Deadjeans Phone Pocket

Deadjeans Phone Pocket
People want unique one of kind accessories for their mass market devices.
I have a hard time not wearing even my threadbare jeans, eliciting lots of laughs from my kids who wonder why my pants are broken. For those who don’t suffer from this affliction and are looking for a way to keep their favourite denims close at hand Deadjeans will turn your worn out old jeans into a unique phone pocket. Objects like this used to be a project for a rainy Saturday but many have lost that skill and presumably Deadjeans does superior work.
You order your Deadjeans Pocket at They’ll send you an envelope in which to send your jeans pockets and return it to you as a totally unique case for your iPhone (or Blackberry).
Deadjeans Phone Pocket

Uniform Wares Timepieces

uniform wares
Thanks “anonymoose” for sending this my way.
I haven’t worn a watch in years; I don’t need a watch as a fashion accessory and since phones have displayed the time during idle, I’ve had no practical use to wear one. I do love and appreciate well designed or unique clock faces (most of which I have been finding lately in iPhone apps. which I realize cannot truly compare to a finely crafted timepiece) and these timepieces from UniformWares fit that characterization perfectly.
Paraphrasing from their website: Uniform Wares produces timepieces intended for everyday use by individuals with an eye for design details. Their products have an intentionally pared down form, characterized by distinct form, materials, colour and surface finish.
I can’t decide which I prefer, the 300 series or 200 series.

1000 Words NYC

Ryan E. Plett​ spent some time recently in New York City attending Capsule NYC Men’s fashion show. John Fischer cut together a short video of his top highlights.
I’m sharing far more video lately than in any time in the past. It’s not intentional but perhaps a result of circumstance and availability. Watching video online on a desktop or mobile device isn’t the pain it used to be is it?
Via Brog.

Intimacy: The iPad is a personal device

This article by Fraser Speirs on how the iPad wants to used ties in nicely with my experience using Hoccers data sharing app. for the iPhone.

It may seem odd, offensive even, to veterans of the PC age to be told what your computing platform “wants”. Isn’t the computer’s job to do what I want? Perhaps, and there’s no doubt that the desktop operating systems are much easier to bend to your will. However, it has really always been thus. Does every Windows user want to run anti-virus? No, but almost all do because that’s what Windows “wants” or, rather, “needs in order to not choke on its own vomit”.
That’s not how the iPad is designed and, it seems to me, the iPad is an extremely uncomfortable fit for those roles defined in an earlier era. […]
The iPad is an intensely personal device. In its design intent it is, truly, much more like a “big iPhone” than a “small laptop”. The iPad isn’t something you pass around. It’s not really designed to be a “resource” that many people take advantage of. It’s designed to be owned, configured to your taste, invested in and curated.

See also an opposing opinion which dreams up a wonderful solution for sharing:
Non-personal computing: sketching a multi-user UI for the iPad

The individual nature of the UI and user-model of the iPad seems so at odds to me with its form-factor, the share-ability of its screen technology and it’s emergent context of use that I can imagine something (much more elegant) than this coming from Apple in the near-future.

Via Daringfireball.

Data: Half Of Mobile App Clicks Are Accidental

About 47 percent of app users say they are more apt to click a mobile ad by mistake than they do on purpose, according a survey by lead gen provider Pontiflex and researcher Harris Interactive. The online survey, taken in two parts in December involving over 4,000 mobile app users, is yet another suggestion that clicks are not necessarily the best measurement of effectiveness, which is notable considering the relatively nascent stage of the app economy.
In terms of the largest group of mobile app users, those between the ages of 18-34, 61 percent admitted that they clicked or tapped on a mobile ad more often by accident than on purpose. Via Paidcontent.

This is one of my biggest gripes with some of the apps I use. It’s not just the ads, as I avoid apps. that have intrusive ads, but useful apps. with poorly though-out interfaces. It’s like they are trying to fit in all the interface elements that appear on their web or desktop apps into the smaller smartphone screen. Part of the appeal of mobile apps is their simplicity – many forget this.
“… so then how big do touch targets need to be?”
Luke Wroblewski:

People interact with touch-based user interfaces with their fingers. So user interface controls have to be big enough to capture fingertip actions without frustrating users with erroneous actions and tiny targets. Ok, so how big?

Touch Target Sizes
Via @IA

Gesture Sharing for Smartphones and Tablets

Gesture Sharing for Smartphones and Tablets
Amnesia Razorfish has replaced the typical ‘send and receive’ interface with a more natural ‘gesture-based’ interface. A smartphone owner can now move their content freely between two devices by simply dragging content off their phone onto a Microsoft Surface Table and back onto another device instantly.
The iPhone and iPad become small windows to a larger system. A natural evolution of what Hoccer is doing with their app.
From FastcoDesign:

Part of me wishes all our devices worked like this — afterall, a mini-version for iPad could conceivably work too. The app currently works with iOS devices and is being updated for Android and Blackberry compatibility. In any case, we totally agree with Amnesia Razorfish’s creative director Iain McDonald when he says that “the previous barriers which stood in the way of getting content on or off your phone have been completely removed with this software.” Now if only we could get rid of the necessity for the Microsoft Surface altogether.

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App. Culture: Hoccer

Hoccer, like a couple other apps. I have tried, fills the need to be able instantly share bits of data between yours and a contacts iPhone or Android device. I find it extremely useful for sharing contact info. and the occasional photo that I want to share with a colleague or friend. Email or messaging systems are find but this is more immediate and more akin to how we interact with similar analogue data (writing contact details or address on a scrap of paper).
I haven’t been too successful ‘throwing the data’ so I resort to dragging the file between devices. It’s a bit like magic.
One interesting observation I have about using Hoccer is that touching someone else’s screen, necessary to share the file, crosses some imaginary line in terms of intimacy. People are far more reluctant to allow others to touch their phone (it’s not just me – I’ve seen the effect watching others) than the ‘throw – catch’ interaction model or the ‘bump’ model used by Bump.

Marko Ahtisaari on mobile UX trends

Apologies for the flash plug-in use.
Marko Ahtisaari, who heads up industrial design, user interface and experience design at Nokia, sees us getting away from immersive smart phone experiences that require us to keep our heads down. Dominant smart phone designs, including the touchscreen OS, and multiple, personalizable home screens, and data systems, will be increasingly informed by collective intelligence.
Via Ideas Project

The Death of the Phone Call

The death of the phone call
Photo by Claire Sambrook

We’re moving, in other words, toward a fascinating cultural transition: the death of the telephone call. This shift is particularly stark among the young. Some college students I know go days without talking into their smartphones at all. I was recently hanging out with a twentysomething entrepreneur who fumbled around for 30 seconds trying to find the option that actually let him dial someone.
This generation doesn’t make phone calls, because everyone is in constant, lightweight contact in so many other ways: texting, chatting, and social-network messaging. And we don’t just have more options than we used to. We have better ones: These new forms of communication have exposed the fact that the voice call is badly designed. It deserves to die.
Consider: If I suddenly decide I want to dial you up, I have no way of knowing whether you’re busy, and you have no idea why I’m calling. We have to open Schrödinger’s box every time, having a conversation to figure out whether it’s OK to have a conversation.

I seldom make phone calls with my phone (I don’t use sms either – it’s comparatively too expensive). It wasn’t always this way — pre-iphone the text inputting interface on my Nokia was so frustratingly poor that making anything but a phone call was extremely inefficient and annoying. I used to argue with my wife that she could convey far more in a 20 sec phone call than we could in a morning of texting back and forth. The text interface has improved, not enormously, but enough to make using a few different apps. (Whatsapp, Skype, Kik) convenient and good enough.
Communicating via phone allows for no status – refusing a phone call feels far more serious than a message via Whatsapp. Phone calls are extremely intrusive and require my full attention, messaging responses can be deferred until I am free. The phone call has always been an enemy of productivity.
Economics and infrastructure plays a critical role in this transference from voice to data (& voice over data). Without a cheap unlimited data plan and infrastructure everywhere to support it phone calls wouldn’t be that odd app. thats tucked in a folder on my homescreen.

Link Love: Mobile culture

future of mobility
Small pieces loosely joined. A curated selection of relevant and noteworthy links worthy of your attention.

From the archives

Toy Thailand

A tilt-shift video by Joerg Daiber. Well done. With the exception of the boats in Bangkok I would prefer the video without the tilt-shift effect. Watch full screen with audio off.
Via @brainpicker.

Hansar Bangkok

Hansar Bangkok
It feels like I haven’t travelled in ages. Here’s my latest Bangkok stay which I am considering for the new year.
A timely press release announcing the recently launched Hansar Bangkok comes as I contemplate my excursions for the new year. Situated smack in the middle of an upper crust neighbourhood on Rajdamri Road, near shopping areas and the greenery of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club, Hansar is a great choice for those visiting Bangkok on business or the leisure traveller who doesn’t want to venture too far outside their comfort zone.
Hansar Bangkok appears to be trying to offer a boutique hotel experience with well designed and appointed large suites. Though not appealing to me personally, it looks interesting and sampling their French Provençal menu might be a pleasant if odd change.

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The FIDA Mat – a compact outdoor lounge seat

The FIDA Mat - a compact outdoor lounge seat
The FIDA Mat - a compact outdoor lounge seat
The FIDA Mat - a compact outdoor lounge seat
Designed by Hannover based designer Patrick Fey, the FIDA Mat is a compact outdoor lounge seat that can be folded and carried anywhere. The FIDA weighs just under 6 pounds and is made of durable, water-repellent Cordura making this ideal for all kinds of outdoor adventures. I tend to prefer sitting a bit higher off the ground but the FIDA Mat is so compact it puts those gangly chairs we tout around to shame. It doesn’t hurt that it looks great too.
More at Fastco design.