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Four short links: 18 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 18, 2014

Questions to Ask when Reviewing a Design (GDS) — GDS made stickers, but I might just put this in poster form on the wall. They missed, “can you make it pop?” though. Saturated — wonderfully unsubdued web palette for prototyping. …

Four short links: 18 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 18, 2014

Questions to Ask when Reviewing a Design (GDS) — GDS made stickers, but I might just put this in poster form on the wall. They missed, “can you make it pop?” though. Saturated — wonderfully unsubdued web palette for prototyping. …

Four short links: 18 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 18, 2014

Questions to Ask when Reviewing a Design (GDS) — GDS made stickers, but I might just put this in poster form on the wall. They missed, “can you make it pop?” though. Saturated — wonderfully unsubdued web palette for prototyping. …

Four short links: 4 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 4, 2014

The Flipside of the Right To Be Forgotten (Business Insider) — deletion requests were granted for a former politician who wanted to remove links to a news article about his behavior when previously in office – so that he can …

Four short links: 4 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 4, 2014

The Flipside of the Right To Be Forgotten (Business Insider) — deletion requests were granted for a former politician who wanted to remove links to a news article about his behavior when previously in office – so that he can …

Four short links: 4 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 4, 2014

The Flipside of the Right To Be Forgotten (Business Insider) — deletion requests were granted for a former politician who wanted to remove links to a news article about his behavior when previously in office – so that he can …

Four short links: 1 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 1, 2014

word2vec — This tool provides an efficient implementation of the continuous bag-of-words and skip-gram architectures for computing vector representations of words. These representations can be subsequently used in many natural language processing applications and for further research. From Google Research …

Four short links: 1 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 1, 2014

word2vec — This tool provides an efficient implementation of the continuous bag-of-words and skip-gram architectures for computing vector representations of words. These representations can be subsequently used in many natural language processing applications and for further research. From Google Research …

Four short links: 1 July 2014

By Nat Torkington
July 1, 2014

word2vec — This tool provides an efficient implementation of the continuous bag-of-words and skip-gram architectures for computing vector representations of words. These representations can be subsequently used in many natural language processing applications and for further research. From Google Research …

Four short links: 30 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 30, 2014

Interacting with a World of Connected Objects (Tom Coates) — notes from one of my favourite Foo Camp sessions. Security Considerations with Continuous Deployment (IBM) — rundown of categories of security issues your org might face, and how to tackle …

Four short links: 30 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 30, 2014

Interacting with a World of Connected Objects (Tom Coates) — notes from one of my favourite Foo Camp sessions. Security Considerations with Continuous Deployment (IBM) — rundown of categories of security issues your org might face, and how to tackle …

Four short links: 30 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 30, 2014

Interacting with a World of Connected Objects (Tom Coates) — notes from one of my favourite Foo Camp sessions. Security Considerations with Continuous Deployment (IBM) — rundown of categories of security issues your org might face, and how to tackle …

Four short links: 24 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 24, 2014

Maximum Happy Imagination (Matt Jones) — questioning the true vision of Marc Andreessen’s recent Twitter discourse on the great future that awaits us. His analogies run out in the 20th century when it comes to the political, social and economic …

Four short links: 24 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 24, 2014

Maximum Happy Imagination (Matt Jones) — questioning the true vision of Marc Andreessen’s recent Twitter discourse on the great future that awaits us. His analogies run out in the 20th century when it comes to the political, social and economic …

Four short links: 24 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 24, 2014

Maximum Happy Imagination (Matt Jones) — questioning the true vision of Marc Andreessen’s recent Twitter discourse on the great future that awaits us. His analogies run out in the 20th century when it comes to the political, social and economic …

Four short links: 19 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 19, 2014

odyssey.js — storytelling tool to assemble interactive stories from narrative, pictures, maps. Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy (NESTA) — free downloadable ebook containing pieces from a variety of authors covering economics, engineering, history, philosophy and …

Four short links: 19 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 19, 2014

odyssey.js — storytelling tool to assemble interactive stories from narrative, pictures, maps. Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy (NESTA) — free downloadable ebook containing pieces from a variety of authors covering economics, engineering, history, philosophy and …

Four short links: 19 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 19, 2014

odyssey.js — storytelling tool to assemble interactive stories from narrative, pictures, maps. Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy (NESTA) — free downloadable ebook containing pieces from a variety of authors covering economics, engineering, history, philosophy and …

Radar gets a refresh

By Mac Slocum
June 19, 2014

Today we’re excited to roll out a number of important updates that refine Radar’s content and freshen up the site’s design. A new approach The most notable change is also the least obvious. In the months ahead, Radar’s editorial mission …

Radar gets a refresh

By Mac Slocum
June 19, 2014

Today we’re excited to roll out a number of important updates that refine Radar’s content and freshen up the site’s design. A new approach The most notable change is also the least obvious. In the months ahead, Radar’s editorial mission …

Radar gets a refresh

By Mac Slocum
June 19, 2014

Today we’re excited to roll out a number of important updates that refine Radar’s content and freshen up the site’s design. A new approach The most notable change is also the least obvious. In the months ahead, Radar’s editorial mission …

Four short links: 6 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 6, 2014

Ethics and UX Design (Slideshare) –We are the thieves of time. This excellent talk challenges you (via Aristotle) to understand what a good life is, and whether you’re designing to bring it about. (via Keith Bolland) Pepper Personal Robot — …

Four short links: 26 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 23, 2014

Car Alarms and Smoke Alarms (Slideshare) — how to think about and draw the line between sensitivity and specificity. 101 Uses for Content Mining — between the list in the post and the comments from readers, it’s a good introduction …

Applying Design Values to Programming

By Simon St. Laurent
May 23, 2014

For the past two decades, the Web has been a vibrant intersection of design and programming, a place where practices from art and engineering both apply. Though I’ve spent my career on the programming side – you don’t really want …

Four short links: 23 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 23, 2014

How to Educate Users (Luke Wroblewski) — help new users in your app, not in a video. Hardware By The Numbers (Renee DiResta) — slides from her keynote at the Solid conference. The mean success rate across all sectors is …

The automation of design

By Jon Bruner
May 19, 2014

One of the core ideas behind our Solid Conference is that software can replace physical complexity, and that it’s getting easier for it to do so because the relationship between the physical and virtual worlds is becoming more fluid. Input …

Four short links: 19 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 19, 2014

Your Coffee Machine is Watching You (Mary Beard) — the future of surveillance isn’t more CCTV cameras, it’s every device ratting you out, all the time. Economics of Apologies — apologies work to restore relationships but are costly for the …

A Solid preview

By Jon Bruner
May 16, 2014

Our new Solid conference is less than a week away. To tide you over, here’s a Solid video from a combined SFIoT, SF Hardware, and Sensored (SF) Meetup. On stage, along with myself, are three Solid people: Rachel Kalmar, data scientist at …

How to get a designer's best work for a logo, website, ad - anything

How to get a designer's best work for a logo, website, ad - anything
0 May 12, 2014

A long time ago, I had to learn from scratch how to manage visual designers, after having started out as a composer and audio producer, with no training in graphic arts -- back then I thought of it as "the blind leading the deaf." Luckily, I found that most of the skills I'd developed while working with sound carried over to other disciplines, too. There's one skill above all that I believe managers need to master in order to get the best work from a designer, or any creative professional: Talk about why, not how.

Four short links: 12 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 11, 2014

Questions I Ask When Reviewing a Design (Jason Fried) — a good list of questions to frown and stroke one’s chin while asking. Bro — open source network security monitor/IDS. Seven Deadly Myths of Autonomy (PDF) — it’s easy to …

Four short links: 2 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 2, 2014

NewsPad: Designing for Collaborative Storytelling in Neighborhoods (PDF) — Microsoft Research report about tests of a tool to address needs in community reporting. Burying the URL — makes you suspect that “users interact with the web directly instead of via …

Four short links: 25 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 26, 2014

UX of the Internet of Things — a Pinterest board of IoT designs and experience. parallax.js — Javascript library for tilt, shake, etc. interactivity on iPad. NICE demo. Gov.UK Local Government Dashboard Prototype is Live — not glorious, but making …

Four short links: 23 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 23, 2014

Samsung UX (Scribd) — little shop of self-catalogued UX horrors, courtesy discovery in a lawsuit. Dated (Android G1 as competition) but rewarding to see there are signs of self-awareness in the companies that inflict unusability on the world. Tools for …

Biomimicry in the real world

By Mike Loukides
April 17, 2014

A couple of years ago, I visited the World Science Festival in New York and saw Festo’s robotic bird. It was amazing. I’ve seen things that looked more or less like a bird, and that flew, but clearly weren’t flying like a bird. …

Four short links: 15 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 15, 2014

Funders Punish Open Access Dodgers (Nature) — US’s NIH and UK’s Wellcome Trust are withholding funding from academics who haven’t released their data despite it being a condition of past funding. It’s open access’s grab twist and pull move. Digitize …

The evolving purpose of design

By Glen Martin
April 10, 2014

For more than a century, design has been determined by its applications to the physical world. As architect Louis Sullivan expressed in an 1896 essay, “The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered“: “It is the pervading law of all things organic …

Overcoming the Bottleneck in Content-Driven Website Design

By John Baker
April 7, 2014

Students of web design need to understand the relationship between content and presentation. It affects all programmers who work on the web, no matter which language they use. As an experienced designer and instructor of the O’Reilly School of Technology Introduction to HTML/CSS course, I’ve found that an effective approach to design begins with a …

The post Overcoming the Bottleneck in Content-Driven Website Design appeared first on O'Reilly School of Technology.

Four short links: 4 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 4, 2014

C# Compiler Open Sourced — bit by the bit, the ship of Microsoft turns. The Web’s Declarative Composable Future — this. For the first time since 1993, I feel like the web platform is taking a step towards being a …

Four Hot Web Development Trends Learned at Conferences

By Sean Crawford
April 3, 2014

This Full-Stack Web Developer Talks about the Latest Web Development Trends Discussed at O’Reilly Media Conferences I’m finding that participating in tech conferences is a great way for me to keep up to date on modern web development trends. I attended my first OSCON last summer and more recently, I attended O’Reilly’s Fluent 2014. Here …

The post Four Hot Web Development Trends Learned at Conferences appeared first on O'Reilly School of Technology.

Four short links: 31 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 31, 2014

Game Programming Patterns — a book in progress. Search for the Next Platform (Fred Wilson) — Mobile is now the last thing. And all of these big tech companies are looking for the next thing to make sure they don’t …

Expanding the 3Cs framework for the IoT ecosystem

By Jenn Webb
March 20, 2014

Editor’s note: the following is an excerpt from our recently released book Designing Multi-Device Experiences, by Michal Levin. In this excerpt, Levin addresses ecosystem experience design beyond the four core devices — smartphones, tablets, PCs, and TVs. She explores ways …

Four short links: 20 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 20, 2014

Smart Interaction Lab — some interesting prototyping work designing for smart objects. Crypto 101 — self-directory crypto instruction. (via BoingBoing) Chipotle Culture — interesting piece on Chipotle’s approach to building positive feedback loops around training. Reminded me of Ben Horowitz’s …

Four short links: 17 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 17, 2014

De-Design the Web — quiz, can you recognise common websites from just their wireframes? For the non-designer (like myself) it’s a potent reminder of the power of design. Design’s front of mind as we chew on the Internet of Affordances. …

Four short links: 11 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 11, 2014

In-Game Graph Analysis (The Economist) — one MLB team has bought a Cray Ulrika graph-processing appliance for in-game analysis of data. Please hold, boggling. (via Courtney Nash) Disney Bets $1B on Technology (BusinessWeek) — MyMagic+ promises far more radical change. …

The connected car experience continues to fall short

By Roger Chen
March 7, 2014

Editor’s note: this post originally appeared on Roger Chen’s blog, Beyond the bell curve. It is reposted here with permission. There’s been a lot of buzz about the connected car recently. That’s nothing new, but it feels a little more …

Wearables and the immediacy of communication

By Matthew Gast
March 7, 2014

I drown in e-mail, which is a common affliction. With meetings during the day, I need to defer e-mail to breaks between meetings or until the evening, which prevents it from being a real-time communications medium. Everybody builds a communication …

Defining and sculpting interactions between man and technology

By Jenn Webb
March 4, 2014

Editor’s note: we’re running a series of five excerpts from our forthcoming book Designing for Emerging Technologies, a compilation of works by industry experts in areas of user experience design related to genomics, robotics, the Internet of Things, and the …

Four short links: 20 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 20, 2014

Practical Typography — informative and elegant. Nokia Treasure Tag — Bluetooth-chatty locators for keyrings, wallets, etc. Stanford Guidelines for Web Credibility — signals for those looking to identify dodgy content, as well as hygiene factors for those looking to provide …

Four short links: 10 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 10, 2014

Bruce Sterling at transmediale 2014 (YouTube) — “if it works, it’s already obsolete.” Sterling does a great job of capturing the current time: spies in your Internet, lost trust with the BigCos, the impermanence of status quo, the need to …

Responsive Web Design Performance

By Lara Swanson
February 4, 2014

A recent study showed that mobile is the primary Internet access method for a vast number of global Internet users. Roughly 50% of Internet users in Africa and Asia are mobile-only, in contrast to 25% in the United States. This …


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