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FAQ QA

Here’s a snippet from an Adobe FAQ regarding the CS6 package. The web design lesson here is to make sure that the answers to questions answer the questions.

Here’s what Adobe is telling me:

The question: What is the installation and activation process?

The answer: New.

That’s a completely useless answer and does not describe the process at all. If you’re involved in drafting something like this, ask yourself: does this really answer the question?

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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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Honda Si love & history lesson

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“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.

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

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beautiful engines

Even if you’re not a gear-head, perhaps you can enjoy the aesthetic quality of these engines. These are machines designed to convert the oxygen in air and mixed-in fuel into rotational power. Most people don’t see their engines very often, but I find some of them to be strikingly beautiful, as if some consideration for style must have been considered in their design.

For more of this sort of thing, visit beautifullyengineered.tumblr.com and reddit.com/r/machineporn

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Honda B18C5 1.8L DOHC found in the 1997 – 2001 Acura Integra Type-R.

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Same B18C5 engine as above, cleanly installed in a lightweight 1988-191 Honda CRX chassis.

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Honda’s newer K-series, 2.0L.

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Engine Alliance GP7000, a turbofan jet engine that is currently in service on the Airbus A380.

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Twin-turbo General Motors LS-series V8 built by CM Racing in a Chevrolet Corvette chassis.

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US map of sunshine

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urban influence

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