What I know now // 025

A Variety of Unprocessed Foods Cut into Uncannily Precise 2.5cm Cubes by Lernert & Sander

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DESIGN

  • Why designers should never use fake text. Article about not using filler text in design work. I really believed that design should be informed by content and intent, otherwise it’s frivolous. It makes a difference. A nice design without substance will always be weak. I can’t design stuff if I don’t know what the content or meaning is. They have to work together.
  • My Apple Watch after 5 days! (by Molly Watt). My classmate sent me this article about someone with a vision impairment reviewing her apple watch that I thought was really neat. Some of you know that I am interested in working with accessibility and wearables in the future.
  • How a New Dutch Library Smashed Attendance Records. A Dutch library re-designed their library to attract more visitors, modeling it more like bookstores. Great way to modernize libraries and help make sure people continue to use (and appreciate) this great resource.

SOCIAL

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

  • Papa, Don’t Text: The Perils of Distracted Parenting (via the New Yorker). This was an interesting (and short) article about how parents might be talking to their babies less because they’re always on their phones. How might that affect language acquisition?
  • Why One Silicon Valley City Said “No” to Google (via Next City). This was a super thorough article about the housing situation in the west coast and cities’ relationship with big tech companies in Silicon Valley (specifically Google). It’s something that really concerns me and so it was interesting to read more about the dynamics involved. It made me feel better that it wasn’t really the tech companies’ fault, it’s things like resistance to the tech companies that have created problems in San Fran. And it’s also fair that nearby cities want to protect their local culture.
  • The World’s First Solar Road Is Producing More Energy Than Expected. This made me really happy and I thought, what great idea! But I have to think that the glass over the solar panels will eventually get so dirty and scratched that it won’t be able to capture enough light, right? I’m sure they’ve thought of a solution to this, but I’m curious about what it is.
  • HalfBike kickstarter project. I saw this originally from Co.Design I think, but something about these tiny half bikes makes me really want them even though I feel like they would not be great in hilly California.
  • The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed. The title is awful, but this was a really great article, I thought, about the sheer manpower it takes to moderate all of our social media and the internet. It interviews moderators who just can’t stand looking at picture after picture of the horrible things that people try to post on the internet. I’m not just talking about porn, but some really violent things.

MEDIA

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