Month: November 2015

Readings for Lunch — [ 26 Nov 2015 ]

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Cat toes. (source)

THINK

Quality is a variable

These are the slides of the fantastic keynote that James Higgs (Ustwo) gave last week at Codemotion Milano. And I don’t say fantastic ‘cause I invited him, I say it because it’s been an amazing talk.

FUN

XKCD 1608

Yesterday one of the most epic XKCD has killed the productivity of the whole world, with this massive mysterious game (spoiler: here the whole map).

Notice: works better on desktop Chrome

Readings for Lunch — [ 25 Nov 2015 ]

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Thousands of Tibetans gathered for the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly to mark Buddha’s descent from the heavens. (source)

DESIGN

How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name

This evening's Interaction Design London meetup will have as a topic of discussion this (opinionated) article by Don Norman and Bruce Tognazzini. Tickets are sold out, but you can read the article and form your own idea.

TEAMS

How Google Builds Its Best Teams

The tech giant's conclusion: How teams work together is more important than who is on a team. Surprise!

Ok, I’m ironic 🙂

Readings for Lunch — [ 20 Nov 2015 ]

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Infographic: 1.1 Billion New York City Taxi and Uber Trips (source)

WEB DESIGN

Making sense of atomic design: molecules and organisms

How exactly do you distinguish between molecules and organisms? Alla Kholmatova shares her thoughts after a year of using Atomic Design.

DEVELOPMENT

Divide and Conquer – Content Management done properly

Take an off-the-shelf content management system (like Drupal, WordPress, OpenCMS, etc.) or build a bespoke CMS from scratch? The experience of Red Badger for Sky.

Readings for Lunch — [ 18 Nov 2015 ]

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Caterina, this is for you: don’t give up. It’s incredibly hard for me too to keep up with it.
Wanna overwhelm beginner front-ender? Here's a glimpse at our current stack (source)

TEAMS

The Craft of Collaboration

“The world of design is getting ever more complex: an increasing number of different specialists to involve in conceiving new products/services, more potential challenges for working together. How do we continually evolve our abilities to collaborate?”
A must-see slide deck by Jason Mesut.

THINK

Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill

Self-driving cars are already cruising the streets. But before they can become widespread, carmakers must solve an impossible ethical dilemma of algorithmic morality.

Readings for Lunch — [ 17 Nov 2015 ]

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OSX versions expectation vs software quality (source)

THINK

Death to ‘it depends’

Lately I found myself thinking more and more frequently "it depends" when trying to find a solution to a any problem. But that can become paralysing too. Leisa Reichelt explains why she stopped saying it.

JAVASCRIPT

The Cost of Frameworks

After his talk called “You should use <insert library / framework here>, it's the bestestest!” at FFConf, Paul Lewis continues the discussion around the cost of modern frameworks (especially on mobile devices).

Readings for Lunch — [ 16 Nov 2015 ]

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Flash of lightning in the ash cloud of the Colima Volcano in Mexico. Photo by: Hernando Rivera Cervantes (source)

WORK

Watch People in Other Industries React Hilariously to Being Asked for Free Spec Work

Architects don’t give away their blueprints. Diners don’t fork out free meals. Personal Trainers don’t sign over their intellectual property on spec. Then why do agencies do it?

TECH

What is the impact of blockchains on privacy?

Have you ever heard of "Blockchains"? For many, these are going to be THE next big thing. Here an introduction on what they are, and what are the impacts of their adoption on people's privacy (and how we intend the "truth" of information).

Readings for Lunch — [ 13 Nov 2015 ]

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Autumn in Kromlau, Germany.

UX

How we research and prototype at Made by Many

The design process at one of the best digital design agencies in London. From user research to prototyping techniques, from user interviews to getting feedback.

BOOKS

Jan V. White online books

Over his forty-year design career, Jan V. White wrote twelve books on grids, page layout, typography, designing charts and graphs, the use of color, and other aspects of information design. Now, eight of his classic design books are available online for free.

Readings for Lunch — [ 12 Nov 2015 ]

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Cleveland once released 1.5M balloons into the air at once: it didn't go well. (video)

DESIGN

New Identity for Opera Saint-Étienne

A fantastic re-branding for the House of Culture and Recreation at Saint Étienne in France: a new name, a new logo and a completely new identity. Very smart!

WEB PERFORMANCE

On Hurk-Jerk

Mixed emotions on progressive critical path rendering, as seen by a web design agency. Totally get their point of view. As always there is no simple solution.

Readings for Lunch — [ 11 Nov 2015 ]

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Dominique Falla is an incredible artist that creates typography pieces out of pins and strings. Look at here entire portfolio here: source

PROGRAMMING

Does TDD really lead to good (software) design?

Any developer can make a mess regardless if they are writing tests or not, regardless of which Test Driven Development style they are using.

FUN

The best Apple Store rant I’ve read. Actually the best rant I’ve ever read

“I just don't understand this planet anymore.” 🙂

Readings for Lunch — [ 09 Nov 2015 ]

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Dancing mantises (source)

STARTUP

Reconsider

Do you really need to be a "unicorn", to conquer, disrupt and eat the world to be a successful startup? DHH one of the founders of 37Signals and Basecamp has a clear idea on that.

AD-BLOCKERS

The Economist infected readers with malware

The Economist used PageFair, a technology for web publishers for circumventing ad blockers. When this third-party service got hacked, it started to install a malware remote access tool.

Readings for Lunch — [ 03 Nov 2015 ]

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An abandoned castle (source)

WEB DEVELOPMENT

Building for emerging markets: the story behind 2G Tuesdays

On Tuesdays, Facebook employees get a pop-up that gives them the option to simulate a 2G connection. A way to empathize with the people using a 2G network to access the web.

LEARN

Books on Visual Thinking

A comprehensive list of books on visual thinking and ideas visualisation, compiled by Boon Chew, organiser of Interaction Design London.

Readings for Lunch — [ 02 Nov 2015 ]

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The dream of the 80s is alive in silicon valley (source).

LEARN

Why I stopped paying attention to industry news

Up until about a year ago, I read industry news religiously. Clickity, click click click. I was a tech-news binger. Then, last summer, I stopped.

DEVELOPMENT

One-line node modules

Lot of people don't get the benefits of one line modules, what would you say to those who tend to critic a lot about node modules that have just a line in them?