The little things.

Shaded bars underneath each “Cited by ###” element convey a measure of reliability + relevance.

Little things are often the most helpful,
and because they’re so little, they know when to get out of the way of your eye.

A better Video Scrubber

The internet’s series of tubes are getting fatter every day, but a lot of video sites still cause viewers grief with stuck frames, buffering and a general lack of feedback. Here I’m sketching out some tweaks to the std Video Scrubber, hoping to alleviate some of the cognitive friction generated while watching videos on the web.

Details of my obsessions with tiny media controls after the jump…
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Wikipedia corrector tape

Why don’t more people edit articles in Wikipedia? If I had to take a a wild and embarrassingly unresearched guess, that Article Edit screen scares most casual site visitors, even if they’re experts on the subject matter.

Can visitors even find it? Wikipedia doesn’t really encourage casual users to edit (this is probably by design). But it seems shortsighted to neglect tapping into the genius of the non-geeky and less-than-totally motivated.

So here’s an idea…
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Making the cloud tangible

With every little tiptoe taken up towards the Cloud, it seems like we’re losing our grip on our content, I mean that literally. Using cheap physical tokens and NFC sensors on computers and devices, we can regain some of the tactility around the images and sounds we enjoy and shuffle around every day.

More hokey diagrams and not-so-subtle Apple worship after the jump…
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