Readings for Lunch — [ 11 Jun 2015 ]

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The Greenwich foot tunnel, that runs below the Thames (source)

WORK

How to work with designers

Continuing the serie "how to work with", now it's time for the designers. A Cheat Sheet for Engineers and PMs, on how to deal with these strange creatures, that can see that a button is shifted by 1px at 1 metre of distance, or can convert at hart an HEX code in RGB values.

FASHION

Could You Wear 28.5cm Heels?

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain is the new exhibition on show at the V&A in London. 200 pairs of shoes ranging from an ancient sandal decorated in pure gold leaf to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers

Readings for Lunch — [ 10 Jun 2015 ]

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Crossrail workers celebrate completion of the eastbound cavern 40 metres beneath Stepney Green in London (source)

Sorry, missing link 🙂

THINK

Increasing the barrier or: how we shot ourselves in the foot

How easy it is today to enter in the "web development" world? A few years ago you just needed a text editor, a browser, curiosity and passion. Today the barrier is incredibly high. Why?

DESIGN

Deceptive Simplicity

Less interface doesn’t mean cutting away UI, but enhancing flow, which in turn reduces the UI’s effective visibility.

Readings for Lunch — [ 09 Jun 2015 ]

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WEB PERF

Improving Web Fonts Performance

This talk by Vitaly Friedman covers a few strategies and a few practical techniques to deliver content faster, load web fonts faster and deal with them across different browsers and devices.

APPLE

Apple: it’s not you, it’s me

A lot of comments on yesterday's WWDC Keynote. I have picked one quite opinionated, by Paul Robert Lloyd, to summarise what – more or less – I have read online and the reactions to the announcements that Apple did.

Readings for Lunch — [ 05 Jun 2015 ]

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(Living Staircase source)
AUDIO

Office sounds x Productivity

With more open-plan offices than ever, and more noises than the brain can handle, researchers were looking at which sounds increase productivity at work…

BRAINS

Puzzles for the brain

If you particularly feel like challenging your brain on this Friday, or generally enjoy solving puzzles and playing games, check out these 9 and see if you can get them right!

Readings for Lunch — [ 04 Jun 2015 ]

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WORK

Employees' 10 commandments

A Barclays employee has sent an outrageous email to all the new summer interns with his version of the 10 commandments – surely he won't be part of the company much longer after this…

MISC

Mapping Smells

There are billions of smells in each city, but is there a way to map them? Some researchers have gone on a quest to create these 'smell maps' of cities…check them out!

Readings for Lunch — [ 03 Jun 2015 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
(Full Image here: really interesting list of companies working in this industry)
VIDEO

11 Year time-lapse

One World Trade Center. New York. October 2004 to May 2015. 11 years of construction. Hundreds of thousands of high-def images from Earth Cam. One time-lapse. Incredible!

GADGETS

Not your typical wearable

(via Lotti Haxell)

The Tikker is a new piece of wearable tech that calculates your life expectancy & then counts down to your death. Could be a pretty good motivator to get you out of bed in the morning – no more snoozing!!!

Readings for Lunch — [ 28 May 2015 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
"In a Backyard Far, Far Away" by Craig Davison (source)

PS: sorry for missing some newsletter in the past days, it was a busy week 😉
Cristiano

FUN

Hackertyper

Want to look like a hacker, just like you've seen them in the movies, but don't actually have any hacking skills? PS: there is also an easter egg to find 😉

SCIENCE

Lokiarchaeota

Via Jacopo Romei
There is no need to go on Mars to find new forms of life. It's enough to look into the deep of our oceans.

Readings for Lunch — [ 19 May 2015 ]

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'The most dangerous animal in business'
GOOGLE

Secretive Project

Google has a team of 100 ppl working on a secretive project on advertising fraud, a problem they want to combat. Read more about this quiet project here…

LONDON

Floating House

Interesting marketing stunt by… you guessed right… airbnb on the Thames River. Check it out – you can even stay in it (if you win the competition)!

Readings for Lunch — [ 15 May 2015 ]

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So true… (source)

BRANDS & DESIGN

Facebook Visual Identity

A great analysis of the Facebook branding, from the typeface to the colour, declined across al the platforms, apps, websites, to reduce fragmentation.

DEVS

Tech Debt

First-hand lessons learned about paying off technical debt, while refactoring and rewriting TweetDeck, in a project that lasted more than 6 months.

Readings for Lunch — [ 13 May 2015 ]

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This is what a nuclear reactor being made in a forge looks like. (source)

UX & WEB DESIGN

There Is No Fold

Just in case it's not clear enough yet, here an extensive explanation of why talking of "above the fold" no longer makes sense. Even worse, probably it's counterproductive.

LONDON

Non-Native Animals On The Loose In London

Ever been to Greenwich park and noticed the green parakeets flying from tree to tree at the dusk? Well, they are not the only "wild" animals on the loose…

Readings for Lunch — [ 12 May 2015 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
"When it comes to large crowd formations, no one does it better than China" (source)

THINK

Nothing Changes But You

A great antidote to the buzz-word hype-based trend-following hysteria that seems to affect the developers – especially web developers – nowadays.

TOOLS

Metalsmith

This is a simple (but powerful) static site generator. It can be integrated with a lot of plugins, it's well documented and above all is open-source.

Readings for Lunch — [ 07 May 2015 ]

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(photo taken by me @ Urban Outfitters where you can buy this very deep mug…)
HUMOUR

The Perils of the Uber Addiction

You know you're addicted to Uber…but what does the reality of that really mean? Funny post which outlines exactly what some Uber users face!

TECH

Watson x TED

Interesting collaboration between IBM Watson and TED talks… have 2,000 presenters answer your questions on any topic / keyword you are looking for!

Readings for Lunch — [ 06 May 2015 ]

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HUMOUR

AutoCorrect strikes again!

It's happened to all of us – and it is funny every. single. time. Check this collection of some unfortunate but super funny events on smartphones…

TECH

Futuristic Cards

The excitement of newly designed and tech induced credit cards – and how it actually plays out – by someone who used it in the weekend. Would you get a smart card?

Readings for Lunch — [ 30 Apr 2015 ]

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WEB

Accepting Our Lack of Control

No, is not about OCD or control freak. It's about stop wanting to control the web, and embrace the medium as is: a liquid, ever changing platform that connects humans and machines.

CONFERENCES

Kerning 2015

Kerning is one of the best conferences about digital and web typography and the lineup of speakers is simply stellar (this is the last day you can buy the tickets with an early-bird price 😉

Readings for Lunch — [ 29 Apr 2015 ]

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Via Alex Platanov (source)

WORK

On Trust and Teams

The role of trust in the dynamics of a team is often overshadowed by more "tangible" factors (seniority, role, responsibility, temper). What maybe we don't know is that trust starts from us.

RESOURCES

Frontend.is

A side project by a friend of mine. A curated list of "pirates" front-end developers, people from who you can learn really a lot about front-end programming, design and development.

Readings for Lunch — [ 28 Apr 2015 ]

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(source)

TYPOGRAPHY

Cameron Moll on Proxima Nova

"A brief visual history of Mark Simonson’s iconic typeface, a few of his thoughts, and my encounters with it along the way." Cameron Moll, on one of the most used typeface in the last years.

TOOLS

thefuck

You know when you type something wrong in the console, and you have to re-type it, losing your precious time? Well, this smart app corrects your previous command, "magically".