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The Nuremberg Funnel and Can You Fly That Helicopter?

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What is the Nuremberg Funnel?
Imagine this. You own a device through which you can easily and effortlessly pour into your mind all the wisdom and knowledge you require regarding any subject. That is the Nuremberg Funnel. It is put across with poignant satire in these illustrations.

Apparently, wherever the good people of Nuremberg go, they are asked if they have brought the Nuremberg funnel with them! This joke is based on the fairytale where a young boy learns from one of the blacksmith masters about the existence of a mythical Funnel of Knowledge and sets out on a quest to acquire it. He finds out that the Funnel of Wisdom is in the possession of the King of Utopia. He undergoes a series of adventures, but is unable to acquire it. The fable ends on a wise note. The boy’s adventures make him so wise that he no longer needs the Funnel!

This fable of the Nuremberg Funnel reminded me of this scene in the Matrix movie.

I was pleasantly surprised by the term appearing in the title of this book on Designing Minimalist Instruction for Practical Computer Skill.

The UI Design of Susan Kare

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Icons of Susan Kare

Icons of Susan Kare

The Paint Bucket icon for the fill tool and the Lasso icon for the freehand selection tool are now part of everyday computing for millions of people worldwide. Their designer, Susan Kare , according to the Museum of  Modern Art, in New York, is “a pioneering and influential computer iconographer. Since 1983, Kare has designed thousands of icons for the world’s leading software companies. Utilizing a minimalist grid of pixels and constructed with mosaic-like precision, her icons communicate their function immediately and memorably, with wit and style.”

Font, Typography Jokes

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Font Jokes

A collection of font and typography related jokes

Dreamspaces

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Dreamspaces

Dreamspaces

Dreamspaces was a brilliant BBC documentary series with high production quality and visually stunning stories. Sadly, the series was of only 12 episodes. It covers great buildings from New York, Helsinki, Puerto Rico, Chicago, Romania, Brazil, Israel and many more international destinations looking at various aspects of design and architecture and their relationship with contemporary living. It is part travel show and part architecture appreciation with emphasis on the appreciation.

Visions of Space – Antoni Gaudi

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Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi

This is the third part in the series Visions of Space that I saw. This is a look at how the works of three remarkable architects of the 20th century shaped our modern world. It examines how each one of them use space to express our response to the power of the corporation (Meiss van der Rohe), the power of the State (Albert Speer), and religion (Antoni Gaudi).

The third part is called God’s Architect.

The Great Aldus Manutius

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Aldus Manutius

Aldus Manutius

The late 1400s must have been very similar to current times. This was the tumultuous time when the printed word was changing the fabric of society, much like the digital revolution of the early 21st century. The transition from the bibles of Gutenberg to the widely available paperback type books which created a huge reading class of people sowing the seeds of public participation and democratic ways was a time of confusion and struggle as existing structures came tumbling down.

In the middle of this was Aldus Manutius, venetian printer, publisher and inventor. His legacy lives on today five centuries after him.

This is not a pipe.

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This is not a pipe.

This is not a pipe.

1968
by René Magritte

Visions of Space – Albert Speer

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Albert Speer

Albert Speer

This is the second part in the series Visions of Space that I saw. This is a look at how the works of three remarkable architects of the 20th century shaped our modern world. It examines how each one of them used space to express our response, respectively, to the power of the corporation (Meiss van der Rohe), the power of the State (Albert Speer), and religion (Antoni Gaudi).

The second part is about Albert Speer and is called Size Matters.

20 Firefox Extensions for Web Development

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Firefox

Firefox is the browser of choice for a huge number of web designers and developers because it is open source and extensible. It is possible to write extensions which enables the user to create features that are not available by default. For those who cannot write these extensions, there is a rich pool of free ready made extensions already available. Some of these extensions enable us to do a fair amount of web design and development without the use of IDEs, without leaving the browser.

Here, I present a simple checklist to help you configure Firefox for Web Development. I am sure that most web developers and designers out there use most of these extensions already. This serves a checklist for me to quickly configure a machine which is not set up the way I want it, when I have to work on it. I hope it will be useful to others as well.

Visions of Space – Mies van der Rohe

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Meiss van der Rohe

Meiss van der Rohe

Visions of Space is a riveting BBC documentary series exploring the life and works of three remarkable architects whose vision and work has reshaped the modern world. The powerful, direct, and provocative presentation by the eloquent Robert Hughes makes this a gripping and informative watch. He hobbles around with his walking stick slowly, thoughtfully, majestically and suddenly bursts out into an eloquence which is energetic, passionate, and opinionated.

The first part of this series is called Mies van der Rohe: Less is more