Submitted by Richard Smith on April 2, 2013 - 08:46
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.
Submitted by Richard Smith on April 1, 2013 - 00:00
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.
Submitted by Richard Smith on February 5, 2013 - 11:13
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.
Submitted by Richard Smith on February 1, 2013 - 11:21
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.
Submitted by Richard Smith on January 25, 2013 - 07:55
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.
Anderson Designed 1991 JordanCrisp And Clean by StuSeeger, on Flickr
Submitted by Richard Smith on January 15, 2013 - 13:57
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
Submitted by Richard Smith on January 9, 2013 - 13:06
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.
Submitted by Richard Smith on January 2, 2013 - 20:02
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 BuildingManchester, New Hampshire