Outstanding Realistic Tire Sculptures by Yong Ho Ji | Abduzeedo | Graphic Design Inspiration and Photoshop Tutorials

Some incredible and beautiful sculptures made out of tires! This is inspirational art at its best! Outstanding Realistic Tire Sculptures by Yong Ho Ji | Abduzeedo | Graphic Design Inspiration and Photoshop Tutorials.

Lion Sculpture made of Tires

Post-it Note Wars – My Modern Metropolis

An artsy collection of post-it notes on walls and windows! Check out Post-it Note Wars – My Modern Metropolis.

Kashmir from space!

Srinagar left, then Delhi center, and Lahore right under thick Orange India Pakistan border.

Photo: India-Pakistan Border From Space – India Real Time – WSJ.

Mirror, mirror. An extraordinary pervasive AI computing UX vision. – The New York Times, Nieman Journalism Lab

Every once in a while something extraordinary comes along in gadgets. If you’ve got a little pervasive AI computing vision, the possibilites are endless!

Lets say Herbert, your mairror, (ai mirror duh?!), is installed on all your mirrors (bedroom, bathroom, entrance lounge) and displays (tv, lcd, phone, watch, kitchen).

It syncs with your calender, to do list, your news of interest, monitors your health, delivers media status updates from your closest friends and family, reads out important sms/emails/media notes, orders groceries, cleaning services, finds/delivers hints/tips/updates on your hobbies/wishlist, and encourages you to find time for those things you always wanted to learn but never find time to (even reads to you, teaches you interactively), and monitors your progress and gives you feedback. Whatever you want, nothing else. 

Yes, there are many possible risks, fine details that need to be tweaked here, but I’m overlooking that for now and looking at just these few scenarios I thought up of in a minute. The potentials of a truly invisible interface here is amazing and there are a blahzillion enhancement paths for every field of science, living and business. 

This is the start of true pervasive computing, where you’re listening to the radio in your car, like the artist/song, trigger some kind of action word/button, and Herbert finds and books you their next concert, or signs up for email newsletters for itself to one day tell/show you in the future while you’re brushing your teeth. Heck, even the annoying radio guy can be muted and Herbert can fill you in on whats important to you. Maybe even keep in touch with Pedro, your brothers mairror and arrange a call when you’re both free.  

Read on to see how far this prototype has come to date: Mirror, mirror: The New York Times wants to serve you info as you’re brushing your teeth » Nieman Journalism Lab.

Kashmir: The forgotten conflict – Al Jazeera Spotlight

This seems to be turning into the one stop resource for backgrounds and current issue articles on Kashmir by Al Jazeera. There is a wealth of great information, photos and activity here. Thank you Al Jazeera. Kashmir: The forgotten conflict – Al Jazeera English.

700K troops in Kashmir, only 200K at the peak of Iraq’s war! Why silence over Kashmir speaks volumes – The Guardian

Kashmir’s war, ‘biggest, bloodiest, most obscure military occupation in the world.  Why silence over Kashmir speaks volumes | From the Guardian | The Guardian.

Kashmir’s Forever War – Granta Magazine

This is a great article featuring an insight on the Kashmir conflict. A long and sad must read for anyone interested in knowing what has been going on.  1 | Kashmir’s Forever War | Granta 112: Pakistan | Magazine | Granta Magazine.

Showkat Nanda took this picture of a young Kashmiri boy throwing stones at an armoured vehicle in the summer of 2009 just moments after another young boy, shot by Indian security forces, had died in his arms [Showkat Nanda, Kashmir: The forgotten conflict: Al Jazeera Online]]

UX: Effectively triggering emotional responses with smiles and faces.

Results of an A/B testing evaluation show how triggering an emotional response / connection from user’s vastly increases their response rate, by 102.5% in this case. This seems to have the marketing power of testimonials, but portrayed in one happy smiling customer photo. A picture is worth a thousand wordsBehind the scenes: A/B testing part 3: Finalé – 37signals.

37signals.com - A/B Testing Person Design

37signals.com - A/B Testing Person Design

Results of eye-tracking studies have shown how you can grab and guide a user’s eye using a similar emotional response. You look where they look, people look at other people’s faces – UsableWorld.com.au. But just because their eyes have seen an element on a page, doesn’ t mean that they’ve registered it.

Tobii eye tracker heat map of 106 viewing baby ad - UsableWorld.com.au

Tobii eye tracker heat map of 106 viewing baby ad - UsableWorld.com.au

Further reading:

UX: Useful vs Usable + Popular Web Strategies That Dont Work | UX Magazine

This is worth a quick speed read. “Be useful first. Then be usable.” via Five Popular Web Strategies That Dont Work | UX Magazine.

UX: Data Talks. A/B Usability Testing | UXmatters

Quick read on the process of identifying problems and testing various solutions to find the killer one. Pairing Up Usability Testing with A/B Testing :: UXmatters.

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