Tuesday 11 October 2016 08:14
45 minutes of polishing the body of a Leica T camera. Nothing else.
While watching, I can’t help but keep thinking… just how well Apple manufactures its products.
Leica makes the body of a camera out of a single piece of aluminium, just like the unibody design of MacBooks and iPhones.
And Leica polishes those camera bodies with great care, which reminds me of this picture. The jet black iPhone 7 is so extremely polished, it doesn’t feel like aluminium any more. It feels like glass. And Apple produces hundreds of thousands of them every day.
In the 45 min ad, Leica asks: “Of course there are faster and less costly ways to make a camera. But is there a better way?”
I believe so.
Thursday 04 August 2016 12:46
Saturday 30 July 2016 18:42
A great interview with the creator of the Happy Hacking Keyboard. Questions are decided by a poll in the mechanical keyboard community.
Professor Eiiti Wada:
When America’s cowboys were in the middle of a trip and their horse died, they would leave the horse there. But even if they were in the middle of a desert, they would take their saddle with them. The horse was a consumable good, but the saddle was an interface that their bodies had gotten used to. In the same vein, PCs are consumable goods, while keyboards are important interfaces.
Newcomers might see the slanted key arrangement as strange, and love the squared (ortholinear) layout. But the current pattern is said to avoid the type-bar conflict. The present key arrangement has a functional beauty. Many typists and computer scientists are fully accustomed to it. Once accustomed, human beings can have a hard time learning the slightly different interface. Keyboards should maintain the present layout.
Tuesday 26 July 2016 22:46
Nearly every aspect of OS X looks less inspiring, beautiful, and meticulously rendered than it used to: packaging and branding, icons, buttons, switches, windows, “loading” indicators, color choices, light and shadow, and the general sense of charm and wizardry. Apple has siphoned the personality from the operating system and left it a watery husk of its former glory. Why would anyone do such a thing?
A quote in the article describes the sense of design by Steve Jobs, which I think hits the spot:
His design sensibility is sleek but not slick, and it’s playful. He embraced minimalism, which came from his Zen devotion to simplicity, but he avoided allowing that to make his products cold. They stayed fun. He’s passionate and super-serious about design, but at the same time there’s a sense of play.
— Maya Lin
The OS X (or macOS) does become cold, tasteless, and more importantly, hard to use today.
Tuesday 19 July 2016 19:51
那么我抵制百度，和一个人抵制日货，有什么本质区别么？我还抵制 nVidia（因为他们当年干掉了 voodoo），我还抵制韩国货（因为我讨厌韩剧），一想自己抵制了这么多东西，再去指责那些抵制日货的人不理性，我自己也觉得有点不好意思。