18 September 2008

A vision of future car design

Car design, shaped by the needs of the internal combustion engine for a century, is now undergoing
a revolution thanks to developments in battery technology. Guy Bird looks at what

Sensory

The rustle of petticoats, or snap of a lipstick case, may not count as music but they are just as evocative as any fanfare or lament.

Touch Feely

Installations you can smell, hear and feel are at the forefront of interaction design. They create environments that enhance mood by engaging all five senses – and often seem to

Play away

Far from hindering their use as a gaming platform, the small screens of mobile phones have triggered a renaissance in high quality, design-led games. Minimalism, nostalgia and Japanese comic art

Mobile Gaming

The numbers speak volumes. Within 20 days of its App Store launch, Sega sold 300 000 copies of Super Monkeyball, while Tap Tap Revenge from Palo Alto start-up Tapulous was

Interface design

TV used to be easy. There were just two broadcasters and three channels, and they decided what we watched, when we watched it. Now there are umpteen content providers and

Rules of thumb

As converging technologies morph mobile phones in to mini computers, the way users interact with them also changes. In demand is speed, simplicity and easy navigation, as much as rich

Wayfinding

The importance of time and place information, and its propensity to change, make airport wayfinding an ideal candidate for digital signage. Basic systems now exist in many departure and arrival

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