Gavin is a designer, professor, and sustainability advocate. He lives and works in Brooklyn and teaches graphic design at Pratt Institute.
What do you do with 450 million users? Here’s how Facebook is going to get their money’s worth from Whatsapp.
I won’t be able to go until Monday night. But, I can’t wait!
When the content the user is filtering is placed below the fold, the user never sees the actual result of his or hers choices — an issue I have seen a lot of times, and a typical indicator that the webapp didn’t have a mobile first approach.
A way to work around the issue, is to start working with different view modes. That is to divide different functions of your webapp into individual views.
Read more here.
As a common language has grown within social media of chat acronyms and expression, I’ve become interested in glitch aesthetics. They would pop up on my twitter feed from someone who retweeted them and it looked like one tweet had spilled into another using non-sensical but aesthetically complex symbols. How is this possible?
The closest I’ve come to this form of hacking is when I use emoticons in iOS7 and post a tweet. When I view the tweet on my desktop browser, a tiny lonely box appears instead of my coffee cup, or smiling face. This blank box is a UTF-8 unicode symbol which is used for text encoding. Your computer has has failed to find the symbol that coincides with the code, hence the blank box.
This is annoying. And it’s creating a rift within communication. Those on the iPhone can see your emoticon, but those without it cannot. Furthermore, entire conversations are being had using these images.
Which brings me to @crashtxt who has created a twitter feed dedicated to a similar rift in code. Keyboards have character icons available that aren’t commonly used. This form of expression closely models ascii art, which is creating images from small characters. While these images tend to be form based, @crashtxt is creating a regurgitation of unicode. And I like it. For more on this form of expression, go here.
10 Rules of Writing by David Ogilvy. I particularly approve of #5.
The entire wealth of wisdom in the world is contained in these two books.
The first iphone was prototyped in 1983, says Mashable. They also had a tablet developed early in the 90s, called the MessagePad. It was a PDA, but you know what I mean. It even had handwriting recognition software. Apple also made the “innovative” MacPro back in 2000. It looked like a cube and it was called the PowerMac.
The Apple website claims the MacPro is a “major step forward”, it’s “radically different”, or even that it’s “entirely new”. The truth is the inside is new, but the outside is a simple, clean, singular unit. It’s a cylinder, rather than a cube.
What I take from this curious product history is that trial and error is alive and well. And for Apple, timing is everything. Their product design produces echoes from previous failed attempts. Just because the consumer didn’t get it yet, doesn’t mean they whole product gets trashed. They’ve made products that fail. But, what separates them from other computer companies is that they go back and make them better.
You can see a history of some of their hit or miss products here.