Archive for May, 2013

May 21, 2013

Sharing Photos From the New Flickr to WordPress


This is very cool. While browsing the new Flickr, I noticed a share button labeled “Share to WordPress – The Cleverest” so I clicked it. Apparently I had hooked it up to my WordPress installation ages ago and forgot about it. This type of one-click publishing is very cool, and reminds me a bit of Tumblr, which Yahoo also just snatched up. Interesting.

Via Flickr:
on Instagram bit.ly/10digbk

May 14, 2013

Iris Has Free Time

Hot off the presses is the first book by Iris Smyles, Iris Has Free Time.

Of writers, people often says they’re the “voice of a generation” and other platitudes meant to sell books, but in Iris’ case she might be the genuine article. Plus, I know her in real life which makes me pretty cool.

Check out the book – it’s a fantastic read.

May 13, 2013

The Stepkids Cover “Suit & Tie”

File this under “so wonderfully unexpected.”

The thing that makes this quirky jazz rendition of “Suit & Tie” so amazing is that these guys aren’t your run-of-the-mill Holiday Inn trio; they’re The Stepkids, a world-class eclectic trippy R&B trio with fans across the globe (including Radiohead’s Thom Yorke).

Bravo for embracing the genre, and for not taking themselves too seriously.

Kanye West Hitting His Head Ringtone

Apparently Kanye West hit his head while trying to avoid photographers today. So I thought it would be pretty cool if I made a ringtone from it.

Here’s the official Kanye West Hitting His Head Ringtone. Download it and have some fun.

May 9, 2013

Pegatron and the iPhone 5s Speculation

After enlarging the logo of Apple’s manufacturing partner Pegatron, I found a hidden clue about the production of the upcoming iPhone 5s. I’m surprised nobody else found this sooner.

May 8, 2013

The User is Drunk

An interesting way to think about website usability, created by Squareweave.

Basically, if you assume your users are drunk (blurry vision, short attention span, etc…) you can make a UI that gets out of the way and makes your website easier to use.

May 6, 2013

Confusing User Interface Elements

Too many people are trying to make the web more usable so I thought I’d try the opposite. Below are some user interface elements I designed to confuse, badger, and infuriate users. Enjoy.

1: The Chutton
Part checkbox, part button. Ideally this will initially present itself in the “checked” state, regardless of user intent.

2: The Boggle
Functions as a regular checkbox, but activating the slider simply covers up the checkbox and label. Avoid action-oriented labels such as OK or YES, and instead use vague language and/or the past tense.

3: The Notifuckation
Displays the number of notifications alongside an active radio button. Clicking or tapping on the radio button immediately marks all the notifications as “read”.

4: The Search & Destroy
A standard text entry field, but the user must slide the search button to the left to submit the form. As the search button slides, it deletes the characters it touches.

5: The Homer
This UI element has everything; pre-populated tags that are confusingly named, 2 scroll buttons, a search field with a settings icon, and Windows controls that do nothing!

I’ve also made the PSD available for download. Please use irresponsibly.

May 3, 2013

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Bitcoin (But Were Afraid To Ask)

This video series by the Khan Academy is an extremely informative and approachable high-level overview of Bitcoin and all the technologies associated with it. I’m planning to make my way through it this weekend.

Ship Just Got Real

This is one of the most entertaining yet simple video game trailers I’ve ever seen. The game itself (Leviathan Warships) looks pretty interesting too.

Via @markangelillo