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Designing Apps using Open Data

Government open data presents a number of opportunities for citizens, designers and elected officials. Using the TTC transit system here in Toronto, I would stand amongst other commuters on a cold winter day and watch as someone would step impatiently off the curb, press off their heel and try to get a glimpse of any streetcar on the horizon.

The Science of Nightclubs

This past Friday, we had the pleasure of welcoming nightclub sociologist Yale Fox to the studio. Those of you in Toronto may know Yale as a DJ, but he's since uprooted to New York City and been named a 2011 TED Fellow for his research around why humans love music, particularly its effects on our behaviour in nightclubs.

The Race to the Bottom for Native Apps

Now that Apple's iOS platform has had a few years to mature, it has become a major source of revenue for the company, having recently announced that they've paid out $2 Billion to developers. But is that enough? There's certainly amazing potential in terms of revenue for certain apps — those that have a wide appeal, can reach a global audience and are novel concepts.

Little Things Matter

When it comes to building a web experience, most of the effort is typically put towards the tactical objectives that aim to satisfy business and user requirements: Users should be able to easily browse products and buy them; The business should have the capability to manage marketing campaigns; Users should be able to easily move laterally between similar products. Every agency, no matter how big or small has to solve these same problems, and that will never change.

Interaction Design is the new Art Direction?

Earlier this month at the RGD DesignThinkers conference here in Toronto, I checked out a talk by Khoi Vinh, former Design Director of the New York Times. Having spent many years directing design of NYTimes.com, he saw the Web evolve from a landscape of hypertext to one that's much more interactive and engaging.

Design Disasters: AMC’s Simulated Butter Dispenser

We come across a lot of bad design in our everyday lives, both online and offline. For most people, it tends to go unnoticed as they browse the Web, shop for groceries, drive their cars or dispense your own butter on your popcorn at the movie theater.

How I’m Using the iPad

Now that we've had a few weeks to put the iPad through its paces, it's moved from being a novel new gadget to something that I use every day. The number one question I get when people find out I have an iPad is - what do you actually use it for?

Rethinking Online Grocery Experiences

Living in a big urban centre can have its ups and downs. While you may live within a few hundred metres of a full-stocked grocery store, depending on your neighbourhood, you can easily find yourself faced with a 20 to 30 minute walk.

SXSW 2010 Video: Dan Roam, Peter Molyneux and Wired

Between the dozens of panels, talks and conversations that happen every day during South by Southwest (SXSW) and the ensuing parties and networking opportunities each night, there was quite a bit to take in in Austin last week. Yesterday I shared some of the highlights and trends that I observed at SXSW 2010, but for me the real reason for attending SXSW is having the opportunity to hear some truly inspiring and fascinating people who work in Design speak in person.

SXSW 2010: Highlights and Trends

I'm fresh off the plane from South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive 2010 and still reeling from some of the amazing people I connected with and talks I checked out in Austin, so I thought I'd share some of my thoughts of some of the top trends and highlights of SXSW this year. This year saw a record number of attendees – I heard as many as 17,000 (a 50% increase over last year's 11,000) and you could see the difference everywhere.