“No one has the right to live without being shocked. No one has the right to spend their life without being offended. Nobody has to read this book. Nobody has to pick it up. Nobody has to open it. And if you open it and read it, you don’t have to like it. And if you read it and you dislike it, you don’t have to remain silent about it. You can write to me, you can complain about it, you can write to the publisher, you can write to the papers, you can write your own book. You can do all those things, but there your rights stop. No one has the right to stop me writing this book. No one has the right to stop it being published, or bought, or sold or read.”—Philip Pullman (via kavalierandclay)
I’ve been sitting on this idea forever, but the chances that I’ll ever do anything with it are close enough to zero that I’m letting it go. (It’s not original, either, but it has yet to make it into a widespread calendar product.)
The basic premise is obvious: Calendar software overdoes the metaphor and carries too much baggage from its physical-object predecessor.
I find myself always keeping my calendars in “month” view, since most weeks only have a few items. (I work the same schedule every weekday and I rarely meet with people.)
The problem is obvious when it’s near the end of a month, like today:
(The same problem applies to the Day and Week views at the end of their intervals.)
There are two problems here:
I don’t care about the past. It can be hidden in a separate view for the rare occasions that I want to look at past items. Yet the past is consuming the majority of the interface.
I don’t care about present-and-future items with equal granularity. I wouldn’t mind seeing today in an hour-by-hour view, but I don’t need the same granularity when showing events three days from now.
If I switch to a more granular view for today, I lose the ability to see any of what’s happening next week.
The ideal view1 would contain today’s events in great detail, then events from the next few days in less detail, then an overview of events in the next 3-5 weeks.
The same problems, with the same potential solution, apply to driving directions and navigation screens.
A better artist would have mocked these up. I’m sorry. ↩
“It’s hard to know what “selling out” means — these days you can make more money producing a run of anti-McDonald’s posters than you can make designing actual posters for McDonald’s. I tell myself I use art to promote dissent, but maybe I am just using dissent to promote my art. I plead not guilty to selling out. But I plead it from a bigger house than I used to live in.”—Banksy in Time Out London (via homeofthevain)
“One answer is psychological distance. According to the construal level theory (CLT) of psychological distance, anything that we do not experience as occurring now, here, and to ourselves falls into the “psychologically distant” category. It’s also possible to induce a state of “psychological distance” simply by changing the way we think about a particular problem, such as attempting to take another person’s perspective, or by thinking of the question as if it were unreal and unlikely. In this new paper… scientists have demonstrated that increasing psychological distance so that a problem feels farther away can actually increase creativity.”—
I point my finger at both of you! damn you and your obsession for DFW! now everytime I walk into a bookstore I have to ask about him and the only book they have is Consider The Lobster and it’s waaaaaaaaaaaay too expensive for me to even think about buying it. so I blame you both for making me need to read him, cause you’re the ones that are constantly quoting him in your respective tumblrs. also may I remind you my birthday is july 4th :D
Ha! Well… what’s your address? (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I have to say, I can’t think of many things I’d rather spend money on than allowing other people to read Mr. Wallace :)
“Dressing well is a kind of good manners, if you ask me. When you’re standing in a room, your effect is the same as a chair’s effect, or a sculpture’s. You’re part of someone’s view, you’re part of that world, and so you should dress well. I find it’s a show of respect to try to put on your best face and look as good as you can.”—TOM FORD (via goombi)