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Coping with ‘the colossal volume of memories’

In an interview with the Financial Times, Apple lead designer office Jony Ive points to one of the technological conundrums of our time: balancing ease with excess. “We have such a high-quality camera with us all the time. But it becomes irrelevant if you can’t actually enjoy the photographs you’ve taken. Even 30 years ago […]

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Wear Space is a cubicle for your face

Panasonic is developing blinders for your face so you can preserve a “personal psychological space.” The company debuted the item dubbed Wear Space last year at SXSW in Austin. Writes the product website: As open offices and digital nomads are on the rise, workers are finding it ever more important to have personal space where […]

A pedestal type of person

The best marketers bake their advertising into their work. Whether you’re an athlete, an author, or a baker, the product speaks for itself. Your trade either breeds trust and gets shared by others or falls at the wayside. Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, and Albert Einstein put their money where their mouth is. But there are […]

They took our jobs 🤖

In the 1920s, Hoover marketed its vacuum not just as a time-saver but as a human energy saver: “Hoover offers the least fatiguing way of cleaning carpets and rugs.” If a robot wrote this blog post, would you even know the difference? The future of automation says that robots will displace human jobs. Gmail’s auto-responder […]

Angels with dirty faces

If you want to be more optimistic, close your Twitter account. Bad news is addicting. But don’t completely bury your head in the sand. No one acts in public like they do on social media. People say whatever they want online because they’re shielded behind a mobile screen. Go to the grocery and the sick-spitting […]

Does automation make us less human?

How much of our thought process do we want to relinquish to artificial intelligence? Even Gmail’s auto-replies takes the burden out of typing in two-word responses with pre-populated text likes “yes, great,” “sounds good,” or “awesome.” Soon enough the computers will be the only ones conversing and high-fiving each other. Just as the painter imitates […]

The most fascinating designer on the planet

“The genie is out of the bottle. I’m never going to be niche again. I’m commercial establishment. I would love to be weird and unattainable again. That’s what I wanted to be—to live in poverty but be like Giacometti.”  Paris-based fashion designer, Rick Owens, when asked about his success. Be sure to check out the interview plus […]

How design controls behavior

Design dictates behavior. Put a feature front and center like Instagram or Facebook Stories and it’s nearly impossible not to click. Keep a smartphone around while you’re doing work or eating and you’ll fight the urge to pick it up. Listen to enough conspiracy theories and you’re bound to think that they’re true regardless of […]

What spreads, rarely sticks

The problems never stop. If they did, they would no longer be problems. They’d be solutions. The good thing about solutions is that they’re typically social-proof and benefit from the network effect: What works for one person multiplies as commonality gets shared with the next. The simplest form of information exchange is language. Words are memes. […]

The origin of “OK”

O.K. or “Oll Korrect” was originally a corny joke amongst Boston intellectuals in 1830s Boston who would intentionally misspell abbreviations. The Boston Post printed in what is the first known print of the word OK in 1839. Martin Van Buren even adopted the idiom during his 1840 reelection campaign as a nickname. His supporters called […]

Snacking on disattention

We snack when we’re bored, especially when we watch tv. But it’s no longer the food that woos us. It’s our phones. What was our third screen is now our first, so distracted we couldn’t be bothered to skip the tv ads. The tube has been relegated to mere background noise. Every time we check […]

The sharing virus

The biggest threat to a virus is its own exhaustion. It wants to be said, repeated, and spread until it cements into a meme. Words, ideas, and apps are all types of viruses. Pretty much anything that spreads. Most are benign of course but perhaps none is more pervasive and self-inflicted than the sickness of […]

Skim reading is the new normal

Ziming Liu from San Jose State University has conducted a series of studies which indicate that the “new norm” in reading is skimming, with word-spotting and browsing through the text. Many readers now use an F or Z pattern when reading in which they sample the first line and then word-spot through the rest of the […]