Posts tagged design

Facebook & Twitter Users in Arab Countries, an Infographic

Facebook Users in Arab Countries May 2012 via visual.ly

Facebook Users in Arab Countries May 2012 via visual.ly

Active Twitter Users in Arab Countries March 2012 via visual.ly

Active Twitter Users in Arab Countries March 2012 via visual.ly

Steve Job’s Icon Ambulance

Vic Gundotra was lucky to work with Steve Jobs, and he shared an experience with Steve that highlighted an attention to detail:

Icon Ambulance

One Sunday morning, January 6th, 2008 I was attending religious services when my cell phone vibrated. As discreetly as possible, I checked the phone and noticed that my phone said “Caller ID unknown”. I choose to ignore.

After services, as I was walking to my car with my family, I checked my cell phone messages. The message left was from Steve Jobs. “Vic, can you call me at home? I have something urgent to discuss” it said. (more…)

Apple’s Advertising Style Copied

French Fry a la Apple Ad Style via Gizmodo

French Fry a la Apple Ad Style via Gizmodo

This hilarious post on Gizmodo showcases the dangers of copying, and how minimalist Apple’s ads really are. It brings Pablo Picasso’s quote on copying to mind, “Good artists copy, great artists steal”. If you don’t understand the inspiration behind the development of the concept, then you won’t be able to incorporate a fresh perspective that portrays the original essence along with its newly adapted meaning. Check out the rest of the ads (more…)

Portraits Made Using People as Pixels

Marilyn Monroe by Craig Allen

Can you imagine the logistics and imagination needed to pull off the portrait above? There are plenty more created by Craig Alan, an artist we should all aspire to.

Proof Good UX Sells the Most Useless Products

How much would you pay for something completely useless? I’d pay nothing. Yet, the dudes over at thinkgeek.com have offered ‘The Useless Box’ that does nothing for $40. They even market it as useless, “Turn it on, so it can turn itself off… silliest electronics kits ever.” I went to buy one as soon as it showed up on my screen and it was already sold out. I live in Dubai, so it would cost me twice as much to have it shipped here, yet I’m heartbroken. Turns out there are 117 Facebook comments on the page, with similar reactions to mine, I’m not the only idiot out there drawn to an awesome yet useless experience:

“Shut up and take my money!”

“It’s the most useless and stupid thing I ever seen. I want it now…”

“I want to see the disappointment in my moms face when I spend 40 dollars on this.”

“MUST… RESIST… AAARRRRGGGGHHHH! This is the DUMBEST THING I have ever seen yet, I want one to put on my desk!!”

and so on…

Watch the video below and if you’re as dumb as I am, you can sign up to be notified when the Useless Box Kit is in stock again on ThinkGeek.com.

Update: I couldn’t actually buy the useless box. After a long thread of pleading emails with ThinkGeek.com’s customer service where I begged them to take my $40 dollars, somehow their poor business rules, checkout QA or UX won’t let me order one. And they didn’t really seem to care. I order things from American online stores all the time. I live in Dubai, use my UAE credit card and have things shipped to my friend’s address in the states. This is the first company of ‘geeks’ (yeah right) that I’ve had this problem with in 3 years. #fail

Captivating Users with Video Takeovers on Youtube and Vimeo

When video content breaks out of the box and unexpected actions happen all over the page, then you’ve got users in suspense and their attention focused on your message. Many have tried this creative approach, I’ve included videos of three popular ones from Honda, Frito Lays and the Expendables movie interview. Hope you enjoy the videos, and if you’re keen here is a link to 25 Awesome Youtube Takeovers.    (more…)

Beautiful Examples of Colorful Websites from Tripwire Magazine

Beautiful Examples of Colorful Websites from Tripwire Magazine

Beautiful Examples of Colorful Websites from Tripwire Magazine

Users often quickly judge the quality of a person, group, product or company by their first visual impressions of the website. The importance of an aesthetically pleasing website can not be underestimated. Thus I present this inspirational collection of colorful websites from tripwire magazine.

Inspiring Examples of Emotional Portrait Photography

BREAKDOWN BY JEROEN OOSTERHOF

BREAKDOWN BY JEROEN OOSTERHOF

Probably my favorite collection of portrait photography, interesting that most of them are in black and white. The lighting, the subjects, the faces, the expressions and poses are simply stunning. Check out the inspirational treasure yourself on 50 Inspiring Examples of Emotional Portrait Photography on Richworks.

I murder plants :(

It is true. I don’t do it on purpose, but it happens. I love plants. I love having them in my house and at work. But over time I’ve somehow become a serial plant killer and I hate myself for it.

Have no fear, redemption is here (at the cost of $168). God has done some UX work and sent us a plant angel on the iOS and web to save us from sinning again, aka the Koubachi Wi-Fi Sensor.

Dear Sheikha Mahboob (my dying palm tree),

Help is here. I shall love and care for you when notified by the plant angel. Look forward to seeing you green again.

Love, Nadeem!

Angel of Plants

Angel of Plants

Will the computer mouse be obsolete by 2015?

I rarely subscribe to youtube channels, however the Museum of Obsolete Objects beautifully showcases the extinction of everyday products that we’ve used growing up and our children will never know of. Things such as the fax machine, light bulb, instant camera, radio receiver, pocket calculator, compact cassette, floppy disk, typewriter, phonograph and rotary telephone have vanished.

Their latest video seems to predict the end of the computer mouse by 2015. Will this happen as computing becomes more pervasive and input devices more natural? 

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