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Everything gamers want to know about the Xbox One

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Just a week after the PlayStation 4 hit stores, the Xbox One has arrived, setting the state for a pretty vicious Black Friday …

New Google Debit Card Draws Funds from Your Virtual Wallet

Google will release a prepaid debit card for use in stores and at ATM machines, the company announced Wednesday.<p>The Google Wallet Card will be tied …

A Russian Man Nailed His Testicles To The Pavement As A Protest

Warning: graphic images. Pytor Pavlensky carried out the stunt on the country's Police Day national holiday.<p>A naked artist, looking at his balls nailed to the Kremlin pavement, is a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference, and fatalism of contemporary Russian society.

Top Productivity Tools That Make A Designer's Life Easy

Life of a designer is not easy in a nutshell. With multiple projects running almost on a daily basis, designers often stumble upon creative roadblock …

Episode 79- Symphony of Sirens, Revisited

Sirens, for the ancient Greeks, were mythical creatures who sang out to passing sailors from rocks in the sea. Their music was so beautiful, it was said, that the sailors were powerless against it–they would turn their ships towards these sea nymphs and crash in the impassable reefs around them.<p>(<i>The Siren,</i> Edward Armitage, 1888)<p>There’s moment in Homer’s Odyssey where Odysseus and his men are traveling near an area that Sirens are known to inhabit. Odysseus knows that if he hears the siren’s …

An Aerial Kinetic Sculpture with 256 Helium Balloons Embedded with LEDs | Colossal

<p>Cyclique was an aerial light and sound installation created by audiovisual artist Nohista and Collectif Coin for Nuit Blanche 2013 (previously). The …

99% Invisible-92- All The Buildings

Service Design: From Insight to Implementation - Exclusive Excerpt, Part 2

<i>The following is an exclusive excerpt from</i> Service Design: From Insight to Implementation<i>, a new book by Andy Polaine, Lavrans Løvlie and Ben Reason.</i> …

Carsharing

An Effortless Fitness App That Will Get You Moving

Moves is free, lives in your phone, and requires zero interaction. If this doesn’t get you motivated to move your ass, nothing will.<p>Personal fitness trackers like Nike Fuelband are the thin end of the wedge for mainstream wearable computing. But if, like me, you’ve ever thought, Why would I buy a …

Procrastination

Users Are Better Off Designing Their Own UI Gestures

It sounds like design heresy, but researchers have found that users have an easier time remembering the gestures they created themselves.<p>We need designers because the peons generally don’t know any better. It’s an elitist thought, sure, but it’s often true. Give the average person a chance to …

UI Design

Innovation for the Next 100 Years (SSIR)

SUPPLEMENT TO <i>SSIR</i> FUNDED BY THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION<p>A centenary comes but once in the lifetime of any organization—and it’s a milestone we are …

50 Design Problems In 50 Days: Real Empathy For Innovation (Part 1)

The adventure taught me an unbelievable amount about design’s power to solve problems and about my own capacities as a designer. Importantly, it …

frog

COLLECTION NO. 9SXSW 2016Follow frog as we cover the South by Southwest Interactive Festival live from Austin, Texas.4 Stories 2 Contributors …

Infographic: A Map That Compares Global Birth And Death Rates At A Glance

We post a lot of infographics, but we pass on even more of them. A common shortcoming of global maps is fairly simple: They favor the most developed parts of the world. Even a very scientific map might make it appear that meteors mostly hit the U.S. when, in reality, it’s far more likely that we’ve …

Data Visualization

Get out of the Lab and into the Real World

Conducting user research in the lab is convenient isn’t it? You get everything set up, order the coffee and sandwiches, and off you go.<p>You learn some …

Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience

The book suggestion of this week is about UX design and how to apply the lean principles to make a better user experience. The title of the book is …

UX Design

30 essential UX tools

When developers build websites, they often focus on the layout and technical features but neglect one very important aspect — how the user …

Three Design Team Leaders on the State of UX

In May I wrote an article for UX Magazine called, “Why You Should Hire a VP of User Experience Design.”<p>For this follow-up article, I've interviewed …

Users don’t hate change. They hate you.

Recently, more than the color of the leaves on the trees has been changing. Everyone seems to be redesigning. Apple’s OS7, Slate, new features on …

Four Myths About UX and How to Bust Them

While the concept of user experience and the term UX have become seemingly ubiquitous in the workplace, most non-UX people still have the wrong idea …

Eric Schmidt praises Myanmar's mobile efforts, but says North Korea hasn't called back

Google's Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, was at the Chinese University of Hong Kong earlier today to launch a local entrepreneurship program with the institute. As a man who believes in free and open internet to aid startups and innovation, the exec was happy to give an update on North Korea and …

Extreme Races: 10 Mind-Blowing Marathons (Photos)

Running 26.2 miles is crazy to begin with. So why not do it in one of the most extreme—and spectacular—places around? Sign up for a race across the …

47 Pie Recipes for Every Season

From classic apple to blueberry—we've got a pie for every season.<p>No matter what the season, pie is one of our favorite desserts. There's not much you can't put into a flaky, buttery crust. From fruity fillings piled high (high pie!) with meringue to rich, velvety chocolate delights, here are our …

Baking

5 Things You Might Not Have Known About God And Beer

On <i>Weekend Edition Sunday</i>, NPR's John Burnett describes how some churches are trying to attract new members by creating a different sort of Christian community around craft beer.<p>This is actually nothing new. For centuries, beer has brought people together to worship God. And God has inspired people …