Unsociable media

9th December 2016Thoughts
This is a fascinating little exploration into the nuanced and sometimes counterintuitive UI details that can make a product perform or not. With "Stories", taking a lead from Snapchat's success, Instagram are effectively trying to create an environment that is less sociable, with lower quality content, in order to increase engagement. It appears to be [...]

A doodle too far

8th December 2016Thoughts
OK, it's gone. After countless years of having Google as my home screen I've been tipped over the edge by an animated doodle. Yes, they're quite fun, and they're informative too. But I don't like the way they're jammed into the page. They've been a feature forever. They shouldn't still look like an afterthought. And [...]