Artificial Horizon

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by Thibaut Sailly

September 2007 Archives

Is this loud enough ?

September 20, 2007

About this ringtones issue in iTunes.

Songs as ringtones is one of the worst experience that mobile phones have brought to us : it's an attention seeker feature, nothing more. Having a song playing when this given person calls might mean something to you, and that's fine, but for the 2/5/20 people around, it's just intrusive and embarrassing.

Coverflow shelves {2}

September 17, 2007

coverflow shelves concept illustration

A picture being worth a thousand words, here is an illustration of the idea explained in this first post.

Send it to the future

September 10, 2007

About woodworking, the pleasure of building with your hands, and an interesting argument on what qualifies a professional versus an amateur. 5'12".

Coverflow shelves please

September 8, 2007

Ohhh, look how much albums I have in my iTunes collection, look at the lovely covers, I can scroll through them for a good thirty seconds full speed without actually seeing anything but that I have loads of them. Nice eye candy aye ?

Sure enough, Coverflow offers a much better way to visualize your digital music collection than going trough a list of names, and it came as a relief when I first used it. Lately though, I found some discomfort using it, as if I felt it had no end. I think I figured why.

Send. Receive. Period. {4}

September 8, 2007

This is the fourth post about a cell phone design project that started here.

Form factors

First, about the scale. We know that the technology won't stop us from going really really small here, and that the ergonomics are the limiting factors.

Ergonomic aspects needing to be considered :

Send. Receive. Period. {3}

September 5, 2007

This is the third post about a cell phone design project that started here.

Extending the interface

The settings of the phone numbers assigned to the keys and the ring tone adjustments are made through the other interface the phone offers through its USB abilities : the computer to which it's plugged in when need be.

Send. Receive. Period. {2}

September 5, 2007

This is the second post about a cell phone design project that started here.

The phone interface

What is the minimum required to place or receive a phone call ?

· A power button to turn on the device

Send. Receive. Period. {1}

September 5, 2007

Here is the first of a serie of posts about a cell phone project I've been working on. The idea is to document the process leading to the definition of the object and its experience, and hopefully get some constructive comments about the ideas pushed here.

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