Observations and thoughts at the intersection of Design, IT, Psychology, and Business.

A matter of degree

I like fried chicken. Eating fried chicken now and then is a most enjoyable activity. Eating fried chicken every day or every week, however, will soon become a problem. On a personal level, the amount of waste I generate daily is not really a problem I can immediately...

US = fast food

So this fast food bonanza at the Shanghai World Expo is the American contribution to a better life writ large(!) writ global? Is this rather telling of the power and profit-myopia of conventional business practice? Despite the mandate not being to make money (at least...

Disaster relief or cause?

This frightening mountain of bottled drinking water was snapped at my local supermarket on the weekend. Surely this a sign of a truly spoilt and self-obsessed society? Singapore provides perfectly safe, high quality, world-class drinking water straight from the tap....

The fiddle-worthy nature of products

I fiddle with things – when I am thinking. I click my pen, pull at the pocket clip (until it breaks), rearrange my cutlery, or poke around the cruets. It’s just what I do. I poke and pull at my laptops as well. The push-to-eject nibs of the CardBus/ExpressCard slots,...

Ikea food

Why is Ikea food so crazily successful in Singapore? There are two large Ikea stores in Singapore. They both have huge restaurants. By my estimation, the restaurants appear to occupy about 15% of the available retail floor area, an not-to-be-sniffed-at area....

Wabi sabi

No, not the Japanese condiment you put on sushi. But rather “the Japanese principle of wabi-sabi ... [which] values character and uniqueness over a shiny facade. Rare down to the essence, but don't remove the poetry.”From Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier...

Two great lifestyle design blogs

Image from http://www.wordle.net/ The RSS feed link for Cody McKibben’s Thrilling Heroics blog invites us to “join the rebellion against the status quo and follow Cody's adventures in lifestyle design, entrepreneurship & travel!” He goes on to say: I started Thrilling...

Super Supa Glue ad

A very nice bus stop ad for Selleys Supa Glue spotted in a Singapore bus stop. There is something really compelling simple about this design. And yet on closer inspection it provides a lovely depth of details. This is perfectly executed for the deployment context (a...

The UI/UX and feature-set consistency of tools

This post is a follow on from my previous post Office 2007 Ribbon follow-up. Hypothesis: The tools we use everyday should not change radically or frequently. Doing so will negatively affect the usefulness of that tool. Consider the controls of your car, the layout of...

Office 2007 Ribbon follow-up

In response to my previous blog post The Microsoft Office 2007 ribbon , Ian Palangio kindly posted a link to this illuminating video on the development of the Office 2007 Ribbon. It was a nice insight into the whole design process. It answered a lot of the questions...

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