Monthly Archives: January 2015

“Why Skeuomorphism Is Like a Classic Car”

Enjoy two and a half thoughtful, beautifully produced minutes of Neven Mrgan’s observations about design evolution:

As it happens, I first got to know Neven after he knocked Photoshop for its unruly sprawl of UI elements (specifically, lots of arbitrarily different sliders). I was stung as by then I’d been writing about and fighting to address this phenomenon for years. We had so many good intentions & false starts trying to re-wing that old plane in flight, and I was sick to death of hearing Apple zealots (not Neven) say, “Just use the standard Mac elements”—when in practice no such standards existed. In any case, Neven’s post broke the ice, and we ended up dropping in on the Panic team a couple of times over the years. Their ideas on how to evolve PS were always helpful—and I was deeply gratified to rationalize a bunch of those slider types in CS5 and beyond. [Vimeo]

With Google your camera can now translate the world in realtime

Per PetaPixel:

Google has updated its Translate app to include real-time on-screen translations of text you point your camera at.

Even more amazingly, this stuff all happens natively on device—no network connection required (F off, ridonkulous international roaming fees). And according to the team blog:

Starting today, simply tap the mic to start speaking in a selected language, then tap the mic again, and the Google Translate app will automatically recognize which of the two languages are being spoken, letting you have a more fluid conversation. For the rest of the conversation, you won’t need to tap the mic again—it’ll be ready as you need it.

Days of miracles & wonder, man.