On Death and iPods: A Requiem

We had it all wrong! Information doesn’t want to be free, it wants to be a commodity. It wants to be packaged into apps that differ only in terms of interface and pricing models. It wants to be rented. It wants to reveal nothing too personal, because we broadcast it to Facebook and we should probably turn on a private session so our boss doesn’t see that we listen to Anaconda on repeat and think we’re high at work.

On Death and iPods: A Requiem | WIRED.

Marco Arment about the new Kindle Voyage:

The ideal e-ink Kindle would have hardware page-turn buttons and a touch screen, and the Voyage is the first one to promise that, but instead of buttons, they’ve added “pressure-based page turn sensors with haptic feedback.”

You know what else is a pressure-based sensor with haptic feedback? A button.

Buttons are getting rarer and rarer. I miss them.

Texting in Film

Tony Zhou explores the different ways that texting and the internet are displayed in film in this video:

A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.

Casey Johnston wrote about the topic for Ars Technica back in February, and Michele Tepper wrote about the texting in Sherlock back in 2011.

And then, fittingly, the teaser trailer for Men, Women & Children was just released, in which people rely solely on electronic means of communication:

I’m really looking forward to the movie after the trailer.

What’s the design process at GDS?

We don’t make “high fidelity mock ups” or “high fidelity wireframes”. We’re making a Thing, not pictures of a Thing.

One of the problems with high fidelity wireframes is that they’re very easy to send around to stakeholders who respond with comments like “Move this up a bit”, or “Make that more blue”. The problem with that is they’re commenting on the picture of the Thing rather than the Thing itself.