Archive pour novembre 2008

Google améliore l’expérience utilisateur sur Google Maps…

Mercredi 26 novembre 2008

… optimisant l’intégration de « Street View ». Le mode « Street View » (représentation de la rue à l’aide de photos à 360°) est maintenant simplement le niveau de zoom le plus élevé.
En outre, en déplaçant le petit bonhomme jaune Google sur la carte on voit apparaître les photos du mode « Street View ».

D’un point de vue interaction, j’aime assez « l’invitation » destinée aux utilisateurs pour montrer que celui-ci peut être déplacer, ainsi que la roue pour effectuer un 360°.

N.B : La vidéo est en Anglais, cela dit l’interface est déjà disponible sur la version française de Google Maps.

Concept d’interface « holographico-tangible » pour régler la climatisation

Mardi 25 novembre 2008

(désolé pour le barbarisme)
Voici un concept d’interface plutôt sympathique pour régler son climatiseur personnel.

Concept de Mac Funamizu

[Outils designer d’interface] Librairie de modèles d’interfaces pour le e-commerce

Lundi 24 novembre 2008

Il y a quelque temps, je vous présentais une librairie de modèles de design d’interfaces (génériques) ou une librairie de modèles pour la visualisation d’informations. Cette fois-ci, c’est une librairie de modèles d’interactions et d’interfaces dédié uniquement au e-commerce qui a attiré mon attention : Ecommr.

Sitting on the Google tree

Jeudi 20 novembre 2008

Always criticized for its too minimalistic visual design, Google Mail now comes with a set of new themes offering the world the delights of colors, images and fashionable graphical effects. The ‘main’ and ‘classical’ themes come in a variety of pallettes very much resembling the ‘old’ Mail, but with much lighter colors. Next to this there are some ‘special’ themes, like the ‘Tree’.

There are theme for girls (Candy) and boys (Ninja). There are themes reminding the office worker (or the home worker) of holidays (sun, see, beach, mountains and so on). The theme I have chosen is called ‘The little Tea House’.

After looking carefully in different themes I must say that I find the contrast very low. In the ‘old’ Google Mail the distinction between read and unread messages was so high, you could see that you had new mail from across the room. You can hardly do that now, the difference being almost invisible in practically every theme. The selected items are much harder to distinguish than in the ‘classical’ theme.

A theme usually lasts a short time with me, before I switch back to the ‘normal’ template. Let’s see how long I will hold it out in my little tea house. Meanwhile I am waiting for the themes for my Google Calendar.

Facebook, the land of free (advertising)

Lundi 17 novembre 2008

While Facebook is still figuring out how to monetize its service, the Facebookers are busy monetizing the service for themselves.
More and more often I get ‘friend’ requests from entities other than persons. As soon as I accept them, their statuses, messages and requests start pouring in, filled with… yes, the advertisement of their activities. Sometimes it comes in handy, if you want to keep updated. But sometimes I get the impression that in the few months I have been using Facebook it has turned into a giant ‘do-it-yourself’ advertising engine.

People displaying themselves as persons also advertise. A ‘friend’ of mine puts the name of his website in his every status. Another friend frequently tells all his contacts to ‘go check out my blog’. A ‘friend’ I have never met but reluctantly admitted, puts the same slogan in his status every couple of hours, advertising his business. Daily I am being bombarded by ‘events’ and ‘groups’ and their advertising messages. Again, sometimes I do like to know what is happening, especially due to the handy ‘event’ feature showing ‘who is attending’ and ‘who is not’. But sometimes I wish I would see more people when I go on Facebook.

A logical conclusion would be for Facebook to monetize on their users’ monetizing Facebook. Did the new American President pay for his Facebook page? I have no idea. Did a Facebook page pay off for him in the election race? You bet it did. I suppose filtering ‘businesses’ from ‘just people’ would probably mean screening the users’ content and stumble on privacy issues. However, somehow I get a feeling that a ‘premium’ user account on Facebook is not such a far away future.

Livre à venir sur le design d’interactions gestuelles

Vendredi 14 novembre 2008

Dan Saffer, après un livre plutôt réussi sur le design d’interaction « Designing for Interaction« , proposera bientôt un nouveau livre sur le design d’interactions gestuelles : « Designing Gestural Interfaces« .

Voilà le site (blog) du livre :

A la lecture de la table des matières et du premier chapitre, le livre semble faire un tour d’horizon des défis et des outils pour les futurs designers de « gestes ».

A suivre…

Feel the pulse… Now

Jeudi 13 novembre 2008

The site Now Networks offers… well, I am not exactly sure what it offers, but it seems to be a collection of widgets allowing you to keep informed about… well, all kinds of stuff! Among which the amount of eggs being produced in the world; the current flights; Google top searches of today; the number of houses being built; and so on, and so forth. On their homepage the widgets are thrown together and it’s quite a pleasure to decipher the different bits and pieces. Especially as the visualization is often quite funny, like the ‘people stuck in elevators’ meter.
A true joy in the domain of the perfectly useless stuff.