Monthly Archives: March 2010

psychology of spending money

This is so, so, so important to understanding human behavior, especially how financial disasters happen (via 37Signals): 1. You can spend your own money on yourself. When you do that, why then you really watch out what you’re doing, and you try to get the most for your money. 2. You can spend your own […]

Adobe Children Never Learned to Share

from DesignAday: Unless I’m way off my rocker, one of the benefits of purchasing the Adobe Creative Suite is that all of the applications work together. Can somebody then please explain why something as simple as color swatches can’t be shared between applications? That only scratches the surface of what the Adobe Creative Suite doesn’t […]

they’re not the details

via MacNN: Apple has won one of its USPTO patent claims for the iPhone, specifically covering the device’s iconic steel bezel. While appearing superficial, Apple claims that the bezel is actually essential to impact resistance, and innovative in part because it merges utility with aesthetics. The part is flush with an iPhone’s housing, inserted into […]

the future – don’t be scared

Most of the time I forget that I’m 32 years old and not a kid anymore when I’m living my life spending time with my wife, working and going out with friends. If feels like it I was just learning HTML at with Dreamweaver 3 and reading the thick manual for Flash 4 (back […]

Even Better Than the Real Thing

NYT: Photoshop and Photography: When Is It Real? David Pogue asks an important (but not new) question: I have to admit that when I saw the winners revealed in a previous issue, I was a bit taken aback, too. I mean, composition and timing are two key elements of a photographer’s skill, right? If you […]

3-D Television – Where’s the Value Add?

Saving Sony: CEO Howard Stringer Plans to Focus on 3-D TV But after a few minutes of playing Wipeout with Hirai, whipping my hovership around curves and caroming off hyperrealistic guardrails, I have to stop. The experience is ridiculously intense — maybe too intense. I’m worried that I might vomit. Sony has studied physiological responses […]

Nokia is trying to build a faster horse

If I’d asked my customers what they wanted, they’d have said a faster horse —Henry Ford Seems Nokia is asking it’s customers to help it build a faster horse. They’ve set up a Design By Community website that is, “… is capturing the collective thoughts of Conversations readers to define the ultimate concept mobile device.” […]

one of my favorite lines from The Godfather: Part II

Senator Pat Geary: Mr. Cici, was there always a buffer involved? Willi Cici: A what? Senator Pat Geary: A buffer. Someone in between you and your possible superiors who passed on to you the actual order to kill someone. Willi Cici: Oh yeah, a buffer. The family had a lot of buffers! —The Godfather: Part […]

job titles

Job titles are important. Very important. But this doesn’t mean they should dictate everything. Job titles should be warranted. They should be earned. This doesn’t mean, for instance, that an art director can’t let a junior design act as lead designer on a project. In fact, it means quite the opposite. The only way you […]

being innovative means being profitable

Adam Richardson over at frog design wrote a post last week, Microsoft Finds its Innovation Mojo. He argues that the new crop of products that are either out or being put out by Microsoft are proof that ‘they’re back in the game’. Richardson writes: They have been able, to an extent, to systemetize an approach […]