Horse Says Internet On Internet Startups

The dangers of future technology is often explored in media before it becomes a reality. First there was the short futuristic film Sight (video at the bottom of the page), and now a new online series exploring a similar technology and the possible impact on humanity. The creators, which include Warner Premiere, describe it as:

A groundbreaking new series by acclaimed producer Bryan Singer, H+: The Digital Series takes viewers on a journey into an apocalyptic future where technology has begun to spiral out of control a future where the worlds population has retired its cell phones and laptops in favor of stunning new device by Hplus Nano Teoranta, an innovative technology company that has found a way to connect the Internet to the human mind 24 hours a day.

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(This is a response to the article Design Tip: Never Use Black, by Ian Storm Taylor).

Im going to cut to the chase, using real examples of of black in the wild. I think the examples will speak for themselves.

In the article, Ian said he heard not to use black multiple times at RISD, And I heard the same again multiple times at RISD.

Looking at the RISD logo, guess what? Its black (#000000).

RISD Logo Black

Does everyone use black in logos? Paul Rand, the designer of the IBM, UPS, Enron, Westinghouse, ABC, and Steve Jobs’ NeXT logo, does. Below is the original IBM logo from 1956. [click to continue…]


In design, adding a single line parallel to another single line, so you have two lines rather than one, doesnt double the complexity, it triples it.

This idea was first proposed by Edward Tufte when writting on the subject of information design.

You see, when theres one line theres just a one element: The line.

Single Line

When theres two lines, theres two lines and the white space in between. [click to continue…]


What Not To Name Your App

Testing the Minimal Weather HTML5 app on the iPhone, somethings striking. And its not the clean interface. Its the name. More specifically, the name of the app when its added to the iPhone Home Screen. Why? Do not name your app 3d design services, maya 3d models, sell 3d models online.

Chrome Running Slow?

Im certain youve experienced a slow browser. Sites, 3rd party code, and extensions drinking up CPU. If you use Chrome on either Linux or Mac (or something with access to a shell) then its an easy problem to root out gone are the days of scanning through tabs trying to guess which page is [...]

Crafty POSTBOX Jump On Sparrow Opportunity

Some may be sad that Sparrow has been acquired by Googletheir users for example, as the client is no longer being developed. Not POSTBOX. Theyre jumping on the opportunity to market their product to current (soon to be ex?) sparrow users. Heres their promoted tweet. Its a fantastic marketing lesson for any startup presented with [...]

Surprising Things I Learned About Mobile

1 Brock Whitten, co-creator of PhoneGap, tweeted this: developers need to be better educated about mobile… — Brock Whitten (@sintaxi) July 19, 2012 Its a wtf at people using JQuery and JQuery mobile for mobile development. What should you use?

From Ryan Singer, To Edward Tufte, To A Trick

The story. Theres this guy, his names Ryan Singer, he works for 37 Signals. Ryan does UI-design, code, and product. Well, whilst checking Twitter for the first time today (5th time, really) I came across his tweet about Edward Tuftes website design: Tuftes dense website is a good counterpoint to the design trend of airy [...]

Straightforward Dates In JavaScript

To get the current time on a local computer use the Date constructor: new Date(); Here it is in the Chrome inspector console: The Date object is a numeric value, not a string. Its represented as a number relative to the Unix Epoch: 1 January 1970 00:00:00 UTC. Demonstrated in the Chrome inspector console:

JavaScript Regular Expression Overview

The term regular expression stems from a mathematician named Stephen Cole Kleene. In the 1950s, Kleene described computational automata as regular sets. JavaScripts regular expression feature is similar to Perls. A JavaScript regular expressions can be either a literal or an object. Literal: var re1 = /regular expression goes here/; Here it is in Chrome [...]