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May 22 | The tenant in room 106

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 […]

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May 21 | How (not) to introduce radical user interface changes

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 […]

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Nov 17 | A worrying trend in behavior change in Human Computer Interaction

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 […]

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Nov 10 | On Stanford’s New Logo Typeface

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 […]

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Oct 15 | The other shattered record

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 […]

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Oct 4 | Product Diaries: Pay to promote?

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 […]

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Sep 23 | Topaz Labs vs. Nik Software

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 […]

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Sep 8 | Why you want a circular polarizing filter

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 […]

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Jul 12 | The view from the top

Sometimes the most amazing experiences are the most coincidental, and the most unplanned. This isn’t perhaps to say that everything should be unplanned – I think that there’s a certain amount of dangerous excitement when the best laid plans come into conflict with the most unpredictable elements of life. And this weekend was certainly no […]

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Apr 2 | Why the Kindle is the traveler’s best friend

Sometimes the best technology is the one most suited for the job it was designed for. The Kindle falls squarely in that category, and as a former skeptic of the tool I have to admit how wrong I was to doubt its capacity to amaze. About a month or so ago I acquired the Kindle […]

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