“It boils down to control. I’ve written several times that I believe Apple controls the entire source code to iPhone OS. (No one has disputed that.) There’s no bug Apple can’t try to fix on their own. No performance problem they can’t try to tackle. No one they need to wait for. That’s just not true for Mac OS X, where a component like Flash Player is controlled by Adobe. I know there are some people who see Apple taking a stand against Flash and worry that Apple may someday take a stand against the web itself.”
Not that I am recommending XPress, I am not, but free is free.
Ok, I don’t know how to post it here but, if you are on Quarks education mailing list you should look out for an email where you can get a free copy of XPress 8. You have to sign up for their e-store, then confirm it via email they send to your academic address. Then you add an education copy to your basket. At one point in the check out, you enter a discount code which makes it $0. On that final page are serial numbers and codes. Print and save this page! Then you download the 60 day trial version, install it and enter all the codes and stuff to make it a full copy.
Groovy London photographer Duffy burned many of his negatives in the 1970s. Now his son resurrects the legend which was the inspiration for the photographer played by David Hemmings in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up.
“You can’t use a MacBook on your lap for long without needing heat protection. The iPad just has to be more comfortable, portable and perfectly useful on your lap, in your hand, on the coffee table, sitting on a shelf, relaxing on the sofa, or even lying in bed. Thinking about its use, I note that there are many more games consoles and DVD players in the world than there are laptop computers, suggesting that mainstream media consumption is entertainment-oriented, and for most people becomes most usable in singular ways rather than in complex, work-like, mutli-tasking environments.”
“Nicholas de Monchaux, an assistant professor of architecture and urban design at the University of California, Berkeley, has been thinking about all this a lot. Last year, he and his students developed a project called Local Code, which takes as its focus unused pavement space in major urban areas. Though most of us barely notice or give any thought to this seemingly useless space, finding pragmatic ways to use it can have a beneficial impact on the social, economic and environmental health of a region.”
This is great. I have always wondered why we have so much dead space like this. Bad design and planning!
Phil Patton talks about the arrow. A topic I have been interested in for decades.
“The arrow as symbol must have begun in extreme literalness. As a graphic element, it shows up in a few 18th-century diagrams, historians tell us, but with little detail. But its use must go back to when some putative primitive ancestor of ours decided draw an arrow on the ground directing his fellow hominids toward prey or cave. Surely there is no sign more basic except perhaps the image of the hand with pointing finger.”
Fascinating TED talk on printed medical test devices the size of postage stamps. Remember the wax printers Xerox makes? The tests are templates which the doctor prints on paper. Many test can be done cheaply. More to it like using a camera phone to transmit more complex test results to a lab. Check it out.
This has been floating around. The touch screen is much more appealing and more usable to older people with less computing experience, young children, and probably other adults left out of computing for various reasons.
“In order to design a curriculum that teaches what truly matters, educators should remember a basic precept of modern developmental science: developmental precursors don’t always resemble the skill to which they are leading.”
“Among the trends I’d like to see disappear in this new decade, right up there with urban taxidermy and use of the term “foodie,” is the mania among design professionals for obscenely fat monographs. You’re accustomed to the formula by now: a jacketless brick of a book, gnomic text minimally deployed, full bleed images run page after page after page.” says Mark Lamster on Design Observer