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Review: Facebook Home | MIT Technology Review

Review: Facebook Home | MIT Technology Review | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

When the iPhone was new, Steve Jobs showed one to Alan Kay and asked him if it was “good enough to criticize.” Kay, a computing pioneer, had been a hero to Apple’s founder: in 1972, when much of the world was still using magnetic tape, he had proposed to his colleagues at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center a small, portable, and, above all, personal computer called the Dynabook...

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I was thirteen years old when I first read Alan Kay's dynabook paper. It had been published 11 years earlier and it described computers unlike any I had yet to see. The paper is probably one of the more inspiring computer research concept papers I have read over the years and its certainly one i have gone back and re-read .when looking for inspiration. Paul Ford has an interesting contrast in the visions of computing as described by Alan Kay and the Dynabook and facebooks's  more recent vision with Facebook Home. While a little contrived in placed the article is an interesting comparison and one which helps inform discussions around human computer interaction design on todays devices. Worth a read.

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90 Things I've Learned From Founding 4 Technology Companies

Jason Goldberg is the founder & Chief Executive Officer at Fab.com. He and his cofounder have built Fab.com from a near failed start up which they pivoted into a major online design goods outlet business with a run-rate of more than $150 million in sales in 15 months. Two years go Jason posted a note on the 57 things he had learned in building start ups and pivoting Fab.com. He  updated that last week to the 90 things he has learned since. If you are involved in a start up - its a tad longer than HP's 10 golden rules - but its has some good advice throughout the list. Worth a read if you are invovled in start ups or managing a business.

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Flowing Data

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If you are interested in information design and data visualization check out the Flowing data site - with tutorials taking you through different data presentation techniques. if you like the tutorials the book is worth reading. Click on the title or the image to learn more.

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@ Ars Electronica: The Big Picture

@ Ars Electronica: The Big Picture | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Leading on from the piece posted on visualizing.org. These are the winners of the Seed media and Ars Electronica: The Big Picture competition for data visualisation and info communication. Some great pieces of design. Worth reading if you are looking for inspiration (will have to add a new inspiration tag me thinks). Click on the image or the title to learn more.

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