Twitter users made it pretty clear last week. A puffy red heart isn’t always the best way to favorite/like/star/bookmark/acknowledge tweets. Maybe Twitter is listening: It is reportedly testing the ability to select different emoji.
Whyyyyyy, Twitter? Why are you messing with a good thing? Today, Twitter replaced the age-old favorite star with a heart. A heart!
Many drivers think that it’s safer to use a voice-controlled assistant like Cortana or Siri while driving, instead of directly interacting with my phone. But a pair of new studies about voice-controlled assistants and in-car hands-free systems are still “very distracting, very error prone and very frustrating to use.”
Unfortunately for us, we’ll no longer be able to publish exhaustive lists of the ugliest US government websites. But fortunately for the American people, any url ending in .gov is going to look and function better than it ever has before, thanks to new government-wide standards.
It feels like a wave of pressure-sensitive tactile interfaces has been about to crest for years. But a pair of engineers believe they’ve built the hardware and software that could delivers on that promise—and they’ve funded the first round of production in just a couple of hours.
You probably didn’t think about it sitting in the theater, but all the screens and interfaces in Avengers: Age of Ultron were designed by someone in the real world—from Stark’s Iron Man schematics to Cho’s medical scans. Who are the designers that built this world? Meet Territory Studio.
Smartwatches, tablets, and phones are great, but they’re not exactly futuristic technology. To find that, you have to look to the scientists and designers who are prototyping entirely new kinds of devices.
It happened late on Tuesday night. Of course I was working. "Have you seen this?" my colleague Chris Mills texted. He followed up with the link to a site where a rather devilish-looking UX professional promised to get drunk and evaluate the website of your choice. Only $75! I knew I had to do it, and that Gizmodo…
The last time I was in a nice new car, the in-car display tried to take us to an incorrect address 40 miles away. It took fifteen minutes to enter a new address. It tried to make a call accidentally. The state of the "smart" car is horrendous—like, bad infomercial horrendous—and it's time for someone to fix it.
Microsoft has made mistakes. It knows this. But as the company proved today at its
Windows 10 HOLOGRAPHIC GOGGLES launch event, it's also not going to stop pushing user interface design into the future. It's just getting smarter about it.
Star Wars: A New Hope hit theaters in 1977—the same year that Apple moved from a garage to a real office building and Microsoft hired its first official employees. And the fact that it came out as consumer computers were truly hitting the mainstream shows.
This year, we saw Google introduce a sweeping new design language to overhaul is long list of products. We saw independent designers building their own hardware. And more than anything, we saw experimentation on a huge scale—resulting in one of the most eventful and interesting years for UI and UX design in recent…
This week the Apple Watch made a big step towards reality, with the release of WatchKit for developers of watch apps. Hidden within a fairly mundane document are plenty of glimpses at how Apple envisions smartwatches fitting in with our lives.
Beer cans. Toys. Post-it notes. A fridge. Even a computer screen, because why not? All of these things become touch-sensitive thanks to a fun little piece of work courtesy of a Russian agency called The Family, which posted their work to Vimeo this week.
In the past few decades, everything about our computers have changed. The screens. The guts. The size, weight, and materials. The software itself, of course. But one thing has stayed exactly the same, frozen in time from the early days: The tools we use to tell them what to do. So it's odd that we're so desperate to…
One of the most intriguing things about Apple Watch is its non-orthogonal user interface, where app icons are organized in a circular, zoomable jumble. And it turns out the good old iPhone might be able to learn something about legible UI from its smaller, younger cousin.
There's a good reason why so many of us still prefer mechanical keyboards and real control boards despite the availability of touchscreen interfaces: In many cases, they give us more control over our digital worlds. Fans of tactile interfaces will love this project by Florian Born—who created a system that meshes your…
How intuitive are modern keyboards? It can take a beginner ages to really get up to speed with a QWERTY keyboard, and without some form of formal training, most people wind up becoming one-finger typists.