We know that the New York Times are infographics geniuses. They visualize data to track sentiment on a topic, while inviting you to participate in the conversation or even start a new one. Sorting features allow you to find “your people” and compare ideas.
“7. Understand context
We’re not designing for a screen, we’re designing for people. We need to think hard about the context in which they’re using our services. Are they in a library? Are they on a phone? Are they only really familiar with Facebook? Have they never used the web before?”—GDS design principles (via lisawilkins)
“He shook his head emphatically. “I like the press quite a bit. I think I have an adversarial relationship with bullshit. I have an adversarial relationship with people who want to call themselves journalists but are karmically evil. I have an adversarial relationship with people who don’t read and just look at a headline and jump to a conclusion without being aware the headline has been twisted and spun in order to manipulate that individual. I have an adversarial relationship with people who do that, and then the next day review a game and give it negative insults because ‘these guys are just trying to make money, and DLC’ and dude, you’re worse than anybody… you guys, for your own commercial gain, will slit your mother’s throat. You will take something someone said that they didn’t say or they did say and you’ll remove this and move this around just to get a click… and you’ll then have the gall to accuse a publisher of wanting to do an online pass, and you’re a mercenary asshole. At least the publisher is kind of honest with what they’re doing. I have an adversarial relationship with assholes, let’s put it that way.””—The PA Report - David Jaffe wants to use game play to tell stories, and he isn’t afraid to fight the press
“We have browser specific code for Android 2.2, 2.3, and 4. We have code just for the Kindle Fire and code just for the Blackberry Torch. Our list scroller implementation for Android Gingerbread is based on scroll position animation and our list scroller for Android 4 is based on CSS transforms. This attention to detail, and our browser-specific code, is needed to create the most compelling experience possible. It’s why people use frameworks rather than try to code to the naked browser.”—Our CEO, Michael Mullany, responded to the CSS vendor prefix debate, and explains what is needed to develop for the vast array of devices available today. Compounding that with multiple implementations of a single vendor’s prefix would be a bad, bad thing. (via jayrobinson)
“The recurring theme: Apple is fighting against cruft — inconsistencies and oddities that have accumulated over the years, which made sense at one point but no longer — like managing to-dos in iCal (because CalDAV was being used to sync them to a server) or notes in Mail (because IMAP was the syncing back-end). The changes and additions in Mountain Lion are in a consistent vein: making things simpler and more obvious, closer to how things should be rather than simply how they always have been.”—Daring Fireball: Mountain Lion