(Warning: Firmly in the “things I don’t know how to build and can’t be bothered to learn how to” category.) I grew up flicking through the Dictionnaire Visuel on my mother’s bookshelf right next to that year’s Larousse Universel. It shaped my knowledge of words and the world beyond my bedroom in the 13ème. I… Continue reading Tiles: Twitter as visual dictionary
Hackday today at RIG with James and Phil and I thought I’d share what I came up with. I’ve been using Google MyMaps for about 4 years now, mapping out the cities I visit and live in with pins that often relate to food and culture. I share them a lot and most of them… Continue reading Tiny Useful Things: MyTravelMaps
I did a bit of Olympics-related media thinking for a client last month and it dawned on me that the most interesting thing about that 2 weeks will be the social and cultural gap that athletes and their entourage will have to deal with, not to mention the millions of tourists. How do you make… Continue reading Tiny Useful Things: Radio Cards
Always good to know how to look back. Very nice deck. Interaction Design History View more presentations from Marc Rettig.
I got this last month from Michel, a lovely student from Eindhoven: “I am currently looking for an internship in HCI/ID, but I am suffering from a “typecasting”-effect. Many companies ask for “interaction designers” when they really mean “graphics designers” or “css monkeys”. The fact that I have a background in computer science just makes… Continue reading Should we stop using the term "Interaction Design"?
Read one of Wired Uk’s 20 ideas worth considering for 2010 and one of them caught my eye. Clive Thomson reported on ideas from the author of Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age and I can’t help but think that we have naturally adapted to what we so often call “information overload”… Continue reading The beauty of forgetting
I’m giving out a prize in about half an hour to whoever made the best thing today at Hack the Government day in the lovely offices of the Guardian. In spite (I say this as I’m surrounded by very serious looking data wranglers) of not being a coder, I made something too. Number 10 has… Continue reading Rewiredstate "hack": a new petitions site design for Number 10
After Open Sauces in November, I got interested in food again, especially the way food is presented and communicated in the context of supermarkets. There’s something deeply depressing about the presentation of fruits and veg in the UK and there is also something cultural about that presentation. When I lived in Italy, access to certain… Continue reading Know your food
So I thought I’d map out the interesting academic environments where one might find a course that relates in some way shape or form to interaction design in the broadest sense possible (notice there aren’t any web courses here). I’m interested in how these schools form the professionals of tomorrow and how the field will… Continue reading Map of interaction design education in Europe
This is a little project of mine that was born over a year ago in Amsterdam but went into hibernation for a while for obvious reasons. I’m happy to consider this is my first actual contribution to the web2.0 conversation. I’d like to thank D’arcy Saum, Richard Groenendijk and Nicholas Land for helping me out… Continue reading Constant Setting