An excerpt from a question and answer session with Jon Wiley, Principal Designer of Google Search.

Reddit presents this online conversation with Jon Wiley, Principal Designer of Google Search. This is just one catchy extract, but good design can save a human life.

djh816

Hi, Jon. Thanks for the AMA [Ask Me Anything] and for your work on the Google Maps app! I use it all the time. Any chance you guys can make the app save my “Avoid tolls” preference like the old version did? I recently moved right next to a toll road and honestly avoid using voice recognition because it always tries to use the toll route. Thank you again :)

Jonwiley

I use this feature, too. We’re looking for ways to try to make this work the right way. Like many design problems, this one has edge cases which are important to get right. Imagine that you checked the “Avoid tolls” preference and Maps saved the preference. Later, you tap on the mic and say “Navigate to the hospital!” and Maps takes you the long way. Probably not what you wanted. We need to think through all of the cases and make sure we ship the right design.

Monument Valley

Monument Valley, which ustwogames just released on 3 April 2014 as an iOS app, looks almost nothing like the sandstone buttes of the southwestern United States of America. Instead, it draws its scenery from Japanese prints, minimalist 3D design, and the impossible architecture of M.C. Escher. Available for $3.99/£2.49 from the App Store on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com/MonumentValley (iPad 2 / iPhone 4 minimum requirement). An Android version is forthcoming.

From leather keychain to a product in the Apple store in just one year

Designer Mike Macadaan describes how his idea for a leather keychain resulted in the Cord Taco™, a cord storage case, for sale in the Apple store in just one year as well as the Cordito™ and the Cordlupa™ which organize multiple cables.

The Cord Taco at Apple.com.

The Cord Taco at Apple.com.

 

The Cord Taco should not be eaten.

The Cord Taco should not be eaten.

A suite of products for thwarting cable tangles.

A suite of products for thwarting cable tangles.