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June 2016

A Well-Designed Parking Sign Can Make Life Much Easier

Featured: Nikki Sylianteng

Is it safe to park on the street, or are you risking a ticket? The more signs there are, the more confusing that question gets. Designer Nikki Sylianteng is trying to fix the problem through visual design. You can see various iterations of her sign at her website, To Park Or Not To Park, and you can hear her discuss her project at the audio link above. Read Article

Birding the Flip: Max Kessler's Curious Coin-Toss Contraption

Featured: Max Kessler

Well, here's a rather fun self-proclaimed "stupid pet project"—a literal brief if there ever was one—by SVA IXD student Max Kessler. As a kind of analog random number generator, "Coin Flip" is rather more purposeful than this brilliant gizmo, and the drinking-bird-meets-desktop-trebuchet invariably offers a more delightful user experience than, say, a web app. Read Article

Coin Flipper Transforms a Simple Task Into an Unexpected Interaction

Featured: Max Kessler

Some designers try to infuse their pet projects with profound meaning, instead of acknowledging them for what they are, which is exactly what Max Kessler did with The Coin Flipper. Titled “Stupid Pet Project,” this invention served as a chance for him to have some fun and also combine a love for building with an interest in learning about new technology and concepts. As for the end result, it’s a fascinating device that puts a whole new spin on flipping a coin. Read Article

Twitter News: A subtle experiment that helps keep you informed!

Featured: Sana Rao

The micro blogging platform will be working with a bunch of news publishers to track trending news as it happens. According to Sana Rao, Product Designer for News in India at Twitter, “People are already coming to Twitter for live breaking news and publishers are already tweeting out their stories in real-time on our platform. The goal of our experiment is to surface the best news-related content on Twitter to make it easier for our users to discover and share on our platform as it breaks in real time.” Read Article

LA's New Parking Signs Are Brilliant and Every City Should Copy Them

Featured: Nikki Sylianteng

In the quest to make parking suck less, there are apps that help you find a space, and meters where you can pay with a swipe of your credit card. But LA has launched a simple, low-tech solution to make parking better: Well-designed signage that offers no ambiguity whatsoever when it comes to where you can park, when you can park there, and how much it will cost. Read Article

The Influencers by SOMA Magazine

Featured: Liz Danzico

Liz Danzico has built a career from curiosity, passion and multitasking. She is the creator and chair of MFA Interaction Design at the School of Visual Arts. Last year, she was offered the role of Creative Director at NPR. Splitting her time between New York and D.C., Danzico heads the visual and user experience on all NPR-branded digital platforms. Read Article

The Lamp That Can Tell How Focused You Are

Featured: Marcelo A. Mejía Cobo Josh Sucher

Imagine you are studying for an exam, when your mind begins to drift. As your focus dwindles and you lose yourself in thought, you suddenly notice a pulsating rosy pink light that snaps you back to reality. Read Article

What is 'What is Code?'

Featured: Paul Ford

When Bloomberg Businessweek told him it was going to give him the whole magazine to write a single article about computer programming, Paul Ford, a soft-spoken programmer and writer, sat on his couch with a pillow over his head and just let out a long “aaaaaaahhhhh,” like he had just stuck his finger on the ‘A’ key. Read Article

What I learned by reading Businessweek's incredible 38,000-word article on code

Featured: Paul Ford

Bloomberg Businessweek has devoted an entire issue to a single article: Paul Ford's "What is Code?" I read the whole thing online this afternoon, and it's remarkable. I could see it being taught in journalism classes years from now, like Gay Talese's "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" or John Hersey's "Hiroshima." Read Article

Brooklyn woman on mission to relate to Chinese peers

Featured: Christina Xu

Christina Xu has always wondered what her life would have been like had she not left China for the US. So she is attempting to find out. The 27-year-old Chinese-American from Brooklyn, New York, has raised $12,810 on Kickstarter for her two-month trip to China, where she will chronicle the lives of young creatives like herself. Read Article

Inside New York's Plan To Cover The City In Free, Super-Fast Wi-Fi

Instagram New York City's nostalgic old pay phones while you can, because this fall, they'll start disappearing across all five boroughs. In their place, tall, thin, screen-wrapped kiosks will line the streets. The pillars of technology, also known as Links, will not only have phone-call making capabilities, but will offer Internet browsing, phone charging, and emit super-fast Gigabit Wi-Fi to anyone standing within a 150-foot radius—all of it free of charge. Read Article

Engage Users Along Their Journey

Featured: Donna Lichaw

Whether you plan for it or not, your customers use their story-driven brains to understand your product and what it’s like to use your product. They also use their story-driven brains to tell others about your product. The better the story, the better the experience, the better the word of mouth. Read Article

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