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user experience

Remember when designing anything: users will find the most efficient way to use your product, even if it’s not how you intended.

Test your product by pretending you have no time to deal with it.

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concept artists

I’ve recently noticed that I have an affinity for what I’d propose calling “concept artists.” This is an extension of “concept albums:” when every song on an album follows and relates to a central theme. So, a concept artist would be a musician or music project that has (or even relies on) an ongoing theme. Every artist has a “style” or persona that is not quite their private-lives selves, but a concept artist plays a single, consistent character for the entire project. They are often goofy or absurd. Here I will explain what I mean by way of some examples.

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Honda Si love & history lesson

Si badge

“Si” badge in the front grille of a contemporary Honda Civic.

The “Si” ( originally indicating “Sport injected”) is a trim of the Civic line from Honda. It’s Honda’s designation that the vehicle has upgraded performance characteristics compared to the other trims (LX, DX, EX, etc.). They often had different, more powerful engines installed from the factory, along with stiffer suspension and different tires for improved handling. The Si model followed the same body designs and general engineering as the other Civic models. This article summarizes the Si’s heritage and reviews the changes over the years.

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quality carried all the way through

When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.

Steve Jobs

The unseen design aesthetic of Apple’s Macbook. Beautiful inside:

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