What we read this week (28 Oct)

What a reading list we have for you this weekend. Grab yourself a good cup of coffee, and dig in.

  • The Post-Functional Paradigm: Why all designs are compensations for telepathy and teleportation Our friend Mark Jensen (@marks), currently working as a design intern at Google, sums up his thesis on post-functional design as a paradigm. Fantastic work.
  • Emo Touch Screen Future Toby Barnes of Mudlark started a somewhat ironic tumblelog: Emo Touch Screen Future features (often somewhat failed or misguided) visions of how touch screens will revolutionize our day-to-day lives.
  • FT: Good news and bad news for news on the iPad The Pew Research Center found out that US tablet owners consume tons of news on their tablets but do it mostly in the browser and are not very willing to pay for it.
  • Playful: Flying cars & iPads We’ve heard only good things about Playful Conference by all accounts (we had tickets but couldn’t make it). Mary Hamilton has picked up the topic of future nostalgia and written this beautiful post around it. Similar to some stuff we’ve been thinking about recently. Here’s a good summary by our friend Kars from Hubbub here.
  • Pretty Cluetrain The Cluetrain Manifest in one page, for extra easy consumption.
  • Fast Company: Bill Nguyen, The Boy In The Bubble Fast Company portraits Bill Nguyen, the founder of Color, a photo sharing app for the iPhone that has become synonymous for over-eager venture capitalists throwing money at startups based on nothing but buzz words and hype.
  • BoingBoing: An interview with David Eagleman Some great thoughts about our perception of time, near-death-experience and deja vues with neuroscientist and author David Eagleman.
  • Cleantech: How big data will help manage a world of 7 billion people By this time next week, the world will have 7 billion people in it, according to the United Nations, and by 2050 there are supposed to be 9 billion people in the world. This rapid population growth will fundamentally change the way populations use resources like energy, water and food, and corporations, governments and NGOs will increasingly turn to analytics, software and big data tools to manage how to deliver these resources to the populations that need them.
  • Nieman Journalism Lab: Word clouds considered harmful “Every time I see a word cloud presented as insight, I die a little inside.” We agree. Data visualization is an art form, or a craft. Peeling away layers and layers of data sets to surface the story hidden inside, adding context, supporting insight. And then there’s word clouds, that show you nothing but how many times a word was mentioned. Excellent stuff.
  • Wieden+Kennedy: Why We’re Not Hiring Creative Technologists WK’s Igor Clark on Creative Technologists: “Clearly many non-technical factors are involved, but there is one simple and concrete thing we can do: stop hiring “creative technologists”. Hire coders. Reject compromise on this front, and resist pressure to give in to it. Only hire people to work at the crossover of creative and technology if they have strong, practical, current coding skills.”

Author: Peter

Peter is a digital strategist who enjoys connecting people, insights and ideas. Before founding Third Wave he worked as a freelancer with clients like ARTE, Wolters Kluwer, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Google, SPD, Tumblr and several public broadcasters. He organized events like TEDxKreuzberg, atoms&bits and Likemind. Peter holds masters degrees in Communications and Media from Freie Universität Berlin (MA) and The University of Sydney (MMP). Peter has lived in Berlin, Sydney and Washington, DC.