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At the Intersection of ID and UX

As a creative with a background in industrial design who is attempting to transition into user experience design, I’ve been thinking a lot about the similarities between the two professions and of which industrial design skills translate exceptionally well when applied to UX. There are two major facets of industrial design that stand out to me as being particularly beneficial: the familiarity with rapid prototyping and the experience of working within the constraints of physical manufacturing.

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A iPhone wallpaper set for The Verge; derived from their pre-launch landing page.

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The danger of public posts on Google+… The Kevin Rose effect

I can’t help but to feel that there is something fundamentally wrong with public posts on Google+. By giving users the ability to post publicly and by creating the twitter-like following system, Google is suggesting content creators to move their work off independent websites into Google’s own closed ecosystem. They are giving organizations and celebrities very powerful and effective marketing tools to use within their network, but situations like Kevin Rose throwing his blog away, replacing it with a social network, is what Google generally claims to be against.

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(Source: kevinrose.com)

Taking Another Look at the iPhone 5 Rumors from a Design Perspective

Last week, Joshua Topolsky of This is my next, published some new iPhone 5 rumors that they had heard. Of course there’s been a huge number of rumors going around lately, but these new ones were totally different from what we had heard previously.  

The post described a radically redesigned handset that features a “teardrop” profile not unlike the MacBook Air. It also mentions an enlarged home button that would double as a gesture area, an edge-to-edge screen, and the possibility of inductive charging. The internet was immediately up in arms, denying that there could be any truth behind the post, but once you step back and look at Apple’s other work, it’s really not that far-fetched.

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