We are consumed by news more successfully than anything fashion could ever dictate. Accepted self-actualisation.
It seems like all the major magazines and newspapers are consumed by self-actualisation with the redesign of their publications.
German news magazine Der Spiegel got a spring cleaning last year and both competing trade magazines of the German advertisig industry recently reimagined their design. Horizont. The other, Werben u. Verkaufen is about to redesign its print magazine.
Now the United Kingdom’s prolific Guardian is in midst of iterations to redesign its online edition with input from thousands of readers. Of the three english language publications, the Guardian might have needed a makeover most of all. In sharp contrast to producing Pulitzer awarded content the Guardian’s website felt like something from the nineties. As if it was designed for explorer on Windows XP. Anything but a generous mindset shines through.
Margaret Thatcher forced Great Britain through the transformation from industrial- to information society, much to the liking of London’s bank district.
Bevor chancellor Merkel could give her go with a digital agenda for Germany, e-commerce has already taken over much of tv commercials air time.
Most Germans take Facebook and Amazon for the internet. Can’t blame them, German journalism is the culprit. German journalism has failed miserably to make the digital discourse and digest theirs. TV stepped in with stellar quality documentaries such as Raphaël Enthoven’s Philosophy on Arte.tv to name just one. Alas, many discarded their tv sets now that quality tv is here.
While convinced to be a critical people, all attention is owed to a commercial agenda rather. Sasha Lobo, Germany’s only widely popular, digital straight shooter now claims ownership of what he coins as platform capitalism.
And as e-commerce’s dominance reveals, platform-capitalism already enjoys broad acceptance, while other digital advances remain in the dark. We are witnessing the rise of a mono culture with precarious employer-employee relationships to be expected as future consequence.
Placing requests at politics at this early stage is wrong. That will occur if at all during the definition of new rules and regulations. It requires an in depth understanding of the subject through experience as much as mandatory open systems and an API in every case.
New entrepreneurs and established ones are discovering the web to enter the conversation with their product and to maintain a DIY business chronicle of their own. Technology to enable those who have no funds but ideas to get around advertising, has been around as long as the web.
Once in broad use, self-actualisation takes place naturally and continuously with the effect that knowledge transfer is no longer broken. Only then differences in quality will be noticed and people can decide if they want to keep littering their life’s quality with useless purchases.
In Lobos words this takes place un-simultaneously at different intervals yet it will certainly take place.
In command of the German language, read in full.
Ever since beta testing innovative new user interfaces the likes of Pages, Virtuoso and PasteUp back in the NexT computer days, I could never again appreciate the clumsiness of bloated software.
So no, there never was an elephant in the room called Photoshop, it was replaced the moment Pixelmator became available.
I don’t use mobile devices but my daughters do. I benefit from the Pixelmator team’s simplification learning curve, that comes from building apps on the iPad for my Mac version of Pixelmator and so do you.
Ello, the social network start up ensuring personal data integrity, responds to concern of people looking for an alternative to facebook, with a letter to early adopters:
A BETTER WAY
October 23, 2014
There has been some speculation in the press since our launch 11 weeks ago that Ello will someday be forced to allow paid ads on our social network.
With virtually everybody else relying on ads to make money, some members of the tech elite are finding it hard to imagine there is a better way.
But 2014 is not 2004, and the world has changed.
To assure that Ello always remains ad-free, today Ello converted to a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC).
A Benefit Corporation is a new kind of for-profit company in the USA that exists to produce a benefit for society as a whole — not just to make money for its investors.
The Ello PBC charter states in the strongest legal terms possible that:
Simple, beautiful, and ad-free.
There is a better way.
We, as founders and investors in Ello, vow to support Ello’s mission and to abide by the terms of the Ello Charter.
Read more about how Benefit Corps like Ello work, and how your business can become one too.
It took Johan Mattsson two years to get his open source font editor with the help of many (beta tester, translators) out the door.
For a small contribution, Birdfont for Mac, Windows, Linux and OpenBSD can be downloaded.
I can’t tell you about the whereabouts of Fontographer or FontLab Studio. Ask Jimmy Gallagher.
Your message should shape the medium. Now it does with #TheGrid. Join the evolution.
Yesterday at the IT summit in Hamburg, German chancellor Angela Merkel gave the right away for the digital future for Germamy and Europe, while Tyler Hayes is consumed with practicalities:
“Money does not need a bank…” What we need is an application not a bank… Websites don’t need design, they need content. And collecting content, photos, texts, videos, is the stuff everyone enjoys interacting with. This is where your responsibilities ends. Step aside, the Grid, takes on the rest for $96 per year.
That is less than what Squarespace asks with monthly costs varying from $8 – $24 /MO for a most elegant and easy to use interface with there one stop solution.
And is more than what Tumblr or WordPress cost you. Which is your time and endurance.
The quesiton is, if either, The Grid (AI-generated design), Ghost (Just a blogging platform), Squarespace (Better websites for all), can match the dynamic currently offered by WordPress. It remains to be seen if each can gather the required following and user base to continuously support updating and development of components that make up the platforms.
Dynamics are then a given when a large number of developers are dedicated to work on the components (themes, plugins, widgets…) driven by inner pressure and persistant with updating.
Get the insights from Tyler Hayes.
The underpinnings for The Grid come from Grid Style Sheets (GSS) which was created by Tocchini. It’s a reimagining of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) which also replaces a browser’s layout engine with one that uses the Cassowary constraint solver.
After the actor has performed a couple stunts he finally denies the final one where he is is asked to light his cigar with a dollar bill. No. That I won’t do, he says, One doesn’t play with money.
She hands the boy a couple sexy selfies and asks him to come on over and sleep with her tonight. Hear what you want to hear by deezer music streaming.
The beauty of strictly functional is now unfolding world wide thoughout much of Yosemite, the current version of the Apple’s Mac OS, released only four days ago.