Using Water as a Medicine : Drinking Water On Empty Stomach A current trend in Japan today is drinking water immediately after getting out of bed. Scientific tests have confirmed the medical value of this practice. This water treatment has been confirmed by Japanese medical authorities to completely cure certain diseases, whether they are more serious or simply mild afflictions. A list of these diseases follows. Rethinking Design Thinking Posted by Don Norman | 19 Mar 2013 | Comments (15) OK, I take it back. Well, some of it anyway.
5 things digital marketers should know about user experience inShare9 The changing shape of the digital world as we know it is going to make an understanding of user experience even more imperative. User experience is becoming an increasingly popular feature of the digital landscape. But as digital marketers, we don’t always have a clear view of what it is, and how it impacts our work.
5 Must-Have Tools for a Killer Presentation A presentation is one of the best ways to convey ideas, especially for visual learners and thinkers. While many of us grew up creating class presentations with Microsoft heavyweight PowerPoint, sometimes you want to illustrate your ideas with a little more flair. Below, we present to you five sweet digital alternatives to PowerPoint for when you need more than just static words on a screen. From cloud-based apps to websites that reinvent the slideshow, you'll find something to wow everyone from small classrooms to packed auditoriums. Are there any additional presentation tools that you'd recommend? Events about open hardware and open digital fabrication, here and there If you know of an event feed you think belongs in this calendar, paste its iCalendar (.ics) feed’s URL below. If approved, its events will be added to this calendar. Get Your Own Calendar If you already have your own WordPress website, it’s easy to install your own All-in-One Event Calendar from Timely:
Belgian scholar: ‘No more wars for Israel’ Last month, Professor Jean Bricmont (University of Louvain in Belgium) authored an article, titled ‘The People Against the 800 Pound Gorilla’ claiming that Israel is pushing Washington to attack Syria. “An American friend who knows Washington well told us recently that ‘everybody’ there knows that, as far as the drive to war with Syria is concerned, it’s Israel that directs US policy. Why then, we replied, don’t opponents of war say it loud, since, if the American public knew that, support for the war would collapse. Of course, we knew the answer to that question. They’re affraid to say all they know, because if you blame the pro-Israel lobby, you are branded an antisemite in the media and your career is destroyed,” wrote Jean Bricmont and Diana Johnstone.
design studies forum › Rethinking Design Thinking: Part I This article originally appeared in Design and Culture, Volume 3, Number 3, November 2011 Abstract The term design thinking has gained considerable attention over the past decade in a wide range of organizations and contexts beyond the traditional preoccupations of designers. The main idea is that the ways professional designers problem solve is of value to firms trying to innovate and to societies trying to make change happen. This paper reviews the origins of the term design thinking in research on designers and its adoption by management educators and consultancies within a dynamic, global mediatized economy. Three main accounts are identified: design thinking as a cognitive style, as a general theory of design, and as a resource for organizations.
The Three Types of Formal Methods of Human Computer Interaction "Formal methods" sounds kind of scary but it in reality it’s a way of saying; “the system with which we record ideas/information/etc.” and that’s rather less scary. In Human Computer Interaction (HCI) there are a multitude of formal methods, in use, to record ideas and other types of information. Today, we’ll take a look at the three main types of formal method and then we may look at the methods themselves in more detail in another article at a later date.
lapse: Landsat Satellite Images of Climate Change, via Google Earth Engine TIME and Space | By Jeffrey Kluger Spacecraft and telescopes are not built by people interested in what’s going on at home. Rockets fly in one direction: up. Telescopes point in one direction: out. Laying down a discerning membrane One of the thinnest membranes ever made is also highly discriminating when it comes to the molecules going through it. Engineers at the University of South Carolina have constructed a graphene oxide membrane less than 2 nanometers thick with high permeation selectivity between hydrogen and carbon dioxide gas molecules. The selectivity is based on molecular size, the team reported in the journal Science. Hydrogen and helium pass relatively easily through the membrane, but carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon monoxide and methane move much more slowly. “The hydrogen kinetic diameter is 0.289 nm, and carbon dioxide is 0.33 nm. The difference in size is very small, only 0.04 nm, but the difference in permeation is quite large” said Miao Yu, a chemical engineer in USC’s College of Engineering and Computing who led the research team.
Statue of Liberty — Statue of Liberty History Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was commissioned to design a sculpture with the year 1876 in mind for completion, to commemorate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence. The Statue was a joint effort between America and France and it was agreed upon that the American people were to build the pedestal, and the French people were responsible for the Statue and its assembly here in the United States. However, lack of funds was a problem on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In France, public fees, various forms of entertainment, and a lottery were among the methods used to raise funds. In the United States, benefit theatrical events, art exhibitions, auctions and prize fights assisted in providing needed funds. Meanwhile in France, Bartholdi required the assistance of an engineer to address structural issues associated with designing such a colossal copper sculpture.
Creative Intelligence or Design Thinking? Two minds of Design: Creative Intelligence or Design Thinking Design commentator Bruce Nussbaum shook up the world of design thinking this week arguing that it is a “failed experiment” and that Creative Intelligence is an appropriate term to replace it. What might this mean for design and its increasing role beyond its traditional boundaries? Reading the blogs (and comments) at FastCo Design this week it would seem that anyone invested in design thinking might want to take cover.
The Difference (and Relationship) Between Usability and User Experience After web site accessibility, “user experience” (abbreviated as UX) is probably the phrase that most people tend to confuse usability with. While the topic of the difference between usability and user experience has been discussed by various experts in the respective fields, I feel the need to write about it for two main reasons. The first reason is that several posts I have encountered emphasize the distinction between these two terms, yet they fail to highlight the relationship that exists between usability and user experience. The second reason is that whilst most of the posts are similar in nature, I have found some minor, albeit very valid points scattered in various posts I have read. Therefore, the objective of this post is to discuss these two terms, whilst highlighting their differences and more importantly the relationship that exists between them in a clear, concise way.