A New Car UI

Liked this concept for a car user interface, this way the driver keeps the eyes on the road.

One simple gesture: Dragging up or down is how adjustments are made to the selected setting. Muscle memory instead of high accuracy: By touching the screen with different numbers of fingers, different controls are invoked.

The interface reacts not only to the number of fingers, but also to their distance from each other. E.g. two fingers can be placed close together or further apart to trigger two different modes. The interface will react accordingly and select the appropriate control. This way, anything from the temperature in the car to the next song on a playlist can be selected by a simple swipe with one hand.

The interface adjusts with the sensitivity of each control. Some settings react to very small movements (e.g. volume). Others require bigger movements for more accuraty (e.g. music source).In total, this interface gives distraction free access to eight controls that can be customized based on the driver’s preferences.

Source: http://youtu.be/XVbuk3jizGM


Selma Pimentel Storytelling

Went to Figueira da Foz and saw a beautiful painting exhibition by a graphic designer called Selma Pimentel. You can check her Facebook page and her blog.

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The Fundamental Elements of Design

Erica Gorochow is a a freelance designer and animator living in New York. She created a great animated video of design fundamentals and how they are used to build an iconic brand.

Source: http://vimeo.com/32944253


The Cigarette of This Century

Today, all our wives and husbands have Blackberries or iPhones or Android devices or whatever—the progeny of those original 950 and 957 models that put data in our pockets. Now we all check their email (or Twitter, or Facebook, or Instagram, or…) compulsively at the dinner table, or the traffic light.
Now we all stow our devices on the nightstand before bed, and check them first thing in the morning. We all do. It’s not abnormal, and it’s not just for business. It’s just what people do. Like smoking in 1965, it’s just life.Ian Bogost

Source: the Atlantic


Geometric Porn App

Geometric Porn is a mobile application created by Luciano Foglia, a multidisciplinary visual artist based in the United Kingdom, and it was refused by Apple and Google. The application uses visual geometric forms containing the non-explicit description of sexual organs or activity.

Reasons for Rejection:
16.1: Apps that present excessively objectionable or crude content will be rejected. We found that many audiences would find your app concept objectionable, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines.

Apple’s App Store review policies have been notoriously inconsistent. Why some geometric red and pink shapes are considered “objectionable or crude” and fart sounds apps are not? There is nice comment on the Geometric Porn video page telling the author for keep submitting increasingly abstract versions until it gets accepted. It would be funny to see the evolution until the application is accepted.

Source: Geometric Porn App Preview from Luciano Foglia.


Simplicity isn’t Simple

Simplicity is not the absence of clutter, that’s a consequence of simplicity. Simplicity is somehow essentially describing the purpose and place of an object and product. The absence of clutter is just a clutter-free product. That’s not simple.

Our goal is to try to bring a calm and simplicity to what are incredibly complex problems so that you’re not aware really of the solution, you’re not aware of how hard the problem was that was eventually solved.Jonathan Ive

Read the full interview at the The Telegraph


Screw the Power Users

We’ve all built stuff for ourselves, even though the vast majority of software users aren’t like us.

We’re the ones who made computers so hard to use. And we’ve done it by catering to power users – by building software for people like us instead of for people who don’t know and don’t care about all the geeky little details.

So if you’re just starting to build something, make your mantra “screw the power users.” Unless power users are your primary customers, catering to them will only hurt your product.Nick Bradbury

Source: http://nick.typepad.com/blog/2012/05/screw-the-power-users.html


Wherever Nature Led painting by Sarah Minnis

Below are some of the paintings of Sarah Minnis, they belong to the Wherever Nature Led collection.

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