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+1 Design

June 2nd, 2011 from The Driblet of an Aphorism

Like, Do not want, +1; Perception of Data in NoiseThe number of up / down voting mechanisms in the contemporary culture are legion. They create a sense of participation. Of Value. Of merit or demerit.Within Eurowestern art and design, the notion of sta…

What Can Derrida Teach Us About Design?

May 23rd, 2011 from The Driblet of an Aphorism

If you are unfamiliar with who Derrida was, I’d heavily encourage you to at least dedicate a Twitterish amount of time to informing yourself.Traditionally associated with postmodern thought, Jacques Derrida’s work, as is true to the method he fleshed o…

Is Emotional Design Versus Anything?

April 21st, 2011 from The Driblet of an Aphorism

From Hand Wringing to WritingReading over Google Reader today, a share came up from Dylan McCall. It troubled me deeply as I found the conclusions to be somewhat reckless.After a bit of teeth grinding, I pondered the posting by Mystilleef a little more…

Razing the Stakes

March 21st, 2011

Ubuntu cheerleading blog OMG! Ubuntu asks the question, “Has the new Ubuntu One Control Panel raised the stakes in app appearances?” Well, let’s see.

Why GIMP is Inadequate

January 10th, 2011 from The Driblet of an Aphorism

Famous or Infamous?GIMP is perhaps one of the most well known imaging apps available in Libre software. Its virtues are endorsed by many in the Libre software community. In a practical sense however, within North American art and design circles, its up…

Spec Work and Contests Part Two

October 31st, 2010 from The Driblet of an Aphorism

A MisunderstandingI recently watched the open design session at the Ubuntu Developer Summit for Ubuntu version 11.04 Natty Narwhal.I won’t pass judgement on the session here, as it is likely the subject of another blog post. What I would like to do is …

Libre / Free Software Shoes

October 30th, 2010 from The Driblet of an Aphorism

Libre / Free Software Shoe Design”Let’s design some shoes!””Ok! Great idea.””The simplest shoe is always the best.”They delivered the shoe. They set up a bug report list. They thought they had finished with designing shoes.Libre NeodesignA shoe might s…

Why Personas Fail Libre Culture

October 24th, 2010 from The Driblet of an Aphorism

Three Chefs. Three Personas.Imagine being on a team of three people and attempting to bake a cake.Where would you start?If we included each of the three chef’s favorite ingredient, would the cake suddenly taste wonderful for the three of them?What if w…

Simplicity Ain’t So Simple (Or Even Desirable)

September 26th, 2010 from The Driblet of an Aphorism

After reading Donald Norman’s insightful piece entitled Simplicity is not the Answer, I have been pondering the notion of simplicity as it exists in Libre culture. It is a very hot buzzword in Libre culture. Perhaps at least as hot as other worthless a…

Stop Making Applications, Start Making Movies and Video Games

September 11th, 2010 from The Driblet of an Aphorism

One passing comment about music player apps and a music applet from hell, and I ask you:Are we living in the 1990’s?Contextual DesignI believe design granularity to be very real. I believe that innovation can happen if we simply pull back and examine e…