About a decade ago, I was in the midst of completing my degree in information science at the University of Michigan. Wanting to avoid just taking a bunch of vanilla courses, such as computer programming, data modeling, and cognitive psychology, (which all are valuable and important courses to take), I sought out courses in other schools and departments to broaden my horizons. One such course, in the School of Art & Architecture, was a physical computing course called “Interfacing.” In the Interfacing course, an art student would pair up with a student from the School of Electrical Engineering to collaborate in building a series of electronic interactive art pieces. Since I had registered for the course via the School of Art, I was considered the “artist” and was paired up with an engineering student. Together, we developed our project idea, an analog radio that would tune itself based on proximity
About a year ago, we had a deluge of rain that flooded the New York City subway system and basically shut several lines down completely for a day or more.
Olga just sent me a link to her new project UX Social, in which she’s interviewing some guy on how IA could/should be applied to government policies and the like.
With great fanfare, New York City Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff (who will almost certainly never use this toilet himself) today announced the installation of new public toilets throughout the city (toilets he will almost certainly not be using himself.) The idea of public restrooms in the city is of course highly welcomed, though it’s a bit embarrassing that this is being announced in 2008 and not, say, 1908. But no matter, when reading the description of the new toilets, there are just so many IMO terrible design choices that were made that I have to wonder if any kind of prototyping/usability testing was completed. I just can’t imagine these toilets being a success and these are some reasons why: 1 – They look like prison toilets There is a very strong association between a stainless steel toilet attached to the wall with no seat and what you might find in
I was listening to the BBC this morning and heard a piece about the Eyes on Darfur site, which went live just hours ago, at 8:30am EST.
I subscribe to a great newsletter from SitePoint about all things web design, and they usually have lots and lots of great digital tidbits to share, but I think this time they might be slightly off the mark with the following heading for the article: “Spice up your Design Projects and Get Noticed.” It’s the title for an article about a service called SitePal.
Back in the 70s, when personal computing entered the mainstream, they came about as a means of providing individuals a tiny piece of the computing power available to governments, corporations, and universities in the form of mainframes.
I remember a few years ago reading about some official from the FCC stating that, in the future, people will no longer have what we think of as home phones, but will all have their personal phones/numbers.