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Following a link from I forgot where, I read this amazing article on MagicInk by Bret Victor. I really recommend that you read it too, maybe just to look at the pretty interface pictures. This article made me realize how important interface design may be, both for the pleasure of using the interface as for the clarity and amount of information it may convey. This also reminded me why I've loved using Macs for the last few years: for most software on this platform, it seems that a lot of thought and polish is given to the interface. It's usually very small things, but the whole point is that it's small things, and that the interface quickly goes away by becoming intuitive. (And I mean becoming intuitive even if it sounds contradictory.) As a related aside, I heartily recommend watching this amazing video by Edward Tufte on the iPhone interface.

As I wanted to see what other things Bret Victor might have written, I decided to visit his web site. And there ... waouh. I was floored. I just love his design. Because it's fresh, because it's fluid. Because it's dynamic and it pulls you in. And because I lost too much time diving into it.

And going back to the initial article, to check a couple things, I noticed this quote in the About the author Section:

I currently work at Apple, creating things I can't talk about.

Nice. Very nice. Can't wait to see what they are.

Web Comics

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OOTS-1.gifYesterday was a great day: I finally received the latest volume of the Order of the Stick comics (thanks Thomas for forwarding it, as it arrived one day after I left the US cool.gif). The Order of the Stick is one of the first web comics I've started reading, and it's definitely my favorite. I've bought every book, and regularly read the new strip that comes out (too) infrequently.

There are two other comics I follow online. One is the classical PhD Comics, an almost 10 years old comics about doing a PhD. This is quite realistic, and that's probably why you'll often find printed strips displayed in research labs. As for the other, WereGeek, I only started reading it a few weeks ago. It's still in the purgatory zone (in the sense: will I keep giving it some time), but I like the role playing and board game references.

If you have some favorite web comics, don't hesitate to mention them in the comments!

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