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Fabrice Dubois
London, Beijing
Interests: I work as a UI designer and software engineer for a mobile operator, with a couple of cool Chinese guys. We try to craft better user interfaces, simpler to use and to implement. Most of our work is done on Android phones. Stuck on amber are the things that need no change. Good and well designed things are ready for eternity, just like mosquitoes forever trapped in a piece of amber. Ah, "Stuck on Amber" is also a damn good song by Martin Carr, of the Boo Radleys. Thanks to Luke and Adam for their support and reviews!
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From now on, my blog is continued here. Keep reading! Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2011 at STUCK ON AMBER
The London Design Festival 2011 ends this weekend, at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Brilliant logos. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2011 at STUCK ON AMBER
You can’t improve a design when you’re emotionally attached to past decisions. Improvements come from flexibility and openness. – Ryan Singer Being process-oriented, not product-driven, is the most important and difficult skill for a designer to develop. [It means] removing yourself from prideful investment in your projects and being slow to fall in love with your ideas. – Matthew Frederick, 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at STUCK ON AMBER
Nice design for this Android tablet version of Firefox. I really like the landscape tab interface, above. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2011 at STUCK ON AMBER
When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can often times arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions. Most people just don’t put in the time or energy to get there. – Steve Jobs Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2011 at STUCK ON AMBER
Building crazy watches, just for fun. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2011 at STUCK ON AMBER
Requirements proliferation must be fought, by both birth control and infanticide. – F. P. Brooks, The Design of Design Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2011 at STUCK ON AMBER
Searched "Weather London" on an iPhone this morning. Got this clear and simple interface, where you move a slider to see how the sky changes from early morning to tonight. Some rain expected, but not until 8pm. Good, I'm going to cycle to the office. Nothing revolutionary, but exactly what I need for my daily use. Great products are not necessarily packed with innovations. Making existing things work better, more accurately useful and usable, can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2011 at STUCK ON AMBER
Click Highlight. Select all the page zones on which you want to report an issue (the word 'Public' in my example above). Click Black out. Select all the elements you don't want Google to see. They're covered with black blocks. Describe the problem. Preview. Submit! Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2011 at STUCK ON AMBER
My first steps with easyJet. "a ticketless airline"... That sounds pretty cool and smart. Yes, after all, why would we need a ticket, in 2011, when the airline already has everything they need to let you board? I've boarded many times with a so-called "electronic ticket" that I never had with me, and that was never an issue. When everything is in the system already, having an electronic ticket or having no ticket at all... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2011 at STUCK ON AMBER
Rio Karma MP3 player (2004). This was before touch screens, when we had to rely on hard keys provided somewhere around the screen. The huge majority of hand held devices come with the controls at the bottom, below the display. The Karma did the opposite, and that was daring. It was surprisingly comfortable, as the thumb would effortlessly meet the wheel and buttons located at the top, making the player very natural to use. But... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2011 at STUCK ON AMBER
An example of cleverly grown business. Be good at 1 thing first. Premature complications is the last thing you want. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2011 at STUCK ON AMBER
We spend so much time striving to design perfectly self-explanatory interfaces. Instructions seem to get old-fashioned nowadays. Probably because we know nobody likes to read text on a UI anymore; everything should flow like magic. This application decides not to care, and provides all written instructions at first launch; bang! But that works fine, because the style is daring to the extreme and catches your attention efficiently. It will never work, they said? Perhaps 'poor'... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2011 at STUCK ON AMBER
Bumpers, fuses, and cheap cords to the rescue of vital organs. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at STUCK ON AMBER
When a user or client tells you he wants a certain feature, ask why he wants it–determine his immediate goal [...] Keep asking until you move well beyond the boundaries of the immediate design problem. Why should you ask these questions if you have clear requirements? Because if you love designing things, it's easy to get caught up in an interesting interface-design problem. Maybe you're good at building forms that ask for the just the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2011 at STUCK ON AMBER
Is that just me going mad, or does everyone see a plane here? Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at STUCK ON AMBER
Posted Jan 3, 2011 at STUCK ON AMBER
Why creative teams should be small. Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2010 at STUCK ON AMBER
I will contend that conceptual integrity is the most important consideration in system design. It is better to have a system omit certain anomalous features and improvements, but to reflect one set of design ideas, than to have one that contains many good but independent and uncoordinated ideas. – Frederick P. Brooks, Jr,The Mythical Man-Month Conceptual integrity is the principle that anywhere you look in your system, you can tell that the design is part... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2010 at STUCK ON AMBER
Psychedelic images made in the streets of Google Earth 6. Not for the carsick! Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2010 at STUCK ON AMBER
Terrible design: Your don't believe there's a way to use the product. You're even more convinced about that once you've thrown it through the window. Mediocre design: You look for the way to use the product, finally find it, and think "Ah I see. I get it now...". And you realize you didn't hear what your wife just said. Good design: You immediately see how to use the product, and think "Eheh, easy..." Excellent design:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2010 at STUCK ON AMBER
Quotes of the day, from 2 famous designers. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at STUCK ON AMBER
3 quotes from Donald Norman, on what makes great designs. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2010 at STUCK ON AMBER
Non-sense but delightful! A classic. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2010 at STUCK ON AMBER