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Interface hero: Will Crowther

I consider myself lucky that my first exposure to computing also introduced me to an elegant and amazing computer interface. This was in the 70’s when computers took up entire floors, and green screens and obtuse command language was the de facto way to communicate with these new mysterious devices. As seen on TV and

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The package should match the content – why we need new movie thumbnails

Who can deny buying a book or renting a movie based on the cover art? This art is one of the main elements used to discern one product from another. We see great designers working to make sure we have a sexy package to indicate the hopefully great content within. When we go online,  that

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Interface hero: Jonathan del Strother

In 2006, a developer named Jonathan del Strother created an application called “Cover Flow”. This was an amazing achievement for several reasons that are still something I think define what makes the difference between a good and great user experience. Using your phone or itunes, compare the version Jon made (in the movie) to the

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Unbelievable sounds – Best of 2012 Podcast

Welcome to a new years celebration of some records that really inspired me for 2012 Or download it at Unbelievable Sounds Lotus Plaza Spooky Action at a Distance Daughn Gibson All Hell Tame Impala Lonerism Japandroids Celebration Rock Grimes Visions Yeasayer Fragrant World The Sea and Cake Runner Ariel Pink Mature Themes Donnie and Joe

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New episodes coming soon, old episodes sitting around…

In an attempt to get this out to people who may like this, I’ve put a podcast section in my ‘main’ blog. And with soundcloud, I’m hoping to get some feedback on these formative episodes. So, stay tuned, my best of year is coming soon, along with the new US episode “distortion”. For those wishing

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Tablet on the job II, 10 apps that made it work

In order to do work, we create things, or disseminate information to each other. We write emails, create assets for use elsewhere. We attend meetings and document our progress. Some sell things and use Point of sale (POS) systems to facilitate payment. Most of these tasks can be accomplished easily on a tablet. Many already

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Bring your tablet to work part 1

It happened to me. Trying to get things done on the job without my accustomed tools. I’m not speaking of table saws or socket wrenches, but computer tools. Normally this is a mid- 2010 MacBook Pro, with a 27 inch monitor. This machine has the cusomary suites of productivity programs, and because I’ve been in

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A n00b at SxSW

My expectations were somewhat high, having many friends/co-workers come back from the event and asked about it they lacked words to describe. A convention so magical it renders people speechless. I can now say that I am also at a lack for summary words but will forge on, hopefully, to jog my own memory as

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Unbelievable sounds episode 4 – dynamics

Episode four, I think, is a new level. If you’ve ever turned it up to 11, its all about dynamics, loudness, or just plain impact. If you turn back to the 20’s just being loud enough to be heard over the sound of dust in the grooves was the challenge. Contemporary music has a bit

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Unbelievable sounds episode three: stereo

The gloves come off this episode, I get down and dirty and really begin to research some of my rambled opinions. And what a befitting subject. As mono recordings could represent black and white movies, some amazing art, but technology marches on. Stereo adds that extra bit of oomph for those of us with two

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