Fritz Kahn: The Little-Known Godfather of Infographics

How a German gynecologist transformed science into visual poetry and laid the foundations of modern information graphics.Around the time when Austrian sociologist, philosopher, and curator Otto Neurath was building his ISOTYPE visual language, which laid the foundation for pictogram-based infographics, another infographic pioneer was doing something even more ambitious: The German polymath Fritz Kahn — amateur astronomer, medical scientist by training, gynecologist by early occupation, artist by inclination, writer, educator and humanist by calling — was developing innovative vis

The Future of Google Search

Google has truly defined the way that we consume information. Not only defining how we search but designing the interfaces that we use to filter and find information. This year at Google I/O, there were several amazing new introductions in every category. However, one of the most notable changes to me was the prevalence of cards. Google Now, Google Glass and Google Maps all featured cards.

9 Ways to Stay Creative

Being in the creative industry is a fun job, we get to create all sorts of different art and designs, whether it be graphic or web related. Staying creative however can be a tough task at times, especially when we are trying to create something that has never ...

Can Flat Design Change An Entire Culture Built On Ornateness?

The World Is Flat by Saudi designer Khansa\\'a Abu Naji hopes to convince the Arab world that there\\'s profoundness in simplicity.Flat design trends tend to be phrased in terms of the way they challenge the paradigm of skeuomorphism, but one Saudi designer is trying to do more than ...

TouchMarks II: Touchscreen Latencies in Flagship Tablets

In our last TouchMarks report, we looked at the touchscreen latencies of the flagship smartphones from different manufacturers. In this report, we’ll benchmark the touchscreen latencies of the leading tablets, including iPads, Microsoft’s Surface and leading Android tablets including Amazon’s newest Kindle Fire HD.Before we get into the ...

Icons And Interfaces

A pictogram is a visual translation of a concept. It is a sign : a combination of shapes associated to carry meaning. (Symbol and signs: Exploration, A. Frutiger, 1999) For instance, to create a visual translation of “Lighting”. We could use a “lightbulb” sign out if lines, circles ...

13 award-winning ecommerce websites

Earlier this year Shopify set out to showcase the best ecommerce sites displaying exceptional design, creativity, and usability with the launch of the inaugural Shopify Design Awards. The awards received over 100 submissions giving the judging panel of industry veterans Jeffrey Zeldman, Tina Roth Eisenberg and Daniel Weinand ...

Pinterest And Path To Battle Over Letter “P” Logo Trademark

Are the Path and Pinterest logos too similar? Path apparently thinks so. The mobile messaging startup is currently working to prevent Pinterest from acquiring the trademark to the letter “P” as a stylized design (like the one shown here, and below). The U.S. trademark office allowed Pinterest’s trademark ...

Top signs that your new web project won’t be accessible

We all like to think we do our bit for people with disabilities. If you are running a web project this often means adding a line to the supplier’s contract that the website should “meet accessibility guidelines” or “comply with the Equality’s Act”.But as the project progresses, how ...

Ghostlab takes spirited approach to web testing

Ghostlab is a tool built by Swiss company Vanamco designed to help synchronise testing for web and mobile across multiple devices. It’s different from other testing tools in that you can synchronise more than just a page refresh over different devices.Ghostlab allows for simultaneous clicks, scrolls and form ...

Managing the First-Time-User Experience

Confusion about the process. The fact that the CRM system is a technological application of the organizational work flows and processes is not trivial. Many users may be baffled by the “flattening” of their work routine. Another problem that may come up is the system’s inability to contain exceptions (even if only temporarily). This may lead to skepticism (“How reliable is this software if it can’t reflect reality precisely?”)Surprisingly, there are technological means to solving nontechnological problems.

Can Wearable Tech Improve the Music Festival Experience?

ClearHart Digital — the company behind the KillSwitch app that banishes ex-loves from your Facebook feed — is bringing its ethos to the outdoor music festival.The company, along with partner Esurance, launched its NFC-enabled Insider Band on Aug. 11 at San Francisco's Outside Lands music festival. With KillSwitch,

Loneliness Illustrated So Beautifully You Will Need To Tell Someone

In a world where we collect friends like stamps, here’s some sense for our social networks. At :40 my jaw hits the floor when creator Shimi Cohen outlines our max capacity of our social circles. And when at 2:20 he gets into the mind-blowing reason hitting delete is ...