Tag Archives: Usability

FireFox Plug-in, “Feedly”

I’m trying to find a part-time job at the moment, and want to save some money so tend to stay at home… Umm, it’s not good, I should be more active! Maybe I should try planting at least one seed/day.

By the way, I started to use a Firefox plug-in called “feedly“. I really like it! It re-format the feeds from your google reader to “magazine site” look…so



becomes this


Actually the change it makes is not that complicated, it’s just about things like font, margin, size, it’s so simple! But these small changes make articles much more readable. I think feedly itself has some problems of usability, but still it’s much better than Google Reader! It makes you realise the importance of layout.


Desgree Show, finishing the course, etc.

The course finished last week. One year was so quick! For the last project, we made an iPhone application called “Alight”.


Alight is an application to allow users to associate their small ideas in daily life with particular location, so that they will have more chanced to develop them further. I was in charge of interface design. I know iPhone is not small as mobile phone, but still designing menu for small screen was good learning for me. We used 50inch plasma TV for the degree show, so I had to edit some footages (which I hadn’t done for a few years!). My poor macbook (not pro) was crying all the time rendering HD.


Finishing the course, I really feel that I met such wonderful classmates! It was so fun to do project with people who are enthusiastic about interactive media, and we enjoyed the time together even outside the studio! Some of them have already gone back to their own countries, but I believe I can see them in the future again.


By the way, >To friends in London, I have to move our from the current flat soon, and looking for a new place! Please let me know if you have any ideas. >To friends in Japan, I’m going back to Japan in October! Let’s go for a drink if you have time. Let me know when you are free, but as I am a poor student, (i.e. no money to drink a lot) let’s drink together if you guys know each other lol


I tried to use searchWiki by google yesterday! So what you need to do is just logging in to google account, and you will find some unfamiliar links next to the result of search. One is to “pick up” and one it to “delete” the result. Now we had a question. It looks this feature works only for exact the same query. Which means, even if you delete one of the results for a query “noodle”, when you try “noodle Japanese”, the deleted result comes up again. …isn’t it a bit irritating? So our main opinion was “well….I wouldn’t use this.” Now the next question. What is this feature for, then? ….Google, isn’t it? And another question. With this feature, you also can comment on the results. These “pickup”, “delete”, “comment”, it looks all your action is published to all over the world compulsorily. For example, when you delete a result, it also shows “Bob and Jane deleted this result”, and by clicking “All notes for this searchWiki”, you can preview comments by others. Also, I’m not sure if it’s bug or not, but my test comment remains there despite I deleted it. Isn’t it annoying for the website which was used as test? Now the result for query “google” is full of test comments at the moment. To be honest, I don’t like this feature. First of all, which is the concept of this feature, “Personal customisation tool” or “Let’s edit the result together! (=wiki)” ? To me, it looks a bit mixed and confused. At least, I assume everyone wants the option to turn if off… Thinking like that, I tried another query but the feature doesn’t work…??????

Laws of Simplicity

As this books hasn’t been translated into Japanese, I reluctantly started to read it in English. And finally I finished it!!! John Maeda, a professor at the media labo in MIT, writes about “simplicity”. Althought the volume of the book itself it not so big…. …Difficult! So difficult! He uses a lot of examples of product design such as iPod or B&O, but some of stories are rather phylosophical matters based on his life experiences. Well, my English ability is not good enough, that’s all. He says:
“Simplicity and complexity need each other.” “What lies in the periphery of simplicity is definitely not peripheral.”
and so on. Actually what this book talks about is very comlicated, deep and it could be written in some thick, series of books, but they are simply organized in 10 laws here. But the impression after reading is so much. I think it’s great this book itself is following the laws. Simple design” tends to be so cheap, but the reason why professional designed simplicity looks so cool might be because they are following these kind of laws. I felt like that. He also writes blog about it. Laws of Simplicity Website

Is this iTunes’s bug???

I’m enjoying Radiohead on big volume now. An annoying week finally ended. Unknown bugs and errors, working for 33hours without sleeping, argueing with sales reps…Sorry I can’t reply to your messages. I don’t have much energy on weekdays… Well, now I’m using iTunes but…I can’t see the reason, perhaps the recent update, but it changes its ganre into Japanese words. I mean, it changes “Rock” to “ロック”(katakana, Japanese) automatically. I changed the language setting to “English” and now it looks OK. Is it a bug? Or software’s specification? Isn’t it annoying a bit?