It’s because design addresses both rational and irrational needs that we all have. The rational part is difficult, but doable; it’s the irrational, human part that is hard. The rational part can be engineered and prepared to perfection; the irrational part needs to be engineered with the same kind of precision, but must also be timely and relevant to how the consumer feels.

John Maeda Three Principles for Using Design Successfully

But if it is true that in the essential commerce of art a gift is carried by the work from the artist to his audience, if I am right to say that where there is no gift there is no art, then it may be possible to destroy a work of art by converting it into a pure commodity. I don’t maintain that art can’t be bought and sold, but that the gift portion of the work places a constraint upon our merchandising. This is the reason why even a really beautiful, ingenious, powerful ad (of which there are a lot) can never be any kind of real art: an ad has no status as gift; i.e., it’s never really for the person it’s directed at.

The Ecstasy of Influence

WordPress has its roots as a blogging platform. Today, it is being used for blogs, eCommerce websites, membership sites, magazines, mobile applications, enterprise services, forums… the list goes on. In fact, WordPress has been used for just about every kind of app and website you can imagine. Though still primarily known as a blogging platform, it is slowly becoming a generalized application platform. With the help of plugins, extensions and custom themes it can be transformed into whatever the user needs it to be.

The Future of WordPress

And, this is probably the most important bit: I work in Keynote. Each slide has an image or a short sentence describing the idea. Maybe I’ll toss in a movie clip. In the presenter notes, I’m actually writing the full talk/essay. I like Keynote, because it’s visual. I can nest slides inside one another like an outline; I can click and drag things around to change the order; I can display all the slides in a grid to get a sense of the pacing of the story. It’s really quite wonderful—much closer to how my mind naturally works. I find it’s essential for the “rich, media-heavy” stuff you’re referencing.

AMA: I’m Frank Chimero—a designer, writer, speaker, and picturemaker person. I just started a design studio named Another. Etc etc etc. - Designer News

Or, as Cory Doctorow, an editor of the technology-focused blog Boing Boing, put it in a manifesto titled “Why I Won’t Buy an iPad”: “Buying an iPad for your kids isn’t a means of jump-starting the realization that the world is yours to take apart and reassemble; it’s a way of telling your offspring that even changing the batteries is something you have to leave to the professionals.”


Perhaps the problem with Yo isn’t what makes it stupid—its attempt to formalize the meta-communication common to online life—but what makes it gross: the need to contain all human activity within the logics of tech startups. The need to expect something from every idea, even the stupid ones, to feel that they deserve attention, users, data, and, inevitably, payout. Perhaps this is the greatest meta-communicative message of today’s technology scene. And it might not be inaccurate to summarize that message with a singular, guttural “yo.”

Yo - Ian Bogost - The Atlantic (via slavin)

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Luigi Ridin’ Dirty - Death Stare in Mario Kart 8 (by CZbwoi)

This is the best meme since TPP

Let’s make Dean in gym shorts the most reblogged picture on Tumblr.












“Challenge accepted!” —SPN fandom.

omg this is still going



Third time reblogging it today, and I regret nothing


Broke 5 Million!



it still ain’t broken what the hell tumblr

well this is happening

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FoMO levels are highest in young people, in particular young men. It is high in distracted drivers, who engage in other activities while behind the wheel. And perhaps most revealing, FoMO occurs mostly in people with unfulfilled psychological needs in realms such as love, respect, autonomy and security. All in all, we are afraid of missing out on love and on feeling that we belong; those of us heavily invested in work also fear missing an opportunity for professional advancement or a profitable deal.

Can we break free from the fear of missing out? – Jacob Burak – Aeon