Blütüth USB Bluetooth headset

A couple or few years back I sent this design to a friend (minus the retractable USB socket). Instead it had an exposed socket. Well, it looks like Bluetrek did it with their BIZZ headset. So I thought, “Dang it, ok how can this be made even better?”

Below are two different options (with a saddle volume button added). And I suppose the retraction switch could go on the underside toward the mic if it won’t work on the bottom option where it’s placed on the side, though it looks like it would work.

USB Bluetooth headset earpeice

The USB socket is retractable. The moving part is interior. There’s no external part flopping around (as is with their existing design). I also like that this can be handled with a single hand in stead of two meaning it’s potentially faster to use.

Now, where to manufacture? 🙂

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Lucky Number (iOS) 7?

I’ve put up with a sub-par iOS long enough. I’m sure iOS feature wish lists are all over the (mobile) web, but I’d like to share with you a list of some improvements/updates I’d like to see Apple implement (and I’m just scratching the surface):

  1. Let us email more than 5 pics at a time
  2. Let us email video clips longer than 54 seconds
  3. Let us email a photo and a video clip in the same email
  4. Give us unlimited tabs in Mobile Safari
  5. Add wishlist-functionality, reminders, etc to the App Store like AppShopper (that you pulled)
  6. Add recommendations/related to the App Store like Discovr
  7. Show ratings in the Mac OS App Store
  8. Let us have more than 11 screens
  9. Allow to turn off the “locking” when swiping from screen to screen
  10. Let us create more than 2 reminders for a Calendar event
  11. Let us create precise reminders in Calendar instead of limiting us to presets. Do it like Fantastical.
  12. For “Location” in the Calendar , allow to autofill contact names and add their address
  13. Let us have seconds in the Timer Clock
  14. Let us turn off the “New” badge on the App icons
  15. Allow iOS Spotlight to search the App Store, since we often use Spotlight to find apps on our phones
  16. Make the App Store search smart with “do you mean” functionality. For instance if a user types “constitxtion”, it autocorrects to “constitution”
  17. Offer vid (even audio?) speed controls
  18. Folders within folders
  19. Allow music controls on lock screen to control 3rd-party music apps
  20. Allow sound to play when in sleep mode
  21. Group conversation in Mail
  22. Let us call and text from phone# field
  23. Let us search my Purchased Apps
  24. Show date and day of the week in the top bar
  25. Save a contact’s pic to the homescreen with call, text, or FaceTime action. See “Onetap” app
  26. Underline misspelled words while autocorrect is turned off
  27. Allow lock screen and home screen to rotate to horizontal mode
  28. replace ugly print, copy, use as wallpaper icons
  29. If I’ve set a password, let me not show the swipe to unlock function
  30. On the lock screen make the camera icon clickable; don’t make me swipe it – swiping takes more time/thought/care!

If you agree and would like to “encourage” Apple to implement these (or your own changes) in future iOS updates, please feel free to send to http://www.apple.com/feedback/.

Basically, Apple, you need to take a bunch of 3rd-party apps and either buy them out, or straight up copy them, fools.

What would you like to see in the next iOS update? (Leave a comment)

[When I find time, I plan to update and provide sketchy mockups as well.]

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Microsoft’s dual personalities. One of them’s gotta go.

Microsoft doesn’t need two logos, but that’s not going to stop them from making things interesting (in the worst possible way).

Microsoft, you just got a sweet new logo a few months ago–which BTW is the best visual you’ve produced in … well, ever(?). It’s simple. It’s immediately obvious. It actually looks like a window. It makes sense. I was so proud of you guys.

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Then you go and eff it up. Well that was a short honeymoon. It’s like you’ve just gone and had an affaid with Helen Thomas. You’re stabbing your new beautifully flattened window symbol in the back! Giving your Windows 8 symbol perspective? What were you thinking!? I know the Windows 8 logo was released long before the new Microsoft logo, but lose the crap perspective! No doubt some guy up the ladder complained that a flat mark just wasn’t ‘interesting’ enough, so you added some interest. Yeah, perspective’s always a good (cheap) ‘fix’. And why do you need 2 different abstract logo marks? I’ll answer that for you. You don’t.

I’m doing you a favor, throwing you a bone here: lose the perspective from your logo and icons. Yes I mean these sweet little gems:

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Please, just follow Google (I’m so glad they actually hired a designer or two over the last couple years).

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I mean, you’re half way there already, MS. Just take the plunge. Kill the trapezoids with the letter and show the hidden portion of the graphic.

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Lose it.

Not only are you betraying your logo, but the perspective doesn’t tie in with your Windows Phone user interface at all.

Imagine with me … Say I’m about to use a Surface (which I would never do, but for the sake of this argument … wait a minute. Let’s say you pick up a Surface. I wouldn’t wish this upon my worst enemy — mmm, maybe I would. Just bear with me here.). You pick up the Surface …

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… and see the current Windows 8 perspective logo.

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Then you hop onto the device and see the flat boxes in a grid. That’s weird. Why don’t they have at least some perspective? The white icons within the squares aren’t in perspective. C’mon. Oversight anyone?

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Contrast  that with picking up the Surface and seeing flat squares of a Windows 8 logo. Then, jumping into the UI feels consistent. Flat, grid logo. Flat, grid UI. Ditch the perspective. She’s a ho. Next.

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I admit, It is too small.

Wow! That's small.

Wow! That’s Small.

I know that some of the most dreaded words a designer can hear is, “Make it bigger!” We LOVE to play with white space which can really help a piece “breathe” and not feel cramped. So we’ll use a smaller font than the client might have initially desired. But c’mon, this is ridiculous.

Unless you’re laying out textbooks for the “The Derek Zoolander Center for Children Who Can’t Read Good”, I don’t know if you’ll ever have any reason to us a font point this small. Though maybe in CS5 Adobe might allow for this small of a font size.

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“Airplane” Flight 1009

You can see the blurb to the right of the entrance.

You can see the blurb to the right of the entrance.

I flew United on my way home from Knoxville this weekend. And once I stepped out onto the tarmac, I was shocked to see NO branding whatsoever on the airplane itself. Oh… there WAS the statement “Operated by Mesa Airlines” in about a 250pt font next to the stairs that I noticed once I reached the doorway.

I wondered(perhaps a silly thought) did united borrow this airplane from someone else? Or did they steal it? Maybe they have just recently bought it from another airline? Did it have something to do w/ my purchasing my tickets from Travelocity? Hmm. It wasn’t until I boarded the plane that I thought to myself, “Have NO idea what airline I’m on.” Especially since I’d seen a Delta luggage conveyor belt loading bags into the belly of the plane. I figured I was safe since I’d followed same crowd from our gate onto the plane, and it was the closest plane to us as we stepped onto the tarmac.

But it struck me as I sat there waiting to take off, “It’s probably not a good thing for a customer who’s 3/4 of the way through the customer experience to have any doubt what brand they are using, is it?”

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Today’s bow-tie is brought to you by the letters “M” and “W”

A couple week ago I went to the Mens Warehouse(a tuxedo rental operatoinn) to be measured for a friend’s wedding(congrats Nate! and Megan). In my mind the Men’s Warehouse has always been a very conservative company (which I have noticed can be pretty dull) with their logo being all text. — And thier not-quite “monogram” being an “M” above a “W”. However when I went to the back corner, where I was to be measured, up on the wall I was pleasingly shocked to see a stellar logo of the (what I later found to be something of a subsidiary of the Men’s Warehouse) Men’s Warehouse formal-wear company, MW Tux. I’m not sure which I saw first — the bow-tie or the letters “M” and “W”. Probably the bow-tie. But now after seeing the “W” and “M”, I see them both simultaneously. It’s a crazy mind game! Which did you see first? What an amazing Logo!! Don’t you think? I love it!

The bow-tie is created by the letters "M" and "W"

The bow-tie is created by the letters "M" and "W".

And what an intriguing transition on the MW site.

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