1. Unusual way to engage customers and get them into stores.

    Unusual way to engage customers and get them into stores.

  2. Very nice, Tanga. You want me to create an account; I’ll get a 10% coupon for it. I decide if it’s worth it to me. 
Clear, no bs copy. Love it.

    Very nice, Tanga. You want me to create an account; I’ll get a 10% coupon for it. I decide if it’s worth it to me. 

    Clear, no bs copy. Love it.

  3. Interesting juxtaposition

    Interesting juxtaposition

  4. Gorgeous, simple app for CalTrain. Too bad it doesn’t work anymore.

  5. thisistheverge:

Material world: how Google discovered what software is made of
The next era of Google design is about software as substance

    thisistheverge:

    Material world: how Google discovered what software is made of
    The next era of Google design is about software as substance

  6. God, what a beautiful email. And it’s a proper table layout, not an image.

    God, what a beautiful email. And it’s a proper table layout, not an image.

  7. As in recent years, the 2014 survey uncovered more design flaws than traditional product defects. Top problems were 1.) Voice-recognition software issues; 2.) Bluetooth/mobile pairing problems; 3.) Easily scuffed or soiled materials; 4.) Excessive wind noise; and 5.) Hard-to-use navigation systems. “Vehicles don’t typically break anymore,” Sargent said.

    — Automobile, 2014 J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey

    (Source: m.automobilemag.com)

  8. The 233 questions of the [Initial Quality Survey] ask owners of 2013 model year vehicles to report problems or defects that occur within the first 90 days of ownership. J.D. Power notes that almost two-thirds of problems for 2013 are categorized as design-related issues rather than manufacturing defects, meaning that they are not simple snags that can be fixed at a dealership. Like in 2012, many of the problems raised in the survey results were related to in-car technology systems, such as Bluetooth phone pairing, navigation, and voice recognition software. The recent spread of multimedia interfaces into more mainstream models such as Hyundai’s BlueLink, Chrysler’s UConnect, the MyFord Touch systems is likely at play here as owners adjust to more complex functionality in their vehicles.

    — Automobile

    (Source: m.automobilemag.com)

  9. fastcompany:

Here’s what the 3D and dynamic perspective look like on the Amazon Fire phone.
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(gif made from Chrisdanielsking5 video on Instagram)

Neat or gross?

    fastcompany:

    Here’s what the 3D and dynamic perspective look like on the Amazon Fire phone.

    Join our live coverage!

    (gif made from Chrisdanielsking5 video on Instagram)

    Neat or gross?

  10. Just as expected, Amazon’s just-announced Fire Phone features a unique interface that is quite a bit different than what you’ll see on pretty much any other smartphone on the market. While the basic interface is very much reminiscent of the Kindle Fire tablets, there are a few new tricks that combine the phone’s hardware — particularly the multiple front-facing cameras — and software. The phone’s dynamic perspective feature updates 60 times per second to make the interface work.

    The key to making dynamic perspective work is knowing exactly where the user’s head is at all times, in real time, many times per second, Bezos said. It’s something that the company has been working on for four years, and best way to do it is with computer vision, he went on to note. The single front-facing camera wasn’t sufficient because its field of view was too narrow — so Amazon included special cameras with a much wider field of view to continuously capture a user’s head. At the end of the day, it features four front-facing cameras, two of which can be used in case the other cameras were covered; it uses the best two at any given time. Lastly, Amazon included infrared lights in each camera to allow the phone to work in the dark.

    — The Verge

  11. Amazon’s Fire Phone is a showcase for the company’s various services, but it’s also being positioned as the best possible way to buy products and digital media from Amazon. Jeff Bezos just demoed a new technology called “Firefly” that’s capable of recognizing both objects in the real world and content like music and TV shows. Bezos said Firefly can identify up to 100 million items in all.

    — The Verge

  12. Just noticed OfficeMax and Office Depot subtly rebranded after their merger by combining typefaces from their two different wordmarks. Slightly cool/slightly weird.

    Just noticed OfficeMax and Office Depot subtly rebranded after their merger by combining typefaces from their two different wordmarks. Slightly cool/slightly weird.

  13. thisistheverge:

    Apple’s lost future: phone, tablet, and laptop prototypes of the ’80s
    Some of mockups still look sleek and stylish today, but few resemble the reality of the tablets, laptops, and phones that Apple would actually come to make two decades later, after Jobs’ return.

  14. I love the whimsical animated sign-up screen with changeable cars. A little extra (sometimes unnecessary) effort goes a long way toward delight.