Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:
Information is Beautiful Awards
After months of planning, deliberation and debate the winners of the first Information is Beautiful Awards were announced this week. Nominees, guests and design lovers gathered at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London to celebrate an information design industry in rude health, and to eat more canapés than strictly necessary. See the winners here.
Why user-centered design is not enough
There has long been a debate raging over user centered design. Some companies swear by it while other just do the best they can and let the chips fall where they may. This article does a nice job of looking at why user centered design is not enough. Read the article here.
The story of the new Microsoft.com
A few weeks ago Microsoft silently launched a new home page. It was meant to be a temporary launch for the purposes of some preliminary testing. But as fate would have it, it became the talk of the Internet. This article takes a look behind the curtain at what went into the new Microsoft.com. Read the full article here.
The state of the Internet
I thought this was a fascinating deck that really takes a look at the numbers and trends to help everyone understand the real state of the internet today. See the whole deck here.
Essential Interaction Design Essays and Articles
Kicker Studio assembled a list of essays and articles that they feel are important touchstones and reference points for interaction designers. After reading through the list and finding a number of new article I really liked I would agree that this is a great list every digital designer should read. See the whole list here.