But what if the iPad simply isn’t for the people who are critiquing it? What if the experience the Apple designers have in mind isn’t the one the tech writers and bloggers have been dreaming about for a half-decade? What if you, early-adopter geek fanperson, aren’t actually the target audience?
Humans suffer from a subjective viewpoint. We see the universe with us at the center of it. It’s almost impossible to gauge anything outside of our own desires…when we size up a new gadget such as the iPad we consider first and foremost: “What good is it TO ME?”.
The iPad is attractive to people for whom a laptop is overkill. Many spouses, parents, siblings, and children in our lives do not use computers in the same way we do.
“I think of graffiti a little bit like I think of garden gnomes — I respect the kind of impulse, but I think the result is often very poor. So the impulse to graffiti is about asserting your own individuality, it’s about coloring your neighborhood, it’s about adding life to a place that can seem lifeless, etcetera. But on the whole, most graffiti ends up looking aggressive and frightening to most people. It’s a closed language. It’s not, generally, very welcoming or interesting. But it’s worth thinking about why people do it. Could there be a better version of what people are trying to do with graffiti? It’s a response. People tend to graffiti horrible places. That tells us something”—Bookslut | An Interview with Alain de Botton
“It is in dialogue with pain that many beautiful things acquire their value. Acquaintance with grief turns out to be one of the more unusual prerequisites of architectural appreciation. We might, quite aside from all other requirements, need to be a little sad before buildings can properly touch us….Architecture asks us to imagine that happiness might often have an unostentatious, unheroic character to it, that it might be found in a run of old floorboards or in a wash of morning light over a plaster wall - in undramatic, frangible scenes of beauty that move us because we are aware of the darker backdrop against which they are set. It is perhaps when our lives are at their most problematic that we are likely to be most receptive to beautiful things. Our downhearted moments provide architecture and art with their best openings, for it is at such times that our hunger for their ideal qualities will be at its height.”—Alain de Botton (Architecture of Happiness)
Conan O’Brien managed to say bye-bye to a time slot so very dear to people in the United States yet so alien to us over here in Europe. I remember when a media planner was enthusiastically talking to me about what gets people aroused in different countries….
In other areas, the improvements are questionable at best. Graphical user interfaces are typically full of symbols. Most graphical elements you see on your screen are meant to stand for ideas or concepts. The little house on your desktop isn’t a little house, it’s «home». The eye isn’t an actual eye, it means «look at the selected element». The cog isn’t a cog, it means «click me to see available commands».
I’m starting to notice the colour codings, the braille, the text on the pills themselves, the shapes and sizes of ibuprofen caplets, capsules (and what the differences are) and other medicines. There’s something about documenting day to day life that fascinates me in a way.
“U.S. filmmaker Dan Woolley was shooting a documentary about the impact of poverty in Haiti when the earthquake struck. He could have died, but he ultimately survived with the help of an iPhone first-aid app that taught him to treat his wounds. After being crushed by a pile of rubble, Woolley used his digital SLR to illuminate his surroundings and snap photos of the wreckage in search of a safe place to dwell. He took refuge in an elevator shaft, where he followed instructions from an iPhone first-aid app to fashion a bandage and tourniquet for his leg and to stop the bleeding from his head wound… The app even warned Woolley not to fall asleep if he felt he was going into shock, so he set his cellphone’s alarm clock to go off every 20 minutes. Sixty-five hours later, a French rescue team saved him.”
Mr. Paul Isakson posted an article over on his blog and with a bit of luck I was going to post a comment to the very same article about the impact of mobile on retail;
The one question we keep asking ourselves every day, in coffee shops and in uni is not whether Pepsi is better than Coke, but of course what the advantage of a high street store might still be in this online world.
People become loyal to retailers most generally for one or more of four reasons*:
Down $300 dollars means that people aren’t exactly going back to oldschool gifts and classical toys or the like, just maybe that they’re still buying junk, useful junk or funny junk but in smaller quantities?
I don’t love it, because it’s not new that women and men alike have different ’selves’ that they put on display to the outside world; there have been similar adverts for Lynx in the form of same guy, different hairstyles because there’s not just one man, there’s many waiting to be unleashed by a deodorant. It is clever in a world where prescriptions for contact lenses are becoming a credit crunch luxury..even for the women…
I had something in mind about New Year resolutions, something I haven’t done in the past because I never thought there had to be a special day to promise to do loads of things and because when I set my mind to do something, I usually forget. Spur of the moment works for me, or the ’screw it, let’s do it’ way.
Trauma Film Screenings is a Monday afternoon happening during term time and basically what it did was create selections of films, directors, themes in cinematography and play them…
It’d better be a rupture because it’s rather odd that no one ever thought their bubble was about to burst. Strange to walk into shops that used to be museums and carry on being museums that you can’t seem to touch or get close to. And strange to see everyone hold onto their prices like there was no tomorrow, to feel frustrated at lack of flexibility or willingness to open up to a better way of doing things. For the first time I no longer feel bad when I walk past a…
I don’t like wordpress anymore. Not the free domain at least. I’ve had it for too long and I’ve grown tired of the lack of decent themes (not like the paid for ones on my domain are any better), I dislike the ajax sometimes and I wish I could use blogger or typepad if it weren’t for the word verification that I dislike.
If I’m lucky, this will probably soon point to a domain, rather than a .wordpress.com thing but I’m not sure how to bring all the things I want into one. The usability of…
And my last post was about (almost) a month ago before I left for the holidays, had some time to reflect on what happened in 2009, stuff my face with cake and read books I’ve been meaning to read for a while but never had the time.
I discovered something that I already knew or half suspected but didn’t want to think true because I wanted to be optimistic instead of my usual morose self but a lot of the people I follow on twitter are worse haters than I am. Worse meaning they hate more…
“Turing the famous supposed father of computer science who committed suicide in the early 50’s was british and was accused of being homosexual, which he was. He was facing a jail sentence so he committed suicide to avoid all that. So, I heard one of the legends being that the colored logo was an homage to him. People think I did the colored stripes because of the gay flag. And, that was something really thought for a long time. The other really cool part was that apparently he killed himself with a cyanide laced apple. And, then I found out Alan Turing’s favorite childhood story was Snow White where she falls asleep forever for eating a poisoned apple to be woken up by the handsome prince. Anyway, when I explain the real reason why I did the bite it’s kind of a let down. But I’ll tell you. I designed it with a bite for scale, so people get that it was an apple not a cherry. Also it was kind of iconic about taking a bite out of an apple. Something that everyone can experience. It goes across cultures. If anybody ever had an apple he probably bitten into it and that’s what you get. It was after I designed it, that my creative director told me: “Well you know, there is a computer term called byte”. And I was like: “You’re kidding!” So, it was like perfect, but it was coincidental that it was also a computer term. At the time I had to be told everything about basic computer terms.”—Interview with Rob Janoff, designer of the Apple logo
“Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves, and of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys, they’d just walk around naked at all times.”—~ BETSEY JOHNSON (via gatekeeper) (via justbesplendid)