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Nicolas Lanthemann
Indepedant Interaction Designer randomly sharing some thoughts on our digital era.

What if people must pass a test to own a smartphone or to browse social media?

Okay I know it seems a bit extreme. But that thought led me to imagine how the web would like to look if it had been treated like the way we use our own car.

Why would we need clear rules?

In Bali, Indonesia, you don’t need a permit to drive a motorbike, as a tourist you just need to show your passport. There isn’t really a traffic code. I saw an entire family, including the dog on a motorbike once. But there is the police, therefore there should be laws. But well, go to Bali and see for yourself.

Indonesia (~270 Mio citizens) almost had…

A few decades back some of us witnessed the creation of 24 hours live news tv channels. Today, we have feeds.

Both provide information all the time. There is not a moment without information. And that’s a problem. Or at least it is today. It is hard to find reliable sources of information, or nevertheless interesting information.

Simpler times.

Before smartphones, apps, and social networks, we used to browse the internet differently. You would on websites you know or websites you heard of to look for information. YOU are looking for it. You would go browse the web with purpose and curiosity. There were a few blogs or news websites you would have in your bookmarks.

Ultimately, you would have a blog yourself…

Isn’t it funny that some people are looking for a soulmate based on physical attributes in a few pictures?

Well, I’m maybe a bit harsh, there is still the bio for people who can actually read. I’ve been using Tinder for a while now (I have my reasons, go away.) and I’m quite tired of it. Because I’m not ready to deal with some of my digital behavior I probably won’t delete it now, I will write about it another time.

No, I wanted to give my opinion on something else. A few months back I saw this:

So for context, it presents the exposition Future of Love somewhere in France. It is organized by Tinder to explore the…

Did you ever notice that when your alarm rings in the morning, your iPhone tries to engage a long daily conversation with you?

Hello there! I need your attention.

Well, it tells you good morning. It is greeting you, and greetings are how you start a conversation usually, right? In the beginning, I found it nice and smart. I have been working a while on chatbots when I was at Hinderling Volkart and was very interested in “talking interfaces”.

No design process is perfect. But you knew it already, right?

I don’t have many years of experience in the field. If I include my year of internships I would be in my fourth year as an Experience Designer. Or UI/UX, interaction, whatever-you-call-it-on-Linkedin Designer. I don’t lament, it’s exciting. I keep learning. Since January 2019, I’ve been working with in Lausanne, CH. I’ve been doing assignments I was not used to a lot. Mainly those related to project management and communicating more with clients. I’m the only designer in the agency. I had the possibility to determine how I wanted to proceed with the design process. I experimented it as…

Because you have to.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn

That’s the most important things I will remember from Graphic Design classes (big up Joackim). If you always win, then you never learn. If you never learn, then you’ve probably lost a good opportunity to be better at what you’re doing.

People don’t like to fail or to lose. You don’t like to lose, me neither. That’s normal, you would like to lose 7–1 at Fifa? But there is in my perspective something worse than failing. That thing is failing again, and again, etc. (This and the moment when you open my fridge and it’s empty.) …

Nicolas Lanthemann

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