Years ago as a freelancer, I was working on a countertop pump bottle for a client. I'd observed that in my own home, the liquid soap pump bottle on my bathroom sink left a dirty ring beneath it; this was because water from your wet hands slowly dripped down the
"I enter the subway. It's crowded as usual around this time, but I manage to find a vacant seat next to a Talker—a man carrying on a conversation on his phone in public space. Only grandpas do that these days. I take out my ThoughtReader. I just got a new
Bould Design recently announced two very different projects we have our eyes on at the moment: The first is Vestaboard—a multipurpose message board controlled by your smartphone. Instead of changing the letters on your seasonal farm-to-table restaurant's daily menu or your wall of inspirational quotes at the office (no
As the most visited online awards platform in the world, Awwwards is perfectly positioned to stage an ongoing series of conferences, bringing together leading UX experts and visionaries from around the world for two days of insight and inspiration. Kicking off in Berlin at this very moment, the latest edition
Hawaiian news organization Honolulu Civic Beat has Tweeted this photo of the UI design that led to Saturday's missile alert: Needless to say the design is insanely bad. We've already covered how important the ramifications of a false alarm are; and whoever designed this couldn't use icons to distinguish these
On Saturday, folks living in Hawaii received this chilling message on their phones: My friends and acquaintances who live there posted accounts on social media describing their scrambling panic. "It sucked big time for us here in Hawaii," my buddy Mike, a married father of two, wrote. "For a few
General Motors has begun rolling out Marketplace, a software update to their 2017 models that enables drivers to shop from their cars. And I think this is one of those things that might've made some sense on paper, at least from a business standpoint, but that the real world is
Ron Faris got his start developing brand experiences working for Virgin Media to produce the well-known Virgin Mobile music festival. Inspired by the energy of people waiting in line at the festivals he produced, Faris developed Virgin Mega, a mobile platform to engage communities while they wait in line to
Cherry pickers like these are a pretty common sight in the city. They use them for everything from pruning trees to lighting movie scenes to hanging decorations for festivals. Well, I got up close and found they have a very nifty UI: That's pretty smart, and I imagine it speeds
Kickstarter has been all about inventive products and the stories behind them since day one. By now, we all know the basics of how the crowdfunding platform works—designer thinks of groundbreaking idea but needs funding, designer creates Kickstarter campaign to raise awareness and funding, designer either earns enough funding or
Here's a great example of a product design that probably sounded great on paper, but clearly sucks to use in the real world. We present to you the Ion Bottleless Water Cooler: 1. The Initial Design Problem Office water coolers require the end user to lift that heavy jug of
When the design of a product, service or system is willfully changed or something new is introduced, it is typically for one of several reasons: 1. Because it's better for the consumer.Example: The original iPod or iPhone. These objects provided a vastly improved user experience over what had come before.
Modernist Studio focuses on strategy and design work for big brands. In working with these companies, we've seen a theme around "owning the consumer." Each company is fighting to become front and center in people's lives, with a particular focus on the home. Big companies speak about locking in customers
Coder Stelian Firez recently tweeted this screenshot of what has to be the world's worst web form for entering one's phone number: The gauntlet thus thrown down, fellow coders tried to top it in badness: Who knew coders had such senses of humor? In any case the list goes on, and you can see more here.
We currently live in a highly visual world dominated by ads, videos, and photography, supported by social media outlets like Pinterest that can be used to share them. For developers and founders of the website Are.na, the founding of their site was based upon a genuine desire for an online
This is one of my dogs, Betsy, right before she starts furiously digging. She does it every time I take her to the beach and I joke that she's trying to get back to Japan, where her breed, the Shiba Inu, originates from. But assuming Betsy tunneled straight down from
NASA collects an incredible amount of data every year from over 50 satellites and other sensors focused on our planet from space. All the data collected is free for the public to use, and most importantly for scientists around the world who are working to advance all aspects of Earth science.
We all know flexible LED screens are possible, and that someone will eventually come out with a folding smartphone/tablet. The question is, who? Apple? The newly-resurgent, design-focused Microsoft? Judging by the video below, it looks like it may be none other than Lenovo. Take a look at the prototype they
Most of you have heard of SIGGRAPH, but if you haven't it's "the premier international forum for disseminating new scholarly work in computer graphics and interactive techniques." This year's conference starts at the end of the month, and this teaser video shows you some of the astonishing CG advancements that
Tools were essential to the development of humans. Augmented reality is no exception to this. At SLIMDESIGN we believe that current hand gestures and controllers are not ideal in the work environment. Our tools are designed to be used on the desk, reducing strain on the arms and allowing for better posture. A combination of augmented displays on the tools, haptic feedback, and movement tracking create a natural, more intuitive interaction for the user.
Three years ago we covered ThyssenKrupp's development of an elevator that could go up, down and sideways. Elevator lines in the future, we wrote, would look less like a series of shafts and more like Pac-Man. Tom Scott was lucky enough to gain admittance to ThyssenKrupp's towering elevator testing facility,
VR, AR, MR: It seems certain our future will be filled with [something]-reality, and my guess is that augmented reality will have the most practical applications. In the service of pure art, however, creative studio Theoriz is pushing the boundaries of MR, or mixed reality, by combining VR tracking technologies
When was the last time you choose the harder, more expensive approach to solve a problem? That is the reason why the adoption of the Design Sprint practice has been skyrocketing worldwide. But before backing up that claim, let me set the stage with some foundation for the reader that is unfamiliar with the term Design Sprint
Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company. In everything we do, we are committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship. We own and operate a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising, and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. We identify and develop recording
Amazon has been opening physical stores for two years now, and today they open their first physical bookstore in New York City. It is interesting to see how they've essentially transposed their digital strengths into an actual environment, rather than aping the design conventions of a Barnes & Noble or
HELLO! WE’RE THRIVE! We're a product development & innovation strategy firm. We help ambitious leaders build profitable brands through informed design. But this isn’t about us, It’s about YOU. THRIVE is growing and looking for world class talent. That’s why we
Groupon is looking for a talented hands-on Sr. Design Manager to join our team in Palo Alto, CA, where you'll be leading the ways our consumers buy, check out and use the deals cross platform. You have 8+ years of experience as a UX leader and amazing portfolio to back
We helped Moen create a product that allows users to wake up and turn on the shower from their phones with the shower knowing their personal preferences (temperature, etc). The shower will heat up to the desired temperature and then pause until you arrive, which helps decrease water waste. Once in the shower, users can restart the flow of water with the U by Moen shower controller on the shower wall.
Atlassian and Confluence have landed in Mountain View! Join our brand new, fast-growing office in Mountain View as a product designer of one of our flagship products, Confluence. Confluence is used by more than half of Fortune 100 companies to connect people with content and co-workers they
While the experience of driving is better today than it was fifty years ago, flying commercial has become worse. That has given rise to a rather bizarre, nostalgia-driven restaurant in Los Angeles: The Pan Am Experience, where people pay $300 a head to sit in a reconstructed 1970s-era 747 and
The Senior Digital Designer is a multi-medium designer that will execute a range of graphic assets across many areas of the business including web, motion and experience design. The digital designer will work directly with the digital art director and digital team in our Detroit office to ensure projects meet
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Connect is our newest product team at Ableton and is responsible for making Link, our technology that allows Live, iOS apps and other music software to seamlessly play in time. Link is just the beginning of their mission to better connect instruments and musicians. As part of
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