Austin Carr for Fast. Co:
"With the real-time aspect of UP24, you start to see a glimpse of where the world can go," Bogard [Jawbone Product VP] says. "When I put the UP in sleep mode, my lights can shut off automatically. Or if I’ve been asleep for eight hours, my lights can come on automatically to smooth my wake up." He also imagines using the device to do everything from making sure your doors are locked at night to potentially turning on your coffee maker in the morning. "This ‘Internet of things’ trend starts to transition into the ‘Internet of me,’" Bogard adds.
The future is exciting.
Dear Mr. President and Members of Congress,
We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.
For our part, we are focused on keeping users’ data secure — deploying the latest encryption technology to prevent unauthorized surveillance on our networks and by pushing back on government requests to ensure that they are legal and reasonable in scope.
We urge the US to take the lead and make reforms that ensure that government surveillance efforts are clearly restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight. To see the full set of principles we support, visit ReformGovernmentSurveillance.com
AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo
What a way to end a letter. Jokes aside, I hope this get things moving. In the meantime I would keep that jacket on, Mr. President.
Old but gold: Blattner Brunner’s artwork for a LEGO campaign. So simple and yet so powerful. Reminds me of a famous quote by Steve Jobs:
“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
Maybe design won’t save the world, but design + simplicity? You tell me.
Order can be a very beautiful thing.
Marta Fernandez en GastroEconomy:
En su séptima edición (ejercicio 2014), sigue operando la particular simbología con iconos de esta guía, con los que apunta los espacios de ‘Nueva incorporación’, los ‘Restaurantes con un encanto especial’ o las ‘Apuestas Metrópoli’. Y, como siempre, las ansiadas ‘M de Metrópoli’, que, de una a tres, premian las mejores cocinas madrileñas.
Posiblemente los 12 € mejor gastados del año. Y la portada, como siempre, inolvidable.
This is just touching. Say what you want about Apple but there is one thing that can’t be denied: it is probably the most human tech giant out there. And that is a good thing.
Visual styling such as color, depth, and contrast may be used as a reliable cue to help people understand the fundamental language of navigating your interface: where am I, and where can I go. In order to communicate this clearly to your users, the styles of your clickable actions (links, buttons), selected elements (chosen items), and plain text should be clearly distinct from one another and then applied consistently across an interface.
32 extremely useful tips on good UI design, 33 counting the website itself.
Born in China but living in Germany since she was 14, Liu has a unique grip of this cultural duality — and she channels it with great wit and eloquent minimalism in graphics that say so much by showing so little.
Turns out the average Chinese is quite similar…to the average Spaniard.
A book about code that doesn’t read like a 1980s VCR manual… It’s not just for programmers, it’s written and presented to make it easy for designers, bloggers, content and e-commerce managers, marketers to learn about the code used to write web pages…
Undoubtely the most beautiful way to learn HTML, a tall task made easier and I dare say affordable to visually driven folks such as myself. No detail has been spared to make going through all those lines of code a pleasure. Some of the pages make HTML look frame-worthy. I’ve already gone through the sample chapter and it has blown me away. If you’re in any way interested in HTML, want to learn or even if you’re just a fan with a very keen eye, you have to check this out.
One of the key things that makes this book different from other titles that teach the same subject is its completely new design approach. The full-color pages are packed with diagrams and photos that make the code easier to learn.
Pedro Lopes en el blog de erretres, Driven by Design:
Más de 1000 veces cada año, antes de todas y cada una de nuestras comidas, nos ponemos a cortar, a trocear, a laminar, a batir y a mezclar lo que la naturaleza nos ha proporcionado. El deseo del hombre de diseñar su comida es lo que lo diferencia de todas las demás criaturas que pueblan la tierra.
Like a light switch. Classy, Tapbots.
I rather love my new iPhone case. Minimal (only 0.4 mm thick), sleek and with a wonderful feel to it. Fits like a globe and keeps those beautiful chamfered edges safe from scratching. At USD 22.99 it ain’t your typical case, but I’ve never been able to understand why people want to put a 3 dollar case on a $700 phone. Available in an wide assortment of colors from the wonderful people of Happy Plugs:
When we say our iPhone 5/5S case is feather light it’s almost an understatement. Happy Plugs world leading Ultra Thin iPhone 5/5S case weighs only 3 grams and is only 0.4 mm thick. Its grip is gentle but firm due to its anti-slip grip, reducing the risk of accidents. In true Happy Plugs fashion it’s available in 13 vibrant colors, ready for a style statement.
Chris Congdon for Fast Company:
The pitfall for some organizations is the assumption that group work is the exclusive means to an innovative end. Design some cool-looking collaboration areas in the middle of an open office plan, with lots of traffic from nearby workers, throw in some beanbag chairs or fake grass floor covering and brilliant ideas will spontaneously erupt … right?
Not quite so right, apparently.
Logo for London author David Lawrence:
“The Roundel is neither picture nor typography. The Roundel is always instantly recognizable as itself in whatever context it is placed while simultaneously communicating the idea of transportation, urban cool, and serving as a visual metonym for London itself.”
The Air is a great exhibition of Apple’s successful product strategy: to create incremental changes every year to become increasingly refined in design and function. It’s a methodology that they share with the automaker, Porsche. And just like Porsche, it’s been winning them competition comparison tests year after year. Perfection doesn’t exist but iPad does.
Maybe not the most detailed review, but the certainly the most insightful and, quite simple, the most beatiful.