Senate Report: Bush used Iraq intelligence he knew was falseusa,

Described in this article of the Huffington Post the U.S. Senate Select Commitee on Intelligence has released a series of reports on intelligence related to Iraq before the war. The reports show that the Bush administration actively ignored available intelligence to press ahead with an agenda that will ultimately lead to the installment of permanent [...]

Hobnox – now open for everyone! New contest coming up!

So Hobnox (the startup I am working for as "Head of Concept & Design") has reached the end of the private beta phase and is now running as public beta (which means: everyone can register and use it). There are still many things that we have in the pipeline. As of now it appears to [...]

Web 3.0? Maybe user generated applications…

In few seconds I was able to create a new music browsing application combining puzzle pieces together without any effort: All I needed was Fluid and an example to learn from. Fluid basically is a bare-bones web browser that turns a website into an double-clickable application. It is a website - but it feels like [...]

Grimme Online Award Nomination for Hobnox

Hobnox was nominated for a Grimme Online Award yesterday (category "special"). The Grimme Online Awards have always been a sign post for cultural relevance of web projects for me. So this makes me very glad that Hobnox has achieved this nomination. Side note: As announced on the FMX/08 conference the Audiotool has been updated with [...]

iPhone SDK – a complete solution?

Apple has released the iPhone SDK. The 2.1 gigabyte download is free after registration and includes the latest Developer Tools as well. I personally don't use an iPhone. Being able to hack it (or get third party software for it) was a stopper for me. Another argument against the iPhone was the rather limited storage [...]

Director 11 – there’s life in the old dog yet

This is a surprise: Adobe announced Director 11 - the follow-up release to Director MX 2004. After years of speculation Adobe seems to be committed to develop Director further. There is a rough comparison chart on the Adobe site which compares Director to Flash. I am not quite convinced the advantages of Director over Flash [...]

Personas? Yes… influence group thinking!

Jason Fried from 37signals argues against the use of Personas. Personas don’t talk back. Personas can’t answer questions. Personas don’t have opinions. Personas can’t tell you when something just doesn’t feel right. This is a pretty sketchy definition of what personas are supposed to do as a tool: The foremost reason for personas is to [...]

News from the evolution

The Hobnox evolution contest is half way through and there are now 280 submissions in three categories: music (220), film (79), urban culture (30). There are regular "news" with portraits of some of the contestants on the Hobnox channels like this: For example »Twisted Reality« by Johannes Guerreiro and Krystian Majewski from the Koeln International [...]

Design for discovery

One of the most interesting topics for information architecture is search. There are ways to find, explore, browse and discover things in digital domains. The value of information increases with the possibility of being found. So design for findability becomes the most important strategy to increase the value of information. One of the distinct experts [...]