This Is Responsive: a great resource site about responsive design!

How Much Has The Web Really Changed?

Two years ago, responsive was the near future (I remember this time very well, because I had been asked to lead the early design direction of a very large global website in the consumer electronic industry). The whole team made the decision to go responsive, and honestly we never regret it. Today, responsive is the emerging standard of design principle. 

As a Design / UX manager it forces you to think in a new way (revise all you knew about screen layout and interaction model), and you learn a lot on Content and API framework.

Thanks to Brad Frost you don’t have to go the hard way. Check his excellent resource site, I wish I had it two years ago.

This Is Responsive, the excellent resource about responsive design by Brad Frost.


Mobile UI: fresh ideas from the past #1

I still like this one (from 2009)

Three iPhone skins that make Instagram even better

1. The Photoroid skin

Ryan Astle, a graphic designer / production artist living in New Brunswick in Canada, has created the “Photoroid” for iPhone – a retro cool skin inspired by the old Polaroid instant cameras. The Photoroid iPhone skin is available from the Infectious website for $14.99.

2. The Leica skin

This highly detailed plastic skin is making your Iphone look just like a Leica rangefinder camera. Available for 9 dollars at the petapixel store.

3. The Rolleiflex skin

Retro Camera Skin by John Zee, available for 9 dollars at

Google Project Glass: one day in augmented reality

Google just released some information about Project Glass, a pair of augmented reality glasses interfacing most of the Google services to the world around us.

Sounds like someone at last found a business case for Augmented reality. Just waiting for the counter strike from Facebook and Microsoft…


Ingenious use of Twitter: The Mercedes Tweet Fleet

Mercedes Twitter Design Brother

The Active Parking Assist from Mercedes-Benz recognizes empty parking spaces by simply passing them. That brought them to the idea: If the car knows where the empty parking spaces are – then everybody should know.

Just before Christmas when parking slots were hard to find, the Mercedes-Benz Tweet Fleet with its Active Parking Assist tweeted empty parking spaces in downtown Stuttgart.

The cars automatically generated a tweet with GPS data out of every empty parking space they passed. Via Arduino the onboard electronics were connected to a GPS/GPRS-Shield. Tweets were generated with a PHP Relay which sent the GPS-Data. This is how people could find empty parking spaces near them on twitter and even be navigated there by a linked Google map.

The press released this Christmas service the night before the promotion. Within a day, Mercedes-Benz Tweet Fleet was ranked top 3 of the most discussed topics in the German-speaking social web.

Not only did this bring the Active Parking Assist up for discussion, but it also proved the innovation leadership of Mercedes-Benz.