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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.

11th Nov '14

It’s not that I’m a luddite and don’t like technology; I’ve just never been interested. When I moved to Los Angeles in 1997, nobody really had cell phones, and I just never went down that path.

Apparently, Christopher Nolan does not have a cell phone or an email account. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ...

11th Nov '14
6th Nov '14

The word “design” makes people think of visual arrangement and appearance. “Topology” is a decent word for the underlying scheme. A “design” in the topological sense is a set of elements connected in a specific way. The style and visual presentation are layered on top. Software systems, below the visual “design”, are topologies of affordances. Networks of buttons, fields and outputs connected by functions.

@rjs

6th Nov '14
4th Nov '14

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As @BenedictEvans puts it:

Google is reworking Mail and Calendar from database displays to task-led interfaces. I wonder how far they’ll take that.

Really interesting and really fun to see. You might wonder what took them so long…

Source:

daringfireball.net/2014/11/g...

More:

www.google.com/landing/calen...

www.gmail.com/app

gmailblog.blogspot.se/2014/1...

gmailblog.blogspot.se/2014/1...

4th Nov '14
20th Oct '14

If you believe that the solution to a particular problem is to increase the amount of something, be aware that it might just happens to be that the thing you want more of, is the actual problem.

20th Oct '14
20th Oct '14

I tried to look at where did the kind of learning we do in schools, where did it come from? […] It came from about 300 years ago, and it came from the last and the biggest of the empires on this planet. The British Empire. […] What they did was amazing. They created a global computer made up of people. It’s still with us today. It’s called the bureaucratic administrative machine. In order to have that machine running, you need lots and lots of people. They made another machine to produce those people: the school. […] They engineered a system that was so robust that it’s still with us today, continuously producing identical people for a machine that no longer exists. […] We take our children, we make them shut their brains down, and then we say, “Perform.” […] We don’t want to be spare parts for a great human computer, do we? So we need to design a future for learning.

Sugata Mitra

on.ted.com/TEDPrize2013

20th Oct '14
17th Oct '14

Self-respect yields honesty, honesty allows directness, directness produces integrity, and integrity suggests grace. I’ve always longed for grace in my day to day—to elegantly jump from obligation to obligation and juggle it all with assurance and skill. […] most grace is surface, and under the skin lives a barely concealed chaos.

[…] Continually attempting to manage too much isn’t the mark of grace, it’s the sign of a dumbass. It’s best to identify and do what you’re required and able, then jettison the rest.

I made a small note: remember your reasons, so your noes mean no and your yeses mean yes. If yes, understand the cost, accept it, and go forth. This is the antidote to the whiplash of modern life, to automatic and unchecked desire, to the anxiety created by spinelessness. A person must know what’s enough, and stand beside the choice.

frankchimero.com/blog/jettis...

17th Oct '14
17th Oct '14

It is the phenomenon sometimes called “alienation from self.” In its advanced stages, we no longer answer the telephone, because someone might want something […] Every encounter demands too much, tears the nerves, drains the will, and the specter of something as small as an unanswered letter arouses such disproportionate guilt that answering it becomes out of the question. […] to free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves—there lies the great, the singular power of self-respect.

– Joan Didion

17th Oct '14
16th Oct '14

The problem with all these micro-phone-checks is that they were never long enough to really process anything mentally. […] It was such a refreshing and strange feeling to just look around and soak in the environment. I noticed a huge amount of detail I would’ve never seen previously.

ryancarson.com/post/99922882...

16th Oct '14
15th Oct '14

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I just checked in online for a flight to California tomorrow on Virgin America, and was pleasantly surprised by how cleverly their boarding pass is designed. […] it acknowledges that these documents almost always get folded up for convenience.

Via www.subtraction.com/2014/10/...

15th Oct '14
15th Oct '14

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This sounds really simplistic but it still shocks me how few people actually practice this. […] it’s this issue of focus.

Graydon Carter (at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit) askes Jonathan Ive about three life lessons learned from Steve Jobs. As so many other times: they are obvious, powerful and simple; yet so very difficult and hard.

http://youtu.be/2oksetv3i90

15th Oct '14
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9th Oct '14

if you aim to create a revolution, you must be willing to part with the existing preconceptions that are holding your competitors back. Only then will you be able to take a meaningful leap forward. That will surely attract some criticism in the beginning, but once the product manages to stand on its own, people will see it for what it really is.

The tech world is largely governed by that rule. It’s what we now call disruption.

www.analogsenses.com/2014/10...

9th Oct '14
9th Oct '14

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I like words a lot. But sometimes a few sketches communicate a point more simply and memorably.

Julie Zhuo sketches illustrating the different between junior and senior designers are funny.

View story at Medium.com

9th Oct '14
9th Oct '14

You know, one of the things that really hurt Apple was after I left John Sculley got a very serious disease. It’s the disease of thinking that a really great idea is 90% of the work. And if you just tell all these other people “here’s this great idea,” then of course they can go off and make it happen.

And the problem with that is that there’s just a tremendous amount of craftsmanship in between a great idea and a great product. And as you evolve that great idea, it changes and grows. It never comes out like it starts because you learn a lot more as you get into the subtleties of it. And you also find there are tremendous tradeoffs that you have to make. There are just certain things you can’t make electrons do. There are certain things you can’t make plastic do. Or glass do. Or factories do. Or robots do.

Designing a product is keeping five thousand things in your brain and fitting them all together in new and different ways to get what you want. And every day you discover something new that is a new problem or a new opportunity to fit these things together a little differently.

And it’s that process that is the magic.

And so we had a lot of great ideas when we started [the Mac]. But what I’ve always felt that a team of people doing something they really believe in is like is like when I was a young kid there was a widowed man that lived up the street. He was in his eighties. He was a little scary looking. And I got to know him a little bit. I think he may have paid me to mow his lawn or something.

And one day he said to me, “come on into my garage I want to show you something.” And he pulled out this dusty old rock tumbler. It was a motor and a coffee can and a little band between them. And he said, “come on with me.” We went out into the back and we got just some rocks. Some regular old ugly rocks. And we put them in the can with a little bit of liquid and little bit of grit powder, and we closed the can up and he turned this motor on and he said, “come back tomorrow.”
And this can was making a racket as the stones went around.

And I came back the next day, and we opened the can. And we took out these amazingly beautiful polished rocks. The same common stones that had gone in, through rubbing against each other like this (clapping his hands), creating a little bit of friction, creating a little bit of noise, had come out these beautiful polished rocks.

That’s always been in my mind my metaphor for a team working really hard on something they’re passionate about. It’s that through the team, through that group of incredibly talented people bumping up against each other, having arguments, having fights sometimes, making some noise, and working together they polish each other and they polish the ideas, and what comes out are these really beautiful stones.

Steve Jobs

9th Oct '14
9th Oct '14

You don’t get to decide the truth. Other people have their own experiences, just as valid. This is easy to forget. Your slice of life seems so large and unmistakeable, like a mirage of wholeness from where you stand. But it is your job to know better and not confuse your small piece for the whole, even if you sometimes forget. Life is big—much bigger than just yours.

Frank Chimero

9th Oct '14
9th Oct '14

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This solo acoustic performance by Dave Grohl of the songs ‘Walk’ and ‘The Pretender’ is… inspiring. Not many artists can pull this much energy and intensity into an acoustic performance.
http://youtu.be/TPd7Pd-jiO4

9th Oct '14
8th Oct '14

Great stories happen to those who can tell them

– Ira Glass

8th Oct '14
2nd Oct '14

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I think that for a project or an adventure to be a real adventure it has to have some amount of uncertainty. If I know I will succeed from the start, it will be a mechanical venture. […] When you leave what you know, you are widening the reality you live in and thus widening your own consciousness. If we feel safe everyday, we aren’t really living; we’re only repeating what we know. Living, for me, is expanding ones own reality as far as possible.

– Andreas Frannson
via www.tetongravity.com/story/s...

2nd Oct '14
24th Sep '14

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The Shape of Design is a beautiful and insightful book written by Frank Chimero. Instead of talking about typography, grids, or logos, it focuses on storytelling, co-dependency, and craft. Not only is it a must read: the digital version is available for free on read.shapeofdesignbook.com.

24th Sep '14
24th Sep '14

A book with proper margins says, We respect you, Dear Reader, and also you, Dear Author, and you, too, Dear Book.

View story at Medium.com

24th Sep '14
24th Sep '14

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Back in februari 2013, I posted a note stating that the work of Simon Massey di Vallazza spoke to me. Eventually i ordered a painting from Simon. I’m super pleased with it.

24th Sep '14
18th Sep '14

When in doubt: do (and start anywhere).

18th Sep '14
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In Japanese culture, there is a word for this: chindogu. The literal translation is “weird tool,” but the concept is about utility, or lack thereof. Kenji Kawakami coined the term as a way to point out objects that are invented under the premise of solving a problem, but which, in practice, only generate more problems, rendering them devoid of utility. Kawakami humorously calls them “unuseless,” which is to say, they have a function, it’s just not one that helps us (and it may be one that harms us).

When creating and refining digital services; chindogu is a daily challenge. A method I found that can help to prevent this is to keep asking the question: yeah, but why?

The quote is pulled from the article ‘Yes We Can. But Should We?':

View story at Medium.com

18th Sep '14
18th Sep '14

We believe it’s critical for our users to know about when and how governments ask us for their information. That’s why we’ve released information about the number of requests we receive for user information and how we respond to them on an annual basis since 2012.

Dropbox is raising the stakes and setting a new standard:

www.dropbox.com/transparency

18th Sep '14
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16th Sep '14

Q: Pretend that you’re trapped in a magical room with only two exits. Through the first exit is a room made from a giant magnifying glass, and the blazing hot sun will fry you to death. Through the second door is a room with a fire-breathing dragon. Which do you go through?

A: The first door, of course. Simply wait until the sun goes down.

The above riddle/puzzle is grabbed from the article ‘How to Apply Lateral Thinking to Your Creative Work’ found here:

99u.com/articles/31987/how-t...

From my persecutive, the thinking processes used when “doing” lateral thinking, is more powerful when applied to life and life decisions in general, and not merely while doing creative work. In life, and how we “should” live it, we carry many many assumptions.

16th Sep '14
12th Sep '14

Few days ago, Apple introduced iPhone 6 Plus. The new iPhone substantially changes the way graphics are rendered on screen. We’ve made an infographic to demystify this.

paintcodeapp.com/news/iphone...

12th Sep '14
12th Sep '14

Empathy is more than a matter of trying to imagine what others are going through… Empathy is having the will to muster enought courage to do something about it.

@CornelWest

12th Sep '14
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
5th Sep '14

There’s a peculiar property of much criminality in the real world: You notice. A burgled home is missing things, an assaulted body hurts. These crimes still occur, but we can start responding to them immediately. If there’s one thing to take away from this compromise, it’s that when it comes to information theft you might find out quickly, or you may never find out at all.

dankaminsky.com/2014/09/03/n...

5th 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

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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
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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
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