Niels Dewelde

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Tools

In the mid-Eighties there was hardly a computer to be seen at the Royal Academy. Working by hand was the norm. That was pleasant because you learnt …

Clever Ads Reveal an Unexpected Side to Famous Artworks

This amusing series of ads reveal an unexpected side to famous artworks – one that's totally different when you're wearing glasses. Advertising agency Y&R: Paris created them for the France-based eyewear retailer Keloptic, and they demonstrate how the right pair of spectacles can put a blurred …

Art

Why the $10,000 Watch is essential to Apple’s plan

It’s taken all week, but I finally think I have a pretty good idea why Apple is selling a crazy-expensive, super-exclusive gold watch.<p>Initially, the very idea that Apple would make something for the one percent seemed abhorrent. What makes Apple great is that it sells affordable luxury to the …

Smartwatches

Why Google Glass Failed: A Marketing Lesson

When Google announced that they had invented a device that put a computer in front of your eye, the world collectively gasped. Google Glass was, and is, a stunning technological accomplishment.<p>From the moment the actual product was revealed many saw the immense potential of it. You could video …

Google Glass

Designing Case Studies: Showcasing A Human-Centered Design Process

Writing in <i>Design for Human Scale</i>, Victor Papanek puts it like this:<p>Design is a joyous, creative act. It concerns itself with problem solving and …

UX Design

The next Google Glass will probably look nothing like the first one

Google Glass, once the darling of advanced wearable computing, is now an inadvertently funny cautionary tale about how not to develop a product — at …

Forget men's and women's clothing, one department store is going unisex

Men's and women's clothing departments? That's so <i>passe</i>. The word for today is unisex.<p>Selfridges, the big British department store, announced new lines of gender neutral clothing and three floors of unisex apparel at its flagship store in London. With gender neutral mannequins.<p>“It may seem extreme, …

Magic Leap Ripped Off Those Awesome UI Concepts

Magic Leap is secretly building a headset that could blend computer graphics with the real world. Recently, we lucked into a treasure trove of …

The 'Alone Together' Customer Experience Trend: From Starbucks To Hotel Design To Retail Banking

If you want to create a successful customer experience today, learn to accommodate customers who want “alone together” time. Whether they’re millennials, Gen X, Boomers or Silent Generation, this concept has grown quickly in importance to today’s customers.<p>Including, at this very moment, a customer …

Customer Experience

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Our brains are busier than ever before. We’re assaulted with facts, pseudo facts, jibber-jabber, and rumour, all posing as information. Trying to figure out what you need to know and what you can ignore is exhausting. At the same time, we are all doing more. Thirty years ago, travel agents made our …

Productivity

How to Use Page Headings to Increase Findability

Have you ever been to a website and couldn’t find what you were looking for on the page? Most websites today overwhelm users with content irrelevant …

Visual Design

Smart window startup View is raising another $75M

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Image courtesy of View.<p>A year after raising a $100 million financing round, smart window startup View (formerly called …

AI is coming to IoT, and not all the brains will be in the cloud

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Sebastian Kaulitzki<p>Smart devices, appliances and the internet of things are dominating International CES …

Snapchat nabs $485M just in time for the new year

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Gigaom illustration<p>Snapchat rang in the new year with $485.6 million in new funding, according to an SEC filing …

Uber profiteerde van gijzeling

So-called “dark social” traffic turns out to be mostly Facebook

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Gigaom Illustration adapted from Shutterstock<p>Despite the fact that our ability to track and measure almost every …

Spotify’s 2013 revenue was close to $1 billion

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Nik Merkulov / Shutterstock.com<p>Spotify saw its revenue climb to €746.9 million in 2013, which equals about $931 …

Gimmie Raises $700,000 For A New Messaging-Based, Lead-Conversion Service

Gimmie, the mobile rewards startup that relocated to Singapore from the U.S. two years ago, has raised $700,000 in funding and launched a new service to help convert website traffic into customers using real-time messages.<p>The startup raised $522,000 back in January 2013, and this time around its …

Pizza Hut's eye-tracking menu knows what you want before you do

When scanning a menu, are you justifying <i>that Dame Blanche</i> sundae in your mind rather than actually choosing a dessert? Pizza Hut wants to help you skip your super-ego middleman and just let your id order that triple-cheese bacon pepperoni pie directly. It's "Subconscious Menu" uses Tobii's …

Lazada, Rocket Internet’s Amazon Clone In Southeast Asia, Raises $250M Led By Temasek

We don’t often see companies announce funding rounds on the weekend, but that’s not stopping Lazada, the Rocket Internet-backed e-commerce firm in Southeast Asia, from revealing today that it has pulled in €200 million (around $250 million) in fresh capital.<p>The round is lead by Singapore’s Temasek …

The Market For Low-End Smartphones Is Looking Up

Around this time every year, retailers gird their loins and prepare to slash prices for the holiday shopping season. For many stores, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are opportunities to clear old stock (at a mild loss) and trigger a surge of spending that carries on well into December. Deals on …

How Amazon Echo could answer the call of greatness

Advertisement<p>17 Comments<p>Credit: Amazon<p>Amazon’s devices have built a reputation for coming into hot categories firmly positioned as value products. …

Rocket Internet’s Amazon clone Lazada secures $250M

Lazada has raised a whopping €200 million (about $250 million USD) to secure its position as a dominant force in e-commerce in Southeast Asia, the company announced today.<p>Lazada was founded by German incubator firm Rocket Internet and claims to be Southeast Asia’s “largest online shopping mall,” …

Why privacy is like the frog in the pot of boiling water

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock/Toa55<p>There’s a well-known anecdote that has been used to describe the gradual shifting of our world, from …

​Tate museum reimagines works of art as Minecraft maps

When we talk about the idea of video games as art, we typically mean as art unto itself -- but what if a video game was a companion piece to an existing piece of art? And what if that work was over 100 years old? That's the idea behind Tate Worlds, a free modern art-inspired Minecraft map pack. The …

The next WeChat is hiding in Canada and eyeing the U.S.

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Kik<p>Waterloo, Ontario is a quiet sort of suburban college town, far removed from the hustle and bustle of Silicon …

Sony's latest wearable is a watch made of electronic paper

The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> has uncovered Sony's clandestine involvement in a smartwatch project. Under the name Fashion Entertainment (FES), the company …