Month: September 2016

Readings for Lunch — [ 30 Sep 2016 ]

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This twitter feed – Cursed Images – is crazy! – Warning, it may contain upsetting images 🙂

DEVOPS

Bringing Pokémon GO to life on Google Cloud

An insight from Google of the infrastructure that helped bring Pokémon GO to life for millions of players. «Tens of thousands of cores», just sayin'.

FUN

Museum of WiFi

Via Michele Bertoli
Simple lines proudly shouted out to entire neighbourhoods, wire-less signals that mark territories, shock up-stairs couples, seduce girls next door, and mess with people passive-aggressively.

Readings for Lunch — [ 29 Sep 2016 ]

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"Learn from failure" and other good advices – IDEO offices in London.

AI

Artificial Intelligence: asking the right questions

In human computer interaction, we use the human intelligence as a benchmark. Is this a terribly restrictive idea of intelligence, that limits our imaginations and constrains what the innovations in machine learning and AI could offer?

WORLD

Australia Is Drifting So Fast GPS Can't Keep Up

A significant correction must be made by the end of the year for navigation technology to keep working smoothly.

Readings for Lunch — [ 27 Sep 2016 ]

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Antonio Canova – Perseo trionfante (detail of the sandal) – Musei Vaticani, Rome.

CSS

The New System Font Stack?

Recently more and more websites have started using the system fonts in the browser (last but not least, Slack). But it's not just a matter of declaring a simple font-family rule in your CSS.

EVENTS

Fronteers Conference

The lineup of this year's Fronteers conference is simply amazing. A two days in Amsterdam full of great talks and speakers. Don't miss it!

Readings for Lunch — [ 26 Sep 2016 ]

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The driver of history (source)

SCIENCE

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists have discovered a jewel-shaped geometric object that challenges the notion that space, time and particles are fundamental constituents of nature. It's simply mind-blowing!

SECURITY

CloudFlare, SSL and unhealthy security absolutism

Via Alessandro Nadalin
You see the green lock in the navigation bar of your browser, so you think your communication is encrypted, no one can intercept it and you're safe. Think twice.

Readings for Lunch — [ 23 Sep 2016 ]

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Autumn is here! (source) – Via Liliana Bragading

STARTUP

Startup Pitch Decks

A collection of real fundraising decks from real startups. That's how Youtube, AirBnb, BuzzFeed, LinkedIn an others have all started. Really interesting!

LANGUAGES

Learning Elixir

Chris Bell explains how him and his team at Made by Many have managed to learn a new language like Elixir.

Readings for Lunch — [ 22 Sep 2016 ]

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Where the Internet Live, Google data centers (source)

DESING

Emotional Intelligence in Design

"Emotion never played a role in driving page views, purchases or video plays…"
(via Marco Cedaro @cedmax)

DATA

DEAR DATA

Dear Data is a year-long, analog data drawing project by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, two award-winning information designers living on different sides of the Atlantic.

Readings for Lunch — [ 21 Sep 2016 ]

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Aesthetics of food (source)

SILICON VALLEY

Hacker house blues: My life with 12 programmers, 2 rooms and one 21st-century dream

"I came to San Francisco to change my life. I found a tribe of depressed workaholics living on top of one another…"

DESIGN

Designing Interface Animation

"Each animation in an interface tells a micro story, and as a user encounters more and more animations throughout your site or product, these micro stories add up to reveal the personality and story of the brand or product behind them…"

Readings for Lunch — [ 19 Sep 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
@wkerslake: "There are twelve black dots at the intersections in this image. Your brain won’t let you see them all at once." (source)

DESIGN

Spotify Design

How the team designs holistic experiences for music listeners and creators.

LANGUAGES

Create a Python module in Rust

A blog post by Daniele Esposti on how to create a Python module with Rust.
Rust is a new system language which aims to be fast a C/C++ but safer and more expressive.

Readings for Lunch — [ 16 Sep 2016 ]

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Greenwich Park, Royal Observatory and the sunset by Konstantin Dzuin (source)

GITHUB

GitHub State of the Octoverse: 2016

"It’s been an amazing year for building software. Join us for a trip through the GitHub Octoverse and explore some of the highlights from the last twelve months."

EQUALITY

Women at the White House have started using a simple, clever trick to get heard

"The challenges of a job at the White House are tough and manifold, but at least one of them—the challenge of getting heard—has historically been tougher for women."

Readings for Lunch — [ 15 Sep 2016 ]

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#Venice #Redentore2016 (source)

ITALY

Shaking Up Italy’s Most Popular Museum

Eike Schmidt, the new director of the Uffizi Gallery, took what seemed a logical step: he set up loudspeakers warning visitors about scalpers and pickpockets who target tourists waiting in the perennially long lines outside Italy’s most-visited museum, famous for its magnificent treasures by Botticelli and Raphael. But not everyone was grateful…

LANGUAGES

Learning systems programming with Rust

The closing keynote at the first RustConf, on Rust, systems programming, accessibility and learning about concurrency.

Readings for Lunch — [ 14 Sep 2016 ]

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Humans vs. algorithms (source)

TYPOGRAPHY

Variable Fonts

This is big! Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Adobe have joined the forces to create a new kind of font. A variable font is, as John Hudson put it, “a single font file that behaves like multiple fonts”. I already see people getting crazy at tweaking a design changing font weight with a slider.

AI

WaveNet: A Generative Model for Raw Audio

Wavenets are bringing us closer to natural-sounding machines? Will they be able to generate speech which mimics any human voice and which sounds more natural than the best existing text-to-speech systems?

Readings for Lunch — [ 13 Sep 2016 ]

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The night is bright, for the Badoo Mobile Web team. (source)

TYPOGRAPHY

The History and Usage of Common Symbols

What is the "& symbol? And where it comes from? And the "@"? And what about the "#" one? Here some answers.

DESIGN SYSTEMS

Recent Trends in Naming Things in Design Libraries

Nathan Curtis' talk was one of the most interesting talks yesterday at Smashing Conf Freiburg (slides here). He shared a link to this very spot-on article, about naming strategies in pattern libraries (in short: "Everything is a component").

Readings for Lunch — [ 09 Sep 2016 ]

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“Rockers at Manor House” from Bob Mazzer's Underground: Tube Photos From The 1980s – Exhibition in Spitalfields (source)

DESIGN

Style Guides, Pattern Libraries, Design Systems and other amenities.

The slides of the talk I have given yesterday at Digital Croydon, about what is a style guide, what is its value and the benefits of introducing one in a project.

THINK

Shipping vs. Learning

Personally I've found it pretty controversial, and despite being a strong advocate of putting the "learning" process at the core of a company ("Lean Startup" anyone?), I think he is mixing two completely different scopes of a business. That said, is certainly something to read and ponder about.

Readings for Lunch — [ 07 Sep 2016 ]

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year at London's Natural History Museum. (source)

CSS

Modern CSS and interactive email

Probably one of the most impressive (and crazy) presentations of the year, run entirely in an email client.

PS: and if you want to see it live, it will be at From The Front next week 😉

SCIENCE

Could Dark Energy Be Caused By Frozen Neutrinos?

A new explanation for the “dark energy” in the Universe. This time it could be even possibly testable scientifically.

Readings for Lunch — [ 05 Sep 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Can you spot the design created with the spines of these books? The solution here.

DESIGN

How to design words

You shouldn’t design with lorem ipsum. You should design with words.
Here some tips for a better UI design where the words are used in a more effective way.

TRIVIA

A (motor yacht)

Have you spotted a huge white yacht, docked in front of the Tower of London? It's called “A” and is one of the biggest in the world. Here's the interesting story behind it.