design
Watch an Incredible Interactive Table Morph to a Person's Movements

Just five months ago, MIT's Tangible Media Group was showing off a physical interface that mimics you in real time. This week in Milan, the team unveiled the next iteration of the system that's much larger and even more sophisticated. You're going to want to click through for the videos. Read More >>

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The Best New Windows 8.1 Features in 8 GIFs

Windows 8.1 just got an update. The changes are mostly tiny but also great. In fact there so small you might even miss a few when they start rolling out next week, so we've wrangled our favourites into this series of handy GIFs. Read More >>

design
Who Designed the Hamburger Icon?

The hamburger icon is a classic. Even if you don't know it by that name, its three black bars are as familiar as your mouse's cursor—they've been there, a constant companion on your cyber journey since the day you got your first computer. But who designed this icon? Read More >>

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This WhatsApp Redesign Would Make Facebook's $16 Billion Buy Worth It

Whatsapp has been one of the most talked about start-up giants in recent memory. Building upon the most basic of mobile services, messaging WhatsApp has managed to monetise and evolve the service through cross platform integration and making it free (among many other things). Following the $16billion acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook I thought that this is a good as time as any to look at what this means for WhatsApp and what changes both aesthetic and functional might be implemented by it. Read More >>

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Where the Progress Bar Came From

We've all spent hours—maybe even days—of our lives cursing the slow crawl of the dreaded progress bar. But did you ever stop to think about how much worse it might be if the bar wasn't there in the first place. Fortunately, thanks to one grad student's genius idea back in the 80s, we'll never have to find out. Read More >>

gadgets
A Brilliant In-Car Touchscreen Interface You Never Need to Look At

Touchscreen displays in our cars aren't going away anytime soon. So designer Matthaeus Krenn figured that now was as good a time as any to radically improve their interfaces, replacing grids of ugly buttons and options with an elegant and minimal multi-touch UI —-that the driver doesn't need to look at. Read More >>

design
Why Your Mouse Cursor is Slanted Instead of Straight

Have you ever wondered why your mouse cursor rests ever so slightly to the left? Chances are, that little arrow on an incline is so ubiquitous that you've never even thought twice about its 45 degree lean. As it turns out, there's a very good reason for it. Or was, anyway, back in a more pixelated age. Read More >>

design
14 iOS Design Trends for 2014

Just as we did a year ago, I'm kicking off 2014 with a list of design trends I expect to gain ground over the next twelve months. The world of interactive design is an extreme fluid in terms of what's determined as a staple of good design from year to year. Read More >>

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Facebook Rolls Out a Brand New Like Button for the Very First Time

Facebook's "Like" button plugin has become so ubiquitous across the internet that you probably don't even notice it sitting on the bottom of nearly every single site you visit. Now, though, that little button is going to be standing out quite a bit more—because Facebook has unveiled its first new "Like" and "Share" buttons since its 2010 launch. Read More >>

science
Touchy-Feely Speakers Hint at the Future of Haptic Interfaces

Touchscreens are flat and hard by necessity, thanks to their dense layers of glass, conductive metal, and capacitors. But as haptic interfaces start to appear in commercial gadgets, touchscreen devices are poised to become even more… touchy. Enter Eunhee Jo, a British Korean designer who’s spending the next year as a designer in residence at London’s Design Museum, and who specializes in haptic interfaces.
You might remember Jo from a project she unveiled last year, called the Tangible Textural Interface, which embedded touchscreen functionality directly on the soft fabric of a speaker system. This year, as part of a residency program at the Design Museum, she’s refining that concept into a workable product. Unveiled on the museum’s website this week, Surface Matters is a new prototype that looks like a set of two circular, desktop speakers. In fact, only one is a speaker, the other is a tactile control system that lets the user modulate volume, track, and audio style by pressing into a soft fabric surface, behind which, a motion sensor captures the gestures performed on the surface. Read More >>

design
Here's the Iron Man UI Elon Musk Wants to Use to Build Rockets

Not too long ago, real-life Tony Stark Elon Musk was talking on Twitter about wanting to design rocket parts using something awfully like the 3D hologram interface we've seen in Iron Man. Well here it is — complete with Leap Motion. It's not quite there, but it's still freakin' awesome. Read More >>

retromodo
Look at the Insane Number Layouts Our Telephones Could Have Had

The year was 1960, and phones were changing. It was the beginning of the end for rotary dialing, and buttons were the future. But engineers faced an important, looming question: what order do you put those buttons in? Read More >>

science
Elon Musk Wants to Build the Iron Man Hologram UI For Real

The hologram interfaces Tony Stark uses in Iron Man are awesome, no doubt. But they also aren't real. Yet. Elon Musk has been cooking up something very Stark-y, and he's planning to show it off soon. Read More >>

xbox one
Xbox One's UI Demonstrated and it's Windows Tiling All the Way

This week's Gamescom gaming event is giving us lots more info on the software we'll be playing with on the new hardware that's arriving later this year, with Microsoft giving show visitors a complete look at its reworked Xbox dashboard and the new features it's sliding in. Read More >>

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Tweetdeck Just Got a Little Bit Prettier

Tweetdeck's got a gift for you this afternoon. No, unfortunately it's not fixed notifications, but it's still a step in the right direction. Meet the new, prettier tweet panel. It makes firing off 140-char screeds a little more pleasant. Read More >>

design
Who Designed Clippy? The History Behind Four Legends of Early UI

It's human nature to hate things that remind us of how dumb we used to be; Like teenagers who can't stand their baby pictures, we prefer to ignore the proof of our humble beginnings. The same goes for artifacts of computing history—for proof, just look at the rage directed at relics of those early days, like Comic Sans and Clippy. Read More >>

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