Medium.com: Cure the for the Common Internet

Curator: Rodrigo Corral
date: September 1, 2014
Categories: Information Design
Tags: editorial, web design
It’s worth acknowledging when design is so functional you barely notice it.

Medium, created by the original Twitter folk, is a great example of this and gives me some hope for the mainstream Internet. Business objectives seem to compromise even the most well intended digital interfaces, and we're basically punished for reading online by top ten lists, banner ads and tricky text links.  Medium comes through with a refreshing design experience that not only allows all users to have a voice, but inspires them to respect imagery in combination with the written word. I hope it lasts.  
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Noisli: Background Noise and Color Generator for Working and Relaxing

Curator: Wade Jeffree
date: August 12, 2014
Categories: Design in Music, Experience Design, Information Design, Product Design
Tags: apps, productivity, user experience

Noisli is an app and browser-based background-noise generator as well as an ambient color background creator that “brings you the healthy benefits of the chromotherapy.” It allows you to mix and match different kinds of background noise at once. You can listen to rain, wind, water streams, a camp fire and thunder storms, and you can even make it as if you're traveling on a train to a remote client meeting.


The design is as beautifully simple as the concept: to increase productivity and relieve the anxiety of a tight deadline. It's used by coders, programmers, bloggers and writers I know and work with, and they all vouch for its efficacy.


I also use it everyday, especially in those "get shit done"moments. Coupled with a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, I find myself instantly more productive. It's also useful when delving into a new book or going to sleep, although I don't use it for this purpose as often as I'd like. The timer is also quite handy, allowing you to set a time to fade out the audio.


Simple concept, executed with the user in mind. Brilliant.

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Digital Decay: Claire L. Evans

Curator: Sha Hwang
date: July 1, 2014
Categories: Information Design, Motion Graphics
Tags: digital decay, glitch

Digital Decay from Claire L. Evans on Vimeo.

In this weird age of data, with the buzz and menace around it, the value of data is reliant on our ability to store it and process it. Ultimately, though, even our digital processes have material properties. We write to hard drives and transfer data over optical fiber, but we also compress information. This beautiful project by Claire L. Evans, Digital Decay, is an animation of saving an image continuously, over and over again, hundreds of times. 
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Skylines III: Patricio Gonzalez Vivo

Curator: Sha Hwang
date: June 30, 2014
Categories: Information Design, Motion Graphics
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Skylines III: Point Cloud City from Patricio Gonzalez Vivo on Vimeo.

The theme for this week, if there is to be a theme, is going to be vision—the ways we see these days; the imagery and data we see through; and the glimpses we catch of ourselves.  
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See Political

Curator: Brian Mah
date: June 18, 2014
Categories: Information Design, Motion Graphics
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My friends at Imaginary Forces have created a very clever video series called See Political. They break down various statewide public policy issues in a series of shorts that are fun, simple, and easy to understand. 

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