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nico nuzzaci

I'm a maker and shaper of interactive experiences and services. I take photographs. I play music. I frequently run. I appreciate fashion. I like to travel. I admire simplicity and quality.

21st Apr '14

The gift of dyslexia is not the inability to read or write. It’s the incredible ability to see things from different angles. That is what makes a creative genius. The dyslexic mind approaches problems by visualizing things from all viewpoints. Literally moving their mental POV to whatever angle that helps them ‘see’ the solution.

This ability allows sculptors to ‘see’ what is inside a block of marble. It enables designer to imagine things into reality. It’s this brilliant gift that makes creativity come easily. Their problem solving ability is not a result of their challenge with words. Creative problem solving IS their gift.

Above quote is pulled from a comment on this article:

www.huffingtonpost.com/soren...

I’m dyslexic, and I have stated many times that I belive that me being forced to learn how to learn and persevere in the face of failure in an early age have had dramatic consequences on my orientation through life and who I am. I, however, think it’s important to remember that it is a man-made system that casts the shadow over right and wrong when it comes to dyslexia. An absurd idea that we all fit into an academic production line. An absurd idea that not doing so is an handicap. Without this absurd angle and favourable point of view, we wouldn’t amplify the mystery of the creative thinker and paint it as special.

21st Apr '14
21st Apr '14

Time is the raw material of creation. Wipe away the magic and myth of creating and all that remains is work: the work of becoming expert through study and practice, the work of finding solutions to problems and problems with those solutions, the work of trial and error, the work of thinking and perfecting, the work of creating.

“No” makes us aloof, boring, impolite, unfriendly, selfish, anti-social, uncaring, lonely and an arsenal of other insults. But “no” is the button that keeps us on.

medium.com/thoughts-on-creat...

21st Apr '14
18th Apr '14

Lately I have noticed that it’s very common that people are using certain words as synonyms when the actual meaning is completely difference. In most cases, this wrongdoing isn’t questioned. It’s accepted. Either the person/people listing is autocorrecting it when they are interpreting what is being said, or, the person/people doesn’t know the difference.

One set of words that I often hear peoples use interchangeably is: design, user experience, interaction design, visual design, graphic design, graphical user interface.

Another: idea, concept, strategy.

Another: simple, good, fast, more, better, easy.

Another: new, innovation, valuable, unique.

So, I’m extremely pleased to have stumbled upon the article ‘Innoveracy: Misunderstanding Innovation‘, where Horace Dediu shares his view on; Novelty, Creation, Invention and Innovation.

18th Apr '14
18th Apr '14

Don’t mistake speed for precocity: the world doesn’t need wrong answers in record time. [...] Look closely at decisions you think are trivial. I guarantee you’ll find better solutions around the corner.

Cennydd Bowles Letter to a Junior Designer is… sort of wonderful.

18th Apr '14
18th Apr '14

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This is Manolo, our lead guide of the Peru trek. He’s the best. Before our hike, he shared a few words with our team, which stuck with me on our 10 day trek along the Andes to Machu Picchu, and still remain in my head now the trek is finished: There is no easy. It’s all uphill or downhill. To succeed in this journey, it’s less about the physical strength, and more in the mindset. If you ask, will I make it? That’s a question lacking in confidence, and we need confidence, and trust. Trust in each other. We go as a team, so we don’t leave anyone behind. And lastly, Mother Nature is alive, so take a moment to speak to the mountains, as they will talk back. Thank you Manolo.

Via @mycookingdiary

It’s all really lovely, but I like the ‘lastly’ bit the best.

18th Apr '14
17th Apr '14

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I constantly find myself “testing” the shift key on iOS 7. Is it on or not?

It’s true, as the article Improving Shift key design on iOS 7 keyboard points out; that they on/off/enabled/disable state has a poor visual cue, as well that the keyboard letters should reflect the currently selected state. But, I have to add salt to the matter and say that I find it extremely annoying that the keyboard automatically enabled the shift key after a sentence. I would know if it’s on or off it it was up to me to turn it on and off.

17th Apr '14
15th Apr '14

There is this illusion that this person is creative and has all this stuff, well the fact is there are literally thousands of ideas involved in putting something like this together. And the notion of ideas as this singular thing is a fundamental flaw. There are so many ideas that what you need is that group behaving creatively.

/Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar

scottberkun.com/2010/inside-...

15th Apr '14
14th Apr '14

the great arrises out of small things that are honoured and cared for.

- Eckhart Tolle

14th Apr '14
14th Apr '14

I think one of the things that really separates us from the high primates is that we’re tool builders. I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. And, humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing, about a third of the way down the list. It was not too proud a showing for the crown of creation. So, that didn’t look so good. But, then somebody at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of locomotion for a man on a bicycle. And, a man on a bicycle, a human on a bicycle, blew the condor away, completely off the top of the charts.

And that’s what a computer is to me. What a computer is to me is it’s the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with, and it’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.

- Steve Jobs

14th Apr '14
13th Apr '14

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Wilson Kipsang won todays London Marathon on the course record time 2:04:26. The 5km between 30-35k he did in 14:33, 35-40 in 14:38 to then set a 2:50/km pace for last 2km. This man… is not a man.

13th Apr '14
12th Apr '14

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At @Ryanair: opt out of insurance by clicking [Don't insure me] located between Denmark and Finland in the drop down.

Via @dosinga

12th Apr '14
11th Apr '14

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Until yesterday, all my shoes (except my running shoes) had four things in common: simple, beautiful, understated and black. What they also had in common was: predictable, boring and anonymous.

Yesterday I came really close to extend this collection, with a pair of dark navy Jack Purcell Converse shoes.

But instead I got myself a pair of Lunar Flyknit Chukka
in Black/Total Orange-Sequoia-Parachute Gold-Volt-Sail.

Besides being absolutely gorgeous: they are by far the most comfortable shoes I have ever own and the laces matches my front door (and fridge).

11th Apr '14
10th Apr '14

We Hate Ourselves For Spending So Much Time On Facebook. So Why Do We Do It?

Users seem to wrongly predict the emotional impact of using Facebook. It seems likely that users are not aware of the mood-decreasing effects.

What’s happening, [...] failure of “affective forecasting” — the ability to predict a future emotional state. [...] psychologists have found that people are terrible at guessing how they’ll feel in the future.

If you like to dig further into the subject, I suggest you read ‘Stumbling on Happiness’ by Daniel Gilbert and/or ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ by Daniel Kahneman.

Our lack of insight and acknowledgement of how our mind works and the inability/handicap that comes with it, is to me also very evident when working with user experience.

10th Apr '14
9th Apr '14

But, all through this time, there has been a niggling problem, one that I’ve talked about at a couple of design conferences this year. When we’re hired by a company to work on their project, just by the nature of the engagement, we’re not as close to the problem as we need to be.

markboulton.co.uk/journal/mb...

9th Apr '14
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The relationship between agency and client is often incredibly difficult and frequently humiliating. Few people have the stamina and perseverance for it.

Khoi Vinh reflecting on the agency-client relationship:

subtraction.com/2014/04/07/a...

8th Apr '14
4th Apr '14

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The story on Hoefler & Frere-Jones is rather sad. Such a shame. Judging by the articles I’ve read, it seems like Freer-Jones (right) was mislead by a manipulative greedy businessman (left). The whole thing just smells… bad. No moral to be found.

pencilscoop.com/2014/03/hoef...

4th Apr '14
2nd Apr '14

Sadly design often happens without a designer

- Mike Monteiro Source: www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?1861

2nd Apr '14
1st Apr '14

London

A lovely little something: a mesh-up of running data and maps: flowingdata.com/2014/02/05/w...

The trend is (not surprisingly): water and parks. I found it somewhat funny that the map showing New York has the NY Marathon route clearly marked.

1st Apr '14
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I just visited Nicholas Megalis Vine profile. I found it extremely entertaining. vine.co/nicholasmegalis

1st Apr '14
28th Mar '14
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As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.

Listen to the demo of Beat It (composed using only Michael Jackson’s voice) here:

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28th Mar '14
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26th Mar '14

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I’m EXTREMELY excited about Wu-Tang Clan initiative to release one album — as in a single-sale collector’s item — and treat it as art; with museums and galleries exhibitions etc. So right. So right. Spot on.

Extract from the exclusive interview on Forbes:

“We’re about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before,” says Robert “RZA” Diggs, the first Wu-Tang member to speak on record about Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, in an exclusive interview with FORBES. “We’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music. We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.”

www.forbes.com/sites/zackoma...

26th Mar '14
26th Mar '14

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Pucker is a project by David Wile and April Maciborka featuring portraits of babies reactions of trying lemon for the first time. inspirationhut.net/inspirati...

26th Mar '14
26th Mar '14

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This is an excellent photo of a man showing how not to utilise the full potential of a baseball cap.

via @chiefbrody1984

26th Mar '14
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26th Mar '14

Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want to get

26th Mar '14
26th Mar '14

After all is said and done, more is said than done.

26th Mar '14
25th Mar '14

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The Michael Johnson Track at Nike Campus

25th Mar '14
25th Mar '14

“…you have to see what you can achieve without braking everybody’s balls unnecessarily…”

/Niki Lauda youtu.be/e_k4VBXrxwo

25th Mar '14
24th Mar '14

The Multipeer Connectivity framework provides support for discovering services provided by nearby iOS devices using infrastructure Wi-Fi networks, peer-to-peer Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth personal area networks and subsequently communicating with those services by sending message-based data, streaming data, and resources (such as files).

It’s called wireless mesh networking. Apple has mainstreamed it in iOS 7. It’s going to change everything. Here’s why: cultofmac.com/271225/appreci...

24th Mar '14
23rd Mar '14

If true, this could possibly explain why most organisations tend to put the majority of their effort into increment improvements, optimisation, low hanging fruit and exploitation.

Philosopher and economist John Stewart Mill made the claim in the 1800s that every great movement or idea must go through three stages: ridicule, discussion, and adoption. This still holds true today.

fastcompany.com/3027464/work...

23rd Mar '14
22nd Mar '14

“We might not be able to fix the economy. But we can design the city to give people dignity, to make them feel rich. The city can make them happier.”

Enrique Peñalosa

www.theguardian.com/society/...

22nd Mar '14
21st Mar '14

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This little video is funny on so many levels. For a change, this time the joke is on Louis C.K.
https://youtube.com/watch?v=l3HYLLruJis

21st Mar '14
20th Mar '14

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this remains one of the best signs I’ve ever seen

Via @AlsBoy

20th Mar '14
18th Mar '14

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How hard could it be to draw a horizontal line on the screen? It seems wrangling a few pixels together to stand in a file would be something computers should be pretty good at anno domini twenty-fourteen.

Marcin Wichary has given underlines a great deal of attention. And for this, I am thankful. medium.com/p/7c03a9274f9

18th Mar '14
18th Mar '14

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From my perspective, the biggest gift from Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive (or Apple) isn’t the wonderful products, it’s showing “the world” the mind of design; that the business practice of focusing on optimisation and exploitation (as well as awful shortcuts as copying/stealing) is a short lived cycle with low traction. Below are two quotes pulled from this article: time.com/jonathan-ive-apple-...

Objects and their manufacture are inseparable. You understand a product if you understand how it’s made,” he says. “I want to know what things are for, how they work, what they can or should be made of, before I even begin to think what they should look like. More and more people do. There is a resurgence of the idea of craft.

We’re surrounded by anonymous, poorly made objects. It’s tempting to think it’s because the people who use them don’t care — just like the people who make them. But what we’ve shown is that people do care. It’s not just about aesthetics. They care about things that are thoughtfully conceived and well made. We make and sell a very, very large number of (hopefully) beautiful, well-made things. our success is a victory for purity, integrity — for giving a damn.

18th Mar '14
18th Mar '14

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If analysing anyones artistic work — be music, film, design — you start to see patterns. Formulas. A safety net. However, that fact that they exist doesn’t mean that they aren’t entertaining to indulge in.

Here is a video highlighting Wes Anderson‘s obsession with symmetry and centring things. Among the comments, was also this little gem on Stanley Kubrick, whom also seem to suffered from… centeroholism.

18th Mar '14
17th Mar '14

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The Mod notebook is a paper notebook that syncs to the cloud. Or, describe with other words: a moleskin notebook that comes with an envelope that can can be used if you want to send it off to be scanned.

modnotebooks.com

www.fastcompany.com/3027749/...

17th Mar '14
17th Mar '14

Designed with care. Developed with attention to every detail. These are the themes you want for your [tumblr] blog.

pixelrevel.com

17th Mar '14
16th Mar '14

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John Maeda: How art, technology and design inform creative leaders www.ted.com/talks/john_maeda...

16th Mar '14
15th Mar '14

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The Helsinki Regional Transport Authority recently began implementing a rather interesting new public transportation solution — a fully personalized bus service where you choose both pick-up and destination points. The service — known as Kutsuplus.

cleantechnica.com/2013/10/22...

15th Mar '14
15th Mar '14

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A grown man is mad at his girlfriend at a restaurant and has made a menu fort.

Via @ahow

15th Mar '14
15th Mar '14

There are three questions you have when you’re hiring a programmer (or anyone, for that matter): Are they smart? Can they get stuff done? Can you work with them? Someone who’s smart but doesn’t get stuff done should be your friend, not your employee. You can talk your problems over with them while they procrastinate on their actual job. Someone who gets stuff done but isn’t smart is inefficient: non-smart people get stuff done by doing it the hard way and working with them is slow and frustrating. Someone you can’t work with, you can’t work with.

www.aaronsw.com/weblog/hiring

15th Mar '14
14th Mar '14

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Humanæ is a chromatic inventory, a project that reflects on the colors beyond the borders of our codes by referencing the PANTONE® color scheme.

On other words: mapping Human skin color to the Pantone Color Matching System.

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14th Mar '14
13th Mar '14

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

? Stephen R. Covey

13th Mar '14
13th Mar '14

Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. [..] You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. [..] In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.

www.thegreatideas.org/aww/TG...

13th Mar '14
11th Mar '14

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Dazzle explores how fashion can be used as camouflage from face-detection technology, the first step in automated face recognition.

cvdazzle.com/

11th Mar '14
9th Mar '14

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Wounded landscape: how Norway is remembering its 2011 Utøya massacre. More info can be found on www.theguardian.com/artandde... and minnesteder.no/en/the-swedis...

9th Mar '14
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