The seemingly never-ending cascade of privacy breaches at Facebook continues. The newest demonstrates a design flaw at the heart of Facebook: getting access to a user’s Facebook ID gives access to all information stored in Facebook created by that person. Apparently various companies that build…
In the minds of many, the iPad is like Flash that pays. You can cram traditional publishing content into an overwrought, novelty Flash interface as The New York Times once did with its magazine. You may win a design award but nobody will pay you for that content. Ah, but do the same thing on the iPad instead, and subscribers will pay—maybe not enough to save publishing, but enough to keep the content coming and at least some journalists, editors, and art directors employed.
It’s hard to argue with money and jobs, and I wouldn’t dream of doing so.
Alas, the early success of a few publications—publications so good they would doubtless survive with or without iPad—is creating a stampede that will not help most magazines and interfaces that will not please most readers. Everything we’ve learned in the past decade about preferring open standards to proprietary platforms and user-focused interfaces to masturbatory ones is forgotten as designers and publishers once again scramble to create novelty interfaces no one but them cares about.
A way to find designers and developers in your city, and more specifically, your neighbourhood. Face time, like the real face to face, physical thing. Not that Apple thingamajig.
We’re hoping it encourages more in-person interaction on a neighbourhood level with fellow designers and developers. And that it may lead to fruitful collaboration or a way to find talented people in your local area.
“When people go to a website or use an online application, they have assumptions about how the website will respond to them and what the interaction will be like. And many of these expectations mirror the expectations that they have for person-to-person interactions. If the website is not responsive or takes too long to load, it is like talking to a person who is not looking at you, or is ignoring you.”—What Makes Them Click - Applying Psychology to Understand How People Think, Work, and Relate - Dr. Susan Weinschenk (@thebrainlady)