Hopscotch – programming on the iPad for kids

Hopscotch iPad App

Hopscotch is a new programming language/environment iPad for kids. I don’t have my iPad here right now, but I’m looking forward to having a go on this. It is probably too advanced for my four year-old daughter still (I’ll have to see how necessary being able to read or write is), but it looks perfect for school-age children. The quote from a child on the website sums it up nicely:

“I like it because it’s fun and you can make the characters do whatever you want and play it like a movie.” – Audrey, age 8

You can make interactive things too, I’m sure.

(Via Jeroen)

Create a one-click expiring link

DeadC.net is a link shortening service with a difference. You can create a URL that can only be clicked upon once.

Of course, it’s only a re-direct, so someone can always copy the redirected URL, but useful for quickly sharing things "without being tracked," as the site says.

In many ways, this is horribly wrong, because it breaks the fundamental principle of avoiding dead links on the Web, but that’s the idea I suppose.

Presenting a nested set of meta-principles for service design

A rather last minute post to mention that I’m on my way to the EAD Crafting the Future Conference at the HDK, School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg, Sweden today. The conference starts tomorrow, 17th April, and runs until Friday 19th April.

I’ll be presenting an academic paper, A nested set of meta-principles for service design (PDF), which ties together some of my ideas about interactivity from my PhD with service design. This will form part of the discussion in the Craft of design in design of service track.

The way this is structured is that all the other participants read each other’s papers before the conference and then discuss them there, making the best use of the face-to-face time. This is so much better than just going to hear people read out their papers and having little time for discussion afterwards.

You can download all the papers here. There are some really insightful ones, so it’s worth a look and they’re not all academically dry and theoretical either. Practitioners will find some useful insights too.

If anyone I know from the service design scene or from Gothenburg is around, send me a tweet and we can try and meet up. Or just come and say hello. I look like just that logo of my head up there an pretty much as pale thanks to this long winter we’ve had.

Draft. Write Better.

Draft is a way for writers to collaborate online writing in Markdown with version control. It’s very straightforward so far, which is probably a good way to roll. Export doesn’t seem to be working for me at the moment, but the plan appears to be to export to Dropbox et al and keep things in sync. That would be nice. It’s great to see these kinds of simple text-editor collaborative services starting to spring up outside of the Word/Google Doc ecosystem. It’ll be interesting to see how Draft compares to Editorially, which I am hugely looking forward to.

[Update: A few of these kinds of editors are appearing, including Dillinger.io and Markable.in]