is a blog about design, technology and culture written by Khoi Vinh, and has been more or less continuously published since December 2000 in New York City. Khoi is currently Principal Designer at Adobe. Previously, Khoi was co-founder and CEO of Mixel (acquired in 2013), Design Director of The New York Times Online, and co-founder of the design studio Behavior, LLC. He is the author of “How They Got There: Interviews with Digital Designers About Their Careers”and “Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design,” and was named one of Fast Company’s “fifty most influential designers in America.” Khoi lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and three children.
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YES. I love my Magic Mouse, but sometimes I think, if only there were some buttons under my hand to constantly hit by accident, it would be perfect.
I’ll bet anyone $10 that the marketing will boast about how this hate crime of a peripheral puts such-and-such functionality “in the palm of your hand”.
John: Looks like they went with “Hold precision in your hand with the X Mark I Mouse Slim.” Groan.
“You know, someday Khoi Vinh will need a new mouse, and you’ll regret not designing one he actually wants.”
“That’s a problem for Future Canon. Man, I don’t envy that company.” [drinks vodka and mayonnaise, passes out]
I was thinking, people in accounting or finance may enjoy to always have a calculator at hand, however the execution of this product is really questionable, do I really hit the buttons when I use the mouse?
I’ve heard that a version of Firefox for China has a built-in calculator. It seems weird to us, but Chinese users apparently appreciate that kind of integration. Perhaps this mouse is similar and wasn’t designed with Western design sensibilities in mind?
Playing devil’s advocate, I’d say there is a market for this in retail situations where the computer is used as the register. Especially so, if the computer is a mac and doesn’t come with an extended keyboard out-of-the-box (is this why the mouse is white — to match an iMac?). Still, the implementation of the idea makes this the Edsel of Mice — a MEDSAL, as homage to MIXEL!
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