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Biomimicry in the real world

By Mike Loukides
April 17, 2014

A couple of years ago, I visited theáWorld Science Festivaláin New York and saw Festo’sárobotic bird. It was amazing. I’ve seen things that looked more or less like a bird, and that flew, but clearly weren’t flying like a bird. …

Four short links: 15 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 15, 2014

Funders Punish Open Access Dodgers (Nature) — US’s NIH and UK’s Wellcome Trust are withholding funding from academics who haven’t released their data despite it being a condition of past funding. It’s open access’s grab twist and pull move. Digitize …

The evolving purpose of design

By Glen Martin
April 10, 2014

For more than a century, design has been determined by its applications to the physical world. As architect Louis Sullivan expressed in an 1896 essay, “The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered“: “It is the pervading law of all things organic …

Overcoming the Bottleneck in Content-Driven Website Design

By John Baker
April 7, 2014

Students of web design need to understand the relationship between content and presentation. It affects all programmers who work on the web, no matter which language they use. As an experienced designer and instructor of the O’Reilly School of Technology Introduction to HTML/CSS course, I’ve found that an effective approach to design begins with a …

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Four short links: 4 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 4, 2014

C# Compiler Open Sourced — bit by the bit, the ship of Microsoft turns. The Web’s Declarative Composable Future — this. For the first time since 1993, I feel like the web platform is taking a step towards being a …

Four Hot Web Development Trends Learned at Conferences

By Sean Crawford
April 3, 2014

This Full-Stack Web Developer Talks about the Latest Web Development Trends Discussed at O’Reilly Media Conferences I’m finding that participating in tech conferences is a great way for me to keep up to date on modern web development trends. I attended my first OSCON last summer and more recently, I attended O’Reilly’s Fluent 2014. Here …

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Four short links: 31 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 31, 2014

Game Programming Patterns — a book in progress. Search for the Next Platform (Fred Wilson) — Mobile is now the last thing. And all of these big tech companies are looking for the next thing to make sure they don’t …

Expanding the 3Cs framework for the IoT ecosystem

By Jenn Webb
March 20, 2014

Editor’s note: the following is an excerpt from our recently released book Designing Multi-Device Experiences, by Michal Levin. In this excerpt, Levin addresses ecosystem experience design beyond the four core devices — smartphones, tablets, PCs, and TVs. She explores ways …

Four short links: 20 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 20, 2014

Smart Interaction Lab — some interesting prototyping work designing for smart objects. Crypto 101 — self-directory crypto instruction. (via BoingBoing) Chipotle Culture — interesting piece on Chipotle’s approach to building positive feedback loops around training. Reminded me of Ben Horowitz’s …

Four short links: 17 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 17, 2014

De-Design the Web — quiz, can you recognise common websites from just their wireframes? For the non-designer (like myself) it’s a potent reminder of the power of design. Design’s front of mind as we chew on the Internet of Affordances. …

Four short links: 11 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 11, 2014

In-Game Graph Analysis (The Economist) — one MLB team has bought a Cray Ulrika graph-processing appliance for in-game analysis of data. Please hold, boggling. (via Courtney Nash) Disney Bets $1B on Technology (BusinessWeek) — MyMagic+ promises far more radical change. …

The connected car experience continues to fall short

By Roger Chen
March 7, 2014

Editor’s note: this post originally appeared on Roger Chen’s blog, Beyond the bell curve. It is reposted here with permission. There’s been a lot of buzz about the connected car recently. That’s nothing new, but it feels a little more …

Wearables and the immediacy of communication

By Matthew Gast
March 7, 2014

I drown in e-mail, which is a common affliction. With meetings during the day, I need to defer e-mail to breaks between meetings or until the evening, which prevents it from being a real-time communications medium. Everybody builds a communication …

Defining and sculpting interactions between man and technology

By Jenn Webb
March 4, 2014

Editor’s note: we’re running a series of five excerpts from our forthcoming book Designing for Emerging Technologies, a compilation of works by industry experts in areas of user experience design related to genomics, robotics, the Internet of Things, and the …

Four short links: 20 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 20, 2014

Practical Typography — informative and elegant. Nokia Treasure Tag — Bluetooth-chatty locators for keyrings, wallets, etc. Stanford Guidelines for Web Credibility — signals for those looking to identify dodgy content, as well as hygiene factors for those looking to provide …

Four short links: 10 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 10, 2014

Bruce Sterling at transmediale 2014 (YouTube) — “if it works, it’s already obsolete.” Sterling does a great job of capturing the current time: spies in your Internet, lost trust with the BigCos, the impermanence of status quo, the need to …

Responsive Web Design Performance

By Lara Swanson
February 4, 2014

A recent study showed that mobile is the primary Internet access method for a vast number of global Internet users. Roughly 50% of Internet users in Africa and Asia are mobile-only, in contrast to 25% in the United States. This …

how might we ….

By O'Reilly Strata
February 3, 2014

By Bo Peng and Aaron Wolfáof Datascope Analytics At Datascope Analytics, our ideation workshop combines elements from human-centered design principles to develop innovative and valuable ideas/solutions/strategies for our clients. From our workshop experience, we’ve developed a few key techniques that …

HTML and CSS Performance

By Lara Swanson
January 28, 2014

[Ed note: This is the third in a series of posts on web design and performance. You can see the first two posts here and here.] Optimizing your markup can have a substantial impact on your site’s page load time. …

The lingering seduction of the page

By Andy Fitzgerald
January 24, 2014

In an earlier post in this series, I examined the articulatory relationship between information architecture and user interface design, and argued that the tools that have emerged for constructing information architectures on the web will only get us so far …

Image Performance

By Lara Swanson
January 21, 2014

[Ed note: This is the second in a series of posts on web design and performance. You can see the introductory post here.] Images make up the majority of most sites’ page weight. Thanks to their size and the number …

Four short links: 16 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 15, 2014

MapGive — State Dept launches OSM contributing tool “to help humanitarian efforts”. Principles for Making Things for The Web — excellent! Traffic Studies are Simulations (Computerworld) — simulations are an important software genre, oft ignored. (via Slashdot) CodePilot — an …

Four short links: 14 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 13, 2014

LayoutIt — drag-and-drop design using Bootstrap components. These tools are proliferating, as the standard design frameworks like Bootstrap make them possible. There’s unsustainable complexity in building web sites today, which means something will give: the web will lose to something, …

The Altar of Shiny

By Courtney Nash
January 13, 2014

Web and mobile users continue to expect faster sites and apps–especially when it comes to mobile–and this year I’d like to see people who work on the web spend more time focusing on performance as a user experience priority instead …

Four short links: 10 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 10, 2014

Software in 2014 (Tim Bray) — a good state of the world, much of which I agree with. Client-side: Things are bad. You have to build everything three times: Web, iOS, Android. We’re talent-starved, this is egregious waste, and it’s …

Four short links: 27 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 27, 2013

Intel XDK — If you can write code in HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript*, you can use the Intel« XDK to build an HTML5 web app or a hybrid app for all of the major app stores. It’s a .exe. What …

Four short links: 20 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 20, 2013

A History of the Future in 100 Objects — is out! It’s design fiction, describing the future of technology in faux Wired-like product writeups. Amazon already beating the timeline. Projects and Priorities Without Managers (Ryan Carson) — love what he’s …

Architecture, design, and the connected environment

By Andy Fitzgerald
December 13, 2013

Just when it seems we’re starting to get our heads around the mobile revolution, another design challenge has risen up fiercer and larger right behind it: the Internet of Things. The rise in popularity of “wearables” and the growing activity …

Four short links: 12 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 12, 2013

iBeacons — Bluetooth LE enabling tighter coupling of physical world with digital. I’m enamoured with the interaction possibilities: The latest Apple TV software brought a fantastically clever workaround. You just tap your iPhone to the Apple TV itself, and it …

Podcast: news that reaches beyond the screen

By Jon Bruner
December 10, 2013

Reporters, editors and designers are looking for new ways to interact with readers and with the physical world–drawing data in through sensors and expressing it through new immersive formats. In this episode of the Radar podcast, recorded at News Foo …

The software of regret

By Mike Loukides
December 9, 2013

At a recent meeting, Tim O’Reilly, referring to the work of Tristan Harris andáJoe Edelman, talked about “software of regret.” It’s a wonderfully poetic phrase that deserves exploring. For software developers, the software of regret has some very clear meanings. …

Design, Math, and Data

By O'Reilly Strata
December 4, 2013

By Dean Malmgren When you hear someone say, “that is a nice infographic” or “check out this sweet dashboard,” many people infer that they are “well-designed.” Creating accessible (or for the cynical, “pretty”) content is only part of what makes …

The Amazon whisperer, invisible interfaces, FDA vs 23andMe, and robots usher in a new polical order

By Jenn Webb
November 27, 2013

The Radar team does a lot of sharing in the backchannel. Here’s a look at a selection of stories and innovative people and companies from around the web that have caught our recent attention. Have an interesting tidbit to contribute …

Four Short Links: 25 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 25, 2013

Drone Journalism — “The newspaper was for still images,” said Mr. Whyld, who builds his own drones, “but the Internet is for this.” is the money shot from a NY Times piece (not linked to directly, as is paywalled) Best …

Four short links: 22 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 21, 2013

Google Educator MOOCs — online courses for teachers who use Google in their classrooms. Algorithms and Accountability — Thus, the appearance of an autocompletion suggestion during the search process might make people decide to search for this suggestion although they …

Four short links: 21 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 21, 2013

Network Connectivity Optional (Luke Wroblewski) — we need progressive enhancement: assume people are offline, then enhance if they are actually online. Whoosh — fast, featureful full-text indexing and searching library implemented in pure Python Flanker (GitHub) — open source address …

Four short links: 13 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 12, 2013

ISS Enjoys Malware — Kaspersky reveals ISS had XP malware infestation before they shifted to Linux. The Gravity movie would have had more registry editing sessions if the producers had cared about FACTUAL ACCURACY. Big Data Approach to Computational Creativity …

Four short links: 7 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 7, 2013

Learn to Search — cheeky but spot-on help for people running conferences. Offline First — no, the mobile connectivity/bandwidth issue isn’t just going to solve itself on a global level anywhere in the near future. THIS! 10 Things You Should …

Four short links: 4 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 4, 2013

A Game Designer’s Guide to Google Glass (Gamasutra) — nice insight that Glass is shovelware-resistant because input is so different and output so limited. (via Beta Knowledge) Be Polite, Pertinent, and Pretty (Slideshare) — design principles from Dopplr. (via Matt …

Podcast: the Internet of Things should work like the Internet

By Jenn Webb
November 3, 2013

At our OSCON conference this summer, Jon Bruner, Renee DiResta and I sat down with Alasdair Allen, a hardware hacker and O’Reilly author; Josh Marinacci, a researcher with Nokia; and Tony Santos, a user experience designer with Mozilla. Our discussion …

Upward Mobility: The Hidden Cost of iOS7

By James Turner
October 28, 2013

As with every Apple iOS release, iOS7 started to become a serious item for developers at the WWDC held the summer before the release, when all the ins and outs of the new capabilities start to be made available to …

Design Thinking and Data Science

By O'Reilly Strata
October 24, 2013

ByáDean Malmgren andáJon Wettersten There’s a lot of hype around “Big Data” these days. Don’t believe us? None other than the venerable Harvard Business Review named “data scientist” the “Sexiest Job of the 21st Century” only 13 years into it. …

Four short links: 24 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 24, 2013

Visually Programming Arduino — good for little minds. Rapid Hardware Iteration at Scale (Forbes) — It’s part of the unique way that Xiaomi operates, closely analyzing the user feedback it gets on its smartphones and following the suggestions it likes …

Four short links: 21 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 21, 2013

Google’s Iron Grip on Android (Ars Technica) — While Google will never go the entire way and completely close Android, the company seems to be doing everything it can to give itself leverage over the existing open source project. And …

data and human-centered design

By Ann Spencer
October 20, 2013

During a trip to Chicago for a conference on R, I had a chance to cowork at the Datascope Analytics (DsA) office. While I had worked with co-founders Mike and Dean before, this was my first time coworking at their …

Knowing and Understanding Your Audience

By Laurie Petrycki
October 18, 2013

I had the opportunity to sit down with Laura Klein (@lauraklein) and talk about the importance of creating effective user experiences. Laura is a UX expert and consultant. She stresses the need to figure out what works by talking to …

Why Feedback?

By Philipp Janert
October 16, 2013

In two previous posts (Part 1 and Part 2) we introduced the idea of feedback control. The basic idea is that we can keep a system (any system!) on track, by constantly monitoring its actual behavior, so that we can …

Four short links: 17 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 14, 2013

Pencil — An open-source GUI prototyping tool that’s available for ALL platforms. lmctfy — open source version of Google’s container stack, which provides Linux application containers. ASCII WWDC — searchable full-text transcriptions of WWDC sessions. Cryptogeddon — an online infosec …

Podcast: expanding our experience of interfaces and interaction

By Jenn Webb
October 7, 2013

At our Sci Foo Camp this past summer, Jon Bruner, Jim Stogdill, Roger Magoulas, and I were joined by guests Amanda Parkes, a professor in the Department of Architecture at Columbia University, and CTO at algae biofuels company Bodega Algae …

Making Systems Operable

By Richard Cook
October 7, 2013

There’s an old joke about the aviation cockpit of the future that it will contain just a pilot and a dog. The pilot will be there to watch the automation. The dog will be there to bite the pilot if …


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