For the last nine year Nicholas Felton has releases an personal annual report covering all sorts of activity and data. This years report (2013) examines, to quote: a year of Nicholas Felton’s communication data. It aspires to uncover patterns and insights within the data and metadata of a large and personal data set. Sources include conversations, SMS, telephone calls, email, Facebook messages and physical mail.
I find this topic (and numbers) very interesting.
The last couple of years I have personally taken proactive actions to “retreat” somewhat from social media, networking and all the constant updating and catching up with events of others. Addicts of communication. It has become a somewhat sprititual journey. Anyway, looking at this report – and the sheer mass of data – I can’t stop to think “this is insane”. And by that I don’t mean Nicholas in particular (and definitely not his work, just simply what his report implies.
Last night my mate asked to use a USB port to charge his cigarette, but I was using it to charge my book.
The future is stupid.
I just stumbled over this really interesting article on Claudia Kotchka: www.fastcompany.com/53060/in...
To me, it illustrates what design is and can be to businesses. It’s also really nice to read about some other real-world-examples on what design can do, and be, besides Apple.
When people are afraid to fail, tell them that they’re just making a ‘prototype.’
– Claudia Kotchka
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.
– Frank Zappa
Textbooks are expensive for the same reason enterprise software is bad: purchasing decisions are not made by the users.
The miracles of technology cause us to live in a hectic, clockwork world that does violence to human biology.
– Alan Watts
Already nostalgic for those sweet, naive, simpler times of screens, keyboards, URLs, websites.
I have always felt that Nike’s NikeFuel system — using their words: “a single universal way to measure all kinds of activities” — is broken. It’s a game without a win. Without real rewards. Without losses. A loyalty program without design.
In New York City, Nike put up a secret vending machine that only accepts NikeFuel points as payments. The catch? You can only exchange for your daily, not total, FuelBand points.
I have over 2 million fuel points, and with my current level of exercise, they are also piling up pretty fast. Rarely does 2 million of something feels like nothing…
If this attempt to “own” a currency-system of exercise doesn’t start to apply some sort of reward or gain, I think the system will fade without a single winner or loser. Time to raise the stakes.
Cool side project idea: spend time with your family and friends after work.
We are right to be rational and to try to increase our production and so keep manufacturing costs down. But we are also right to cherish those very imperfections we are endeavouring to eliminate. Social life consists in destroying that which gives it its savour.
— Claude Lev-Strauss
Google has a new metaphor for how design works across all of its properties. It’s called Material Design. It’s a very impressive undertaking and it’s beautifully executed. You can read through the guideline on google.com/design/. It’s an attempt to add depth to pixels, but also make sense of them.
The Verge has a video on the ideas behind Material Design.
2:22 into the video (up until 3:08) Matías Duarte, Google’s Vice President of design, touch upon something really strong. On how we are trying to make sense of it all.
If I had gotten a penny for every minute I’ve been in a meeting or workshop discussing this I would be millionaire. It’s endless. It’s almost as if my generation biggest challenge (and purpose) is to prototype what digital is and how we should relate to something that doesn’t obey to any physical rules or boundaries, such as gravity or material. Come up with constrains.
Heres a link to the same video skipped to 2:22:
Yesterday, the buss drive listened to opera. This morning: the Finish rock band ‘Lordi’. Contrast.
It’s embarrassing that this is so rare that it by default turns into a big moment; this F1 weekend williamsf1.com will have their Development Driver, Susie Wolff, drive practice 1. That will make her the all time 6th female to take part in the F1 circus. Best of luck to Susie!
If a flower had a God it would not be a transcendental flower but a field.