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“Logobook is curated by Svizra, a growing community of international branding designers. Our ambition is to improve global design standards in logo and identity design, and encourage businesses and designers to create original logo designs.”
logos  design 
21 days ago
The Myth of Invisible Design – Medium (nov. 2016)
Sometimes, making things invisible is downright harmful. Hiding information and controls — even when infrequently used—can be very disruptive.
design  interface  blackbox  users  userfriendliness  ux  webdesign 
5 weeks ago
A Failure of Empathy
This incident, along with some other things, triggered a self-examination of my teaching that has evolved into putting empathy at the center of my thinking when it comes to teaching.
teaching  pedagogy  empathy  students 
5 weeks ago
After the Amateur: Notes | Rhizome (Ed Halter)
unlike the amateur photographer in decades past who aspired towards professionalism, the user is interested in the pure and immediate functionality of his tools, often realized through defaults (Moss 150) about Halter's essay
digitalart  users  amateur 
6 weeks ago
Too Much World: Is the Internet Dead? - Journal #49 November 2013 - e-flux (Hito Steyerl)
The all-out internet condition is not an interface but an environment.
The world is imbued with the shrapnel of former images, as well as images edited, photoshopped, cobbled together from spam and scrap. Reality itself is postproduced and scripted, affect rendered as after-effect.
internet  digitalart  overload  surveillance  reality  photoshop 
6 weeks ago
BBC NEWS | Technology | Berners-Lee on the read/write web
In August 1991, Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the first website. Fourteen years on, he tells BBC Newsnight's Mark Lawson how blogging is closer to his original idea about a read/write web.
blogging  internet  bernerslee 
6 weeks ago
Why intense workouts are leading to a life-threatening condition - CNN.com
To avoid the condition, it is important to be slow and gradual when beginning a new type of workout, she said. When going to a class, you should tell the instructor if you are new, and make sure to hydrate before, during and after exercising.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications can be damaging to the kidneys, so they shouldn't be taken after an intense workout, Brogan said. If someone does develop rhabdomyolysis, it could worsen their condition.
"It's better just to err on the side of caution and take things slowly," Brogan said.
8 weeks ago
Why a Toaster's "A Bit More" Button Is a Design Triumph - The Atlantic
The designer’s job is not to please or comfort the user, but to make an object even more what it already is.
design  ux  bogost  objects  users  userfriendliness 
9 weeks ago
Data Selfie _ Home
Data Selfie is a browser extension that tracks you while you are on Facebook to show you your own data traces and reveal how machine learning algorithms use your data to gain insights about your personality.
chrome  data  facebook  privacy  tracking  com201  com200  algorithm 
9 weeks ago
The evolution of The Economist’s social media team – Severe Contest – Medium
on platforms changing, having control over your website, and focusing on quality instead of quantity in your social media posts
socialmedia  marketing  data 
11 weeks ago
Social Web
Social Web
Fall 2010, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
University of Madeira
syllabus  courses  moderation  virtualcommunity 
may 2017
The Ghost of Geocities | One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age
Early web designers always had a clear/empty image file in the graphics folder of their projects. Usually it would be called clear.gif. Mine was — 0.gif. And most commonly it would be just 1 pixel of nothing. The one on Geocities is 10×10 pixels.

Clear gifs were irreplaceable in the world of pre-CSS layouts. Invisible and small graphics could be stretched in width and height, keeping visible elements of the page on desirable distance.
CSS  webdesign  1990s  geocities  internet 
may 2017
Tech and the Fake Market tactic – Humane Tech – Medium (by Anil Dash 2017)
This is, by any reasonable definition, no market at all. One might even call Uber a “Fake Market”. Yet, by carefully describing drivers in their system as “entrepreneurs” and appropriating the language of true markets, Uber has been welcomed by communities and policymakers as if they were creating a new marketplace. That has serious implications for policy, regulation and even civil rights.
economics  internet  capitalism  algorithm  civilrights  uber 
may 2017
Why America is Self-Segregating – Data & Society: Points
In “Why America is Self-Segregating,” danah boyd looks back at the unraveling of two historical institutions through which social, racial, and class-based diversification of social networks was achieved — the US military and higher education — and asks how trends towards content personalization on social media continue to fragment Americans along ideological lines.
to_read  boyd  filterbubble  capitalism  diversity 
may 2017
Are There Limits to Online Free Speech ? – Data & Society: Points
What do we do when tools founded on openness and freedom are used by straight-up bad actors? And what do platforms committed to those ideals do when their technologies are used to harass and suppress others?
alt-right defined: a fusion of white nationalists, Russian trolls, meme enthusiasts, men’s rights activists, #gamergaters, libertarians, conspiracy theorists, bored teenagers and hardcore right-wing activists ... the alt-right has been extraordinarily effective at using digital technologies, from Reddit to 8chan to Twitter to Google Docs, to collaborate, mobilize, and organize.
censorship  internet-culture  moderation  marwick 
may 2017
Facebook and the Cost of Monopoly – Stratechery by Ben Thompson (2017)
The problem is that Facebook isn’t simply a social network: the service is a three-sided market — users, content providers, and advertisers — and while the basis of Facebook’s dominance is in the network effects that come from connecting all of those users, said dominance has seeped to those other sides.
... A monopoly, though, doesn’t need that drive to innovate — or, more accurately, doesn’t need to derive a profit from innovation, which leads to lazy spending and prioritizing tech demos over shipping products.
facebook  facebookworldtakeover  advertising  clickbait  economics  platforms 
may 2017
In the Beginning was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson
Back in the days of the command-line interface, users were all Morlocks who had to convert their thoughts into alphanumeric symbols and type them in, a grindingly tedious process that stripped away all ambiguity, laid bare all hidden assumptions, and cruelly punished laziness and imprecision. Then the interface-makers went to work on their GUIs, and introduced a new semiotic layer between people and machines
The division of responsibilities implied by all of this is admirably clean: computers do arithmetic on bits of information. Humans construe the bits as meaningful symbols. But this distinction is now being blurred, or at least complicated, by the advent of modern operating systems that use, and frequently abuse, the power of metaphor to make computers accessible to a larger audience. Along the way--possibly because of those metaphors, which make an operating system a sort of work of art--people start to get emotional, and grow attached to pieces of software in the way that my friend's dad did to his MGB.
Every time your right pinky slams that ENTER key, you are making another try. In some cases the operating system does nothing. In other cases it wipes out all of your files. In most cases it just gives you an error message. In other words, you get many duds.
apple  keyboard  computing_history  gui  timesharing  interface  programming  difficulty 
may 2017
Digital Identities: Six Key Selves of Networked Publics | the theoryblog
I am interested in what we do that makes us who we are in social media spaces, thus my concept of digital identity is practice-based. At the same time, I see identity as a lens through which we can examine the potentialities specific to social networks. I use the concept of identity to explore what it is that social software makes possible in practice.
identity  self  socialmedia  rheingold 
may 2017
Tower of Song | the theoryblog
Junior scholars and grad students and contingent academics can create forms of visibility and legitimacy within the blurred space between media and institutional scholarship that do not match their institutional status, or lack thereof.
profession  twitter  academia  identity 
may 2017
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