Inventor Spotlight: Jie Qi

Circuit Sticker Sketchbook from Jie Qi on Vimeo Jie Qi is the co-founder of a digital-paper-circuits company called Chibitronics. She's also a Berkman Fellow and an alumn of the Hi-Lo Tech Lab at MIT. In the video above, Qi demonstrates the analog precursor to Chibitronics with her Circuit Sticker Sketchbook. It's a delightful workbook and equally delightful demo video. And … Continue reading Inventor Spotlight: Jie Qi


Priorities + Constraints = Clarity

I don't know who designed this poster template, but I love it. By looking at it you can see that the designer has prioritized the information in order of importance, then employed a set of constraints to convey the message in the simplest way possible. The set of constraints are made up of three elements: color, … Continue reading Priorities + Constraints = Clarity

Realtime and Historical Data

When sensors and microcontrollers and cloud connectivity become cheap, they will be in every product and system that you can imagine. They will be generating data. Sometimes it will be customer facing, sometimes it won't be. Either way, it's important to think about user experiences with data in time and space. Important questions should be … Continue reading Realtime and Historical Data

Long Live the Touchscreen?

This headline caught my attention the other day: Pebble [smart watch] is dead and hardware buttons are going with it: The future is all touchscreen, for better or for worse Eh not so fast. Sure, it's true that touchscreens are the status quo for interface design. But as with anything status quo, the players that are … Continue reading Long Live the Touchscreen?

Design in Time and Space

I went to music school as an undergrad. Though I studied classical voice, I hung out mostly with jazzers and composers, folks that not only performed other people's music but improvised and created new music. One of the things we did together was to listen to music. Constantly. If we already knew the record, we'd point out … Continue reading Design in Time and Space