The Samsung Galaxy S6 Has As Much Bloatware As Ever

Apple Debuted a Brand-New Custom Typeface With Its Watch

Something I was watching closely as the Apple Watch was revealed today: Which typeface would grace this shiny, tiny new device? Well, it's not Helvetica, the troublesome font that Apple recently adopted for its iOS and OS applications. It's a brand-new typeface that was designed for excellent readability—by Apple. » 9/09/14 4:29pm 9/09/14 4:29pm

Google's Design Mastermind Explains the Future of Android

Two years ago, as Google first showed off Android Jelly Bean, we sat down with then-Director of Android User Experience Matias Duarte to discuss where the operating system was heading. Fast forward this week's Google I/O, where Duarte—now Google's Vice President of Design—introduced Material Design. We had the chance,… » 6/27/14 11:00am 6/27/14 11:00am

I Wish I Could Read Wikipedia Like This

I love Wikipedia, but too often the articles are just not that easy to read. It's not that my English isn't good enough. My English good. There is Simple English Wikipedia, but it doesn't cover as many topics and it's not as thorough. » 4/17/14 4:00pm 4/17/14 4:00pm

Do You Miss Google's Old School Look?

Yesterday, Google's desktop search page got a redesign. Now it looks the same as Google's mobile and tablet search pages—bigger titles and, notably, no more underline for linked text. Did you notice? And if you did, which do you prefer? » 3/13/14 2:20pm 3/13/14 2:20pm

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

What Comes After Click: A Crash Course in Tangible User Interfaces

For three decades, most of us have interacted with computers in exactly the same way: We point with a mouse (or a finger!), click, and watch the screen. In one way, it's the most outdated element of human computer interaction around. But in another, it's the thing that's shaped every operating system and device… » 7/18/13 1:00pm 7/18/13 1:00pm

5 Things iOS 7 Tells Us About Your Next iPhone and iPad

One of the wonderful things about getting your first iPhone was the sheer self-sufficient simplicity of the thing—here was a device that served as a map, mp3 player, notebook, phone, and anything else you might need, all crunched into a beautiful little package. But if this year's WWDC was any indication, that era of… » 6/24/13 12:35pm 6/24/13 12:35pm

Ive's Influence: Can a Great Product Designer Also Design Great UI?

With iOS 7 a little over a week away, it's worth taking stock of the fact that this is Jonathan Ive's first WWDC as Apple's Head of Human Interface (HI). But what does it mean for an industrial designer—someone who works with atoms in three dimensions—to be put in charge of a team that works with electrons in two… » 5/29/13 1:20pm 5/29/13 1:20pm

The Next Kinect Will Turn Everyone Into a Jedi—Everywhere!

Capri, the next 3D sensor by the makers of Microsoft Kinect, will bring precise, fast motion tracking to everything—from laptops and TVs to elevators, robots and appliances everywhere. Basically, it will turn everyone into Jedis or wizards, allowing you to casually wave your hand to make machines do whatever you want. » 1/18/13 11:41am 1/18/13 11:41am

Every Major Android Skin Compared

Android 4.0 (a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich) is the prettiest, most intuitive version of Google's mobile OS yet, but hardware manufacturers still insist on dirtying it up. Android skins are inevitable, but who does it best? See for yourself. » 6/26/12 2:00pm 6/26/12 2:00pm

The Windows Phone 8 Start Screen Is the Best of Any Phone

I love Windows Phone 7's start screen: neatly organized square tiles that clearly show information in real time—from emails to photos to weather to travel progress—without having to click on applications. With Windows Phone 8 Microsoft has solved my only criticism: not enough information density. And it have done so… » 6/20/12 1:40pm 6/20/12 1:40pm

Apple Has Fixed the Horrendous Weekday Placement In iOS 6 Calendar…

Victory! Apple has fixed the weekdays placement in iOS 6's Calendar app after we complained about it a few months ago. I'm not surprised, because it was so impossibly bad that it probably had Steve Jobs rolling in his grave. This user interface agression just couldn't stand, man. » 6/13/12 12:20pm 6/13/12 12:20pm

The New Netflix Video Player Feature by Feature

I'm a huge Netflix fan and I'm happy with how its user interface has evolved lately. The main web screen is good and now they have changed the video player to make it prettier and more useful. Here are all the changes: » 5/17/12 9:39am 5/17/12 9:39am

What the Hell Happened to Apple's Attention to Detail?

Oh Apple, as much as I love you—yes Phil, you know I do love you—you can really piss me off sometimes. No, I'm not talking about iOS' serious privacy problem or the obnoxious nature of some of your Apple spokepeople. » 2/15/12 11:19am 2/15/12 11:19am

Did You Notice These Design Changes In iOS 5?

If you are an obsessive user interface jerk like me, you may have noticed the slight design changes in iOS 5. They are almost invisible but they are there, from two-pixel position adjustments to transparency changes in the badges' shadows. » 10/31/11 2:11pm 10/31/11 2:11pm

Facebook, Why Did You Screw Your Chat System?

By now you're probably one of the 500 million people who have noticed the new Facebook chat. Which means that one or more of these three words may be in your mind: Sucks. Stupid. Facebookassclowns. Here's the lightning review: » 7/19/11 4:22pm 7/19/11 4:22pm

Mac OS X Lion Review: This Is Not the Future We Were Hoping For

It breaks my heart to say this, but Mac OSX Lion's interface feels like a failure. Its stated mission was to simplify the operating system, to unify it with the clean experience of iOS. That didn't happen. » 7/11/11 7:53am 7/11/11 7:53am

In Praise of the People Who Make Gadgets Worth Using

Who are the unsung heroes in every application you open, every platform you navigate? The people who lovingly crafted a user experience that makes your interactions with machines a perfectly intuitive pleasure. Assuming they're not the ones responsible for Droid X. [OHYST] » 2/23/11 1:20pm 2/23/11 1:20pm

KeyGlove Flips Traditional Touch Typing the Bird

There's this scene in Children of Men where a zombified kid is playing a game using a VR harness and an interactive glove. He's dead to the world and it's depressing. But it was science fiction, right? Not quite: » 10/24/10 3:00pm 10/24/10 3:00pm