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What All Trend Reports Get Wrong
Designers need to stop chasing trends and start making sense. Designers and agencies love to send off the old year by writing, reading or sharing presentations on the hottest trends for the upcoming year. It has become a bit of a end-of-the-year ritual, so I want to share why I don’t believe trend reports — reading them and...
OVERLOAD! Your Attention Is Being Sold Wholesale
Panic. Anxiety. Chaos. Biiiiiig things are happening. It feels like they are spiraling out of control. It feels like we can’t grasp them anymore. It feels like these things are too big to even understand. It feels like these things are too important to look away. Feeling frazzled? Maybe you have just reached the point...
Wearables Are Experiencing Their 90’s VR Moment
I remember how excited I was watching the keynote that introduced the Apple Watch. The Digital Crown was such a cool way to manipulate an interface. It just made sense! And it looked slick – unlike Google’s Glass, it looked like a minimalistic timepiece first, and slightly dorky tech gadget second. I didn’t even think...
News, From Noise to Purpose
Recently there has been lot of movement on the market for newsreaders and news aggregator apps, and it looks like it’s nearing a point of saturation. Smaller contenders have either folded or got taken over by bigger competitors. Old Media is now also getting into the fray and launching their own newsreaders to reclaim the...
Are We Hitting “Peak Design”?
“The end of design is approaching. Soon, we will have explored all interface paradigms, and all useable patterns will have been established. With this huge, differentiated toolbox full of solutions, all our clients have to do is apply them. We will have become irrelevant.” If you run in design circles, you are bound to read...
Human Curation in the Age of Streaming
Algorithmic Content Discovery and Renewed Relevance for Human Tastemakers. In his very personal piece about the closure of the independent video store he worked at for 25 years, Dennis Perkins makes interesting points about the limits of recommendation algorithms and the value of human, taste-based curation. Admittedly, I don’t feel nostalgic about the twilight of...