January 25th, 2013
Forward Thinking, Vol. 111
We dive straight in this week with the latest internet news like: Facebook shaming, presidential hooplah, 404 page sacrifices, and the (post-) PSD era. Won’t you settle in and join us?
1. Conflicted souls
While the the amount of information Facebook knows about us is creepy enough, apparently so are the people using it. As we wrote last week, Facebook has been rolling out its newest big thing, Facebook Open Graph search, and here are some of the results.
2. UX, real simple.
This Onion article adds an interesting perspective to web design. While we might obsess over every detail of the UX, it’s simple and intuitive design that people want. So quit the nagging, Internet.
3. 404 page envy
We love a well-designed 404 page, but french designer Romain Brasier takes it to the next level. Check it out and #savethelemmings.
4. Are we in a Post-PSD Era? Nope.
Brad Frost’s “Are we in a Post-PSD Era?” caused a bit of stir in the web design community with many responses akin to “Ditch Photoship?! NEVER!”. Dan Mall’s response article is a nice buffer to the conversation, saying that the problem is not with photoshop, but in how we manage the design review process. It also includes this gif.
5. Advertising, in 2020.
What will advertising look like 7 years from now? Two folks from Hill Holiday share their thoughts on the rise of choice-based advertising. What does this mean? Survival of the fittest: brand edition.
6. Files rented, bought, and free.
While Amazon may be quietly launching rental options for Kindle, and the file-sharing service Mega Upload relaunches as Mega, we are reminded that the media distribution landscape is always in flux. Every new development comes with a set of questions: How different is digital rental than digital purchase when it comes to books? and … At what point do we consider illicit file sharing (and copyright infringement) to be a type of media dissemination worth our attention?
7. Reviews become a little less human
A lot of us have been wondering, “How will Yelp stay ahead as Foursquare bolsters functionality around customer reviews and Facebook builds out it’s Nearby feature?” By incorporating the cold hard health inspection data, that’s how.
8. Anti-surveillance chic
Ever been worried that Big Brother is tracking you as you walk down the street? Now you can thwart the man with a facial recognition blocking visor (while also testing the limits of experimental fashion). But you’ll still have to stay alert because gait recognition is a thing, too.
9. The internet takes Inauguration completely seriously.
This week, we commemorated the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr, the man famous for many things including sharing and helping to bring to life the dream of an equal and just America, beautifully brought to life by Monday’s second term inauguration of President Obama. But, as with all dreams, you eventually wake up and realize we live in a country that cares more about lip syncing than impending nuclear threat.
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