Month: July 2015

Readings for Lunch — [ 24 Jul 2015 ]

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My favourite event in London: Urban – Celebrating Street Culture – London 7-9 August

WEB

Shipped!

Paul Robert Lloyd explains the bits and bobs behind the release – shipping – of the new version of his personal blog. A lot of things to learn, of insights, of best practices to follow.

TOOLS

HTTPIE (CLI HTTP Client)

Via Daniele Esposti
User-friendly cURL replacement featuring intuitive UI, JSON support, syntax highlighting, wget-like downloads, extensions, etc.

Readings for Lunch — [ 22 Jul 2015 ]

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North Korea needs to chill on them medals (source)

DEVOPS

Advantages of Monolithic Version Control

One single repository for all of your code, or many small repositories, divided per feature/functionality/project? The answer is not so easy or obvious. (e.g. Facebook and Google, they use a giant monorepo).

DESIGN

Why you need design

Mike Monteiro – a kind of deity for many designers, me included – has released for free a chapter of his book You’re My Favorite Client. A book to help people understand design, in his words.

Readings for Lunch — [ 17 Jul 2015 ]

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(via Zoe Dillingham)
DESIGN

Pantone Predictions

Just like with fashion trends, Pantone predicts the top colours for this fall 2015. Designers, are you ready? Check out this infographic with the top 10 tones. Most accurate but least anticipated: Stormy Weather.

TECH

Watson Innovations

(via Mat DeLong)

IBM's Watson is unveiling the experimental version of 'Tone Analyser', (after Personality Insights) which can analyse the tone of the message you're writing: emotional, social, and writing tones…

Readings for Lunch — [ 16 Jul 2015 ]

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(1937 surfing)
TECH

Buy, Buy Buy

Companies wanna make it easier for you to press that 'buy' button. Google is rolling out this feature on mobile search results directly, & Facebook is also planning it. Welcome to the age of eternal consumerism.

VISUAL

Sketching Data

If you're a fan of data, design, or sketching, this is for you. Take a look at how data visualisations start – on pen and paper – and how they evolve. Treat for the eyes and the mind.

Readings for Lunch — [ 15 Jul 2015 ]

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MARKETING

Airbnb Values-Driven campaign

Take a look at Airbnb's newest ad campaign which will run tonight at the ESPY Awards – focusing on human values and coming right after Caitlyn Jenner's award for courage. Contextual marketing at its best…

MANAGEMENT

Leadership lessons from GoT

Very insightful learnings from Game of Thrones when it comes to leadership and management… Fans, you can certainly guess what at least one of them is!!!

Readings for Lunch — [ 13 Jul 2015 ]

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MANAGEMENT

Focus on the process

Instead of the final product! Find ways in which you can share and inspire yourself and others by looking at how you do things, and detach yourself from the need for perfection at every moment and place…

HUMOUR

This is my cover letter

Hilarious post of a cover letter… Seriously though, who still requests these? Aren't there so many other (data-driven) opportunities to make your decision on whether you think someone is a good fit?

Readings for Lunch — [ 10 Jul 2015 ]

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Via Jonathan Davidoff

WEB

Safari is the new IE

A very outspoken – and commented – blog post about the lack of support that Safari and Apple are showing to the web community and ecosystem.
I have to admit it, so sadly true.

FUTURE

These are the projects Elon Musk is funding to prevent killer AI

No, we are not talking – at least, not only – about killer robots and Skynet. It's more about practical concerns, social and political implications of a future dominated by Artificial Intelligence.

Readings for Lunch — [ 08 Jul 2015 ]

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Pablo Picasso, portraied by David Douglas Duncan

BOOKS

Atomic Design

You can follow the writing of this book by Brad Frost, and preview the chapters as soon as they are published online.
A must read if you are a designer.

GRAFFITI

The Curious Frontier of Red

Via Davide Folletto Casali
Graffiti on a wall. Red paint to cover it. An experiment that leads to an unexpected challenge.

Readings for Lunch — [ 07 Jul 2015 ]

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Design is both "artistic" and "scientific" — it's a hybrid discipline with the accent on *hybrid* – John Maeda (source)

FREE COURSE

Browser Rendering Optimization

A free course on web performance, held by performance guru Paul Lewis, to learn how to make your web pages and applications run smooth and fast.

DEVELOPMENT

You Must Tame Complexity to Become a Better Programmer

Complexity is the root cause of the majority of software problems today. Taming it is the most important task for any good programmer.

Readings for Lunch — [ 03 Jul 2015 ]

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DESIGN

Zero UI.

This is the new paradigm of design once our interfaces are not constrained by screens anymore. Zero UI is automated and ambient interfaces. What does it need to work and what will come after it?

TECH

Pay by taking a selfie

MasterCard is integrating selfies with payment systems – in the future, you may be asked to take a selfie (or, 'facial scan') to pay for your purchases. Improvement or degeneration?