I saw this terrible ad in a terrible magazine and immediately thought 'that's never a Mark Twain quote'.
He never wrote like a terrible copywriter writing a brand values. In fact, people in general never wrote in that odd one word per sentence way in the old days. Did. They? And those words, feels too much like the Everyday Contemporary Luxury style of copywriting you see on housing developments these days. Never a Twain quote.
Turns out he might have written it as part of a much longer piece, but probably not.
" 'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.'
This quote has been attributed to Mark Twain, but the attribution cannot be verified. The quote should not be regarded as authentic."
Someone has made a digital version of the keypad on a vending machine. In almost every way they have made the interaction worse. (Ignore the bit about no product at the end, that can happen any time.)
While we're on the subject it's a Flickr video and I have no idea how that works any more. You may have to click here to watch it.
I've been using Google Art Project for a while now. Install the Chrome extension and you'll get a work of art every time you open a new tab. The art changes every day.
It's a really nice texture change during the day. Just enough change to make you notice and not enough to be annoying.
Was lucky enough to get a before opening hours tour of the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the V&A. It's stunning.
McQueen was clearly a creative genius. Able to take random moments of inspiration and turn them into a rich supply of ideas, enough to fill a collection, a show, all the marketing, and much more.
Able to give those ideas deep meaning, so that you could enjoy the clothes just as clothes (and lots of them you could actually wear down the shops) or you could keep digging and probably still be finding stuff weeks in. And then he did that every six months. If you talk about "storytelling" you should go and learn something.
All that and he seemed to have a very clear sense of purpose. A huge drive to make things and change things.
And if you're not bothered by fashion, it's worth going for the exhibition design.
You should go*. Everyone says it's sold out, but Poach pointed out you can still get tickets during the day.
* Not you Russell. This review will do for you.
There's a new sculpture in the park. By Conrad Shawcross (ex UAL) it consists of three structures one of which is shown above. Look how climbable that looks! Hard to resist climbing on that. Especially if you're 6. Or 39.
Approaching the new sculpture I kept looking for the Do Not Climb A4 notices stuck to it, but there were none. You are allowed to climb on the climbable looking thing. This is a sculpture that is fully compliant with Davies's 3rd law. Well done park people.
We talk about this a lot on this blog, but for listeners who are unfamiliar, Davies's 3rd law states:
"if you make something that looks incredibly climbable, you shouldn't be allowed to say people can't climb it"
There's a much broader point here. In interaction design this means; make a thing look like it does what it actually does.
It is a crime to make it look like it you can do something and then say you can't do that thing. Usability beats training. I don't just mean websites. Applies to door handles as well.
And here's one I saw this morning when trying to log on to an energy supplier.
You enter you username password and then click the big green button. Which takes you to a registration page and asks for your detail again. Endless loop.
Took me three or four goes to realise you need to click the small orange button that's slightly cut off.
Anyway, back to sculpture news. Here are some examples that do not obey the law, with a blog post.
And here's one that does, with a blog post.
The Conrad Shawcross sculpture is in Dulwich Park and well worth a visit. More info here.
The picture is a bit rubbish, sorry for that. It's a box of 10 lightbulbs I ordered from Amazon.
It occurred to me this is what I use Amazon for the most. Ordering very specific cheap DIY/household type things in bulk.
Lightbulbs are good, so are batteries.
I get paranoid about running out of both of those so when I see I'm low, I'll order a bunch of 10. With Amazon I can get the specific one I'm after, dimmable energy saving bayonet fitting ones are a nightmare to find, and I don't have to risk a trip to B&Q and they don't have it in stock. I'm in no hurry, so if it arrives 4 or 5 days later that's cool.