Month: July 2016

Readings for Lunch — [ 29 Jul 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Stunning cabin on a lake in Austria (source)

THINK

Don't fail: Succail

Mills from ustwo in a funny talk at CreativeMornings Sydney about “not succeeding or failing but succailing”. The story of the company (sort of, be ready to a lot of detours) told by one of his founders.

CSS

Flexbox adventures

Chris Wright explains the "flexbox" box model in a very simple (but also very clear) way. A very good introduction for a flex primer, but also good to revise what we already know.

Readings for Lunch — [ 28 Jul 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
“Okay Washington Post, you got it. 👍” (source)

STARTUP

Chandeliers and unpaid wages: how Crowdmix blew through £14 million before going bankrupt

Not all the startups succeed. But when they fail in this stupid way, hitting so many people's lifes, it's a thing that makes me sad and angry.

UX

In Defense of the Floppy Disk

Via Blai Pratdesaba
Lis Pardi explains how the usage of certain icons, which may look outdated, actually is not the main problem when comes to usability. And how much user research is important, to challenge our assumptions.

Readings for Lunch — [ 25 Jul 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
“Sham of the perfect – Revealing the beautiful reality of family” is a collective project that aims to present life, parenthood, families, childhood, and home as it actually is; full of flaws and full of beauty simultaneously. (source)

THINK

The Things We Own

“In November of last year my grandmother died. This is a story about the aftermath. This is a story about stuff.”
A story about loss and freedom.

DESIGN

Here are some of the ways I’ve fucked up as a designer

Nina Geometrieva bravely shares her “experiences” as designer when things didn't go… as expected.

Readings for Lunch — [ 21 Jul 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Portrait of Leonilla, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (source)

FUTURE

Master Plan, Part Deux

Via Luca Mascaro
Elon Musk, looking back at the previous ten years of Tesla, and anticipating the future of the company: self-driving buses, self-sufficient solar-powered houses, machines that will makes the machines. #mustread #mindblowing

CATEGORY

Stack Exchange Network Status – Outage Postmortem

Yesterday the Stack Overflow/Exchange websites experienced a 34 minute outage. Incredible to say, the direct cause was "simply" a malformed post that caused one regular expressions to consume high CPU on the web servers.

Readings for Lunch — [ 15 Jul 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
In these days of Pokemon mania, I find this game – made with only a sticker attached to a window – simply amazing. (see the full video here)

COMPANIES

Satya Nadella just fixed Microsoft’s biggest problem

Despite the click-bait title, this is a very interesting article about Microsoft is tearing down silos and how is transitioning – slowly but resolutely – to a post-Ballmer commercial era.

SCIENCE

Functioning 'mechanical gears' seen in nature for the first time

The finding demonstrates that gear mechanisms previously thought to be solely man-made have an evolutionary precedent. Scientists say this is the "first observation of mechanical gearing in a biological structure".

Readings for Lunch — [ 14 Jul 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
“Decade” (source) – Very subtle… 🙂

THINK

Good decisions (and sunk costs)

An anonymous friend sends you two tickets for a Broadway show. Or, an anonymous friend sends you $2,000.
A interesting mental exercise, about value/cost and the decisions we take.

COPYWRITING

How to write Medium stories people will actually read

As a writer, you fight a war against indifference. You have to force people to care enough to click through to your story. You have to convince them to take a chance on you.

Readings for Lunch — [ 12 Jul 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Fresh garlic (source)

SOFTWARE

Why Google Stores Billions of Lines of Code in a Single Repository

Via Alessandro Cinelli
Two billion lines of code, nine million unique source files, 35 million commits spanning across 18-years, 86TB of data. Google uses a single monolithic code repository for tens of thousands of developers around the world. Why?

UX

The Future of Browser History

A very interesting proof of concept on how the design and user experience of the browser history can be improved. Very interesting, absolutely smart and well designed (not only visually).

Readings for Lunch — [ 11 Jul 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY

USA

Baton Rouge killing: Black Lives Matter protest photo hailed as 'legendary'

I hope one day we will we look at this picture in the same way we look today at the man standing in front of the Chinese tanks in Tiananmen Square.

GERMANY

I Just Saw this Picture and I’m So Disturbed. Because it’s Me.

“How would you like to chill in a park for two hours and suddenly have two strangers who clearly don’t like you, in uniforms with guns, suddenly all up in your face?”
No, it doesn't happen only in the USA.

Readings for Lunch — [ 01 Jul 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Girl on sky with sails at Elba by Jacopo Romei (source)

PRODUCT DESIGN

Invisible Design: Co-designing with machines

How do you design a product based on technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning? Here how AirBnb have designed their Smart Pricing calculator for hosts.

UI

Typography for User Interfaces

A great essay on the relation between typography and user interfaces, from how we read to selection of a typeface, from the past of the first to the first GUIs to the future of Virtual Reality.
Because “Text is interface”, definitely.