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The statue of “Alice Through the Looking-Glass” in the grounds of Guildford Castle.

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The statue of “Alice Through the Looking-Glass” in the grounds of Guildford Castle.

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My "UX of Home Appliances" tweets got a bit of traction so I'm being a bit more proactive, showing how I'd solve the problem. Let's start with the original confusing design: Heavy borders Packed grid Abbreviated text Excessive functions ALL CAPS
It's lazy to try a redesign using a full digital screen with 1000s of colors. I'm going to constrain myself to monochrome, using basic silkscreened paint on a simple touch surface. Stick with the technology you're given whenever possible.
First pass is just graphics, keeping the original text. It's a big improvement but it only shows how much more there is: the text is too complicated, things don't line up and any simple "just make it turn on" feeling is not there. We need to go deeper
Second pass is a just a sketch, not a final design, simplifying the text and prioritizing functions. It raises a TON of questions: How to handle convection How did the original design STOP? Who uses ROAST? Delay vs start/stop? Feedback for toggle commands (LIGHT & PROBE)
Some of these are trivial (use the display for feedback on the toggle commands) some are solvable (we need a better "on/off model" for the user) and some will be hard (marketing will fall on their sword to have ROAST)
But this is the divergent part of design, we're a velociraptor testing the electric fence. This type of work can be infuriating to clients as it feels like a step backwards. You share this work cautiously but start the conversation, getting agreement on the fundamentals
It is certainly possible to make things better with a visual refresh. However, to truly make something customers will love, you must go deeper and radically simplify the product structure.

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Full of intimacy and soul, Paul Verdell takes a personal approach to his practice > https://bit.ly/3bpZXYY

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Dot's Adventures ● Daren Thomas Magee (c.2020s) 1•2 ●
Daren Thomas Magee (2020s) ● 2•2

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An illusion for Friday night. Squint.

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An illusion for Friday night. Squint.

Need a 5-minute rest? Take a deep breath and relax. This animation authored by @Wannerstedt brings you to the real meditation. Enjoy!

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Need a 5-minute rest? Take a deep breath and relax. This animation authored by @Wannerstedt brings you to the real meditation. Enjoy!

Abstract Space Walking ✨🔮🌌
(sound on for magic 🔊)

#3d #characterdesign #design #3dartist #digitalart #cinema4d #abstractart

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Abstract Space Walking ✨🔮🌌
(sound on for magic 🔊)

#3d #characterdesign #design #3dartist #digitalart #cinema4d #abstractart

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More snow

Kartoffelgulasch mit Paprika-Sauce: Unsere Köchin verleiht diesem einfachen vegetarischen Bauchwärmer mit Paprika und Sauerrahm-Schnittlauch-Nockerln einen frischen Twist. https://sz-magazin.sueddeutsche.de/das-kochquartett/rezept-einfaches-kartoffel-gulasch-mit-paprika-sauerrahm-vegetarisch-86455

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Kartoffelgulasch mit Paprika-Sauce: Unsere Köchin verleiht diesem einfachen vegetarischen Bauchwärmer mit Paprika und Sauerrahm-Schnittlauch-Nockerln einen frischen Twist. https://sz-magazin.sueddeutsche.de/das-kochquartett/rezept-einfaches-kartoffel-gulasch-mit-paprika-sauerrahm-vegetarisch-86455

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Winter Woods

Dodeca-tree-dron.

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Dodeca-tree-dron.

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You didn’t know you needed to watch penguins being weighed today – but you so did…

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Rex Chapman🏇🏼

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You didn’t know you needed to watch penguins being weighed today – but you so did…

Glowworm gyrations
Tracing the chords of a rotating nonagon
#generative #geometry #gif #creativecoding #processing #infiniteloop

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Glowworm gyrations
Tracing the chords of a rotating nonagon
#generative #geometry #gif #creativecoding #processing #infiniteloop

A collection of tiny blue beads was recently discovered at a long-abandoned house pit in Alaska’s Brooks Range. Their shocking origin: 15th century Italy. “We almost fell over backwards,” said UAF archaeologist Mike Kunz. http://bit.ly/uaf0204211

Blue beads in the tundraGlass beads the size of blueberries found by archaeologists in a Brooks Range house pit might be the first European items in North America. news.uaf.edu

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A collection of tiny blue beads was recently discovered at a long-abandoned house pit in Alaska’s Brooks Range. Their shocking origin: 15th century Italy. “We almost fell over backwards,” said UAF archaeologist Mike Kunz. http://bit.ly/uaf0204211

My first 1/1 edition #NFT drops exclusively on @SuperRare 💎 tomorrow at 9am EST☀️ Stay Tuned! http://www.SuperRare.co/dirtyrobot #Cryptoart

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My first 1/1 edition #NFT drops exclusively on @SuperRare 💎 tomorrow at 9am EST☀️ Stay Tuned! http://www.SuperRare.co/dirtyrobot #Cryptoart

Kaiserschmarrn, Käsespätzle, Semmelknödel und Co.: Mit unseren Rezepten für selbst gemachte Hütten-Klassiker wird Ihnen diesen Winter auch abseits der Skipiste warm ums Herz. https://sz-magazin.sueddeutsche.de/tag/huetten-rezepte

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Kaiserschmarrn, Käsespätzle, Semmelknödel und Co.: Mit unseren Rezepten für selbst gemachte Hütten-Klassiker wird Ihnen diesen Winter auch abseits der Skipiste warm ums Herz. https://sz-magazin.sueddeutsche.de/tag/huetten-rezepte

The Cistercian monks invented a numbering system in the 13th century which meant that any number from 1 to 9999 could be written using a single symbol

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The Cistercian monks invented a numbering system in the 13th century which meant that any number from 1 to 9999 could be written using a single symbol

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My mom and step-dad have spent the better part of quarantine building what they call their "Mini Modern House." It is, quite literally, a miniature marvel, and the world needs to see it. Fully built and designed from scratch, the MMH comes with... +Functioning electricity
+A dope man cave and game room
+A dazzling first floor (I mean, look at that living room)
+A high-ceilinged master bedroom +Two kids bedrooms
And, of course, no house would be complete without... +Garage +Boiler room +Laundry room
I endlessly made fun of my mom when this project started, but I'll be damned, this is one of the coolest things I've ever seen.
So, um, my mom has informed me that the garage door on the MMH actually works. 🤯
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When I told my mom she was kinda going viral, she wanted to make sure you all knew that she spared no detail. She’s a maniac and I love her.
A few more photos have arrived and I'd be remiss if I didn't share... +An exquisite entryway
And no house would be complete without... +A bathroom The Bath Salts box slays me 😂😂😂
Beyond being endlessly creative, my mama has the kindest heart of anyone I've ever met, so let's try to do a little good with all of this attention. If you're able, please consider donating to The Alzheimer's Foundation. Thank you ❤️ https://alzfdn.org/support-us/donate/
I don’t want to distract from the above tweet ⬆️ ⬆️ ⬆️ Please donate if you can. But I must share something I just learned: My mom apparently needlepointed all of the rugs in the MMH The Miniature 👸
The most common question we've gotten: What's the scale of the MMH? In short, 1 foot in real life = 1 inch in the MMH. For example, an 8'x10' rug is 8 inches x 10 inches Here are some pictures to give you a better idea of the scale: +Outside
+First floor
+2nd floor landing
+Bedrooms (look how tiny everything is in the playroom 😂)
+Man cave and game room
+Laundry room +Garage +Boiler room
Reminder: If you're able, please consider donating to The Alzheimer's Foundation. My mom and our entire family has been incredibly touched by all of the donations so far. https://alzfdn.org/support-us/donate/
And yes, the MMH does have an Instagram. Luckily my mom documented the entire process so we've got plenty more pictures to share in the coming days/weeks/months. Follow here: https://www.instagram.com/minimodernhouse/

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Glorious colour film of 1950’s NEW YORK.

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Glorious colour film of 1950’s NEW YORK.

New duck tessellation based on a spiral tiling of quadrilaterals

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New duck tessellation based on a spiral tiling of quadrilaterals

I profiled Chang-rae Lee. We talked about the anxiety around achievement and accolades that I think many outsiders on the inside can relate to, as well as curry paste, writing advice and then he kinda spoiled a plot point of Minari for me but it’s ok https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/31/books/chang-rae-lee-my-year-abroad.html

He Can’t Carry a Tune, but Chang-rae Lee Has a Song to Sing“My Year Abroad,” his sixth novel, is about letting yourself plunge into the world, even when it hurts. He’s been thinking about that a lot over these past, painful months. www.nytimes.com

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I profiled Chang-rae Lee. We talked about the anxiety around achievement and accolades that I think many outsiders on the inside can relate to, as well as curry paste, writing advice and then he kinda spoiled a plot point of Minari for me but it’s ok https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/31/books/chang-rae-lee-my-year-abroad.html

Snowballs come in all shapes and sizes. Photographer Andy Parkinson spent five weeks in the Scottish Highlands, battling 60mph ice-cold winds and snow to capture this Hareball for the #WPYPeoplesChoice Award. Vote for your favourite before 2 February: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy/peoples-choice?utm_source=tw-image-post-20210125-lj&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=wpy56-peopleschoice

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Snowballs come in all shapes and sizes. Photographer Andy Parkinson spent five weeks in the Scottish Highlands, battling 60mph ice-cold winds and snow to capture this Hareball for the #WPYPeoplesChoice Award. Vote for your favourite before 2 February: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy/peoples-choice?utm_source=tw-image-post-20210125-lj&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=wpy56-peopleschoice

For those about to begin a week of #homeschooling, we’ve got a great learning resource that can be used to help young creatives explore colour and shape. 🟧🔺🟩🔵 Start here: https://bit.ly/3iaKFKK ✏️⁣

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For those about to begin a week of #homeschooling, we’ve got a great learning resource that can be used to help young creatives explore colour and shape. 🟧🔺🟩🔵 Start here: https://bit.ly/3iaKFKK ✏️⁣

From the moment it appeared on the Chicago skyline, the Aqua Tower has earned numerous awards for design excellence. However, it hasn’t kept all the glory for itself. https://bit.ly/3qttreq

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I just had an incredible encounter. Our doorbell rang, so I opened the window to look below to the front stoop. When I saw a man delivering food, I called out to him, letting him know it must be for our neighbors downstairs. This, so far, is normal.
“OK,” he nodded, turned to head down the steps, but stopped, and looked back up at me on the second floor. “Nadja?” he asked. I had no idea who he was.
Here’s the crazy part: he had recognized me from the @newshour @pulitzercenter series @BrunoFederico9 and I reported on migrants making the treacherous journey through the Darien Gap in order to reach the US.
I came downstairs to meet him on the stoop. He excitedly brought the first tv report of the series (w/ @sarajust, @mtill50, @Villaloncarlos ) up on his phone where he had saved it: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/what-migrants-face-as-they-journey-through-the-deadly-darien-gap?fbclid=IwAR3vITH5mSXPHbPMS42GmbAv_92fHRUU3mXUxgN90Oa7GspioFIY229X3ko
He had made this journey, too – mere weeks after we went through the Darien from Colombia to Panama in Sept. 2019. He related to the group of Bangladeshis in our report whom we came across in the middle of the jungle, with only their wet clothes clinging to their skin –
- armed bandits had robbed them of their food, money, tents. They hadn’t eaten in days. My new friend Ripol is also from Bangladesh, and he told me that he, too, had been robbed. “Everything!” he exclaimed, throwing his mitten-covered hands into the air.
It is -1 C/ 30 F here today. Ripol bikes across New York, making food deliveries. It will be another long winter, as he waits for his asylum application to inch its way through the system, a process stymied by the pandemic and made restrictive and excruciating by Trump.
Ripol has no family in New York. Just the friendships that forged as he and fellow Bangladeshis walked a lucid nightmare through the Darien Gap. Migrants wish they could slough it off as a bad memory, like a snake sheds its skin. But the experience sticks.
Ripol has shared the video with friends and family; it helped them understand what he went through to get here. Now that I’ve reconnected with many who made it to the US, some of these asylum-seekers have told me how much it meant to them to see their journey reported.
It makes them feel seen. I think there is something about having your hardship and suffering known by others – the sheer recognition of it – that alleviates, ever so slightly, the burden of carrying it alone.
I find it easy to get frustrated when I think of all the reporting that, time and time again, exposes injustice and wrong-doing and that should enrage sufficiently to propel change – but doesn’t. Why bother? I sometimes wonder. Hearing from people like Ripol reminds me:
even if journalism doesn’t change the reason he had to traverse a treacherous jungle to get here, or how he is treated here within a dehumanizing asylum system, it can still mean something to the people who live a story: the simple act of telling it, and speaking someone’s truth.

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