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The best, portable, free umbrella stand of all time!

Whilst walking down the street yesterday in Manchester, I spotted a man carrying an umbrella. Nothing unusual about that you’re thinking. However, this guy is an ergonomist in the making having invented his own unique hands free method of umbrella carrying! Check out the photo below… he placed the hook of the umbrella on the back collar of his coat! Ingenious!

Pros:

Hands are free to do other things, eg, shopping

Hands can be put in the coat pockets to keep warm

Umbrella is behind you so is not obstructive

Looks awesome (thanks to @MarkSkinner_ for this one!)

Makes other people smile 🙂

Cons:

Could be easily stolen

May damage the collar of certain coats

Won’t be pleasant once the umbrella has been used and is wet!

May forget it’s there and end up sitting on it (lol) or accidentally hitting someone with it

umbrella brolly usability ergonomics

In contrast to Mark’s Pro of looking awesome, we have ‘looking a bit of a tit’ from @PeteWilliams

What do you think?

Steve Jobs. Legend.

For most designers, Steve Jobs is a hero and inspiration, especially those of us in the user experience field who strive for simplicity and cleanliness in designs. I’ve just watched the video of his Stanford speech (i’ve included it below) where he talks about how he gave up college to instead study the things he loved, to follow his heart and intuition. It feels rather surreal that our new social network that we’ve been working on since being made redundant a couple of yrs ago is now launched. In fact we took the brakes off it at about midnight last night. This morning we realised the news of Steve must have come very shortly after.

Today feels rather bitter sweet. We’re really excited to finally launch sqoshi but incredibly sad that the most inspirational person of our work is no longer here. I like to think he’d have been proud that we decided to escape the rat race and create something we were passionate about. I can’t imagine he’ll be resting where he is, instead he’ll be looking over all our shoulders, he’ll be that voice in your head asking ‘why have you still got that feature in there? remove it!’ or ‘what are you doing in this job? follow your passions and just do it!’ He will continue to influence all of us for the better.

We hope he loves what we’ve done. He’ll always be our hero and a massive inspiration to us.

steve jobs Apple

Happy birthday to me!

It’s my birthday tomorrow so today I made this blackforest chocolate cake – yum! I had planned to get the big blackforest gateau that i’d seen in Lidl at the end of the road but unfortunately bloody inconsiderate rioters went and set fire to it. Anyway, i’ve had fun baking today and the good news is Lidl will reopen (hooray!).

Do you like my cake?

bday cake

When great marketing fails due to bad UX

I was in Manchester recently and couldn’t believe it when I saw a Peugeot car parked on top of the library! This is a really prominent location in Manchester with lots of passing traffic and pedestrians, including a tram stop directly opposite. Accompanied by a couple of large banner posters, it became immediately apparent that this was a deliberate marketing campaign.

You can see in the picture the people stood opposite the building. You get a lot of people congregating here as it’s a major tram stop. People have got nothing to do but look at the car and see the banner. It’s an ideal location chosen well by the marketing team.

The major call-to-action is to visit the website spot3008.com so what do you think people passing by or stood waiting for a tram are going to do? Yep that’s right, they’re going to get their phone out and have a look at the website.

So curiosity got the better of us. Rich got on his iPhone to check out what it was all about. What did we find? This:

What is the point in spending extortionate amounts of budget on marketing to not support the very platforms people will be using to access the call-to-action? What a waste!

Facebook iPhone App FAIL

Oh dear… Facebook have gone and done it again… they’ve upset their users once again! This happens so often it makes you wonder if it’s a deliberate marketing ploy to make the news (even if it’s bad news).

It seems they’ve only had one engineer working on the iPhone Facebook app and the latest version has been released with numerous major bugs that have really pissed off their users. So much so, that tens of thousands of iPhone owners around the world have been posting one star reviews on the app store. They include comments about its ‘diabolical”, “rubbish” and “awful” recent performance.

Roughly half of all iPhone and iPod touch users have the Facebook app. Last year, Mark Zuckerberg claimed that mobile was his top priority for 2011. You’d think he’d put more than one person on the case then wouldn’t you?

Facebook have apparently declined to comment on this latest mistake, which just makes it worse. The best companies admit their mistakes, apologise, gain more respect for doing so and learn not to mess up again.

It seems to me that Facebook act in many ways as though they can ‘do no wrong’. Let’s see what happens with Google+ shall we. The users will revolt Zuckerberg, don’t think for one second that you’re immune!

This quote from one user, I believe is just the start:

“I’m glad to see the new Google+ app is now on the iPhone … This means we don’t need Facebook anymore.”

Inspiring creativity quote

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery — celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to.

– Jim Jarmusch