Charlotte’s opening talk at the Material conference was really excellent—a great narrative at the intersection of code and creativity.
A fascinating piece by Eleanor on the typographic tweaking that the Wellcome team did to balance the competing needs of different users.
Shamefully, I haven’t been doing one-to-ones with my front-end dev colleagues at Clearleft, but I’m planning to change that. This short list of starter questions from Lara will prove very useful indeed.
I did some consulting with the Wellcome Trust on this new magazine-like project, and it’s great to see it go live—excellent stories of science, all published under a Creative Commons licence.
The annual round-up.
Caterina Fake takes a heartfelt look at the history of online communities:
The internet is full of strangers, generous strangers who want to help you for no reason at all. Strangers post poetry and discographies and advice and essays and photos and art and diatribes. None of them are known to you, in the old-fashioned sense. But they give the internet its life and meaning.
Technology - Howard Rheingold - What the WELL’s Rise and Fall Tell Us About Online Community - The Atlantic
The history of the WELL, a truly remarkable community.
The trailer for a documentary on flutemaker Patrick Olwell. The film should be done later this year.
I love these sketchnotes from my presentation at Webstock.
I can’t fave this picture enough. One moment of Webstock captured by Michael B. Johnson.
This is kind of mean, but it made me laugh. Out loud.
Pitching Orwell against Huxley in an argument that is ironically shallow: it only holds up if you accept the premise that activities involving the web, television and video games are inherently “bad” and anti-social: a pathetically, narrow-minded and condescending worldview.
A well-argued piece by Malcolm Gladwell on the relative pros and cons of weak-tie networks and strong-tie hierarchies ...although, as always, Gladwell relies on anecdotes more than data to make his point.
Beautiful steampunk jewellry.
A photography exhibition and book by Jonas Bendiksen of densely populated urban areas around the world.
In a similar treatment to the Pepys blog, the diary of George Orwell is being republished as a blog offset by 70 years.
Duncan Watts works at Yahoo Research? I had no idea! Ironically, it was Gladwell's Tipping Point that first led me to Watts' work.
A superb skewering of Kindle and just about any other attempt to make book distribution digital that involves ludicrously restrictive terms of service (or worse, DRM).
A beautifully marked up and typeset copy of George Orwell's classic essay.