There are many articles these days on the importance of content, but Modig’s proof seem to be the clearest, and simplest to remember:“according to the latest statistics (verified by The Associated Press)and even the goldfish have an ability to concentrate longer than us” “I had spent couple of all nighters watching Game of Thrones on my laptop and in the following mornings I realized I was explaining to clients that people are just browsing web, not really concentrating on the content.”
Why do I like this? Because it’s an example of how design and technology serve people’s needs (and yes, businessmen’s pockets).
Too often, my job revolves arounds trying to plan applications that seem so unrelated to what people need or are going through.
Hooray for rural America!
2. The Wired Social Index
I’m partly biased towards the name.
But, nice source of interesting images and videos.
4. Bacon Salt and a Sundae Kit. Ideas from Buzzfeed’s 38 Ways to Give the Gift of Food.
This entry led me to…
5. Manic Design’s Merrymaking Must-Haves Kit on Lovely Package
Smart, smart, smart. And cleanly designed.
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?
Haven’t had these visual collection posts in a while. No wonder tabs are piling up again, haha.
1. Cake Furniture!
Smart! You get the grilled cheese, you get the grill marks, but you don’t get the hot dripping ooze and hard-to-clean crumbs everywhere.
Usable up to 50 times!
The amazing things…polytetrafluoroethylene can do.
I love these. Beautifully designed, clever and clean.
Just because it’s an age-old tradition-slash-sacrament doesn’t mean you can’t make the invite fresh.
Just seemed like a movie I’d like to look for. Read the review here.
Interesting site outlining various propaganda tools and techniques.
I know I am such a fan girl, even of the hard-copy-physical-media magazine.
It retains the strengths of a text content-rich magazine, plus the way they structured the information, and how to navigate through it, is just practical.
It prepares for and takes advantage of the strengths of web.
On paper or print, a large part of the ease is just being able to randomly flip-through.
I just realized now that I can go through and enjoy an entire magazine without even reading the table of contents.
Not the same for a web experience – people won’t click on things that they don’t feel will have something interesting “behind” it.
Now, that makes it hard because that means every single piece of content you have has to have an enticing way of being found.
Be it through a text link, an engaging image or a meaningful description.
But, what the web has, that print doesn’t, is adaptability (according to your personal taste). It can allow you to explore a single set of information using multiple systems of navigation – going through something the way you’d find interesting.
And, that’s what Fast Company did for their 100 Most Creative People in Business 2012 issue.
The design team for the feature, who I’d like to name and laud if I could (I’ll try to find them), decided to have two ways of wading through the content.
You can either go through:
1) a countdown-type, names-in-order of “creativity” list (similar to the magazine),
2) or through a skill-centered path, where you go through the articles according to what advice or skill sets you want to work on.
The skill-groups are cute, too:
Do Good, Well
Be More Productive
See, relevant and concise.
The entries themselves also follow the little guidelines I see on the usability sites, and they help.
Bulleted lists, highlighted text, one-paragraph nuggets of content; relevant hyperlinks.
If they had used the exact same format from the magazine, it would have been so much harder and less interesting to go through.
I think I actually like the information architecture more than the list itself haha. I shall just leave a comment on their page. Yay, Fast Company!
[Sorry for the really long image, I screengrabbed the entire page.]
Aaargh, visually arresting site for crafting with kids!
I love the rainbow sprinkles-popcorn feature and all the rainbow objects!
This man is one of my style icons. Not all his products really, but more of how he carries himself. And how he’s able to pull off green bead necklaces with crisp shirts, and still seem like a gruff, straight but sophisticated man.
I also like his backpacks, and his retail philosopy.
5. I like the old school, rough and artisanal design feel, so I enjoy this list of
Ohmilawrd. This site deserves its own entry.
Teenage Engineering worked with Ikea on the camera, and with a name like that, I had to check out their site (wrong pronoun placement/use of antecedents).
I have to post their “About Us”-slash-“Careers” page. I would like to work for a place that thinks of pages like this (but that’s just the fangirl in me talking):
That’s really all. I just really wanted to show their site off. Haha nice clean, but colorfully loud aesthetic, highlighting their products.
P.S. While, I’m at it – this PS AT HOME site by Ikea, also a great idea.
Featuring their products in actual people’s homes. Good strategy.