Readings for Lunch — [ 18 Nov 2014 ]

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Siberia from the sky – via Jonathan Davidoff
LIFE

Overcoming the 5 biggest distractions

Whether at work or in life, these distractions keep you from successfully achieving your goals…learn what they are & how to overcome them!

APPS

Snapchat making mobile payments 'fun'

Partnership of Snapchat & Square to create a new way for people to send & receive money – Snapcash! Currently only available in the US…

& the 10 Things in Tech you Need to Know Today, like Uber partnering with Spotify, & Fitbit in court…

Readings for Lunch — [ 13 Nov 2014 ]

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London view by the Gherkin – Photo by Francesco Pighi (source)

DESIGN

What is Product Design?

Why this frequently misunderstood field is in need of a proper definition, what does "being a designer" means today, and why a mind shift is needed.

MUSIC + ART

I Won’t Let You Down

An EPIC new music video from OK Go featuring hundreds of choreographed umbrella-weilding dancers. Absolutely a must see, believe me 😉

Readings for Lunch — [ 11 Nov 2014 ]

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OK, today only few people will get it… (source)

SCIENCE

Inside the ISS – 18,000 M.P.H. with Reid Wiseman

While NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman takes us from the very back of the International Space Station to the front (nearly 200 feet) he travels almost 450 miles around the Earth.

PROGRAMMING

On the ambitious but bumpy road to AngularJS 2.0

Guardian senior developer Séb Cevey summarises and shares his views on the design of the upcoming 2.0 version of the popular web application framework.

Readings for Lunch — [ 20 Oct 2014 ]

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DESIGN

The Berlin Wall is Going Back Up

Interesting upcoming installation of 8,000 glowing white orbs along 10 miles with footage, personal stories & memories of people who lived on each side & whose lives were affected.

TECH

10 Things in Tech You Need to Know Today

Privacy, wearables, ads…the whole lot. Love the set of links / news – though there are more recent IBM news you may have read about this morning (Headlines like 'IBM is collapsing' – dramatic!)

Readings for Lunch — [ 17 Oct 2014 ]

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FRONT-END

Primed and Ready to Go

"It’s absolutely essential to treat front-end development as part of the design process. However, the (foolish, artificial) line between design and development “phases” gets in the way of true collaboration between disciplines." – Dixit.

OPEN-SOURCE

Sheesh…

"Next time you’re impatiently waiting for an update to a piece of FOSS, read this before shooting your mouth off."@telemachus

Readings for Lunch — [ 16 Oct 2014 ]

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DESIGN

New identity for the city of Porto

An incredible project to re-define the visual identity of an entire city. Have a look at the iconography, and how it can be applied to every architectonic aspect and urban element. Simply amazing!

LEARN

The Best New Books On The Creative Economy

A selection of must-read books about the dramatically changed roles and responsibilities of leadership and management in the emerging "creative economy".

Readings for Lunch — [ 15 Oct 2014 ]

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“It only took me 25 years to notice this” – (source)

TECHNOLOGY

What the Future of Robots Reveals About the Human Condition

“I find it touchingly poetic to think that as our technology grows more advanced, we may grow more human.”

WORK

How I fell into the rabbit hole

Life and work at the distributed wonderland (that is Automattic, the company behind WordPress). On how people and culture are at the roots of every good and healthy company.

Readings for Lunch — [ 14 Oct 2014 ]

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Anna Bortsova, Emily Barber & Katherine Norman are running two workshops at the Ada Lovelace day today at Streatham & Clapham High School for girls. It's a day aimed at encouraging women towards careers in tech. Katherine thought to share an article on her inspiring story:

“what I love most about Ada Lovelace is that, despite her mother’s best efforts, she never lost her imagination.” – Chris Riddell on Ada Lovelace who wrote the first ever computer programme!

Read the full article here

TOOLS

ASCII Art for the masses!

via Daniele Esposti
No more tedious sessions on drawing ASCII art with Vim, with this tool you can be a ASCII artist in a couple of minutes! (Warning: by the way if you use it you cannot be considered a complete geek)

THINK

Why Talented Creatives Are Leaving Your Shitty Agency

A strongly opinionated (and sometimes taunting) article on the reasons behind the “exodus of talents” from lots of London agencies. It's worth a read, if you are a manager: prevention is better than cure 😉