design
This Website’s Deliberately Frustrating Interface Will Make You Appreciate Good Web Design

You don’t know what you have until it’s gone is a well-worn cliche, but also an apt description of a web game called User Inyerface, created by design firm Bagaar. It takes all the normal conventions of a website’s user interface and throws them out the window, leaving one of the most user-unfriendly experiences you’ll ever try to navigate. Is it worth your inevitable decent into madness to try and get to the end? Read More >>

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This Solution to Phone Multitasking Is Either Genius or Totally Absurd

There’s a reason your computer’s home screen is often referred to as its desktop. The user interface is designed to emulate a physical desk covered in documents and tools. That analogy doesn’t work quite as well with a smartphone’s tiny screen, but this concept UI that switches apps automatically as you physically move your phone around your desk is potentially a great solution—or just ridiculous. We can’t decide which. Read More >>

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Forum Post Offers New Hints About OnePlus 6T Software

OnePlus is keeping the 6T hype train fully fuelled: a new post on the tech brand's forums gives us a lot of new information about the UI of the new phone. Read More >>

design
That Emoji Does Not Mean What You Think it Means

By now you probably know that the emoji you send on an iPhone might not be the emoji that is received on a Nexus. Since emoji are designed differently across platforms, sometimes your text messages might get lost in translation. But how differently might your well-intentioned emoji be displayed? The reality might surprise you. Read More >>

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In This Incredibly Strange Vision of the Future, a Robotic Worm Is Your Only Device

For most people in 2015, “one device that can do it all” is a tablet that also has a keyboard. For interaction designers at MIT, it means a shape-shifting soft robot that switches from phone, to watch, to flashlight, to charging cable. Read More >>

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The Voice-Control System You Use In the Car Is Way More Distracting Than You Think

Many drivers think that it’s safer to use a voice-controlled assistant like Cortana or Siri while driving, instead of directly interacting with a phone. But a pair of new studies about voice-controlled assistants and in-car hands-free systems are still “very distracting, very error prone and very frustrating to use.” Read More >>

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How NASA Helped Make The Martian’s User Interfaces Realer Than Real 

Film-makers have invented fanciful spaceship technology for more than a hundred years. But for The Martian, director Ridley Scott went the opposite direction: he asked actual space explorers to help them imagine the technology of the near future. Read More >>

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Watch an Astronaut In Orbit Control a Robot On Earth Using Haptic Feedback 

One day, astronauts on deep space missions may explore the surface of unknown planets remotely—using a rover while they remain in orbit. That concept, though it sounds radically far-off, just got an important dry run. Read More >>

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Google’s Logo Killed Serifs Because Serifs Had it Coming

Google debuted a serif-free logo today, marking the first real change to its logo since 1999. And although we think it’s much prettier than the 16-year-old design, the company claimed it was more about functionality than looks. The Google logo has become more and more problematic throughout its existence, and it had everything to do with those serifs. Read More >>

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How Two Ex-Amazon Engineers Invented a New Type of Customisable Force Interface 

It feels like a wave of pressure-sensitive tactile interfaces has been about to crest for years. But a pair of engineers believe they’ve built the hardware and software that could delivers on that promise and they’ve recently funded the first round of production in just a couple of hours. Read More >>

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Google Just Made it Super Easy to Build a Website With Material Design

Ever wished your mediocre blog could look a little more like a crisp Material Design app? Well, it’s your lucky day, my lazy friends. Read More >>

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You Can Feel These Plasma Holograms Made With Femtosecond Lasers

With each passing year, engineers are getting closer to recreating the 3D interface technology that pop culture has rendered so clearly for decades. Read More >>