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Zoom This is completely, fantastically, brilliant: The Good Guide tells you all you need to know.

This is completely, fantastically, brilliant: The Good Guide tells you all you need to know.

06.13.12 0
Zoom instrumentbook:

Celebrate Bob Moogs birthday today with  a contact sheet of Bernard Sumner’s Moog that he used to create New Orders Blue Monday.

instrumentbook:

Celebrate Bob Moogs birthday today with  a contact sheet of Bernard Sumner’s Moog that he used to create New Orders Blue Monday.

05.24.12 6
Zoom You don’t know me.
Have just experienced the car crash that is NME.com. Who’s in charge there? Why did they wrap the video player with an Intel ad? If memory serves correctly there was also a Blackberry banner at the top. Yep, there it is.
I rarely notice online ads unless they break through my cognitive defences through sheer affront, and, well case in point. Either the readership of NME has sunk to the level of Intel and Blackberry lovers, which now that I spell it out, I guess could be the reason behind said affront. Or else they are missing the whole relevance &/or not-in-your-face thing for marketing.
The last time an ad caught my attention like this was when Google responded to my bathroom renovation with persistent ads for a squatting toilet. 
In both instances, the ads really made no impression on how I feel about Intel, Blackberry or squatting toilets, but they did make me feel repulsed and sort of sad in a metaphysical way re Google and NME. 

You don’t know me.

Have just experienced the car crash that is NME.com. Who’s in charge there? Why did they wrap the video player with an Intel ad? If memory serves correctly there was also a Blackberry banner at the top. Yep, there it is.

I rarely notice online ads unless they break through my cognitive defences through sheer affront, and, well case in point. Either the readership of NME has sunk to the level of Intel and Blackberry lovers, which now that I spell it out, I guess could be the reason behind said affront. Or else they are missing the whole relevance &/or not-in-your-face thing for marketing.

The last time an ad caught my attention like this was when Google responded to my bathroom renovation with persistent ads for a squatting toilet. 

In both instances, the ads really made no impression on how I feel about Intel, Blackberry or squatting toilets, but they did make me feel repulsed and sort of sad in a metaphysical way re Google and NME. 

05.02.12 0
Zoom Considering the interaction design of the dual flush toilet
Having just survived a bathroom renovation, my mind remains focused on details that might ordinarily escape my attention.
Dual flush flush plates; I’ve long accepted them as a good thing, after all they enable people to consciously save water. But now that I look at them more closely, I wonder: are they not counter intuitive? 
In interaction design we create hierarchies of information, often emphasising the elements that we want people to notice, or the ones we think they are most likely to want. Contrarily the standard flush plates emphasise the big flush option, with the big button dominating the small flush option.
Considering both scenarios, top position in the hierarchy should go to the flush option that we want people to take, as well as the one that most people will need most often, therefore the small flush option should be the more prominent. Toilet engineers, can we change this? 

Considering the interaction design of the dual flush toilet


Having just survived a bathroom renovation, my mind remains focused on details that might ordinarily escape my attention.

Dual flush flush plates; I’ve long accepted them as a good thing, after all they enable people to consciously save water. But now that I look at them more closely, I wonder: are they not counter intuitive? 

In interaction design we create hierarchies of information, often emphasising the elements that we want people to notice, or the ones we think they are most likely to want. Contrarily the standard flush plates emphasise the big flush option, with the big button dominating the small flush option.

Considering both scenarios, top position in the hierarchy should go to the flush option that we want people to take, as well as the one that most people will need most often, therefore the small flush option should be the more prominent. Toilet engineers, can we change this? 

04.30.12 0
Zoom Super Coffee in Market Drayton
My fascination with Mkt Drayton now comes with coffee! Yet another treat in the Potteries, this town is just so gorgeous - full of charity shops, farm fresh produce (on market day), and relatively unspoilt glimpses of a small town English architecture of yore.
Jones’s also sells homemade jams, chutneys and cordials made from the produce of their nearby farm. 
I can’t talk up this town and fail to mention Sherwood Wholefoods and Gill’s Puddings for groceries; the local swimming pool and Freshfields Equestrian Ctr for child friendly fun, and Fordhall Farm for both groceries and child friendly fun…
Market Drayton’s got it all going on.

Super Coffee in Market Drayton

My fascination with Mkt Drayton now comes with coffee! Yet another treat in the Potteries, this town is just so gorgeous - full of charity shops, farm fresh produce (on market day), and relatively unspoilt glimpses of a small town English architecture of yore.

Jones’s also sells homemade jams, chutneys and cordials made from the produce of their nearby farm. 

I can’t talk up this town and fail to mention Sherwood Wholefoods and Gill’s Puddings for groceries; the local swimming pool and Freshfields Equestrian Ctr for child friendly fun, and Fordhall Farm for both groceries and child friendly fun…

Market Drayton’s got it all going on.

02.22.12 1

The Ecocide Mock Trial at the Supreme Court 

Polly Higgins is a barrister who is working to have ‘Ecocide’ become the 5th international crime against peace (joining genocide, crimes against humanity, crimes of agression, and war crimes).

September saw a ‘mock trial’ played out at the Supreme Court of the UK, with charges brought against corporate CEO’s for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the oil extraction from the Tar Sands in Alberta, Canada. 

Above and beyond its role as a media event (streamed live on Sky News), the mock trial served as a learning activity, an event that tested the proposed law in as real a simulated setting as possible: with real barristers and a jury. 

As a designer this event caught my attention not only because of the righteous legal initiative, but because the mock trial is such a fatastic example of iterative design practice. 

I was also amused to see that it raised funds via the social financing service ‘Crowdfunder’. Super.

12.02.11 2
Zoom House Hunting? Try WowHaus
This blog is amazing: up to date listings of ‘interesting’ properties that are on the market right now (kind of anywhere, but lots in UK). Awesomeness upon awesomeness, it features many houses that should be/will be/are already architectural gems, and some that are just beautifully stuck in a previous era, and really should stay there.
Also a super example of both curating online and blogging. Marvellous. 

House Hunting? Try WowHaus

This blog is amazing: up to date listings of ‘interesting’ properties that are on the market right now (kind of anywhere, but lots in UK). Awesomeness upon awesomeness, it features many houses that should be/will be/are already architectural gems, and some that are just beautifully stuck in a previous era, and really should stay there.

Also a super example of both curating online and blogging. Marvellous. 

07.31.11 2
Zoom Spectacular ceramic vessels cast in fabric molds. Alice by Rachel Boxnboim

Well, she’s too cool for school. This is fantastic. Featured on DeZeen.
If you had lived my life (d’oh!), then you’d understand how this feels like a creative love child produced by two of my old friends: Jodi Buonanno and Lucy Pullen, who have never (to my knowledge) met. It gives me the strangest sense of familiarity.

Spectacular ceramic vessels cast in fabric molds. Alice by Rachel Boxnboim

Well, she’s too cool for school. This is fantastic. Featured on DeZeen.

If you had lived my life (d’oh!), then you’d understand how this feels like a creative love child produced by two of my old friends: Jodi Buonanno and Lucy Pullen, who have never (to my knowledge) met. It gives me the strangest sense of familiarity.

07.22.11 0
Zoom Do it yourself String Gardens
Very exciting to find instructions for making something close to the gorgeous hanging plants by Fedor van der Valk at home (I’d be all over his String Gardens but I live in England). This technique uses a clay ball with moss grown on the exterior, whereas Falk seems to use a crocheted net, to contain the soil and roots. A bonsai technique about which I know nothing it does seem doable and the ingredients available. I’ll be having a go soon. 

Do it yourself String Gardens

Very exciting to find instructions for making something close to the gorgeous hanging plants by Fedor van der Valk at home (I’d be all over his String Gardens but I live in England). This technique uses a clay ball with moss grown on the exterior, whereas Falk seems to use a crocheted net, to contain the soil and roots. A bonsai technique about which I know nothing it does seem doable and the ingredients available. I’ll be having a go soon. 

07.07.11 4