The Curious Evolution of the Typewriter, in Pictures

From Vincze Mikl√≥s on io9: The first commercially produced typewriter: The Hansen Writing Ball The pincushion-like Hansen Writing Ball was invented in 1865 by Rasmus Malling-Hansen, the reverend and principal of the Royal Institute for the deaf-mutes in Copenhagen. It … Continue reading

Web Discussions: Flat by Design

In his Coding Horror blog, Jeff Atwood makes the case that online discussions should be flat rather than threaded. “Flat” means a discussion consists of a single linear chain of messages in chronological order. “Threaded” means replies can be inserted … Continue reading

Frog’s Collective Action Toolkit

While working on a research project with the Girl Effect, the design team at frog design saw a need to create a simple, non-linear resource that helps people located anywhere in the world solve problems in their communities. They’ve come … Continue reading

Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

    At my suggestion, my book group has been reading Jane McGonigal’s Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. I have to admit that at first glance, the title struck me … Continue reading