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The new Nike Air Max 90 FlyEase have a collapsible ankle that snaps back into place as you step into them.

Animation of shoe being slid onto foot.
Animation of shoe being slid onto foot.

The heel is designed with athletes that may have difficulty tying laces in mind, but it’s not just a shoe for people with disabilities. It’s an awesome design that makes everybody’s life easier. I think it looks great too.

I’ve been saying this for years (decades maybe? I am: old), but accessibility isn’t something you should consider at the end of a product design cycle. If it’s integrated into the process well it can lead to innovation that benefits people of all abilities.

Well done Nike. More of this please, everyone.


Here’s a random thought. An early usability book from a time before “UX” was even a thing is called Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug.

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It’s really good. If you ask me It’s still a must-read if you’re involved in the design of websites and whatnot. It’s helped shape the way many people (myself included) approach work; but after a good few years of seeing people idly prodding away at their phones and not really engaging with anything past hitting next, a like, a heart, share or whatever I can’t help but wonder what the world might have been like if instead he wrote this...

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Kanye has just released an update to his latest album, The Life of Pablo. Tidal subscribers will find a new finished version of Wolves and the outro by Frank Ocean is now its own track, called Frank’s Track.

What if…

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Adapted from Adobe Creative Cloud

Thinking about music as software is interesting. Huh.

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Bashford

Designer focussed on the connected future of software, places, people and stuff. Making internet things since '95. Opinions mostly my own.

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