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The Guardian iPad edition design evolution | Media |
Lovely behind-the-scenes on how the Guardian iPod app slowly evolved.
design  ipad  guardian  newspaper  layout 
october 2011 by infovore
Mark Porter » Blog Archive » New work: The Guardian iPad app
"Unlike the iPhone and Android apps, which are built on feeds from the website, this one actually recycles the already-formatted newspaper pages. A script analyses the InDesign files from the printed paper and uses various parameters (page number, physical area and position that a story occupies, headline size, image size etc) to assign a value to the story. The content is then automatically rebuilt according to those values in a new InDesign template for the app.

It’s not quite the “Robot Mark Porter” that Schulze and Jones imagined in the workshops, but it’s as close as we’re likely to see in my lifetime. Of course robots do not make good subs or designers, so at this stage some humans intervene to refine, improve and add character, particularly to the article pages. Then the InDesign data goes into a digital sausage machine to emerge at the other end as HTML." Niiiiice.
berg  design  layout  guardian  markporter  ipad  print 
october 2011 by infovore
Today's Paper
Today's Guardian, from Phil, which is brilliant, for all the reasons explained in his post about it.
guardian  news  reading  interaction  philgyford 
june 2010 by infovore
Today's Guardian (Phil Gyford’s website)
"Although the finished site looks nothing like a newspaper I think it has more in common with newspapers’ best features than most news websites do. The sense of browsing quickly through stories and reading the ones that catch your eye, feels similar." Phil is smart. This is good.
guardian  reading  newspapers  design  publishing  philgyford 
june 2010 by infovore
The Master and His Emissary| Book review | Books | The Guardian
"McGilchrist's suggestion is that the encouragement of precise, categorical thinking at the expense of background vision and experience – an encouragement which, from Plato's time on, has flourished to such impressive effect in European thought – has now reached a point where it is seriously distorting both our lives and our thought. Our whole idea of what counts as scientific or professional has shifted towards literal precision – towards elevating quantity over quality and theory over experience – in a way that would have astonished even the 17th-century founders of modern science, though they were already far advanced on that path." Sharp review of what sounds like a fascinating book; I particularly liked this quotation.
books  brain  psychology  reviews  guardian  science 
january 2010 by infovore
This week's internet reviews | Technology | The Guardian
In which the Guardian links to Noticings - hurrah! - and describes it as "Random I-spy for grown-ups."
guardian  noticings  reviews  vanity 
november 2009 by infovore
Guardian gagged from reporting parliament | Media | The Guardian
"The Guardian is prevented from identifying the MP who has asked the question, what the question is, which minister might answer it, or where the question is to be found. The Guardian is also forbidden from telling its readers why the paper is prevented – for the first time in memory – from reporting parliament. Legal obstacles, which cannot be identified, involve proceedings, which cannot be mentioned, on behalf of a client who must remain secret. The only fact the Guardian can report is that the case involves the London solicitors Carter-Ruck, who specialise in suing the media for clients, who include individuals or global corporations." Oh, I'm looking forward to the next Private Eye.
carterruck  journalism  politics  uk  law  parliament  censorship  guardian  media 
october 2009 by infovore
Revenge of the nerds | Andrew Martin | Comment is free | The Guardian
"...he and his brethren were plotting a future in which all writers and musicians would be at the mercy of the mathematicians and the electronic and numerological world they have created. Art is now content. It merely embellishes a "platform" of the kind I struggle to read about in the media pages which are now indistinguishable from the technology pages." I like Andrew Martin's writing a lot, but this article is both rubbish and angry-making. Grr.
journalism  nonsense  andrewmartin  guardian  geeks  art  culture  education 
october 2009 by infovore
Tom Service on Susan Greenfield's missed notes | Music |
"There was an implicit value judgement in Greenfield's talk between the "purely sensory experiences" of raves or today's computer games, and the cognitive activities of reading a book or listening to a symphony, which, because they make us "see one thing in terms of another thing", involve a more mature mental engagement. For Greenfield, the Beethoven was a higher experience because it offered an "escape from the moment", where a rave was about losing yourself to the "thrill of the moment". I think that's a flimsy distinction, since both are about submitting to the sensory power of music. I'd like to see the difference in brain activity between somebody "escaping" life's mundanities and another person "thrilling" to the implacable now of the beat."
guardian  music  psychology  susangreenfield  throwawaycomment  games  cognition 
june 2009 by infovore
The Guardian Open Platform |
The Guardian Open Platform launches, with their Content API, their Data Store, and a selection of client libraries for the API (one of which I did a smidge of work on). This is not just a good thing, it's a good thing Done Right, and I'm looking forward to what's next from the Open Platform team.
platform  web  guardian  data  journalism  api  content  openplatform 
march 2009 by infovore
james's custodian at master - GitHub
Custodian is the Ruby gem for accessing the Guardian Open Platform Content API that James Darling, Kalv Sandhu, and I (although my contribution was minor) built. There's a Google Code link to it, but I'd imagine the github version is where the action will be.
programming  ruby  gem  library  guardian  api  code  module  openplatform  contentapi 
march 2009 by infovore
The Denki Difference | Technology |
"We always start with the idea of toys," says Ralfe. "They're the quickest way into finding fun. Rules aren't fun, so we never begin with them." Great feature from Keith Stuart on a visit to Denki; lots of good stuff in here.
design  games  play  guardian  fun  denki 
february 2009 by infovore
See the data underlying our tax database | Business |
"Our team of investigative journalists has compiled a database from four years' worth of company accounts to show how much the FTSE 100 companies make in pre-tax profits, and how much they pay in tax. We have published this data as a user-friendly interactive guide at" But, as well as the user-friendly guide, there's also all the data. Bravo.
information  guardian  data  journalism  tax  datajournalism 
february 2009 by infovore
Keith Tyson's History Painting print offer | Culture |
"The artist Keith Tyson is offering 5,000 Guardian readers the opportunity to own a free downloadable artwork by him. The costs you'll have to bear are those of printing out the work on A3 photographic paper – and framing, if you so choose... You will be asked to enter your geographical location – which forms part of the unique title of each print."
art  culture  online  guardian  printing  generative  analogue  keithtyson 
december 2008 by infovore
An ABC of R2 | Help |
"A series looking at different aspects of's rebuild and redesign project, which ran from October 2005 to September 2008." Looks like there's going to be some good stuff emerging from this; great to see the Guardian making it so public.
architecture  software  development  design  guardian  publishing  online  blog 
november 2008 by infovore
Thinking of the numbers — Techbelly
"I wrote a script that lets you see what this money could buy if we weren’t throwing it at second-rate comedians or third-rate bankers. What if we spent it on schools, or teachers, or wispas instead? My script lets you see that by altering the text of Guardian articles as you browse." Ben's hack was brilliant in its simplicity, and really does change the way you read the news.
ghack1  guardian  hackday  numbers  greasemonkey  script  context 
november 2008 by infovore
Naomi Alderman debates the artistic merits of videogames | Technology |
"To be seen as art, games need to be easier. A lot easier. They don't have to be only easy. They can provide Elite Super Awesome levels for the enjoyment of those who love to be challenged." Eesh, I don't know. I think there needs to be easier games - hell, games are getting easier all the time - but a super-hardcore game like Psyvariar does _not_ need a built-in easy mode. Its purpose is to be hard. Not convinced by this article at all, unfortunately.
games  art  difficulty  naomialderman  guardian  play  culture 
september 2008 by infovore
Chris Morris: Massive bosons blew my unit | Science | The Guardian
"These concepts are not complicated by Cern standards. We are entering a zone which is weaponised to boggle."
cern  cms  guardian  physics  chrismorris  lhc 
september 2008 by infovore
Max, 19, hits the road | Travelog | Guardian Unlimited
If you've ever wanted to watch a trainwreck of a comments thread take shape, here's a good place to start.
blogs  guardian  travel  commentary  humour  privilege 
february 2008 by infovore
A man for all ages | By genre | Guardian Unlimited Books
According to many critics of his time, Shakespeare was vulgar, provincial and overrated. So how did he become the supreme deity of poetry, drama and high culture itself, asks Jonathan Bate.
shakespeare  literature  history  theatre  toread  guardian 
april 2007 by infovore
Don McPhee 1945-2007 | Gallery | Guardian Unlimited
A gallery of Don McPhee's best pictures for the Guardian with commentary from the paper's picture editor, Roger Tooth.
photography  obituary  photojournalism  guardian 
march 2007 by infovore

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