Yearly archives of “2008

Skinner and the Mousewrap

Skinner and the Mousewrap

Dontclick.it, an interesting interface design experiment by Alex Frank, included this amusing idea, the Mousewrap, to ‘train’ users not to click any more “through physical pain”. It did make me think: is the use of anti-sit spikes on window sills, ledges, and so on, or […]

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The detail of everyday interaction

The detail of everyday interaction

Understanding what people really do when they carry out some ‘simple’ task, as opposed to what designers assume they do, is important. Even something as mundane as boiling a kettle to make a cup of tea or coffee is fraught with variability, slips, mistaken assumptions […]

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A year in

A year in

It’s nearly a year since I started my PhD, (and coming up to three years since this blog was launched). Last week I had my end-of-year review, and, while I don’t often post about the minutiae of being a research student on the blog, I […]

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Going Underground – Capsule carriages "…a train with individual passenger compartments… "something that everyone manages to do on the Tube without the need for physical walls"… Public transport without all the downsides of it being public." Thanks to Mags L Halliday for the link. (tags: […]

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Jesse James Garrett's Hidden Agenda (tags: design architecturesofcontrol, designwithintent blog jjg aphorisms interactiondesign insights interaction usability)

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Architecting and designing

Architecting and designing

          Seth Godin asks ‘Is architect a verb?’, and makes an interesting distinction between design and architecture (emphases mine): Design carries a lot of baggage related to aesthetics. We say something is well-designed if it looks good. There are great designs that don’t look good, […]

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links for 2008-08-05 [delicious.com]

links for 2008-08-05 [delicious.com]

Attention and awareness in stage magic: turning tricks into research : Nature Reviews Neuroscience Randi and Teller among the authors. [No longer behind paywall: thanks, Cory] (tags: magic neuroscience psychology misdirection behaviour attention cognitivebias heuristics JamesRandi Teller) How magicians control your mind – The Boston […]

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Salt licked?

Salt licked?

UPDATE: See the detailed response below from Peter of Gateshead Council, which clarifies, corrects and expands upon some of the spin given by the Mail articles. The new shakers were supplied to the chip shop staff for use behind the counter: “Our main concern was […]

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links for 2008-08-04 [delicious.com]

links for 2008-08-04 [delicious.com]

INDEX: 2007 – User-centered design & innovation Interesting writing, but the Issuu interface is completely unusable. (tags: design interactiondesign userexperience usability usercentreddesign) Vodafone | receiver » Jan Chipchase: Small objects travel further, faster "Much of our research started out as an attempt to understand the […]

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links for 2008-08-03 [delicious.com]

links for 2008-08-03 [delicious.com]

Judgment and Decision Making, Journal "Relevant articles deal with normative, descriptive, and/or prescriptive analyses of human judgments and decisions. " (tags: decisionmaking heuristics biases cognitivebias behaviouraleconomics behaviour journal architecturesofcontrol,)

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The asymmetry of the indescribable

The asymmetry of the indescribable

Like the itchy label in my shirt, there’s something which has been niggling away at the back of my mind, ever since I started being exposed to ‘academic fields’, and boundaries between ‘subjects’ (probably as a young child). I’m sure others have expressed it much […]

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What are Architectures of Control?

What are Architectures of Control?

Increasingly, many products are being designed with features that intentionally restrict the way the user can behave, or enforce certain modes of behaviour. The same intentions are also evident in the design of many systems and environments. Continued… (+ readers’ comments) When this research started, […]

links for 2008-07-29

links for 2008-07-29

Infrastructure and Modernity: Paul N Edwards [PDF] “…infrastructures simultaneously shape and are shaped by – in other words, co-construct – the condition of modernity… To be modern is to live within and by means of infrastructures, and therefore to inhabit, uneasily, the intersection of these […]

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