Blog

This is a blog about various design and technology subjects.

Comprehension

Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit  a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Coincidence

Now that web page design has matured to the point where we can predict where an audience will find specific information such as search, about, and shopping carts, we are now able to go a step further and find out how touchscreens relate to visual patterns and ergonomics relating to ease of use. The groundwork for this is covered brilliantly by Josh Clark in the article How We Hold Our Gadgets. The main premise is that layout is becoming more involved with how our fingers are using our screens.

Processes

Back in September 2014, Maciej Ceglowski gave a talk at the HOW Interactive Design conference in Washington, DC. The talk was called Web Design: The First 100 Years but it really didn’t have much to do with design. In fact, web design hasn’t even been around for 100 years yet, so there’s a bit of humor to this title of a talk addressed to professional designers that are able to afford a $1,545 conference.

Pronounced “MAH-tchay”, Maciej was born in Poland, but accidentally immigrated to the United States when he was six years old. With a double major in Russian and Studio Art from Middlebury College, he went on to a career in programming (naturally!). He runs several websites, including The Bedbug Registry, a website to give travelers and renters a reliable and neutral platform for reporting their encounters with obnoxious insects.

Pressing Buttons

The Amazon Dash, a consumer goods ordering service, was introduced on March 31, 2015. It is a small electronic device designed to make ordering products easier and faster. Each device contains an embedded button and is emblazoned with the name of an often ordered product. Users can configure each button to order a specific product and quantity, via the user’s Amazon.com account, and mount the buttons, using adhesive tape or a plastic clip, to locations where they use the products. Pressing the button will send a Wi-Fi signal to automatically order new stock of whatever product the button is configured to order.

Connections

Since the internet resembles a system of communication consisting of balsa wood boards rubber banded together with Elmer’s Glue-All, it comes as no surprise that some of the more popular domain names consist of address suffixes that are administered by mostly unknown third world countries. This could be a cause of alarm due to the fact that a system of communication depended on by a large fraction of the world’s population has as its basis a seemingly arbitrary addressing system.

Truthfulness

Paul Ford made a big splash this week with an article in Bloomberg Business called What is Code. As I learned about The Man in the Taupe Blazer I was astonished at how accurately he had hit the nail on the head. I was also amazed that nobody had ever written so succinctly about this aspect of business that is considered the backbone of technology and everything innovative that seems to be keeping our economy afloat. Call it the digital elephant in the room.