Jared Spool, realizing that advice from an old friend about not being able to stop people from sticking beans up their nose is a rule to live by:
The only thing I can do in a beans-and-noses situation is wait. Wait until the bean is in its final resting place. Then, with a calmness only seen in yoga instructors, I can turn the nose owner and ask, ‘So, how is that working for you? Did it do everything you’d hoped?’
Of course, if they answer they enjoyed it and it was wonderful, then they are not someone I can relate to or help in any way.
However, if sticking a bean deep into their nostril doesn’t meet the very high expectations they’d had, I can now start talking alternative approaches to reaching those expectations.
I am very aware that Coolinate is a dumb name for anything ever. Sadly, my other ideas— Line-shadowify, Manystuffify, and Bloginate — all seemed dumber. There weren’t many options really. Putting some lines under text isn’t an activity that conjures epic war-hero-style action verbs. If you are that smug person who has already come up with better names, you can find a contact link in the site map. Otherwise, quit whining.
I’ve been using this new theme for about a week, and it’s utterly fantastic. (I prefer the Dense version.)
For the record, I’ve been using the gmail.com interface — not through an email client, but the in-browser version — since 2006. I’ve yet to find a more efficient interface for email, including Sparrow. I do, however, use Mailplane, which I’ve stuck with for about a year now. It helps with switching between accounts (easier than the Gmail option in the upper right), gives my mail a place in the dock, and retains the in-browser experience.
Now that’s how you do an engagement site. Designed by none other than Daniel Burka, the brilliance behind Glitch (and groom to be). What the home page lacks in accessibility, the secondary pages delightfully make up for. Nicely done.
They reversed the direction of mouse scrolling! Crazy! But really, they needed to. With Lion, Apple is trying to change the user experience metaphor that has governed OS design since the 80s. It was a symbolic move, but one, to me, that ties together the new interaction paradigm — you interact with the content, not the OS.
Lion — at $29 — seems like an incremental upgrade. But I guarantee that it will prove to be one of Apple’s boldest moves in defining how we interact with computers of the future.
Khoi Vinh, former design director for NYTimes.com:
Unsolicited redesigns are terrific and fun and useful, and I hope designers never stop doing them. But as they do so, I also hope they remember it helps no one — least of all the author of the redesign — to assume the worst about the original source and the people who work hard to maintain and improve it, even though those efforts may seem imperfect from the outside. If you have good ideas and the talent to execute them and argue for them, the world will still sit up and pay attention even if you take care in your language and show respect to those who don’t see things quite the way you do.
Consider this my public apology for so quickly embracing one side of the argument and failing to contemplate the other.
Update: Some of you are suggesting I shouldn’t apologize. Aside from that being a matter of my own choosing, I believe we sell ourselves short if we consider only one side of an argument, especially in matters of design and UX. I’m fortunate to know both Khoi and Andy quite well, and to fail to consider both their opinions — very experienced opinions, at that — would not be fair to them nor to myself.
Helena Bonham Carter with Steve Buscemeyes.
Thanks to so many for the suggestion.
To watch Libyan rebels head to battle is to watch young men calling for freedom step toward a bloody mismatch, often to their deaths. To arm them is to assume other risks. What might foreign supporters of Libya’s uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi do?
(How you answer that question is…
Evan Hill of Al Jazeera wrote of the memorial service last night in Benghazi for Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington. Read it here. It includes this:
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This was the view from near the bridge of the Red Star I as it arrived in Misurata’s port on Wednesday. The port had been shelled the night before, and had fresh signs of rocket and artillery damage, including the smoke rising in the background.
And here are some the migrant laborers from…