Archive for April, 2011

Noteworthy Links (Digital Design) for 2011-04-30

April 30th, 2011 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Media
  • A post from iA’s Oliver Reichenstein on the debate between “Card Sharks” and “Holy Scrollers” over whether digital “pages” should scroll or flip. It causes me to remember that web navigation schemes are hypertext conventions conceived decades before the web and pads. The post provides essential context, commentary, and plain-old how-to information on when to “card” and when to “scroll”. Read it, as he intended, with the next entry.
  • A well-reasoned post on design and typography in digital media (web and pads). Khoi Vihn argues that multi-column layouts are more difficult to read in digital media, unlike in print. Better is a single scrolling column. Having seen the iPad edition of The Wall Street Journal, which is one of the better renditions of print layout in electronic media I’ve seen, I agree. This post via digital design pros at iA.

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Noteworthy Links (Ideas, Service) for 2011-04-25

April 25th, 2011 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Business
How To Steal Like An Artist (And 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me)
I liked Auston Kleon’s idea of newspaper blackout. I really like this post on how ideas evolve. Nothing is original. Yet combinations of existing ideas (mashups in today’s parlance) can produce strikingly original results. This post provides a good description of the process of making that happen.

How To Steal Like An Artist (And 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me)

I liked Auston Kleon’s idea of newspaper blackout. I really like this post on how ideas evolve. Nothing is original. Yet combinations of existing ideas (mashups in today’s parlance) can produce strikingly original results. This post provides a good description of the process of making that happen.

What you should do with your crappy little service business

I had to read this. As someone who runs a crappy little service business, the title pissed me off. It’s a very good article on why NOT to raise venture funds, why sales is a great form of financing, how to build a service business, and why service businesses can be fun and rewarding.

Why trends are for suckers

“It feels good to be trendy.  You can be sure that you’ll have a lot of company.  And that’s exactly the problem.  It’s easy to go wrong when everybody around you thinks it’s right.” Good post covering some of the dominant models of innovation adoption, with a focus on how not to be taken in by the crowd, no matter how wise it may seem.

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Desperately Seeking . . .

April 24th, 2011 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Media

I don’t really recall the 1985 movie “Desperately Seeking Susan” much–I had to look it up at www.imdb.com to know it was a 1985 movie and to confirm my memory that Madonna was one of the stars. I don’t recall if it was good or know whether it’s the kind of movie people watch more than 25 years later.

I do know that it must be one of the most influential of title phrases. I see and hear it a lot. Tonight I heard it used in the Radiolab program “Desperately Seeking Symmetry,” and there are many new titles in the list from a Google search on “desperately seeking.”