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Envision your future in 2020

These concepts come from Frog Design. Here is some context about the project:

At the end of last year, Forbes magazine asked frog to help them envision the future in 2020. In December, we held a workshop in San Francisco that brought designers, futurists and journalists together to think about the current state of computing, how we might experience it 10 years from now and, perhaps most importantly, how we might make the transition into these possible futures.

All I can think of when I look at this is: Too much information! Too much information! Too much information!

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iPad usability study from Jakob Nielsen

Although the study only tested seven people, it reveals a few interesting points. Here is the summary if you don’t feel like reading the whole thing.

iPad apps are inconsistent and have low feature discoverability, with frequent user errors due to accidental gestures. An overly strong print metaphor and weird interaction styles cause further usability problems.

“It looks like a giant iPhone,” is the first thing users say when asked to test an iPad. (Their second comment? “Wow, it’s heavy.”)

The iPad etched-screen aesthetic does look good. No visual distractions or nerdy buttons. The penalty for this beauty is the re-emergence of a usability problem we haven’t seen since the mid-1990s: Users don’t know where they can click.

To exacerbate the problem, once they do figure out how something works, users can’t transfer their skills from one app to the next. Each application has a completely different UI for similar features.

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Fine typography from Ben Crick

Cassette typeface

Lampshade typeface

Print typeface
A few words from the artist:

Im a Visual Communications Student Currently In my fourth and final year at the University of Technology Sydney. I love all styles of design, and iv tried my hand at as many of them as I can. I think as a designer it is our job to be able to adapt styles and be as versatile as possible. I like to think of it as developing my bag of tricks

Head over to his portfolio for more beautiful typography.

When can I use HTML5?

html5 canvas support
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Ready to move your site to HTML5? Better check this browsers compatibility guide out before you call the shot.

Beautiful and scrary tea infuser

Burstoid, a design blog, recently posted this beautiful tea infuser from Argentinian artist Pablo Matteodo. Here’s a few words from the artist:

INFUSION means to extract certain properties from an soluble ingredient such as tea leaves , herbs or fruit by soaking in liquid (water) until it gets saturated. So we can say that a infuser is the in charged of make this happen. This is a ludic point of view about the color given off from the phenomenon, wich makes more interesting the waiting of the whole process.

Sharky tea infuser 1

Sharky tea infuser 2

Sharky tea infuser 3

A thumbs up for Adobe BrowserLab

Adobe BrowserLab screenshot of
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One of the hardest things about creating a web site is making sure it looks good on all browsers, especially on Internet Explorer. I recently found this nifty tool while redesigning my blog. With Adobe BrowserLab you can preview your site on different browsers. You can compare side by side or overlay your site on various browsers in Windows and OSX. The downside is that you only have few choices. The tool lets you preview a site on Firefox, IE, Safari and Chrome for OSX and Windows. There is no support for Opera nor any mobile browser. Also Linux is not included :(

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