Archive for the ‘probe’ Category

Networktheory

25Sep15

If there is one metaphor which has been dominant in the past decade as a way to understand our world it has been ‘the network’. The network as a universal explanans has probably been on the rise since the advent of the internet. Nowadays, everything is a network: we think trough neural networks, we act […]


I do not tend to think about netiquette a lot. As with privacy, I always feel that etiquette on the web should be debated by a bunch of gray conservatives; or at least by people who are much wiser and more decent than I am.  But, when I finally started thinking about it, I figured […]


Heidemarie Schwermer, has voluntarily been living without money for 16 years. She started this “Sterntalerexperiment” to raise awareness about the problems of our modern society where money is so dominant. In 2010 Line Halvorsen directed a documentary about her life. The film paints a heartwarming portrait of a kind and willful woman who tries to […]


As “Gamification” is on the top of the Gartner Hype Cycle, you can hardly have missed the term. The idea is captivating too. Games can motivate people to do boring and repetitious tasks over and over again. So, if you can harness these incredible powers of game dynamics, you can get people to do almost […]


UX Nightmare

05Oct11

Do not misread the title, this is not a description of a groteskly failing product, yet – it is a report of the dream I had last night. I dreamed of a new feature on Twitter. It was now possible to tweet streaming video banners. To make them extra extra engaging they could break out […]


Turkle’s Turn

09Sep11

MIT professor Sherry Turkle is no longer optimistic about the impact of technology on social relationships. In her book Alone Together she explains why. In her early work, in particular her book “Life on the screen” (1995), Turkle celebrated the freedom of online identity, but now she feels the internet has become more like a […]


We “search”. We “search’” a lot. What internet critic Geert Lovink called “the society of the query” (a review), has become a reality, possibly beyond his “worst” dreams. But how does it affect us? Search is helpful but I would say that it does make it easier for us to rely on our cognitive biases, […]


With the growth of the mobile internet, the rise of crossmedia productions (Dutch crossmedia blog), and the growth of cloud based applications (my post about cloud computing) interaction designers and usability engineers face a fairly new problem. The difficulty is to deliver good usability and user experience for the service across multiple applications running on […]


There are people that look into their Twitter message a couple of times a week or less, and those who do so a multiple times a day. Some monitor Twitter more or less constantly – possibly with a sidebar application. Is Twitter the same to these different users? In this short post I argue it […]


In 2003 Hip Hop star Lauryn Hill released her ‘MTV Unplugged 2.0’ album. A controversial move, since she performed somewhat unfinished songs with a guitar, rather than a six piece band. However, according to her own musings during the concert this was a conscious choice. Hill said that having the responsibility of supporting a six […]