1. One of my favorite ideas in the past year.
Pie + User Feedback or Community Involvement + Design = PieLab
2. This PaidContent article on the insensitive coincidences of online ads and tragic news stories (e.g. shooting massacre articles and bloody novelty shirt ads).
3. “Why Google Does Things The Way It Does“, by The Guardian.
Thought-provoking. Because you keep hearing about how Google is revolutionary, but they’re never as suave at branding themselves as Apple, plus they have weird ideas like Google glass, and annoying decisions like killing Google Reader:
“In its behaviour and vocabulary, Google oozes scientific method. A couple of times recently I’ve heard Google executives say in public, ‘if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it’. …engineers are trained not to act on intuition. You are allowed to have intuition, of course, but you use it to make hypotheses, which you then test. You act on the results of those tests…When an experiment is completed, you either choose to follow up on it, or you terminate it and move on to something else. A scientist doesn’t get emotional about this; it’s the way the system works, and everyone knows that it’s all for the best.”
4. I don’t know which I enjoyed more – the Maricor/Maricar watercolor typography exercises…
Or the Shillington Design Blog “I Love These Guys” category page, where they were featured?