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Questionable Approach Reverse

After a thorough design review I decided to reverse the Questionable Approach applied to the Caedium interface described in "Counterintuitive Usability With The Questionable Approach". I think the April Fools' Day reality distortion field got the better of me. Rest assured that the next release of Caedium will have a new set of gorgeous different icons to compliment the new ribbon-like interface.


Normality Restored
Normality Restored

Counterintuitive Usability With The Questionable Approach

Researchers at the Media Attention Deficit (MAD) Lab recently reported findings that run counter to accepted norms in software usability design. The MAD Lab researchers found that the more difficult software was to use, the more memorable the software became. In light of this research we have replaced all the icons in Caedium with the same question mark icon in an effort to make our software more difficult to use, but easier to remember.


Questionable Approach
Questionable Approach

Aerodynamics News: Speed on Wheels and Snow

Hold on tight for an aerodynamics news blast all about speed. From cars and bicycles on wheels to skis and shovels on snow. Shovels? Keep reading and all will be revealed.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Wind Tunnel Testing

Fluid News: F1 Construction, Hand Washer-Dryer, Superomniphobic Coating, and Robofish

Ready for more fluid news? Good, then feast your eyes on the construction of an F1 racecar, a hand washer and dryer combo from the future, fluid resistant coatings (imagine no more stains on your tux!), and a graceful gliding robofish.

F1 Racecar Construction the Red Bull Way

Fluid News: Corvette Aerodynamics, Airports, Rockets, Jets, and Trailers

Fluid news blast coming your way. Be the talk of dinner parties and impress your colleagues with stories about the latest Corvette aerodynamics, a chimney (more like a baffle really) to deflect pollutants around airports, rockets, jets (colored water jets that is), and aerodynamic truck trailers.

2014 Corvette Stingray Aerodynamics

In the F1 World - Aerodynamics is Everything

The BBC has run a four-part series on "How to make an F1 car" based on an interview with former Formula 1 car designer Gary Anderson. The series provides a great insight into the F1 design process and highlights the overriding importance of aerodynamics. Follow the links to read the full articles.


Crisp And Clean
Anderson Designed 1991 JordanCrisp And Clean by StuSeeger, on Flickr

Fluid News: Turbulence, Trees, Heat, and Competition

Fluid news time with a twist of heat transfer. Keep reading for stories on boundary layer visualization, how tree 'plumbing' limits tree height, how to focus heat like light, the F1 in Schools 2013 Championship venue announcement, how CFD helps elite athletes, and how NASCAR is becoming more like rocket science.

Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) of a Boundary Layer

Fluid News: Giant Blimp, F1, Hydro-Turbines, Microfluidics, and Cyclones

Are you ready for a blast of fluid news? Then feast your eyes on these stories of a new blimp-like aircraft, the concept design phase of an F1 car, a hydro-turbine, microfluidics, and affordable workshop cyclones.

Fluid Mechanics Rescues Solar Panel Arrays

With all the virtual-world CFD simulations I see it's always a thrill to see real-world applications of a similar configuration. This happened recently with a visit to Manchester, New Hampshire where I saw a solar panel array on a renovated cotton mill.

Solar Panel Array on a Mill BuildingSolar Panel Array on a Mill BuildingManchester, New Hampshire

Aerodynamics News: Cars, Flying Machines, and Bill Nye

Aerodynamics news blast coming your way. Lots of car related news, along with small (nano) and large (airliner) flying machines, and rounded out by news of a Bill Nye "The Science Guy" Kickstarter flight game.

I Spy the New Ferrari Enzo (F70)

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