Watch an Incredible Interactive Table Morph To a Person's Movements

Just five months ago, MIT's Tangible Media Group was showing off a physical interface that mimics you in real time. This week in Milan, the team unveiled the next iteration of the system that's much larger and even more sophisticated. You're going to want to click through for the videos. » 4/11/14 9:42am 4/11/14 9:42am

The Best New Windows 8.1 Features in 8 GIFs

Windows 8.1 just got an update. It's rolling out automatically starting today, but you can also grab it in the Windows Store. The changes are mostly tiny but also great. In fact they're so small and intuitive that you might even miss a few, so we've wrangled our favorites into this series of handy GIFs. » 4/08/14 10:00am 4/08/14 10:00am

Who Designed the Hamburger Icon?

The hamburger icon is a classic. Even if you don't know it by that name, its three black bars are as familiar as your mouse's cursor—a constant companion on your cyber journey since the day you got your first computer. But who designed this icon? » 3/31/14 3:16pm 3/31/14 3:16pm

This WhatsApp Redesign Would Make Facebook's $16 Billion Buy Worth It

Whatsapp has been one of the most talked about start-up giants in recent memory. Building upon the most basic of mobile services, messaging WhatsApp has managed to monetise and evolve the service through cross platform integration and making it free (among many other things). Following the $16billion acquisition of… » 3/17/14 4:40pm 3/17/14 4:40pm

Where the Progress Bar Came From

We've all spent hours—maybe even days—of our lives cursing the slow crawl of the dreaded progress bar. But did you ever stop to think about how much worse it might be if the bar wasn't there in the first place. Fortunately, thanks to one grad student's genius idea back in the 80s, we'll never have to find out. » 3/07/14 3:41pm 3/07/14 3:41pm

A Brilliant In-Car Touchscreen Interface You Never Need To Look At

Touchscreen displays in our cars aren't going away anytime soon. So designer Matthaeus Krenn figured that now was as good a time as any to radically improve their interfaces, replacing grids of ugly buttons and options with an elegant and minimal multi-touch UI —-that the driver doesn't need to look at. » 2/19/14 4:28pm 2/19/14 4:28pm

The 11 Most Exciting UI and UX Ideas of 2013

Much has changed in our world in the past decade. Remember 2003? 50 Cent was still on top, as was Dubya, and you were hot shit if your cellphone had a color screen. Imagine knowing that in ten years, we'd interact with tech using our voices, our gestures, and even our brainwaves. 2013, in particular, has been a year of … » 12/26/13 9:00am 12/26/13 9:00am

Facebook Rolls Out a Brand New Like Button for the Very First Time

Facebook's "Like" button plugin has become so ubiquitous across the internet that you probably don't even notice it sitting on the bottom of nearly every single site you visit. Now, though, that little button is going to stand out quite a bit more—because Facebook has unveiled its first new "Like" and "Share" buttons since… » 11/06/13 1:42pm 11/06/13 1:42pm

Could an Ignition-Activated “Car Mode” Keep Drivers From Texting?

Texting while driving accounts for more and more accidents every year, but there’s no clear solution in sight (unless you think these new SMS rest stops will work). New York designer Joey Cofone is proposing another idea: An iOS “Car Mode,” akin to airplane mode, that would prevent you from texting while your car is in … » 10/17/13 5:40pm 10/17/13 5:40pm

Touchy-Feely Speakers Hint at the Future of Haptic Interfaces

Touchscreens are flat and hard by necessity—thanks to their dense layers of glass, conductive metal, and capacitors. But as haptic interfaces start to appear in commercial gadgets, touchscreen devices are poised to become even more… touchy. Enter Eunhee Jo, a Korean designer who’s spending the next year as a designer… » 9/20/13 6:20pm 9/20/13 6:20pm

Tweetdeck Just Got a Little Bit Prettier

Tweetdeck's got a gift for you today. No, unfortunately it's not fixed notifications, but it's still a step in the right direction. Meet the new, prettier tweet panel. It makes firing off 140-char screeds a little more pleasant. » 8/16/13 10:22am 8/16/13 10:22am

Android's Tips for Beautiful Icon Design Are the Opposite of Google's

Today, Android published a helpful blog post offering up a list of design tips for developers slaving away over new app icons, encouraging them to use shadows, textures, and micro detail. We're watching Android grow up into its own distinct visual identity—independent even from Google mothership. » 7/19/13 10:55am 7/19/13 10:55am

The Secret Histories of Clippy, Comic Sans, and Other Legends of Early …

It’s human nature to hate things that remind us of how dumb we used to be; Like teenagers who can’t stand their baby pictures, we prefer to ignore the proof of our humble beginnings. The same goes for artifacts of computing history—for proof, just look at the rage directed at relics of those early days, like Comic Sans … » 7/08/13 9:00am 7/08/13 9:00am