Remember, there was a site where you can create a temporary mail ID with just one click and give it to anyone for a limited time? This one is better, you dont have to go through that one click. Just send give out the address xyz at mailinator.com and go check for the mail. No password, no setup. The lesson, minimalistic design.
Use this flash interface to control a wireless car in an office in Japan. You can see the cars videos and chat with others too.
Its nice to go back to the first principles and review them from time to time. Relevant to all sorts of user interfaces.
Jeff Freund from Clickability has an interesting article on how User Interfaces should scale to handle enormous amounts of data. He highlights four points, Minimize repeating operations, show contextual data relevant to the user, make it easy to arrange and make it easy to search data.
A Personal Information Manager. Email, calendar, IM, News. etc. Pretty neat for dhtml. Got the same look and feel as a desktop app. It took 2years for them to make it!!! Now its open source, but works with IE/win only
We miss lots of solutions to problems because we don’t have the right question. It is the question that is more important than the answer. Jon Udell has a nice example. Also, “People are often very bad at saying why something works, or what forces act to drive them to a solution, but they typically are very good at saying why something doesn’t or can’t work. ..” AlistairCockburn. Brainstorming for questions why a solution will not work will lead to better designs.