Graphic Design: The New Basics
Need to go beyond cut-and-paste graphic design for blogs and websites? Check out Graphic Design: The New Basics (PAPress, May 1, 2008) by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips. In The New Basics, the authors refocus design instruction on the study of the fundamentals of form in a critical, rigorous way informed by contemporary media, theory, and software systems. From the blurb:
Through visual demonstrations and concise commentary, The New Basics shows students and professionals how to build interest and complexity around simple relationships between formal elements of two-dimensional design such as point, line, plane, scale, hierarchy, layers, and transparency. The New Basics explains the key concepts of visual language that inform any work of design—from a logo or letterhead to a complex web site. It takes a fresh approach to design instruction by emphasizing visually intensive, form-based thinking in a manner that is in tune with the latest developments in contemporary media, theory, art, and technology. Colorful, compact, and clearly written, The New Basics is the new indispensable resource for anyone seeking a smart, inspiring introduction to graphic design and destined to become the standard reference work in design education.
Also recently published by PAPress, preeminent graphic designer Abbott Miller's Open Book: Design and Content. [JH]
Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society
Well worth reading. Make no mistake: this is no run-of-the-mill exposé of media bias, but a sophisticated analysis of the ways and means by which lies and distortions do so well in today's fractured, cynical media world. —Todd Gitlin, Professor of Journalism and Sociology, Columbia University
True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society
by Farhad Manjoo
List Price: $25.95
Publisher: Wiley (March 17, 2008)
Book Description: In True Enough, Manjoo presents findings from psychology, sociology, political science, and economics to show how new technologies are prompting the cultural ascendancy of belief over fact. In an age of talk radio, cable TV, and the Internet—the blog- and YouTube-addled million-channel media universe—it is no longer necessary for any of us to confront notions that contradict what we "know" to be true. Stephen Colbert calls this "truthiness"—when something feels true without any evidence that it is. Here Manjoo probes the cognitive basis of truthiness, exploring how biases push both liberals and conservatives to select and interpret news in a way that accords with their personal versions of "reality."
Why has punditry lately overtaken news, with so many media outlets pushing partisan agendas instead of information? Why do lies seem to linger so long in the cultural subconscious even after they've been thoroughly discredited? And why, when more people than ever before are documenting the truth with laptops and digital cameras, does fact-free spin and propagandaseem to work so well? True Enough explores leading controversies of national politics, foreign affairs, science, and business, explaining how Americans have begun to organize themselves into echo chambers that harbor diametrically different facts—not merely opinions—from those of the larger culture. We meet people who espouse far-out interpretations of reality—about everything from the history of John Kerry's time in Vietnam to the integrity of the 2004 election to the truth about 9/11—and dig into the mechanism by which they came to hold those beliefs.
2008 Webby Award Winners Announced
Here's the complete list. [RJ]
10 Most Disruptive Technologies Through 2012
According to Gardner analysts, here are the most disruptive technologies through 2012. Details on eWeek. [JH]
- Multicore and Hybrid Servers
- Enterprise Social Software
- Cloud Computing
- User Interface
- Ubiquitous Computing
- Context-Aware Computing
- Augmented Reality
- Semantic Technologies
Top 20 Most Profitable Tech Companies in 2007
Courtesy of Fortune's annual ranking. Here's the top five.
|Company||Profit in Billions
(% Change Over 2006)
|Revenue in Billions
(% Change Over 2006)
|Profits as Percent of Revenue|
Other Notables: Google (7th place), Apple (8th), Dell (10th), Nvidia (17th) and Adoble (18th).
Two less recognizable names: MEMC Electronic Materials (16th), manufacturer of polysilicon wafers used to make solar cells and Lam Research (20th), flash memory chip maker. [JH]
Berners-Lee Addresses WWW2008 in Beijing
Monitoring and Managing Reputations Online
|Guest blogging on Mashable, Andy Beal outlines ten tactics that could prevent your company suffering its own online reputation meltdown. [RJ]|
This is sure to become the definitive guide for members of any company or group who want to join and shape the often brutally honest conversation across social media about their brands, products, and people. — Tom Giles, Editor, Technology & Science, BusinessWeek.com
Radically Transparent: Monitoring and Managing Reputations Online
by Andy Beal and Judy Strauss
List Price: $29.99
Publisher: Sybex (March 4, 2008)
Book Description: Radically Transparent is the complete resource for monitoring, managing, building, and repairing online reputations. The comprehensive guide provides a full-featured reputation monitoring and management system. It includes practical, step-by-step instruction in four skills for personal reputation construction: public relations, search engine optimization, research, and online content creation. It explains how to apply these skills to create online content for blogs, social networking sites, and text communication (e-mail, text messaging, and so forth). The book provides background information, research results, anecdotal evidence, case studies, and practical strategies. It also emphasizes Internet research techniques for identifying and monitoring online identities and features exercises that reinforce key discussions.
Part I explores this new era of transparency and its implications for companies and individuals. Part II reveals the best online reputation management tools and techniques. It explains the what, when, and how of reputation monitoring and explores how to leverage social media to build positive buzz, use search engines to your advantage, and communicate effectively using everything from emails and IMs to blogs and social networks. Part III shows how to track, manage, and repair your online reputation. It explores various tracking methods, provides strategies and techniques when reputation repair is in order, and concludes with a concrete, seven-step action plan for successful and ongoing online reputation management.
Using step-by-step instruction and tested techniques, the expert authors unveil a detailed blueprint for building, managing, monitoring, and repairing your reputation. They detail important public relations, search engine optimization, research, and online content creation strategies and provide a seven-step action plan so that you can develop the skills necessary to monitor and manage your reputation. You'll learn how to:
- Navigate the new rules of engagement in a transparent world
- Define who you are and develop your personal or corporate brand
- Create positive PR buzz with your online content
- Gain visibility in web search results and harness SEO tools
- Understand the pros and cons of e-mail before you hit "Send"
- Use the latest Internet tracking methods and understand how information spreads online
- Apply solid strategies for reputation repair when things go wrong
Best Legal Website of 2008 Competition
|Recent winners of the Best Legal Website Competition|
|2007: carbonhouse, inc. for Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice|
2006: Thomson-FindLaw for Yanowitch Law, P.A.
2005: Frost Brown Todd LLC
2004: Saturno Design LLC for Pierce Atwood - Attorneys at Law
2003: Pepper Hamilton LLP
2002: Lane Powell Spears Lubersky LLP
The Web Marketing Association announces the call for entries for its 12th annual international WebAward Competition for websites. The Association will once again name the Best Legal Website of 2008.
The WebAwards is "the standards-defining competition that sets benchmarks for 96 industries," including legal web sites, based on the seven criteria of a successful website. The deadline for legal websites to enter to be judged is May 31, 2008.
Best websites are selected by judges who review the entered websites using the seven criteria below:
- Ease of use
- Use of technology
Competition guidelines and entry form at the WebAwards 2008 site. [JH]
Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco 2008 Starts Today
The four-day Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco 2008 starts today [website]. Check out the Annotated Schedule of Programs and the offical Web 2.0 Expo Blog. Information Week will be providing on-going coverage of the event here. Follow news and blog coverage: Google News Search | Google Blog Search [JH]
Feedback Sought on Web Compatibility Test for Mobile Browsers
W3C's Mobile Web Test Suites Working Group has released a stable version of its Web Compatibility Test for Mobile Browsers, and has sent an invitation to the community to share reports of browser support and other feedback on the test itself.
Check out Web Worker Daily for a survey of mobile web browsers featured on various smartphones. [JH]
Just Released, Managing Online Forums
List Price: $24.00
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: AMACOM (April 10, 2008)
Book Description (from the book's website): In this book, Patrick O’Keefe, owner of the iFroggy Network, shares his experiences in a straight forward, honest fashion and shows readers how to make the right decisions about every aspect of their forums, including:
- Creating an organizational structure
- Designing and launching their community
- Deciding on user options like avatars and private messaging
- Promoting and attracting members
- Utilizing technology to their benefit
- Developing and enforcing guidelines
- Choosing and managing moderators
- Shutting down users who disrupt and harm the community
- Involving their users and keeping the site interesting and inviting
- Generating revenue
What is talked about this book is not hypothetical - it consists of in use, battle-tested theories and solutions, making it so that when you must deal with these issues on your forums, you will be better equipped. Real life examples are cited throughout, including the actual user guidelines, staff member guidelines and more, from real communities.
Pay-Per-View Webcasts of Funeral Services
And now for something a bit offbeat...
Wesley Music is webcasting funeral services in Britain so mourners can pay their last prespects via the Internet. The pay-per-viewer cost is about $150. Story on MSNBC. Hat tip to Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog. [JH]
Passwords and the Fifth Amendment
Passwords and the Fifth Amendment is a very interesting March 11, 2008 New York Law Journal article By Ken Strutin (registration required). He discusses the leading cases concerning wall safes and alike and cites to some recent cases involving passwords. Details on Adjunct Law Prof Blog. [JH]
POD Publishers Outraged by Amazon's New Restrictions
"Some Print on Demand (POD) publishers are privately screaming 'Monopoly!' while others are seething with rage over startling phone conversations they're having with Amazon/BookSurge representatives. Why isn't anybody talking about it openly? Because they're afraid - very, very afraid..." That's how POD publisher Angela Hoy starts her recent post when she broke the story on Writers Weekly (check out the supplied links for POD industry reaction and commentary). Why? Because BookSurge, Amazon’s print-on-demand subsidiary, has told POD publishers that unless their titles are printed by BookSurge, the buy buttons on Amazon for their titles will be disabled. Apparently the buy buttons already have been disabled for some POD publishing houses.
Details on Law Librarian Blog. [JH]
Free Press's Ben Scott Profiled in Washington Post
Check out Cecilia Kang's article, Net Neutrality's Quiet Crusader, in today's Washington Post. [JH]
Save the Date for Singularity Web Conference
Singularity may be the largest online web conference in the world when it takes place. Organized by Aral Balkan, a self-described Internet junkie whose blog is a must-read for all Internet junkies, the plans call for an online conference involving 100 of the world’s top web visionaries, developers, designers, thought leaders, and celebrities for three days of talks over multiple tracks October 24-26th, 2008. Check out Singularity's website for details. [JH]
Here's a recent interview with Aral Balkan about Singularity:
Twitter in Plain English
Once again, the creative folks at Commoncraft have produced a great "Paperworks Video" explaining a popular IT phenomenon. This time it is Twitter. [JH]
Google White Paper on Business Communications Trends, Priorities, and Best Practices
From the executive summary of the 2008 Annual Google Communications Intelligence Report (Feb. 2008):
At the end of 2007, Google conducted an annual online survey of messaging professionals. Providing insight into the major communications trends in the past year as well as the pressing issues and concerns for the coming one, this survey is the result of 575 global interviews with CEOs, CIOs, and CTOs in large, multinational enterprises as well as small organizations. This report summarizes the key findings of the survey, including detailed statistical analysis of the key trends in business communications in 2007 and how these trends translate into priorities for business communications professionals in the year ahead. Following the summary of the research findings, the report touches on Google’s expectations for the coming year as well as defines some best practices in business communication to help organizations address the expected challenges in the industry in 2008.
The Untold iPhone Story
Check out Fred Vogelstein’s The Untold Story: How the iPhone Blew Up the Wireless Industry in Wired or Valleywag's condensed version of Vogelstein's article in The Real Untold Story of the iPhone. [JH]
Fighting the War on File Sharing
Fighting the War on File Sharing
by Aernout Schmidt, Wilfred Dolfsma and Wim Keuvelaar
List Price: $117.00
Hardcover: 230 pages
Publisher: Asser Press; 1 edition (2007)
Book Description: Fighting the War on File Sharing aims at a multi-faceted understanding of why peer-to-peer services currently fail to gain their full potential in our society. The analysis focuses on music-file sharing. Three parts of the book (The Morality of Regulation by Architecture, The Economics of Peer-to-Peer in Music, and Intellectual Property Rights for Music File Sharing) investigate the positions and opinions that individual disciplines can offer. As these analyses yield partial solutions, the final part of the book provides an institutional framework and applies it to produce new and crisp results on a tough, otherwise almost comprehensively researched subject. The framework recognizes the influence of outstanding work from law and information technology (Lessig), political anthropology (Douglas, Geertz, Smits), new institutional economics (Coase, North, Greif) and jurisprudence (Fuller, Bobbitt, Tamanaha). Its application allows a glimpse of veritable multidisciplinary co-operation concerning the perplexities of regulating the regularities in our social behaviour.
About the Authors: Professor Doctor A. H. J. Schmidt is Director of eLaw(at)Leiden, Centre for Law in the Information Society, Leiden University. Wilfred Dolfsma is an an Associate Professor at the Utrecht School of Economics and a Professorial Fellow at Maastricht University (UNU-MERIT). Wim Keuvelaar is managing director of Sdu E-Grant.