Archives for 2010
iPad App Sales Numbers: WIRED vs. Writer
We're tracking the performance of iA Writer with a wonderful app called AppViz from ideaswarm. AppViz not only allows you to track your own sales—you can also use it to evaluate how much other apps make,
you have comparable sales numbers. My first question was: How much does WIRED make?
Open Letter to my Friend Zeldman
After an anecdotal back and forth with Zeldman about the .Net awards where he was sponsor, judge, and recipient of three medals, @jobgold asked whether I was against prizes in general or just the "circle jerk" prizes, I answered that "All awards should go from old uncles (like me or @zeldman or whoever) to young people. They need it."
Form and Information
Here is the lecture iA's Oliver Reichenstein gave in 2010 at Keio University on creativity, information, and innovation.
iPad: Scroll or Card?
How do you navigate content on the iPad? Scroll or flip? In 1987, the biggest neck beards in tech held a conference on the Future of Hypertext and there were two camps, “Card Sharks” and “Holy Scrollers”. They had an epic battle over this question: Should you scroll or flip pages on the screen? Who won the fight?
Gap: Controlled Brand Demolition? No.
There has been speculation about whether the Gap redesign was a super-dynamic marketing stunt, or just mere tomfoolery. If you know how plump most big corporations are, the answer to that seems pretty clear (tomfoolery). In the light of the recent run of brand redesign hullaballoos, it’s worth discussing whether scandalous redesigns help brand awareness or hurt brand image.
Can Information be Architected?
A presentation with the title "iA on IA," held at EuroIA 2010.
Can Experience be Designed?
Do architects design houses or do they design “inhabitant experiences”? The bullshit answer is “They design inhabitant experiences”. The pragmatic answer is: “They design houses”. The cautious answer is: Architects design houses that lead to a spectrum of experiences, some foreseen, some not. But they do not design all possible experiences one can have in a house.
“Web design is engineering” (Jonny Holland)
Jeron van Geel interviewed Oliver Reichenstein on Jonny Holland. He asked a series of questions about the relationship between Philosophy, Design, Japan and Western culture.
WIRED on iPad: Just like a Paper Tiger…
First, the paper magazine was crammed into the little iPad frame. In the form of a PNG slide show. To compensate for the lack of interactive logic, this pretty package was provided with a fruity navigation.
Cosmic 140—Art for Geeks
Our latest Web Trend Map tells the story of Twitter and its 140 most influential Twitter users. Surprisingly, it’s even more popular than Web Trend Map 4.
Designing for iPad: Reality Check
Over the last two months we have been working on several iPad projects: two news applications, a social network, and a word processor. We worked on iPad projects without ever having touched an iPad. One client asked us to “start working on that tablet thing” before we even knew whether the iPad was real.
iA’s 2006 Facebook Designs, Redesigned
From December 2006 to February 2007 we were in touch with the product manager of Facebook. The prospective: Redesigning Facebook. Eventually. Since the contract was never signed, we kept our designs in the drawer. Until now…
Meet C140, Our Next Trend Map
It’s one year since our last Web Trend Map. A lot has happened, but there are not enough changes in the landscape of domains in the last 12 months to create another domain-based Web Trend Map. The big changes happened one level higher, on the social layer, that is: On Twitter and Facebook.
API for News? Reuters, NYT & iA Inc.
Last week at Media2010, Marc Frons (Chief Technology Officer, Digital Operations, New York Times), Nic Fulton (Chief Scientist, Thomson Reuters), and I were asked several questions on the future of news…
What’s Next in Web Design?
I’ve been asked by the Italian magazine
to write an article on The Future of Web Design. Here is the (longer) English text.