Or – what unites Frank Rose, Charlie Melcher, Maria Popova, Scott McCloud and Derek Walcott?
In my mind, something does, but first, some exposition:
I did one of those slightly useless but thoroughly interesting degrees, studying Classical Civilisation at the University of Warwick and whilst this degree in no way trained me for any sort of profession, it was definitely influential for shaping some of my ideas and critical thinking skills.
Branding and Copy – how to convey trust?
Front-End Web Development and I are going on a date tomorrow night and I’m cautiously optimistic that it’s going to lead to several more and be the start of something enduring.
My last post was in May, however I have been working like a whirling dervish elsewhere on the internets, all with a view to improving my working knowledge and understanding.
The Honest Account Project
Myles Tanzer’s article on Buzzfeed, summarising the leaked New York Times Report, reminded me of something the delightfully-clever Frank Rose wrote in his article last year for the Milken Report.
Societies tend to resemble the technologies that define them.
The LA Times has, this very morning, released a site update. We were given some idea what to expect from Eddy Hartenstein’s email, detailing responsive design, image-centric journalism. So far, so now, so what?
Happily, the new site looks good. Slick, cool, and of the time, which, as shallow as it sounds, does mean something to users. Outdated websites are just a bit depressing to use and also reflect badly on the company. So this is good. I will discuss each of the features in more detail, but the first glaring, searing observation is the dominance of Twitter over Facebook, or other social networks on article pages.
Radiolab’s recent podcast examine 60 words, one sentence, written on 14th September 2001 that have been the basis for America’s foreign policy ever since. Extraordinary rendition, Guantanomo, drone strikes: everything has been hung on this one sentence, a rather vague, dry sentence at that. As ever, with anything fiercely controversial, the language is deliberately muted and legal, to mitigate the drama that lies just beneath the surface.
This one sentence, signed into law by Bush called the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).
TL;DR: Publishers are now newswires and it’s always all about the user. UX For the Win!
On this distressingly cold morning, armed with coffee and my laptop checking the news via twitter, I spotted this tweet from @BBCOS, retweeted by @BBCNews
BBC Open Source Tweeting About Vice’s Content
As per my original post, I picked up on a highly-offensive word used flippantly in an Huffington Post article about mac keyboard shortcuts.
**Update**The offensive word has been removed and the point re-written!
Today I was surprised by a crass gaffe courtesy of the Huffinton Post.
As a user, I expect content to be edited, researched, thought-out and interesting. I like to stick to trusted sources for this reason, so there’s a fair chance that what I’m reading is at least factually correct.
I received an email from the Technology editor of the Huffington Post with the juicy, irresistible article title, If You Have A Mac, Memorize These 13 Keyboard Tricks. Eager for more mac keyboard MAGIC, I did what was expected of me, what any rational person would do in this instance, I clicked the link and started reading.