Tag Archives: app

niggle logging

discussing an extension of Fix My Street for campuses. there is an argument for increasing the number of reports by lowering the ‘cost’ of logging them, and also by lowering the threshold of importance from ‘problem’ to ‘niggle’. then insight can be sought from aggregates of the log rather than responding to each individual niggle.

suggestion for tag categories:

  • FTW – For The Win – positive observation
  • WTF? – What The Fuck? – confusion
  • FFS! – For Fuck Sake – frustration
  • (optional extra) Fail – totally broken (probably captured by FFS!)

logging by sharing photo with the app, or by launching the app and taking a photo to add context. advanced menu lets you add notes, and location, but not required. sniff location from wifi, bluetooth, etc. or add 2d barcodes to each room (light switch) or the underside/back of objects.


how to design in the ‘permission’ for others to fix problems logged that they can right away? perhaps the authority in the system publishes a plan even if they do not have the resources to fix. and the people can allocate themselves or others like bug trackers.

cooking using your own playlist for timings

chatting with a masters student today about her project in to multi-sensory cooking instructions for the ipad I was reminded of an idea I had jotted down years ago:

replace cooking times in recipes with songs from your music collection. so rather than “boil egg for 4 minutes 45 seconds”, it becomes “place egg in to water, hit play on ‘My 1st Song’ off The Grey Album, when it finishes, remove egg from water”. you could even generate the remaining instructions as text-to-speech audio tracks and make a whole playlist to cook by.

“place oiled vegetables in tray in the oven. listen to ‘3 Feet High and Rising’. remove from oven and serve.”

2D barcodes in mobile interaction

you can use 2D barcodes like QR codes as trigger points for mobile guides and games. the app you make doesn’t really care what is stored in each barcode, just that they are all unique. so my suggestion is to make the barcodes all point to a description and download page for your app, so if someone scans it with their phone, they are prompted to download the app and join in the fun.

to make your 2D barcodes unique while all pointing to the same web page, you can use anchor links e.g. #anchor at the end of most urls. as long as these anchors don’t exist on the page, the link will work, but won’t vary.

the example barcodes here is taken from the qr code scanner in the app furnace online editor.