1) an overview of the core gestures used for most touch commands 2) how to utilize these gestures to support major user actions 3) visual representations of each gesture to use in design documentation and deliverables 4) an outline of how popular software platforms support core touch gestures
I haven’t yet posted about Pictory here, but it’s a sporadically published photo blog that groups images and text around a theme. The latest one, “Danger”, is my favorite thus far. The photos, stories and design are all great.
Last week I tweeted about a concoction we created in the office — the Klondike Float. A few days later, Serious Eats wrote it up on their site. While their photos are far superior, here’s a Klondike Float I made on Friday.
I’m just now catching up on all this volcano business. While it seems ridiculous that all of Europe is grounded, “The Middle Seat Terminal” reminds us that it’s for a good reason
Consider a British Airways 747 flying near Jakarta, Indonesia in June 1982 at 37,000 feet. It flew into an unreported ash cloud from the Mount Galunggung volcano. Engines flamed out and the plane went silent. Ash filled the cabin through air vents, and sandblasted the cockpit window to obscure visibility. For 13 terrifying minutes, the plane glided to 12,000 feet before the crew was able to restart three of the four engines and land at Jakarta.
This an interactive heat-map visualization of cab pickups throughout NYC over the course of a week. Be sure not to miss the accompanying article, as its chock full of goodness.
Last May, in the entire month, about 554,000 yellow taxis picked up passengers in the East Village; in Inwood at the northern end of Manhattan, pickups numbered only 860, according to the data compiled by Sense Networks.
Sense Networks produces CabSense, an iPhone app that “analyzes tens of millions of GPS data points from NYC taxis to help you find the best corner to catch a cab”.
I want to know if there is an app geared towards cabbies that would tell them where the most lucrative cab rides begin. They could probably charge a lot for that data.
Remember that talk I gave at SVA last month? Me too! They’ve now posted the video online, so you can watch me talking if you don’t like reading or pictures. If you prefer those, you can check out the post and see the slides.
SVA has also posted all of the videos online. I recommend you watch the other two; they were great.
On the one hand, it’s awesome that the iPad is providing a platform for a million interfaces. The ability to have dozens of simple games in your backpack is liberating for the same reason the iPod and Kindle were liberating. Packing for vacation with your kids is going to be so easy. On the other hand, do we need a $650 Scrabble machine? [via Cameron Moll]
In 2007, Jason Rohrer created Passage, a game that brought art to video games in a new way. Boyer sat down with Rohrer at GDC for a preview of his new game. The game requires two players, one to play and one to be the non-artificial intelligence. Boyer’s piece is beautifully written and designed. I really love what Boing Boing is doing with publishing.
I shouldn’t be surprised by how much people still use bookmarks, but I am. I also think their decision to put cut/copy/paste “directly to the right of the Firefox button” might not be necessary. People who use the menu items probably use them in every application, so moving them to a custom place is unnecessary. [via Ben Fry]