Monthly Archives: March 2017

“the law of noncontradiction does not apply in his universe”

Trump’s Method, Our Madness: Freud distinguished between neurosis and psychosis by arguing that while the former is psychically localized, the latter is relatively global. In neurosis, individuals break with a portion of reality that they find intolerable. As a result, their overall relation to reality remains more or less intact, but becomes impaired in one […]

What Swatch Should Do

John Gruber on the Swatch Group deciding to make their own watch OS: Developing your own OS is hard. Most such efforts never really get off the ground (e.g. Samsung’s Tizen). Some get off the ground but never get anywhere (e.g. Windows Phone). It’s especially hard for a company that doesn’t already have experience developing […]

Snap’s Valuation

How a Money-Losing Snap Could Be Worth So Much: By the end of 2016, Snapchat had 158 million daily active users. By comparison, Instagram, probably the closest comparison and a formidable competitor to Snapchat, had about 30 million users when Facebook bought it in 2012 for what was then considered an eye-popping price of $1 […]

Citroën Origins

I’ve never been a Citroën guy, but this Citroën Origins site is great. You can explore 360 degree views of the inside and outside of various models from 1919 to 2016. They also include vehicle specs and facts about all the models. I wish every car maker had a site like this.

New Norwegian Currency Design

Back in 2014, Norway announced they would be putting newly designed bills into circulation in 2017. It’s 2017 and they’re here. Below is the front and back of the 500 kroner note: The bills were designed by two different Norwegian design studios. The front (top image) by The Metric System and the back (bottom image) […]

Down with DVRs

For the first time, more people subscribe to Netflix than have DVR: Netflix reached another milestone that will worry traditional cable companies even further. According to a study by Leichtman Research Group, Inc., more people in the US report subscribing to Netflix than having a DVR in their households. Netflix narrowly eclipses the service offered […]

You can please some people some of the time…

Writing for Quartz, Anne Quito on Scott Dadich’s new Netflix docu-series on design, Abstract: Design is the animating force behind brands, buildings and interfaces, and so an engrossing series that explains to a general audience what actually goes on behind the scenes was long overdue. Many designers hoped that Netflix’s Abstract: The Art of Design […]

No, designers don’t *have* to code.

Over at Wired, Liz Stintson responds to John Maeda’s new Design in Tech Report: But design’s role in this world is constantly shifting. In his 2017 report Maeda makes the case that the most successful designers will be those who can work with intangible materials—code, words, and voice. These are the designers who craft experiences […]

No, you shouldn’t always listen to your elders.

Noam N. Levey on the losers in Trump’s victory: Americans who swept President Trump to victory — lower-income, older voters in conservative, rural parts of the country — stand to lose the most in federal healthcare aid under a Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a Times analysis of […]