links for 2008-01-28

Ask E.T.: Interface design and the iPhone

Edward Tufte has posted a video that extols and criticises the iPhone UI design. He’s clearly a fan, and having played with the device I can understand why.

I thought his critique on the Stock widget was particularly interesting, though, calling the UI “cartoon like” and wishing that the data existed at “image resolution” rather then at the “resolution of Excel or PowerPoint”. You can understand this better with his comparison of the existing UI and how he would have done it (including a switch to landscape, higher information density and the use of SparkLines):



I liked the little comment he dropped in on the photo thumbnail view, that they should have used single pixel grey lines between the thumbnails, rather then the wider white ones. I’ve not looked at his books close enough to know why :-)


links for 2008-01-23

The impact of CCTV in the UK

“The public was often left disappointed by CCTV’s lack if impact on drunkenness and violence, he said. “… it doesn’t deter most crime. I think they are perhaps misled in terms of the amount of crime that CCTV might prevent.””

So says Graeme Gerrard, head of CCTV at the Association of Chief Police Officers. It’s good for rational beings, for example deterring theft in a car park, but doesn’t work on the irrational, including the inebriated, who don’t care who is watching them.

Cops admit CCTV no use in deterring drunken violence

links for 2008-01-19