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I bought a car and saved the world.

I think I’ve just bought something that will SAVE THE WORLD. Something undeniably important for the future of humanity. I helped save the world.

Alright, there might be a little hyperbole there. Let me rewind and take a pill…
See, the thing is, I’ve just reserved a Tesla Model 3. And this car will probably save the planet. Read More

Beautiful Room Syndrome – Why Smartphones Are Too Dumb

Smartphones are dumb. We’ve been led to believe that ever more capable cameras or better-than-the-eye-can-tell displays make our phones more useful. For the most part, this is marketing nonsense. For the last few years, major smartphone hardware has stagnated – the occasional speed bump here, the odd fingerprint sensor there… But nothing that genuinely makes our phones any smarter. It’s probably fair to say that we’ve reached peak phone hardware. Read More

Confessions Of A Chic Geek #683: I Love Smartwatches

OK, I’m going to confess, I’m a bit of a technology geek. Sometimes, that’s a bit embarrassing to admit, cos I’m a designer and designers are supposed to view technology as a tool, with reserved distain.

But that’s probably bollocks. If you’re a UI or UX designer working on software for phones, web, tablets, PCs, you’re embroiled in a daily soup of things you plug in, switch on and stare at all day.

And I’ve fallen for it. I genuinely love it all.

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Why Nielsen Is Wrong About Windows 8

Look, I’m a user experience designer for Nokia. I’ve designed my fair share of desktop and phone apps to know a usability issue when I run slap-bang into it. I’ve been following the noize about Windows 8 pretty closely and I have to say, I honestly don’t get it.

Sure, Windows 8 has a learning curve. Sure, it’s frustrating to use when you pick it up for the first time. Will you make mistakes? Absolutely. But, as an industry, how can we possibly progress the operating system paradigm unless we administer a little kick to move out of the local maxima users are in? The fast-becoming-traditional model of the static many multicoloured front doors that need to be walk around to and entered to get anything done on your phone, desktop or tablet is old. Microsoft’s ‘modern UI’ (the new name for the ‘metro’ design language) brings a whole series of innovations to the staid operating system space. More so than golden-boy Apple has in any of it’s recent OS releases. A  headline today stated that OS X 10.9 will include Siri and Maps. Oh, please. More iOS features ham-fisted onto the desktop? That’s not innovation. If people feel self-conscious enough talking to their phones, they’re sure as hell not going to talk to their desktop Macs.

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