Josh Clark: iPad Design Tips 

Luke Wroblewski takes notes from Clark’s talk at Design for Mobile in Chicago. Very interesting remarks on the use of the machine and platform. I love the terms associated to common problems, e.g. “Greedy Pixel Syndrome”, “Popover Pox” or “iPad Elbow”. This is key:

The resting heart rate of an iPad user is low. Mobile phone users are on the go, distracted, and in hectic environments. The iPad is more likely to be used on the couch, in the bedroom or the kitchen. Picking up the device actually encourages people to go and sit on the couch to use it. The iPad is more about thinking (planning and consuming) than working.


Visulation animée d’utilisation des bixi sur une carte de Montréal. Je devine que la grosseur des cercles varient selon la quantité d’activité (entrées/sorties) à l’heure indiquée? Mais le plus beau de tout ça: c’est fait uniquement en html5. Une création flash free du lab Phéromone.

If We Don't, Remember Me: Cinematic Gifs 

Subtle is beautiful. Y’a quelqu’un qui connait comment on peut faire ce genre d’images? Le meilleur procédé pour ce faire?

Muji Book 

Oooh, after apps, Muji has now a book, with texts by none other than the godfathers of super normal design: Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa.

Muji’s founding principle was to develop new and simple products at reasonable prices by making the best use of materials while minimizing their impact on the environment.

I’m also interested in what Kenya Hara, the art director for Muji, has to say about it all, especially in a brand where minimalism is key. A few images from the book here, but alas no spreads. However, it’s already up for grabs on Amazon.

Breakfast of champions 

Photographer Jonathan de Villiers captures the pre-marathon meals of five sports stars. And I love the intensity of these pictures. It reminds me of the calorie intake of my swimming years: “never enough” was the motto. Always eating, always hungry, breakfast twice and double that portion for supper.

Consider the Lobster 

The original complete Foster Wallace article, as it appeared in Gourmet Magazine in 2004. If you've never read anything by the man, start with this. It's long and funny, with footnotes and all and very scientific at times. Also, if you're into eating lobster (who isn't?), read it too. Many myths around the marine crustacean (aquatic arthropod!) are bunked throughout. And yes they do feel it when you're boiling them alive.

Khoi Vihn: My iPad Magazine Stand 

Khoi Vihn, who until recently was the design director of the NYTimes website:
My opinion about iPad-based magazines is that they run counter to how people use tablets today and, unless something changes, will remain at odds with the way people will use tablets as the medium matures. They’re bloated, user-unfriendly and map to a tired pattern of mass media brands trying vainly to establish beachheads on new platforms without really understanding the platforms at all.
Social media, if it’s not already obvious to everyone, is going to continue to change everything — including publishing. And it’s a no-brainer to me that content consumption is going to be intimately if not inextricably linked with your social graph. Combine Flipboard or whatever comes along and improves upon it with the real innovation in recommendation technology that we’ll almost undoubtedly see in the next few years, and I can’t see how the 20th Century concept of a magazine can survive, even if it does look great on a tablet.
My feelings too. The Wired and New Yorker app, though pretty, still think like a paper magazine, something you read from back to cover once. A real jump to digital would necessitate a deeper understanding and embrace of the platform (something we're all thriving to overcome), and undoubtedly a genuine change in the aggregation of content. Maybe it's not—gasp!—monthly.