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A Subtle Nose for Coffee, a Taste for Good Design
A coffee tasting leaves a caffeine buzz and a lesson that applies to design, too: In matters of taste, subtlety is everything.
Centaurs and Park Benches: Innovation by Idiosyncrasy
A park bench becomes a subversive design element. Every project needs one.
Gotta Have a Helipad: Banality and Betrayal in Design
A neighborhood landmark gets a garish transformation, and thoughts wander to designer responsibility and online communities.
Buggy Behavior at the Louvre
The Louvre lifts a photo ban, and visitors go insane. A small change in the rules can spark dramatic behavior shifts, not always for the better.
Pay To Play: Fair Price for Good Community
A new bike-sharing program in Paris suggests that a modest fee buys good behavior.
A "Jogcast" for New Runners
My “couch to 5k” training plan for new runners is made even better by Robert Ullrey’s podcast version.
Lightning! Blimps! Submarines! And, um, Machine Tags!
Amid flying tomatoes, lightning strikes and Tardis sightings, much code was hacked at London Hack Day.
Big in Texas
I’m Austin-bound in 2008, thanks to a surprise windfall: free registration at the SXSW conference.
Ghost in the Machine Tag
With Hack Day fast approaching and my gadget-building reveries fading, I’m toying with the idea of making a web gizmo to generate machine tags.
Understanding the Piano
User communities own and define technologies as much or more than the inventors. A piano from 1817 is the perfect example.
Ancient Architecture: The Gods Are in the Details
An Acropolis visit is an object lesson in the value of quiet design decisions amid colossal projects.
Night at the Museum
Nuit des Musées shakes up stodgy preconceptions about museums and reveals them as lively, relevant places.
Heck, Let's Hawk a Hack at Hack Day
I’ll be at Hack Day in London next month. Want to team up to build something outrageous?
Tanned, Rested and Ready
Developer returns from vacation, discovers sky has not fallen.
Long Road Ahead: Motivation, Ambition and Daunting Projects
The Paris Marathon prompts your correspondent to ponder what makes creative people tick in adversity.
In a promising concept that needs some refinement, YouTube DJs go head-to-head in a fight to create the best mix.
Your Word Processor Is Distracting You
I kicked Microsoft Word to the curb seven years ago, and my plain-text world has been more productive ever since.
Flattery and Kind Words
I was flattered last week by several pointers from various “design inspiration” sites which featured this site as a destination.
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