A Favorite Machine: The Typewriter!

An installment in the “My Favorite Machine” series.

Interesting spot on CBS Sunday Morning last week about the love of typewriters for the sensory experience they provide. Many writers feel it gives them a boost to creativity.  Some say setting aside the computer for a while in favor of the noisy old obsolete typewriter with all of its clicks, dings, and kinetic feedback has been prescribed by their therapist as a cure or writers block.  Hmmm.  Maybe there is something here to be learned about user experience design.

Typewriter Renaissance

Of course, I have been saying for some time now that IT people as a lot are sensory-deprived.  This condition, once afflicting mainly IT professionals, now appears to be plaguing this entire generation.  In spite of all the rich media we enjoy, partaking in the virtual leaves a gap in our sensory experience.  Some sensory cravings for touch, sight, and sound simply cannot be satisfied in the world behind the glass. Here is more evidence to that effect. Seems like there’s a product or product enhancement in there somewhere.

I created a Facebook page title My Favorite Machine just for collecting stories and images of great Favorite Machines.  This example definitely qualifies as one!

– roger

Gravity Centre IPhone Workshop: Perfect Venue for My Favorite Machine!

The Gravity Centre will be hosting a 3-day iPhone Developers workshop February 15-17th. In this hands on workshop, you’ll learn how to sketch, develop, test and deploy an iOS application. Register and receive $200 off.

Bring Your Mobile App Idea to Life

The Gravity Centre has been a favorite showcase place for “My Favorite Machine”.  it is there right now to serve as a mascott for this crowd of IPhone enthusiasts.  It will be fun!  Photo of PodCasts being filmed wit hMFM backdrop.


“Wow, the response from the Gravity Centre residents and people from the AT&T Foundry when they see My Favorite Machine has been awesome. We are truly honored to be showcasing your piece here at the Gravity Centre.” – Jennifer Conley, Operations Manager at Gravity Centre

– roger

My Favorite Machine 2011 -2012

Thanks everyone whose enthusiasm has made “My Favorite Machine” such a huge hit.  The art, produced initially for the BIG(D)ESIGN 2011 conference, has enjoyed a nice tour since then, being showcased in several different venues, each one a great location with wonderful audience attention.  It’s been a blast getting to see the positive responses from different audiences. Follow the list of links below to photos and videos from many of these events and venues.

You+Plus Dallas Video spot of the BIG(D)ESIGN 2011Conference

Fort Worth ArtsGoggle Video

World usability Day Video (of stills)

This multidimensional art piece celebrates the affection people have for a favorite object that serves them well and is particularly well designed.  Of course, this is the Holy Grail for designers who aim to hit that sweet spot of making something that users love.  I know it is for me anyway, being a software user interface designer myself for 20+ years. To get the whole run down on the thinking behind the art, check out my article on the BigDesign site.

Or for the movie see the video of my interview at BigD11

The MFM Sequel!

Now its 2012 and BIG(D)ESIGN 2012 planning has been underway for some time.  It’s going to be a great conference, BIGGER and better than ever.  And I am especially excited to be invited back to again create the Art centerpiece!  And the art concept this time is going to be even more spectacular than before.  In fact, I am very confident that you’re going love it!  Bringing it to you is going to be a blast! More on this in coming blog entries!

– roger



Considering the dynamic nature of the online experience and the amount of interest that has emerged from my recent art that blends my sculpture work with my day job of designing great user experiences for business, it seemed incomprehensible that I could leave my art site as a static, seldom-changing, traditional gallery site. www.belveal.com has served its purpose very well. I’ll be leaving it up just long enough to get the primary content up on this one, then www.belveal.net and  www.belveal.com will be directed to this same place.

Besides, I have too much to say about art, design, business process, culture, and everything to not have a blog somewhere.  Facebook is fine, but insufficient.  Twitter is just a place to stick one’s head inside the door of a crowded room and suddenly shout something clever, then pop right back out again just as quickly leaving everyone to chuckle, say what?, or instantly follow you somewhere else.  And unless one has a somewhere else to lead them to, it almost makes one ask, what’s the Point?

So, now I have a place.  And as I move into it, and furnish it with thoughts and images, I hope you find a connection with something in it that you find inspiring and interesting.  I know I will.

–          roger

Inciting Experiences