled and stayed at hostels I’ve usually stayed for one or two days at the longest, though oftentimes at some of the better places I’ve wanted to stay for longer. I find myself now on the other side of that, having just spent my 10th day here at the Jugendherberge in Zurich. You […]
Why is it that any radical change to a feature invites immediate repulsion and “bring it back” stampedes? Is the option to “bring back the old version” the only solution designers have to appease everyone, or should one barrel forward with a design change with the confidence that eventually everyone will jump on board? Flickr’s […]
Research in HCI must move away from technology as a solution to behavior change towards a model that enables users to be active agents in the feedback mechanisms embedded in ambient, ubiquitous and gamified interfaces. Recent research in the field of human computer interaction has led many to pose the following question: How might we […]
The astute among you may have noticed in the last week that Stanford changed its logo typeface away from Sabon Monotype to what it now calls something that should be treated “as artwork, not as typography”. Sabon is an elegant serif typeface that was developed in Germany during the latter part of the 1960s as […]
When Felix Baumgartner landed back on Earth yesterday after his 24-mile jump from the Zenith capsule, he managed to break three world records: the highest jump from a platform, the longest free fall without a drogue parachute and the highest vertical velocity. It was a historic close to months of preparation, several disappointing setbacks, and […]
One of the more acute results of spending some time in a product-oriented or product management role like the one I spent at Google this past summer is that you suddenly become aware of a lot of the consequences and thought processes that go into rolling out a new feature. What with career and hiring […]
Since I just found out about Google’s acquisition of Nik Software I figured I’d write a quick comparison of the that and the tool I have been using up to now, Topaz Labs. I found out about Topaz Labs at MacWorld 2011 and was pretty impressed by what it could do. Granted, using it feels […]
Recently I’ve had two opportunities to compare photographs with a circular polarizing filter (C-PL) and without, and they are by far the most indispensable tool in a nature and outdoor photographer’s toolbox. I think this may also be a reaction that is a result of too many washed-out beautiful skies taken on more lower-end cameras […]