You use it every day without a second thought, but if you think about it for just a second, QWERTY is really, really weird. Where did something so strangely unintuitive come from? The popular story is that it has to do with typewriter mechanics and jamming prevention, and although that explanation sure is tidy, it's…
Design firm YOUi Labs believes that Netflix needs to completely rethink the way it handles its UI if it wants to stay ahead of competition like Redbox. Here's their imagination at work on what a new Netflix would look like on the iPad.
You might not think of him very often, but you know the Google Maps pegman quite well. Every time you zoom down into a new, strange locale, he's there, pointing the way. But where did he come from? Buzzfeed FWD dug into the history, and it turns out there's a lot more of it than you'd think.
I'm sorry, Cupertino, but Microsoft has nailed it. Windows Phone 7 feels like an iPhone from the future. The UI has the simplicity and elegance of Apple's industrial design, while the iPhone's UI still feels like a colorized Palm Pilot.