Ten Stories We Have Enjoyed This Week

26th Novenber 2017

A little known fact, is that women pioneered computer programming. Then men took their industry over. How “computer girls” gave way to tech bros.’

Best of 2017 / Trends for 2018: Adobe UX design predictions for 2018, The 25 best inventions of 2017, Gartner top 10 strategic technology trends for 2018 and last but not least The Pudding Awards for best data visualisations of 2017.

‘Learning is the process of using our innate abilities to construct—or create—new understandings of the world. Learning isn’t about the consumption of new information. Learning is the process of using our innate abilities to construct—or create—new understandings of the world. Learning, by its very nature, is a creative act.’ The uncomfortable secret to creative success is ‘disequilibrium’.

New films like “Kubo and the Two Strings” are pushing the boundaries of stop motion using new 3D printing techniques to create millions of unique designs. This is how 3D Printing Is Revolutionising Stop Motion Animation.

‘How big can the largest tech companies get? How completely can they come to dominate the economy? The “big five” — Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon — now have a combined valuation of over $3.3 trillion, and make up more than 40 percent of the value of the Nasdaq 100 index. But...If Amazon puts retailers out of business, who will advertise on Google and Facebook?

This week, artist Ryan McGinley released 15 never-before-published photographs from throughout his career in an online exhibition curated by New York Times photo editor Kathy Ryan. The project, which also features a Q&A between artist and curator, appears on an unlikely web platform: WeTransfer.

This browser extension turns your angry Facebook emoji into real social action.

Some interesting perspectives on viewing habits, now that we are all watching ‘TV’ outside the home. New survey data from Netflix reveals 67% of people will risk embarrassment, awkwardness and spoilers to watch their favourite shows and movies in public. ‘When bingeing goes public, private behaviours are exposed and social norms are shelved.

Really nice interactive visualisation examining the DMZ (demilitarised zone) – the thin ribbon of land separating North and South Korea and the geography and history that lies behind it. 

We’ve all been that kid sitting in the back seat of our family car, wishing we were somewhere else. Through the boredom, the driveway snow piles, sidewalk handrails and stair sets, start to tease our inner skier. Watch day dreams come to life.