Braden Kowitz on the importance of the details in design:
There’s a curious brain hack at work here. Our minds are deeply tied to emotional states. Being frustrated or happy changes the way we approach problems. I have certainly been in a bad mood, gotten confused by a product, and found myself repeatedly smashing a button to no effect. In my frustration, I try the same thing, justharder. But it doesn’t help me accomplish my goal.
When we’re happy, using an interface feels like play. The world looks like a puzzle, not a battle. So when we get confused, we’re more likely to explore and find other paths to success. There’s a whole book on this topic: Emotional Design by Don Norman. But here’s the important bit: Getting design details right can create positive emotional states that actually make products easier to use.
Yea, especially scrolling a blog to find the items u want to purchase. U know, we girls just like to browse browse browse. Put in ways that we can browse, not scroll ~
Thatcher was an influential—and controversial—figure in British and world politics during her tenure as prime minister, which spanned over a decade and ended in 1990. Thousands of people, protesters and supporters alike, lined the streets of central London as Thatcher was carried to St. Paul Cathedral in a military honors procession normally reserved for members of the royal family.
Isn’t this a strange typographic coincidence. A twelve flipped becomes a twenty one. Today is 12.12.12 and 12.21.12 is the supposed end day of the Mayan calendar. Instead of freaking out, how about we all just take a deep breathe and enjoy the coincidental typographic beauty of the numbers.
Long Now Foundation’s Rosetta Project have created a miniature archive featuring all of the world languages laser etched onto a small disc that can fit in your hand:
The Rosetta Disk is intended to be a durable archive of human languages, as well as an aesthetic object that suggests a journey of the imagination across culture and history. We have attempted to create a unique physical artifact which evokes the great diversity of human experience as well as the incredible variety of symbolic systems we have constructed to understand and communicate that experience.
The Disk surface shown here, meant to be a guide to the contents, is etched with a central image of the earth and a message written in eight major world languages: “Languages of the World: This is an archive of over 1,500 human languages assembled in the year 02008 C.E. Magnify 1,000 times to find over 13,000 pages of language documentation.” The text begins at eye-readable scale and spirals down to nano-scale. This tapered ring of languages is intended to maximize the number of people that will be able to read something immediately upon picking up the Disk, as well as implying the directions for using it—‘get a magnifier and there is more.’
… The pages are microscopically etched and then electroformed in solid nickel, a process that raises the text very slightly - about 100 nanometers - off of the surface of the disk. Each page is only 400 microns across - about the width of 5 human hairs - and can be read through a microscope at 650X as clearly as you would from print in a book. Individual pages are visible at a much lower magnification of 100X. The outer ring of text reads “Languages of the World” in eight major world languages.
Here is a video by Scott Oller about the Rosetta Project: