Laboratory

While searching for the materials for the further posts, I found some mysterious files. They happened to be screenshots of the apps I made for classes while in university. It looks like classes were about object oriented programming language, maybe even Delphi. I forgot how fun it was ;)

Data Visualization (Infographics) Howto: Iodide! Iodate!

Iodine Makes Me Clever tshirt print (dribbbbbbbble edition)

It looks like I am absolutely out of time and won’t be able to translate this post into english for a long time. So let’s consider pictures really worth a thousand words and enjoy the examples of the charts and graphs I made for the book about use of iodized salt in bakery.

Yeti News. Guest column

Sign on the door of the office I share with Bo

I wrote a column for Yeti News about branding using game technologies which is a mix of one and a half clever thoughts and something stupid. If you’re good in reading in Russian, you are welcome to read my column.

I won Marylin (not Manson)

Me wearing tshirt (photo taken with coffee mug, the quality is adequate)

I’ve suddenly won a tshirt from vitamins. The print is Marylin formed with sliced fruits. The quality of the tshirt with 100% polyester outside and 100% cotton inside is perfect. The quality of the print is good too.

Thanking the tshirt I’d like to give the vitamins a good advice.

Twenty Ate

Achromatic interface

Safari decided this morning is the morning to stop communicating with me. That was the reason I launched Google Chrome and decided to make it my default browser. As usually I clicked Chrome › Preferences… in menu bar and was surprised nothing happened. I clicked that path again — nothing! The reason was Google Chrome stopped opening settings window because it opens settings in separate tab right where you browse the sites.

iPhone 4 designer's edition for sale

Please excuse the photo quality because it was taken with some Android HTC phone first generation iPhone

As you may know I’ve broken the glass on my iPhone 4 16Gb that was bought in Great Britain and was never locked. After that it was replaced with brand new front glass and I broke the back glass. So the back part of my iPhone now looks pretty much like decorated with stained glass and doesn’t cut the user because it’s very cool glass that looks quite stylish. As the glass was broken by me one can be sure it is designer’s edition of iPhone. As opposed to other designers I’ll sell my edition much cheaper than iPhone 4 costs here in Kiev (even if you decide to replace the back glass the final price would be still lower than used iPhone). You are welcome to contact me on this matter.

And if you still vague if the back glass is so important here is a story for you I wrote this winter. Thanks to it you would be as sure as I am that iPhone is not just about the back glass but more about user experience and being and iPhone.

Lingua Nuovo

Aloha! It just dodged my head that besides facebook (link on the right), twitter (link on the right), walkyrie (link on the right) and other flickrs (link on the right) I have mega! I’ll try to unforget this fact yet another time ;)

While my friends’ blood is boiling because of Oxford Dictionary that now includes internet slang OMG LOL OK <3 I try my best to contaminate the English language myself. My super-evil sidekick is Ann Lee who added my casual comment presspresso to the Urban Dictionary! That’s the way to spoil the language!

Google? Fefefe!

Part of google.com screenshot with almost seamless but existing video background colour difference

As it’s John Lennon’s birthday today (actually Google failed even on that, announcing Lennon’s birthday on 8th of October), Google made a perfect animated logo dedicated to it. Check it on google.com in not so obvious way — you have to click the logo you’ve never clicked before and never new it was active. But Google is always Google — nothing can be done really perfect. Was it really so hard to make the background of video the same as the background of the whole page? Pay more attention to details already, you’re not beta startup for years!

For all those, who think that it’s the YouTube’s way of creating problems I want to remind that YouTube is Google’s. So even if the owner of the service can’t make the service stop ruining videos, what should ordinary users do?

Walkyrie × 100 Interactive Catalogue in Your Mobile Device

Not so long ago me and my fellow antique, travel and glamour photographer from Minsk started a project called Walkyrie. Time passed by and here we are with helveticized vintage photo number 100. One-wow-hundred. It’s not just some kind of milestone or a reason to have some champagne but also some kind of a birthday.

Side View

Source: Маркер

As MTS changed its logo a tiny bit (you can see that huge changes above), I’d like to remind about the post I wrote about their egg-logo some time ago: Identify Yourself. This logo in one of the resembling logos of another companies that are owned by the same holding or corporation. Would they change logos for them too? I highly doubt. And it’s still red on red. I hope they would stop being ashamed of their logo and start calling egg the egg, not ellipsoid.

Waking Up

I caught one post in the sea of the drafts I have here. There are 10s of them. Anyway, I’ve chosen one and publish it today because this morning twitter is overfilled with messages like “I want to sleep”. I don’t have a problem waking up with a smile (I don’t use don’t use alarms, imagine that ;). Anyway I sometimes think it’s wrong to get up early. But let’s get back to the topic. Below is the remastered version of text comics I’ve sent to bo one morning.

Phone back side front

Hey, phone producing companies, place screen and buttons on one side of the cell phone and dynamic on the other. Is that so hard? Every year when summer starts to heat the plastic or glass phone screen starts to stick to your ear or cheek. While it’s just uncomfortable with regular cell phones it makes touch screen phones (like iPhone and its brothers from other producers) unusable. You have to wipe the screen so it could feel you touch it again. Placing the dynamic on the other side of the phone solves that!

Update

Now iHave iPhone 4 and see my iDeas iS useless at least for it. Both surfaces on both sides are glass, but this glass doesn’t stick to your cheek and is not so much affected by sweat. So either you mess with placing screen on the other side, either you make normal glass that doesn’t stick.

iFoxy

Today was the day to buy cider and meet bear in the grass. Real cider and toy bear. Couple of weeks was the time to draw a logo with “anime like fox” and company name. As to me my drawing suits Firefox loving mac-nazi t-shirt more, but logo consumer was happy. And I was and am happy. Leave you to taste cider.

Apple presents '2010 ≠ 1984'

Yesterday Steve Jobs shared his “Thoughts on Flash” with the whole internet audience. Some think it’s disaster and mutation of Apple into Big Brother. I, the one who’s personal site is 100% Flash and the who wrote a lot about Flash, disagree. The explanation of situation by Jobs is clear and perfect. He says that iPad and iPhone are too “weak” to run Flash — batteries will drain out, processors should be as hot as the son and everything on the screen will be stuck anyway. The explanation why H.264 video is less resource intensive then Flash video is just masterpiece of easy to perceive information. H.264 is decoded by special chip and Flash video is decoded by soft that needs a lot of resources (different chips ;)

Yes. ’Nuff Said

Identify yourself

Add dimensions and substract bodies

Peugeot changed it’s logo because of 200th anniversary. Okey, they removed the tongue and body — their will. But what about the font? Does it have to be so freaky? I think that fixing it a bit to look normal would be much better. Something like this:

News spectrum

Every time when I start doing something for periodical publications I can hardly choose between blue-black and black-blue combinations. This color combinations is diluted by grey, which makes it more — hahaha — delightful. Newspapers are mad about blue. Magazines are mad about red. It’s a good news that guys who made press color schemes didn’t paint our world. Otherwise we would live in the world without photosynthesis because there would be no green. We would choke — we can’t breathe without the oxygen.

Chuck Norris fact no. ∞: He ruins App Store with terror

Here is another fun fact about Chuck Norris: that was him who bited Apple logo. No, this one is really real not just real like previous ones. Long story short. Chuck Norris got offended by that fact that his application for iPhone had awfull sales and blamed — you’ll never guess — Apple usability for that. Apple App Store should be sorry for that some useless iphone run-and-gun app doesn’t sell. Chuck terrorised Apple Inc. that he’ll move to Android platform from iPhone (did anyone care about that?) and rejected design changes Apple proposed. So Chuck Norris created his own design for App Store and Apple used his idea to change the App Store interface. Know what? Chuck was much better counting to infinity and travelling to Mars then as UX specialist.

Sorry, Mario, the Princess is right after the crossroads

I found a link to stoplight concept of Damjan Stanković on dirty.ru. Designer offers to add sectors round the stop light so the drivers could see how soon they can move again and stop their engines thus saving gas and nature.

Whither goest thou?

"Warsaw zombies attacking Berlin pedestrian" on flickr

How were things invented couple of ages ago? You tied key to kite, set under the apple tree and waited while physics did its work. Not the most laborious process. You just had not to mix up what to tie and where to sit. Inventions are much easier nowadays: google it, find it, twitter it and here’s you fresh baked invention!

Nevertheless there are some freaks who glue keys to the hedgehogs, launch pines to the orbit, sit under different objects, clap the desolate falling tree in lonely rainforests with one hand and act even more meaningful trying to find something unique and interesting. So new and useful that everyone would say “ORLY!!!” and understand how the Universe is working.

Such a perfect intro and it’s in vain.

Invaders' Response on Moon Bombing

GUI fails of Google Waves

As they perfectly say: there are a lot of talks about invites and so little about Google Wave itself. I’ll help Google and talk about Google Wave. Sorry folks, I don’t have invites to send at looks like had none at all — no easy way to find out and not a word in the Help section. Oh, Google, you are so… so… arrrrgh! Just because it’s invite-only and not everyone can enjoy this, let’s be honest, pathetically cool but practically useless service, I’ll describe you why Google made its best to implement its unique philosophy on awful user experience in one more of its interfaces. Don’t get sad and bored, I’ll highlight just three most outrages GUI fails novelties ;)

Something's Missing

It was supposed to be bacon and eggs breakfast. I fried bacon and a little bit of bread, took tasty olives out of the pickle and placed the fresh and green onion. The dish was ready and served. I ungrudgingly ate it but something was wrong. Something was missing. I forgot to put the eggs!

How do I live without a compass in my phone?!

Okay, iPhone OS 3.0 is out, broken, jailbroken, pwned, owned and other 1337 kittens stuff. I have iPhone that is called Original or 2G (the one with aluminium back, I like it!). I like almost everything about it, especially after I activated Japanese keyboard to type ★ and ♥. It works good, it fell on the different surfaces and still works, even the screen is a little bit damaged and seems like my SIM card is stuck in this iPhone for ages. It suits all my macs and works with them verrrrry good.

But!!

Every time I want to update something on my iPhone I have to burn all my belongings, curse my enemies, present all my goods left after fire to the poor and then start casting a spells involving words like “Pwnage”, “Quick pwnage”, “DFU”, “Jailbrake” and others. Can anyone really differ one from the other if they are not side by side in the text and knows this words’ meanings? That’s not all! I have to remember to uncheck some checkboxes, so my iPhone’s start logo won’t look like pineapple and weird drawn Steve Jobs won’t cry his LULZ at me while all that magic stuff with DFU. Isn’t it too much for just maintaining a phone?

Hey, Cupertino, I know you’re reading (or not). Guess what? I’m buying Pre or some thing like that, ‘cause I am tired to live in fear that my iPhone would turn into a brick or pumpkin at midnight! And I prey that owner won’t turn into a rat.

Save for Web problem — pictures lighter then original

Vasco da Gamma station in Lisbon

It’s easy to imagine lifelike situation when two photos with pale pictures on them talk to each other: — Hey, you’ve been on vacation. Haven’t you tanned? — I did but I was saved using Safe for Web after that!

I think that everyone met this problem when using Safe for Web — pics become lighter and kinda pale. Looks like someone mysterious used levels to adjust it.

We won't go to Opera today, honey

There are three ways to make a tasty dish. You can take everything you consider to be tasty, mix it and throw into boiling oil. It would be fried and even can be tasty. My friend, who came from London to have a pint of beer with me in Kiev, told me about Fried Mars — you have to fry Mars in boiling oil. Someone can even find it tasty, but let’s get back from Mars to Earth. The second way to make a dish is used by chefs in restaurants: you’ll have to know how to cook masterly. But this is the hardest way and not everyone can do it while the first is within everyone’s power. There is one more way where you don’t have to be virtuoso of cooking but still will be able to make a tasty… erm… result ;) Just cook like it’s written in the cookbook!

I’ve just realised that the metaphor would only win if I use cocktails instead of dishes but the I’ll have to get rid of Fried Mars, so let’s leave the things they are.

So, the choice of the way to cook for a person, who just wants to make tasty dinner but isn’t in any way chief cook, is obvious. He or she takes the cookbook and cooks instead of throwing pickles, Skittles, two sausages, vanilla and unagi in boiling oil, expecting for acceptable result.

Selling the sales

Name of the company for TV sales. QP may be spelled as ku-pi — “buy” in Russian.

Flash 10 Antipasti and URL roundup

I remember how it all started. Long time ago, when dinosaurs were using modems, sites were called homepages and word google meant nothing, there still were URLs of the sites. We called it site addresses and if you wanted to look smartass you could say something like unique address of the web resource based in the world wide web. Programmers now known as it-specialists were programming on their own and it brought to the expected results — strange URLs of different pages. I mean something like blablabla.com/?sid=23l&pid=ln123&youare=cookiemonster which could lead somewhere to the search page or latest news from time to time. Then like the knights without fear and with goodness in hearts came new guys. Strange looking, doing nothing but consultations and calling themselves usabilists.

WTF — (англ.) что у людей в голове

(Russian) Вить-вить-вить, тьох-тьох-тьох

(Russian) Slumdog Millionaire

(Russian) tweet-tweet

(Russian) Мне нравятся переезды, переезды (I like to move it, move it)

(Russian) Quantum-shmantum

(Russian) No CX101

(Russian) Почему Эсквайр стал хуже, чем Esquire был лучше

(Russian) Цветной пост

(Russian) Слоган Борисполя

(Russian) I was raskin around

(Russian) Что делать, если пропали категории после перехода на WP 2.6

(Russian) Как открыть animated GIF в Photoshop CS3

(Russian) Халтурка на дому

(Russian) Особо опасный сумеречный мел судьбы или с легким паром — 2

(Russian) Охота на лису

(Russian) Crosspost c dirty.ru

(Russian) Шеврон шеврону — рознь

(Russian) Как предотвратить загрузку iPhoto, когда подключаешь iPhone, iPod, PSP или фотоаппарат

(Russian) Поисковое окно

(Russian) Они атакуют!!! Передайте, пожалуйста, соль

(Russian) BumpTop: хороший плохой интерфейс

(Russian) — Hello, I'm a Mac. — And I'm a Braun…

(Russian) Ботанические сны

(Russian) iPhone? iDunno…

(Russian) Половина кубика Nokia Morph внутривенно

(Russian) God Has Rejected the Western World

(Russian) Odnoklassniki

(Russian) У каждой профессии

(Russian) Don't move a thing

(Russian) Пластилиновая химера

(Russian) О себе я знаю понаслышке

(Russian) Google SUX II

(Russian) Ничего себе

(Russian) Яблочный Киев

(Russian) Тупиковые вопросы

(Russian) Я порвал Esquire

Yandex

(Russian) Acme ache

(Russian) Виндоус виста ух гайд!

(Russian) Бесполезный пост chain