SaysEmilie, vol 19
Ice Cream: Blue Bottle Bar Gelato - This is everything.
Typography: The Font of the Future - Google is intent on creating a typeface that works well on any device, in any use case. Thanks to Meg for the link!
Line Dynamics: Why the Other Line is Always Faster - A look into why it’s so difficult to accurately predict which line is the quickest, and the math behind making the right choice.
Long form: New Yorker - In the words of my good friend Cyana, “A pretty elitist publication that supports pretty good journalism is temporarily giving access to us plebeians.” Go forth and Pocket them!
Kim Kardashian: Why the Kim Kardashian is Legitimately Good - The game is making millions, so put aside your biases and pay attention.
Social Media: What I Instagrammed vs What Was Really Happening - Instagram and Facebook are psychological death traps for teenagers. They highlight curated moments of people’s lives instead of the nitty gritty normal details.
*App: Timehop - http://timehop.com/ - For someone with a few years of their life documented on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter/etc, it’s really fun to open up Timehop and see what I was doing on the same day last year. Highly recommended.
App Trend: Text App - Another app that’s purely text notifications. I’m a fan of this trend, which leverages the lock screen to simplify direct communication.
Habits: Frequent Habits and Customer Satisfaction - Interesting quick read for anyone creating products that will succeed once users fold it into their regular activity.
Xtreme: Surfing the ends of the Earth - Surfing in the artic. Just mindblowing to watch.
App: Phhhoto - Everyone knows I love GIFs! This is, in short, a social image sharing network of GIFs. Instagram meets Vine. Created by my friends at HYPER HYPER Come find me, my username is Emilie. #earlyadopterperk
SaysEmilie, vol 18
Netflix: A Better Queue - I don’t know why it took so long for someone to combine Netflix and Rotten Tomatoes.
Advertising: The Evolution of Absolut Vodkas Advertising Strategy - Their collaboration with SHM went insanely viral but didn’t have a strong brand message and therefore wasn’t much of a success for the brand. Social media virility doesn’t translate into brand loyalty if the content isn’t loyal to the brand as well. Lesson learned.
Dance: Vicetone x Addams Family - It’s been a week and I’m still watching and dancing along with this 8 second video. It’s just so entertaining…
Indy: Why Did It Have To Be Snakes - 53 Fascinating Things about Indiana Jones that are actually fascinating and super cool and Indiana Jones is the best movie series and ever and everyone should agree with me.
SV Real Estate: Silicon Valley’s Real Estate Crunch is a Golden Opportunity for Other American Cities - With everyone spreading around instead of staying in one geographic region, spontaneous meetings of your next cofounder are becoming more rare. This also makes the internet even more of an integral tool, which reduces human interaction IRL (In Real Life). How does this effect finding job candidates, people with similar interests, etc?
Yo: The Yo Apps Newest Use is Alerting Israelis to Palestinan Rocket Attacks - Fascinating use case no one could have foreseen. Push notifications can be powerful & meaningful when used properly.
Human Insights: Bang For Your Buck - Two dozen people—a JP Morgan associate, a sex worker, a pastor, a living statue, a marine, “the World’s First Publicly Traded Person,” and many more—tell us the best way to invest a single dollar. Such an interesting way to get varied perspectives and to see what really matters to the people around us that we may never interact with.
*Music: My SoundCloud - Literally everything I listen to every day.
NYC Cabs: NYC Taxi - Someone got route & fare data for all the medallions working one day in NYC in 2013. Use the visualization to see how one random NYC yellow taxi operated, how much money it made, and how busy it was over 24 hours. After watching a few of these, I realized (and it was later confirmed by a cab driver) that the money is all in the turnover time between rides. More rides, more money.
Resource: GoogleVentures Library - Lots of stuff for product managers, developers, entrepreneurs, startup-ers, designers, and pretty much anyone else who has a job doing something. Seriously.
Jeter: RE2PECT - I don’t like the Yankees but this video is fantastic.
Social Media: Social media profiles can be made unique if you use the space wisely. Two fantastic examples I came across are photographer Clayton Woodley’s instagram (open on your phone for best results) and this girl Nikki’s Facebook profile.
Mobile: Facebook, Google, Pandora, and Twitter Control Mobile Display Ads - This was sent to me by my lovely father Michael Futterman and is in no way shocking but a little unnerving. These companies control so much of what I am seeing, it makes me wonder what I’m not seeing.
GIF: FashGif - I might sound like a broken record, but GIFs are an art form and this is proof.
SaysEmilie, Vol 17
Google: Google Street View Cameras are Touring Museums and Taking Weird Selfies by Accident - Someone needs to make these look less like robot Cousin Its.
Google: StreetArt with Google - Google continues to turn the world into a series of data points by documenting street art. You can contribute to the project by using #streetartproject when you post an image on Google+
User Behavior: Foursquare’s Swarm - “Interestingly, iOS users seem to be unenthused by Swarm. The app currently holds a 2-star overall rating on the App Store, and the previous version has an average of 1.5 stars. The Android app, however, has fared better with an average rating of 3.8 stars." I was an avid FourSquare user (for the check ins mostly) and as such I’ve migrated over to Swarm. But Swarm isn’t going to solve Foursquares user issues because the fact is that people just don’t like others knowing where they are. And Swarm shows where its users are ALL. THE. TIME. You don’t even need to actually check in. That being said, I wonder if positive Android reviews are a result of Android users being more comfortable with sharing their personal data than iOS users. it’s no secret that Google (which makes Android) knows a LOT about its users and uses that information to sell ad space. Google makes its money through ads; it’s an advertising company. Apple makes its money through products; it’s a product company that isn’t as public about its user data. So, how do these company identities influence the tastes and preferences of their respective device users?
Harry Potter: J.K. Rowling releases update on Harry Potter - For all the fans out there, it’s a fun little peek into Harry all grown up.
Transportation: NYC Dollar Vans - Truly fascinating look into the organic emergence of an urban transportation network. Highly recommended to anyone who geeks out over trends in urban networks and geography. Also, highly relevant given Lyft’s recent NYC launch.
Side note, if anyone who reads this knows someone at Uber or Lyft, shoot me an email please.
Bikers: CitiBike Station Stakeout - I like this profile of the random people that came to get back at a Stanton St. CitiBike station. CitiBike (NYC’s bikeshare) seems to draw a lot of tourists, hipsters, and non-natives. I am not surprised.
App: Kimd - Be kind to your fellow fans and turn down the screen light on your phones when snapping a pic of the band. Or use this app. And, their website is cool too.
Typography: The Universal Typeface - A study of handwriting crowdsourced through this well executed website that creates a “universal typeface” that you can adjust based on gender, nationality, age, etc. of contributors.
Analogue/Digital: Text Messages in Calligraphy for a Week - A little unnecessary but a cool project nonetheless. The writer ends up thinking harder about what they send, which means fewer LOLs and no drunk texting… right?
NYC: New York Music Map - A map of locations in NYC that have been referenced in song lyrics. Similar to this project using rap lyrics.
Music: Alt-J - New album by the English indie band.
Pie: Pittsburgh Pie Guy - In January of 2013 I Couchsurfed through parts of Europe and Luis Butler was my gracious host in Munich. Upon returning to Pittsburgh from Germany he started a pie business with a friend of his, and well, they’re delicious. Highly recommend checking him out if you end up in the area.
Everyone likes slow motion and everyone likes pie. So everyone loves this GIF. #math
SaysEmilie, Vol. 16
Cupcakes: Edible Cupcake Wrappers - This is truly what going green is all about.
Food: 36 Countries, 3 Spices from Each - Cute & interesting infographic of key spices in different countries’ cuisines.
Tech Culture: The Next Thing Silicon Valley Needs to Disrupt Big Time - I can (sadly) personally vouch for accuracy of this article. Ageism, sexism, and cool-ism run rampant in tech (especially start-ups) and many quality
Tech Ads: Advertisers Can Now Offer App Installs Directly Inside Mobile Twitter Apps - Twitter is becoming increasingly robust in how much you can do with one 140-character tweet. (see #AmazonCart). This feature does a lot to keep users in twitter, eases ability to download apps, and further reduces the tyranny that is the poorly organized App Store (yes, I have some unresolved issues with Apple’s App Store).
Silicon Valley: How The PayPal Mafia Redefined Success in Silicon Valley - eBay & PayPal, the two best incubators? In all seriousness, the big Silicon Valley companies (eBay/PayPal, Google, Facebook, Yahoo!) seem to be the best incubators. So many successful startups are begun by veterans of these massive companies… Why? Does working for a big company give you access to monetary and talent resources? Do you learn more about how to run a successful business when you’ve been part of one? Is the big company just a good enough pedigree for people to trust you? Is it some of all of these?
App: Yo Hodor - A non-authorized derivation of YO, the absurd app that’s been blowing up the internet the past couple weeks. YO is a platform where users can say ‘Yo’ to other friends on the app. That’s it. Yo Hodor allows you to say “Hodor” (if you’re not a Game of Thrones fan I can’t help you).
App: WutWut - In other useless app news, i give you WutWut. I LOVE WUTWUT. Wutwut allows you to send a message to all of your Facebook friends that have signed up for the app. You can’t see which of your friends are on the app, you don’t know who sends a message or receives yours, but you can mute a user (again without knowing who they are). The app is two screens - compose message and read message card. But in reality, the crux of the app is just push notifications. Holy MVP batman.
Fashion: Shoptiques: Creating the Online Boutique Shopping Experience - An article by my good friend and formed Wellesley classmate Tatiana Kombo about my favorite fashion startup Shoptiques, started by fellow Wellesley alumna Olga Vidisheva.
Design: Material World: How Google Discovered What Software is Made Of - Fascinating look into the thinking behind Google’s design initiative.
Design & Development: The User Is Drunk - Hilariously executed and so so true. When designing and developing for the masses, these are some very important tips to keep in mind.
Meta IRL: Custom Built Oculus Rift & GoPro Rig Lets You Experience Life in the Third Person - Watch the video. Users look absurd but the experience is super cool so who cares.
Beer: USA v Belgium if the World Cup Were Plated In Beer - If you’re into beer this is an interesting article about the differences between American and Belgian beer. They may have won the game, but at least we have Bud-heavy to celebrate with this weekend?
SaysEmilie, Vol 15
I Wrote Something: Visual Branding Your Social Media - Shameless self-promotion. Click & share.
Google I/O: Everything Google Announced at Google I/O 2014
App: MyNCLA - I launched another app! This one allows users to take a picture, put it on a nail sticker template, and purchase a set of nail wraps to use. Perfect for high schoolers and anyone who wants a picture of their cat on their nails.
Insight: 7 Things the Most Highlighted Kindle Passages Tell Us About American Readers - Interesting insight into American reading habits, driven by Amazon Kindle data. As everything becomes more connected and dependent on tech with embedded analytics, it’s so much easier to grab and analyze data that consumers have created passively. I wonder how this is going to effect product ideation and development over the next decade and (in this case) if editors are going to start publishing novels based on Amazon reported trends? Furthering that thought, would some of the now literary greats have been published if their editors’ decisions had been made using this kind of passively created data instead of a combination of general market numbers and gut feelings?
Language Analysis: Compare Your Use of Language on Facebook to Celebrities - I’m not convinced this actually works or reveals anything remotely insightful but it’s still fun to play with for a bit.
*Sounds: Rainymood + Coffitivity - My coworker Sven reminded me about the lovely combination that is these two sound effect websites after a meeting yesterday. Rain + coffee shop = productivity.
LOLZ: North Korea threatens war on US over Kim Jong-un movie - This actually isn’t funny.
Links: Lindex - My good friend and SaysEmilie loyalist Kimee Johnson has created her own literary link newsletter. Go ahead and take a peek.
Design: Web Design Field Manual - An index of web design resources, super helpful for designers or the visually inclined.
Website/game: Lemonade Startup - Think you can be an agile entrepreneur? Play the game, play the game!
Product:Ink N Drink Markers - A heat sensing marker that changes color to indicate that your drink is perfect drinking temperature. Hacking an existing object and habit to make it more useful.
*Film: OnePerfectShot - For all the movie buff subscribers, a Twitter feed that curates the best movie shots.
Cider. #crisp #cool #refreshing #englishsummer #norfolk #video #slomo (at Norfolk, England)