By Michael Mulvey on March 5, 2014 12:27 PM
Armin Vit on Reebok's new logo:
It's probably not fair to keep comparing Reebok to Nike or Adidas but since no one ever said design blogging had to be fair I shall continue: I don't think the previous Reebok logo ever achieved the same ubiquity or memorability as the Nike Swoosh or Adidas' stripes. Before writing this post, if you had asked me to draw the Reebok icon from scratch I wouldn't even have known where to start.
I'm with Armin, I couldn't draw the Reebok logo before I read his blog post. For some reason, I think of Asics when I think of Reebok.
Maybe because they're both forgettable brands.
Bitcoin continues to sound fucking awesome:
A bitcoin bank has been forced to close after hackers stole 896 bitcoin, worth £365,000, in an attack on Sunday.
The company shut its website and posted a statement on Tuesday morning detailing the loss.
Sure, greedy banks that default and get bailed out with taxpayer money suck balls, but I'm not converting my money to Bitcoin any time soon. This is a shit show.
The interesting thing about galactic collisions is that because galaxies contain so much room between the stars, there's very little actual colliding going on. The galaxies just sort of flow into one another, individual stars finding new places in the larger system developing around them in a process unfolding over billions of years. From the vantage point of someone living in one of these galaxies, even if you lived long enough to see the constellations shift and change around you, you still might not be aware of exactly what was going on.
A great metaphor for what's happening with customer experience, service design and user experience design.
This brings us back to the mouse and keyboard that you 'need for real work', as the phrase goes. Yes, you really do need them to make a financial model. And you need them to make an operating metrics summary -- in Excel and Powerpoint. But is that, really, what you need to be doing to achieve the underlying business purpose? Very few people's job is literally 'make Excel files'. And what if you spend the other 90% of your time on the road meeting clients and replying to emails? Do you need a laptop, or a tablet? Do you need a tablet as well as a smartphone? Or a laptop, or phablet? Or both?
This is what Microsoft is trying to convince people with their Surface tablets—that you can't do 'real work' on a 'regular tablet' (read: iPad), yet you can.
Ironically, consumer-focused Apple is dominating mobile device sales in the enterprise market.
The source of yesterday's post.
I lump Samsung in the same category as all the tacky, unoriginal people putting Flappy Bird clone apps in the app store and the vendors on Canal Street in Manhattan selling ripoff Louis Vuitton purses.
To be clear, the copying isn't what bothers me. All artists copy. It's the fact that they didn't improve on what Apple introduced. Judging from the video, they actually made it worse.
It's the difference between a talentless hack singing Stevie Wonder's Higher Ground at a karaoke bar and then hearing The Red Hot Chili Peppers do it. The former is copy, the latter a reinterpretation of the original.