Designing the ultimate utility bike Inspiration comes in many forms. Just ask the team of designers at Ziba design consultancy in Portland, Ore., and bike builders at nearby Signal Cycles, who are working together to create the ultimate utility ride. The group of five took a Franken-bike out for a spin this spring. It was a standard hybrid bike, the kind you see commuters pedaling to and from work everyday, with the notable exception of a sidecar, just off the right side of the rear wheel and just big enough to fit two bags of groceries. The sidecar had no gloss, no fit or finish. Usability Testing Is Qualitative Only If You Can’t Count By Jon Innes Published: February 21, 2011 “Too many VP- and C-level folks still have no idea how to measure the value of usability or UX design initiatives.”
Google rolls out a new design for its campus bike When it came time to redesign the colorful bikes scattered about Google's massive Mountain View, Calif., campus, the company knew exactly who to turn to for next generation of its GBikes: Googlers themselves. Last fall, the company launched a competition among employees to replace the 2-year-old fleet of bikes available to workers at the Googleplex to pedal from one building to another. The idea was to come up with a user-friendly, low-maintenance bike. "We've got an entrepreneurial and innovative culture," said Brendon Harrington, Google's transportation operations manager. "We said, 'You tell us what you think is a cool design.'" The company listed four design criteria.
Personas We continue our conversation with Alan Cooper at Sue and Alan’s warm and welcoming ranch in Petaluma, CA, which, in addition to themselves, is home to sheep and chickens, a cat named Monkey, and a farmer who works the land. Part 2 brings us up to present-day, and discussions around the applications and fundamentals of Goal-Directed Design that support its success at Cooper and beyond. From Theory to Practice Hype cycle for development ideas: 2014 edition The “hype cycle” is a wonderful conceptual framework for understanding how technologies move from initial invention to widespread application. The basic path is simple: whenever a new technology comes along, it usually gets hyped to the point of inflating expectations about how much it will revolutionize your life, then reality will sink in and we’ll all be disillusioned by the unfulfilled promises, after which it finally rises to a level of productivity. Visually, it looks like this:
Electric Rickshaw by Jacob Mazor Party in the Front, Business in the Back Chances are you’ve never seen a rickshaw like this! Normally, they are pulled by a human runner or a seated cyclist and are most common in large metropolitan areas from London to Beijing. The Twitter data extraction begins! « Laurens goes semantic… Today I started with the implementation of the extraction package. The package contains two models: one for the user’s profile and one for the user’s tweets. They then will be annotated in the “Annotator” module and converted into a list of simple triples in the “Triplifier” module.
Holacracy Distributed Authority Holacracy is a distributed authority system – a set of “rules of the game” that bake empowerment into the core of the organization. Unlike conventional top-down or progressive bottom-up approaches, it integrates the benefits of both without relying on parental heroic leaders. Strata Conference 2011, Day 2 Keynotes Day 2, and after yesterday’s tutorials the conference is really getting going. Here’s a stream of consciousness from the morning’s keynotes at this sold-out event. “In the same way that the industrial revolution changed what it meant to be human, the data revolution is changing what it means to be alive.” The first of this morning’s keynotes; Hilary Mason from link shortener bit.ly. Data and the people who work with data; “The state of the data union is strong.” Data scientists have an identity – a place to rally around – with Strata.
50 Photoshop Tricks for a Fast-Paced Work Environment Are you a designer on a deadline? If you are, then I’m sure you can recall the last time you thought to yourself, “if I had a little more time, I could…” what? Polish that button? Find a better hero image?
Episode 2 of The Semantic Link podcast discusses Drupal and more Episode 2 of our new Semantic Link podcast went up on SemanticWeb.com this evening, and it’s another good one. Not that I’m biased or anything. The whole team is present once more, and we start the show discussing the implications of Drupal 7 and its newly formalised RDFa-publishing capabilities. Unlike regular semantic technology solutions, which someone has to consciously procure as a Semantic Technology solution, Drupal is first and foremost a (popular, free) Content Management System; the semantic smarts come for free, and therefore reach a massive new audience. From there, we move into a broader discussion of the ways in which semantic projects take root within organisations.
A Road Worth Traveling: The Connected Car Is An Innovation Catalyst Don’t worry about the size of your engine; the value of your car will soon lie in the power of its software. Some of the world’s most innovative companies are working on ways to make your car as intelligent as the phone in your pocket (or smarter). The movement – known as the Connected Car – has gained huge traction over the past couple of years, resulting in an entirely new ecosystem of players. Big money is flowing in, communities are popping up, and new corporate bedfellows have emerged. While it is still unclear as to where the industry will go or what hurdles it will have to overcome, the prize for innovation has made the journey worthwhile for both corporations and startups alike. The connected car revolution is real, big, and here to stay.