Choosenick. Notes and observations on service design, as well as other interesting things/thinking. By Nick Marsh.

Archive of June 2007

Designing Calm Technology

Great, and very old (1995!) article on ‘calm’ technology. A fascinating idea, and something that my friend Nadine often works on in her day job at the Interaction Research Centre at Goldsmiths university. I also really like the HTML.

Designing Calm Technology


June 30th, 2007 / Trackback / Comments

4533295_500.jpg Everyday I walk to work (when I’m not riding) I have to pass through the inhospitable “More London” square. They relentlessly scrape between the paving to prevent any unwanted life from emerging, but today I noticed these cheeky guys had gained a foothold below a digger. C’mon! You can do it!
June 29th, 2007 / Trackback / Comments

Frameworks, affordances and services

“What exactly is a framework? And are they only useful to programmers, or can we web designers benefit from the concept, as well?”

Interesting article on alistapart on CSS frameworks for designers. Programmers have always used frameworks, because so much of their work is routinised - Some designers (such as web designers) now produce very routinsed work too, so it makes sense to build libraries (or frameworks) of the basic parts of a webpage for example.

Product designers, and other more practically minded folk, use component parts too - these are often called ‘affordances.’ Two interesting things here:

1. What are some great service affordances?

2. What compnents of a service fit into a framework for reuse?

I suspect I’ll be returning to this topic. 

June 28th, 2007 / Trackback / Comments

4468993_500.jpg We found lots of little people living our studio when we moved in, and we tolerated them becuase they were so cute. However, they’ve recently started building organic Hadid style bridges between our computers, so we’ll have to get in the rat poison, as its started to affect productivity.
June 28th, 2007 / Trackback / Comments

As the ball player Dizzy Dean once said, “It ain’t bragging if you done it.”
June 27th, 2007 / Trackback / Comments

Great article in Business Week on ethnography and innovation

“Companies have been harnessing the social sciences, including ethnography, since the 1930s. Back then executives were mostly interested in figuring out how to make their employees more productive. But since the 1960s, when management gurus crowned the consumer king, companies have been tapping ethnographers to get a better handle on their customers. Now, as more and more businesses re-orient themselves to serve the consumer, ethnography has entered prime time.


June 26th, 2007 / Trackback / Comments

Marc Andreessen on hiring the best

Really great (and long!) piece on what it takes to build a great team. A great candidate needs three things: Drive, Curiosity, Ethics. They need to be Churchillian: 

“We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

Marc’s rhetoric isn’t quite as inspirational, but nonetheless worth a look!


June 26th, 2007 / Trackback / Comments

Big brother is setting up shop in your fridge

No doubt this service has good itentions, but its a little  extreme - Not to mention extremely onerous on the user. I like the concept, but surely that’s what it should have remained! 

“Ikan is a special bar code scanner you can use to keep your grocery shopping list up to date. As you use items, simply scan them before you trash them to keep a running tally of what you’ve used. It also has a voice recorder you can use to add non-coded items like apples and oranges. Your list is saved to the internet, where you can review and print out your list or ship it off to an online grocery store to complete your order. Because the list is on the net, you can even review it on the go from a mobile browser.”

From Techcrunch

June 26th, 2007 / Trackback / Comments

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