Luca Mondini

Elements of Design

Found on Co.Design:

Animated by Toronto-based art director and motion designer Matt Greenwood, this video walks you through 24 of the most important visual design principles, ranging from rhythm to texture to color. It won’t teach you everything you need to know to be a designer, but it’s a good start.

The next phase of smartphones

Benedict Evans, after last Google I/O conferenceabout the next phase of smartphones:

Unlike the previous differences in philosophy between the platforms, which were mostly (to generalise massively) about method rather than outcome, these, especially as they evolve further over time, point to basic differences in how you do things on the two platforms, and in what it would even mean to do specific tasks on each. The user flows become different. The interaction models become different. I’ve said before that Apple’s approach is about a dumb cloud enabling rich apps while Google’s is about devices as dumb glass that are endpoints of cloud services. That’s going to lead to rather different experiences, and to ever more complex discussions within companies as to what sort of features they create across the two platforms and where they place their priorities.

 

VintageMapOnline

A vintage map of the online universe, created by Slovakian artist Martin Vargic.

Via Slate

 

A brief introduction to 4D printing

Skylar Tibbits, director of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT,explains his idea of 4D printing in this short video:

We wanted to add time to 3D printing.

This emerging technology, having extraordinary implications on many fields, will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time.

If you are curious about Skylar’s researches, watch his talk at TED.

Earth

Earth, a visualization project by Cameron Beccario displaying global wind map. It’s really cool! Take a look at the source code on github for the geeky details.

So putting all those effects together, you end up with soundwaves being absorbed by snowy surfaces, being curved up and out into space, and scattered (a tiny bit) along the way by falling snowflakes.

Duncan Gere explaining how sound is dampened in a blizzard. This post belongs to Looking Up, a collection on Medium that offers a home for those obsessed with the world above our heads.

The amazing history of the To-Do list

Todo

If you love lists, especially to-do lists like me, you should read this beautiful post by Belle Beth Cooper: The Amazing History Of The To-Do List–And How To Make One That Actually Works.

The author starts explaining why we make lists: it’s a way to simplify the complexity of the world around us, as well as a tool to improve our personal productivity.

Quoting Umberto Eco:

The list is the origin of culture. It’s part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible… And how, as a human being, does one face infinity? How does one attempt to grasp the incomprehensible? Through lists…

Among all the lists, to-do lists are a common tool to get things done. Belle Beth Cooper gives us four tips to use them effectively:

  1. Break projects into tasks, don’t succumb to the Zeigarnik effect
  2. Prioritize ruthlessly
  3. Plan ahead
  4. Be realistic in your planning

Go to the full article to read all the details.

Personally, I use to-do lists every day, both on paper and via Todoist. I find them very useful in order to “download” all the things to do from my mind, sort and prioritize them. This process usually reduces my anxiety levels and makes me feel more efficient. As FastCompany reader PTB noticed:

Lists do something very simple to allow for higher productivity in our daily activities: they take information out of our heads and put it in our tangible world, so we don’t have to mentally juggle as much.

Do you use lists? What are your habits?

The evolution of the web

Evolution

Nice visualization by VizzualityHyperakt, and some members of the Google Chrome team showing the evolution of web technologies and browsers:

The color bands in this visualization represent the interaction between web technologies and browsers, which brings to life the many powerful web apps that we use daily.

Enjoy it at http://www.evolutionoftheweb.com!

GoogleBBS

Google BBS Terminal – What Google would have looked like in the 80s” is a cool project by mass:werk , an austrian company specialized in web and graphic design.

Via DaringFireball

 

The average number of acquaintances separating any two people no matter who they are . . . is not six but 3.9.

What’s more, that 3.9 figure is for people in unusual and largely self-contained professions, such as a Chinese-to-Korean translator. The average degree of separation between Facebook members, they compute, is about 3.2.

The Pacific Standard about a new research from Taiwan suggesting Facebook has shrunk the distance between any two human beings.

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