Retro CD Player
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A CD player that mimics the gramophone. Retro CD Player: Phonograph Concept Treats Your CDs Like Vinyl

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Birmingham: City of the Future
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One for Shannon… YouTube – Birmingham: City of the Future

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Creativity vs. Efficiency
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Really interesting article about the change in culture brought about at 3M by the introduction of the ‘Six Sigma’ efficiency system. It highlights some of the challenges of balancing an innovation-led culture with an efficiency led-culture. How do you make those compatible? At 3M, A Struggle Between Efficiency And Creativity “The tension that Buckley is

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Microsoft Surface
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Microsoft has announced its “Surface” computing platform. The culmination of some awesome work started long ago by Andy Wilson in Microsoft Research, the platform allows partners to build multi-touch based, table-top interfaces. Some decent scenarios, particularly for the retail and hospitality industry, are shown in the videos on the site. Looking forward to seeing other

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Barajas Bamboo Airport
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Barajas Bamboo Airport“RSHP say ‘while no specific environmental criteria were stipulated in the brief, the design team set out to maximise natural daylight to all passenger areas and reduce dependence on artificial light, while providing views out and reducing solar gain with extensive external shading.”

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BBC British History Timeline
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This BBC Timeline of British history is a nice piece of UI work. It reminds me a little of some of the cool Corbis CD-ROM titles of the mid-90s, when multimedia content was big. Their one about FDR particularly. That’s a compiment, since those titles were so beautifully produced.

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gIV Me ur miCes
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Cool ransom note generator based on the One Letter group on flickr.

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Climate change: A guide for the perplexed
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The New Scientist provides answers for the 26 most common myths and misconceptions about climate change. My own personal favorites: ‘We can’t do anything about it’ and ‘It’s all a conspiracy’.

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Why Products Fail
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Article in Business Week that talks about Bill Buxton’s book.

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2 Japanese Heroes
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Since this is a blog about the job I do as a designer in Microsoft Research, I thought I’d start a list of people whose work I really admire. These are not necessarily ‘computer’ people. More individuals whose imagination, integrity and output really shine. First up are 2 Japanese heroes of mine. Not sure that

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