“canvas is effectively just a rectangular area that the browser allows you to draw into. Once you’ve drawn a few shapes into it, you can’t access them individually, but then again, that’s exactly how canvas is meant to work. It’s not like SVG, where every element that you’ve drawn can be accessed from the DOM and edited. Canvas is a bitmap system that has no concept of individual elements. It’s a destructive system that basically just changes the colour of pixels within its rectangle, based on the API calls that you give it. In that way, it’s just like Microsoft Paint from back in the day.”—People of HTML5 – Rob Hawkes ✩ Mozilla Hacks – the Web developer blog
“Search results in many categories are now honey pots embedded in ruined landscapes — traps for the unwary. It has turned search back into something like it was in the dying days of first-generation algorithmic search, like Excite and Altavista: results so polluted by spam that you often started looking at results only on the second or third page — the first page was a smoking hulk of algo-optimized awfulness.”—Curation is the New Search is the New Curation
this level of ‘design’ is typically called “Service Design” or the “Holistic Experience” although it can be called many things. Basically, your company gets hired to research, analyze and (re)design every single touchpoint to the customer for a given product, service, brand, company etc.
“It’s indicative of what happens when the public makes decisions about how their products are designed: 9 times out of 10 what the public collectively wants is just plan awful. The fact is most people just aren’t very smart, and the more you have in a group, the dumber they get”—Myspace’s UX-Induced Death | UX Magazine
“The move makes perfect sense for Google. Google is not a company that thinks short term. If the current trends in online content continues, video will be a ridiculously huge part of the web. Its reasonable to imagine that advertising in that world will be pretty different. Current ad insertion strategies rely on pre / post roll ads and overlays controlled by the chrome of the video player. But the future could be very different, with things like dynamic ad insertion right into the media stream itself. For example, if the ad is embedded dynamically into the video stream, you could download the video and watch it offline, and still be guaranteed the ad was viewed, even if the video was “stolen”.”—Why Google was correct in Chrome dropping H.264 | code zen
“People don’t want to be spied on. It’s an abuse of civil liberty. The fact that people don’t realise they are being spied on, is not justification to do so. Betting on a business model that goes against how society really works, will ultimately end in disaster.”—The Fallacy of Data Bubble Ignorance | Jonathan MacDonald
“the URI is on its way out as a way for normal people to interact with the web. If you want an indication that there is a trend in this direction, take a look at the top search terms of 2010. “Facebook login” is up seven places on last year, from ninth to second-most searched term. What does this mean? It means people in general do not want to use the URI as a user interface. It also means most people don’t use bookmarks, even for something they use every day. Sir Tim Berners-Lee defines the World Wide Web as an application that runs on the Internet. A useful distinction, but it seems it isn’t destined to remain an application that humans use as directly as they have in the past. Abstraction will continue to creep in. There has been [for some time] an application running on top of the web – it’s called Search, and it has won.”—Predictions for 2013 | timwhitlock.info