Archives for 2009
Web Trend Map Video Interview
I sat down with the video team of GaijinPot for a short interview about the Web Trend Map.
Can Experience be Designed?
First, think of a number between one and ten. Then take a step back and look at the words “User Experience Design” as if you had never seen them.
Dynamic Pricing for Digital Goods
We decided to sell the WordPress template of our own site. The problem we had to solve was not "why?" but "how much?" After a long debate we decided to try something new:
Kenya Hara On Japanese Aesthetics
What makes Japanese design so special? Basically, it's a matter of simplicity; a particular notion of simplicity, different from what simplicity means in the West. So are things in general better designed in Japan? Well, actually, it's not that simple…
Tell me again: Who Relaunched Krone.at?
I got an email the other day from a young entrepreneur that asked whether we send out press releases. The answer is twisted: So far I have refrained from sending out press releases. But that might change…
The Value of Information
When confronted with the necessity of offering news for free, editors are quick at pointing at the cost involved in news production. Which of course is beside the point. Information on the Internet is as common as snow in the arctic. You can't expect Eskimos to buy a snowman.
Future of Journalism: A Little Bit of Everything Please
Recently, there has been a quality renaissance in the discussion about the economic future of journalism. While some are still touting the one miracle solution (usually alluding to Google’s business model and success), a lot of ideas have arisen that will probably make up for the economic future of journalism as a whole. Time for a summary.
The Spectrum of User Experience
Designers are narcissists, programmers are nerds, and whoever wears a tie must be a jerk. Designers, programmers and business people love to hate each other. That's why we keep them separated…
Web Trend Map 4: Coolest Gift For Geeks
It hangs in the headquarters of Google, Microsoft, Facebook, WordPress, and Yahoo! Japan. Even the CERN in Geneva has its own copy. The WTM4 poster has caused quite a stir.
Kill Blog Comments?
Blog comments have an innate communication problem: You can't discuss and moderate the discussion at the same time.
Social Media Marketing? Kaboom, Baby!
"Social media marketing" is bullshit. If that upsets you, don't read the following text.
New and Dirty: Tweet Blogging
We all waste too much time reading (and writing!) boring text. Here is one solution to the problem.
Web Trend Map 4: Preview
While the first map was hacked together in an afternoon, the second took a week, and the third devoured a month of concentrated work, the fourth Web Trend Map (due in February) has already taken more time in preparation than all previous versions combined.