Posts in category: Design

How not to do an Unsubscribe form

How not to do an Unsubscribe form

I don’t know how I got onto the PPM Group’s mailing list. I have never worked in the industry, nor have any desire to, nor interest therein. I clicked the unsubscribe link and got this page: http://www.ppmsystem.com/contact2.asp?enquiry=1 How incredibly facile and...
The Desktop Epic Revolution

The Desktop Epic Revolution

The advent of cheap and pervasive technology can fundamentally reboot entire industries. It is now possible to do more with the off-the-shelf technology than every before, such as making an epic movie. Thanks to Debra who forwarded me the following recently: Click to...
Redesiging a boarding pass

Redesiging a boarding pass

It is amazing what some design thinking can do to a “shitty” piece of work. From this: To this: In one blog post! The designer is asking for submission from others as well. I hope Delta pays this guy and actually implements the significantly improved work!...
Design and fun as differentiation

Design and fun as differentiation

Yes, another airline is doing it. Using fun, personality, design to differentiate themselves from others. Image from . The inflight safety demo is worth watching too; also from One Large Prawn. Thanks to Martin for the initial heads up! As with Virgin, consistency and...
The reassurance of the tangible

The reassurance of the tangible

Even as we move more and more into a virtual world, where everything is “soft” and infinitely malleable, we increasingly crave the reassurance of the real. Worried about someone remotely using your webcam to spy on you? There’s always been a software switch to disable...
More orthogonal goodness

More orthogonal goodness

The Puma Chalk Table – a beautiful piece by Aruliden – not a single gratuitous blobby curve in sight. Spotted via ruskopico‘s...

The iPad is boring

Actually no. I am not that excited by the iPad. Not as a thing, a fashion accessory or the fad. Technically it has little interest – like an iPhone but bigger and no phone. It’s quite thin, and beautifully executed as a piece of industrial design (barring...

Kill the messenger

Microsoft doesn’t want their new Xbox 360 to show the dreaded red ring of death (when a “catastrophic system error” occurs) any more, so they removed the red LEDs from the ring! Hey I don’t want the building I am living in to burn down, so...

Incongruous Alessi shop design

The interior fit-out of the Alessi shop at the ION shopping centre on Orchard Road, Singapore, has always struck me as odd and at-odds with the brand. The colours are unsophisticated and rather kindergartenish. The display shelves are oddly detailed and feel...
Good taste and insecurity

Good taste and insecurity

“Good taste is the most obvious resource of the insecure … Good taste is the anesthetic of the public.” Harley Parker What is good taste anyway? Is it primarily personal? Or is it by necessity a form of groupthink – so that we can judge relatively the idea of “good”?...

Thing of beauty

Nomadic library + transport system + intimate space. More at the David Garcia...

Rules

Rules make life easier. But they also impede the awareness and development of alternatives and new perspectives. We love rules, routine and “norms” because we can just do what everyone else does/expects us to do and not think about things too much. But rules, routine...

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,...

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...

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...

If it ain’t broke don’t break it (just make it better)

In innovation land, “if it ain’t broke, break it!” is a common sentiment coined by Tom Peters I think. All too often businesses stick to doing the same things because humans don’t really like change all that much. The risk is, sooner or later someone else is going to...
The UI/UX and feature-set consistency of tools

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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