Catching up on XKCD and there were a few strips too good not to share here.
One for the avid Wikipedia users:
One for the internet supremacists (!!!):
…normally it’s the light graffiti within the picture that is supposed to grab the viewer’s attention, yet Underwood’s scenic backdrops are equally breathtaking.
In making the scenes as important as the light graffiti, Underwood has created something unique, though both individually have existed for years. Another good example of remix culture.
I did a photojournalism piece for Imperica after my trip to SXSW last week. Here it is:
Every March, Austin has an influx of geeks. SXSW is almost legendary in its popularity as the place to be seen if you are, you know, with it – but that’s not what it is. SXSW Interactive, at least, is about people who love the internet coming together to be inspired, network and party in an atmosphere soaked with sun, margaritas and BBQ – and then so much more.
This is a snapshot of the 5 days I was in Texas this year – Austin as I will always remember it:
Austin is super-connected: taxi drivers accept payment by Square, Foursquare and Gowalla users battle it out for supremacy in every bar. One of this year’s new features from Foursquare during SXSW is a partnership with American Express where AmEx users get $5 back for every $5 spent – an Austin special.
SXSW this year was bigger than ever before, with close to 20,000 attendees for the Interactive festival alone. Everywhere you went, and especially in the Austin Convention Centre which was the heart of the festival, you saw people, people and more people.
And within the Convention Centre, I couldn’t fail to notice stickers, posters, screens and corporate logos. They shouted at you everywhere: ‘look at the number of check-ins, the number of Instagrams, the special offers, the competitions, the freebies, look look look!!’
Austin in spring is wonderful: the buildings seem brighter with the sun’s rays bouncing off the walls, colours seem to pop everywhere, and the world in general seems a nicer place. Yes, the sun can do that, for those of us who live in London that don’t remember! You will also find yourself being constantly distracted by quirky signs of all kinds.
But as soon as 6pm falls and the daily SXSW talks and panel sessions end (the evening does start earlier for many though!), the bars of the city become the focus. It’s like an exodus, but thankfully there are so many places to choose from that the question is only really whether you want to party or chill, down tequilas or swig the beers.
And so 5 days passed by in a cloud of sensory and information overload.
Did anyone say it’s time for SXSW 2012?
I was in Copenhagen last weekend and noticed a couple of nice user experience touches in public areas:
These railway ticket machines were covered with plastic sheets to leave no room for confusion as to whether they were in use or not. A common problem I see in London is machines that do not operate, with people going up to them every now and then to check.
This board in Copenhagen airport clearly says how many minutes it is likely to take to clear security. Informed passengers are relaxed passengers, which mean less chance for Airline-type incidents featuring irate passengers.
I do think the copy is cute, but more than that, I think not logging me out without asking is an extremely good usability feature. I’m not really a fan of Hootsuite, but you have to admit this little thing is lovely.