Facebook shakes up the ‘About’ page, changing how it displays personal information

Facebook is known for switching up the design of its users’ profiles without notice, and today is no different: some visitors to the popular social networking site will find that the company has changed how it displays their friends’ personal information. Up until this week, the information laid out in a user’s “About” section was displayed… Read More


‘Sensor Salon’ brings LCD screens, 3D-printed objects and sensors to fingernails

The maker movement is coming to the nail salon. That’s the vision of students from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., who presented their “Sensor Salon” project at Microsoft today — explaining how they created a prototype salon that brought together experts in design and development to create made-to-order technology for a client’s nails. Technologies… Read More


GeekWire Radio: Amazon music, Lively shutdown, and the new world of tech design

We’ve got a lot to discuss on this week’s GeekWire radio show, starting with our thoughts on Amazon’s new Prime Music streaming service — the online retailer’s latest push into the world of digital media, and a prelude to its expected smartphone unveiling next week. As detailed in this review by GeekWire’s Blair Hanley Frank, the new service is a nice… Read More


How to braid your time: Teamwork for creative minds

[Editor's Note: Author and teacher Jon Bell is a designer in Twitter's Seattle office and a speaker at the upcoming HIVE technology design conference.] While it’s true that creativity and inspiration can be hard to explain, quantify, or reliably trigger, there are some things we do know. First, creativity requires headspace. Think of your favorite novel, painting, movie, or album. None of them were… Read More


The Amazon model: 4 reasons your company should move to the heart of the city

The Weyerhauser Corporate Headquarters in Federal Way has earned awards for its architecture, interior design and energy conservation. It’s a “gorgeous, gorgeous” building, Scott Wyatt tells me. There’s just one problem. “There’s nothing happening there.” Wyatt, chairman of Seattle-based architecture firm NBBJ, far prefers the scene around Amazon’s offices in South Lake Union, where hotspots… Read More


Iterating in public: 4 steps for success in the brave new world of tech design

[Editor's Note: Guest commentator David Lifson of General Assembly is one of the speakers at the upcoming HIVE technology design conference, June 20 and 21 in Seattle, presented by AIGA Seattle, the professional association for design. Tickets available here.] In today’s fast-moving world of lean startups, minimum viable products, and an Internet full of competitors and alternatives, rapid product… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Lytro Illum lead designer Markus Wierzoch, Artefact design director

Camera technology company Lytro is getting lots of headlines this week for its second-generation light field camera, called the Illum — a DSLR-style device that creates “living images” designed to be refocused after taking the shot. As it turns out, the design of the new camera has roots in Seattle, at the Artefact product design and development company, and a… Read More

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Jawbone exec: Startups need designers, not just engineers

SAN FRANCISCO–While startups are often on the lookout for new engineering talent, renowned hardware designer Yves Behar said that they need to place a similar priority on finding good designers. As the founder and CEO of fuseproject, Behar partners with startups, like Maveron-backed home automation startup August, to take their designs to the next level…. Read More


Advice from a former Apple director who coined the term ‘user experience’

Having worked on Apple’s User Interface Technologies and introducing the term “user experience” to company execs in the early 90s, Mitch Stein knows a thing or two about how humans interact with computers. “The term ‘user experience’ is more than just aesthetics to me,” Stein said. “We have relationships with our technology. User experience is not… Read More


Comedy: When developers and designers try to communicate

Do you see yourself in this video? The recent HIVE 2011 design conference in Redmond opened with an exclusive skit by Charles, a Seattle-based sketch comedy duo, spotlighting the classic communication barrier between technology developers and designers. The video was just recently posted online. The conference focused on the value of design in technology. See the… Read More

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First-time conference aims to bridge tech and design in Seattle region

A grassroots initiative to improve the connections among technology companies, user-experience specialists and designers in the Seattle region has spawned a new conference called HIVE 2011, to be held next month on Microsoft’s Redmond campus. GeekWire talked about plans for the conference today with Jenny Lam, co-founder at Jackson Fish Market and a former Microsoft Windows… Read More