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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.

10th Sep '14

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bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0261bwl is a brilliant 8 minute long video clip where Peter Saville follows the dots from Kazimir Malevich via Dieter Rams to Jonathan Ive. Love it.

10th Sep '14
1st Sep '14

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For the last couple of hours I’ve been watching a couple of presentations by Clay Christensen, the man who coined the term and theory called disruptive innovation.

I found most of his presentations, such as http://youtu.be/rpkoCZ4vBSI and http://youtu.be/Ei57yFEljrI, extremely insightful. As a designer who believing in sustainability: this is invigorating wisdom.

However, it was the talk – where he takes the theories outside the realm of business and goes on to apply them to the lessons of life – that really strikes a chord:

How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clay Christensen at TEDxBoston http://youtu.be/tvos4nORf_Y.

1st Sep '14
31st Aug '14

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Robert Hodgin final talk of Eyeo Festival 2014 is both funny and interesting. Well worth a watch. http://vimeo.com/103537259

The Eyeo Festival is, with their words: ‘assembles an incredible set of creative coders, data designers and artists, and attendees — expect enthralling talks, unique workshops and interactions with open source instigators and super fascinating practitioners.

31st Aug '14
31st Aug '14

Over the last couple of weeks, the “idea” that machines will ‘take all our jobs’ have bubbled up in all kinds of media. This little video http://youtu.be/7Pq-S557XQU aim to fuel that notion.

I did find the above video entertaining, but I just can’t see that the problem lies in jobs or automation. Robots we can regulate. Isn’t the problem about consumption, capitalism, growth and natural resources? We can’t just expect humans to consume in the same pace as machines can produce.

31st Aug '14
31st Aug '14

The line between editorial content and advertising in news media is blurrier and blurrier. That’s not bullshit. It’s repurposed bovine waste.

John Oliver little rant on Native Advertising is sharp and funny: http://youtu.be/E_F5GxCwizc

31st Aug '14
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This video http://youtu.be/NNsI9fihzm8 is very funny. I’m sure most of you can recognise the stereotypes. It’s made by blog.alexcornell.com/why-its... via kottke.org/14/08/making-plan...

31st Aug '14
31st Aug '14

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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.

feltron.com

31st Aug '14
30th Aug '14

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Molai forest is being named after Jadav “Molai” Payeng, Indian environmental activist and forestry worker. The forest was single-handedly planted by Payeng in a timespan of 30 years and encompasses an area of about 1,360 acres / 550 hectares.

Here’s a short documentary about this legend:
http://youtu.be/HkZDSqyE1do

30th Aug '14
30th Aug '14

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.

Via @garwboy

30th Aug '14
30th Aug '14

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.

More on this heroine:
ideo.com/people/claudia-kotchka
vimeo.com/5203345

30th Aug '14
30th Aug '14

When people are afraid to fail, tell them that they’re just making a ‘prototype.’

– Claudia Kotchka

30th Aug '14
29th Aug '14

Apps-as-Architecture

In spring of 2009, I graduated from architecture school [...] I fell in love with the industry and 5 years later, I’m now a Product Designer at Percolate in NYC.

Nice to read about existing concepts but with fresh terms and new metaphors. blog.percolate.com/2014/08/a...

29th Aug '14
26th Aug '14

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A great little write-up on the new Yosemite icons: martiancraft.com/blog/2014/0...

26th Aug '14
25th Aug '14

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That was “Leica Photography.” It wasn’t about sharpness or resolution, or aspherical elements, or creamy bokeh or chromatic aberation or back focus or all the other nonsense we feel necessary to value when we fail to acknowledge the poverty of our vision.

leicaphilia.com/leica-photog...

25th Aug '14
24th Aug '14

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Researchers have developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a flat, clear surface.

www.sciencedaily.com/release...

24th Aug '14
24th Aug '14

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.

– Frank Zappa

24th Aug '14
23rd Aug '14

How could someone’s happiness increase when all the material sources of pleasure and distraction had been removed? At that age, the nature of my own mind did not interest me—only my life did. And I was utterly oblivious to how different life would be if the quality of my mind were to change. [...]

Every relationship is as good or as bad as it is because of the minds involved. If you are perpetually angry, depressed, confused, and unloving, or your attention is elsewhere, it won’t matter how successful you become or who is in your life—you won’t enjoy any of it. [...]

I was no longer anxious, self-critical, guarded by irony, in competition, avoiding embarrassment, ruminating about the past and future, or making any other gesture of thought or attention that separated me from him. I was no longer watching myself through another person’s eyes.

www.samharris.org/blog/item/...

23rd Aug '14
23rd Aug '14

Textbooks are expensive for the same reason enterprise software is bad: purchasing decisions are not made by the users.

@paulg

23rd Aug '14
21st Aug '14

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I created these rail maps of Westeros and The Known World. Hopefully fans will notice some small touches — the closed stations along the Wall Line, for example.

tyznik.com/thrones/

21st Aug '14
20th Aug '14

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the theory that Apple doesn’t have deadlines isn’t just slightly inaccurate, it couldn’t be further from the truth. [...] the company set internal deadlines, it also creates deadlines for deadlines that have their own deadlines [...] But — and this is a big “but” — what makes Apple different is that it is a company that is willing to move those deadlines. If a product in development isn’t ready to be released, the deadline is pushed back. If an idea isn’t perfect, or isn’t considered truly magical and delightful internally, it’s held back, revised, and the product given an entirely new launch date.

www.inc.com/mark-kawano/less...

20th Aug '14
19th Aug '14

When I [Pat Symonds] arrived at Williams, I spent the first period of time just watching. I could feel the panic in this team. They felt that everything would work out fine if they could screw enough new parts onto the car. Which is obviously not the case.

www.jamesallenonf1.com/2014/...

19th Aug '14
19th Aug '14

This is a brilliant review of the film Expendables 3: film.thetalkhouse.com/talks/...

19th Aug '14
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14th Aug '14

The miracles of technology cause us to live in a hectic, clockwork world that does violence to human biology.

– Alan Watts

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31st Jul '14

There are 3 hard things in product design: 1) Figuring out what to do. 2) Deciding how to do it. 3) Doing it. Of those, #3 is the easiest.

@jonasdowney

31st Jul '14
30th Jul '14

Already nostalgic for those sweet, naive, simpler times of screens, keyboards, URLs, websites.

@folkertgorter

30th Jul '14
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20th Jul '14

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Fascinating piece on the economics of Uber and how much it could change the world: abovethecrowd.com/2014/07/11...

20th Jul '14
20th Jul '14

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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.

Until now?

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.

Via @NikeNYC

More on:
engadget.com and psfk.com

20th Jul '14
20th Jul '14

Cool side project idea: spend time with your family and friends after work.

@kyletezak

20th Jul '14
18th Jul '14

Paul Austin, from Made Thought, discusses coming at a design in a singular, simplistic way, and how staying true to this idea – not adding unnecessary complexity – can produce the best results.

http://youtu.be/ZGLRAH_G1Cs

18th Jul '14
16th Jul '14

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I can’t pretend to know what went into designing the Bélo, but the end result is surprisingly tone deaf. This seems like a case of a still young startup that wants to assign meaning to its stratospherically successful brand so badly that it has quickly gotten in over its head. The story that Airbnb tells in order to contextualize its new identity seems similarly hamfisted and overly self-important to the point of satire. Airbnb is successfully disrupting the tremendous and staid lodging industry, but it’s hard to imagine this particular combination of pomposity and message mismanagement from say Holiday Inn.

I generally try to avoid participating in echoing things that… smells of road rage. However, this mini-rant on Airbnb’s new logo I find somewhat funny. www.subtraction.com/2014/07/...

16th Jul '14
9th Jul '14

In their Designing for Wearables presentation at Google I/O 2014 members of Google’s Glass and Android Wear teams walked through lessons learned creating wearable UIs over the past few years. Here are my [Luke Wroblewski] notes from their talk:

www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?1893

9th Jul '14
7th Jul '14

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

via ayjay.tumblr.com/post/908527...

7th Jul '14
4th Jul '14

Smart people have a problem, especially (although not only) when you put them in large groups. That problem is an ability to convincingly rationalize nearly anything.

apenwarr.ca/log/?m=201407

4th Jul '14
4th Jul '14

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.

Watch video:
http://youtu.be/VcG7XtVOCX8

Heres a link to the same video skipped to 2:22:
http://youtu.be/VcG7XtVOCX8?t=2m22s

4th Jul '14
4th Jul '14

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There is a method to making an app. Iterative ceremony. Successive refinement not unlike in other crafts. App making as pottery? Place each button atop your bench wheel, sling your mud, refine the reactions on screen to touch, to sound, refine the movement of text, the size of text, the placement of text, typography macro and micro, to hyphenate or not (and if not, why, dear god, why), consider the images, to full-bleed or not to full-bleed, how to dismiss the images?—?a swipe or a tap or a dreadful [×]. Remove curves. Add curves. Gradients, the gradients. All of this surface and function is iterated about again and again. WUT you say? Yes, Yo, this is how apps are made.

medium.com/message/how-are-a...

4th Jul '14
4th Jul '14

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App creation has become the new art form for our generation. This is the story of the cultural phenomenon that touches all our lives.

www.kickstarter.com/projects...

4th Jul '14
4th Jul '14

Yesterday, the buss drive listened to opera. This morning: the Finish rock band ‘Lordi’. Contrast.

4th Jul '14
1st Jul '14

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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!

twitter.com/Susie_Wolff

www.susiewolff.com

1st Jul '14
25th Jun '14

All of these argue that the problem with social media is that people are trading the rich, physical and real nature of face-to face contact for the digital, virtual and trivial quality of Facebook. The critique stems from the systematic bias to see the digital and physical as separate; often as a zero-sum tradeoff where time and energy spent on one subtracts from the other. This is digital dualism par excellence. And it is a fallacy. [...] None of this is to say that social media and the web should not be critiqued. Indeed, it should be, and I hope to do that work myself. However, critiques of social media should begin with the idea of augmented reality. Is a reality augmented by digitality a good thing?

thesocietypages.org/cyborgol...

25th Jun '14
16th Jun '14

'The mother narrative to all this is carbon-fuelled expansion. Our ideologies are mere subplots.'

To succeed is to destroy ourselves. To fail is to destroy ourselves. That is the bind we have created. Ignore if you must climate change, biodiversity collapse, the depletion of water, soil, minerals, oil; even if all these issues miraculously vanished, the mathematics of compound growth make continuity impossible.

This article paints a scary picture: www.theguardian.com/commenti...

16th Jun '14
14th Jun '14

Exhibition

UID ’14 was all about inspiration and talent on display. Students representing 17 different countries put together two memorable days packed with ideas, visions, fresh concepts and new ways of approaching the design. Participants got a glimpse of the future from 42 highly inspirational degree projects in the study fields of product, interaction and transportation design.

Visit www.uid.umu.se/en/uid-14/the... to explore the UID (short for Umeå Institute of Design) ’14 event: the presentations, exhibition and projects.

14th Jun '14
11th Jun '14

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Monochrome is a modern browser that brings mobile web apps to desktop.

lucianmarin.com/monochrome/

11th Jun '14
7th Jun '14

If a flower had a God it would not be a transcendental flower but a field.

Alan Watts

7th Jun '14
5th Jun '14

It’s Funny Because It’s True. Every case study film for everything that won an award in the last five years…

http://youtu.be/GD3W4x-R6OI

Via sellsellblog.blogspot.se/201...

5th Jun '14
22nd May '14

The No. 1 thing we [Google] look for is general cognitive ability, and it’s not I.Q. It’s learning ability. It’s the ability to process on the fly. It’s the ability to pull together disparate bits of information.

nyti.ms/MOd758

22nd May '14
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