Literate distractability?

Photo from MiikaS on Flickr under Creative Commons BY-SA license Reuters tells us about a Pew survey of “technology insiders, critics and students” asking what skills young people will need …

Overdesign

No, not as in ├╝berdesign, but as in designing more than the interaction really needs. Someone just looks silly if their text talks about putting an X in the checkbox …

When Helping Doesn’t Help

Finally, someone calls out the supposed design mavens at Apple for the intrusive, cartoony showboating of the Mac UI. Now I’m not saying the iPod is anything but slick, intuitive, …

Stupid Facebook Tricks

I understood back when Facebook had so much trouble scaling up their systems for the avalanche of growth in their user base that they experienced early on. I even understand, …

Third Place

This morning raised some new question marks for me about internet hang-outs as the virtual embodiment of that Third Place (in addition to home & work) of urban design lore. …

Designed boxes

This box is an artifact of my former days as a homebrewer. When I moved, I dumped the bottles into the recycling with only a pang of regret. I’d refilled …