Virtual reality, the future of sharing and the end of writing

At the F8 2015 conference earlier this week, Facebook shared some of its near-future plans with an audience of more than 2,500 developers creating apps and experiences for Facebook’s staggering user base of 1.39 billion people. Taken together, Facebook’s native functionality and the functionality of its acquisitions cover all four slices of its “Future of

Towers versus tea kettles: the “superiority” of architecture

Today, I learned that Michael Graves died. Michael Graves, one of the most prominent and prolific American architects of the latter 20th century, who designed more than 350 buildings around the world but was perhaps best known for his teakettle and pepper mill, died on Thursday at his home in Princeton, N.J. He was 80.

Virtual reality is not filmmaking

(Originally posted on Motionographer.) Let’s agree on something: 360-degree video presented inside a virtual reality headset isn’t really virtual reality. It’s a novel, sometimes powerful experience, but it’s not what makes VR arguably the most exciting breakthrough in storytelling since moving images. While much has been made of immersion as a defining trait of virtual reality, a key component of normal (i.e.

A year with Simple: An honest appraisal

Simple is an online-only bank that challenges the way you think about your money. While the customer service and website are top notch, it’s not the right choice for everyone.

4 tips for working with Trello

Trello is a powerful tool for organizing your thoughts and working collaboratively. It’s great for project management, but it’s open-ended enough to be used for other tasks as well.

Keeping users interested is a matter of flow

At the recommendation of a co-worker, I recently read Jesse Schell’s The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses. Like most good writers, Schell is a master of synthesis. He elegantly weaves insights from a broad range of disciplines, including psychology, anthropology, economics, creative writing, filmmaking and of course the newest kid on the academic

In defense of devices

If we’re using smartphones to avoid human contact, the problem isn’t smartphones. It’s us.