Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Lovely UI - See What You Print

SWYP: See What You Print from Artefact on Vimeo.
Artefact created a radically simple printer concept called SWYP. See What You Print. To learn more:

Monday, 26 September 2011

Windows on another world

Imagine that digital information exist in another world that lies just beneath our feet. A world jam-pack with data and activity, a world of ever increasing importance.

But as the creators of this world it is strange that we are forever looking down, peering through tiny windows to gain access and view a snapshot of what is going on.

Surely this is not right, we should be bringing this world out into our own. Making these windows as large and expansive as possible, through which we can survey and interact with this information. Here is a good example:

and also this:

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Typical Price – Google Hotel Finder

Lots of people are talking about Google's new hotel finder. One thing I thought was really clever was this.

Because hotel prices are not the same from one city to the next, it is difficult to know if you are getting a good deal or not. 

Most of us begin the hotel bookings process with a bit of research. We compare a number of hotels to establish the typical price, which we use as a bench mark to compare others to.

This handy little tool does the research for us, it even gives the relative cost in the hotel details (top right) 

Hopefully we will see this used a lot more across the internet, real-estate might be a good place to start.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Google adds politically bias search (maybe)

It is widely excepted that most publications and often news programmes have a political bias. We often choose to read a particular news paper because it reflects our own bias or view of the world, whether left or right wing.

So why not add this feature to search, at least you will know the bias of the results you are looking at



Monday, 11 July 2011

How not to draw a map

A great example of how breaking a trusted convention can make things a tad confusing. Maybe it is just me, but I spend at least 20 seconds staring at this wondering what country I was looking at.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Data Mines

By the end of the decade data mines will be common place and like the great gold rush of the 1850's people will flock to this industry. A combination of luck and hard work will allow some to earn a living and a few to make a fortune.

We're rapidly digitising and moving every aspect of our work and personal lives into the cloud.
Over time our ability to organise and control this information will become increasingly challenged.

Over the years you can guarantee a proportion of this information
will be lost, discarded or simply forgotten, but the nice thing with digital information is it is rarely physically destroyed. Just the ability to access it is lost.

The vast majority of this inaccessible information will be rubbish, old documents, photos and general digital junk, but some will be valuable and some might well be worth a fortune.

In the next decade we will reach a tipping point, when it becomes worth mining this rubbish to find the nuggets of digital gold hidden within.

And then sell them back to their owners or more likely the highest bidder.