User Experience News

Here’s a collection of user interface news, as aggregated by AllTop. I take no responsibility for the content, but it’s usually very good.

Culturegraphy: the Cultural Influences and References between Movies

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Culturegraphy [culturegraphy.com], developed by "Information Model Maker" Kim Albrecht reveals represent complex relationships of over 100 years of movie references.

Movies are shown as unique nodes, while their influences are depicted as directed edges. The color gradients from blue to red that originate in the1980s denote the era of postmodern cinema, the era in which movies tend to adapt and combine references from other movies.

Although the visualizations look rather minimalistic at first sight, their interactive features are quite sophisticated and the resulting insights are naturally interesting. Therefore, do not miss out the explanatory movie below.

Via @albertocairo .

The Unstealable Bike

An interesting prototype from Yerka Project:

[via LikeCool]

Somebody

Somebody is a messaging app with a difference: After you've typed your message, a stranger will deliver it to the recipient verbally!

The 99-pack

This can't be a good idea >>> Austin Beerworks and Helms Workshop have created the world's first 99-pack of beer:

[via UnderConsideration]

Pew Internet research: 15 theses about the digital future in 2025

future-internet-wordleA canvassing of 2,558 experts and technology builders about where we will stand by the year 2025 finds striking patterns in their predictions, reports the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project. In their responses, these experts foresee an ambient information environment where accessing the Internet will be effortless and most people will tap into it so […]

DSIA Portal of Information Architecture

The DSIA Portal of Information Architecture provides a public body of knowledge that offers educational and technical content to the general public, business stakeholders, information architects, as well as user experience design practitioners whose responsibilities include or must consider the organizational function of information architecture. DSIA portal of Information Architecture

Skyscraper Wallpapers

Once a month starting back in January, the site I Like Architecture has been publishing these beautifully stylized portraits of famous contemporary skyscrapers from around the world, lovingly crafted by French illustrator Romain Trystram. Their exaggerated color palettes and simplified details emphasize the sci-fi, “architecture of the absurd” quality of building trends. Here is a…

Converting your home to LED lights is still a challenging user experience

60_LED_3W_Spot_Light_eq_25WSwitching to LED bulbs in your home is still a bit expensive, but makes a lot of economic sense – as you quickly earn your money back through a MUCH lowered electricity bill. Yet it is quite a challenge for most people. I just successfully replaced 40 halogen and incandescent bulbs of the most varied […]

Fan Ho: A Hong Kong Memoir

The award-winning photographer Fan Ho spent many years capturing the grit, congestion and vibrancy of mid-Twentieth Century Hong Kong. A selection of his photos have been on display at San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 2, though apparently they’ll come down at the end of the month, so there are just a few days left to…

Roger Angell’s Farewell to Derek Jeter

The “poet laureate of baseball,” Roger Angell has been translating the sport’s milestones-just-passed into vivid, crystalline reminiscences for decades. In the latest issue of The New Yorker he bids farewell to the Yankees’ Derek Jeter, who is retiring this fall. Though the iconic shortstop isn’t quite gone yet, the league has spent the better part…