Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Jan 2014 14:09 UTC
Google

But at least they're trying, right? Absolutely. I'm glad they are. But it would be awesome if the brilliant minds at Google worked on something everyone reading this would actually want to buy. Not something we probably won't see for years, maybe even decades.

Yeah! I mean, who wants Gmail, Google Search, Chrome, Android, YouTube, AdWords, Google Apps, Maps, and so on, and so forth. All useless stuff nobody wants!

How dare Google focus on more than immediate financial gain, and instead focus on trying to make the roads safer, or helping diabetics, or trying to explore the potential applications of wearable computing! All activities of every company ever should always and exclusively be focussed on immediate financial gain and shareholder returns, or else they'll get brilliant bloggers who contribute so much to the world complaining they can't spend their money right now, right away, now, now!

Google's 'moonshots', or the stuff Microsoft does at Microsoft Research, might not immediately satisfy the grubby little hands of entitled consumers, but thank god they're doing it.

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Perfect match of form and substance
by Verenkeitin on Sun 19th Jan 2014 15:15 UTC
Verenkeitin
Member since:
2007-07-01

Flat design, huge pictures, light gray text on white background, oceans of white space everywhere except where needed, short whiny self important "articles" ...

The whole site feels like satire.

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MatsSvensson Member since:
2010-07-09

Don't forget: unnecessary animations for everything.

Why display something immediately, when with a little extra code you can make the user wait for it.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Why display something immediately is a good question. Its because it is something that's shocking to see, there's no context given to the state change.

Animations (while often misused, I'll grant you that) are an interaction designer's best friend. Great design is about more than just looks, and when used right animations are as valuable as anything else (negative space, typography, etc.)

I might be missing something but the only thing I saw were a few hover animations here and there.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I think the only sin here (aside from the terrible writing) is the contrast in the text. Doesn't make for optimal reading.

The negative space is used very effectively to focus attention on the article however.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

It looks to me like they are trying to rip off Medium.com in structure, but failing miserably on content. Medium is meant for long-form, thought provoking articles, with annotations, collaboration, and commentary flowing throughout the piece. This was almost a bad parody.

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