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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The calibre of these Wednesday HCI lunches is pretty high up there from the beginning of this year, and today was no exception, with a fantastic talk by South Africa’s IndabaMobile CEO Ken Venn talking about how his company is trying to improve digital access via cell phones to the market in South Africa. It’s […]