Own a shape #

Jul 01 2011

Microsoft’s Metro UI owns the square. Apple has a corner on the roundrect, from the Springboard launcher to the iPhone hardware itself. Nokia, despite its late entry with MeeGo’s Harmattan UI, found the squircle unclaimed and ran with it beautifully. Palm has used the circle from the early days of PalmOS, and in WebOS, HP continues the tradition with care (one might even note that both Palm and HP structure their wordmarks around the circle).

Clayton Miller owns the point.

Via Daring Fireball

A Fresh Take on Contexts #

Jul 05 2011

An interesting idea from Sven Fechner. With smartphones, tablets and Internet access nearly everywhere, we are no longer limited as much by our physical location or the tools at our disposal. Most of what we need to do can be done wherever we are.

The decisions we make today in terms of the next action we engage in is determine by time and attention available. Whereby attention is a combination of energy and priority. Priorities are either imposed on us, but more often they are also a choice we make: “What is important to me?”

My “Anywhere” context is growing into a massive beast, but on the other hand using the techniques described in Creating Flow with OmniFocus has helped me rein it in. With a clever use of flags and start dates - a fairly brain dead task to be honest - you can choose what you want to work on on any given day, and then stay focused on that. I can see the use of being able to quickly jump into brain dead mode using Sven’s system on top of that.

Hobolobo #

Jul 05 2011

A brilliant use of parallax by Stevan Živadinović.

This is Not the End of the Book #

Jul 30 2011

Thought provoking stuff from the ‘curated conversation’ between Eco and Carrière.

A more interesting question, posed by de Tonnac, is whether “an unknown masterpiece might still be discovered.” Eco’s response is similar to the comments of the late critic Hugh Kenner. Kenner pointed out that if a copy of the Iliad turned up for the first time today it would arouse an archeological curiosity but little more. Eco agrees. “A masterpiece isn’t a masterpiece until it is well known and has absorbed all the interpretations to which it has given rise, which in turn make it what it is,” he says. “An unknown masterpiece hasn’t had enough readers, or readings, or interpretations.”

Via Language hat