#design

I’ll stand a little bit harsh, I don’t see it as flattery. When you’re doing something for the first time, you don’t know it’s gonna work, you spend 7 or 8 years working on something, and then it’s copied. I think it is really straightforward. It is theft and it is lazy. I don’t think it is ok at all.
Jony Ive, when asked for his thoughts on Xiaomi, the phone-maker known as the “Apple of China,” at the Vanity Fair Summit.

When I posted my remote control rant the other day, Doug Harris pointed me to this great Christopher Mascari post from 2008 detailing the history of TiVo’s remote. One anecdote:

The designers were adamant about keeping the remote’s button layout as simple as possible. But with the DVR’s numerous features, the designers needed to create lots of extra buttons. To keep things straight, each button needed to have a distinctive feel, giving the ability to control the remote without even looking at it, which Newby described as a “key Braille-ability” surprisingly helped by the “blank finger parking spots between keys” that were equally important.

I owned a (second generation) TiVo and I can confirm that it did indeed have a brilliant remote. Nearly everything about it felt perfect. So I could not be less shocked to learn how much thought and care went into the creation of that remote.

And naturally, TiVo’s big-name television manufacturing partners hated it.

Geoffrey Fowler on the state of “connected” point-and-shoot cameras:

Intuitive software design doesn’t come easily to any of these camera-makers, though. Nikon’s app is a study in excess clicking: You dig through the camera’s menus to turn on wireless every time. (Five clicks.) Then you re-connect to its wireless network on your phone. (At least two clicks). Once you’ve got the app open, you click “view photos,” then click again to view “pictures on D5300.” Once thumbnails appear on the phone app, you click “select” so that you can check-mark certain shots. (Clicks 10 and 11.) Then you click “download.” (Twelve.) Then it asks if you what size image you want to download, requiring at least one more click, (Thirteen, but we’re not done yet.)

After downloading, another message informs you it is complete. You have to click “OK” on that. (Fourteen.)

It’s not clear who designs this software. My best guess is no one.