Hi my name is Doug Tarlow, some people call me Douglas. I am interested in Design, Technology and Innovation. I apply my skills towards creating new products, improving existing ones and helping others bring their ideas to market. This is my inspiration journal.

 

Nice. 
Los Angeles based furniture designer David Okum has reimagined the extension cable to create a flexible row of wooden spheres and cubes containing multiple sockets that also prevent the cable from tangling (via dezeen)

Nice. 

Los Angeles based furniture designer David Okum has reimagined the extension cable to create a flexible row of wooden spheres and cubes containing multiple sockets that also prevent the cable from tangling (via dezeen)

zaha hadid and norman foster shortlisted for mexico city airport expansion
via dezeen.com

zaha hadid and norman foster shortlisted for mexico city airport expansion

via dezeen.com

fougeron architecture builds the fall house next to the pacific ocean
via (designboom)

fougeron architecture builds the fall house next to the pacific ocean

via (designboom)

cjwho:

BoxHome, Oslo, Norway by Sami Rintala | via

In the North all buildings for living have to be made in an advanced way due to the ever-contrasting weather. Additionally, the houses have to be properly heated with external energy more than half of the year’s course. Therefore producing smaller homes would bring about a considerable economical and ecological benefit. Today the construction activity stands alone for more than one third of total global energy and material consumption, well exceeding that of all traffic and transport.

This should be a crucial question especially in Scandinavia, where people, in accordance with their growing wealth, possess larger and larger houses. And in most cases, this in addition to a second home called a summer house or a cottage.

Boxhome is a 19 square meter dwelling with four rooms covering the basic living functions: kitchen with dining, bathroom, living room and bedroom.

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Coercion: The New Internet Age

Want to use your tumblr blog? Too bad, we’re hijacking it and coercing you 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 not 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.