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Escaping Flatland

Escaping Flatland

My talk from Reasons to be Appy 2012.

Listen closely to James Brown's Super Bad; nestled in-between Bobby Byrd's keyboards and Bootsy Collins' bass line is a flaw. It's the sound of a squeaky hi-hat pedal. A squeak that nobody felt the need to remove – nobody felt compelled to record an update. And yet the recording is still wonderful even with this supposed flaw because – for me at least – it adds texture.

I strongly believe these bumps and scars – these moments of subtle poetry – are what we as human beings fall in love with. These amazing digital devices we hold in our hands shouldn't be an exception; in fact because of their Flatland like nature we need to make sure we add these often illogical empathetic moments in-between to our interfaces so we can create objects that not only Beep but squeak a little too.

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Brendan Dawes

May 30, 2012
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  1. ESCAPING FLATLAND @brendandawes

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  3. MODERNISM NEEDS TEXTURE

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  6. NOBODY CAN EVER KNOW WHAT AN APP SMELLS LIKE

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  12. IT’S HARD TO HOLD HANDS WITH A DESKTOP

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  17. “@MoviePeg arrives in the office. Like all good kids, we

    discard the contents for 5 minutes to play with the lovely box. V cute!” – @denisewilton
  18. DESIGN OBJECTS THAT HAVE THE CAPACITY TO BE LOVED

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  21. WHAT IF YOU COULD SCRIBBLE ON THE BACK OF AN

    APP?
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  24. LACK OF AFFORDANCE MEANS THERE ARE NO PRECONCEPTIONS

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  28. http://www.adafruit.com/products/14

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  30. http://blog.jgc.org/2012/05/simonoids-its-simon-in-altoids-can.html John Graham Cummings’ Simonoids

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  32. TO SEE THE FUTURE CLEARER WE NEED TO REMOVE THE

    ROSE- TINTED NOSTALGIA GOGGLES
  33. THANK YOU @brendandawes