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Coercion: The New Internet Age

Want to use your tumblr blog? Too bad, we’re now coercing everyone to “agree” to our new “terms of no-service”.  I had to agree to provide tumblr with accurate personal information in order to write this post, but I didn’t. I lied and I’m proud of it. 

Have a YouTube channel? Want to continue managing it?

Oh, that’s too bad, we’re going to coerce you into signing up for our service that is so abysmal… Have you heard of it, it is called Google+. I can’t manage my YouTube channel unless “I agree”.

Dear Google, I used to enjoy using your services. In the early days, the Google ethos was that each day a user delayed in using Google services was a day for them to improve the user experience. Obviously that trend has reversed itself. Doesn’t that mean they must either change or face their demise? 

I don’t care which they do, but I for one am sick and tired of the coercion tactics now ubiquitous among most services online, including tumblr. I hereby end this blog.

I have been honored that people have considered my site a noteworthy design blog, but I am unwilling to compromise my personal integrity because I want to use a service. Dear Tumblr,  I lied. All my information is false and I most certainly do not agree to your terms of service.

This is my last post.

-Douglas Cameron Tarlow 

Feb 12, 2014

RMS

i’m against gamification of education

gamification of education is senseless. why impute contrived value? education is inherently valuable.

The 9 Rules of the New Google UI

This applies to all product teams effective ASAP. Products with high and very high user #s, those with pro and/or paid users may provide instead a ‘new look beta’ in which to more slowly transition their users.

1. action buttons of most importance shall be in the top of the left nav in red.

2. we shall use iconic representation whenever possible.

3. in cases of uncertainty or inability of iconic representation to communicate action, single word, or only if absolutely necessary, double word, representation of action shall be used.

4. confirmation buttons shall be green.

5. we shall endeavor to, whenever possible, provide a less dense data presentation. breathe. 

6. given our requirement for lower content density, we must be more careful with the words and actions we present to users.

7. we use drop downs over modals.

8. groups, and reader are exempted, because of their imminent shutdown. (I suspect)

9. when we are uncertain about design decisions, we shall avoid designing.

Questions about whether design is necessary or affordable are quite beside the point: design is inevitable. The alternative to good design is bad design, not no design at all. Douglas Martin, 1989 [1]

Or at least this is how I imagine it went.


[1] (as from: http://www.quora.com/What-are-some-meaningful-and-notable-user-experience-quotes)

Vibration. See the unseen. 1000fps (by FlukeCorporation)

I don’t know who to attribute this to. 

An Entlebucher Sennenhund.

I don’t know who to attribute this to. 

An Entlebucher Sennenhund.

'maroubra house' by mck architects in sydney, australia (designboom)

'maroubra house' by mck architects in sydney, australia (designboom)

Patkau Architects of Vancouver have won a competition to design six houses in the nature reserve surrounding Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania. (via Dezeen)
These are totally hobbit houses.

Patkau Architects of Vancouver have won a competition to design six houses in the nature reserve surrounding Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania. (via Dezeen)

These are totally hobbit houses.

Modular Lights by Robhoff (Robert Hoffman) are adjustable luminaries made of aluminium and steel. Simply turn and tilt the different faces of the light to get just the right amount of focused light you need. (Design Milk)
He didn’t nail this in terms of the modularity. Everything but the closed form of this light is pretty ugly. But, closed, it is awesome.

Modular Lights by Robhoff (Robert Hoffman) are adjustable luminaries made of aluminium and steel. Simply turn and tilt the different faces of the light to get just the right amount of focused light you need. (Design Milk)

He didn’t nail this in terms of the modularity. Everything but the closed form of this light is pretty ugly. But, closed, it is awesome.

exploring the notion of the individual family member as a basic unit of a house, the design of the living spaces are approached similarly to creating pocket parks in a city, resulting in a dwelling that is at once individually private yet open and well connected. (miyahara architect office: house IN)

exploring the notion of the individual family member as a basic unit of a house, the design of the living spaces are approached similarly to creating pocket parks in a city, resulting in a dwelling that is at once individually private yet open and well connected. (miyahara architect office: house IN)

Be Your Own Radio Station The Siara is an amazing concept that lets you broadcast your own radio station. Stream your private station using 3rd parties services like SONOS or with the Siara box. The possibilities are really endless since it all works wirelessly. Hit the jump to see a video about one scenario. Kudos to designer Navid Gornall. Designer: Navid Gornall (Yanko Design)
I really like the use of the wooden faces.

Be Your Own Radio Station The Siara is an amazing concept that lets you broadcast your own radio station. Stream your private station using 3rd parties services like SONOS or with the Siara box. The possibilities are really endless since it all works wirelessly. Hit the jump to see a video about one scenario. Kudos to designer Navid Gornall. Designer: Navid Gornall (Yanko Design)

I really like the use of the wooden faces.

'eraclea' is a monolithic lighting design pierced by a large circular hole, an intentional reference to early 20th century english sculptor barbara hepworth, created by scottish-born paris-based designer neil poulton for italian lighting manufacturer artemide. (via neil poulton)

'eraclea' is a monolithic lighting design pierced by a large circular hole, an intentional reference to early 20th century english sculptor barbara hepworth, created by scottish-born paris-based designer neil poulton for italian lighting manufacturer artemide. (via neil poulton)

An exhibition of work by London architect Zaha Hadid has opened inside her Mobile Art Pavilion (see our earlier story), which has found its permanent home in Paris having toured New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong since 2008. (Dezeen)

An exhibition of work by London architect Zaha Hadid has opened inside her Mobile Art Pavilion (see our earlier story), which has found its permanent home in Paris having toured New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong since 2008. (Dezeen)

A better way to play your music. Upload your personal music collection to listen anywhere, keep everything in sync, and forget the hassle of cables and files. (via About Music Beta by Google)
[note: US only]

A better way to play your music. Upload your personal music collection to listen anywhere, keep everything in sync, and forget the hassle of cables and files. (via About Music Beta by Google)

[note: US only]