Essen, Coal mine and Design

    Metro in the city center:

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    Metro sign:

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    Social advertisement calling to use public transport:

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    In Zollverein Coal Mine Complex there are house numbers signs with heavy industrial brutal look:

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    essen trip

    Floor navigation:

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    Some redesigned constructions:

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    essen trip

    essen trip

    Inside there is a musuem with cosy cafe, design museum and educative exhibition about coal mining:

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    essen trip

    Parts of mechanisms projected on a wall to explain how coal was sorted:

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    Visit Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex and Red Dot museum.

    15th August
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    Rest is your duty

    No manager or boss is going to plan weekends, holidays and vacations for you. No colleagues or supervisors schedule breaks or pauses. It’s on you. We are on a long marathon and being in shape guarantees better results. With a personal open schedule and increased responsibility, people tend to overwork and spend less time on themselves. The result – drained and unhappy workaholics.

    When planning, I, first thing, put pauses and food breaks in the calendar. I know that there will be a pause and it allows me to stay concentrated. Concentration vanishes in 20 to 30 min and I have a break to counter that. Time is limited and the brain works better solving harder tasks.

    As a responsible professional with an open schedule plan breaks first. Then — work.

    13th August
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    Told ya

    Don’t say “I told you so”. Be polite.

    This literaly leads you to nowhere. The reson is: those, who remembered, next time will pay attention to your comments. It’s a win. And they will appreciate your politeness and attention. Next big win.

    Those who didn’t remember might step on a same rake again. Nothing you can do. And reminding them will make them angry.

    1st August
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    Music Likes: July

    I started a new job, travelled to Germany by car for 700km and discovered Korean shows. In July’s collection: driving indie rock, Korean and Geman songs and some good oldies. Check out Bump of Chicken, Monoliths by Maserati, Jarum and Get Yourself Together by Black Keys.

    Enjoy the collection on Spotify. Suitable for a commute or travelling on foot. For Apple Music use Convertify to get the playlist.

    1st August
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    Music Likes: June

    June was cheotic and I barealy got 15 songs. Tho, have two interesting new coming. In this collecton asian bits from Empress – Mosh, dynamic rithm from Can you see me now – Miles Kane and melodic Puzzle – Band Maid.

    Enjoy the collection on Spotify. Suitable for a commute or travelling on foot. For Apple Music use Convertify to get the playlist.

    5th July
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    Link's Awakening Telegram Stickers

    A week ago I published a sticker pack to celebrate Link’s Awakening on Nintendo Switch.

    link's awakening telegram stickers

    The work had a friendly reception. In one week more than 110 installs and more than 200 times used on Telegram. It made to the hot list of r/zelda on reddit.

    Get Link’s Re:Awakening Telegram stickers.

    For the future is to share the pack for discor community and for iMessage.

    17th June
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    Enable Dark Mode in CSS for Safari iOS 13

    With MacOS to Mojave 10.14 Apple introduced dark theme support with CSS. With the release of iOS 13 same benefit comes to Safari on the iPhone and iPad.

    Implementing dark mode is easy. Include media query to CSS of a web page:

    @media (prefers-color-scheme: dark) {/* styles for dark mode */}

    I believe we should provide the best experience when the browser automatically detects the user’s choice. Soon there will be a crowd on iPhones and iPads with iOS 13 who turn on dark mode and go browsing. Care about the viewer and their eyes. Prepare your web pages.

    Dark mode iOS web

    Three main design principles for dark mode

    1. Use shades of white and black. White text on pure black background makes reading hard for eyes.
    2. Use lighter weights for fonts if possible. This will increase readable and make letterforms sharper.
    3. Switch to PNG for transparency.
    9th June
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    Music Likes: May

    May was a for car travelling music and I descover an amazing Japanese girl rock band Mutant monster. Also Go – Black keys, fast and jumpy Walls – CRX and definitely check Abnormal – Mutant monster.

    Enjoy the collection on Spotify. Suitable for a commute or travelling on foot. For Apple Music use Convertify to get the playlist.

    1st June
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    No Interface is Better than Simplification

    Recently, Twitter brought up a quote by Ted Nelson: “A user interface should be so simple that a beginner in an emergency can understand it within ten seconds.” The quote sparked a conversation and it seems that the simpler interface – the better for a client. I think, rather than simplifying the interface we should think about how to avoid it. I believe NO interface is the best solution.

    The interface is limiting interactions between clients and services. It wastes time, human resources, money and energy. Clients have to use it and the company has to build it. The ideal service requires no interface to get to the benefit.

    Luck of interface helps increase efficiency, illuminate users’ mistakes and bring benefit to the client faster. For instance, Amazon Dash buttons remove web interactions between clients and service. One click orders a detergent or drinks. Instead of going to the web, searching the right product, clicking “Purchase“ and putting an order — just a single click on a physical button.

    The ideal e-shop just sells, the ideas post office just delivers, the ideal public transport gets you to the destination and the ideal headphones just play music.

    No UI approach is based on the idea that a system delivers the benefit to the client the most efficient way, removing all unnecessary.

    Bureau Gorbunov shares this idea in their works. Also, Luke Wroblewski mentioned it on Conversations 2017.

    The best interface is the one that does not exist.

    29th May
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    The Post Оffice and Мail Delivery in the Future

    Post offices and mail delivery are far from being convenient and easy to use. Clients have to manually write addresses, adjust to a suitable time for the courier to pick up mail and delivery is not always reliable. Mail delivery will be simplified and personalised by robots. It’’s cheaper, more reliable and the delivery company will have less complains because of human factor.

    The post office should be digitalised and robotised.

    Order mail or parcel dispatch

    With a post app, you will choose where to send mail. With the phone, will be possible with AR determine dimensions of the box. After sharing your contact book with post app the system it will be enough to choose the contact by name. The system will figure out the rest itself: addressee location and suitable time for the delivery. No post codes, addresses or manual input.

    Mail collection

    Next drones or cars with autopilot will come to collect your mail. Right now human couriers are cheaper. But with an organised fleet of robots, they will adjust to times and locations. And in general will be faster and more pleasent to interactwith. The robot will bring an envelope or a container for the mail, where you put letters or what you are sending.

    The envelope or container has a code and will be sealed and sent to warehouse. This will provide identification of post delivery, senders and tracking.

    Sorting and delivery

    In operational centre software already calculate how many robots it will need to deliver parcels and build the most optimal route. Priority mail delivery will cost more and will be faster.

    Like in Amazone warehouses, post is sorted and sent to another city or country. Letters and parcels within one city don’t go to sorting but instead directly to an addressee.

    The route-planning software would like to have access to the addressee calendar in order to find the best option timewise and locations for the delivery.


    If people will not feel like sharing calendar and location with post office system this still will be post offices where sender bring mails or parcels and the addressee can receive them later. Of course, storing parcels and a letter will cost money. I believe the majority will prefer to share location, calendar and phonebook data in exchange for cheap services and convenience.

    Since there will be no place for people and delivery personnel in this system, they will have to find another occupation.

    14th May
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