Monthly Archives: August 2010

Vision In Motion

Design has many connotations. It is the organization of materials and processes in the most productive, economic way, in a harmonious balance of all elements necessary for a certain function. It is not a matter of fa├žade, of mere external appearance; rather it is the essence of products and institutions, penetrating and comprehensive. Designing is […]

helping out those feeble electric currents

Nick Carr has posted a chunk of his new book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains: De Forest couldn’t have known it at the time, but he had inaugurated the age of electronics. Electric currents are, simply put, streams of electrons, and the Audion was the first device that allowed the […]

data visualizations – appearing to be useful

Sometimes that’s all they’re doing. Case-in-point: Stephan Thiel’s B.A. thesis at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. He attempts to understand Shakespeare through visualizations: I ran this by my brother Mark, because he’s long been a huge fan of Shakespeare. This was his take (via email): Shakespeare’s not very difficult. Probably the hardest part of […]

disruption in publishing

Seth Godin decides he’s no longer going to publish books the traditional route: The thing is–now I know who my readers are. Adding layers or faux scarcity doesn’t help me or you. As the medium changes, publishers are on the defensive…. I honestly can’t think of a single traditional book publisher who has led the […]

asymmetries, disruption and innovation

Wow, how much to I love this article, The Innovator’s Battle Plan: Asymmetries allow disruptive attackers to enter a market, grow without incumbent interference, and mitigate the incumbent’s response when it is finally motivated to counterattack. The result of asymmetric battles often is the seemingly sudden end of a great firm. From the incumbent’s perspective, […]

Design in the Age of Multi-Touch Reproduction

PSFK asks, Is The Touchscreen Killing Or Reinventing Design? Good friggin’ question. Actually, it’s a decent question, but a bit general. A better question would be, Is The Touchscreen Killing or Reinventing Industrial Design? Right now and for the foreseeable future, the answer is yes, the touchscreen is killing industrial design. We’re replacing real clocks, […]

What’s the point of Twitter?

I hear this a lot, both by people in and outside the web industry. Over at frog design’s design mind blog, they recently hit the 100,00 follower mark and explain what this milestone means. Here are a few points that stood out to me: If there’s one truth to this milestone, it’s that a social […]

a conspiracy against the mind

Found a great quote in the comments in Fast Company’s article about Alex Bogusky leaving his agency: “They do not want to own your fortune, they want you to lose it; they do not want to succeed, they want you to fail; they do not want to live, they want you to die; they desire […]

makes me think of Google

You guys think I’m just some untouchable peasant? Peon? Huh? Maybe so, but following a broom around after shitheads like you for the past eight years I’ve learned a couple of things…I look through your letters, I look through your lockers…I listen to your conversations, you don’t know that but I do…I am the eyes […]

disruption in the computer world

I’m the first one to call bullshit on all the hyperbole the press engages in on a regular basis, but even taking that into consideration, there’s definitely real upheaval going on in the computer world. Can we give some credit to Apple and the disruption it brought into the mobile computing world in 2007? Absolutely. […]

profit from disruption

Man, Asymco is killing it these days with their mobile analyses: Finally, looking at the pure smartphone vendors RIM and Apple, the picture is nothing short of astonishing. This before-and-after share-of-available-profit chart shows that the two entrants went from about 7% profit share to 65% in three years. Disruption is the diagnosis here. The incumbents […]