Thanks to Commander Farrell for sharing this one with me – by Paul Adams of Google. Reminded me of Danah’s work and lessons for us all in here. Social networks look easy because they are made to be easy. They’re just as hard as real networks though and need the same love, care and attention.
Street side images on maps are terrific but they can be problematic at times as you get stuck in the bubble of the camera view and struggle to get a real world perspective on the street. Step in Street Slide from Microsoft Research. Presented at SIGGRAPH 2010 this week, Street Slide gives you a strip view of the street. As always, seeing it is much easier then being told so check out the video above. If you’re hardcore, you’ll read the full PDF from the MSR team behind this. I have. Just kidding. No I’m not.
I love comments like this on Twitter this evening and the blog coverage
Right…off to bed. Enjoy!
I’m a big fan of Pivot – it works the way my mind tends to work which is to look at things from different angles and navigate in 3D. The web is very 2D so having a tool like Pivot to help visualise the massive amounts of data we’re subjected to is great.
Hooking it up to Twitter should have been an obvious thing to do – allowing you to view your Twitter with the ability to sort based on your followers locations, their Klout amplification and more.
check it out at http://tweetpivot.com/
I’ll say from the start that I’m a fan of Metro – the new design system for Windows Phone 7. It’s already inspired a great Twitter client and having played with a WP7 recently, I continue to be impressed. I like it’s clean, elegant 2D look versus the now overused, glossy, reflective look. I actually like both from a design perspective but prefer Metro for now at least.
You can now get a collection of resources should you be interested in designing for WP7 or perhaps you’re just interested in UI design. The UI Design and Interaction Guide for Windows Phone 7 v2.0 and Design Templates for Windows Phone 7 are now both available.
Also available as a PDF is the Windows Phone Design System - Codename Metro. I believe this is the source of the book that was recently handed out at MIX10 (if memory serves) with pages full of stuff like this…
Call me a design geek…but I like it.
[bonus link - Meet Your Type: A Field Guide to Typography (free PDF)]
[mix 10 demo of Windows Phone 7]
Of all the demos I saw this week, the one that impressed me the most was Joe Belfiore with Windows Phone 7. That’s saying something as if I could tell you about the stuff that was shown in the closing hours of MGX…well, I think it would stun most people.
Joe didn’t really show anything new at all from MIX10 – he just strung together a demo that made a tonne of sense to me. It was a demo of how he would use the phone himself. A personal demo rather than a feature demo and frankly we need to get much better at that stuff. Joe’s demo took us through the Facebook and Windows Live integration, the Zune services, Office integration and a glimpse of XBOX integration. Of particular note was the deep integration of Bing and location services. The demo just flowed, the device was fast and Joe was clearly enjoying it.
The whole thing left me with a lot of excitement about getting hold of the product and exploring for myself. Sure, there are a few nits that others have found like the all or nothing Facebook integration, but that’s a small price to pay for a phone that I will genuinely feel excited about showing family and friends.
When you’re proud of your product, it’s a million times easier to sell.