Posts in category: Design

The un-designed Facebook

In many respects FB is un-designed. If I had to rate its usability, I’d give it a 6 out of 10. I regularly find many aspects of Facebook frustratingly hard to use. Important controls are hidden (the Create New Message button often disappears off the right side of the...
Hiring designers for non-design roles; who dares, wins!

Hiring designers for non-design roles; who dares, wins!

There’s a lot and lot of talk about innovation and design thinking being crucial to helping a business respond to rapid and dramatic change. Large businesses have engaged large design companies like Continuum and IDEO, design companies who have reinvented their...

A clear, compelling and engaging vision

Here’s a great example of how a business can set up a powerful vision of the future for themselves, their products and their customers. Here’s A Day Made of Glass … Made possible by Corning: In one single video, Corning has enabled 360° of emotive hooks...
From QMS to CES

From QMS to CES

Businesses need to move from quality management systems (QMS) to creativity enabling systems (CES). “[In a world of radical uncertainty] … Old efficiency thinking based on engineering and rational market models needs to be replaced by a creative intelligence based on...
The Office ribbon and location memory

The Office ribbon and location memory

I reckon one reason I dislike the Office ribbon is because it actively defies location/placement memory. With old style drop down menus, I rely a lot on knowing the vague locations of commands: “about 3 menus form the left and about half way down. This is perhaps more...
Blue on white is unlucky?

Blue on white is unlucky?

Will the presence of strong superstitions in a culture negatively impact that culture’s ability to innovate? Of course it is perfectly reasonable to expect a design to take into account the cultural context in which it will be used. Indeed, doing so may well be a...

The role of design

Design is the enrichment of the purely functional/literal through the engagement of human senses and imagination. This means enabling people to attach their own meaning to otherwise purely to the functional/literal. Design may not produce any visual or visible...

Social media on mobiles

Social media is about dialogue. Or technology-enabled socialising. People get together to talk about stuff that matters to them. To exchange ideas, discuss, and share opinions. Social media can “run” on different technology platforms: the Internet/web/PCs, and...

How not to practise design

The BBC home decorating show How Not To Decorate should actually be renamed How to Piss Off the Very People Who Can Help You Achieve Your Design Vision. In the episode I watched recently, the two interior designers first toured a badly decorated house with champagne...
Design and unnecessary consumption

Design and unnecessary consumption

There are stalls like these all over Singapore (and probably all over the world) filled with thousands (millions?) of cheap, throwaway plastic phone covers. You can find one to suit any (usually bad) taste. As well as seasonal ones for any of the major consumerist...
Gadgets with sealed-in batteries

Gadgets with sealed-in batteries

More and more gadgets seem to be coming out with sealed-in batteries these days. Apple started this dubious trend with their Macbook Air. Not being an Apple fan, this had not really bothered me personally until recently when I discovered (a) I kinda sorta could like...

I think I will stop buying design books

Most of the featured and celebrated work in web design books seems to be of a particular type. Flipping through a few at a bookshop recently: All the cool sites are image-intensive, Flash intensive, and generally text/functionality light – aside from the...
Fashion design drawing IS reality!

Fashion design drawing IS reality!

I stand corrected! See my previous post Toilet designed by a fashion designer. It does appear that the 9-heads proportion used in fashion design drawings is a realistic representation of women in real life. As French model Isabella Caro demonstrates below (red lines...

Thoughts on aural signage

We all appreciate good (legible and accurate) visual signage, especially when they fail to work and we get lost in some dreadful shopping mall! Perhaps given most of us as not visually impaired, we tend not to pay as much attention to the “legibility” of aural...

Singapore $10 notes

A recent Straits Times article on suspected fake Singapore $10 notes reminded me of this previous blog post of mine on the visual language of trust, using Singapore $10 polymer and paper notes as an...
Be nice, be memorable

Be nice, be memorable

Do something nice for me and I will remember you. Don’t show me yet another forgettable, self-aggrandising ad. Case in point: in Dubai airport, LG provides free mobile phone and notebook recharging stations. There is one every 20m or so. The installed power points...

Digital media opportunities – Part 9: Pragmatic reality

Last but not least, I want to conclude the series on a super-pragmatic note. Most businesses are well and truly behind the cutting-edge curve in terms of leveraging what web and information technology can do for them. Not that I am advocating the cutting edge at all –...

Digital media opportunities – Part 8: e-politics and e-government

Where there are people, you get politics. It is thus not surprising that when enough people are on the Internet, e-politics become a tangible force. Three examples come to mind: the GetUp grassroots political movement in Australia, the Obama election campaign which...

Digital media opportunities – Part 6: Knowledge-distillation

The Internet is hyper-saturated with information. From solid reliable make-the-world-go0-round stuff to wild rambling fantasies – it’s all there. How do we know what is trustworthy or real? How often have we taken a bizarre story to be true, even momentarily, only to...
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