February 2009


by Andy Polaine on February 27, 2009

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Lovely work by Pablo Alfieri whose portfolio site is dubbed Playful – a name I can thoroughly relate to (and was thinking of using myself – bah!). Many of his posters and images are physical set-ups, much like the work in the book Tangible: High Touch Visuals.

I’ll have to ask him to do one for Playpen.


Digital Analog Clock

by Andy Polaine on February 27, 2009

in General


I like this digital analog clock from Alvin Aronson. Each segment slowly pushes forward or recedes back as the minute changes, which creates a analog in-between that you normally see on non-quartz clocks with a sweeping second hand. The white on white is a nice touch, adding to the blending into nothing effect.

Most digital clocks I have seen seem to follow the same, utterly boring lines as each other, based around the cheap standard components from Chinese factories. This is an elegant update to an old approach and it has a hint of playfulness to it too.

There’s a (tiny) video of it in action too.

(via frogdesign).


John Cleese on Creativity

February 24, 2009

I hate being interrupted when I’m in the midst of writing a… sorry… hang on… Okay, I’m back. Now, what was I saying? Whatever, I forget. If you Twitter or have other message checking tendencies and especially if you work from home, you’ll know what this is like. For some tasks like entering my tax […]

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Windows UI is so broken

February 14, 2009

Windows UI is so broken. Look at the hoops developers have to jump through to get people to just install a plug-in.

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Amazon Ass

February 13, 2009

Unfortunate but amusing combination of the subject line and Mail.app shortening the sender name from Amazon Associates.

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The future, like the past only more expensive

February 12, 2009

One of the aspects of the job of interaction design and strategy research is being asked the impossible task of predicting the future. It is a fool’s game, especially as the future never turns out to be anything nearly as interesting as the present. I don’t read a lot of sci-fi for some reason, aside […]

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One free (playful) interaction

February 10, 2009

Snapback pages from Chris No on Vimeo. Great collection of “free interactions” and insightful commentary from Chris Noessel on the Cooper blog. Basically these are little interactive extras, sometimes by-products of a design, sometimes seemingly deliberate (like the iPhone example above). Things that you like to just play with and that have no obvious, functional […]

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Sir Ken Robinson talk at the RSA

February 10, 2009

The RSA have now added a link to download Sir Ken Robinson’s talk that he gave there last week called ‘The Element’ – “the point at which natural talent meets personal passion.” I like Sir Ken’s view of education, namely that most schools kill creativity and dearly hope that some government bods responsible for education […]

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Your computer will restart several times during installation

February 8, 2009

Why? Surely once is enough, if at all?

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Swearing on Twitter

February 5, 2009
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Most people who know me in real life know that I have a tendency to swear too easily and too much. They are, of course, twats. Actually that last outburst is a rarity for me because I tend not to swear online all that much and, it seems, never almost never on Twitter. Perhaps it […]

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