June 2008

Pinger – Voice-based Twitter?

by Andy Polaine on June 27, 2008

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Pinger is doing the rounds of Twitterland at the moment. It’s a service that allows you to send voice messages to one or a group of people anywhere from a local number. It’s not new to be able to do this on some networks and some phones, but they’ve made it easy and cross-network and country.

They’ve presented it as a kind of voice-based text-messeging, but I can imagine it might get used like Twitter too.

On the plus side, I can imagine it would be very useful if you were trying to organise some kind of gathering, either impromptu or making changes to a previously organised one.

On the negative side I can imagine an increase in voice spam from either your friends or marketing baddies.

Any thoughts?

Give my balloon a boost

by Andy Polaine on June 24, 2008

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I’m taking part in Orange’s Balloonacy internet balloon race. I’m not doing too badly at the moment, but you can give me a boost by clicking on my balloon tag and clicking on “boost this balloon”.

Google isn’t making us dumb, but ‘smart’ is changing

June 17, 2008

It started with Asi’s comments on Nicholas Carr’s Is Google Making Us Stupid? article. Forty-five minutes later I had Googled through laterally-related sites, read several blog posts – one or two both considered and long – listened to a lecture and found a book I hadn’t known about but will probably read. Has any of […]

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Play as you go – hijacking public spaces

June 16, 2008

A quick reblog of Pixelsumo’s post about Bruno Taylor’s work hijacking public places to make playful spaces, which explores the notion that play is being designed out of the public realm. “71% of adults used to play on the streets when they were young. 21% of children do so now,” says Taylor. The above video […]

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SVA to offer Interaction Design MFA

June 13, 2008

New York’s School of Visual Arts has just announced that they’re offering a Masters of Fine Arts in Interaction Design as of Fall (or Autumn as we Brits quaintly like to call it) 2009. It will be chaired by Liz Danzinco who co-conceived the course with Steven Heller. The impressive faculty line-up includes: Christopher Fahey, […]

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Design is Money – ATM Design

June 13, 2008

ATMs in Germany are lame, I have to say. They’re slow and clunky and appear to be designed by software engineers rather than UI designers. So I wish interaction designer, Holger Struppek, Design Director of Hot Studio, was working here. He has written a explanatory piece for Physical Interface about the re-design of Wells Fargo’s […]

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Prototyping and WIreframing on paper

June 12, 2008

There are a couple of great shots of prototyping on paper over at at Cultured Code’s blog for Things, their task manager app that they’re bringing to the iPhone and iTouch. Kudos to Cultured Code for putting these up online. It’s really great to see how other people go about it and I really like […]

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Why Good Looking Error Messages Matter

June 11, 2008

Almost anything involving computers falls over once in a while, but it’s how you handle it that makes all the difference. I spotted this in Newcastle airport the other day. I see a crappy broken Windows system almost every time I travel. I imagine travellers going through Heathrow’s Terminal 5 saw quite a few too. […]

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Keep Thelonius Monk Off Your PowerBook

June 11, 2008

© Bibliothèque et Archives Canada Since we’ve got a couple of MacBooks now I noticed my old 2GHz iMac G5 gathering dust, which seemed to be a shame with that lovely screen. Jon Hicks’s post on setting up his Mac Mini as a media centre prompted me to convert the iMac into a PVR/TV combo […]

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Hypercard lives again

June 9, 2008

Hot on the heels of my post about Director 11 there’s now a web-based version of Hypercard called TileStack. It’s still in beta (aren’t they all?), but you can sign up to test it out or check out the video of it in action. The original Myst was released as a Hypercard stack and, until […]

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