Should everyone learn to code?

The big problem with the case for or against everyone learning to code is the word “everyone”. “Many of us”, “most of those involved with design”, “an increasing amount of people”, “a growing number of the world population”, perhaps. Just not “everyone”.

On writerbots and machine writing

Machine writing will exist, sooner than we think. Algorithm-driven writerbots, clumping together predefined phrases (or dissected ones from previous writings) spiced with words that computer-driven testing and big data crunching have found to enhance “catchiness”, headed by titles that extensive testing have proved engaging and “click-worthy”. (To be honest, current headlining for sites like buzzfeed, …

The distance between phone icons and phones

Recently a friend asked: “Imagine a phone…. Now tell me why does a phone‬ icon still look like a landline headset?” I said: Icons as visual abstractions that refer to a specific concept, come from an old paradigm, that of the mechanical (mail envelope) and electronic (landline phone set) era, where object’s looks and shapes …

Myspace might unthrone facebook

I’d bet that in 5 years, give or take, Myspace might unthrone facebook. Not kidding. Think about it: teens and tweens are leaving facebook, and they need (could use) a place where to hang out. Myspace is a hangout place about music. music unites people, creates tribes. teens hang out in tribes, not personally but …

Designing experiences

Some people (IxD/UX designers) think experiences cannot be designed. Wrong. People experience by navigating flows, and we can define those flows, making them easy/easier. Experience does not equals to perception, though perception informs it. Experience is about doing something (and learning from), which requires a path, which we design, e.g. by creating a scenery path through …

The cigarette, the rabbit story, the experience, the land of opportunity

so I came home, started a movie on Netflix called “Vodka Tonic”, and served me a vodka tonic. Then 45 minutes later, I had the need of a cigarette. I did not have any, so I felt like going out, for one. So I did get out  in search for one. I had to walk 5 blocks since it was …