All A-Players: Week of March 8th

Weekly roundup posts will undoubtably be old-hat to most anyone who's reading this blog. They're nothing new to the tech-news-circle of websites, but recently I've felt that I ought to begin assembling my own list of 'best links' from the week. This has come about mainly because there have been a dozen or two times in recent days where I've felt the urge to write a quick link post on a subject, but other pressing aspects of life have taken precedence and the opportunity has past.

That's happened often enough that I've decided to start this series of links to things that I thought were quality pieces of work, interesting concepts, entertaining commentary, or basically just about anything I think you ought to read. As for the name of the series, I decided to reference Steve Job's own obsession with assembling only the best A-Players for his company and it's various product teams. In the same vein, I'll be trying my best to curate nothing but the 'A-Player' links in these posts. I'll try my best and we'll see how it goes.

So without further ado:

  • “☆ Life Will Never Be The Same — The Hungry and Foolish” - Kevin Wild touches upon the question of how much the iPhone has changed our lives since 2007, and how the Apple Watch may do the same.

  •  “Are You Getting It? — Liss is More” - While in my opinion far too much digital ink has been spilt over the past weeks on the subject, Casey Liss manages to neutrally discuss Apple's "transition to a luxury brand" and whether that will impact them in a positive or negative way in the future.

  • “My iPad Week — The Brooks Review” - Ben Brooks prepared for this week's Apple Event and it's 12 inch Retina Macbook and iPad Pro rumors by trying out working only from his iPad for a whole week. I've been using this sort of workflow for the past 2 & 1/2 months and I couldn't be happier, it's neat to see other people who hold more credibility than me feel the same sorts of advantages in working this way.

  • “iSpy: The CIA Campaign to Steal Apple's Secrets” - The Intercept's extensive overview of a government-run movement to topple the privacy features that come pre-loaded on our technology today. Absolutely blatantly invasive, and I find it seriously appalling that something like this can go on in America unchallenged by the rest of Government.

  • “The Arrival of Spring: Street Photography in Madrid with the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens - Analog Senses” - On a much brighter note, Alvaro Serrano takes us on a little vacation to Madrid as spring has just begun to hit. This piece made me yearn for warmer weather, European cities, and to just get out and do street photography for the first time in a long while.

  • “The Portland Project - Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum” - Field Notes Brand unveiled their 26th seasonal COLORS release this past Wednesday. Here's an in-depth look at the process behind Two River's unique type-press printing technique and the Hamilton Wood Type Museum.

  • “Design Explosions Issue #2: PBS Kids” - The second installment of what is looking to be a series of exceptional depth and quality, albeit one moving at a slow pace. Don't be deterred by the "kiddy app" choice in this piece; if you're at all interested in UI/UX design then this and the Google Maps-focused first installment are both in depth, must-reads.


~ M