Wayfinding Wayback Machine

For a new business pitch in 2007, I was asked to predict some future wayfinding trends for the year 2015 and I just rediscovered the presentation in my archives. So, how'd I do? Unfortunately, the visual and cognitive clutter of physical signs has not subsided, but their dominant posture has diminished to a secondary role,... Continue Reading →

TBT: A Hard Look at Software from 1992

The first time I saw my name in print was in 1992, when I worked as the "desktop publishing specialist" for Technology Research Group, a small semiconductor and software consulting firm led by the visionary Andy Rappaport. My main job was making PowerPoint presentations from Andy's faxed sketches (and getting them made into slides...actual slides...from... Continue Reading →

A New Edition of a Classic EGD Guide

Congratulations to Chris Calori and David Vanden-Eynden on the publication of the new edition of Signage and Wayfinding Design, their comprehensive guide to environmental graphics. I was very happy to contribute a section on digital trends. Plus check out their beautiful work at C&VE Design.

13 Best Quotes from the 5 Best Talks at SXSW 2015

before the chaos began... From Curious Bridges: How Designers Grow the Future Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, The Museum of Modern Art "I love the contamination of disciplines, like performance architecture or bio-art" "The QR tag is so obsolete it's not funny" From Mark Duplass Keynote Mark Duplass, Producer, Duplass Brothers Productions (watch keynote video) "Minor... Continue Reading →

Signs, Screens, and Swerving

"Are better signs the secret to a successful city?" That's the question Steven Poole poses in The Guardian's Resilient Cities series. As he ambles toward an answer, Poole explores Legible Cities, the physical and digital wayfinding system first built for the city of Bristol and then expanded and refined for Brighton and London over the... Continue Reading →

The Sensors are Coming!

Samsung's Galaxy S5 launches next week, but some sly engineers at Chipworx have already dissected one to find the first dedicated heart monitor to be embedded in a handset. (Apple patented a sophisticated heart rate sensor late last year, but Samsung beat them to market.) A number of apps use the phone's camera to take... Continue Reading →

Google’s Next Impossible Goal: Project Tango

On Thursday, Google unveiled Project Tango, the next in the company's series of inconceivable, unimaginable, unattainable pursuits. And just like searching every website, mapping the earth, and driving every street -- when Google achieves the impossible, our lives are better for it. Project Tango's humble goal is to "to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Quotes from SXSW Interactive 2012

Declarations made at SXSWi, to be recited with aplomb in relevant conversations... 1. "Oil paints were the retinal displays of the Renaissance." Jeff Wilson, artist and frog. 2. "The internet has propagated an endless array of obligations and cellphones are the new cigarettes, addictive and often antisocial." Amber Case, cyborg anthropologist. 3. "You've got to... Continue Reading →

SXSW 2012 Interactive Recap

We moved to Austin in March 1994, right after SXSW. That was the first year that the festival expanded beyond music with the "SXSW Film and Multimedia Conference." Starting in 1995, my husband and I participated in "multimedia," (aka interactive) and film for about 10 straight years, watching the festival grow beyond anyone's expectations. I... Continue Reading →

Highlights from CES 2012

Colleague Tom Mulally of Numagic Consulting endured the leviathan of technology trade shows and gives us the highlights on mobile OS, the latest touchscreens, and tablet installations.

An app for xlab

Wrote a short blurb for the TwoTwelve blog on our experience designing and building an app for the segd xlab conference which took place in November, 2011. Thanks to Two Twelve and Rubenstein Tech for donating their resources for this first conference app for an segd event. I learned a great deal from the project... Continue Reading →

Mapping and Navigating the Great Indoors

One of the most popular topics at last year's xlab: the Design of Location was what I like to call "the final frontier" of digital navigation: indoors. Google Maps has invested millions in capturing and digitizing our world and Google's virtual globe has given us confidence to self-navigate unknown lands with our personal wayfinding devices:... Continue Reading →

Highlights from NY Tech Meetup

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the NY Tech Meetup and saw some very cool new web and mobile services that you might want to check out. (NY Tech Meetup meets every month and helped launch successful apps like Foursquare and Tumblr...) If you'd like to attend, the events sell out quickly --... Continue Reading →

Words from Where 2.0

A couple of busy weeks ago, I participated in O'Reilly's Where 2.0 conference in Santa Clara. In 2009, I attended the same conference and wrote about it here and there. I highly recommend this event for anyone interested in "the business of location," as the tag line goes. And thanks to O'Reilly for posting all... Continue Reading →

Shakespear’s Portraits

Great artists are blind to the traditional borders of creative endeavor. They don't yield to the exclusive canon built up over generations by a craft's practitioners. Instead, they follow their muse, often tripping from one medium to the next to discover and declare their vision across a mutable palette of artistic tools. When an artist... Continue Reading →

Should I Build an App or a Mobile Website?

At the SEGD workshop a few weeks ago, I was asked how one should determine whether to build a downloadable app for smartphones and tablets or a mobile-optimized website that visitors could access from embedded browsers on those devices. The choice is not a simple one — it is the product of user experience expectations,... Continue Reading →

Workshop in the Windy City

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of participating in the SEGD's Identity, Brand, and Experience Design Workshop in Chicago. I gave a short talk on "Technology in the Wild" -- a survey of technology in the environment (such as digital signage, touchscreen kiosks and smartphone apps) and my thoughts on what it takes to create... Continue Reading →

Masdar: Critiquing the Critic’s Notebook

  Outside the construction trailers in Masdar, April 2009 and today, from the New York Times slideshow In April of 2009, fd2s was shortlisted to provide wayfinding strategy and design for Masdar, the visionary sustainable city taking shape outside Abu Dhabi, UAE. Herman Dyal and I accepted the invitation and flew 8,000 miles for a... Continue Reading →

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