I promised to build an intranet site for the residents of our apartment building. The main requirement was that it had to be cheap, or better yet free. I considered two main alternatives – WordPress and Google Sites. Here’s why I chose Google Sites, and a brief summary of its pros and cons.
I finally made this site responsive. It had been haunting me for a while, but I kept putting it off, since I expected it to be a time consuming project to go through. Well, I was wrong and I should have done it sooner.
The first ever High Tech Run event was organized in Otaniemi by Tietoviikko. 53 teams participated in the 5 runner, 26 kilometer relay run. Our team performed splendidly, finishing in the 5th place with the total time 1:54:10.
We are building a rear projection touchscreen hardware/software setup for an art installation. Our group consists of three people: media artist Heidi Tikka, architect Jaakko Pesonen and myself. I will post updates on the stages of the project in this thread.
Jakob Nielsen and Raluca Budiu, recently published the 2nd edition of their report on the usability of iPad apps and websites. You can find it online here. The 129 page report uses a set of casestudies to illustrate the dos and don’ts of designing content for the iPad. It also offers some good general insight on designing for touch screen devices.
I just finished reading Pekka Hartikainen’s thesis: “The Use of Storytelling in Music Artist Promotion”. It’s a study that describes how contemporary musicians are becoming increasingly active and available for their fans, and using storytelling to build their character. Hartikainen also suggests strategies for artist promotion and storytelling in todays media world.
So I finally redesigned my website. In the new site I wanted to reconsider the focus of the pages. I removed some unnecessary pages and combined others. I also wanted a proper blog section. Perhaps this way I’ll be more motivated to update more frequently.
Within the time of two weeks, I’ve heard engineers and researchers in two different conferences (ACM & ICIDS) talking about the importance of annotation and ontologies. In the case of personal photography this would mean adding metadata to pictures about where and when a picture was taken and who are the people in them. Read more
This is perhaps a bit off the topic I’ve set for this page, but…
I recently ran into the most surprising problem, one which I couldn’t find a solution to anywhere on the internet. I needed to automatically hide the mouse cursor on an installation machine when it restarts.
Designing logos for companies has a lot in common with designing interface icons. Specially when it comes to pictorial logos, like those of Apple, Twitter or Lacoste. These logos are recognizable literal images that have been simplified and stylized (Wheeler, Designing Brand Identity).