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 on Nintendo Switch

    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 discord 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.

    Privacy

    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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    Music Likes: April

    April brought more Japanese rock, European indie and some good old songs. From my top picks, this month are Silversun Pickups — It Doesn’t Matter Why, catchy その向こうへ — 10-FEET and the soundtrack from the movie Pet Sematary by Starcrawler. Continue the spring collection.

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

    3rd May
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    Ideas for Scooter Sharing Experince

    Micro-mobility gaining popularity because it’s faster than car-based trips. Sometimes even faster than a public transportation. In my opinion scooters and bikes will not change transportation in the cities, but will be a solid addition to current means. To have a better experince in the future I propose a set of ideas for scooters and sharing services.

    Micro mobility scooters preview

    LED stripe displays charge level

    Micro mobility scooters charging levels

    When it comes to finding a suitable scooter for a ride — battery charge is the most important criteria. It’s a bummer to find a pool of scooters, open the app, tap on every vehicle and find out that all of them have a dead battery. There are no visual indicators on scooters to let you know they’re out of commission. I propose to use an LED stripe to show charge level.

    Micro mobility scooters charging levels

    An LED stripe can be a part of a headlights.

    Bird and Lime already preparing a next generation of vehicles to be more durable and long lasting. LED can be a convenient modification for next generation of public scooters.

    AR to show charge levels

    Micro mobility scooters charging levels

    LED stripe with charge level is a technical improvement. Augmented Reality (AR) can be a software improvement to solve discoverability and low battery problem. Unfortunately, GPS only solution will not be accurate. With software enchantments, mobile internet and Bluetooth — positioning of a single vehicle can be accurate up to 2 meters.

    Vehicle unlock with NFC

    Micro mobility scooters charging levels

    Taking a picture of QR or type a digit code is slow. For now, Apple is reserved to open NFC chip to third-party developers. I believe this will change with time.

    No screen

    Considering NFC unlocking, charge level in the app or with LED stripe — the scooter of the future will not need a display. Currently, it shows speed and how much charge left. In the future, it will indicate parking zones.

    All of this can be displayed in the app with the map. Less screens and technology on the scooter – cheaper and more durable it can be.

    Integration with maps

    Micro mobility scooters charging levels

    Scooters or e-bikes will make a good addition to city transport. Map integration solves discoverability, charge and parking questions.

    For riders with set destination map service collects charge and location data from scooters, combine it with allowed parking zones, bike lanes and terrain and build an optimal route. Based on this information map service can offer a nearby scooter, estimate the price and provide the best ride.


    Scooters will be a part of our day to day commute. It will take time, effort, regulations and new design solutions to bring them to public. I have designed experince for renting scooters on Apple Watch. I belive, in the future it will help to provide a smoother and enjoyable ride experience.

    16th April
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    Scooter Sharing App on Apple Watch

    Being a controversial topic, increase of bike and scooter sharing services becomes a trend of recent years. I designed an experience for micro mobility ride sharing on wearables.

    Apple Watch Scooter Sharing App

    I set a limit for the design: no changes to scooter’s construction and the watch app is an addition to the phone. Watch should cover quick unlock, search and ride. The phone is needed for on-boarding, payment set up or issue reporting.

    To make a decision about renting a scooter client needs to know:

    Watch app can provide answers to those questions in the compact, convenient and understandable form. I defined two scenarios which can benefit from using a watch:

    In front of a scooter

    Scooter is in front of you. Unlock and go. Currently, services use a QR or digit code to identify and unlock vehicles. Geopositioning and mobile internet help to verify if the client really near the vehicle.

    Apple Watch Scooter Sharing App: Unlock near by scooter

    ▶ High resolution video

    Watch is about quick interactions. One screen helps to make decision about renting based on amount of battery charge.

    Find a scooter suitable for a ride

    If there are no scooters in close proximity (let’s say 10 meters), watch can help to locate vehicles in walkable distance. Search gives a list of scooters with charge and distance to them. In case all near by scooters have low battery, search is always accessible afrer scooter cards.

    Apple Watch Scooter Sharing App: search and unlock

    ▶ High resolution video

    What next?

    This user experience can be applied for shared bikes, scooters, e-scooters, mopeds or cars.

    Apple Watch Scooter Sharing App: electric car app

    Speed is valuable for unlocking, finding the right vehicle and getting to the desired destination. The idea of supporting a watch app might be expensive right now. I believe with time, watch can help companies to differentiate from the competition and provide a smoother and enjoyable experience.

    Micro-mobility gaining popularity because it’s faster than car-based trips. Sometimes even faster than public transportation. In my opinion scooters and bikes will not change transportation in the cities, but will be a solid addition to current means. To have a better experince in the future I propose a set of ideas for scooters and sharing services.

    16th April
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