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Weekly inspirations: April 1, 2013

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


Thomas Keller, On Why Passion Shouldn’t Drive You

As a creative director you are always looking to see what is going to make a great design, a great team member and someone who is going to make an impact over a long period of time. That formula can be difficult to perfect but one of the things I strongly believe is that desire is much more important than passion. This interview with one of the world’s best chef’s and one of my creative idols Thomas Keller of Per Se and French Laundry who gives the best explanations I’ve read on why this is important. Read the article here.

Web design inspiration: 35 examples of CSS

It’s amazing what can be done with CSS these days. Support for the latest CSS3 properties is strong in the latest versions of all the major browsers – even Internet Explorer – and the possibilities for typography, animation and interactivity have never been greater. But finding web design inspiration can be tricky. This article has a number of really interesting example of how CSS can be used.  Read the article and see all the work here.

Chris Buck on Chase Jarvis Live

I have been lucky enough to have been friends with Chris Buck for a few years now and Chris is one of the world’s best portrait photographers.  He recent sat down for an interview with Chris Jarvis on his show Chris Jarvis Live and I think it is a great look into why Chris Buck has been so successful and what makes his work so unique. Watch the video here.

Home: Facebook’s Bold New Vision For Social Smartphones

The Facebook Phone is finally here. And, as expected, it’s not really a phone at all. Home is a free, downloadable skin that gives existing Android phones a total Facebook makeover, transforming both lock and home screens into immersive, edge-to-edge slide shows of photos and status updates. It is, of course, a huge power play by Facebook but it’s also a genuinely exciting new vision for mobile design. Read the article and see the video here.

Facebook Home Breaks The Fourth Wall Of Mobile Design

Yesterday, at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Facebook Home, the company’s next-gen mobile product. Built on top of Google’s Android platform, Home is all about layers of immersive content. Instead of forcing users to jump in and out of apps, Facebook’s new experience integrates services on top of one another, enabling users to slide seamlessly from one piece of content to the next. This article looks at why it is about time someone took this approach.  Read the article here.

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