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Today's Obsession: Sparrow

Here’s a new mail application which I’m looking forward to using—Sparrow. The interface is clearly derived from the simplicity of the current Twitter for Mac versions, which I’m not crazy about, but is workable. The app itself is actually a GMail client, so you can use it to replace Apple Mail and the workarounds...

Today's Obsession: Web Advertising is Broken

Here’s an interesting read for your Monday morning status meeting, heaven love your souls: an article titled, simply, “Facebook is a Ponzi Scheme,” asserting that Facebook’s advertising platform doesn’t work. Having come off of a test run of the platform, yeah. Facebook’s ads didn’t do anything for my business. I thought it was just...

The Future of Web Fonts Is Sooner Than It Used To Be

In his opening keynote, Roger Black couldn’t have been more succinct: The future of typography is “all about screen fonts.” So naturally, for  TypeCon 2010’s “The Future is Now” panels, the topic was “Web Fonts.” And for the second half, the stage was packed with 14 typography-related business people. Okay, businessmen. The full session...

Bad Taste: The Key To Success?

Everywhere I look, a concept seems to be repeating itself: The biggest brands have a horrible sense of design, and the better-looking brands are far behind in views and/or customers. Every day, an alarmingly high number of people choose YouTube over Vimeo, Windows over MacOS10, and Explorer over, well, any other browser.

Today's Obsession: Facebook Becomes Useful

Facebook has quietly unveiled one of the largest recommendation engines on the web. (This happened on July 2nd, while most Americans were preparing to grill, blow up or set afire anything they could find over the following weekend.) It’s is a pretty clear volley on Facebook’s part aimed straight at Google’s front door. This...