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).

Readings for Lunch — [ 29 Jan 2015 ]

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APPS

Behind Headspace…

'The Monk and the Mad Man making Mindfulness for the Masses' – great article on the founders of Headspace, & how technology driven mindfulness can work to make the world a healthier place.

FOCUS

Fast Mode vs. Slow Mode

Probably everyone can relate to working in 'fast mode' nowadays – learn why it is actually killing your time & why you should switch to slow mode instead, contrary to popular belief!

Readings for Lunch — [ 23 Jan 2015 ]

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Concept for a 2015 iMac, homage to the first Macintosh (source)

FRONTEND

Style Guide Podcast

A small batch series of interviews on Style Guides, hosted by Anna Debenham and Brad Frost. In the first episode they host Jina Bolton, Senior Product Designer at Salesforce.

DESIGN

Design thinking, unboxed

Seven design thinking principles liberated from design thinking methods.
My favourite? "Design is iterative" that together with yesterday's "Design is never done" makes the perfect couple.

Readings for Lunch — [ 22 Jan 2015 ]

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The World's Most Beautiful Chocolates (source) – Via Sara Macnab

DESIGN

Designers Shaping Things

In this book review Luke Wroblewski reflects on Bruce Sterling’s "Shaping Things" book, about design vision and the role of design leads. My favourite quote? "Design is Never Done".

ODDITIES

Rainfall can release aerosols, high-speed video shows

Via Daniele Esposti
Ever notice an earthy smell in the air after a light rain? Now scientists at MIT believe they may have identified the mechanism that releases this aroma.

Readings for Lunch — [ 20 Jan 2015 ]

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Can you recognise this image? Do you know what it is? I do, with a lot of nostalgia.
Look at this collection of "about" boxes from vintage Mac applications.

SCIENCE

Gigapixels of Andromeda

Via Lotti Haxell
One of the sharpest and most defined image of the Andromeda galaxy, transformed in a mind-blowing video.
(Try the zoom-in version too)

LEARNING

Command Line Primer

Sometimes the only idea of using the command line (or the "terminal", if you prefer) is intimidating. This simple guide will show you how to start using it with some confidence.

Readings for Lunch — [ 19 Jan 2015 ]

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Quora user coming through with the good advice (source)

DESIGN

And Now, For Our Next Act

Teehan & Lax – founders of one of the most known design agency in the world – are shutting down their company to join Facebook. And there has been a lot of discussion about the future of web agencies (and the reasons behind their choice).

STARTUP

MVPs and Excellence

Eric Ries, author of the "Lean Startup" books, talks about the relation – and coexistence – of a "Minimum Viable Product" with a "high-quality" product. And know what? Minimum doesn't mean sloppy execution or technical debt 🙂

Readings for Lunch — [ 16 Jan 2015 ]

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TECH

Apps x Apple Watch

Wearables aficionados, or early adopters thinking of getting to Apple Watch – here you can check how some of your favourite (or not) apps might look like!

VIDEO

Best of 2014 Mashup!
via Lotti Haxell

The most inspiring, funny and heartwarming content from the web that will make you want to jump out the window and say "yeah!"

Readings for Lunch — [ 15 Jan 2015 ]

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FONTS

Panton Family (free)

You can have two weights (light and black) of this lovely font for free. Or buy the whole family for just 29$. It's a real deal: 34 fonts including more than 800 icons!

PEOPLE

January no-sugar challenge

A dear friend of mine is doing a new-year resolution's challenge. Do you want to know what does it mean to live without any kind sugar for one month? Well, life is not that easy…

Readings for Lunch — [ 14 Jan 2015 ]

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Wow. Epic. (source)

JOBS

The career advice you probably didn’t get

You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before.

DESIGN THINKING

Elon Musk uses this ancient critical-thinking strategy to outsmart everybody else

What is the "secret sauce" that Elon Musk – founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors, just to name a few – use to generate and validate new ideas?

Readings for Lunch — [ 12 Jan 2015 ]

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PSYCHOLOGY

Cognitive Lode

Beautifully designed interface that explains different behavioural economics & consumer psychology concepts (w/ lots of 'further reading' for people who can't get enough)

LANGUAGE

Cut to the Chase

Did you know…? Find out the real meaning behind 11 puzzling expressions that we use in our everyday lives!

Readings for Lunch — [ 09 Jan 2015 ]

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Just because…

INTERNET

It's just a matter of seconds

Via Daniele Esposti
Adding a leap second is more dangerous for the Internet than you might expect.

APPLICATIONS

The Psychology of a Billion-Dollar Enterprise App

Why is Slack, the application that someone thinks will replace the emails, so habit-forming?

Readings for Lunch — [ 08 Jan 2015 ]

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You have seen the "Walkie Talkie" in the City of London, right? You know there is a garden in the roof at the top, at about 150 meters? Maybe you don't know that you can book a free visit to it. Hurry up, tickets are going out like hell: http://skygarden.london/sky-garden

PROGRAMMING

JavaScript in 2015

Via Francesco Pighi
Is it going to be a whole new world, for this language? Will it change the nature itself of the web? Read this, and you'll know it.

FONTS

The top 10 most popular fonts of 2014!

A list of amazing fonts, to get inspiration from. To buy for your next project, or simply for your personal collection 🙂