Category Archives: Design

The Sound of Raging Designers

I just finished reading Peter Merholz’s rant against Ad Agencies on the Adaptive Path blog (Peter is AP’s President) and it’s as filled with rage and vitriol as any good rant should be. What’s most engaging, however, is the flood of replies and comments that were trigged by the post – many of them from […] Read More »

Three more tools for the toolchest

This blog post is as much for me to keep track of these three tools, as it is to share with others. I stumbled across three useful tools today, that I think others may appreciate: Read More »

Close the Loop! 3 Products That Haven’t Been Completed

I’ve recently found myself getting frustrated at products that don’t close the loop – meaning they don’t come back around and solve their original purpose. Here are three quick examples and my recommendations on how to fix them. If you’re a product designer on any of these products, please feel free to implement any of […] Read More »

Better Laptop Theft Prevention

I spend a lot of time a lot of time in coffee shops, and one of the things that always frustrates me is having to either pack up my laptop to go to the washroom or get a coffee, or pull out the extensive laptop locking strap and feal with the worries of someone tripping […] Read More »

Future Vision – Monotony

RWW has an interesting post about Microsoft being sexier and more intuitive in the future…and although I agree with the author’s comment that it’s a great example of what can lead to Microsoft’s success in the future, I disagree with their comments that this vision of the future is drastically different from their current efforts […] Read More »

Wendy’s Chili & Spoons: Usability

Yesterday I experienced a great metaphor for software usability testing and user feedback. We ate lunch at Wendy’s, and being the adventurous bloke I am, I decided to forgo the fries in lieu of chili. Eagerly awaiting my lunch-time treat, I peeled the plastic spoon out of it’s wrapper and got ready to dig in, […] Read More »

The World Inside

I read a great post today about the proposed X-Seed 4000, am 800-floor appartment building that would house between 500,00 and 1,000,000 residents, and is taller than Mt. Fuji. If you’d like to know more about the project visit the website I linked to above. And read Robert Silverberg’s “The World Inside”…more on this later.. Read More »

Community Planning and Community Diversity

During the latest Community Learning Day at Leadership Waterloo Region, something we touched on triggered a thought that I found frustrating and disturbing – frustrating and disturbing because I can’t think of a clear direction for identifying a solution. We were discussing the issues involved in community planning and transportation systems with Sunshine Chen, and […] Read More »

IE7 Gates and Jobs

So I’m running IE7 – are you? Being a web developer, the progress of browser technology is important to me – especially when it’s progress by the big kid in the playground. Microsoft has a very glitzy website about the software, but I thought I’d post some of my impressions with it here: The tabbed […] Read More »

Rich Internet Applications and Open Source

Today Luc passed this link to me: Rico – JavaScript for Rich Internet Applications. This is some cool stuff, and I’m happy/embarassed to admit quite a bit beyond what I’ve been working on, especially their very cool drag&drop demos. I’m a firm believer in the philosophy that more and more of our application interaction is […] Read More »

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