John Maeda
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It’s great to get some insight into how some of your heroes think. This slideshow from the New York Times shows the step by step process that John Maeda went through to design a cover for their real estate supplement, Key magazine. I’m a big believer in the use of intuition, letting your experiences and

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Now Play It
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  Thanks to CoolHunting for pointing me to this awesome music tutorial site. Now Play It has video tutorials available for a bunch of modern music. They cover guitar, bass, piano and drums in a range of difficulty. The great thing is, though, that a lot of the tutorials are actually done by members of

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We Are Tigers ’80
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It turns out that Craig Robinson, he of the most excellent “minipops” fame lived in Lincoln, in the UK, at about the same time as I did (70s to early 80s). He seems to resent the fact that he was never in a gang when he was there, and so he’s put together a really great, fictional “gang

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Economist article on new user interface directions
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There’s an article in this weeks Economist focused on how difficult technology is to use, and some new directions for user interfaces that may go some way to making them simpler. In addition to some of the usual suspects (Apple’s iPhone and the Minority Report UI) it gives the Microsoft Cambridge lab some decent mention,

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all manner of distractions
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I’m a sucker for these kind of code-based visualizations, often made by accident using tools like Flash or Processing. I love the work of John Maeda, for example, and Joshua Davis. This work by Robert Hodgin falls into the same camp. Take a look at some of the wonderful animations showcased on his site, Flight404.   

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Expression around the Clock
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For those that are interested, Microsoft is hosting a one day, worldwide event focused on user experience design, called Expression around the Clock. It’s less of a technology pitch then some of the Expression events have deliberately been in the past, and more of a chance for some open discussion of different design issues (sprinkled with

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Cats need to navigate an obstacle to remember it
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Cool! A little home experimentation with our cat, Sidney, seems in order… ” In their experiment — pictured below — they had a cat step halfway over a small barrier, at which point they distracted it with food. They lowered the barrier while it was eating, but when the cat moved on, it still raised its

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Targeting teens
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Great quote from an interview of John Humphrys, host of BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program: “He cannot understand why BBC executives obsess over attracting young audiences, as if they were chasing advertising revenues. “They see that the Today programme audience is old. Oh my gosh, how dare they be old! Many of them are over

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Imagine Cup
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Some really nice work has come out of the years Imagine Cup, particularly the winner of the interface design category (video embedded below), a digital whiteboard with a very cool ‘spinner’ UI.  The Imagine Cup is a massive student design competition sponsored by Microsoft that focuses on the development of technology solutions in a whole

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