Interface: 12. The Ghost in the Machine In Your House

In a very special episode of Interface, Chase tries not to be murdered by his too-smart house, Ian goes for days without electricity, and Andrew tapes a Kindle Fire HD™ to his refrigerator so he too can join the Internet of Things. Will our heroes survive when their toaster can set their kitchen on fire? Will their cloud-based bathtub scald them after a long day of work? Find out on this very special Interface!


Interface: 11. C U L8R

In a modern office, present day. We see a silhouette from behind; in front, a computer monitor. The gentle clatter of a keyboard, the “bwooooop” of messages being sent back and forth. The cadence of messages slowly picks up until they’re being sent as quickly as if they were speaking. The camera pushes in and we can see the screen: a cacophony of images, text, full-screen effects filling the screen as message bubbles shoot in front the sides, from above, shrink and grow and shake and expand. One shoots lasers out, only to replaced immediately by confetti.

Finally, the fateful message comes up: “I g2g.” The TYPIST cringes instinctively at the abbreviation, but nevertheless sends another message of understanding. The green status indicator next to the friend’s name blinks to a hollow gray circle, the name italicized. All that remains is the static, froze log of the chaotic communication that filled it just a moment before.

The TYPIST looks down and picks up a cell phone. A green icon indicates another message. Another potential for intense, exhausting conversations filled with meta-contextual conversation and multi-channel communication. The TYPIST sighs.

Well, at least it’s not Snapchat.

The camera pans around the TYPIST’s face and we finally see that it’s one of the hosts — Ian Fuchs.

  1. Apple’s new iMessage features
  2. The first emoticons
  3. Ian’s understanding of Snapchat
  4. Snapchat like the teens
  5. The Victorian Internet


Interface: 10. A Piece of Garbage Strapped To My Wrist

Today on Interface, a special guest host: Chase Meusel! We sit down and have a conversation about the nerdiest accessories you can get this season. Do you need a $500 wrist mounted computer that reminds you stand up once an hour? Get your sweet reviews here! I should probably type the word “wearable” here so you can find it later with search.

  1. Apple Watch > Rolex
  2. Apple Watch made more money than Rolex
  3. Withings Activité
  4. UsTwo modular smartwatch interface
  5. UsTwo Face Maker
  6. Wired article on the Disney MagicBand
  7. Push for Pizza
  8. Devices that let you do more (scroll to #3)
  9. A history of wearables, from the Bronze Age to today
  10. Pictures under glass
  11. Sweethearting
  12. Matt Webb’s Glancing, a thing about presence
  13. Chronos
  14. Best smartwatch ever


Interface: 09. A Heavier Day Than Usual

You may have noticed that lately, Chase has been absent from the podcast. Fortunately, we’ve tracked down (at least some of) the problem, and found it to be mostly scheduling conflicts. This got us wondering, is there a better way to handle scheduling, calendars, and productivity?

This week, Andrew and Ian dive into the current, messy state of calendars and scheduling, and highlight some products, services, and ideas that might make it better in the future.


Sunrise (RIP) Keyboard

What Calendar Watch

Your calendar is a mess


Invisible design

Frictional design

Calendar Watch

UsTwo’s wearable design system


Interface: 08. Transparent and Frictionless

It’s easy for a usability designer to get beaten down and depressed by all the bad interactions in the world. Doors with terrible affordances, unclear signs, and software that gets in the way more than it helps you. Today, Ian and Andrew talk about all the good things out there — interactions where a designer took the time to sit down, examine the problem, and create a solution that actually helps people out. There’s a lot of good out there!

Mazda CX-5 Keyless Entry

Kevo Bluetooth Door Lock

Gyroscope Running

UsTwo: Designing for Movement

Ten Principles for Good Design

Misa Kitara

iON All-Star iPad Guitar

Olympus Micro 4/3 Camera

PowerPoint Auto-Spacing