This is a blog about various design and technology subjects.


Imagine for a moment that you found a 4 foot diameter round wooden oak table top, in perfectly good condition with a smooth flawless surface. Then, imagine you were an artist that was always on the lookout for round painting services, because it’s very difficult to create a round surface using traditional canvas or other materials. You bring that table top home with you because you have been planning on painting a mandala for several years.

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 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.


Having spent a considerable segment of my career convincing people to buy things they don’t necessarily need, I hesitate to recommend or endorse products unless they are obviously outstanding and able to provide a better quality of life. Today I need to promote a service that can help people in all walks of life to live more effectively and with considerable improvement to their safety, education and appreciation of all things.


Enough of the techno babble, it’s time for some inspiration! In a style he called minimal realism, Charley Harper captured the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visual elements. His drawings were influenced by Cubism, Minimalism, physics and countless other developments in art and science. His organization of forms fit together like a circuit board or jigsaw puzzle. The whimsical arrangements emulate a balanced relationship as it can appear in the simplicity of nature.


Last July, I was informed by Comcast that it was increasing the speed of the popular Blast! tier by almost 50 percent to 100 Mbps, (formerly 75 Mbps) which sounded incredible to me. After all, I’m one of those people who connected to the internet 20 years ago at 56 kilobits per second, using an analog telephone line and Hayes Smartmodem. Just to put that into perspective, 56 Kbps is the same thing as .056 Mbps, so a 100 Mbps connection is an astonishing 1,785% increase in connectivity speed.


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.