Continuum

October 13, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

10/GUI is probably one of the most dramatic reimaginations of the desktop user interface I’ve seen in a long time. This concept proposes a multitouch interaction system that does not require a multitouch screen (and thus does not have to deal with all the problems such a screen causes), but instead uses a multitouch area near the keyboard. The proposed graphical user interface makes full use of this multitouch area. Watch the video, it’s definitely worth your time (of course, some people disagree ☺).

Click on following link to see (I couldn’t embed it in my blog, hhhhh):

10/GUI from C. Miller on Vimeo.

More lateral thinking

October 11, 2009 at 11:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Look at this picture and tell me what you see first. . . do you see a young woman or an old woman?
young_old

Usually, you have to point out the other perspective before someone sees it. This is the problem with most people when they brainstorm. Once you’re adept at looking at a certain situation in a certain way, it’s hard to break free. Traditional brainstorming reiterates the same existing patterns and perceptions and only change them in a minor way. This does not lead to breakthroughs! Most people don’t know that they do this though. . . they’re trapped in a cognitive jail and don’t know it.

One of the ways to break free from the jail is to be purposely absurd. IE: find a random word and crossing it with your problem. The more outlandish, the better. Then run an experiment with that random word. It’s usually a waste of time, of course, but occasionally it leads to surprising results and unanticipated consequences. Once you look at it and say “hmmm, that’s funny. . .”, you run with it. This helps discover aspects about the problem that are not immediately obvious.

Hacker News

October 2, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ha ha,

One of my postings actually made Hacker News: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=857297

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