Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Braille keyboard at your IPAD fingertips?

"More than 6.6 million americans over 16 are visually impaired"

“Now they can use an iPad and they’re the cool kid,” he says. “They have the coolest technology in the classroom.” Summers also notes that this keyboard app could allow blind users to type incredibly quickly."

Reblogged from Wired: 

Visual impairment statistics:


Friday, January 23, 2015

Inspiring people!

Emma Jefferies

Doctor Design, Ph.D in Design and Dyslexic, writing about the importance of visuals and skills related to visuals.


Lisa Barrett 

Reserach on emotions (using metaphors etc)
The basic notions of fear, anger etc are not good categories to explain emotions...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Intel invests in diversity!

"Intel said it has established a $300 million fund to be used in the next three years to improve the diversity of the company’s work force, attract more women and minorities to the technology field and make the industry more hospitable to them once they get there. The money will be used to fund engineering scholarships and to support historically black colleges and universities."

Read more at: 


Thursday, December 11, 2014

UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities

"The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international human rights treaty of the United Nations intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.

There are eight guiding principles that underlie the Convention:
  1. Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one's own choices, and independence of persons
  2. Non-discrimination
  3. Full and effective participation and inclusion in society
  4. Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity
  5. Equality of opportunity
  6. Accessibility
  7. Equality between men and women
  8. Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities"



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Identity and functional variations

wooden leg prosthetic

"McQueen made this ensemble with carved prosthetic legs for Aimee Mullins. Mullins is a world-class Paralympic athlete, and she modeled the boots for his 1999 show, No. 13. (Source)"

Article at Oddee about prosthetic limbs

Friday, November 7, 2014

Paper prototypes of interface graphics

“Material is not just a style but a way of thinking about designing interfaces,”

Google designers made paper models to figure out layering and shadows. 

Make them more visually prominent. Treating pixels as paper. 

"Material design may have been conceived in service of users, but it’s also intended to help designers. It’s meant to steer them away from making muddled or confusing products, and in this regard, it’s one of the most comprehensive frameworks for interactive design we’ve seen yet.
As Duarte points out, in terms of conveying information in two-dimensions, design is a pretty mature craft.

If you’re going to create a schedule for a train station, for instance, there are guidelines for what kind of typography you should use, how much structure you need to use, how to size and space things. This is the stuff you learn in design school."

Read more at wired.com


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Progressive enhancement

"Progressive Enhancement consists of the following core principles:
  • basic content should be accessible to all web browsers
  • basic functionality should be accessible to all web browsers
  • sparse, semantic markup contains all content
  • enhanced layout is provided by externally linked CSS
  • enhanced behavior is provided by unobtrusive, externally linked JavaScript
  • end-user web browser preferences are respected
Progressive enhancement is a strategy for web design that emphasizes accessibility, semantic HTML markup, and external stylesheet and scripting technologies. Progressive enhancement uses web technologies in a layered fashion that allows everyone to access the basic content and functionality of a web page, using any browser or Internet connection, while also providing an enhanced version of the page to those with more advanced browser software or greater bandwidth.

The strategy is an evolution of a previous web design strategy known as "graceful degradation", wherein designers would create Web pages for the latest browsers that would also work well in older versions of browser software. "