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design

Gates in libraries

There are three ways to do this.

Moscow’s Foreign Language Library. Gates, a stern security guard, librarians that don’t understand one another, no single database, RFID tags for security purposes, a ban on bringing backpacks in (!). The wide variety of books is the only thing that saves this library from obliteration.

Pigna’s library. The honesty system at its finest. Just a heartwarming librarian and no security features. They make an assumption that everyone entering isn’t there for a random reason (which is close to truth).

The Russian State Library for Youth. A total absence of any visible gates or security features. Anyone strolling by can enter and read a book. As for bringing a book home, all one has to do to register is to show an ID. Every book has an RFID tag used for theft prevention, as well as for scanning books. I was surprised at how efficient the system was when I first took some books home: I stacked the books, put them on a table along with my library card, and I could go out. No librarian or gate needed.

There’s only one way to do it right.

Dec 9   automation   design   library

Apple’s strategy for the future

At WWDC this June, Apple announced that it would let developers easily port iOS apps to the Mac. This new procedure opens up a door to a broader intention: porting stuff from different platforms to others.

When Apple makes software the usefulness of which may not be obvious, think ahead. To make good AR goggles, Apple needs apps. But talking about future products is harmful, so they can’t invite over too many developers to work on the alpha. That’s why they introduced ARKit now. Apps are made now, to be used now. This makes people interested in new technologies, now. It isn’t very comfortable to poke around with an Ikea sofa model on a phone, but it will be with goggles.

Think Memoji is stupid? I did think so too, until I realised how it will scale in the future. Apple gets people prepared as they get used to having a live virtual avatar now. In two years, it will be indispensable for AR interactions.

When 2020 comes, all Apple has to do is make a porting mechanism for ARKit iOS apps to aOS, and sell the goggles. Instant success.

Nov 25   Apple   business   design   development

Updating CGP Grey’s Europe diagram

I looked at CGP Grey’s Europe diagram yesterday and saw that it was outdated. Latvia and Lithuania are now in the Eurozone, and not just in the EU. I started with a blank sheet and worked my way through.

I also added the four countries that use the euro but aren’t in the EU: Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican. I did not add Montenegro and Kosovo to this zone. If I added them, I’d have to add Zimbabwe, as they all use the euro but aren’t approved by the Council to do so.

My diagram is rather simple, as it only shows what is useful to a person travelling or working in Europe. Nothing extraordinary like this one from Wikipedia:

Oct 8   design   Europe   the world
Sep 23   design   user interface   vertical transportation