Disruptive Technologies: Advances that will Transform Life, Business, and the Global Economy (Full report [.pdf] ~4MB)
McKinsey Global Institute, 5/2013
Star Trek and the Shiny, Boring Future
Esten Hurtle, 5/23/13
Designing (and Converting) for Multiple Mobile Densities
Snow Fail: The New York Times And Its Misunderstanding Of Copyright
How, When and Where Will The First Truly Great Digital Design Studio Emerge?
Jules Ehrhardt, 5/13/2013
Huge’s UX Partner Michal Pasternak moderated a panel discussion with three leading “Internet of Things” companies on May 22, in celebration of Internet Week New York. Panel participants included Xively’s Vice President of Product Strategy Chad Jones, Tellart’s CEO and Co-founder Matt Cottam, and Bug Labs’ CEO and co-founder Peter Semmelhack. Continue to post.
Since 1986, the FBI has issued hundreds of thousands of “national security letters” to obtain private communication and banking customer data without court oversight, and has prevented anyone from speaking about it. This has only accelerated after changes made to the USA Patriot Act. Partially due to the fact that the NSL process is so secretive, only 3 known legal challenges have been brought to attention since the FBI gained this power over 25 years ago. Continue to post.
This Is what Happens When Publishers Invest in Long Stories
Co.LABS | 5.10.13
Behind The Banner
CM Summit | 5.1.13
Why You Should Move That Button 3px to the Left
Medium | 4.15.13
Intel Lost the iPhone Battle, But It Could Win the Mobile War
The Atlantic | 5.16.13
How Bing Crosby and the Nazis Helped to Create Silicon Valley
The Newyorker | 5.16.13
Community, as a concept, is an empowering force behind design that has existed since the guild system of Medieval Europe. As part of NYCxDESIGN, Huge, Dribbble, ADC and Behance explore how design communities have evolved in the digital age, helping to shape not only how designers connect and share ideas, but also how they are hired and make a living. Beyond designers themselves, they also discussed how the transparency of these digital communities has contributed to the democratization of design as a concept and what that means for the future of the discipline itself. Continue to post.
Matthew Butterick: The Bomb in the Garden
Unit Scale | 4.11.13
Where Google Search is Going
Time Tech | 5.8.13
The Customer Is Not Always Right
Medium | 5.9.13
What Does It Mean to Be Human in Social Media?
ClickZ | 4.16.13
Coding, Fast and Slow: Developers and the Psychology of Overconfidence
Dan Milstein | 4.22.13
Where Did All The Search Traffic Go?
BuzzFeed | 5.1.13
How Social Network Policies Are Changing Speech and Privacy Norms
Al Jazeera | 5.2.13
Crowdfunding 2.0: Where Will It Go?
Morningstar | 5.13
RP Seawright | 5.1.13
A brief lesson in letter-writing
The Undercover Economist | 4.20.13
Two Ways To Fix The Typing-on-Touchscreens Problem
MIT Technology Review | 4.26.13
How Developers Stop Learning: Rise of the Expert Beginner
DaedTech | 9.30.12
The Rise of Pre-Commerce
Co.EXIST | 4.26.13
Netflix Long Term View
Downloads | 4.25.13
The Architectural Origins of the Chess Set
Smithsonian Blog | 4.3.13
The Meme Hustler
The Baffler | No. 22
How Today's Touchscreen Tech Put the World at Our Fingertips
Artstechnica | 4.17.13
Bitcoin and the Illusion of Money
BBC Future | 4.12.13
Fresh Frameworks and Practical Tools for Decision Makers
McKinsey & Company | 4.2013
How Kaggle Is Changing How We Work
The Atlantic | 4.12.13
The End of Big (Media): When News Orgs Move from Brands to Platforms for Talent
Nieman Journalism Lab | 4.12.13
The Disruptive Potential of Native Advertising
Reuters | 4.9.13
NAA's New Revenue Report: Been Down So Long, Looks Like It's Up to Publishers
Newsonomics | 4.7.13
What Is the Business of Literature?
The Virginia Quarterly Review | Spring 2013
Fast Company | 3.27.13
The Real Reason Windows Phone Is Failing
RWIO Mobile | 4.4.13
Flurry Five-Year Report: It's an App World
Flurry | 4.3.13
Why Aren't We All Talking With Our Devices Yet?"
Wired | 4.4.13
How We Made Snow Fall
Source | 1.1.13
The Google Glass Feature No One Is Talking About
Creative Good | 2.28.13
Columbia Ideas at Work
Columbia Business School | 2.28.13
An Autopsy of a Dead Social Network
MIT Technology Review | 2.27.13
Twitter Reaction to Events Often at Odds with Overall Public Opinion
PewResearch Center | 3.4.13
Giving Viewers What They Want—The Media Equation
The New York Times | 2.24.13
The Growth in Mobile Computing and Its Most Profitable Companies
MIT Technology Review | 3.1.13
Variety Doubles Down on Digital—Drops Paywall in What It Calls, "End of an Error"
PaidContent | 2.26.13
The Greatest Obstacle Between a Startup and a Killer Brand
VentureBeat | 2.26.13
Advertising and the Internet of Things
Harvard Business Review | 3.1.13
You're Not Gonna Like It: Facebook's New Search Struggles with the Real World
The Verge | 2.15.13
Hail Corporate: The Increasingly Insufferable Fakery of Brands on Reddit
Betabeat | 2.21.13
The Decline of Snark and the Return of Sweetness
Harvard Business Review | 2.21.13
A Public Space—Eva Zeisel's Prison Memoir
A Public Space | Issue 14
STOP! Before You Add that Feature, Do You Know the Real Cost?
HubSpot | 2.7.13
Death To Core Competency: Lessons From Nike, Apple, Netflix
Fast Company | 2.14.13
Selling Digital Ads Is Easy, But That's Actually a Big Problem
Ad Age | 2.12.13
Apple's Not A Special Company: Amazon Is A Special Company
Forbes | 2.12.13
The Rise of Paid Social Ads: Contemplating the Integrated Ads
Nielsen Blog | 2.14.13
Disruption from the inside: Media companies seek hope in incubators
PandoDaily | 2.14.13
Odds are, you're talking to Hispanic-American consumers ineffectively. Here's why. Continue to white paper.
A special report on bringing public space to life through technology. Continue to white paper.
Let’s be honest: copywriters and designers don’t always see eye to eye.
From a design perspective, anything that adds visual clutter is superfluous. Yet, even the most elegant digital interface is going to leave some users scratching their heads without some instructional text.
It’s crucial that copywriters and designers work together, but different types of projects are going to require one discipline taking the lead over the other. However, many professionals don’t always have the right background and context to know how they can support each other. What’s needed is a mutual understanding of each other’s work and, most importantly, the product goals. Continue to article.
I’m often asked about my process in creating taxonomies where no taxonomy has gone before— or they have and no one's talking. All taxonomists have little tricks they use to make the magic happen and this is one of mine: books. Continue to article.
Holiday shopping has evolved and brands need to work harder to win the consumer's attention. Continue to article.
Apple's Passbook could be fertile soil for the future of the mobile wallet. Continue to article.
The search industry is booming. Competition for keywords – organic or paid – has never been higher. All forms of digital content multiply and prosper. Underneath it all, however, tectonic plates are shifting. Slowly but surely, almost everything that used to constitute search engine optimization (SEO) has become ineffective or risky. Continue to article.
Euclid Launches Real World Analytics Service Over WiFi
The Next Web | 1.4.13
The Secret Yardstick Driving Innovation At AOL, Beats, And Microsoft
Co.DESIGN | 1.4.13
Nathan Eagle: 'Dumb phones are the future of advertising'
Wired UK | 1.3.13
A Simple Suggestion to Help Phase Out All-Male Panels at Tech Conferences
The Atlantic | 1.4.13
The future according to Google's Larry Page
Fortune Tech | 1.3.13
Mobile is the hot new shopping device. But, many retailers still think of it as just another communications tool, or an element of a multichannel marketing campaign. Really, it’s where people go to accomplish everyday tasks with more ease and choice. By virtue of living in the pockets and purses of consumers, mobile has become the always-on concierge of the modern day retail environment. The difference between a mobile strategy that sells and one that stumbles is simply how well it serves users. Continue to article.
In today's rapidly changing digital landscape, it can be difficult for brands to keep an eye on what industry competitors are doing. Between monitoring competitive search keywords, keeping track of social conversations, and multi-channel marketing messages, marketers risk developing a myopic view of their digital presence.
This can result in a slippery slope towards little differentiation. Take a look at the auto industry. If you look at the home pages for some of the leading auto insurance providers, most tend to follow similar design patterns. Progressive and Farmers take similar approaches to presenting content on their home pages, featuring a spokesperson and savings followed by supporting content underneath. This has the potential to leave users frustrated and brands vulnerable if a competitor successfully meets user needs with a disruptive design approach for the industry. Continue to article.
The federal government, under the leadership of President Obama and Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel, has launched a wide-ranging rethinking and consolidation of federal websites, domains, and databases. The goal: to broaden access to government information and services; incorporate mobile access; and reduce waste and overlap in websites and domains. This is a pretty big initiative. One major problem: where's the SEO? Continue to article.
The failure of household-name businesses due to a lack of entrepreneurialism tends to spur a lot of talk about what big companies can learn from startups. While there's a lot to be said for shunning silos and management tiers that inhibit innovation, there's also plenty that even the most cutting-edge startup founders can learn from the acumen of old-school Fortune 500 CEOs. Continue to article.
Why content is like a bottle of ketchup— and how to treat it properly once you've got that down. Continue to article.
Just as synth pop faced an uphill battle in the 1980s, digital design went through precise phases of neglect, acceptance, and dominance Continue to article.
Companies appear to devote a lot of time to talking about the importance of innovation; but the truth is more complicated than that. Continue to article.
The past 15 years have created a business environment that has empowered consumers, commoditized many products and services, and dramatically compressed margins. Not surprisingly, these changes have forced businesses to operate differently. Exactly what kinds of companies have successfully transitioned to the digital age? How have they regained and retained competitive advantage at a time when location is no longer a barrier to transactions, brands alone aren’t a proxy for quality, and pricing is increasingly transparent? Continue to article.
In spite of all the regulation that helps prop up legacy business models and protect established companies, much of banking is ripe for digital disintermediation— and it's starting to happen already. Continue to article.
Like it or not, your company is in the software business. Embrace this new reality and thrive, or ignore it and risk extinction. Continue to article.
Good UX designers already know how important it is to evaluate a brand’s call center at the start of every engagement, especially for direct response and e-commerce companies. It’s often the only brand touchpoint where consumers can talk to a live human being. As designers, we identify their pain points, and look for ways to prevent them. Continue to article.
Innovative technologies are introduced to us almost daily and the majority of the population is becoming quicker to adapt and adopt. Time to get even more daring. Continue to article.
The success of your mobile app depends on why you made it in the first place. Continue to article.
The clash between creativity and factory-like predictability has long lived in the design industry. How can the two come together to create better work? Continue to article.
How the ugly stepchild of the internet paved the way for the future of digital communities. Continue to article.
A user-centered approach to display advertising—one that is sensitive to how today’s users actually engage with traditional and multimedia ads—can lead to significantly higher recall. This is particularly true for new formats such as video pre-roll, video overlay, push-down banners and other interruptive ads. Publishers and advertisers are increasingly relying on these formats after users learned to ignore static banner ads. But traditional banner ads can still be memorable if carefully tailored to trends in user behavior. Regardless of format, a user-centered approach to display advertising efforts is required if ROI is to be maximized. Continue to white paper.