18.11.2011 Category: Weekly Reads « Previous Next » What we read this week (18 Nov) Written by: Peter Tags: coffee, Facebook, google, product design, technology, trends, urban planning While we retreat for a few days of strategic planning, brainstorming and relaxation, we have a long list of fantastic reading material for you. Enjoy! The Economist: Difference Engine: Luddite legacy It’s an old discussion, but one that we probably won’t ever see fade away: is technology destroying jobs and does it create enough possibilities for new ones? There are many ways to look at it. (➟ Instapaper) BoingBoing: HOWTO attain radical hotel-room coffee independence We salute a fellow coffee nerd. Cory Doctorow explains his DIY on-the-road ice-coffee setup. (➟ Instapaper) Beyond the Beyond: Design Fiction: Profitable, Desirable, Buildable Products Julian Bleecker and Bruce Sterling with Venn diagrams on design fiction and how to decide, if a product should be build. (➟ Instapaper) FastCompany Design: Research Superstar Jan Chipchase Lays Out 4 Deep Trends Affecting Tech Today “Never assume that something you find utterly creepy today will not be the norm tomorrow.” Jan Chipchase on how technology is changing our lives. (➟ Instapaper) CNN: Can Google+ beat Facebook? That’s the wrong question Pete Cashmore from Mashable on why Google+ is not a failure. Spoiler: it was never about beating Facebook. (➟ Instapaper) The Atlantic: The Probabilistic Magazine Brand in the Social News Age Alexis Madrigal on the new definition of a brand for publications (magazines, newspapers, etc.) in the age of the internet. (➟ Instapaper) EFF: SOPA: Hollywood Finally Gets A Chance to Break the Internet A good analysis by the EFF on SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) Bill which resembles more and more the Great Chinese Firewall. When the government and corporations can so easily attack the fabric of the Internet, it’s a problem for us all. (➟ Instapaper) The Atlantic Cities: Jane Jacobs and the Power of Women Planners Jane Jacob’s Death and Life of Great American Cities has its 50th anniversary this month. It hasn’t been an easy time for her as a woman but she changed our view of city planning tremendously. “Pondering why men and women’s voices were heard differently on the subject of city building, she noted matter-of-factly that women think about things close to home—street, neighborhood and community. They more easily recognize the big difference small things can make. Men think big, national and global. They are top-down oriented.” (➟ Instapaper) How can we improve our odds in the content game? Our friend Mike Arauz about three fundamental motivations that fuel the spreading of content online. (➟ Instapaper) GOOD: The End of Cheap Coffee: Why the Diner Staple Is About to Become a Luxury Long article about the third wave in coffee culture that is accompanied by a steep rise in coffee prices recently. Also, descriptions that will get your mouth watering. (➟ Instapaper) Related 18.11.2011 Category: Weekly Reads « Previous Next » Stay up-to-date with what we do and what we read. Subscribe to our newsletter.