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Craig Mod gives us another brilliant essay, this time based on a talk he gave at Creative Mornings in San Francisco (you can watch his talk here). In the essay he gives a wonderful breakdown of where tools like Twitter and Facebook shine, as well as where they do not.
If you read only one thing this week, Craig’s piece should be it.
Speaking of Craig Mod, his old employers, Information Architects, recently released iA Writer for Mac. Lukas Mathis shares his likes and dislikes of the application, which takes a different approach to user interface. And no one dissects an interface like Mathis.
Closer to home, Ben Brooks also posted his review of the application. In his post, he goes beyond the features of the app to talk about how the features Ã¢â‚¬â€ or lack thereof Ã¢â‚¬â€ improved his writing. In short, he likes it.
Ben also shared some thoughts on PayPal and their lack of innovation. He includes a detailed rehash of their history.
Another look at a company who’s glory resides in the past, Patrick Rhone illustrated how Microsoft has lost their ability to think out of the box.
Shawn posted a shorter review (by his standards) of the iPhone app Dialvetica. He shares both his beefs and bouquets about the app.
Now for a longer review. A *much* longer review. Lukas Mathis gives a lengthly look at Windows Phone 7, which he likes. A lot. Click the link to find out why.
idsgn published their monthly review, which is always an interesting mix of content. This month has everything from Obama to vintage cereal boxes to discussions on failure.
The folks at Typographica reviewed Carolina de Bartolo’s new book Ã¢â‚¬Å“Explorations in TypographyÃ¢â‚¬Â. If you are into type at all, this sounds like a great book to add to the shelf.
Elliot Jay Stocks shares some ideas he has for making responsive designs a little smoother. He makes use of transitions to achieve this. His post includes demos to get the idea across.
There were a lot of reviews last week. Jonathan Christopher had one of his one, this time of another book. He reviews WordPress 3 Complete and is also giving away a copy of the book.
Method & Craft featured a video by Erica Schoonmaker, who shares a handy tip for creating a more harmonious color scheme in your graphics tool of choice.
Now, enjoy the Keynote!