Occasionally when we don’t have topics for our standing Monday R&D meetings, we watch some design-related videos instead. This week we watched two, both TED talks:
Sugata Mitra on new experiments in self-teaching
Ze Frank’s web playroom
- If you’re like Jared and you view source on pretty much every page you come to, you might like this tool to un-minify compressed CSS.
- Sergei and I were discussing Evgeny Morozov’s new book, and this Atlantic article about it. I haven’t wrapped my head around it yet.
- The Seattle Times wrote about a study of Washington community colleges showing that online-only classes make students who are already struggling do worse. Hm.
- Fast Company ran a series of articles on the “visual shift” (“We’re living in image-obsessed times. How should businesses adapt?”). Diego particularly liked this interview with Joe Stewart about being a creative visionary and this one with Edward Flynn and Chris Jacobs about the Milwaukee Police Department’s site redesign.
- This MetaFilter post about the same Sugata Mitra talk has some interesting conversation in the comments.
- Have you seen the Kickoff app? It’s like our internal chat tool Yarn (the source of the link roundups) plus a task list. Looks like it might be useful for the stage of development we call churn, when it’s a little too early to start filing bugs but we need to keep track of what is left to do — stuff like little presentation tweaks, making sure header structure is correct, wiring up error messages, etc. We usually just make a to-do list in a Google Doc, but we might look into Kickoff next time.
Any video suggestions for us for next time?