Interactive, paper-based prototyping idea

ia/uxd methods,silliness | Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

I love this! No more excuses for not testing a design. And it looks like fun, so who would want to skip this step?

From IDEO.

Prototyping for Elmo’s Monster Maker iPhone App. from IDEO on Vimeo.

Get excited!

silliness | Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Via 43Folders, this made my day. Thank you Merlin!

Get excited!

Zombie movies = economic barometer

info visualization,silliness | Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Just saw this today via Information Design Watch. Apparently there’s a correlation between the nastiness of the eco-political environment around us and the production of zombie movies.

zombie movies

One can imagine the studios are already hard at work for next year!

Reassuring bits of nothing, from all over the globe

silliness | Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Twitter is a strange entrant onto the social networking stage … I must admit I don’t really see the point. People share little 120-character bits of information about themselves (“just had a great burrito for lunch”, “waiting for my dad to pick me up”, etc.), and their friends — or complete strangers — can subscribe to and read them. I’m just not that interested in what kind of coffee someone in Michigan just ordered, or why a guy in Spain is waiting for a phone call.

However, I must admit to a surprising fascination with TwitterVision:


This mashup of twitter nonsense with Google Maps is actually sort of … well, reassuring. Somehow, plotting all these bits of trivia on a world map makes the continents seem like cozy neighbors, and the differences between us not so great. The more banal experiences of daily life are really rather similar (especially among the web-savvy set).

So, enjoy your latte, Michigan, and Spain-guy, I hope you get your phone call!

Flash vector gets revenge

silliness | Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Best Flash Animation 2006 — the stick figures finally get their revenge!


Stick figures in peril

silliness | Monday, February 13th, 2006

Flickr is a great place for a diversion, and a reminder that stick figures all over the world put up with a multitude of bizarre threats and dangers. Where would we be without their brave warnings?

Wield Ways and Means

silliness | Thursday, January 26th, 2006

The Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness offers truly brilliant examples of how NOT to write user instructions.

Sanyan Wield Ways and Means” is either the victim of machine translation or contains some obscure coded text:

  1. With appertain rotor of screw setting pre ceiling on the under standing that screw no wield. May wield two-faced, pressboard securing, wield pre to begin with wiping ceiling of bilge dasto.
  2. Thread of length need half again as many as tad.
  3. Open toy of batteries shuck. Verification batteries, whereafter stow down to a certainty need locklust lest take place accident.

I couldn’t agree more. Sounds like a good way of going about it.

There’s also a very frightening set of instructions on how to vacuum a cat that has fleas. :-)

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