Suburbs Driven by Trains Not Cars

I was reading Maciej Cegłowski’s excellent talk, ‘The Internet With A Human Face’ and aside from it’s persuasive argument found something interesting in the tension between his argument rooted in American reality and his German audience. I’ve also recently been reading ‘Concretopia’, a book about the post war rebuilding of Britain and realised that there, in the gap between the wars was the suburbia he wasn’t aware of. I am of course talking of Metroland, where I grew up. »

My Incredible Journey

Yesterday I resigned from Lumi, ending my startup journey for a while. I’ll be starting a new job working for Collabora in a month. I’m really looking forward to be back working on open source software and the new challenge. This’ll be my first job without ‘Designer’ in the title for about 10 years. Although I’ve been doing lots of solution definition, product/project managing and suchlike this’ll be the first time it actually says that on a business card (we didn’t have job titles or business cards at Lumi, it was that sort of place). »

Large Targets

People note that designing for touch screens requires you to have much larger tap targets, because tapping is less precise than clicking — your finger is way bigger than a mouse pointer. They conclude that this creates user interfaces that are inherently bad for desktop PCs, because desktop PCs use mice. But if you’ve ever seen normal people use computers, squinting at the screen to position the mouse cursor just exactly over the icon, and then carefully clicking it to make sure that they don’t accidentally move the mouse while clicking and initiate a drag, you’ll probably agree that desktops can really benefit from larger click targets, too. »

Fighting Back

If you actually want to do something to ‘fight back’ then use proper crypto on websites you control and change any defaults to use HTTPS on websites you don’t control. There’s no excuse, it’s free. It took me about 20 minutes of fussing to move my sites over, and most of that was just fixing CSS to be protocol independent. After you’ve done some actual concrete steps to help communications privacy and identity verification you can set your twibbon and feel justifiably indignant. »

Nyalan

One of my favourite adverts on Japanese TV when we visited was for a travel company called Jalan. Their spokescat, Nyalan appeared to be a middle manager who after a hard days work needed to check-in to a middle of the road business hotel to chill out. I’ve recently discovered that he’s been branching out into other activities. ‘Classic’ Business cat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyndakiGbaw Tiny luggage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd43Y-zvYxE Cat takes onsen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcyJg_326wM Tiny sidekick http://www. »