Weekend reading of January 21—22

Good this week:

  1. Interview with Dominique Leca, one of the makers of Sparrow.
  2. “Content” Creep. Drew Breunig explains what is wrong with the word “content” (you don’t need to read the whole thing to get the main points). Перекликается с моим недавним наблюдением о платном чтиве.
  3. The myth of the page fold: evidence from user testing. Another study shows there’s nothing bad about long scrollable pages (but see also some observations of the same authors applied to online shopping, particularly number five).
  4. Why Hasn’t Safari Skyrocketed Like Chrome Has? There’s no actual answer in the post, but it’s interesting nevertheless. For me the problem with Safari is that it’s too conservative and is developed very slowly. Separate address and search is a fail. I’d love to switch to Chrome, but it can’t sync bookmarks with iOS.
  5. Vladimir Putin question and answer session in Russia. Guardian’s live text coverage of “A talk with Vladimir Putin” of December, 15th. Guys are having fun.
  6. Things I Learned Doing Responsive Web Design. Brent Simmons writes about today’s web. Some 15 years after Russians, the world starts to get it right.
  7. Optimal Form. Stuyvesant Parker makes a reasonable case for that Samsung copying Apple is fine.