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My weekly inspirations: January 7, 2013

Jan7Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:

The top 25 responsive sites of 2012

It seems like every top 10 or top 25 list I see anymore just recycles the same content with a new title.  This list of top 25 responsive sites of 2012 is different as there were quite a few sites that I had never seen before. See the full list here.

Windows 8 — Disappointing Usability for Both Novice and Power Users

I have spent the past few months working with preview versions of Windows 8 and found the experience enraging as I could rare accomplish the tasks I wanted to.  This article from the Neilsen Normal Group is the best documentation of my frustrations with hidden features, reduced discoverability and cognitive overhead from dual environments. I think it is a great read as it documents a lot of issues that need to be overcome in designing any digital user experience system. Read the article here.

 A $1 Billion Project To Remake The Disney World Experience, Using RFID

This article looks into Disney’s new plan for how visitors to their parks can pay for experiences in their parks with no cash or credit cards required. Read the article here.

Tazo and VH1 re-design their brands

This week both Tazo teas and VH1 announced brand re-designs. I like the direction that Tazo is moving by dropping the Gothic look in favor of a cleaner and more modern design. You can see the entire Tazo re-design here. I find the VH1 re-dsign to be a bit more puzzling as their new identity is based a ‘+’ symbol with the concept of moving the brand to be a mash-up of music + pop culture + nostalgia. I hated their old logo so it is an improvement but I feel like there are betters ways to get the new positioning into the visual language.  You can see the entire VH1 re-design here.

Designing a responsive, Retina-friendly site

I see more and more traffic to my sites moving to Retina devices but upgrading those sites to take advantage of the higher resolution displays isn’t as easy as it sounds. This article is the best I have seen on the subject, taking an extensive look at all the design considerations you will need to make the switch.  Read the article here.

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