Streams, curves and long-form: Why quality content will be king again (and word count will matter)

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Digital advertising is booming, but the problem has been that newspapers simply haven’t captured that revenue…most of that revenue has gone to search and social.

WordPress Longform

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Building rich media stories with an easy to use GUI

Pushing the standards for long form, works beautifully on desktop, mobile and tablet

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Medium are pushing the standards for long form, works beautifully on desktop, mobile and tablet

A Parallax Adventure in Space and Time

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Did you know Doctor Who turned 50 years old this week?  Probably.

Anyway, here’s a nice little parallax website prepared by the BBC on the history of Doctor Who.

How do you choose the right colors for your designs?

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1 – The Color Wheel

The color wheel is ideal for learning how to combine colors. White light consist of all visible colors, which form an infinite spectrum illustrated by a rainbow. The chromatic circle renders this infinity as 12 basic colors, very similar to your first pencil box.

Why Japanese Web Design Is So… Different

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“The user research and competitor analysis that we’ve carried out over the years have exposed some interesting facts regarding our markets. For example we have found that in the Russian and Middle Eastern markets, the audience predominantly expects to see hard news of a serious nature. Whilst in the Brazilian market there is a strong appetite for the softer quirkier news. “

Polygon PS4 review

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Polygon have put together an impressive looking review of the PS4. A tidy responsive layout, with a simple but effective navigation to the left hand side of the page. I’m also quite liking the use of parrallex scrolling for advertising and the animated diagrams are pretty neat too. I imagine they’ll be doing the same […]

Credit Card Form

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appropriate skeumorphism – payment forms and equivalent formats between physical and digital 

What is Swiss Style Typography?

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Swiss Style typography, though traced from Russia, Germany and the Netherlands, was made popular by Swiss graphic designers. They have used it with many Swiss cultural institutions, political advertisements and a lot more because it was thought to have suited the drastically increasing global postwar market. It was used in street signs, maps, public service announcements, etc. In this demand, institutions, corporations and small firms needed a universal identification method that could be easily related to them. The trick was, the method should be universal enough to be understood by every citizen of the world.

NSA Files Decoded – Guardian

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A new multimedia extravaganza from The Guardian takes an in-depth look at what Edward Snowden’s leaks “mean for you.” It comes replete with plenty of high quality video, a gorgeous custom page layout, and lots of doodads throughout. It wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that it’s The Guardian’s volley in the “Snowfall” game first served up by my former colleagues at The New York Times.

Design without going to design school

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Step 1. Learn to see

The biggest mistake is jumping into Photoshop too fast. Learning Photoshop does not make you a designer, just like buying paintbrushes doesn’t make you an artist. Start with the foundation.

Psych 101: The Psychological Basis for UI Design Rules

Jeff Johnson’s presentation “Psych 101: The Psychological Basis for UI Design Rules” at Google, July 16, 2008, co-sponsored by BayCHI and IxDA: http://www.baychi.org/bof/ixd/20080716/

Digital Mag Thinking

Dennis Publishing’s advice on creating magazines for mobile

Don’t
• Don’t make print replicas
• Don’t develop for just one device
• Don’t develop the app without considering the production process of the editorial team
Do
• Focus on the core of your product
• Simplify
• Adapt your content and take advantage of the features the different platforms offer
• Add clear rules for the editorial team
• Iterate

A (Very Brief) History of Experimental Cinema

Most of the classic avant-garde films were not widely seen (remember, until recently there was no YouTube, or even home video, and anyone wanting to see these pieces had to seek out rare prints, or attend film schools that kept copies for study). Nevertheless, they were tremendously influential on narrative film and their stamp can be seen in modern cinematography, editing, visual effects, and aesthetics. Music videos contain some of the prime examples of avant-garde and experimental film techniques, and whether they are aware of it or not, all filmmakers are using ideas and techniques that come from the avant-garde.

Authentic Design

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In digital design, authenticity means a few things, which can roughly be summarized as the following:

Embrace the digital look.
Do away with skeuomorphism.
Make the style content-centered.

A roundup of news applications for the iPad

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I’ve had my iPad for a little over a month now, giving me plenty of time to pore through a number of news applications. Some are impressive examples of technology fused with design and creativity … others, not so much.

There are several different approaches for presenting news on the iPad. Some publishers have chosen to focus on the constant flow of updated information, while others have attempted to present information as more of a static package. While both have unique advantages and disadvantages, it’s clear that no one model has emerged as a standard format.

Here is a rundown of six different types of newspaper apps

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For a publication striving to “embody the era in which it is being created,” email was the obvious choice for Quartz. “Email is kind of the original social media, right?” says Senior Editor Zach Seward. “It’s how people share the most important things with their most important contacts. We also figured that as people spend more and more of their time on phones, email would become only more important. And it’s a good way to stay in touch with our most loyal readers at a time when people are consuming a wider array of sources and are less likely to visit homepages.”

The Transforming Consumer Magazine Business Has Not Been Good to the Newsstand

Consumer magazine publishers are learning how to cope in an environment racked by massive shifts in technology that have altered how people consume media. However, in regard to its effect on newsstand sales, neither publishers nor their key newsstand supply-chain partners, have been fully realistic in evaluating its effect on newsstand sales.

Gov.uk: how geeks opened up government – video

  An elite team of digital experts has sparked a radical shake-up in the way the government does its business. Some of the UK’s best designers and developers are working on building a new single website for all government departments – gov.uk – but their influence has gone much further. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/video/2013/jun/13/geeks-opened-up-government-video

New Web Magazine Experience by Pitchfork

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“Pitchfork put up an intriguing article aboutDaft Punk and their new album, Random Access Memories today. Incorporating parallax scrolling and a clever design, the story flows with a style that’s like a rich-quality magazine amended with the benefits of a digital presentation.

Sites like The Verge and Polygon have done similar full-screen, responsive, custom designs for some of their long form articles. It’s seemingly a trend for these sites to showcase both skill sets of design and writing. I’m all for it. Anything that makes my read an enjoyable one is only going to bring me back more often. Kudos are in order.”


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