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Handheld shapshot taken along the river banks of the Rhein

Here is a handheld shapshot taken along the river banks of the Rhein during dusk yesterday evening:

Basel hat keinen See

When I moved to Basel many years ago, some of my conversations went like this:

Nchenga at Chiperoni.ch: I really like Basel. It’s got a lot of cultural events, museums, cinemas for a city of this size. It’s well-connected, has a great public transport system, just the right size, etc.

Swiss counterpart: Basel doesn’t have a lake.

I heard the same comment several times. Until it occurred to me.
Many Swiss cities are located near a lake. Zürich, Geneva, Lausanne, Luzern, Lugano, Locarno. A sizeable city needs a lake.

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Riehen – Brombach – Schopfheim – Haagen – Riehen bicycle tour

I cycled to Schopfheim. An easy tour about 20 km one way. Going I went via Brombach. Coming back I cycled on the other side of the Wiese river via Lörrach-Haagen.

Riehen – Brombach – Steinen – Maulburg – Schopfheim – Haagen – Riehen

There’s one stretch between Steinen and Höllstein where the bicycle route follows the busy main road, B317. Loud and lots of fuel fumes and particulates.

I missed one turn-off between Maulburg and Schopfheim and cycled the path up to Wiechs instead.

Category: easy
Length: about 40 km

Some snapshots:

schopfheim

#rasenmäh #sheep grazing

damwild

P1150766

frischer apfelsaft

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basel Photos

I like this Basel snapshot https://flic.kr/p/xZMPbN

Buvette

“Buvettes” are a big thing in Basel in summer. Their popularity is increasing.

Buvette am Bollwerk

Same as street food trucks.

Www.gabriele-streetfood.com #foodtruck #streetfood

Photos taken with a Moto G 2nd Gen smartphone. The best camera is the one that is with you.

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biking Photos

Sursee – Schenkon – Sempach – Nottwil – Sursee bicycle tour

Some snapshots from my Lake Sempach bicycle tour on Sunday:

das leben ist besser wenn du lachst

am see entlang

boat house

sempacher see

unterführung

das tool parkiert im schatten

sursee

sempacher see

The tour is about 20 kilometers. If you have an all-terrain bicycle, try to follow the path closest to the lake. That’s more enjoyable than the busy road.

I managed to miss the turn-off to Sursee SBB train station. And so I saw Schenkon twice.

Category: easy
Length: 20 km

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Notes and photos from #UXcampch

Some notes and photos from Saturday’s UX camp in Zürich:

Adrian Sameli took us thru the process of building infographics. His tip on tools to use: Excel and Adobe Illustrator. He tried one or two infographic tools but didn’t like them much. In the discussion we looked at d3js.org.

d3js.org data-driven documents

Next, I attended a session on atomic design. Design systems not pages.
Developers need to agree early on with designers on the semantics of the smallest, small and medium building blocks. These then are used in templates to build pages.

Brad. Frost. Who?

Background reading: Atomic design by Brad Frost.

The discussion after the presentation got straight to the daily challenges. Questions like

  • How do you get developers to use the existing pattern? Nobody reads documentation. In an ideal world, developer and designer sit in the same room and discuss the initial elements and define the markup. In real life the UX team may be much smaller than the developer team and might be geographically distributed, etc.
  • Is anybody using Pattern Lab in real-life projects? Very few projects get paid to build a pattern library. Pattern Lab is really more for larger projects due to the effort involved. How can this be improved?

Next, I listened to Simone Reichlin talk about the RITE method vs traditional user tests.

Main idea: Often you see some obvious problems in your UX design after your first or second test person. Instead of going thru the whole test with the remaining test participants, change the prototype with your improvement between tests. And then continue testing your changed prototype.
Main requirement: Designer needs to watch the user test. This shortens discussion time afterwards.
Tools used: Sketch and inVision.

Don’t change too much. Follow Medlock’s classification.

Want to try RITE? Start with the traditional method first. Only use RITE after you have gained some experience in carrying out user tests.

Next:
A very good session by Vincent van der Lubbe on creating space in conversations. And we even got a reference sheet to take home. The hard part is putting this into practise.

listening to Vincent at @uxcampch

Fidel Thomet presented his B.A. project, Flaneur.io. It’s a Chrome extension to capture digital findings in form of text fragments gathered while browsing the web.

Information Flaneur = Flanieren in grossen Datenmengen

We briefly looked at Marian Dörk’s PivotPaths. This podcast by datastori.es was recommended.

Unknown, useless fact about me:
Once upon a time, I had to write a uni term paper on Walter Benjamin and Paris in the 19th Century.

My snapshots are on Flickr.

Disclaimer:
All mistakes are my own. Please let me know if I got something really wrong. I’m here to learn. These notes help me to reflect and learn.

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flickr Photos

Dashboard

An orange vespa crossed my path this week.

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flickr Photos

Snapshot of the day

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Bicycle transport

Untitled

Transporti wanga

Untitled

Ortlieb waterproof

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basel Photos

I went photo-walking today

I hope you like some of the snaps I took today:

red

water drops

bettingen

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basel Photos

Handheld snapshot of Wettstein Bridge

I quite like this snapshot of Wettstein Bridge.

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basel Photos

Four Flickr faves for a Chiperoni.ch snapshot

I took this snapshot on Friday evening on my way home from work:

Since then it’s received four Flickr faves.

Hope you like it.

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flickr Photos

Embedded Flickr photos not showing in Chrome

I’m seeing some unexpected page views:

Flickr photos embedded in the old way are not showing in Google Chrome on Mac. But they are showing in Safari on the same machine. I disabled all my Chrome extensions except Lastpass, but the photos are still not loading.

This is how they are embedded:
wildwuchs

Any ideas why the photos are not showing in Chrome on Mac?

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Patterns

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basel flickr Photos

An umbrella of petals

Snapshot of the day:

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flickr Photos

Collecting boring flower snapshots

I’ve added some new flower snapshots to this set.

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Boring is the new black

There’s a phrase with “Langeweile” (= boredom) on Dreirosen bridge. I chose to ignore the phrase and captured the word on its own.

Some more snapshots:

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architecture Photos

Basel snapshot

Looking up at Messeplatz

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General Photos

Snapshot that i like

I saw these 2 dogs waiting outside a local supermarket.

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Java Beach Cafe https://flic.kr/p/4KTi88

One of my San Francisco photos is in use on this website.

Restaurants and such continue to cluster on east-west streets, such as Judah and Taraval. If you’re staying at one of the hotels by the park, you might appreciate such establishments as the Java Beach cafe, right next door to the Oceanview Motel on the corner of Judah and La Playa, two blocks south of the park and 200 feet from the beach.

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Tulip snapshots for the boring flower set

Very boring.

Wikipedia on tulips.

Between 1634 and 1637, the enthusiasm for the new flowers triggered a speculative frenzy now known as the tulip mania. Tulip bulbs became so expensive that they were treated as a form of currency, or rather, as futures.

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basel Photos

Sunny snapshots

Sunday’s afternoon sun was special. Soft and golden. So beautiful. Here are some snapshots I captured with my Panasonic Lumix:

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Best snapshot of 2013

The question is:
How do I find the best Chiperoni snapshot of 2013?

My most productive month on Flickr in 2013 was May. Least productive – at least in terms of uploads – was August.

Here’s a quick review of my year on Flickr:

January 2013

February 2013

März 2013

April 2013

May 2013

June 2013

July 2013

August 2013

September 2013

October 2013

November 2013

December 2013

BTW, you’re seeing a new kind of image embed that Flickr is rolling out now.

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Football crazy http://flic.kr/p/iaLNxA

A snapshot I took today:

Football crazy

Football crazy.

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A November Snapshot http://flic.kr/p/hNSpaB

I took this snapshot while cycling in Basel.

cycling in Basel

Temperatures dropped to freezing point and once again it’s time to wear lots of layers, scarves and gloves.

Hard to imagine that once upon a time I didn’t own a winter coat.

I still prefer cycling in the cold. If temperatures drop further as they often do in January or February, 0 degrees will feel like summer. It’s all relative.

Here’s the direct link to Flickr: Velo fahren.

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close up of my running shoes http://flic.kr/p/2WtPbn

close up of my running shoes

Putting on my running shoes and lots of layers.