29 5 / 2012
Managed to get some celebrity retweetage. Rufus Hound had set a word of the day and asked is followers to create a meaning for it. Here’s what I came up with:
13 4 / 2012
Nothing is original. I can happily admit that. New designs are informed from the past in order to create the future. What I cannot stand is the incessant replication of something that was once iconic and beautiful. It has happened with the I heart NY concept amongst other things and it has now happened with the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster. Keep calm was a brilliant slogan created for a wartime poster which was printed but never officially distributed. A copy of the poster was unearthed at Barter Books in Alnwick in 2000.
As the video shows, the poster is an iconic piece of design. Unfortunately it has been ruined by the infinite parodies and commercialisations (I think the final straw for me was seeing a variation of it on a Primark t-shirt).
With easy access to photo editing software anyone can now taint a classic and there’s nothing to stop this happening to any other concept. What really frustrates me is that mindless repetition, mostly financially motivated, has irreversibly scarred a piece of design that deserves iconic status.
27 3 / 2012
Last week I saw this post http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669294/surprisingly-functional-the-worlds-first-gesture-based-calculator showing off the world’s first gesture based calculator. I liked the look of it and from the article I thought it would be worth the purchase to at least play with it. Aesthetically the app is totally minimalist and I like the use of colour but when using the actual calculator I found it somewhat counter intuitive. The image below is an illustration of all of the gestural input available.
There is definitely a learning curve involved with the app to familiarise yourself with the input method but to me there seems to be some obvious mistakes that have been made. Overall the gestures probably aren’t that much faster compared to just pressing a button, so the place it must succeed is improving the user experience of using a calculator. Unfortunately the emphasis is on aesthetic quality rather than UX which is a massive disappointment as it has so much potential.
The addition and subtraction are single finger swipe in opposite directions but they are used horizontally. Surely a swipe up to add and swipe down to subtract would be far more logical. Instead of pressing an = button a single finger swiped upwards is used but I can not see any good reason for it. The real confusing thing is that they use a 2 fingered horizontal or vertical swipe to clear the display. They really should have used the 2 finger horizontal gesture which means you actually drawing an equals sign to perform the equals command. Leaving the 2 fingered vertical swipe to clear, which makes sense.
Other functions such as multiply, divide etc. can be found by swiping down. There has been suggestions that diagonal swipes could be used for these which I see as a step forward. To me it seems under developed and under researched. The rule form follows function should really have been taken into consideration. I’m not mad just disappointed that they didn’t explore the true potential of the app.
09 2 / 2012
07 2 / 2012
I came up against an unknown file type at work so I downloaded a Stuff-it expander, an unzipper I had used before that had been simple and effective. I didn’t expect much more than that but has undergone an interface overhaul with a fancy new drag and drop interface. The colour scheme and layout works really well and there is a certain satisfaction watching the interface change colour as your file is worked on. Sometimes you don’t realise how much better something can be with some simple applied interaction design, until someone shows you. My only criticism is that the end screen should celebrate the fact that it has finished expanding your file either by highlighting the ‘Done expanding!’ or by turning the background green. That said it’s still a great little app.
05 2 / 2012
The Winter Edition
A little late on this one after my Winter festivites of the last few months but hopefully this selection will lead you nicely into the Spring.
Skrillex - Breakn a Sweat
Azari And Iii - Reckless With Your Love (Tensnake Remix)
Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk - Love can’t turn around (Boys Noize Started Like This Mix)
Nero - Reaching Out (Fred Falke Remix)
Beyonce - Countdown (Jack Beats Remix - Dface Moombahton Edit)
Avicii - Levels (Cazzette’s NYC Mode Bootleg Mix Edit)
Foster The People - Helena Beat (Com Truise Remix)
M83 - Midnight City
Redlight - Get Out My Head
Ben Westbeech - Something For The Weekend (Breach Remix )
Pick ‘n’ mix
The Naked and famous - young blood
Drumsound & Bassline Smith - Close
Justice - On’n’On (Brodinski Remix)
Maverick Sabre - I Need(Zed Bias Remix)
Youngman - Who Knows
Chiddy Bang - Ray Charles
Jay-Z & Adele - Won’t Go (Wishing) [Urban Noize Remix]
Zeds Dead - Coffee Break
Crystal fighters - Champion sound
The Vaccines - Norgaard
Flux Pavilion - Superbad
Breakwater - ReleaseThe Beast
Jack Beats - End Of Love
Azealia Banks - 212
Phoenix - If I Ever Feel Better
Cults - Go Outside (Menahan Street Band Remix)
Mayer Hawthorne - A Long Time
Ben Howard - Keep your head up
Flight Facilities - Crave you Feat. Giselle [Official Video]
Toro Y Moi - New Beat Official Video
Lana Del Rey - Video Games (Jamie Woon Remix)
Echo Park - Fiber Optic
Little Dragon - Little Man (Tycho Remix)
Dot Rotten - Keep It On A Low
Drake - Over (Remix) Ft. Eminem
Sincere - aint nobody like you
Sample gee - Playing tricks on the next episode
Bruneaux - I wanna Body move you ( Beastie Boys vs jungle book)
ElectroBang Me - TeeTs
Touch the Sky with Mr. Brown Klitormix (Robotic Pirate Monkey vs Bob Marley vs Kanye West ft. Lupe Fiasco)
Kanye West/Jay Z - Otis (Cookin’ Soul Remix)
Hello Brooklyn Jay-Z Marvin Gaye Remix
21 11 / 2011
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19 10 / 2011
My 1st Marathon
Managed to get through the most painful experience of my life in a respectable time. During the trip I did manage to do a bit of sight seeing as well.
On route to the hostel on the first night
Saw a zombie polar bear in a shop window.
A sweet ride.
At the hostel
The infinite corridor.
Some peculiar soap.
Out and about
Everyone loves big 3D type.
One of many nice pieces of graffiti.
Questionable restaurant name choice.
Best shop name ever.
Best urinal ever.
1928 Olympic stadium - start and end point of the marathon.
Cruising on the canal.
Bit of sun.
Bit much for Stu.
Inside the big boat.
02 10 / 2011
Looks like this could be a seasonal update so here are a list of brand spanking new beats to get you through the Autumn.
I still love you - Switch
Gabriel - Joe Goddard
Lift me - Treasure Fingers
Heaven - Emeli Sande
Promises - Nero (Skrillex & Nero Remix)
Perfect Stranger - Magnetic Man
Louder - DJ Fresh
Feel So Close - Calvin Harris (Nero Remix)
Pharaohs - SBTRKT
Ritual Union - Little Dragon (Tensnake Remix)
Wub Wub Wub
Time - Chase & Status (Masuka Remix)
Cinema - Benni Benassi (Skrillex Remix)
Digital Love (Algeronics Remix)
Sweet Talk - Kito
Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People (Lyrakill Bootleg)
Revolution - Jack Beats
The Last Dance - Claire Maguire (Danny Byrd Remix)
Sofi Needs A Ladder - Deadmau5
Anticipate - Skream
Big Bad Wolf - Duck Sauce (Mickey Fortune Bootleg)
Helix - Justice
Audio, Video, Disco - Justice
Embody - SebastiAn
Lost in Love - L-vis 1990
Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People(Gigamesh Remix)
Golden Age - The Asteriods Galaxy Tour (Justice Remix)
Don’t Go - Wretch 32 (DJ Fresh Remix)
How Deep is Your Love - The Rapture (Populette Remix)
LK - DJ Marky
End of the World - Alex Metric
The Trumpeter - Ray Foxx
My House - Hercules & Love Affair(Tensnake Remix)
Fantasy - Breakbot
Miami Showdown - Digitalism
Feelin’ Good - Spadez
Calypsoul - RESET!
Street Spirit - Radiohead(Knight Riderz Remix)
Little Secrets - Passion Pit (Penguin Prison Remix)
Sleepyhead - Passion Pit (Daze Remix)
The Worse it Gets - Penguin Prison (Starsmith Remix)
Moonlight Matters - The Greeks
Bear Hug - The 2 Bears
Where You Should be - Shy FX
Watch Me Dance - Toddla T(SebastiAn Remix)
Bounce - Calvin Harris
When the Night Falls - Chromeo(Hercules And Love Affair Remix)
Just Gazin’ - Digitalism
Since I left you - The Avalanches (Stereolab Remix)
Nap on the bow - New Look
The Bay - Metronomy (The 2 Bears Remix)
Go Outside - Cults
When the Night Falls - Chromeo(Mayer Hawthorne Conversion)
Trouble - Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
The A Team - Ed Sheerin (Koan Sound Remix)
01 10 / 2011