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5 New Details That Show How Apple Wants Us To Use Its Watch

This week the Apple Watch made a big step towards reality, with the release of WatchKit for developers of watch apps. Hidden within a fairly mundane document are plenty of glimpses at how Apple envisions smartwatches fitting in with our lives.


Literally Anything Is Touch Sensitive With This Leap Motion Hack

Beer cans. Toys. Sticky notes. A fridge. Even a computer screen, because why not? All of these things become touch-sensitive thanks to a fun little piece of work courtesy of a Russian agency called The Family, which posted their work to Vimeo this week.


You Can Put That Apple Watch-Inspired UI On Your Jailbroken iPhone Now

The Apple Watch’s interface has intrigued many of us since it was presented a couple of months ago — and since then, we’ve seen several developers apply the same logic to smartphones. Now there’s a fully functional version available on Cydia’s app store for the more adventurous among us.


Why Everyone Wants To Kill The Mouse And Keyboard

In the past few decades, everything about our computers have changed. The screens. The guts. The size, weight and materials. The software itself, of course. But one thing has stayed exactly the same, frozen in time from the early days: The tools we use to tell them what to do. So it’s odd that we’re so desperate to throw them out the window.


These Knobs And Sliders Turn An iPad Into A Custom Tactile Interface

There’s a good reason why so many of us still prefer mechanical keyboards and real control boards despite the availability of touchscreen interfaces: In many cases, they give us more control over our digital worlds. Fans of tactile interfaces will love this project by Florian Born — who created a system that meshes your iPad with arrangeable physical controls.


Why Computer Screens Aren't Green-On-Black Any More

In the early days of personal computing — think UNIX early — text was often white or green on a black screen. That didn’t last long, of course, but there’s a little-known reason that those shadowy screens weren’t ideal for users. And it has to do with your poor eyesight.


7 Experimental Interfaces That Show The Future Of UI Design

Trade shows might be sexier, but there’s no beating academic conferences for weird new tech. Today, at the 27th Software and Technology Symposium in Honolulu, dozens of researchers presented a glimpse into the future of UI design — here are six of the most interesting. Meanwhile, you can find me at “Beach Activities”.


Skeuomorphism Will Never Go Away, And That's A Good Thing

Just a year and a half ago, we noted the demise of skeuomorphism in Apple interface design. Today, Co.Design’s John Brownlee points out that “the most-hated design trend” is back with Apple Watch’s clock-like interface. But skeuomorphism never really went away. In fact, we should all hope it never does.


A Rant Against Ello's 'Simple' Design

Have you heard of Ello? It’s a new social network site that is getting a lot of buzz for its anti-Facebook Inc stance. It promises a “Simple, beautiful & ad-free” experience. While it remains ad-free for now, whether it’s simple or beautiful is highly debatable. After all, when it comes to user experience and interface design, is there something that’s unanimously beautiful?


Redesigning One Of Google's Most Useful Tools

Google Images is a great product, but there are a few areas where the user experience and design could be better. So, I spent a few days refining it. Too lazy to read? Jump to the bottom and watch the video for the tl;dr.


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