Because it’s easter holidays, meaning that publishing is slower while people have more time to read, here’s another reading list with some of the things i’ve enjoyed reading over the last few weeks that i haven’t posted here so far:
- Unsolving the City: An Interview with China Miéville: Geoff Manaugh interviews my favorite author, China Miéville. Fantastic interview.
- Leaving in a Huff: Eric D. Snider looks back at the last days as a writer for AOL before being laid off. Related: AOL is doing layoffs the wrong way.
- Trouble @Twitter: Twitter is getting a lot of negative press these days. This is one of the more reasoned pieces.
- Working (Part-Time) in the 21st Century: The NYT on the growing popularity and social acceptance of part-time work in the Netherlands.
- Motion and The Clay of Interaction Design: The importance of motion, specifically physically motion, in interaction design, discussed on the example of Twitter for iPhone and iPad.
- User-Led Does Not Equal User-Centered: A while back a terribly misguided critique of user centered design (that i won’t even bother linking to) made some waves. Lawrence Kitson wrote this sound rebuttal.
- Mediated Cityscapes 01: Four Statements About Urban Computing: Greg J. Smith presents four statements about urban computing, illustrated and substantiated by examples of current research and case studies. The second part in this series is also already available and well worth a read.
- Product design at GitHub: Everyone at GitHub is a product designer.
- Progressive Refinement: Guy English describes progressive refinement as a UI design pattern. Reminded me of progressive image loading techniques from back before everyone had broadband.
- Long Live the Web: A Call for Continued Open Standards and Neutrality: Tim Berners-Lee argues for the importance of continued open standards and net neutrality to foster further development of the web. Written in layman’s terms and thus ideal to pass on to less techy friends and acquaintances.
- Against Chrome: A Manifesto: An argument against UI chrome (not Google’s browser).
- A book review of Jesse Schell’s THE ART OF GAME DESIGN: Bruce Sterling reviews Jesse Schell’s The Art of Game Design.
- Gamification: Ditching reality for a game isn’t as fun as it sounds: Good critique of Jane McGonigal’s latest book, or rather its basic premise.
- Lost in Translation – Does Language Influence Culture? “If people learn another language, they inadvertently also learn a new way of looking at the world.”
- What’s The Most Difficult CEO Skill? Managing Your Own Psychology.
- Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule: Why meetings are so detrimental to a maker’s schedule.