Month: February 2015

Readings for Lunch — [ 27 Feb 2015 ]

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CULTURE

This Idea Must Die

From the left and right brain myth to romantic love – there are some theories that are 'blocking progress' according to some 175 scientists…Long read on the topic but book looks super interesting

FUN

Brickin' Good!

Lego lovers, be prepared! These are the tastiest looking pieces of plastic ever seen before… Makes you glad you just had lunch!

Readings for Lunch — [ 20 Feb 2015 ]

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FUN

The Internet of Useless Things

London-based Rehab Studio has come up with this idea of a website where to banter the rising wave of connected apps and object that makes no sense at all.

SCIENCE

NASA GeneLab

Cutting-edge biology experiments conducted in space. Discoveries made. Results analyzed on big data platforms. Research shared. This is science amplified. What will you discover?

Readings for Lunch — [ 17 Feb 2015 ]

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Apparently transparent – Have a look at this incredible experiment done only with CSS and one single image (a modern browser is required).

INTERVIEW

Defining Moments In My Career

She is Claudia Romano, and together with Sebastiano Guerriero is probably one of the rising stars of the front-end scene (have a look at their Codyhouse experiments, to see what they can do).

TYPOGRAPHY

Recovering the Doves Type

In 1916, the Doves Type was seemingly lost forever after it was thrown into the River Thames.
Almost 100 years later, designer Robert Green has recovered 150 pieces from their watery grave…

Readings for Lunch — [ 12 Feb 2015 ]

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APPS

Apple x Pinterest

Pinterest wants to be the digital corkboard for Apple apps, making it easier for people to find relevant apps that appeals to their needs and preferences.

CULTURE

Behind the Scenes

Ever wondered what it was like behind the scenes of all the 'Made in China' products? Have a sneak peek of some of the snapshots taken by two curious designers.

Readings for Lunch — [ 11 Feb 2015 ]

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TECH

How does Google make its money?
(via Anat Elhalal)

Have a look at Google's most expensive keywords in Adwords Advertising…can you guess what they are?


PS: apologies for yesterday's RFL – might have been a MailChimp server blip as half of you received it @ lunchtime & half at the end of the day!
INSPIRATION

Little Soundbite of Inspiration
(via Jonathan Davidoff)

If you're lacking some magic this Wednesday…make sure to watch this video that is sure to tickle your eyes and make you super grateful for something you take for granted everyday.

Readings for Lunch — [ 09 Feb 2015 ]

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TECH

The Internet of Things

Tim O'Reilly explains the IoT's promises and threats: the consumer economy, context awareness, and humanisation, among others…

CREATIVITY

Be a Copycat

Here's your official permission to be a copycat. "Innovation isn’t the result of a lightning bolt of genius. It’s the outcome of iterative improvements on existing knowledge."

Readings for Lunch — [ 06 Feb 2015 ]

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And… an extra link for this week: How a smart idea can turn a city into a safer place.

FUN

40 Honest Advertising Slogans That’ll Make You Laugh

This graphic designer creates hilariously honest advertising slogans, most of which make more sense than the real ones. My favourite one? Adobe Acrobat.

NONSENSE

Cachemonet

Via Alessandro Mininno
An exploration into the serendipitous collisions that occur between two randomly generated arrays, containing a mix of animated .gifs sourced from tumblr and set to music.

Readings for Lunch — [ 05 Feb 2015 ]

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Frozen bubbles in Canadian lakes (source)

HYPE

ReactJS For Stupid People

ReactJS is the "language" of the moment. If you want to know more, here a quick guide for you (so you won't be relegated in a corner at the next party).
Well, there is also a similar guide to Flux. You know, just in case…

SYS ADMIN

Facebook Outage Deep Dive

Recently Facebook experienced its largest outage in more than four years: for approximately an hour both Facebook and Instagram were completely down. This is what happened to their systems.

Readings for Lunch — [ 03 Feb 2015 ]

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TOOLS

The A to Z of Sketch

Sketch is becoming the first-choice software for web and app designers. If you are already into it (or you are considering it) a long list of all Sketch commands, well explained.

E-BOOKS

The UX Reader

A free ebook from the Mailchimp UX team: a collection of the most popular articles from their newsletter, along with some exclusive content.

Readings for Lunch — [ 02 Feb 2015 ]

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Canola Fields, Tekirdag, Turkey – Amazing photography by Ali Kabas (source)

IDEAS

Producing Creativity

What is creativity? How can someone "produce" it? Is it enough?
A nice presentation on what makes us good or bad designers (answer: no, it is not the creativity by itself).

FONTS

Obsidian

This new gorgeous typeface by Hoefler & Co. was created using complex software algorithms that apply 3D virtual light sources to two-dimensional letterforms (see also here).