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Oaxaca by Tomy Pelluz

Oaxaca: Courtesy of

I was lucky to enjoy a beautiful weekend in Oaxaca, stumbling through the flickr search results is very refreshing!

On Creative Direction, Art Direction and the creative context

Dan Mall wrote this insightful blogpost on A List Apart a few years ago, explaining why “Art Direction” and “design” are two different disciplines and stating that “Art direction” gives substance to “design”. I very much enjoyed reading it, as I often found those concepts to get mixed-up in agencies.
This follow-up post on “Creative Direction” even brings more clarity to the different creative disciplines, as Dan successfully describes “Creative Direction” – The intersection where Art Direction and Design meet Strategy.

The State of In-Car UX

I always thought it was crazy, that an industry investing so much in design, doesn’t seem to care about interface design (Tesla trying to be an exception here).
Geoff Teehan from Toronto’s teehanlax wrote a great post on that matter:

We are surrounded by bad design. You witness it when you’re taking cash out of an ATM. You experience it when getting your boarding pass from the airport kiosk. You feel it when setting the clock on your stove. Simply put, bad design is everywhere—especially inside your vehicle.


After debating about Upworthy’s headlines with some friends, I re-read this NY Mag Feature and this fun presentation of one of the fastest-growing media sites.


I don’t care too much about the Hall of Fame thing – but i very much enjoyed seeing one of the most iconic band playing live again, fronted by four female rock’n’roll stars (Joan Jett, St Vincent, Lorde and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon).

All Performances on Pitchfork

Thank you Internet

Music I’ve been listening to this week

Features vs. Benefit

This illustration by the team at User Onboarding really nails it. The correspondig blog post is worth the read.
Features vs. Benefits


I’m late to the party, but I started to use Duolingo and I’m super impressed not only on the way it has been working, but also on the business model behind it. In this Ted Talk from 2011, Duolingo’s founder and CEO Luis von Ahn shares how the software will help millions to learn a new language while translating the Web quickly and accurately.

Moms in UX

I really enjoyed reading this blogpost by Peter Fabor about the UX of washine machines and him following a “Mom-UX-Process…

and on the other side, this post by Toni Gines stating “if your mom can’t use it, you’re doing it wrong” feels very familiar.

Finally giving GIFs their rightful glory

The .GIFYS awards are honoring the animated GIF as a “medium, social commentary and art form”. You can see the winners on their website 

Thank you Internet 

Music I’ve been listening to this week

Ciao ciao ciao

Things I came across #17

September 23, 2012 — Leave a comment

Great Stuff:

  • Super chic Dodocase iphone sleeves
  • Spin’s Fall Album Preview – and as it is a pain to scroll through, here is the list:
    – Grizzly Bear: Shields
    – G.O.O.D Music: Cruel Summer
    – Dinosaur Junior: I bet on Sky
    – The Killers: Battle Borns
    – Band of Horses: Mirage Rock
    – Thee oh Sees: Putrifiers II
    – Woods: Bend Beyond
    – Green Day: Uno
    – No Doubt: Push and Shove
    – Miguel: Caleidoscope Dream
    – Flying Lotus: Until the Quiet Comes
    – Tame Impala: Lonerism
    – Trash Talk: <119
    – Ty Segall: Twins
    – Benjamin Gibbard: Former Lives
    – Daphni: Jiaolong
    – Jamey Johnson: Living for a Song
    – Boys Noize: Out of the Black
    – Kendrick Lamar: good kid, m.A.A.d. city
    – Bat for Lashes: The haunted Man
    – Titus Andronicus: Local Business
    – The Coup: Sorry to bother you
    – Neil Young: Psychedelic Pill
    – Big boi: Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
    – Soundgarden: King Animal
  • Nice Infografic illuminating the World of Hedge Funds
  • Brad Frost‘s “This is Responsive” – Patterns, resources and news for creating responsive web experiences.
  • Winning the $30 trillion Decathlon: Interesting Read by McKinsey:
    By 2025, more than half of the world’s population will have joined the consuming classes, driving annual consumption in emerging markets to $30 trillion. Global companies must master ten key disciplines—or miss the defining growth opportunity of our times.
  • Nice piece in the New York Times: The Internet? we built that. (via @fredwilson)

Great Websites / Services:

Retro Special 😉

Great Tracks:

  • The 250 best tracks of 2012 are in my spotify playlist… you should follow it 😉 some highlights of this week’s additions:

Great Videos:

Things I came across #16

September 16, 2012 — Leave a comment

Great Stuff:

64% of teens listen to music through YouTube

56% of teens listen to music on the radio

53% of teens listen to music through iTunes

50% of teens listen to music on CD

  • France in the Year 2000 (XXI century) – a series of futuristic
    pictures by Jean-Marc Côté and other artists issued in France in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910

  • 2 iPad Magazines: Snap, consisting of original content and images created by Hipstamatic users, and Katachi Magazine, in my eyes the most innovative digital Magazin

Great Websites / Services:

Great Tracks:

  • I added over 50 tracks to my spotify playlist since my last blogpost… you should follow it 😉 enjoy some highlights: