It’s not on his list of recommendations, but his recent review of War Made New is also worth reading.]]>
As always, credit where it’s due. Adam came in halfway through this project to help with the design and brought all kinds of new life to it. Some designers like to do the solo deal, but I love collaborating, and Adam’s great. Darren is my cubemate and gave tons of feedback. The chat interface we eventually settled on is the result of a brainstorm we had on the shuttle home one evening. And the engineers all did amazing work to make this work as well as it does, and with good humor throughout.
There are plenty of fixes and additions we’ll be making, but I’m pleased with what we launched. Hope you are too.]]>
It’s a little sad though, seeing the lists. Like all CMU Design grad students, I took the seminar. The list looks like a network without the nodes. Much of the value I got from the classes was from the frameworks he taught, and the connections between Dewey, Goffman, Weiner, Ekuan, Burke, Rand, Simon, etc are missing. It’s still valuable to have the list, but it’s a bummer that Buchanan hasn’t sat down to write it out all out….]]>
Google Talk is far from perfect, but it’s a start, and we chose to start with simplicity. Big plans are in the works, but for now I’m enjoying it for what it is. Hope you do too.
More details on the product from Joe Beda and David Bau, two of the many rockstar engineers on this project. If you use a Mac (yes, we’re working on it), definitely try it out on Adium or iChat for now.]]>
I was in a meeting with both of them. Me, them, and just a couple others. I was talking to one and had to refer to the other, who’d already left. “He” or “him” would no longer work. I said, “yeah, Larry had mentioned that earlier”, held my breath, the gods of luck smiled, and conversation continued as usual.
Next time I’m bringing a cheat sheet…]]>
Burritoeater.com aims to be the Web’s most complete source of information on San Francisco taquerias – where they’re located, what they look like, if they’re open late, whether they serve breakfast, what the SF Department of Public Health says about them, which ones double as cell phone retailers, etc. etc. And while we realize that food may be one of the most objectively regarded things in life, we’re not shy about offering our opinion on any given burrito shop in town.
I tend toward El Farolito for burritos (mostly because it’s nearby), Can Cun for quesadillas, and Toyanense for tacos.]]>
Random request: if you know any good typography classes in the Bay Area, drop me a note. I’m more interested in the page layout side of things than actual construction of typefaces, but I’ve looked and haven’t seen anything with much promise.]]>
Between the people I met at IBM Research, grad school, conferences, and then all the papers read, I recognized most of the names on the list. There are times I miss the chummy, heady world of academia: when a good design gets thoughtlessly overruled in a design review, when there’s no time to really think about a design problem, when the folder of articles I’d like to read becomes a dumping ground.
That said, I love making products that people actually use. As much as I enjoyed school, it’s just practice for the real thing. Furthermore, and sadly, the seepthrough from the knowledge produced in the academic world at conferences, symposia, etc. into the world of digital product design is pretty insignificant. Few academics really speak the language of design, and, thrilling as I found a lot of that to be now, I generally find myself more inspired by elegant design solutions (even if from completely different domains) and conversation with other designers.
This post isn’t meant to end on a sad or bitter note. Academia’s a great place, and school was a home for a while, and people often have conflicted and complex feelings about formative places. I read The Corrections when I was back in Iowa a couple weeks ago. Same idea.]]>