Net ​nostalgia: the online museums preserving dolphin gifs and spinning Comic Sans

  Scott is interested in conserving the stuff we have forgotten has value. Increasingly, our culture plays itself out on the internet, yet even now we have a tendency to view what we do on there as trivial. Or we make the mistake of assuming that digital means for ever. “The problem is, the internet’s […]

Net ​nostalgia: the online museums preserving dolphin gifs and spinning Comic Sans

  Scott is interested in conserving the stuff we have forgotten has value. Increasingly, our culture plays itself out on the internet, yet even now we have a tendency to view what we do on there as trivial. Or we make the mistake of assuming that digital means for ever. “The problem is, the internet’s […]

How the internet is trying to design out toxic behaviour

  A few years ago, Facebook managers noticed a rush of complaints from users about friends posting photographs of them that they didn’t like. The pictures weren’t explicit; they just reminded users of something they would rather forget, or made them look stupid. These complaints were invariably rejected because no rules had been broken, yet […]

Forbes forces readers to turn off ad blockers, promptly serves malware

Shocking (no, not really) news on the adblocking front.  For the past few weeks, Forbes.com has been forcing visitors to disable ad blockers if they want to read its content. Visitors to the site with Adblock or uBlock enabled are told they must disable it if they wish to see any Forbes content. […] What […]

Every web designer – and publisher – should read this

Every web designer and site owner needs to read this article by John Allsop on the epidemic of website bloat. To sum up: There is only one honest measure of web performance: the time from when you click a link to when you’ve finished skipping the last ad. Everything else is bullshit. […] Web designers! […]

Newspapers face up to the ad crunch in print and digital

The print advertising market, which still remains the lifeblood of income for most publishers on the path to digital sustainability, has been down unprecedented levels of as much as 30% in some weeks over the past six months. Most of the UK’s top 10 newspaper advertisers have stripped their budgets: the biggest, Sky, has cut […]

UI, UX: Who Does What? A Designer’s Guide To The Tech Industry | Co.Design | business + design

Design is a rather broad and vague term. When someone says “I’m a designer,” it is not immediately clear what they actually do day to day. There are a number of different responsibilities encompassed by the umbrella term designer. Design-related roles exist in a range of areas from industrial design (cars, furniture) to print (magazines, […]

How to save online advertising

At root is an intrinsically toxic relationship between the three parties to the advertising ecosystem: advertisers, publishers and readers. Advertisers buy publishers’ inventory to sell things to readers, but publishers sell inventory to publishers because they want money, not because they want to help sell products. Readers want to read what the publishers are publishing. […]