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Weekly inspirations: March 10, 2014

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

 

How Google’s Redesigned Search Results Created A More Beautiful Web

If you’ve searched anything on Google in the last day you might have noticed something different. The company’s newly designed search results page has ditched the ugly yellow box around AdSense results, increased font sizes slightly, and, most notably, removed the prominent underlines that we’ve associated with hyperlinks since the rise of the web. This article is a great look at why this simple change is so important for web design and all web sites. Read the article here.

Why Good Managers Are So Rare

Gallup has found that one of the most important decisions companies make is simply whom they name manager. Yet our analysis suggests that they usually get it wrong. In fact, Gallup finds that companies fail to choose the candidate with the right talent for the job 82% of the time. This article look at what makes both bad and good managers and it is worth reading so you know of the things to look for to look for and avoid in your next promotions. Read the article here.

Richard Branson: How to Spot an Inexperienced Leader

I have always admitted Virgin founder Richard Branson for his vision and leadership style. In his latest article her points out the tell-tale signs of weak leadership and explains the importance of listening to your team when you’re trying to lead them. Read the article here.

Device Agnostic

The more I build for the web, the more the term ‘device-agnostic’ endears itself to me. I used to think it merely dealt with basing responsive breakpoints on content rather than particular devices, but there’s more to devices than the size of their screens. A device-agnostic approach also takes into account infinite combinations of screen resolution, input method, browser capability, and connection speed. With such a wide range of possibilities, the sensible thing to do is to zero in on the harshest conditions (or toughest things to deliver) and build from there. This article does a fantastic job of walking through all the challenges you will face in trying to move to this new device agnostic design model. Read the article here.

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