All posts from
September 2013

Why cards are the future of the Web

Cards and tags, a magic duo. Ask Paul Otlet or Bill Atkinson.

“We are currently witnessing a re-architecture of the web, away from pages and destinations, towards completely personalised experiences built on an aggregation of many individual pieces of content. Content being broken down into individual components and re-aggregated is the result of the rise of mobile technologies, billions of screens of all shapes and sizes, and unprecedented access to data from all kinds of sources through APIs and SDKs. This is driving the web away from many pages of content linked together, towards individual pieces of content aggregated together into one experience.”

(Inside Intercom)

Vintage Infodesign: A set of charts, maps and graphics created before 1960

A set of examples makes the abstract clear.

“Wired’s Map Lab is rapidly becoming a must-follow, when the topic in hand is cartography. We mention their insightful articles regularly, especially on our Data Viz News post – we even created a Cartography section for the latest edition, with all the great content being published about this subject. In one of their recent articles, Gregg Miller uncovered several rarely seen maps from San Francisco’s ‘quirkiest’ hidden Library, the Prelinger library.”

(Visual Loop)

Great design always means great style

Style is no easy concept.

“Many people confuse style with fashion, with the surface features of an object. No, good style runs deep. I work in interaction and product design, and the designers I work with think hard about what lies beneath the skin; about the way a product or service interacts with those who engage it; about the value, functions and utility of the design. We go deeply into the essence of the product. This sense of style is one of the fundamentals of great design.”

(Donald A. Norman ~ Misc Magazine)

Smaller, better, faster, and stronger: Remaking government for the digital age

Or how digital disrupts government as well.

“The internet is changing our world in more ways than we could ever have imagined. And as it reaches into every corner of our lives, it is transforming our relationships with one another, the jobs we do and the ways we spend our time. For the organizations living through these changes, the operating environment has changed profoundly. Around the world, industry after industry has been turned on its head by the internet and the things that digital technology makes possible. But when we look back over the last two decades, nowhere has the internet revolution been felt less than in the business of government. To its credit, the current administration has made a real effort to up the pace of reform. Much progress has already been made, spearheaded by the new Government Digital Service. The Government Digital Strategy lays out what more there is to do over the next two years. That the government goes on to achieve the goals it has set itself is tremendously important. It is also only the beginning.”

(Chris Yiu with Sarah Fink ~ Policy Exchange)