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Vespa Goes... Retro?

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Actually I'm not altogether sure this counts as retro, more a bit of a celebration of the past. My word its a fine looking scooter though...
This is the Vespa 946 - a homage to the MP6 World War 2 prototype and its a lovely looking thing. It's not even on the Vespa UK website yet, so pricing is obviously a mystery. That's if Vespa even decide to sell it here, I'm not sure this will look right rasping down London's side streets on a rainy day. Much more at home gliding gracefully through Mediterranean sunshine on the Riviera somewhere fashionable...
Mind you, with a economy test rating of 130mpg, it may be the only way to travel at the rate fuel costs are rising! Where do I sign?

What's Wrong With Skeumorphic Design?

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The recent outing of Scott Forstall from Apple has suddenly got everyone talking about Skeumorphic design and, generally, finding it to be something they'd be glad to see disappear. This philosophy, which represents interface elements with real world items is embedded in the culture of interface design and Apple changes it at its peril.

Whilst Jonathan Ive has done a remarkable job of turning Apple's hardware design into something clean, crisp and admirable; can he work the same magic with interface elements? Translating that same minimalism into user interfaces without making them complex and non-obvious is going to be challenging.
Having on-screen notepads that look like notepads, or on-screen diaries that look like diaries works well for a touch-centric interface. There may not be additional functionality, but by giving users that warm fuzzy feeling of something they know, Apple achieves much more.
Perhaps the strongest element of Apple's iPhone, iPad and Mac strategy i…

F1: Vettel or Alonso To The Wire?

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We're approaching the denouement of this year's F1 Championship, with a third title bound for one of the two remaining protaganists. Its been a funny old season, calling to mind nothing less than the chaos of 1982, when regulation changes and terrible misfortune produced one of the most unpredictable and least enjoyable seasons in history.

This year has been something of a more pleasant ride. We've had the pleasure of watching some of the closest matched teams and drivers in living memory. Six teams have managed to produce race winning cars, eight drivers have stood on the top step and the title goes to the wire between the fastest driver and the best one. Probably.

Bizarrely the team that has the strongest driver pairing and the fastest car over the season won't be involved in the battle for the title. Mclaren looked likely to romp to the title earlier in the season but mistake after mistake, failure after failure, they have allowed first Alonso and Ferrari; and then Ve…