What I’ve Been Reading

Lots of news lately surrounding social media platforms (both new and old). Here are some of the articles that I’ve been reading lately. Some you might have seen already and others might be completely new. I’ll try to throw some fun things in there as well!

Amazing iOS6 Maps. It’s no secret that when Apple launched their new operating system that got rid of Google Maps, people were annoyed. It’s the number one reason i have not yet switched over. As someone who uses the transportation button on there frequently, I’m quite annoyed that they would do such a thing. There is quite the amusing tumblr going on that shows all of the “amazing” new features – such as missing bridges, a “roller coaster” Hoover Dam and others.

What You Can Say to Siri. Okay, okay, everyone is hating on iOS6 maps, but they did manage to throw a few good upgrades in there. Including an improved Siri! Here are some of the things that you can now ask.

Myspace. Everyone has to remember Myspace from forever ago. Crazy flashing backgrounds, weird message boards and, of course, Tom. Myspace appears to have a new upgrade coming soon (in November) and I’m definitely interested to see what they’re going to offer. Worth a look!

Facebook publishing private messages. Remember those supposedly “private messages” you sent on Facebook, they might be public now. Apparently some Facebook messages from 2008 and earlier have been mistakenly posted publicly to your timeline – might want to go check your privacy settings.

XKCD map. For a little fun, how about a giant scrolling comic from xkcd. Kept me entertained for a good bit.

USA Today redesign. USA Today launched a redesign (done by F-I). Amazing! Definitely worth looking into. Their interface made me so happy as a UX designer.

What have you been reading lately?

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What I’ve Been Reading

There are an enormous number of blogs, newspapers, journal articles, post-it notes, etc out there. At times it becomes hard to sift through and keep up with everything.

Here are a few that have stood out recently:

Artistic Distance

An article by A List Apart about the need to step away from your work every once in a while and look at it from a new perspective. It reminds me of a drawing class that I took freshman year at RIT (where we got our charcoal drawings erased after 4+ hours of working on them). We learned quickly to step away and become unattached from our work. That is not to say that a designer or artist should not be fully invested in their work, but they need to recognize when there are mistakes or when they need to rework parts.

Information is Beautiful – Designing the Cover

Information is Beautiful. If you haven’t heard of this book before, you should definitely go check it out. It’s an entire book of interesting information graphics. This article goes into detail about how the cover was chosen and shows all of the various iterations along the way. In total, there were over 90 covers that were considered at one point or another. As someone who picks almost all books by their cover, it’s interesting to think about what it could have been.

And last but not least, Real Chat Over Socialed

It’s an interesting read that bring up the question of whether or not we’re too connected. When was the last time you had a real conversation face to face without the distraction of tweeting/texting/checking in? There are definitely situations where we need to be reminded to focus on the present and not have distractions coming in from all sides.

Of course, these three articles far from cover what is out there right now but they’re just ones that have stood out.

What have you been reading lately? 

Chipotle Advertising

This has probably been posted all over the internet millions of times today after being seen on the Grammy’s last night – but Chipotle’s commercial, Back to the Start, featuring a song by Coldplay as sung by Willie Nelson was clearly a huge hit.

Definitely in love with what they did for it – even if it is 2 minutes long! It’s weird because it doesn’t feel like it’s that long since it’s so well done but it’s over 50% longer than the average commercial. Very touching music and storyline along with well done graphics that tell their story in a simple way.

Great advertising & I would not be surprised if their sales went up this week!

I wonder if this will change how people go about advertising. Will things move to a longer more music video like approach or will everything remain at 30 seconds or less. Clearly cost plays into the factors a lot! It’ll be interesting to see where advertising goes in the future.

Only point of complaint – they should have played this during the Superbowl!

What are your thoughts on the ad? Did it grab your attention if you were watching the Grammy’s last night?